TueSday Dhaka : February 13, 2018; Falgun 1, 1424 BS; Jamadi-ul-awal 26, 1439 hijri www.thebangladeshtoday.com; www. tbtbangla.com Regd.No.Da~2065, Vol.16; No.56; 12 Pages~Tk.8.00 InTeRnaTIOnal 71 die in plane crash near Moscow >Page 7 aRT & CulTuRe People know me as I paired opposite Salman Khan: Zareen Khan >Page 8 SPORT Mosaddek's omission: Did club pressure trump national interest? >Page 9 BD generosity towards Rohingyas deserves applauds: EU Stresses on safe Rohingya return with basic rights COX'S BAZAR : Visiting European parliamentary delegation on Monday laid emphasis on giving back the Rohingyas their basic rights and citizenship and safe return to Myanmar from Bangladesh, reports UNB. Delegation leader and char of the delegation for Relations with the countries of South Asia (DSAS) Jean Lambert said Rohingyas certainly have the rights to live with their basic rights and citizenship right in place. She made the remarks while talking to press at the UNHCR-run relief distribution center in Ukhia upazila after visiting Rohingya camp and seeing their plight on the ground. Lambert said the European Parliament expects safe and dignified return of Rohingyas to their homes in Myanmar. She highly appreciated Bangladesh government and people of Bangladesh for showing such generosity saying it deserves high appreciation. State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam said the repatriation is getting delayed because it is a complex issue. He said the government is moving ahead with repatriation process focusing on safe homes and safe environment for Rohingyas so that Rohingyas do not need to come back again after repatriation. Four teams of Members of European Parliament (MEPs) comprising 11 MEPs arrived here on Saturday and Sunday. The EU teams visited different parts of Kutupalang camp and witnessed relief opeartions of international partners including UNHCR and IOM. They also witnessed health service operations in Zohr 05:19 AM 12:17 PM 04:14 PM 05:55 PM 07:10 PM 6:34 5:52 the Rohingya camp. The UNHCR officials also had discussion with the visiting delegation members. The delegation members also talked to Rohingyas who shared their tales of sufferings with the delegation members. The delegation members are expected to visit Myanmar on Thursday. Members of the European Parliament's Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI) are Pier Antonio Panzeri (Chair), Joachim Zeller, Soraya Post and Barbara Lochbiler. Urmas Paet will represent the European Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET). Marc Tarabella is representing the delegation for relations with the countries of Southeast Asia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (DASE). The members of the delegation for Relations with the countries of South Asia (DSAS) are Jean Lambert (Chair), James Nicholson, Richard Corbet, Wajid Khan and Sajjad Karim. In October last year, the Council of the EU in its conclusions said it may consider additional measures if the situation does not improve but also stands ready to respond accordingly to positive developments. However, it is yet to know what the conclusions will contain-whether it will be arms embargo or targeted sanctions on Myanmar government and army. On January 16, Bangladesh and Myanmar signed a document on 'Physical Arrangement' which will facilitate the return of Rohingyas to their homeland from Bangladesh. European parliamentary delegation visited Rohingya camps in Cox’sbazar on Monday. TANGAIL : A court here on Monday sentenced four people to death and another person to seven years' imprisonment for killing law student Zakia Sultana Rupa after gang rape in a running bus on August 25 last year, reports UNB. Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal Judge Abul Hossain Miah pronounced the verdict in a crowded courtroom. The condemned convicts are bus driver Habib Miah, 45, son of Shahidul Islam of Mirzapur village in Mymensingh Sadar upazila, and bus helpers Shamim Miah, 26,son of Khorshed Alam of Nandibari village of Mymensingh's Muktagachha upazila, Akram, 35, son of late Kamal Hossain of the village, and Jahangir Alam, 19, son of Emadadul Haque of the Mirzapur village. Bus supervisor Safar Ali alias Gendu, 55, son of Sultan Ali of the Mirzapur village, was sentenced to seven years' imprisonment and fined Tk 1 lakh. The court also ordered the authorities concerned to give the bus in which Rupa was gang raped as well as the Hasina meets Pope Francis ROME (ITALY) : Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday had a meeting with Pope Francis, the spiritual leader of the Catholics of the world, at the Holy See in Vatican City, reports UNB. "The Prime Minister visited Vatican City in the morning (Local time) at the invitation of the Pope and had an audience with him at the Vatican City near the Italian capital of Rome," PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said. On her arrival at the Vatican City at 10am, the Prime Minister was given a static guard of honour. Later, the Prime Minister held the meeting with the Pope at his office in Vatican City. After the meeting, Sheikh Hasina introduced her entourage to the Pope. She also presented a painting on natural beauty of Bangladesh to the Pope who later gave a crest to Sheikh Hasina. The Pope also presented souvenirs to the Prime Minister's entourage. Hasina's meeting with the Pope came two months after the catholic community's top spiritual leader visited Dhaka largely to use his good office in resolving the Rohingya crisis mounting pressure on Myanmar to stop atrocities on Rohingyas and take the displaced people back home with dignity. Pope Francis visited Bangladesh from November 31 to December 2 last at the invitation of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The Prime Minister also had a meeting with Secretary State of Vatican City Cardinal Pietro Parolin in Vatican City. She also visited Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter's Basilica. The Sistine Chapel is a chapel in the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope, in Vatican City from where he delivers the religious and functionary papal activities. St. Peter's Basilica is an Italian Renaissance church in Vatican City, the papal enclave within the city of Rome. Designed principally by Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno and Gian Lorenzo Bernini, St. Peter's is the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture and the largest church in the world. Photo : Star Mail Pahela Falgun today DHAKA : With blossom of flowers and new leaves in trees, nature is getting fresh and colorful shape that touch heart and minds of all ages of people as spring (Pahele Falgun) is knocking on the door. Pahela Falgun, the first day of spring of Bengali month Falgun, will be celebrated today with flowers, poems, songs and dances. It brings joys and colours both in nature and life. The winter season has come to a close with rising of temperature as the people is set to welcome Pahela Falgun embracing fragrant of nature and exchanging love with their beloved ones. The spring has been depicted as the king of all seasons in poetry for it is featured by extra-ordinary beauty of nature. After the dryness of winter, new leaves start to come out again and the nature adorns the branches with new colorful flowers like Shimul, Polash and Marigold bringing the news of spring. Everything in nature gives an impression of youthfulness or freshness as if the nature takes a new birth. Colorful flowers, melody of birds or mild touch of the sunshine - everything will make you feel that springtime is the nature's festival. The festival-loving Bangladeshi people welcome and celebrate this day with great joys and love, and in a colourful manner. The blazing red and yellow are the representative colours of Pohela Falgun. 4 to die for killing Rupa after rape fine money to her family as compensation. Meanwhile, the prosecution and the family expressed their satisfaction over the verdict. Special Public Prosecutor Advocate Nasimul Aktar Nasim said, "It's a historical verdict. We're happy with it. Within only five months and 17 days, the trial of the case has been completed." He, however, said the convicts can file appeal with the High Court against the verdict. Rupa's brother Hafizur Rahman, also complainant of the case, demanded speedy execution of the verdict. According to prosecution, Rupa, 27, was murdered after gang rape in the running bus while returning to Mymensingh from Bogra. Police recovered her bloodstained body from Panchmail area of Madhupur upazila on that night. Following post-mortem, she was buried at the town central graveyard as unclaimed body. Later, victim's relatives identified her seeing her photograph. On August 28, police arrested the five accused from Mymensingh in this connection. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had a meeting with Pope Francis at Vatican City on Monday. Peaceful movement to continue until Khaleda's release: BNP DHAKA : BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Monday said their party will continue their peaceful movement until Khaleda Zia is released from jail, reports UNB. "You've expressed your anger against the jailing of our leader Khaleda Zia and showed affection for her by joining the human chain braving many obstacles," he said. The BNP leader further said," We would like to clearly say that our peaceful movement will continue until our leader is released from jail." Fakhrul came up with the remarks while addressing a human chain formed by BNP leaders and activists in front of the Jatiya Press Club. Before going to jail, he said, their chairperson asked them to exercise restraint and have patience, and carry out the movement in a peaceful manner. "Our current programmes are for having Khaleda Zia released and restoring democracy." "We demand Khaleda Zia be released immediately. We'll go to the next polls along with our leader (Khaleda). No polls will be held in the country without her participation," the BNP leader said. Fakhrul said their party wants an electiontime neutral government and an independent and impartial Election Commission to hold the 11th parliamentary elections. "We want to fulfill people's hopes and aspirations by joining a peaceful and credible election. Let's carry out a peaceful movement to free our leader from jail." He urged the government to stop arresting their party leaders and activists across the country. BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain said the country's people did not accept the Photo : PID 'unfair' jailing of Khaleda. "The government must release her after withdrawing all the false cases filed against her." Another party standing committee member Mirza Abbas said the next election surely be held with the participation of Khaleda, no matter how many plots the government may hatch against her. "It'll be a nightmare if anyone thinks of holding the polls without her." As part of its countrywide scheduled programme, hundreds of BNP leaders and activists formed the human chain around 10:30am and peacefully continued it until 12 noon protesting the jailing of its chairperson Khaleda Zia in a graft case. The BNP men took position from Kadam Foara to Topkhana intersection and staged their protests with a good number of female activists and professions joining it. They chanted different slogans demanding Khaleda's immediate release. Huge law enforcers were deployed in and around the area to fend off any trouble. However, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi alleged that police arrested their party's some leaders and activists, including party vice chairman Shamsuzzaman Dudu, as they were returning home after joining the human chain programme.