Cumilla, Oct 4 (UNB) – A court here on Wednesday sentenced seven people to life term imprisonment for killing a man over a playing ludu in 2015.
The convicts are Paran Mia, 50, Bablu, 20, son of Paran Mia, Jamal, 42, son of Zahir Uddin, Shakil, 26, son of Shafiq Mia, Shawkat Hossain, 18, son of Shahid Mia, Helal, 24, son of Samsur, Sabuj, 20, son of Abdul Khalek alias Seru Mia of Chouddagram upazila.
According to the prosecution, Ekram Ullah, a resident of Noapara village, had an enmity with the convicts over playing ludu on September 11, 2015.
Later, the convicts stabbed Ekram with a sharp weapon, leaving him dead on the spot.
Following the killing, victim’s father Moksed Mia filed a case with Chouddagram Police Station.
Police submitted the charge-sheet accusing seven people on February 24, 2016.
After examining records and witnesses, Cumilla Senior District and Session Judge KM Shamsul Alam handed down the verdict.
New Delhi, Oct 4 (AP/UNB) - India on Thursday deported its first group of Rohingya Muslims since the government last year ordered the expulsion of members of the Myanmar minority group and others who entered the country illegally.
The deportation was carried out after the Supreme Court rejected a last-minute plea by the seven men's lawyer that they be allowed to remain in India because they feared reprisals in Myanmar. They were arrested in 2012 for entering India illegally and have been held in prison since then.
Indian authorities handed the seven over to Myanmar officials at a border crossing in Moreh in Manipur state, a police officer said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to reporters. Each carried a bag of belongings.
The Supreme Court said it would allow their deportation because Myanmar had accepted them as citizens. Government attorney Tushar Mehta told the judges that Myanmar had given the seven certificates of identity and 1-month visas to facilitate their deportation.
Most Rohingya Muslims in Buddhist-majority Myanmar are denied citizenship and face widespread discrimination.
Defense attorney Prashant Bhushan said the government should treat them as refugees, not as illegal migrants, and send a representative of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees to talk to them so they would not be deported under duress.
About 700,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since August 2017 to escape a brutal campaign of violence by Myanmar's military.
An estimated 40,000 other Rohingya have taken refuge in parts of India. Less than 15,000 are registered with the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.
Many have settled in areas of India with large Muslim populations, including the southern city of Hyderabad, the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, New Delhi, and the Himalayan region of Jammu-Kashmir. Some have taken refuge in northeast India bordering Bangladesh and Myanmar.
The Indian government says it has evidence there are extremists who pose a threat to the country's security among the Rohingya. India is fighting insurgencies in northern Kashmir and in its northeastern states.
Rajshahi, Oct 3 (UNB) - A woman was slaughtered by miscreants at her house at Jitpur in Tanore upazila on Wednesday night.
The deceased was identified as Zohara Begum, 50. After separation with her husband Helal Uddin, she used to stay with her son Jahangir Alam at the village.
Quoting locals, police said a group of miscreants stormed the house of Jahangir around 9pm and swooped on his wife Rumi Khatun with sharp weapons.
As Zohara came in the rescue of Rumi, the attackers slit her throat, leaving her dead on the spot.
Locals took injured Rumi to Tanore Upazila Health Complex.
Officer-in-charge of Tanore Police Station Rezaul Islam said they were trying to arrest the culprits.
Dhaka, Oct 3 (UNB) – Children of freedom fighters on Wednesday night blocked Shahbagh intersection in the city demanding that the government retain the 30 percent quota privileges for them in government jobs.
Around 150-170 people under the banner of Muktijoddha Sangsad Santan Command, a platform of freedom fighters’ children, blocked the intersection around 9pm.
The demonstration came hours after the Cabinet approved a proposal for abolishing the existing quota system in the recruitment process of first and second class government jobs.
The approval was given at the weekly meeting of the Cabinet held at the Prime Minister's Office with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
“Now, the recruitment to the first and second class jobs (from grade-9 to grade-13) will be made directly on merit basis,” Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam said while briefing reporters at the secretariat.
Addressing the blockade programme, command central President Sheikh Atiqul Babu said, "Freedom fighters have been defamed and disgraced with the Cabinet decision. Their constructional rights have also been violated."
Condemning the decision, he demanded retaining the 30 percent quota for the family members of the freedom fighters. “Or else, we’ll go for a tougher movement."
He announced that they would hold a protest programme in the city at 3pm on Saturday where children and grandchildren of freedom fighters from across the country will take part.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh Chhatra League General Secretary Golam Rabbani expressed solidarity with freedom fighters’ children. He went to the protesters around 11pm and expressed his solidarity with them.
The vehicular movement remained suspended due to the road blockade which continued till filling of this report around 1145pm.
Children of freedom fighters also staged demonstrations blocking Rajshahi-Dhaka highway in front of Rajshahi University under Matihar Police Station in the city to press for the demand.
Dhaka, Oct 3 (UNB) - Nobel Laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus has been honored with ‘Nuovo Rinascimento’ introduced by Italian Buddhist School Soka Gakkai of Italy.
Yunus obtained the ‘Nuovo Rinascimento’ award meaning ‘new renaissance’ award at Soka Gakkai International conference held in Ikeda Cultural Centre for Peace in Milan city on October 1, where he addressed as the chief guest, said a press release from Yunus Center.
He has been awarded this prize for his efforts to propagate the humanistic philosophy through social business and micro-credit, according to the Buddist Organization.
Over 750 people attended the ceremony which was organized by Soka Gakkai International, which is a community-based Buddhist organization that promotes peace, culture and education centered on respect for the dignity of life.
SGI members uphold the humanistic philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism in 192 countries and territories around the world.
The ceremony was followed by a press conference around the book of Professor Yunus’s “A World of Three Zeros” which highlights his three key philosophies of Zero Unemployment, Zero Poverty and Zero Net Carbon Emissions.