Three Rohingya men were killed in a gunfight with RAB near a Teknaf Rohingya camp in Cox’s Bazar, around 6 pm on Tuesday.
The deceased were identified as the main figures in bandit group 'Zakir Bahini', including chief Zakir, and his two companions, Hamid and Zohir, by RAB-15 Wing Commander Azim Ahmed.
On report of robbery in the Shal Bagan hills near Rohingya Camp No. 26, RAB team led by Teknaf RAB camp in-charge, Biman Kumar Chandrakar, reached the spot where they exchanged fire with the robbers.
Along with the dead bodies RAB recovered a large quantity of weapons from the spot, informed RAB source.
Army Cadet Asif, 19, went missing on Monday after going for a swim in the River Sangu in Chattogram.
The incident took place in the late evening. Coast Guard and Navy are still looking for him, Anwara Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Sheikh Jobayer Ahmed confirmed this to UNB.
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"A trainee army man went missing in the River Sangu in Anwara upazila as he went there as part of the winter exercise of the army," Lieutenant Commander Habibur Rahman, in-charge of Bangladesh Coast Guard East Zone, said.
"Upon receiving the news, the Coast Guard divers started searching the place."
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Three persons returning home on a bike have been killed after being hit by a speeding truck in Brahmanbaria, police said Friday.
The accident occurred on Thursday night in the Paniarup area of the district's Kashba upazila.
The deceased were identified as Iqbal, 23, Amjad, 15, and Payel, 21.
Officer-in-Charge of Kashba Police Station Md Alamgir Bhuiyan said the three died on the spot after their bike was hit by the truck. "We have seized the truck but its driver managed to flee," he said.
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Alarming rate of road accidents
Road accidents are one of the leading causes of deaths in Bangladesh, as 37,170 people were killed in 26,902 accidents across the country in the past five years.
In January 2021 alone, as many as 484 people were killed and 673 injured in 427 road accidents across Bangladesh -- a 25.58% rise year-on-year, according to Road Safety Foundation (RSF).
At least 445 lives were lost in 340 road accidents in January last year, RSF said on Saturday.
Moreover, between January 1 and January 31 this year, 168 people were killed in 159 motorcycle crashes -- 37.23% of the total road accidents.
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WB Report on road safety
As per a World Bank report, published in February 2020, Bangladesh needs to invest an estimated extra $7.8 billion over the next decade to halve its road crash fatalities.
The report attributed the high death rate on Bangladesh roads to a chronic lack of investment in systemic, targeted, and sustained road safety programmes.
The annual road crash deaths per capita in Bangladesh are twice the average rate for high-income countries and five times that of the best-performing countries in the world, it said.
Children and the working-age population were most affected by road crash injuries in Bangladesh, the World Bank report added.
Students of Barishal University staged demonstrations for the second consecutive day on Thursday to press home their six-point demand.
The students took position in front of the academic building of the university around 10 am and chanted slogans protesting attack on some of their fellows by local transport workers.
They also threatened to put up barricade on the highway again if their demands are not met within 48 hours.
Earlier, the students of Barishal University observed a 10-hour blockade programme on Wednesday over the issue.
They also issued an ultimatum to fulfil their three-point demand within 48 hours.
Besides, a meeting will be held with the representatives of the teachers of the university and the protesting students over the matter on Thursday, said Mahmudul Hasan Tomal, a student of the university who got hurt during the attack by transport workers.
Meanwhile, a section of students of the university formed a human chain protesting the attack on their fellows around 11 am in front of Ashwini Kumar Hall in the city.
Earlier, the student of the university blocked traffic on the busy Barishal-Patuakhali highway, demanding immediate action against the perpetrators of Tuesday's attack that left 11 students injured.
On Tuesday, two students of the university were allegedly manhandled by few staffers of Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) at BRTC bus counter in the Rupatoli area of the city.
In protest, some students of the university blocked the bus terminal for two hours. They dispersed only after police arrested one BRTC employee, identified as Rafique, in connection with the attack.
In retaliation, the transport workers armed with sticks barged into a university hostel and attacked a student, identified as Mahmudul Hasan Tomal, on the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday.
As the news of the attack spread, thanks to social media, students from other hostels of the university rushed to the spot to save Tomal. The transport workers attacked Tomal's rescuers too, leaving 11 injured.
Wednesday marks the 122nd birth anniversary of legendary Bengali poet Jibanananda Das, often considered the greatest poet of the post-Tagorian era for his contribution to Bengali literature.
Marking the day, different socio-cultural organizations are organizing commemorative cultural events and also virtual programmes.
Saudha Society of Poetry and Indian music, a Leeds based UK’s leading Indian classical music promoters, is hosting a two-day International Jibanananda Festival with guest discussants and artistes from Bangladesh and India, starting from Wednesday.
The festival, consisting of discussions and cultural performances, is going to be streaming live from Saudha’s Facebook page and YouTube channel on 17th and 18th February from 9 pm to 1 pm (Bangladesh) and 3 pm to 8 pm (UK) each day.
Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni will join the inauguration ceremony of this virtual festival as its chief guest, while Vice-Chancellor of Barisal University Professor Md Sadequl Arefin will preside over the ceremony.
The inauguration session on Wednesday will feature a series of talks by acclaimed poet, essayist and professor of Bengali department at Kazi Nazrul University (KNU) in India Jahar Sen Majumdar, Jibanananda’s nephew and author Amitananda Das, writer and the director of Bangabandhu Institute of Comparative Literature and Culture in Jahangirnagar University professor Shamim Reza and director of Jibanananda Das Research Centre in Barisal University professor Muhasin Uddin.
The first day of the festival will also be joined by author and the director of Nazrul Centre at the Kazi Nazrul University in India professor Swati Guha, eminent Bangladeshi critic, writer and academician professor Dr Syed Manzoorul Islam, poet and professor of Leeds Trinity University Oz Hardwick, prominent theorist, poet and the former vice-chancellor of Assam University professor Tapodhir Bhattacharjee, writer, critic and associate professor at Grand Valley State University in USA Azfar Hussain and fiction-writer and a medical anthropologist at Sussex University in the UK Dr Shahaduz Zaman.
The cultural section of the first-day in this international festival will feature musical interpretation of Jibananada’s poetry by Indian classical vocalist Koyel Bhattacharya, Sarod player Subhaasish Banerjee, semi-classical vocalist Amith Dey along with the visual interpretation of Jibanananda’s poetry through dance by Columbian Kathak dancer Jessica Correa, Indian Kathak exponent Nayanika Ghosh Chowdhury, musical performances by singers Erick Schelander, Poppy Shahnaz and Manash Chowdhury, and photographic interpretations of a few visually-rich poems by photographers Pablo Khaled and Nishat Afza.
The second day of the festival will also feature enthralling cultural performances and enlightening discussions, according to the organizers.
Known as the ‘Ruposhi Banglar Kobi’ (Poet of the beautiful Bengal), Jibanananda Das was born on February 17, 1899 in Barishal.
Jibanananda Das is widely revered as the purest poet of melancholic nature of Bengal and the most remarkable poet of post-Tagorian Bengali literature who tried to shake off Rabindranath Tagore’s poetic influence and also considered by many as the most-read poet after Rabindranath Tagore and Kazi Nazrul Islam in Bangladesh and West Bengal.
As a poet, Jibanananda Das did not achieve much recognition and popularity during his lifetime, however, his poetic brilliance got the recognition after his untimely death with the discovery of many of his manuscripts.
Born in Barisal to a Vaidya-Brahmo family, Jibanananda Das studied English literature at Presidency College, Kolkata and earned his MA from then Calcutta University.
He started his journey as a poet at an early age while he was a student. Many of his poems inspired an uprising sentiment towards Bengali nationhood, especially after his departure and during the 1971 Liberation War of Bangladesh.
Famously known for his poetic creation Banalata Sen, his other collections of poems include Jhara Palak, Dhusar Pandulipi, Mahaprithibi, Satti Tarar Timir, Ruposhi Bangla, Bela Obela Kalbela and others.
Though principally being a poet, Jibanananda also wrote a collection of essays, 21 novels and 108 short stories. Many of his novels were published posthumously including Malyaban, Sutirtha and others. His completed works have been published in 12 volumes as Jibanananda Samagra from Kolkata, India.
Jibanananda Das passed away in a road accident in Kolkata on October 22, 1954 at the age of 55.