Sirajganj, Oct 21 (UNB) – A mobile court here on Monday awarded 10 days’ imprisonment to each of 21 fishermen who were apprehended defying a government ban on catching mother hilsa at various points of the River Jamuna in Sirajganj.
Assistant Commissioner (Land) and Executive Magistrate Md Anisur Rahman gave the order in the afternoon.
Those convicted are : Belal, 52, Fulchan, 50, Ilyas, 45, Monirul,22, Alamin,25, Saiful,40, and Robi Alam,25, of Sirajganj Sadar Upazila ; Hanif, 37, Shahadat, 31, Abul Kalam, 35, Mojnu, 50, Shahalam, 42, Shah Alam, 36, Sona Mia, 24, Ashraf, 55, Suruzzaman, 35, and Fotik, 32, of Belkuchi upazila; Khadem, 35, of Kalihati upazila of Tangail; and Shah Alam, 40, Hasen, 22 and Hossain, 33, of Tangail sadar upazila.
Milon Sarker, ‘Peshkar’ of the mobile court, informed that acting on a tip off, the mobile court conducted a drive that started early on Monday morning along different points of the Jamuna as it flows through Sirajganj .
By afternoon, 21 fishermen were detained for netting hilsa using current nets. Besides, while over 105,000 meters of current nets and 30 KGs of illegally caught hilsha had been seized.
The current nets were burnt while the recovered hilsa was distributed among local orphanages and madrasahs.
Upazila Senior Fisheries Officer Anwar Hossain and Ansar Battalion members were present during the drive.
Dhaka, Oct 21 (UNB) - Planning Minister MA Mannan on Monday urged the young generation to use social media platforms, especially Facebook and YouTube, carefully as various rumours spread through those.
He made the call while speaking at the 18th founding anniversary programme of national daily Anupama at a city hotel.
The minister said the information and communication sector saw a radical change in the last several years and there is no barrier to publishing any information in media now.
He, however, underscored the need for remaining alert so that there is no compromise with the motherland.
"Once we couldn’t focus on our own culture following the colonial rule. Time has come now to expose ourselves. So, you (youths) have to come forward to this end.”
State Minister for Information Dr Murad Hasan urged the media to publish authentic news.
Nurul Amin, MP, presided over the function moderated by Anupama Editor Rokonuzzaman Rokon.
Former Inspector General of Police Shahidul Hoque, Senior Secretary of the Planning Ministry Dr Shamsul Alam, Youth and Sports Secretary Md Akhter Hossain and Chairman of Bengal Group and RTV Morshed Alam, MP, also spoke on the occasion.
Sunamganj, Oct 21 (UNB) – A court here on Monday placed the father and two uncles of five-year-old child Tuhin Hasan, who was brutally murdered at Kezaura village in Dirai upazila, on a three-day fresh remand.
Those remanded are deceased’s father Abdul Basir, and uncles Abdur Musabbir and Jamshed Ali.
Senior Judicial Magistrate Shyam Kanta Sinha passed the order when the investigation officer of the case sought a seven-day remand for interrogating the trio.
On Friday, they were sent to jail on completion of their first three-day remand.
On October 15, victim’s two uncles confessed before a court to their involvement in the murder saying they brutally killed the minor boy only to implicate their rivals in the case.
Tuhin’s mutilated body was found hanging from a tree on October 14. Two knives used in the murder were also found stuck in his abdomen.
His mother Monira Begum filed a murder case accusing 10 people the following day.
Dhaka, Oct 21 (UNB) – Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Monday said steps will be taken as per the jail code regarding the Jatiya Oikyafront’s plea for permission to meet BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).
“Nine Oikyafront leaders, including Dr Kamal Hossain, want to meet Khaleda Zia. We’ve informed them that steps will be taken in this regard as per the jail code,” he said.
The minister came up with the remark while talking to reporters after an eight-member Oikyafront delegation, led by ASM Abdur Rob, met him at his Secretariat office.
He said they will send the application of the Oikyafront leaders to the IG Prison who will take steps as per the jail code.
Asaduzzaman also said no one except the relatives can meet prisoners without the government’s goodwill.
The minister said he informed the Oikyafront delegation that Khaleda has been provided with the highest healthcare service in the country. “There’s no shortcoming in her treatment.”
Abdur Rob said they met the Home Minister and sought permission to meet Khaleda Zia to know about her health condition. “He (minister) said there’s no objection to allowing us to meet her, and he’ll instruct the IG Prison to take steps in this regard. It’s a positive (response).
He said the IG Prison will inform them about the schedule for the meeting as per the jail code.
“The Home Minister said we’ll be able to meet (Khaleda) any day if the IG Prison permits. We’ll be waiting for the permission from the IG Prison,” Rob, also the president of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal, added.
He said the Home Minister told them that they can meet the BNP chief separately or all together once the permission is available from the jail authorities.
The other Oikyafront delegation members were BNP Standing Committee Member Iqbal Hasan Mahmud Tuku, Gonoforum Executive President Prof Subrata Chowdhury, General Secretary Dr Reza Kibria, Gonoshasthya Kendra Founder Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury, JSD Joint General Secretary Shahiduddin Mahmud Swapan, Bikalpa Dhara President Nurul Amin Bepari, and Oikyafront Office Secretary Jahangir Alam Mintoo.
Khaleda has been in jail since she was convicted in Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case in February 8, 2018. She was found guilty in another corruption case later the same year, though her party claims both the cases are ‘politically motivated’.
She has been receiving treatment at the BSMMU since April 1 last.
Dhaka, Oct 21 (UNB) – The National Road Safety Day will be observed in the country for the third time on Tuesday aiming to create awareness about safe roads.
The slogan of this year’s day is “Livelihood not before life. No more road accident”.
Different organisations, including the Road Transport and Bridges Ministry, have chalked out elaborate programmes on the occasion.
A colourful procession will be brought out from the South Plaza of the Jatiya Sangsad at 7:30 am on the occasion.
A discussion will be held at the Krishibid Institution Bangladesh (KIB) at 10am where Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will speak as the chief guest.
Nirapad Sarak Chai (Nischa) has been observing a month-long programme to mark the day.
Ilias Kanchan, founder and chairman of Nischa, inaugurated the programme at a press conference at the Jatiya Press Club in Dhaka on October 1.
Kanchan said 120 organisations along with the government will observe the ‘National Road Safety Day’ on October 22.
Meanwhile, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages on the occasion.
In his message, the President said all, including transport owners and workers, commuters and pedestrians, should know about the traffic rules and obey those to ensure road safety.
In her message, the Prime Minister said a single accident can be the reason for lifelong sufferings for a person or a family.
She urged people to adopt the culture of obeying the traffic rules along with raising public awareness to reduce the number of road crashes.