APBN rescues abducted Indian girl; 1 arrested

An abducted Indian girl, who had been missing since last January 2022, was rescued by Armed Police Battalion (APBN) Uttara from a house under Tangi Pashcim Police Station on Thursday.


On January 20, an Indian citizen named Pradip Pal from North 24 Parganas district of West Bengle filed a case claiming that Bangladeshi citizen Kaushik Bishwas abducted his 14-year-old daughter Sreeja Pal and hid somewhere in Dhaka.


The Indian High Commission informed the Bangladesh foreign ministry which directed Bangladesh police to take immediate action about the matter.


Additional Superintendent of Police (Operation) Kazi Rubaiyat Rumi said that Sreeja Palwas was rescued from a house under Tongi West Police Station through a special operation of 11-APBN Uttara on Thursday and Kaushik Biswas was also arrested.


A case has been filed regarding the incident with Tangi West Police Station.


Source: United News of Bangladesh


Rohingya youth shot dead in Ukhiya camp

A Rohingya youth was shot dead by miscreants at Ukhiya Rohingya camp on Friday afternoon.


The deceased was identified as Rafiq, 35, son of Dil Mohammad and resident of A/9 block of Ukhiya Rohingya camp-19.


Farooq Ahmad, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Farooq Ahmad of APBN-8, said that 10-15 armed miscreants abducted Rafiq from his own block of camp-19 and shot him to death on the spot.


The body was handed over to the police after recovery, said the ASP adding that efforts are going on to identify and arrest those involved in the incident.


Source: United News of Bangladesh

Quad voices deep concern at “deteriorating situation” in Myanmar

Quad countries have strongly emphasized the importance of maintaining peace, stability, and prosperity and expressed their deep concern at the deteriorating situation in Myanmar.


“In this regard, we emphasize the need for complete cessation of violence, the release of all those arbitrarily detained, resolution of issues through dialogue, unhindered humanitarian access, and transition to an inclusive, federal democratic system in Myanmar,” account to a joint statement released by the Secretary of State of the United States and the Foreign Ministers of the governments of Australia, India, and Japan on the occasion of the Quad Foreign Ministers’ meeting held in New Delhi.


Towards this, they reaffirm their consistent support to the ASEAN-led efforts, including the work of the ASEAN Chair and Office of the Special Envoy, and called for the full implementation of ASEAN’s Five-Point Consensus.


“We also encourage the international community to work together in a pragmatic and constructive way towards resolving the crisis in Myanmar,” the joint statement issued by the US Department of State on Friday night after the Quad Ministerial Meeting.


The Foreign Ministers of Australia, India and Japan and the Secretary of State of the United States of America met in New Delhi, India on March 3 for the Quad Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.


They will work closely to align and complement the Quad’s agenda with Japan’s Presidency of the G7, India’s Presidency of the G20, and the United States’ APEC host year in 2023, according to the joint statement.


“We will continue to meet regularly to deliver concrete benefits and serve as a force for good, deepening practical and positive cooperation for the benefit of the Indo-Pacific region,” it reads.


The meeting reaffirmed the Quad’s “steadfast commitment” to supporting a free and open Indo-Pacific, which is inclusive and resilient.


“We strongly support the principles of freedom, rule of law, sovereignty and territorial integrity, peaceful settlement of disputes without resorting to threat or use of force and freedom of navigation and overflight, and oppose any unilateral attempt to change the status quo, all of which are essential to the peace, stability and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific region and beyond,” they said.


They underscored the importance of achieving SDGs in a “comprehensive manner” without prioritizing a narrow set of such goals, and reaffirmed that the UN has a central role in supporting countries in its implementation.


They recognized that peace and security in the maritime domain underpins the development and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific, and reiterated the importance of respect for sovereignty, consistent with international law.


The Quad members are determined to “deepen engagement” with regional partners, including through information-sharing, capacity-building and technical assistance, to strengthen maritime domain awareness; to counter illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing; to enhance their capability to protect and develop offshore resources, consistent with UNCLOS; to ensure freedom of navigation and overflight; and to promote the safety and security of sea lines of communication.


They wwelcome the announcement of the first class of Quad Fellows, who will begin their academic pursuits in the United States in August 2023.


The next Quad Leaders’ Summit being hosted by Australia will be held this year.


Source: United News of Bangladesh


3 Indiana men guilty in fatal shooting of 3 men, 1 woman

Three Indianapolis men have been convicted of murder and other charges in the fatal shooting of three young men and a young woman found slain in a ransacked Indianapolis apartment, a prosecutor said Friday.


Cameron Banks, Desmond Banks, and Lasean Watkins were convicted of four counts each of murder, felony murder and robbery resulting in serious bodily injury following a five-day trial, Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears said.


The charges stemmed from the February 2020 shooting deaths of Braxton Ford, Kimari Hunt, Jalen Roberts and Marcel Wills.


A fourth suspect, Rodrience Anderson, pleaded guilty last October to four counts of robbery resulting in serious bodily injury and, under a plea agreement, agreed to cooperate with the prosecution.


Mayor Joe Hogsett announced the arrests of the four at a news conference where he praised the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and “the cooperation and collaboration of community members” for their efforts leading to the arrests.


“While nothing can bring back the four young people whose lives were cut much too short by senseless violence, these charges serve as a meaningful step toward delivering justice to the impacted families,” Hogsett said.


A witness who noticed that an apartment’s patio door had been shattered and possibly shot out called the police late on Feb. 5. The caller said “subjects” were seen fleeing the scene.


Inside, officers found the four victims and the apartment ransacked, with drawers pulled from dressers and an empty safe with a key still inside it in a closet, according to the affidavit. Two guns were also missing, it states.


A witness told detectives that he had been at the apartment the night of the killings and had seen three people show up there in hoodies, according to the affidavit. That person told detectives that “everyone at the apartment was shooting dice and one of the males kept coming and going from the residence while another of the males kept coming and going to the restroom as if he was trying to look around the house,” the affidavit states.


The witness provided a vehicle description and investigators identified the vehicle on surveillance video, the affidavit says.


Source: United News of Bangladesh

Dhaka’s air most polluted in the world for 3rd consecutive day

Dhaka continued to occupy the top spot in the list of cities around the world with the worst air quality for the third consecutive day this morning (March 4, 2023).


With an air quality index (AQI) score of 288 at 9:30 am, the capital of Bangladesh ranked first in the list of cities with the worst air quality.


An AQI between 151 and 200 is considered “unhealthy,” 201 and 300 “very unhealthy,” and 301 to 400 is considered “hazardous,” posing serious health risks to residents.


India’s Mumbai, China’s Beijing and Thailand’s Chiang Mai occupied the second, third and fourth spots in the list, with AQI scores of 203, 198 and 192, respectively.


In Bangladesh, the AQI is based on five criteria pollutants – particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5), NO2, CO, SO2 and ozone.


Dhaka has long been grappling with air pollution issues. Its air quality usually turns unhealthy in winter and improves during the monsoon.


Air pollution consistently ranks among the top risk factors for death and disability worldwide.


Breathing polluted air has long been recognised as increasing a person’s chances of developing heart disease, chronic respiratory diseases, lung infections and cancer, according to several studies.


Source: United News of Bangladesh

Tourist killed as ‘Chander Gari’ falls into ditch in Sajek

A tourist was killed and seven others were injured when a ‘Chander Gari’( a vehicle that usually carries tourists) fell into a ditch while returning from Sajek on Friday.


The deceased was identified as Fardin Hasan Bishal, 35, hailing from Dhaka’s Shyampur.


The identities of the injured could not be confirmed immediately.


The accident occurred around 5pm when the Chander Gari reached Khasrang Hill Resort area from Sajek’s Konglak Hill, overturned and fell into a ditch, said Nurul Alam, officer-in-charge of Sajek Police Station.


Later, a team of Bangladesh Army and police rescued the injured people and took them to Dighinala Upazila Health Complex for treatment, added the OC.


The rescue operation is still going on till the filing of this report at 7:15pm.


Source: United News of Bangladesh


Quader returns home after health checkup

Road Transport and Bridges minister and General Secretary of Awami League Obaidul Quader returned home on Friday night after regular health checkup at Singapore’s Mount Elizabeth Hospital.


A flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the Awami League leader landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 8:30pm, said Sheikh Walid Foyez, senior information officer of the Road Transport and Bridges Ministry.


Earlier on Wednesday, Quader left for Singapore for a health checkup.


Source: United News of Bangladesh

Academic seminar on the occasion of Mother Language Day held in Bangkok

An academic seminar was jointly organized by Kasetsart University and Bangladesh Embassy in Bangkok on Friday at Kasetsart University campus on the occasion of International Mother Language Day 2023.


In the opening ceremony, The Ambassador of Bangladesh to Bangkok Mohammed Abdul Hye was present as a special guest where Dr. Ladawan Puangchit, Vice President (Academic Affairs) of Kasetsart University and Director of Kasetsart University International College and Dr. Buncha Chinnasri, Deputy Director of Kasetsart University International College were also present.


Bangladesh Ambassador to Thailand Mohammed Abdul Hye mentioned in his remarks that the main source of the vocabulary of both Bangla and Thai languages is Sanskrit. The same source of written form-the Brahmi script is used in both the languages.


Therefore, there is ample scope for further comparative research on Bangla and Thai languages, he added.


The Ambassador emphasized on organizing such academic seminars on a regular basis and assured that the Bangladesh Embassy would come forward for such an endeavor with Kasetsart University in the future.


At the outset, the Deputy Director of Kasetsart University International College Dr. Buncha explained the background of this joint venture of Kasetsart University and Bangladesh Embassy in Bangkok.


Moreover, Dr. Puangchit, in her welcome speech, mentioned the ongoing activities between Kasetsart University and the Bangladesh Embassy in Bangkok including specially earmarked scholarships for Bangladeshi graduates in Masters and Post-doctoral programmes.


During the seminar, Dr. Kowit Pimpuang, Associate Professor of Thai Language Department of Kasetsart University, Dr. Sombat Mangmeesukhsiri, Managing Director of the Sanskrit Studies Centre of Silapakorn University and International Mother Language Institute Director General and Dhaka University Communication Disorders department professor Dr. Hakim Arif participated as panelists.


At the end, Maleka Parveen, Minister (Political) and Deputy Head of Mission of the Bangladesh Embassy, expressed her sincere thanks to all the panelists for their enlightening discussions.


Source: United News of Bangladesh


Three students hacked for interrupting drug-taking in city

Three students were hacked by some drug addicts in the capital’s Darus Salam area due to creating interruption in their drug taking on Friday, leaving them critically injured.


The victims are Arafat Ismail Alif, 18, a student of Agriculture Diploma Institute, Tanvir Khan Hemantu, 19, a student of Mirpur Polytechnic College and Abdur Rahman Rahi, 18, a student of Bangla College.


They were taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital by locals immediately.


Md. Bachchu Mia, Inspector-in-charge of Dhaka Medical College Hospital Police outpost, said that the injured are being treated at the emergency department of Dhaka Medical College.


The matter has been reported to the concerned police station, he added.


Source: United News of Bangladesh

Storms roll eastward after slamming South; 8 deaths reported

A large storm system took aim at the Northeast on Friday, threatening heavy snow and coastal flooding after heavy winds and possible tornadoes damaged homes and buildings, left thousands without power and caused eight deaths in a wide swath of the South and Midwest.


Three people were killed by falling trees in Alabama as severe weather swept through the state. In Mississippi, a woman died inside her SUV after a rotted tree branch struck her vehicle, and in Arkansas a man drowned after he drove into high floodwaters.


Three weather-related deaths were reported in Kentucky on Friday. The deaths happened in three different counties as storms with straight-line winds moved through the state. More than 350,000 customers were without power as of Friday evening.


The storm also barreled Friday afternoon into the Detroit area, quickly covering streets and roads beneath a layer of snow. The weather service said some areas could see blizzard conditions with snowfall approaching 3 inches (8 centimeters) per hour.


Detroit-based DTE Energy reported more than 130,000 customers lost power Friday evening. It was the latest slap after ice storms last week left more than 600,000 homes and businesses without power.


Hail and strong winds were reported in Oklahoma.


The storm system was heading toward New England, where a mix of snow, sleet and rain was expected across the region starting Friday night and lasting into Saturday, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a winter storm warning.


There’s a chance of coastal flooding in Massachusetts and Rhode Island and the storm could bring as much as 18 inches (45 centimeters) of snow to parts of New Hampshire and Maine. The storm will also bring strong winds with gusts of 40 to 50 mph (80 kph), which could cause power outages.


Airport officials in Portland, Maine, canceled several flights for Saturday ahead of the weather and some libraries and businesses in the region announced weekend closures. Still, with warmer weather expected to return by the end of the weekend, most New Englanders were taking the storm in stride.


It wasn’t the same story in California, where the weather system slammed the state earlier in the week with as much as 10 feet (3 meters) of snow. Some residents in mountains east of Los Angeles will likely remain stranded in their homes for at least another week after the snowfall proved too much to handle for most plows.


Many residents of Alabama, Louisiana, Kentucky, Arkansas and Texas emerged Friday to find their homes and businesses damaged and trees toppled by the reported tornadoes. Tens of thousands were without power and some were also without water.


In Alabama, a 70-year-old man sitting in his truck in Talledega County was killed when a tree fell onto his vehicle. A 43-year-old man in Lauderdale County and a man in Huntsville also were killed by falling trees Friday, local authorities said.


In Texas, winds brought down trees, ripped the roof off a grocery store in Little Elm, north of Dallas, and overturned four 18-wheelers along U.S. Highway 75. Minor injuries were reported, police said.


Winds of nearly 80 mph (130 kph) were recorded near the Fort Worth suburb of Blue Mound. The roof of an apartment building in the suburb of Hurst was blown away, resident Michael Roberts told KDFW-TV.


Heavy rain was also reported in southern Missouri and northern Arkansas, causing flooding in both states.


In southwest Arkansas, Betty Andrews told KSLA-TV that she and her husband took shelter in the bathroom of their mobile home while a tornado moved through.


“It was very scary. I opened the front door to look out and saw it coming. I grabbed Kevin and went and got into the bathtub,” Andrews said. “We hunkered down, and I said some prayers until it passed.”


They were OK but the home sustained major damage and the couple was temporarily trapped in the bathroom until a neighbor cleared debris from outside the door.


Elsewhere in the Midwest, Minnesota and Wisconsin expected areas of freezing fog with less than a quarter mile of visibility into the weekend, the weather service said. In North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota, highways could get up to 10 inches (25 centimeters) of snow and 45 mph (72 kph) wind gusts on Sunday and Monday.


Source: United News of Bangladesh


Oil for Charles III’s coronation consecrated in Jerusalem

Two senior clergymen in Jerusalem have consecrated the holy oil that will be used to anoint King Charles III during his coronation, as the Anglican Church seeks to underscore the monarchy’s long history and the royal family’s links to the Middle East.


The oil was consecrated Friday morning at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the traditional site of Christ’s crucifixion and burial, Buckingham Palace said in a statement. The ceremony was conducted by His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III, head of the Greek Orthodox Church in Jerusalem, and the Most Rev. Hosam Naoum, the Anglican archbishop in Jerusalem.


The oil was pressed from olives harvested on the Mount of Olives, which plays a prominent role in the Bible, and has been perfumed with sesame, rose, jasmine, cinnamon, neroli, benzoin, amber oil and orange blossoms, the palace said.


Charles’ paternal grandmother, Princess Alice of Greece, is buried at the Monastery of Mary Magdalene on the Mount of Olives.


“This demonstrates the deep historic link between the coronation, the Bible and the Holy Land,” the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said in the statement. “From ancient kings through to the present day, monarchs have been anointed with oil from this sacred place.”


Charles will be formally crowned on May 6 at Westminster Abbey in London, during a ceremony the palace says will combine elements of tradition with modern touches that highlight the changing face of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.


Charles became king on Sept. 8 following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, who reigned for more than 70 years.


Source: United News of Bangladesh

Khamari mobile App to contribute to build smart Bangladesh: Secretary

Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture Wahida Akter has said Khamari mobile App will contribute a lot towards building smart Bangladesh as it's very much effective in terms of digitizing the data and findings related to farming.

"The Khamari App under the crop zoning project is time-fitting and need-oriented to the farmers and other beneficiaries," she added while addressing the assessment meeting of the field-level effectiveness of the App on Friday as chief guest.

Bangladesh Agriculture Research Council (BARC) and Soil Resource Development Institution (SRDI) jointly organized the farmers' field day meeting at Sherpur village under Gomostapur Upazila in Chapainawabganj district.

BARC Executive Chairman Dr Sheikh Muhammad Boktiar and SRDI Principal Scientific Officer Dr Nurul Islam also spoke with BARC Member Director Dr Abdus Salam in the chair.

Secretary Wahida Akter said the farmers will get different kinds of information, including season-wise crops, land fertility, fertilizer recommendation, yield and seed through the App.

Apart from this, they will gather knowledge about crop zoning, crop diversification, crop production and farming technology.

As a whole, the App will bring a new horizon in the field of agriculture in future.

Agriculture Secretary Wahida Akter said the present government under the dynamic and farsighted leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has attached priority to agriculture and attained remarkable success in the field of promoting farming technology and digitization.

She told the meeting that necessary steps will be taken to establish mango-based industries in the region as it has countrywide fame related to mango production.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)