Barguna, Jul 17 (UNB) –A court here on Wednesday placed Aysha Siddika Minni, who was arrested on Tuesday night, on a 5-day remand for her suspected involvement in the killing of husband Rifat Sharif.
Senior Judicial Magistrate Court Judge Md Sirajul Islam passed the order after investigation officer Humayun Kabir produced her before the court seeking a seven-day remand for interrogation.
Claiming herself innocent Minni told the court that she is a victim of conspiracy and she was threatened by the accused several times. She also sought justice for her husband.
Earlier, Minni was arrested on Tuesday night after nearly 12 hours of interrogation.
In a statement, police super of Barugna Maruf Hossain said the interrogation of the investigation officer and analysis of information appeared to show her involvement in the murder.
Rifat was killed in a broad daylight attack in front of Barguna Government College on June 26 as Minni appeared to be trying to protect her husband.
Dulal Sharif, Rifat's father, later alleged that his daughter-in-law had a part in the murder and demanded her arrest.
The locals supported Dulal's claims as they formed a human chain on July 14 demanding her arrest.
Minni rejected the allegation and described it as propaganda to protect the killers.
Police have so far arrested 14 people in connection with Rifat's murder.
Dhaka, Jul 17 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said the government is continuing its efforts to develop the armed forces further ensuring international standards.
“It’s the duty of the armed forces to protect the country’s independence and sovereignty. So, we’ve been carrying out our efforts to develop the armed forces further and make it of international standards one fitting for an independent country," she said.
The Prime Minister was addressing a programme marking the 44th founding anniversary of the President Guard Regiment at the PGR Headquarters in Dhaka Cantonment.
Sheikh Hasina greeted the PGR members on the occasion, praised them for showing competence in providing security. “The PGR members are showing good competence. Their role in providing security is praiseworthy.”
Ensuring foolproof security is the goal of the guard, she said adding that the members of this regiment has been performing their responsibilities with high courage and sincerity since its inception being motivated with the policy. “Your honesty, dutifulness and patriotism motivate everyone.”
Focusing on different activities taken by her government for the welfare of the PGR members, the Prime Minister said her government, assuming power in 1996, introduced the guard allowances for PGR members considering their risk and took steps for their training.
Forming the government for the second time in 2009, her government increased the manpower of the PGR and took various measures, including collection of APC (Armed Personnel Carrier) for PGR considering their security issue, she said.
Besides, a 14-storey building is now being constructed for their housing which is expected to be completed soon, said the Prime Minister.
She said Bangladesh will march forward in line with the spirit of the Liberation War and it will occupy a dignified position in the world arena.
“We’re a victorious nation in the war. We want to move keeping our heads high with self-dignity in the world arena as a victorious nation,” she said.
Talking about the development of the country, Hasina said her government passed the biggest-ever national budget of Tk 5,23,190crore. “We’re moving forward gradually. We’ve been able to increase our GDP growth at 8.10 percent. Per capita income also increased,” she said.
Nothing that the government brought down the poverty rate to 21.8 percent, the Prime Minister said her government's goal is to build Bangladesh as a fully poverty-free country.
“We’ve been able to make hunger-free Bangladesh. Now our goal is to make it tree from poverty. We want to set an example in the South Asia by building Bangladesh as a developed and prosperous country,” she said.
On her arrival at the PGR Headquarters, the Prime Minister was received by Chief of Army Staff General Aziz Ahmed and PGR Commander Brigadier General Md Jahangir Alam.
PM's Security Affairs Advisor Maj Gen (retd) Tarique Ahmed Siddique, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Aurangzeb Chowdhury, Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman, President's Military Secretary Major General SM Shamim-Uzzaman, PM's Military Secretary Major General Mia Mohammad Zainul Abedin and PM's Press Secretary IhsanulKarim were, among others, present.
Dhaka, July 17 (UNB) – The United States has banned Myanmar military’s commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing and other senior military leaders from travelling to the US for gross human rights violations, including extrajudicial killings in northern Rakhine State during the “ethnic cleansing” of Rohingyas.
“With this announcement, the United States is the first government to publicly take action with respect to the most senior leadership of the Burmese (Myanmar) military,” US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo said in a statement on Tuesday.
The Department of State publicly designated the individuals Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing, Deputy Commander-in-Chief Soe Win, Brigadier General Than Oo and Brigadier General Aung Aung; and their immediate family members for the named individuals’ responsibility for gross human rights violations and killings.
“We designated these individuals based on credible information of these commanders’ involvement in gross violations of human rights,” Secretary Pompeo said adding that the law requires him to publicly or privately designate such officials and their family members.
He said the Department of State is focused on policies that will change behavior and promote accountability. “We believe this action is one step toward achieving these goals.”
The US Secretary of State said they remain “concerned” that the Myanmar government has taken no actions to hold accountable those responsible for human rights violations and abuses.
He said there are continued reports of the Myanmar military committing human rights violations and abuses throughout the country.
“One egregious example of the continued and severe lack of accountability for the military and its senior leadership was the recent disclosure that Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing ordered the release of the soldiers convicted of the extrajudicial killings at Inn Din during the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya,” Secretary Pompeo said.
The Commander-in-Chief released these criminals after only months in prison, while the journalists who told the world about the killings in Inn Din were jailed for more than 500 days, he mentioned.
International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Dr Fatou Bensouda has recently requested the Court’s Judges to authorise an investigation into alleged crimes against humanity committed against the Rohingya people from Myanmar.
The outcome of this request is still pending and is before the Court’s judges.
A delegation from the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC headed by Deputy Prosecutor James Stewart is currently in Bangladesh on a weeklong visit.
“The delegation currently in Bangladesh will not engage in any evidence collection in relation to any alleged crimes,” reads a media advisory.
The purpose of this visit, in general terms, is to engage with relevant stakeholders and explain the judicial process and the status of the situation, it said.
ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda considers that there is a reasonable basis to proceed with an investigation in relation to the alleged deportation of members of the Rohingya people from Myanmar to Bangladesh and related crimes committed in the context of the 2016 and 2017 waves of violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar.
The ICC delegation members,who held meetings with Ministers and senior officials here, are scheduled to have an internal meeting on Thursday and leave for Cox’s Bazar on Friday afternoon.
They will visit Rohingya camps and hold a meeting with government authorities there on Saturday.
On Sunday, the ICC delegation members are scheduled to hold meetings with Cox’s Bazar DC, Refugee, Relief and Repatriation Commissioner (RRRC) and regional heads of Rapid action Battalion (Rab), BGB and acting superintendent of police in Cox’s Bazar.
They are scheduled to leave Dhaka on Monday (July 22).
Dhaka, July 17 (UNB)—The number colleges with hundred percent pass rate in this year’s Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and equivalent examinations has increased by more than double compared to the previous year.
A total of 909 colleges have achieved hundred percent pass rate under 10 education boards this year while the number was 400 in 2018.
Besides, the number of colleges with zero percent pass has come down this year.
A total of 41 colleges saw zero per cent pass this year which was 55 in 2018.
A total of 9,88,172 candidates among 13,36,629 students cleared the tests and 47,286 students achieved highest grade GPA 5.
Dhaka, Jul 17 (UNB) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said the government has a plan to introduce electric and high-speed trains in the country to make the railway services better and faster.
"We’ve a plan to generate more electricity as we’re now producing 22,000MW…we’ll be able to introduce electric trains in near future…we’ll set up rail lines for remote areas as well to introduce speedy trains for easier communications," she said.
The Prime Minister said this while inaugurating ‘Benapole Express’ for plying between capital Dhaka and Benapole, and the extension service of Dhaka-Rajshahi nonstop intercity ‘Bonolata Express’ train to Chapainawabganj.
When the Awami League government came to power, she said, it inherited only 1,600 MW of electricity generation capacity, but it now jumped to 22,000MW.
Hasina mentioned that with the introduction of electric and speedy trains, goods transports will be easier and faster creating opportunities for enhanced business and trade.
"The economy will get stronger…we’ll be able to establish poverty- and hunger-free Golden Bangladesh as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and for what the freedom fighters fought and laid down their lives," she said.
The Prime Minister mentioned that the current distance between Dhaka and Benapole by railway is much longer -- 385 kilometres.
"There’s good news! On completion of the Padma Bridge, we’ll set up Bhanga as a railway junction…we’ll link Jashore with Faridpur, and then there’ll be no problem to go to Benapole through that route. The distance will get reduced by 180 kilometres while the journey time by 4-5 hours. Anyone will be able to travel to Benapole from Dhaka at the minimum time," she said.
In this regard, she asked the authorities concerned to recruit necessary manpower to the railway and provide modern training to make its staff capable of operating such modern trains.
“Such steps will strengthen both the railway communications and the national economy fulfilling the desire of establishing a prosperous Bangladesh,” she said.
The prime minister thanked the Asian Development Bank for always supporting Bangladesh in developing its railway sector.
Hasina said trains can carry a greater number of passengers and goods at lower cost which is very much important for a densely populated country like Bangladesh.
"But it’s regretful that during the BNP regime they had wanted to close this sector. After returning to power, we created a separate ministry for the railway sector and made separate allocation in the national budget so that they could provide services to people," she said.
Terming communications as very important for development, Hasina said the aim of her government is to take communications services closer to mass people.
For that, she said, the government is improving the services on roads, airways, waterways and rail communications gradually.
About the new trains, the prime minister said, these are the gifts of her government for the people of Rajshahi and Khulna Division ahead of the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha.
Railways Minister Nurul Islam Sujan and ADB Country Director Manmohan Parkash also spoke on the occasion. Railways Secretary Mofazzal Hossain highlighted various achievements of the railway through a power-point presentation.
A video documentary was also screened at that time on the development of Bangladesh Railway.
Later, the Prime Minister also exchanged views with government officials, businessmen and beneficiaries at Benapole and Chapainowabganj ends through the videoconference.