August 15 killers also plotted to assassinate Hasina, Rehana abroad

Prime Minister’s International Affairs Adviser Professor Dr Gowher Rizvi has said following Bangabandhu’s brutal assassination on 15 August 1975, the killers also plotted to murder Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana abroad, which was prevented by the host government of their country of residence at the time.

Dr. Rizvi, an internationally renowned historian and researcher, said there is evidence of a collective and individual conspiracy behind the assassination of Bangabandhu and his family that began during the liberation war long before Bangladesh gained independence.

“Bangabandhu was captured and taken to Pakistan not to be returned alive.”

Dr Rizvi also said, “The main goal of the conspirators was to take back the country to pre-independence state and prevent Bangabandhu from establishing a progressive, secular and Bengali nationalism-based Bangladesh by killing him.

He said sufficient evidence of these has been found. “They will be disclosed in due course.”

He made the remarks while speaking as the chief guest at Bangladesh High Commission, London’s commemorative event on the 47th anniversary of the martyrdom of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the National Mourning Day.

High Commissioner for Bangladesh to the UK Saida Muna Tasneem delivered the commemorative speech at the event, organised on Monday at a hotel in the Royal Borough of Kensington where Shadow Minister for Asia and the Pacific Catherine West, MP and Vice Chair of All Party Parliamentary Group on Bangladesh Lord Sheikh were the special guests.

Eminent member of student action committee of the 1971 overseas freedom movement for Bangladesh liberation in the UK Syed Mojammel Ali also spoke on the occasion.

August 15 killers also plotted to assassinate Hasina, Rehana abroad

Paying profound homage to Bangabandhu and all the martyrs of the 15 August 1975 carnage, High Commissioner Saida Muna Tasneem said the premeditated brutal assassination of Bangabandhu to eliminate his entire family and the secular and progressive values by a few treacherous anti-liberation, anti-democracy and anti-secular forces is also recorded as an incident of unprecedented barbarism in human history and a gross violation of international humanitarian law as it stands apart from political assassinations of other contemporary leaders such as Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and John F Kennedy.

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The High Commissioner said, “Even though the assassins tried to silence the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu lives on in the hearts of hundreds of millions of Bengali people, while his vision for a self-reliant Golden Bengal is being carried forward by his missionary, courageous and dynamic daughter, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.”

She said Bangladesh, under Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Vision 2041, is not only en route to graduating into a Middle-Income Country leapfrogging its economic growth to unprecedented heights as the fastest growing economy of South Asia but has also reached a new milestone of self-reliance by unveiling its first self-financed mega-project, the Padma Bridge, to be followed by our nation’s first Metro Rail and Nuclear Power Plant.

The High Commissioner also said the progressive, inclusive, democratic and secular value-based Bangladesh-UK friendship that Bangabandhu pioneered in 1972 led to the UK becoming Bangladesh’s third largest trade and investment partner, the largest remittance sending country in Europe, the most active partner in climate change and sustainable development, as well as the home of enterprising Bangladeshi-British and Bangladeshi-Irish citizens.

At the event, a message on Bangabandhu from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was read out when a video message on the National Mourning Day from the Leader of the Opposition and the Leader of the Labour Party Sir Keir Starmer was shown.

A documentary on Bangabandhu of Bangladesh’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs was also screened.

At beginning of the event, High Commissioner along with the guests and senior officials placed a floral wreath on Bangabandhu’s Portrait and launched a Bangladesh High Commission’s commemorative publication titled “Bangabandhu-The Friend of Bengal”.

August 15 killers also plotted to assassinate Hasina, Rehana abroad

Renowned cultural activist Urmee Majhar and Counsellor (political) at the Bangladesh High Commission, London Dewan Mahmudul Haque recited the famous poetry “Shei Rattrir Kolpo Kahini” written by celebrity poet Nirmalendu Goon, dedicated to Bangabandhu and the martyrs of 15 August 1975.

The day’s programme began with the lowering of the national flag at half-mast at the High Commission followed by reading out of the messages from the President, Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and State Minister for Foreign Affairs.

A special munajat was also offered for the salvation of the departed souls of Bangabandhu and his family members and others who were brutally assassinated on 15 August 1975.

On this occasion, the High Commissioner visited an East London care home and distributed Bangladesh food to the senior members of the British-Bangladeshi community.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Global Covid cases top 596 million

The overall number of Covid cases has now surged past 596 million amid a rise in new infections in parts of the world.

According to the latest global data, the total case count mounted to 596,934,012 and the death toll reached 6,459,290 on Wednesday morning.

The US has recorded 94,869,936 cases so far and 1,063,087 people have died from the virus in the country, the data shows.

India’s daily Covid-19 caseload rose to 8,813 on Tuesday, officials said.

According to federal health ministry data released on Tuesday, 8,813 new cases of Covid were reported in 24 hours, taking the total tally to 44,277,194 in the country.

The cases reported on Tuesday marked a sharp decline in comparison to the daily caseload of 14,917 reported on Monday.

India’s active caseload currently stands at 111,252, according to the ministry.

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The country also logged 29 related deaths in 24 hours, pushing the overall death toll to 527,098 since the beginning of the pandemic, the ministry said.

Meanwhile, the Chinese mainland on Tuesday reported 566 locally transmitted confirmed Covid cases, of which 482 were in Hainan Province, the National Health Commission said Wednesday.

Covid in Bangladesh

Bangladesh reported zero Covid deaths and 93 new cases in 24 hours till Tuesday morning.

The country last reported zero Covid-linked death on August 13.

With the latest numbers, Bangladesh’s total fatalities remained static at 29,314 while the caseload rose to 2,009,222, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

The daily case test positivity rate rose to 4.41 percent from Monday’s 4.09 percent as 2,110 samples were tested.

The mortality rate remained unchanged at 1.46 percent. The recovery rate rose to 97.15 percent from Monday’s 97.14 percent.

In July, the country reported 142 Covid-linked deaths and 31,422 cases, the highest monthly death toll and caseload since March this year.

Bangladesh registered its highest daily caseload of 16,230 on July 28 last year and daily fatalities of 264 on August 10 in the same year.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Bangladesh marks 17th anniversary of serial blasts

Bangladesh on Wednesday marked the 17th anniversary of the serial bomb blasts that left two people dead and over 50 others injured across the country in 2005.

Various socio-cultural organisations and political parties led the nation in paying tributes to the victims with a renewed call to stamp out extremism from the country.

On this day in 2005, around 500 bombs went off at 434 locations in 63 districts of the country. Banned militant outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) was behind the mayhem.

According to the police headquarters, some 159 cases were lodged at different police stations across the country in connection with the bombings.

In the last 17 years, trials in 94 cases have already been disposed of in which 334 people were sentenced to different jail terms while 55 cases are still under trial, the sources said.

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Twenty-seven accused in the serial blasts had been handed down capital punishment and eight of them were hanged.

The JMB tried to showcase its existence to the nation by carrying out the blasts. But their organisational activities suffered a huge setback with the execution of JMB’s top six leaders in 2007.

The six leaders — Shaikh Abdur Rahman, his second-in-command Siddiqul Islam Bangla Bhai, military commander Ataur Rahman Sunny, think-tank members Abdul Awal, Khaled Saifullah and Salahuddin — were hanged on March 30 in 2007 for killing two judges in Jhalokathi district.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Two traders killed in Rangamati road crash

Two traders were killed when their vehicle skidded off the road and plunged into a ditch in the Nangolmara area of Baghaichhari upazila on Wednesday.

The deceased were identified as Elias Ali, 45, of Korengatoli, and Ananta Tripura, 40, of the Sajek Machalong area of the upazila.

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The accident occurred in the morning when the vehicle carrying bananas turned turtle and then skidded off the road before plunging into the ditch along Baghaihat-Sajek Road.

“The crash that happened after the driver lost control of the speeding vehicle left the two traders dead on the spot,” said Nurul Haque, officer-in-charge of Sajek Police Station.

The driver of the vehicle managed to flee the scene, he said. “Efforts are on to nab him.”

Source: United News of Bangladesh

5 to hang in Ctg naval base blasts case

An anti-terror tribunal in the port city on Wednesday sentenced five members of banned militant outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) to death in the Chattogram naval base bomb blasts case.

Chattogram Anti-terrorism Tribunal judge Abdul Halim handed down the punishment to the five — Abdul Mannan, Ramjan Ali, Bablu Rahman, Abdul Gaffar and M Shakhawat Hossain, a former member of the Bangladesh Navy. Of them, Shakhawat was tried in absentia.

According to the prosecution, 24 Muslim devotees were injured when a number of bombs exploded at the two mosques inside the Isha Khan Base of the Bangladesh Navy on December 18, 2015.

Local people managed to catch Mannan and Ramjan red-handed from the spot.

On September 3, 2016, M Abu Syed, Marshal Commander of the Naval Provost of the Bangladesh Navy, lodged a complaint with EPZ Police.

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Police subsequently registered a case under the Anti-Terrorism Act and the Explosive Act.

In 2017, cops submitted a chargesheet against the five JMB men.

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) detained Bablu from Jhenaidah district on October 30, 2017, while Gaffar was arrested by police in another case. He was shown arrested in this case later.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Bangladesh reports zero Covid death, 212 new cases

Bangladesh reported zero Covid death and 212 new cases in 24 hours till Wednesday morning.

With the latest numbers, Bangladesh’s total fatalities remained static at 29,314 while the caseload rose to 2,009,434, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

The daily case test positivity rate rose to 4.54 percent from Tuesday’s 4.41 per cent as 4,666 samples were tested.

Read: Bangladesh reports zero Covid death, 93 new cases

The mortality rate remained unchanged at 1.46 per cent. The recovery rate rose to 97.17 per cent from Tuesday’s 97.15 per cent.

In July, the country reported 142 Covid-linked deaths and 31,422 cases, the highest monthly death toll and caseload since March this year.

Bangladesh registered its highest daily caseload of 16,230 on July 28 last year and daily fatalities of 264 on August 10 in the same year.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Ex-councillor held for raping woman in Thakurgaon

A former councillor of Pirganj municipality has been arrested for raping a woman, police said on Wednesday.

The accused has been identified as Md Jafrul, a former councillor of ward No 9, and son of Shah Alam of the Bhelatouido area.

According to the case statement, Jafrul, in collusion with two locals — Rumon and Rony — raped the woman in June this year on the pretext of marriage.

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Rumon had captured the rape on video and later used it to blackmail the woman, a local housewife. Both Rumon and Rony too raped the woman subsequently, threatening to make the video viral, police said.

Despite acceding to their threats, the trio made the video viral, forcing the woman to approach the Thakurgaon court on August 3 to get a case registered under the Women and Children Repression and Prevention Act.

Jahangir Alam, officer-in-charge of Pirganj Police Station, said they arrested Jafrul on Tuesday. “He was produced in a court that sent him to judicial custody. Efforts are on to nab the other accused.”

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Dengue numbers keep rising: 98 new cases reported

Ninety-eight more people were hospitalised with dengue – a viral infection – in the 24 hours to Wednesday morning as cases have continued to increase in Bangladesh.

Seventy-seven new patients were admitted to the hospitals of Dhaka and 21 outside it, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

Four hundred and fourteen dengue patients, including 346 in the capital, are now receiving treatment at hospitals across the country.

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This year’s death toll from the mosquito-borne viral disease rose to 17 Tuesday with one more death reported from Dhaka.

On June 21, the DGHS reported the first death of the season from the viral disease. In July, it recorded 1,571 dengue cases and nine deaths.

This year, the directorate has recorded 4,081 dengue cases and 3,650 recoveries so far.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Khulna University: Students call off movement following assurance

Students of Khulna University called off their movement in the early hours of Wednesday after authorities assured them of meeting their demands.

The university authorities on Tuesday afternoon issued a notice to seize all sorts of items, including electronic devices, rice cookers and knives, after a female student of Aparajita Hall attempted suicide by slitting her throat with a chopper.

Following the announcement, the students broke open the lock of the hall and took position in front of the dormitory’s main gate to press home their 10-point demand around 10pm.

Expressing solidarity with the movement, students from other halls started gathering at Hadi Chattor and continued with the protest until the university authorities assured them of fulfilling their demands around 2am.

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Later, the agitating students submitted their 10-point demand to the authorities.

The major demands included lifting the ban on the use of rice cookers and other utensils, amnesty for students who raise voice against sexual harassment on social media, and allowing guardians and female relatives to stay in the halls.

The students also made it clear to the university authorities that they would go for a stricter movement “if our demands are met at the earliest”.

Rahima Rimmi, provost of Aparajita Hall, said that the authorities would meet all the demands of the students.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Begum Rokeya University to hold online classes on Thursday

Begum Rokeya University authorities have decided to hold online classes every Thursday in a bid to save energy in line with the Prime Minister’s recent call to maintain austerity.

The decision was taken at an online meeting of the university’s academic council chaired by Vice-Chancellor (VC) Prof Dr Mohammad Hasibur Rashid on Tuesday night.

According to the decision, , exams for which schedules have been published will be held in-person.

All the administrative offices will remain closed on the stipulated day.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

BSBMC students protest against ‘unsafe’ halls

Students of Barishal-Sher-e-Bangla Medical College (BSBMC) have been staging demonstrations in front of the academic building since Wednesday morning, demanding safe dormitories for them.

The protesters took to the streets around 8 am and then went for a sit-in protest in front of the academic building and the office of the principal.

According to the protesters, there are six separate halls for female and male students and all are in dilapidated conditions. Besides, they claim that peeled-off plasters from the roofs of the dilapidated buildings often fall on them.

Ehsan Ullah, a student of the college, said the Habibur Rahman dorm is in a vulnerable condition. “Immediate repairs are needed.”

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Tahsin Ahmed, another student, said the authorities concerned had earlier declared the Habibur Rahman dormitory as “unsafe”, but no steps have been taken yet for the rehabilitation of its residents.

“We want action within seven days. Otherwise, they will embark on an indefinite strike,” said Sagar Hossain, a fourth-year student of the college.

Prof Maniruzzaman Shaheen, principal of Sher-e-Bangla Medical College, said that construction and repair works will start soon in the dormitories.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Missing student’s body fished out of Bay after two days

The body of an honours student of Gazipur Metropolitan College was fished out of the Sugandha point of the Bay of Bengal Wednesday, two days after he went missing, police said.

Second-year student Abdullah Al Maruf, 21, of Gazipur went missing from Kolatoli point of Cox’s Bazar sea beach Monday.

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Maruf and his friends Shawon and Adnan went missing as they were bathing defying the local cautionary signal No. 3, Assistant Superintendent of Cox’s Bazar Tourist Police Chowdhury Mizanur Zaman said.

SeaSafe, a joint initiative aimed to reduce the risk of drowning in the coastal area of Cox’s Bazar, staff later managed to rescue Shawon and Adnan.

“The non-profit organisation fished out Maruf’s decomposed body from the sea at Sugandha point around 12.30pm. It was later handed over to Maruf’s family without a post-mortem,” Mizanur said.

Source: United News of Bangladesh