NEWS TUeSDAY, FeBRUARY 13, 2018 2 Tarique involved with BD high commission attack in London: Obaidul COX'S BAZAR : Road Transport and Bridges Minister and Awami League General SecretaryObaidul Quader on Monday claimed that BNP senior vice-chairman, Tarique Rahman, was involved with the attack on Bangladesh High Commission in London on February 7, reports UNB. Talking to the reporters while inaugurating Cox's Bazar-Teknaf road yesterday morning, Obaidul said "Staying in London, Tarique Zia, is instigating different violent activities." "The headquarters of Interpol has been informed regarding the matter. International process to repatriate the convicted person (Tarique) was underway to take legal steps against him," he said. Replying to a query on probability of split in BNP, the AL leader said "The leaders of BNP are enough to split the party." Earlier on February 7, a day before the verdict in the graft case against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, some leaders and activists of BNP attacked the staff of Bangladesh High Commission in London and ransacked its furniture which the government termed tantamount to an attack on Bangladesh. Later on Thursday, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, also a former prime minister, was jailed for five years as she was found guilty in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case. The minister inaugurated the road in commemoration of ATM Jafor Alom, who was killed by West Pakistani forces on the night of March 25 in 1971. Dewan Shahnewaz Milad Gazi inaugurating the connecting work of Court Andor School in Habiganj. Photo : Mamun Chowdhury One dies as two trucks collide in Mymensingh Mymensingh: A truck driver was killed and four others injured in a road accident in Chandipasha area on the Mymensingh- KIshoreganj road in Nandail upazila here early yesterday, reports BSS. The deceased was identified as Solaiman, 22, son of Faruq Mia of Kuliarchar in Kishoreganj district. Solaiman died on the spot and four others injured when his truck collided head on with another truck around 1am, said Md Yunus Ali, officerin-charge of Nandail police station. The injured persons were admitted to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital (MMCH). Police recovered the body and sent it to MMCH morgue for an autopsy. Police seized the trucks, said the OC. Youth killed in Bogra road accident BOGRA: A youth was killed and two others were injured as a bus hit their motorbike in Bibirpukur area under Kahalu upazila of the district this noon, reports BSS. The deceased was identified as Budu Mandol, 28, son of Rafiq Mandol, a resident of Godarpara area in Sadar upazila. Police said the accident occurred on the Bogra- Naogaon highway when the Naogaon-bound bus hit the bike in the area from opposite direction, leaving the three bike riders injured. The injured were sent to Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College Hospital where Budu succumbed to his injuries. we`ÿ r/Rb-896(2)/11/2/18 GD-231/18 (4 x 3) Southeast University Literature Award 2017 held Southeast University (SEU) organized the "Literature Award Giving Ceremony 2017" on Sunday at its permanent campus at Tejgaon, Dhaka. Presided over by Prof. Dr. ANM Meshquat Uddin, Vice Chancellor of Southeast University, the ceremony was attended by Cultural Affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor as the Chief Guest. Md. Rezaul Karim, Chairman, Board of Trustees, Southeast University Trust was present as the Guest of Honor. Eminent Educationist Emeritus Professor Dr. Anisuzzaman, and Professor Shamsuzzaman Khan, Director General of Bangla Academy were present as Special Guests at the program, a press release said. Emeritus Professor Serajul Islam Choudhury and Fiction Writer Badrun Nahar received the Southest University Literature Award 2017. Emeritus Professor Dr. Anisuzzaman, and Professor Shamsuzzaman Khan, Director General of Bangla Academy were awarded lifetime achievement gold medal at the event. Later a cultural event was organized where artists of the Southeast University Cultural Club performed. Members of BoT, SEU Trust; Registrar, Deans, Chairmen, Directors of different departments of Southeast University were present in the program. 2 held in Ctg over question leak CHITTAGONG : Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested two members of a gang involved in the SSC question paper leak from Dabua Bazar area in Raozan Upazila here on Sunday night. The arrestees are Md Imran, 18 and Md Nurul Absar Sabuj, 20, reports UNB. On information, a team of Rab-7 conducted a drive in the area and arrested the duo, said Mimtanur Rahman, Senior Assistant Director of Rab-7. Earlier on Saturday, police arrested eight people, including two women and a female student, in connection with their suspected involvement in leaking the question paper of Mathematics exam. 'Robber' lynched in Munshiganj MUNSHIGANJ : A suspected robber was killed in a lynch-mob attack at Velua village in Tongibari upazila early Monday, reports UNB. The deceased was identified as Babul Hossain, 47, a resident of Velua village of the upazila. A gang of robbers, numbering 15 to 20, swooped on the house of one Ayub Ali Sheikh and looted valuables after keeping Ayub's family members hostage in the early hours of the day, said Yeardous Hasan, officer-in-charge of Tongibari Police Station. Hearing their hue and cry, local people rushed in and chased the robbers. At one stage, they caught one robber while the others managed to flee the scene. Later, the mob beat the suspected robber up mercilessly, leaving him badly injured. The injured was taken to Tongibari Upazila Health Complex here he succumbed to his injuries. 6 BNP, Jamaat men held in Comilla COMILLA : Police in special drives arrested six leaders and activists of BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami from different upazilas of the district, reports UNB. Police conducted the drives from Sunday night to Monday morning and arrested them on charge of carrying out sabotage. The arrestees include five BNP men and one Jamaat activist. 6 BNP men held from Laxmipur human chain LAXMIPUR : Police arrested six leaders and activists of BNP from a human chain in front of Laxmipur Press Club on Monday morning, reports UNB. As part of its countrywide demonstration programme, BNP leaders and activists of the district formed a human chain in front of press club protesting the jailing of its Chairperson Khaleda Zia in a graft case. At one stage, police chased the party leaders and activists to disperse them. Later, the law enforcers seized their banner and detained six of them. The arrestees include - Shipon, joint general secretary of sadar upazila Jubo Dal and BNP activists Nuru, Rashed and Alamgir. School student killed in Kushtia road accident KUSHTIA: A school student was killed as a trolley hit his motorbike at Nagarmohammadpur in Sadar upazila yesterday morning, reports BSS. The deceased was identified as Ashif Hossain, 15, a student of class nine and son of Asadul Hossain, a resident of Jagonnathpur village of the upazila. Police said the accident occurred when the sandladen trolley hit the bike from opposite direction in the area at about 8 am, leaving the bike rider Ashif dead on the spot. Police recovered the body and sent it to Kushtia general hospital morgue. '3 arms traders' held in city DHAKA : Members of Rapid Action Battalion ( Rab) in a drive arrested three suspected arms traders from Mohammadpur area in the capital early Monday, reports UNB. A team of Rab-2 conducted a drive in the area and arrested the three along with a foreign pistol and 187 rounds of bullets, said a text message sent from Rab-2. The details about the arrestees could not be known immediately. Australia opens national inquiry into finance sector Australia opened a longawaited inquiry into its massively-profitable finance industry Monday after a string of scandals rocked confidence in the sector. The country's "big four" banks-among the developed world's wealthiest -have been under increasing scrutiny in recent years amid allegations of dodgy financial and life insurance advice, and mortgage fraud. There have also been claims of anti-money laundering laws being breached and benchmark interest rates rigged. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had long resisted Labor opposition calls for a royal commission into misconduct, claiming it would be a waste of money, but mounting political pressure forced his hand. With uncertainty over the issue hurting offshore investor confidence, he announced the inquiry late last year to probe "the nation's banks, big and small, wealth managers, Guests seen at the Award Giving Ceremony. Singapore retail sales grow by 4.6 pct year-on-year in December 2017 Singapore's retail sales went up 4.6 percent year on year last December, comparing to a re-calculated 5 percent rise in November, the Department of Statistics of Singapore announced on Monday. The retail sales dropped 0.2 percent month on month on a seasonally adjusted basis in December, comparing to a 4.9 percent month-on-month growth in the previous month. Excluding motor vehicles, the retail sales declined 2.6 percent month on month but inched up 0.6 percent year on year in December, as against a 2.7 percent month-on-month growth and a 4.4 percent year-on-year growth in November. According to the department, the total retail sales value in December was estimated at 4.3 billion Singapore dollars (about 3.24 billion U.S. dollars). Meanwhile, the sales of food and beverage services decreased 0.9 percent month on month in December and rose 3.1 percent year on year. The sales value was estimated at 726 million Singapore dollars. superannuation providers, insurance companies". Australian Bankers' Association head Anna Bligh said the hearings may be uncomfortable. "It's important that it (the inquiry) gets to the matters that have disturbed the public," she told ABC radio. "I do expect this will be painful for banks and their staff." The Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry has the power to summon witnesses and take evidence. GD-236/18 (6 x 3) While it can authorise police to apply for search warrants and witnesses who fail to appear may be arrested, it is not able to order compensation to those affected by any wrongdoings. It can, however, make recommendations for the government to consider, such as changing regulations governing the sector. Commissioner Kenneth Hayne, a former High Court judge, has 12 months to conduct his investigation and lodge a report with Canberra. Alibaba buys into home improvement business Alibaba is to pay 5.5 billion yuan (870 million U.S. dollars) to buy a 15 percent stake in Easyhome, a domestic home improvement chain. Alibaba will help digitalize Easyhome's outlets and "improve customer experience," according to their agreement, Alibaba sources said. Beijing-based Easyhome had 223 outlets across the country at the end of 2017, recording sales of more than 60 billion yuan last year. Alibaba has invested in the retail sector in recent years, covering home appliances, digital products, fast-moving consumer goods, catering and home improvements. Global markets seeing 'necessary corrections': IMF chief The latest volatility in global financial markets represents "necessary corrections", IMF chief Christine Lagarde said in Dubai on Sunday, in the wake of a Wall Street plunge. "The market trepidations that we have seen in the last few days are not worrying me. "Those market movements were clearly, in our view, necessary market corrections," she told an audience at Dubai's World Government Forum. Wall Street stocks ended a bruising week on a benign note, courtesy of a late-session surge on Friday, while equity markets in Europe and Asia fell sharply in volatile trading. "I would not focus on what has happened in the last few days. I would focus on the imperatives of change going forward and the need to fix the roof," Lagarde said. On Saturday, she had urged Arab countries to slash public wages and subsidies in order to rein in spending, achieve sustainable growth and create jobs. Speaking at the one-day Arab Fiscal Forum in Dubai, Lagarde welcomed "promising" reforms adopted by some Arab states, but insisted much more was needed to overcome daunting economic and social problems. Photo : Courtesy
METRO TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2018 3 World Radio Day Today DHAKA : The World Radio Day 2018 will be observed in the country as elsewhere across the world today highlighting the importance of the radio to the people, reports BSS. The United Nations Organisation for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) in its 36 general conference on November 3, 2011 approved a proposal to celebrate the day on February 13 across the world as the World Radio Day. The objective of the day is to raise awareness about the importance of radio, facilitate access to information through radio and enhance networking among broadcasters. With the slogan 'Radio and Sports', Bangladesh Betar has chalked out a-daylong programmes at the Jatiya Betar Bhaban in the city's Agargaon area today, said an official release here today. Marking the day, a colourful procession will be brought from Jatiya Betar Bhaban in the morning. Apart from this, a discussion will be held at the auditorium of Jatiya Betar Bhaban. Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu is expected to lead the rally and address the inaugural function as the chief guest while State Minister of the ministry Tarana Halim will also address the event. On the eve of the day, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages greeting all concerned, including officers, employees, technicians and audience of the Bangladesh Betar and wishing all programmes of the day a success. They also termed the theme of this year 'Radio and Sports' as time befitting. Since its inception in 1939, Bangladesh Betar has been playing an important role as a strongest medium, President Abdul Hamid said, adding that "It also played important role during our War of Liberation in 1971". Pre-calamities warning news of the Betar give direction to the people, he said, adding that it is also playing an effective role in the sports field recently along with broadcasting agricultural, educational, population and health related issues. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in her message, termed the Bangladesh Betar as the country's largest and strongest medium and said it has been playing vital role in developing the country and boosting culture since its inception. "Our government has ensured free flow of information to accelerate the national development. We reach the information services to the doorsteps of the people through launching Jatiya Tattha Batayan and Union Information and Service Centers," the premier said. "We enacted the Right to Information (RTI) Act-2009 and established Information Commission, including formulating National Broadcast Policy, for the first time," she said, adding that a total of 44 private television channels, 22 FM radios and 32 community radios got approval and they are enjoying full freedom now. Sheikh Hasina also hopped that Bangladesh Betar would play a pivotal role in building hunger and poverty free, happy and prosperous 'Sonar Bangla' dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Pro BNP-Jamaat panel sweeps Ctg Bar polls CHITTAGONG : The lawyers' panel, backed by BNP and Jamaat, has swept the Chittagong Bar Association election bagging 12 out of 19 posts, including that of the secretary, reports UNB. Awami League-backed lawyers' panel got the rest seven posts, including that of the president. Sheikh Iftekhar Saimul Chowdhury has been elected president of the body while Mohamamd Nazim Uddin Chowdhury from Pro BNP- Jamaat panel has been elected general secretary. Chief Election Commissioner and senior lawyer advocate Nazmul Ahsan Khan Alamgir Chowdhury announced the results on Sunday midnight. The daylong voting of the election concluded around 4:00pm starting from 9:00am on Sunday after 3,715 lawyers cast their votes. 56 lawyers competed for 19 posts of the body. Jatiyatabadi Lawyers Forum secretary general and Supreme Court Bar Association secretary Mahbub Uddin Khokon congratulated the pro-BNP lawyers' panel for their victory in the election. ECNEC recently approved the feasibility study project for constructing eight long bridges and 185 kilometers road at Haor region of Sunamganj and Brahmanbaria district. After the approval of the project, necessary steps were taken to implement the survey activity and on Monday, an agreement was signed between LGED and Center for Environmental and Geographic Information Services (CEGIS) at LGED headquarter for environmental and social impact assessment in those areas. LGED Chief Engineer Abul Kalam Azad, Additional Chief Engineer Joynal Abedin and Noor Mohammad, Executive Director of CEGIS Md. Wazee Ullah, and LGED Project Director Bipul Chandra Bonik were present in the signing ceremony. Photo : Courtesy Bangabandhu Sangskritik Jote organized a discussion meeting at National Press Club yesterday marking the 90th birth anniversary of Language Hero Advocate Gaziul Haque. Photo : TBT. Chief justice calls on president DHAKA : Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain yesterday paid a courtesy call on President M Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban yesterday afternoon, reports BSS. The chief justice congratulated M Abdul Hamid for being reelected as the President of the Republic for the second consecutive term, President's Press Secretary Joynal Abedin told BSS. During the meeting, Syed Mahmud Hossain apprised the president of various activities of the Supreme Court, the Bangabhaban spokesman added. Abdul Hamid also thanked the chief justice hoping that country's judiciary would be able to work independently led by him (CJ). Secretaries concerned to the President's office were present. Kamal for attracting more European tourists DHAKA : Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Shahjahan Kamal has said the Bangladesh government took all kinds of tourismfriendly measures besides ensuring safety and security to attract more foreign tourists including different European countries. The minister made the remark while briefing foreign journalists and international tour operators after inaugurating Bangladesh pavilion at "Borsa International Tourism Fair 2018" in Italy on Sunday, according to a message received here from Italy. The Bangladesh Tourism Board along with a number of local tour operators are taking part at the three-day fair where 2,000 companies from nearly 100 countries are displaying various products related to travel and leisure. The minister said Bangladesh is an exciting tourist destination for all as it has blend of splendid natural beauty and rich cultural and archeological heritages. The Bangladesh tourism minister also held bilateral talks with Italian deputy minister for Heritage and Culture and Tourism Dr Dorina Bianchi and Mayor of Milan Giuseppe Sala to discuss various matters related to bilateral mutual interests. Landslide halts Kapasia-Sreepur road communication HC for steps to remove haziness from Children Act, 2013 DHAKA : The High Court (HC) yesterday asked the authority concerned to let it know the measures taken for removing lack of clarity from The Children Act, 2013 within next Sunday, reports BSS. A division bench of the HC comprising Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Shahidul Karim passed the order. Social Welfare Secretary has also been asked to inform the court of the matter in written by the stipulated time. Earlier on October 31 in 2016, the court issued a rule asking secretaries of Social Welfare and Legislative and Drafting why contempt of court rule should not be issued against them for their failure to give explanation on the Children Act in accordance with the court order. Deputy attorney general Farhad Ahmed and assistant attorney general Yusuf Mahmud Morshed moved the court on behalf of the state. The court issued the rule after accused in four separate cases lodged on charges of raping children in Dhaka, Cox's Bazar and Rangpur, filed bail petitions with the High Court. All the accused in the cases are adults. The HC issued a rule asking for submitting explanation from the Children Court for granting bail petitions of the adult accused. The four judges of the courts submitted their explanations in line with the court order. Iqvmv-RtZt-76/18 GD-238/18 (4 x 3) GAZIPUR : Road communication between Kapasia and Sreepur has been suspended since Monday morning due to landslide at Doshunarayanpur Bazar on the bank of Sitalakshya river, reports UNB. About 10,000 square feet of land including crop fields AvBGmwcAvi/wegvb/2018/16 and a part of the road 11/02/18 subsided on Sunday night, said locals adding that GD-235/18 (8 x 4) residents of the area got panicky by this incident. GD-233/18 (7 x 3) Speaker calls on President DHAKA : Bangladesh Jatiya Sangsad (JS) Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury yesterday made a courtesy call on President M Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban here, reports BSS. The Speaker congratulated M Abdul Hamid for being reelected as the President of Bangladesh for the second consecutive term, President's Press Secretary Joynal Abedin told BSS this afternoon. During the meeting, the Speaker apprised the President of overall activities of the parliament. President Hamid also thanked Dr Chaudhury for her overall activities in the parliament. Secretaries concerned to the President and high officials were present.