Dhaka, Nov 20 (UNB) – Residents adjacent to BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office on Tuesday alleged that they had been experiencing trouble in accessing mobile internet in their areas since Monday afternoon, hampering their important activities.
Talking to UNB, some of the sufferers also alleged that mobile operators’ 3G and 4G services remained suspended at some parts of Gulshan-2 and Gulshan-1 since Monday afternoon.
Contacted, BTRC chairman Jahurul Haque said they did not instruct the mobile phone operators to block 3G and 4G services in Gulshan area. ”There may be some problems somewhere for technical reasons,” he said.
Shafiqur Rahman, a resident of Gulshan-2, said, “We’ve been facing serious difficulties as mobile internet service is not available in our neighbourhood.”
Even, he said, they have been facing a serious problem in making normal phone calls as 3G and 4G services remained blocked at some parts of Gulshan-1 and Gulshan-2 near BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office.
Shafiq said he was supposed to send a very important email outside the country today, but he could not do that despite repeated attempts.
Besides, he said, they cannot use any telecommunication application on the mobile phone alongside YouTube. “Sometimes we can send only SMS through WhatsApp, but can’t make any voice or video call.”
Nahida Akater, another resident of Gulshan-2, said they are not getting internet access through mobile data. “But we can use internet through WiFi in our residence.”
Sharing her negative experience, Nahida said, “I went to Labaid Hospital on Monday night with my mother-in-law and faced serious problems to communicate with others, even my driver, from inside the hospital. I couldn’t browse internet there for some necessary information.”
Echoing Shafiq, she said mobile phone operators’ 3G and 4G services are not available there in their area. “We can use some mobile application like WhatsApp, Viber and imo through WiFi, but Skype service is not available,” she said.
Abul Kalam, another resident of Gulshan-1 area, said they are in a serious problem as they are unable to carry out important activities using mobile internet service.
“We can’t use video calling apps from mobile, YouTube and even Facebook as 3G and 4G services are not available in our area. Most of my family members stay abroad, but I can’t contact them when I remain outside home.”
Earlier on Monday night, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi claimed that all the internet-based services have been shut down in their party chairperson’s Gulshan office and its adjoining areas so that their party acting chairman Tarique Rahman cannot talk to their party’s nomination seekers through Skype.
Tarique took interviews of BNP nomination seekers on Sunday and Monday by joining the party nomination board through Skype availing of the internet service.
Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) reportedly blocked telecommunication application Skype across the country on Monday evening.
However, BNP leaders who faced interview of BNP nomination board Tuesday said Tarique is taking interview through videoconferencing using another app.
A BNP senior leader, wishing anonymity, told UNB that their party is using Virtual Private Network (VPN) in their chairperson’s Gulshan office to operate another video calling app.
According to ICT experts, a Virtual Private Network (VPN) provides a secure, encrypted tunnel to transmit the data between a remote user and any company network
Dhaka, Nov 20 (UNB) – The operation of telecommunication application Skype resumed on Tuesday afternoon as it is unblocked by local regulators.
Emdadul Haque, secretary general of Internet Service Providers Association of Bangladesh (ISPAB), told UNB that Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) issued a letter to them around 4:25pm to unblock the Skype.
He said Skype service resumed across the country from 4:30pm and people now can communicate through it from home and abroad.
Contacted, BTRC chairman Jahurul Haque said Skype service is available across the country. “Unless any technical problem, no one is supposed to face any problem to use Skype.”
Earlier on Monday, Emdadul Haque said they received a letter from the BTRC asking them to keep all kinds of communication from home and abroad via Skype suspended.
However, the BTRC chairman claimed that there was no instruction from the telecom regulator about blocking Skype.
Dhaka, Nov 20 (UNB) – Some 437 people fell victims to extrajudicial killings across the country in 10 months from January this year, according to Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK).
The human rights body came up with the statistics at a citizen dialogue with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) at the Daily Star Centre in the city.
During the period till October 31, a total of 26 people were also made disappeared, it said noting that the NHRC should performa vital role to prevent such incidents.
From May 15 to October 31 this year, some 278 people were killed in anti-drug drives across the country, the rights body said. “Stern action against drug trade is appreciable but an offender should be tried as per the law,” it said.
Although the NHRC had sent 185 letters to the Home Ministry from 2012 to 2017 seeking reports on the incidents of human rights violation by law enforcers, no response was found in this regard, ASK said citing media reports.
Dhaka, Nov 20 (UNB) - Holy Eid-e-Miladunnabi, marking the birth and demise of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (pbuh), will be observed in the country on Wednesday with due religious solemnity.
On this day in 570, the 12th of Rabiul Awal of the Hijri calendar, Muhammad (pbuh) was born in Makkah of Saudi Arabia with divine blessings and messages of peace for mankind. He also passed away on the same day.
The day is a public holiday.
The Muslims across the country will join special prayers marking the day.
Various religious and socio-cultural organisations and political parties, mosques and madrasahs, including Islamic Foundation, have chalked out elaborate programmes, including milad mahfil, discussion and Qurankhwani, on the occasion.
Bangladesh Betar, Bangladesh Television and other satellite TV channels and radio stations will air special programmes highlighting the significance of the day.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages greeting the country’s people and Muslims across the world.
Dhaka, Nov 20 (UNB) – BNP on Tuesday asked the Election Commission to take punitive action against four government officials, including its secretary and the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) commissioner, over the recent Nayapaltan incident.
It made the demand in a letter, signed by its secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, sent to Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda.
A BNP delegation, led by joint secretary general Moazzem Hossain Alal, handed over the letter to EC Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed on Tuesday noon.
BNP alleged that the four officials instigated the Nayapaltan incident and the matters related to the filing of false cases against BNP leaders and activists.
The two other officials are EC joint secretary Farhad Ahammad Khan and the DMP Deputy Police Commissioner concerned.
The EC joint secretary signed an EC letter sent to the Inspector General of Police on November 13 asking him to enforce the electoral code of conduct.
The EC issued the directives a day after the end of collection and submission of AL nomination forms, the letter said.
In the letter, BNP alleged that the EC secretary earlier defined gathering of nomination seekers and their supporters in front of the BNP office as a violation of the electoral code of conduct. “EC Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed’s misleading remarks in the media and DMP Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia’s (recent) remarks clearly instigated the incident,” the letter reads.
At least 50 people, including 23 policemen, were injured in a clash between BNP leaders and activists and law enforcers in front of the party’s Nayapaltan central office on the third day of its nomination-form sale on Wednesday.
Police lobbed teargas shells, rubber bullets and charged baton on the BNP men while two police cars were torched during the clash.
However, both the government and BNP traded a blame game over the clash ahead of the national election billed for December 30.
BNP also handed over four other letters, containing a number of demands for ensuring a level-playing field ahead of the 11th parliamentary elections slated for December 30, to the EC secretary.