Two people, injured in a road accident in Faridpur on Tuesday, succumbed to their injuries on Wednesday.
With them, four members of the same family have been killed in the accident.
The deceased were identified as Dipali Paul, 60, and her grandchildren Joy Paul, 8, Jhinuk Paul, 5, and Koushik Paul, 12.
Joy is the son of Sanjay Paul while Jhinuk and Koushik are the children of Tapas Paul. Sanjay and Tapas are siblings and work in the army.
Saifuzzaman, officer-in-charge (investigation) of Madhukhali Police Station, said Dipali and Joy were killed on the spot and four others were injured after being run over by a vegetable-laden truck at Bagat Bazar in Madhukhali upazila around 6pm.
The injured were taken to Faridpur Medical College Hospital where doctors pronounced Jhinuk dead and shifted others to Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
Koushik died while being taken to Dhaka, the OC added.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Wednesday said war criminals and people with controversial roles in the Liberation War will not be allowed to attend Victory Day programmes across the country.
“Directives have been given to the local administration to take necessary steps in this regard,” he said while talking to reporters after a meeting on law and order situation at the Secretariat.
He said all government and private organisations should follow the rule while hoisting the national flag.
The minister said additional security measures will be taken for the President, Prime Minister and Cabinet members in the National Mausoleum area.
Special security will be arranged for foreigners and surveillance cameras will be installed on the Dhaka-Savar road to prevent any act of sabotage.
Special meals will be served in prisons, hospitals, orphanage and old homes on the occasion of the Victory Day.
Fire Service men will remain alert at 411 spots while medical teams and ambulances will be kept standby in some important places of the city as well as Savar.
The Minister urged all to refrain from decorating any organisation or establishment with lights on Dec 14 to pay tribute to the martyred intellectuals.
Bangladesh needs to improve its transport and logistics systems to meet the needs of its growing economy and boost export growth, said a new World Bank report launched on Wednesday.
The report – Moving Forward: Connectivity and Logistics to Sustain Bangladesh's Success – was launched at a hotel in the capital.
It points out that by making logistics more efficient, Bangladesh can significantly boost export growth, maintain its position as a leading ready-made garments and textile producer, and create more jobs.
The report notes that congestion on roads and seaports, high logistics cost, inadequate infrastructure, distorted logistics service markets and fragmented governance hamper manufacturing and freight, further eroding Bangladesh's competitive edge and putting its robust growth path at risk.
“Bangladesh’s congested transportation and often unsophisticated logistics systems impose high costs to the economy,” said Mercy Tembon, World Bank Country Director for Bangladesh and Bhutan.
“By making its logistics more efficient, Bangladesh can significantly optimise its connectivity, business environment, and competitiveness, putting the country on the right path to become a dynamic upper middIe-income country," she added.
The report argues that efficient logistics has become one of the main drivers for global trade competitiveness and export growth and diversification. For Bangladesh, improving its logistics performance provides an opportunity to increase its world market share in garments and textiles, which account for 84 percent of its total exports, expand into new markets, and diversify its manufacturing and agriculture into high-value products.
It notes that improving Bangladesh’s logistics requires a system-wide approach based on greater coordination among all public institutions involved in logistics and with the private sector, increasing the effective capacity of core infrastructure, and removing distortions in logistics service markets to reduce costs and improve quality.
At a regional level, harmonising its logistics systems and aligning its customs with that of its neighbours could turn Bangladesh into an important node for regional freight flows and further boost its trade.
“There's no doubt that reforms and investments for better transport and logistics will yield Bangladesh substantial economic benefits and strengthen its competitive advantage,” said Matias Herrera Dappe, Senior Economist at the World Bank and author of the report.
“But the solution to logistics is not just to invest more but to invest better, by focusing on the service gap, and creating the incentives for high quality and competitive logistics services," he said.
As the chief guest at the programme, Dr Mashiur Rahman, economic affairs adviser to the Prime Minister, said they are facing a problem since Dhaka is at the centre of all activities including administration and business.
Transportation cost is also rising, he noted.
He said India had proposed using Chattogram and Mongla ports. “The proposal is at the initial stage,” he said.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said that apart from education, the government is paying special attention to sports and cultural activities as part of its efforts to make the children worthy citizens of the country.
“The prime task of the government is to make the children as worthy citizens. We’ve undertaken various programmes for that purpose,” she said while inaugurating the Sheikh Russel International Club Cup Tennis Tournament-2019 in Khulna from her official residence through video conference.
She said the government believes that sports should get the same importance to make the people of the country as worthy citizens.
“We’ve given special attention so that the practice of various sports could take place in the country and we are working on that,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina said mini stadiums are being constructed in every upazilas so that the youth could be involved in sports and cultural activities which will make them mentally strong and self-confident.
"Patriotism and responsibility for the country and nation will be instilled in them. For that we always give priority to sports," she said.
Sheikh Hasina said sports and games are very much important as these help keep the children and young generation away from anti-social activities like terrorism, militancy and drugs.
She said it is very essential to develop the children as worthy citizens of the country to materialise the dreams of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Khulna district administration, in collaboration with Cabinet Division and the Ministry of Youth and Sports, has arranged the tournament.
Tennis players from 19 countries including the USA, India, Italy, UK, Australia, Pakistan, Republic of Korea, Tajikistan, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Nepal and host Bangladesh are taking part in the tournament.
The Detective Branch (DB) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) on Wednesday pressed charges against 25 people in the Buet student Abrar Fahad killing case.
Investigation officer of the case, DB Inspector Waheduzzaman, submitted a charge-sheet before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court, DMP Additional Commissioner Monirul Islam told reporters at a briefing at the DMP Media Centre.
Of the accused, 11 were directly involved in beating Abrar at room No-2011 of Sher-e-Bangla Hall of Bangladesh University of Technology (Buet) while the rest 14 were indirectly involved in the incident either by instigating or patronising, directing or planning it and one of them was present at the place of occurrence, he said, adding that they ascertained this through scrutinising the video footage, taking assistance from technology as well as interrogating hall staff, night guard and other students during investigation.
Nineteen of the accused were FIR-named ones and 16 of them were arrested by police while remaining three people -- Jisan, Tamim and Murshed --remained absconding, said Monirul, also chief of the CTTC unit.
The names of the six other accused came to light during investigation, he said, adding that five of them have already been arrested while another one identified as Mustafa Rafi has been on the run.
Among the arrestees, eight made their confessional statements before the CMM court while many others confessed to police to their involvement in the incident, the DMP official said. “That means the charge-sheet has been prepared flawlessly.”
Monirul said after the incident they had promised to bring all the perpetrators under justice quickly and the charge-sheet was submitted as part of the pledge.
He said the charge-sheet was prepared based on scrutiny of the video footage, technological and other evidence as well as witnesses.
Abrar Fahad, 21, a second-year student of electrical and electronic engineering of Buet, was beaten to death reportedly by Bangladesh Chhatra League leaders at Sher-e-Bangla Hall of the university.
He was found dead on the staircase of the hall in the early hours of October 7 after he was taken to the room No-2011 around 8pm on October 6 and beaten mercilessly.