‘Deshantor’ narrates our best effort showcasing partition, patriotism: Ashutosh Sujan

Ashutosh Sujan, a well-known media figure who is most recognized for his work in television dramas and commercials, is set to enthrall moviegoers with his directorial debut in the government-granted movie “Deshantor,” scheduled to hit theatres on November 11.


The movie, based on the same-titled novel by Ekushey Padak-winning poet-novelist and his father-in-law Nirmalendu Goon, sheds light on the partition period in the Indian subcontinent starring an ensemble cast including Ahmed Rubel, Moushumi, Mamunur Rashid, Shubhashis Bhowmik, Momena Chowdhury, Yash Rohan, Rodela Tapur and others.


In an interview with UNB, director Ashutosh said that ‘Deshantor’ portrays a different storyline regarding partition and patriotism, and offers a unique approach to storytelling based on the same topic.


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“Typically in the periodic films, what we see is the tale of a community fleeing a nation that has experienced significant violence of any historic riot or similar circumstances. ‘Deshantor’ is offering a different approach to that notion. In this film, we narrated a story of staying in the motherland, out of sheer patriotism and love.”


“Making a film based on a novel in our country is quite a challenge,” Ashutosh Sujan told UNB. “During the process, we experienced a lot of ups and downs; however, we made sure to provide the best of our combined efforts. I hope our audience will also understand our efforts while watching the film in theatres.”


Produced by Bay of Bengal films, ‘Deshantor’ is distributed by Jaaz Multimedia. The trailer of the film was released on Jaaz’s official YouTube channel and Facebook page on October 31, garnering critical acclaim from audiences for its interesting plot and excellent colour grading.


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A song, titled “Amar Shwapner Haatey Haatkora” was released on November 3 on the aforementioned channel and page. The song is composed by Emon Chowdhury and sung by Ashutosh Sujan and Obonti Dev Shiti.


Popular filmmaker Mostofa Sarwar Farooki, also a close acquaintance and maestro of Sujan in Farooki’s production house Chabial, praised the song on his Facebook. Reminiscing the song, Farooki wrote: “Sujan sang this song for countless days in our Chabial house. A lot of our beautiful memories are intertwined with this track.”


Prior to the movie’s November 11 release, a press conference will be organized on November 9. More information on the film will be revealed at the press conference, Ashutosh informed.


Source: United News of Bangladesh

DMP Commissioner asks DB to work considering changing crime patterns

Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Khandker Golam Faruq on Saturday asked the Detective Branch to work considering changing patterns of crimes.


“Crime patterns are changing, cybercrime is increasing, DB needs to work considering all these crime patterns,” he said.


The DMP Commissioner made the remarks during a meeting with officers of the Detective Branch (DB) after visiting its Minto Road headquarters in the city on Saturday.


It was the first visit of Khandker Golam Faruq after he took over as the DMP commissioner on October 29 last month.


Praising the DB’s working capabilities, the DMP chief said DB has the ability to unravel the mystery of any sensational case. The capabilities of DMP’s branch are at a very high level, he said.


The Commissioner also assured the detectives that he would take steps for further capacity building of the DB.


Congratulating the newly appointed commissioner for coming to visit DB office, Additional Commissioner (DB) Mohammad Harun-ur-Rashid said, “You are the pride of Bangladesh Police. We are working under your leadership so that residents of Dhaka metropolis can stay safe.”


The DB chief also said that DMP’s DB is now a trusted name for the city dwellers. When a crime occurs, DB works not only in the metropolis, but in any part of Bangladesh, he added.


In his speech, Additional Commissioner and chief of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) of the DMP Md. Asaduzzaman said, “You (DMP Commissioner) are an efficient officer in crime management. In 2015, a Japanese national was killed in a militant attack in Rangpur. Then the mystery of the case was revealed under your leadership”.


The CTTC chief said that as soon as any incident occurs in the DMP, the DB starts the shadow investigation. Detectives do not stop until the organised crime is revealed, he said.


He also said that DB has capabilities, it will go further if get specific instructions from the DMP chief.


In his welcome speech, Joint Commissioner (Admin and DB South) of the DMP Sanjit Kumar Roy highlighted the recent notable achievements of the DB and also placed some demands, including establishment of forensic labs.


Source: United News of Bangladesh


Man held with over 2.5 lakh Dirham at Ctg airport

National Security Intelligence and Customs Intelligence Authority have detained a Sharjah-bound passenger with over 2.5 lakh Dirham at Shah Amanat International Airport in Chattogram on Saturday.


The detainee was Mohammad Ali, of Satkania upazila in the district.


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He was supposed to fly to Sharjah of the United Arab Emirates by an Air Arabia aircraft in the morning.


Bashir Ahmed, additional director general of customs intelligence and investigation authority, said a team of the NSI and Customs Intelligence jointly conducted a drive at the airport around 6.30am.


Mohammad Ali was detained with foreign currency worth over Tk 73 lakh during the drive; he said adding that the detainee visited several countries six times in the current year.


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During primary interrogation, the detainee confessed to his involvement in money launderingr, the customs officer said.


A case will be filed against him at the Patenga police station in this connection, he added.


Source: United News of Bangladesh


Ex-JCD leader among 2 dead in Pabna road crash

Two persons including a former BNP student front leader were killed in a road accident in Pabna Sadar upazila on Saturday morning.


The deceased were—Ariful Islam Biswas, son of Nurul Islam and former social service affairs secretary of the district unit of the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), and Sumon Ghosh, 26. They were residents of Dilalpur area under Pabna municipality.


Himel Rana, former president of the JCD unit, said Arif was the social service secretary and an employee of a private organisation in Ishwardi.


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The accident occurred in the morning when a speeding bus knocked down a motorbike carrying the duo from the behind in Tebunia Krishi Farm Intersection, leaving Sumon dead on the spot and Ariful critically injured, he said.


He was rushed to Pabna General Hospital where physicians pronounced him dead on arrival, the JCD leader said.


Ashish Sharnal, officer-in-charge of Pakshi Highway Police Station, said the bodies were kept at the sadar hospital’s morgue for autopsies.


The bodies will be handed over to their families after the postmortems, he added.


Source: United News of Bangladesh


Teen’s decomposed body found 5 days after going missing in Jhenaidah

The half-decomposed body of a 16-year-old teen on Saturday was recovered from a paddy field five days after he went missing from his home in Shailkupa upazila of the district.

The deceased was identified as Hridoy Hossain, son of Tota Mia of Jungalia village under the upazila.

Selim Akter, a member of Kacherkoul Union Parishad, said the youth left his house after an argument with his parents five days back.

Locals spotted the body in the paddy field in the morning and subsequently informed the law enforcers.

Aminul Islam, officer-in-charge of Shailkupa police station, said they sent the body to Sadar Hospital for autopsy after recovering from the field.

The youth might have been killed but a concrete reason will be known after the postmortem, the OC added.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

AL trying to snatch votes again, just like they did in 2014 and 2018: Fakhrul

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday said their stance is clear that no election will be held under Sheikh Hasina; she has to resign and dissolve parliament.


“She has to hand over power to a caretaker government. That neutral government will hold a free and fair election,” he said while addressing the crowds at Bangabandhu Udyan during BNP’s Barishal Divisional rally.


He said that Awami League is trying to snatch votes again, like they did in the elections of 2014 and 2018.


“They are trying to show that the new Chief Election Commissioner is neutral who said the election will be held using electronic voting machines. But we have strongly opposed it,” he added.


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He said the government keeps saying that Bangladesh is self-sufficient in food production and there is development everywhere.


“But the reality is 42 percent people in Bangladesh are still living under the poverty line,” said Fakhrul.


He said the ongoing movement of BNP is not only to save its Chairperson Khaleda Zia, Tarique Rahman or any leaders but also for saving the people of Bangladesh.


He acknowledged and praised party activists and leaders who started arriving to the venue from Thursday, defying all obstacles amid no vehicular movement.


Tens of thousands of BNP activists and leaders joined the divisional rally in Barishal city, demanding the release of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and national election under a non-party neutral government.


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The rally began around 11 am at the city’s Bangabandhu Udyan. The crowd spilled out onto the surrounding roads.


Saturday’s rally is be the fifth by the BNP at the divisional level. The first one was held in Chattogram, the second one in Mymensingh, and the third and fourth in Khulna and Rangpur, respectively.


Source: United News of Bangladesh


IGP promises stern action against anyone breaking the law

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Chowdhury Abdullah Al-Mamun on Saturday served a stern warning against anyone tries to deteriorate the law-and-order situation.


“Police have been dealing with any crime including militancy, terrorism and drugs with a ‘zero tolerance’ policy. If anyone tries to worsen the law-and-order situation, appropriate action will be taken against him,” he said.


The IGP came up with remarks while talking to reporters in Sylhet on Saturday.


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In response to a question from the journalists, the IGP said that the police have an obligation to perform their duties as per the instructions of the Election Commission during the election period. “During the election, the police will perform their duties according to the rules and regulations of the Election Commission,” he said.


In response to another question regarding drugs, the IGP said that drugs are a social problem. Police operations against drugs are continuing. Most of the detainees in the jail are on drug charges. He hoped that, with the joint efforts of all, the drug problem would be solved.


On problems faced by expatriates, the IGP noted that remittances are earned by the country through expatriates. A desk has already been set up in the Police headquarters for the welfare of the expatriates, with hotline numbers which remain open round the clock.


“We have been giving assistance to expatriates when they contact us with any problem. Besides, the relatives of the expatriates are also provided with services even if they contact through the National Emergency Service number 999,” the IGP said.


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Later IGP sat in a special welfare meeting with the members of Sylhet Range, Sylhet District Police, Sylhet Metropolitan Police and all the police units based in Sylhet as the chief guest.


Meanwhile, the IGP also inaugurated the third and fourth floors of the Sylhet Divisional Police Hospital building and Shaheed Police Inspector Chowdhury Mohammad Abu Kaichar BPM building.


He planted saplings of Krishna Chura and Satkara trees in Sylhet Police Lines.


Source: United News of Bangladesh


Our Barishal rally is a success, what did the govt gain by blocking everything?’

Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s (BNP) standing committee member and one of the main speakers of the party’s divisional rally in Barishal said on Saturday that the presence of thousands of people at Bangabandhu Udyan amid all the obstacles proved how much these people loved the country and the party.


“I couldn’t talk to anyone on phone after coming to Barishal. The live telecast of our programme was disrupted due to an absence of internet services. Yet, the entire Barishal had become a city of meetings and processions. Our rally was successfully conducted after winning against all the odds. Now my question is, what did the government gain through blocking everything?” Abbas said.


The BNP leader added that the incumbent government will completely ruin the country, unless they are removed from power through a free and fair election.


“We’ll never accept an election under the current government. Neither will we let anyone hold an election through electronic voting machines (EVM). The upcoming general election has to be held under a non-partisan caretaker government and through ballot papers, not other way around,” Abbas added.


Source: United News of Bangladesh

13 killed in Russian cafe fire

A fire in a cafe in the Russian city of Kostroma killed at least 13 people and injured five others on Saturday, local authorities said.


The governor of the Kostroma region, Sergei Sitnikov, said 13 people died in the fire and five more were slightly injured. Russian news agency Interfax cited local emergency officials as saying that the death toll stood at 15. The contradicting numbers couldn’t be immediately reconciled.


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The blaze erupted in the early hours after someone apparently used a flare gun, according to the authorities. The Russian state news agency RIA Novosti reported that a brawl erupted in the cafe shortly before the fire, but it wasn’t immediately clear if it had anything to do with the use of a flare gun.


Source: United News of Bangladesh


IMF’s conditions for loan: TIB watchful about “discriminatory implications”

Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has expressed concern over “potential discriminatory implications” of some of the conditions on which the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is proposing its $4.5 billion loan to Bangladesh.


TIB has also called upon the lender to be consistent with its own policy against corruption and money laundering.


In a media statement issued on Saturday, TIB drew the attention of the IMF negotiating team to the potential distributive injustices of some of their proposed conditions like reform of subsidies on fuel, fertilizer, electricity and gas.


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Such measures, and indeed the whole package of conditions must be designed in a manner that does not in reality add further discriminatory impacts on the already overburdened common people, it said.


Referring to the global lender’s policy obligations, Executive Director of TIB, Iftekharuzzaman said it is disappointing that IMF appears to be inconsistent with its own policy and failing to mainstream concrete strategic measures to promote better governance in general and prevent corruption and money laundering in particular.


“Without such measures their package of conditions is not only unlikely to achieve the intended purpose but will also add adverse discriminatory impact on the already overburdened people,” he said.


The TIB chief further said while imposition of conditions, which are often tough and unpleasant, are indispensable part of IMF’s lending business, the question is whether the package represents a strategy that puts public interest first, or on the contrary it is counterproductive for the people.


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“The IMF team is rightly concerned about low tax-GDP ratio of Bangladesh. But it appears to bank mainly on VAT as the prescription which is known for its discriminatory impact,” reads the statement.


On the other hand, TIB said, there is no indication of any possible measures to prevent and control widespread tax evasion and money laundering, especially misinvoicing-based illicit transfers.


Adoption of the Common Reporting Standard (CRS) for automatic exchange of information on financial transactions within and across borders is one such missed opportunity.


“IMF has a commitment to specifically and forthrightly address corruption and money laundering. We expect the international lender to practice what it preaches,” said Zaman.


Source: United News of Bangladesh

Independence Cup Football: Air Force advance to final round

Bangladesh Air Force advanced to the final round of the Independence Cup Football 2022, eliminating Little Friends Club 5-4 in a tie breaker at the Sheikh Fazlul Haque Moni Stadium in Gopalganj on Saturday.


The qualifying round match between two teams was drawn 2-2 goals in the stipulated period.


Sumon scored both the goals for Bangladesh Air Force in the 28th and 75th minutes while Rayhan and Yasin scored one each for the Little Friends in the 37th and 66th minutes respectively.


The remaining qualifying round match between Bangladesh Army and Bangladesh Navy will be held on Sunday (November 6) at 2 pm at the Bir Shreshta Matiur Rahman Stadium in Munshiganj.


The 16-team final round of the meet will be held on November 13 to December 5 at three venues across the country–Sheikh Fazlul Haque Moni Stadium in Gopalganj, Bir Shreshta Matiur Rahman Stadium in Munshiganj and Shaheed Dhirendranath Dutta Stadium in Cumilla.


Dhaka Mohammedan SC will play the winners of Bangladesh Army and Bangladesh Navy in the inaugural match on November 13 in Munshiganj while Sheikh Russel KC will encounter Fortis Football Club in the other opening day’s fixture in Cumilla.


Participating teams are: Group A – Dhaka Mohammedan SC, Sheikh Russel KC, Fortis Football Club. Bangladesh Army/Bangladesh Navy


Group B – Bashundhara Kings, Chittagong Abahani, Azampur Football Club and Youngmens’ Club Fakirerpool.


Group C – Dhaka Abahani Limited, Muktijoddha Sangsad KC, Uttara Football Club and Bangladesh Air Force


Group D – Sheikh Jamal DC,Bangladesh Police FC, Rahmatganj MFS and BFF Elite Football Academy.


Source: United News of Bangladesh

Cute Premier Handball: Prime SC, Narinda Pragoti Boys reach final

Prime Sporting Club and Narinda Pragoti Boys Club reached the final of the Cute Premier Division Handball League’ 2022 beating their opponents at the Shaheed (Capt) M Mansur Ali National Handball Stadium here Saturday.


The final match will be held on Monday (Nov 7) at 3 pm at the same venue.


Prime Sporting Club reached the final berth as the Group A champions outplaying Arambagh KS by 55-17 goals after dominating the first half by 23-7 goals Saturday noon.


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In the day’s another match, Narinda Pragoti Boys Club emerged B Group champions to reach the final eliminating Bangla Club 46-36 goals after trailing by 20-19 goals n the first session in the afternoon.


In the day’s other match., Jurain Janata Club beat Dhaka Mariner Youngs Club by 28-25 goals after trailing the first half by 9-15 goals Saturday afternoon.


Source: United News of Bangladesh