Sunday Dhaka : February 11, 2018; Magh 29, 1424 BS; Jamadi-ul-awal 24, 1439 hijri www.thebangladeshtoday.com; www. tbtbangla.com Regd.No.Da~2065, Vol.16; No.54; 12 Pages~Tk.8.00 InTeRnaTIOnal David Sorensen becomes second Trump aide to quit amid abuse claims >Page 7 aRT & CulTuRe Tom Ford puts 'Pussy Power' center stage at NY Fashion Week >Page 8 SPORT India bat, Iyer comes in for injured Jadhav >Page 9 UN says they are monitoring BD situation DHAKA : The United Nations has said their political colleagues are studying the situation in Bangladesh and called for calm, reports UNB. "Yes and we are continuing to monitor the situation on the ground. As you're aware, we did appeal for calm and we expressed our concern at the violence and we continue to do so," Deputy Spokesman for the UN Secretary General Farhan Haq told reporters in a regular briefing on Friday. Responding to a question from a Bangladeshi journalist on BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's verdict, the UN Deputy Spokesman said if they have anything more to say about that, they will say at that point. "We're monitoring all the various developments," he said. BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, also a former prime minister, was jailed for five years on Thursday after she was found guilty in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case. 6 burnt in city transformer blast DHAKA : Six students of a madrasha sustained burn injuries as a transformer blasted in old Dhaka's Bangshal area on Saturday morning, reports UNB. The injured were identified as Saber, Sajjad, Ashik, Soleman, Mostakin and Abdur Rahman, all aged between 7-8 years. They are students of Mohammadia Islamia Hafezia Madrasa. Dhaka Medical College and Hospital sources said a fire broke out when the transformer exploded near the two-stoery madrasa building around 8:30am, leaving them injured. The victims were taken to the burn unit of DMCH, said Bachchu Miah, in charge DMCH police outpost. Zohr 05:19 AM 12:17 PM 04:14 PM 05:55 PM 07:10 PM 6:34 5:52 Report on Rohingya massacre alarming: UN It necessitates thorough investigation DHAKA : The United Nations has described the latest report by a news agency on the killing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar as very alarming. "We're aware of this latest report, the details of which are very alarming," Deputy Spokesman for the UN Secretary General Farhan Haq told reporters in regular briefing at the UN on Friday. He said the findings of the report once more attest to the need for a full and thorough investigation by the authorities of all violence in Rakhine State and attacks on the various communities there. "And, of course, the Secretary- General, as you know, has called for the release of the two detained journalists and we continue to press for that," said the Deputy Spokesman. Reuters has reported that in September last year, Buddhist villagers and Myanmar troops were responsible for killing 10 Rohingya men and burying them all in the same grave. The number of Rohingya arrivals from Myanmar to Bangladesh since August 25 last year now stands over 688,000, indicating that Rohingyas are still coming despite a repatriation plan is in progress between the two countries. British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, now on a two-day visit here, on Friday said the plight of the Rohingya and the suffering they have had to endure is one of the most shocking humanitarian disasters of their time. "This is a man-made tragedy that could be resolved with the right political will, tolerance and cooperation from all those involved," he said. The British Foreign Secretary visited Rohingya camp in Kutupalong on Saturday morning and saw and heard for himself the terrible things these people have been through. DHAKA : Jatiya Party on Saturday picked Rezwan Ahmed and Barrister Shamim Haidar Patwary as its candidates for the by-polls to Brahmanbaria-1 (Nasirnagar) and Gaibangha-1 (Sundarganj) constituencies respectively, reports UNB. They will vie in the by-election with party symbol 'Plough', said a press release signed by Press and Political Secretary of Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad. The Election Commission has set the Brahmanbaria-1 and Gaibandha-1 parliamentary by-polls for March 13. February 14 is the last He will be talking to State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and other regional leaders about how they can work together to resolve this appalling crisis. On Thursday night, Myanmar Ambassador in Dhaka Lwin Oo said they are working actively with Bangladesh on the voluntary, safe and dignified return of Rohingyas to their homeland from Bangladesh with a good neighbourly spirit. "The disputes that emerge between neighbouring countries must be resolved amicably through bilateral negotiations," the envoy said. The Myanmar envoy said terrorism and extremism constitute one of the most serious threats to civilized world. "We can't condone terrorism in any form and manifestation." He claimed that men from the villages in Rakhine State were recruited to join the terrorists and militants in fighting the security forces. "Myanmar and Bangladesh jointly can be a bridge between South and Southeast Asia," said the Ambassador. He said air, land and sea connectivity between the two countries can play an important role in increasingly globalised world to create favourable conditions for better understanding among the people and nations in the region. "I hope that the friendly relations and cooperation between Bangladesh and Myanmar would continue to grow in the days to come," said the Ambassador. On January 16, Bangladesh and Myanmar signed a document on 'Physical Arrangement' which will facilitate return of Rohingays to their homeland from Bangladesh. The 'Physical Arrangement' stipulates that the repatriation will be completed preferably within two years from the commencement of the repatriation. A transmitter explosion caused severe burning to a madrasa student's body in the Alubazar area of Bangshal. He was later admitted into the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital. Photo: Star Mail JP picks candidates for B'baria-1, Gaibangha-1 by-polls date for the aspirant candidates to submit their nomination forms to the returning officers. The forms will be scrutinised on February 16 and candidates will have to withdraw nomination papers until February 23. The two seats fell vacant following the deaths of Fisheries and Livestock Minister Brahmanbaria-1 MP Muhammed Sayedul Hoque and Gaibandha-1 MP Golam Mostafa. Sayedul Hoque died on December 16 while Golam Mostafa died on December 19 from his injuries he suffered in a road accident a month earlier. Ten Rohingya Muslim men with their hands bound kneel as members of the Myanmar security forces stand guard in Inn Din village September 2, 2017. Photo : Handout via Reuters BNP announces protest prog for another three days DHAKA : BNP on Saturday announced another round of three-day countrywide programme from Monday to Wednesday to register the party's protest against the jailing of its chairperson Khaleda Zia, reports UNB. The programmes are also meant for mounting pressure on the government to release her immediately from jail. BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi announced the programmes at a press briefing at BNP's Nayapaltan central office. As part of the programmes, he said, the party followers will stage a human chain programme on Monday while an hour-long sit in on Tuesday and a hunger strike from 9am to 5pm on Wednesday. Rizvi said their party's district, thana, upzila and city units will observe the programmes at their convenient time and place, while the venues for staging the programmes in the capital will be announced later. On Thursday last, a special court here convicted Khaleda and sentenced her to five years' imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. Around an hour later, BNP called a two-day protest programme for Friday and Saturday. BNP leaders and activists brought out processions in the capital on Friday and Saturday chanting slogans seeking Khaleda's release, but police dispersed them minutes later. Woman held in Rajshahi along with 'leaked question' RAJSHAHI : A woman was arrested near Government P N High School in the city along with a 'leaked SSC question paper' on Saturday, reports UNB. The arrestee, also mother of an SSC examinee, was making solution of a Math question after collecting the 'leaked question' over her mobile hand set around 10:00am, said witnesses. When other guardians queried about the matter, she tried to leave the place hurriedly. Later, the guardians caught her and handed over her to police. Aman Ullah, officer-incharge of Boalia Police Station, said a woman was held along with a 'leaked question'. But details cannot be disclosed until today's exam is finished. Earlier on February 4, the government declared a bounty of Tk 5 lakh each for handing over to the authorities the criminals involved in question paper leakage on social media sites. Bangladeshi charged with 'IS-inspired' Australia stabbing DHAKA : A 24-year-old Bangladeshi woman was charged with terrorism after an alleged "Islamic State-inspired" stabbing in Australia's Melbourne, reports an Australian newspaper, reports UNB. Momena Shoma, a student and Bangladeshi national, was remanded in custody on one count of engaging in a terrorist act after facing Melbourne Magistrates Court, local police said during a briefing on Saturday. She is accused of stabbing a 56-yearold man in the neck while he was asleep at his home in Callistemon Rise, Mill Park, on Friday afternoon, repots the newspaper, The Age. Police say that she was 'self-radicalised'. Victoria Police acting Deputy Commissioner Ross Guenther said comments made by the woman when she was interviewed by police led them DHAKA : BNP senior leader Barrister Moudud Ahmed on Saturday alleged that their party chief Khaleda Zia has not yet been given division in jail though she was a former prime minister, reports UNB. "It's a matter of regret that our leader (Khaleda) has not yet been given division though she is a three-time Prime Minister," he said. Moudud, also a counsel for Khaleda, brought the allegation while talking to reporters at the gate of old central jail at Nazimuddin Road in the capital before meeting her. He said 18 categories of prisoners, including ex-prime minister, are entitled to get division under the jail code. "But she (Khaleda) has not been given that." The former law minister said they will file an appeal against the lower court verdict as soon as they get a certified copy of the judgment. Later, Moudud and four other Khaleda's lawyers-Barrister Jamiruddin to believe the incident was terrorismrelated. "In the course of some disclosures in the interview it became apparent that circumstances led them to believe it was a terror attack," he said. "That then saw the Joint Counter Terrorism Team take over." The alleged attack was witnessed by the man's five-year-old daughter, who was not injured. Police and neighbours said Shoma was wearing a burqa at the time. Police said the woman was a Bangladeshi national who travelled to Melbourne on February 1 on a student visa and was renting a room in the 56- year-old's Mill Park home. A neighbour told the Herald Sun newspaper the man managed to call her and she rushed to his home where she found him in the garage surrounded by a pool of blood. Khaleda not given division yet: Moudud Sircar, former attorney general AJ Mohammad Ali, Abdur Rezzak Khan and Khandker Mahbub Hossain-entered the jail at 4:20pm and came out around 6 pm. After meeting the BNP chairperson, Moudud said they will appeal against the lower court verdict on Monday or Tuesday if they get the certified copy of the judgment. He said Khaleda has been kept at a lonely prison, which is far from people. "She has been given food like ordinary prisoners." Mentioning that domestic help Fatima has been serving her for the last 15-20 years, Moudud said but she is not allowed to serve Khaleda. "It's not true that the BNP chairperson has been given division." On Thursday, a special court here convicted Khaleda and sentenced her to five year's imprisonment in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. Later, she was taken to the old central jail at at Nazimuddin Road.