Nur defends top aide Tarek’s “offensive remarks” on Hindu religious scripture

Without offering any apology for the “obscene language” used by his top aide Tarek Rahman to describe Hindu religious scripture, Bangladesh Gono Odhikar Parishad leader Nurul Haque Nur has rather defended the former’s remarks — taking a dig at reports in Indian media on the incident.

“It was an earlier statement by him (Tarek)… why do they need to report it now? This is intentional… you should not report on old things,” Nur said in a video of a press conference.

“It's up to an individual if it hurts them. This is not a collective issue,” Nur went on to say, having Tarek sitting next to him.

Nur did not express any regret to the country’s Hindu community for the obscene and offensive remark made on record by his top aide.

A day before, Nur came down heavily on the Sheikh Hasina-led Awami League government for arresting Jamaat and BNP leaders.

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Calling the Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Shafiqur Rahman — arrested over assisting a militant group — as a “humanitarian” individual, Nur demanded his immediate release.

Nur also lambasted an organisation called Muktijuddho Moncho — a platform for descendants of freedom fighters — that held protest against Nur for his threats to “overthrow the government”.

“Why is this organisation so selective in holding protests? Why did they hold protest against China?” — Nur asked.

Nur’s top aide Tarek recently also made news for threatening to “arm the Rohingyas” in a video that has drawn criticism on social media.

Nur calls Jamaat’s ameer “humanitarian”

“We will train them and arm them” — Tarek is heard saying in the video.

Just two days after this statement, two Rohingya community leaders were killed in the camps that have been hosting around a million Rohingyas.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Missing woman’s body recovered after five days

Police recovered the body of a woman from a river near Putimari Bazar of Khulna’s Batiyaghata five days after she went missing.

The deceased was identified as Fatima Begum, 37, of Khulna.

According to police, Fatima Begum had been missing since January 7 when she went to NGO employee Tahmina’s house to collect Tk 4,000 owned.

Fatima’s family filed a general diary with the police station following her missing.

Meanwhile, NGO worker Tahmina and her husband were called to Khulna sadar police station to inquire about the disappearance of Fatima. At the one stage of interrogation, they admitted to killing Fatima Begum and gave a confessional statement. Their statements were recorded by Metropolitan Magistrate Tariqul Islam on Thursday.

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Nimai Chandra Kundu, officer-in-charge of Khulna police station, said Tahmina, an employee of Nabolok NGO, took Tk 4,000 from the victim saying that she would get a loan of Tk 40,000 from the NGO. But she started an altercation with Fatima about the non-payment of the loan.

On January 7, Fatima went to Tahmina’s house in Daroga Para in the town to get Tk 4,000 back. But Tahmina started an altercation with Fatima and at one stage she hit Fatima’s head with a brick, killing her on the spot. Later, Tahmina and her husband wrapped the body with a plastic bag and threw it in the Putimari River, he added.

According to their confession, divers conducted a search drive into the river but her body was not found. Later, the locals saw the body floating and informed police and police recovered it.

Admitting their responsibility in the murder, the couple gave a statement under section 164 in the court. Later the court sent them to jail.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Shipbreaking worker falls to death in Chattogram’s Sitakunda

A 24-year-old shipbreaking worker died after falling off a ship in Chattogram's Sitakunda Thursday night, police said.

The deceased was identified as Abdul Rahim Tushar from Kurigram.

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Tushar fell off the ship while working on it at Tahsin Shipbreaking Yard in Sonaichhari union near the Bay of Bengal, Md Tofail Ahmed, officer-in-charge of Sitakunda Model Police Station, said.

"Tushar was rushed to Chattogram Medical College Hospital with a critical head injury. He was declared dead at the hospital at 10pm," Tofail added.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Elderly woman dies while basking in warmth of fire in Sirajganj

An elderly woman died who suffered from burn injuries while trying to stay warm by igniting bonfires in Sirajganj.

Five days after the incident, Jahura Begum, 71, died while receiving treatment at the Sirajganj 250 Bed Bongamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib General Hospital.

Md. Humayun Kabir, officer-in-charge of Sirajganj Sadar police station, confirmed the incident occurred on Monday, 9 January, while the victim was warming herself by lighting a fire.

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Her family rescued and rushed her to the hospital in serious condition.

The dead body of the deceased was handed over to the family as no complaint was filed, he said.

A case has been filed in this regard at the police station, he added.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Hike in retail power tariff is less than in developed countries: Info Minister

The electricity tariff in Bangladesh hiked by 5 percent at the retail level is still less than that of many developed countries, said Information Minister Hasan Mahmud on Friday.

A slight increase in electricity tariff is proposed to adjust the subsidy borne by the government, he told the reporters at Rajshahi Circuit House.

“Our government is counting thousands of crores in subsidies for the power sector so that the people do not suffer and can get electricity at a cheap price.”

Rising fuel prices in Europe and the UK are driving electricity rationing, driving up prices. But in Bangladesh, the price has not been increased in that way as the power sector is still dependent on fossil fuels, he said.

BNP paying for "imprudent" decisions: Hasan Mahmud

The government has raised the electricity tariff by 5 percent at the retail level that will be effective from January 1.

Now the average tariff for all consumers will go up by Tk0.36 to Tk7.49 from Tk7.13, the Power Division said in a media statement Thursday.

Regarding the prime minister’s rally in Rajshahi on January 29, Hasan said the rally will be in a field, but the whole city will turn into a rally that day. There will be millions of people joining the rally.

“We believe in the power of the people. And they (BNP) believe in conspiracy and the power of arms. So, all evil forces should be eliminated by the power of the people and that should be shown in the rally of Rajshahi on January 29.”

Marking the PM’s rally here, Hasan Mahmud arrived in Rajshahi this morning for an exchange of views with local leaders and a field visit.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Atiqul wants holiday markets in all 54 wards under him

Dhaka North City Corporation will be setting up holiday markets in all 54 wards under its jurisdiction, according to mayor Atiqul Islam.

He said this while addressing the opening ceremony of a holiday market in the Agargaon area of the capital.

The holiday market, an initiative of the DNCC and Oikko Foundation, will enable SME entrepreneurs to promote their products. It will be open to all every Friday and Saturday.

“We organized this kind of market for the first time to promote the SME sector. If this pilot project runs smoothly, we will initiate setting up holiday markets like this in all 54 wards of Dhaka North,” he said.

“Mainly SME entrepreneurs will sell their products in this market. There will be no middlemen, so they will sell their products directly to the customers at an affordable price,” he added.

Mentioning that DNCC is working to restore the sidewalks as per the mayor’s election manifesto, he also said a pilot project for hawkers is underway at Mirpur 10.

“Certain hawkers will be allowed there five days a week, after 4 p.m. We have also thought about establishing evening markets,” he said.

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In his inaugural speech, Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi praised the initiative and urged involving more women entrepreneurs in all such initiatives.

“Take steps so that women can come forward with their ventures,” he said.

Following the inauguration ceremony, the DNCC Mayor, along with the chief guest and other guests, visited the stalls.

The market has a total of 100 stalls. SME entrepreneurs set up stalls for leather products, jute products, handicrafts, fashion and lifestyle products, home decor products, organic agricultural products, agricultural products, food, and beverages.

Additional Police Commissioner of DMP Mir Rezaul Alam, Chief Executive Officer of Dhaka North City Corporation Selim Reza, and local councillors were also present at the ceremony.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

2 Indian ships visiting Bangladesh as part of defence partnership

Two Indian Coast Guard ships, ICGS SHAURYA and ICGS RAJVEER, arrived at Chattogram on Friday on a six-day visit as part ongoing close cooperation between the Coast Guards of Bangladesh and India.

The two ships showcase Indian Coast Guard's will and commitment “to serve and protect” the maritime interests of the nation.

The visit of these ships is an important part of the defence partnership between India and Bangladesh and the wide-ranging cooperation between the Coast Guards of the two countries, said the Indian High Commission in Dhaka.

The ships were given a warm welcome by the Bangladesh Coast Guard.

The two ships are state-of-the-art indigenously built Indian Coast Guard ships.

ICGS SHAURYA is an Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessel (AOPV) designed and built by M/s Goa Shipyard Limited.

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It operates both Chetak and Advance Light Helicopters and has long-range endurance.

The ship’s sustenance and reach coupled with its advanced systems make her a versatile multipurpose platform for fulfilling Coast Guard Charter of duties.

ICGS RAJVEER is an Inshore Patrol Vessel (IPV) designed and built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders, Kolkata.

It is fitted with advanced navigation and communication equipment, sensors and machinery imparting the ship wide-ranging capabilities for search and rescue, maritime law enforcement and marine pollution response operations.

Regular visits of ships between the Navies and Coast Guards of India and Bangladesh contribute to further strengthening mutual trust and understanding between the two countries and their armed forces, while showcasing our common commitment to peace, stability and prosperity of our shared maritime space . They are visible manifestations of the deep-rooted friendship and cooperation between India and Bangladesh.

Source: United News of Bangladesh