Four people were killed and two others injured in a triangular collision among a microbus, an auto-rickshaw and a motorbike at Hazratpur in Keraniganj here on Tuesday.
One of the deceased was identified as Aslam, 42, son of Rustam Khan of Keraniganj while the identities of three others could not be known immediately.
The accident took place around 6:30 pm when an auto-rickshaw hit a motorbike after being hit by a microbus coming from Hemayetpur, killing three people on the spot and three others injured, said Kazi Mainul Islam, officer-in-charge of Keraniganj Model Police Station.
The injured were taken to Savar Enam Medical College and Hospital where the doctors declared one dead.
Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Muhammad Imran presented his credentials to the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, at a ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Tuesday.
Two other envoys who presented their credentials on the same day were Lineo Irene Molise-Mabusela, High Commissioner of the Kingdom of Lesotho, and Arturo Luis Fabrega Alvarez, Ambassador of the Republic of Panama, according to Press Information Bureau of India.
Bangladesh’s first-ever cadaveric kidney transplant will be conducted during the ‘Mujib Borsho’ marking the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
"Hopefully, we can have cadaveric transplant surgery in the country soon. It’ll definitely be during the ‘Mujib Borsho’, and we’ll try our best to carry it out even before the ‘Mujib Borsho’ begins,” said Vice-chancellor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Dr Kanak Kanti Barua on Tuesday.
He was speaking as the chief guest at a press conference titled ‘Deceased Donor Organ Transplantation' arranged by Society of Organ Transplant at the Jatiya Press Club.
Cadaveric kidney transplant is the process of harvesting kidneys from brain dead medical patients.
Dr Kanak Kanti said kidney surgeons and doctors across the country, including the capital, have so far successfully replaced about 2,000 kidneys. “Of them, 557 kidney transplants were completed at BSMMU,” he said.
He mentioned that specialist doctors are fully prepared to complete the cadaveric kidney transplant.
Dr Harun-ur-Rashid, founder of the Kidney Foundation Hospital and Research Institute as well as the Society of Organ Transplant, delivered the keynote address.
“Every year, 20 million people suffer from kidney diseases across the world with 40,000 of them losing kidney functionality completely. Yet only 20 percent of people receive treatment for kidney diseases and the rest are out of care,” he said.
Dr Rashid mentioned that over 60 percent of people in the developed world are getting a new lease of life through posthumous kidney transplants.
“Although kidney transplant and dialysis service have been operational in Bangladesh since 1982, the number of patients has increased over time. The inadequate number of donors is a reason for which living patients are unable to donate kidneys,” he said.
According to a study conducted on 306 kidney donors in the country, 60 percent are patients’ mothers, 34 percent siblings, 2.6 percent spouses and 2.4 percent other relatives.
Bangladesh Renal Association President Dr Rafiqul Alam, Professor Emeritus of Dexel University of Philadelphia Dr Ziauddin Ahmed, Bangladesh Urology and Transplant Foundation President Dr MA Salam and Society of Organ Transplant General Secretary Dr Habibur Rahman Dulal were also present at the programme.
The Free Rohingya Coalition (FRC) has refuted the findings of Myanmar’s Independent Commission of Enquiry that there is “no” or “insufficient” evidence to establish the genocidal intent behind Myanmar’s destruction of the Rohingya community in Myanmar and the mass deportations of estimated 800,000 Rohingyas into Bangladesh in 2016 and 2017.
Nay San Lwin, the cofounder and coordinator of the Coalition on Tuesday said this is yet another Myanmar commission set up to deny and dismiss credible findings of the decades-long and ongoing genocide of our Rohingya people.
“The Commission has not established facts, but merely handed over a thick pack of lies, distortions and denial for Myanmar’s use at various international tribunals,” said Lwin in a statement issued from London and Frankfurt on Tuesday.
Despite being billed as “independent” (from the political interference) by State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, the report echoes the line of defence which was offered by Suu Kyi, in her capacity as Myanmar Agent, and her legal counsels, in The Gambia vs Myanmar case at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on 11 and 12 December last year.
Both the Commission’s report and legal counsels argued that Myanmar security forces may have used “disproportionate” force, committed war crimes and other human rights violations, but that there were no acts of genocide.
These findings play into the hands of the perpetrators who are fully aware that prosecuting them for war crimes and crimes against humanity will not fall within the jurisdiction of the court, according to FRC.
For ICJ, the United Nations’ highest court, handles only legal disputes among UN member states and does not prosecute individual state leaders and officials, said FRC.
The report’s admission of Myanmar’s wrongdoing that war crimes, serious human rights violations, and breaking of domestic law took place during the security operations between 25 August and 5 September 2017 merely reiterates Myanmar’s legal argument.
By weighing in on the ICJ case, the report had also contradicted the statement previously made by Commission Chair Rosario Manalo, a veteran diplomat from the Philippines, in which she claimed that her commission was not concerned with accountability.
In her words, “It’s not a diplomatic approach…to be doing finger-pointing, blaming – to say ‘you’re accountable.”
Besides, the Free Rohingya Coalition disputed the credibility and reliability of the claim by the Commission that there was no “pattern of conduct from which one could reasonably conclude that the acts were committed with ‘genocidal intent.”
It claimed to have covered “the context and historical background of Rakhine State.” Yet legal and human rights research studies that have covered the same context and historical background of Rohingyas of Rakhine have reached the conclusion that Myanmar has a well-documented policy of discrimination, disenfranchisement, persecution and violence against the Rohingya as a group, with its own distinct identity, culture, language and faith over the last 40-years.”
Among the institutions that have published studies which document and establish this pattern of Myanmar’s systematic and identity-based group destruction of Rohingyas, a UN-protected group, are the University of Washington Law School (2014), Queen Mary University of London international State Crime Initiative (2015), Yale University Lowenstein International Human Rights Law Clinic (2015) and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (2017).
Independent of one another, these credible research institutions have established the common finding that Myanmar has adopted a policy of genocidal destruction against Rohingyas as a group.
The UN-mandated International Independent Fact-Finding Mission and its two major reports of 2018 and 2019 have only reinforced the findings of the afore-mentioned legal, human rights and genocide studies.
Suu Kyi’s Independent Commission of Enquiry framed mass deportation, mass deaths and mass destruction of Rohingyas as the result of “disproportionate use of force” in response to the “internal armed conflict” between the then-fledgling Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army and Myanmar Armed Forces and Police, without the intent to destroy the Rohingya community, in whole or in part, according to FRC.
President Abdul Hamid on Tuesday attended the namaj-e-janaza of Awami League MP Ismat Ara Sadique who passed away here morning.
The janaza was held at the South Plaza of Jatiya Sangsad at 5pm.
Ismat Ara Sadique, also former state minister for public administration, breathed her last at a city hospital around 11am at the age of 78.
Wife of former Education Minister ASHK Sadique, Ismat Ara Sadique was born in Bogura on December 12, 1942 and completed her Honors degree from Eden Mohila College in Dhaka in 1960.
Meanwhile, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed deep shock and sorrow at the death of the MP elected from Jashore-6 constituency.
In separate condolence messages, they prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed their deep sympathy to the bereaved family members.