Sylhet, Aug 29 (UNB) – Five members of a family suffered burn injuries in a fire that broke out at a house at Rahimpur village in Biswanath upazila early Wednesday.
The victims are Faruk Miah, 55, his wife Champa Begum, 45, their daughter Ripa Begum, 18, son Emad Miah, 14, Imran Miah 12.
Officer-in-charge of Biswanath Police Station M Shamsuddoha said the fire originated from a burning mosquito coil in the early hours.
The family members sustained burn injuries as they were sleep during the fire incident, he said.
The injured were taken to Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital.
Joypurhat, Aug 29 (UNB) – A physically-challenged widow has allegedly been raped repeatedly by a young man at Uttar Joydevpur village in Panchbibi upazila.
Police arrested the alleged rapist, Helal Hossain, 25, son of Abdus Sobhan of the village, on Wednesday while fleeing to Dhaka.
Officer-in-charge of Panchbibi Police Station Farid Hossain said Helal, a married man, developed a love affair with the widow, 32, six months back.
Since then, he had been raping her with a promise to marry her, the OC said, adding that he refused to marry the victim once the matter came to light recently.
The victim’s father filed a case against Helal on Wednesday morning in this regard.
Later, police arrested him from Panchbibi bus stand at noon while fleeing to Dhaka, said Farid adding that he was sent to jail through a court.
Dhaka, Aug 29 (UNB) - The United Kingdom (UK) has expressed hope that the next national elections in Bangladesh would be participatory, where all parties will join.
UK FCO-DFID Joint Minister of State Alistair Burt and State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam during a meeting at Foreign Ministry here discussed about the upcoming general elections in Bangladesh that will take place later in 2018 or early 2019.
The UK Minister expressed satisfaction at the noticeably improved physical infrastructure in the Rohingya camps, including strong coordination between different UN and other agencies, said the Foreign Ministry here.
He also deeply appreciated the sacrifices made by the host community in welcoming and sharing scarce resources and opportunities with the Rohingya people.
Welcoming the Fact-Finding Mission report published by the United Nations, the UK Minister opined that the ‘severity the report’ will be a big test for the international community how they would respond to the accountability aspects of the Rohingya crisis, including sustainable repatriation of more than one million Rohingys who want to go back to Myanmar.
He hoped that the Fact-Finding Mission report would help ‘change’ the current level of consensus at the international level, particularly at the UN Security Council, for sustainable solution to the crisis.
State Minister Shahriar Alam thanked the UK government and people for all out support for the Rohingya crisis, including strong role at the UN Security Council.
He expressed optimism that upcoming UN General Assembly would provide an opportunity to carry forward the international efforts to find concrete ways to resolve this protracted crisis.
State Minister Alam expressed satisfaction at the continued assistance from the UK, since our independence, in the socio-economic development of Bangladesh.
The UK Minister visited the Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazaar on Wednesday morning.
Cox’s Bazar, Aug 29 (UNB) - British Minister of State for the Middle East at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Minister of State at the Department for International Development Alistair Burt on Wednesday said the UK kept pressure on Myanmar to take back its nationals from Bangladesh ensuring their rights.
While talking to reporters after visiting Kutupalong Rohingya camp in Ukhia upazila, he also said his country will provide all kinds of cooperation to Bangladesh as long as it gives shelter to Rohingyas.
Hailing Bangladesh for giving shelter to Rohingyas, the British state minister said the country cannot bear the burden for long.
He also urged the world to raise voice together to resolve the Rohingya crisis.
Alistair Burt visited newly constructed extension camp-4 at Madhurchhara of Kutupalong and saw for himself the condition of the Myanmar’s displaced people.
He also talked to several Rohingyas at that time.
Alistair Burt was appointed on June 13, 2017 and entered Parliament for the first time in 1983 and was elected Conservative MP for north east Bedfordshire in 2001.
He served as Minister of State for Community and Social Care at the Department of Health from May 2015 until July 2016.
Previously, he served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office from May 2010 until October 2013.
Jashore, Aug 29 (UNB) – A newlywed woman was found hanged at her house in Nehalpur in Manirampur upazila on Wednesday morning.
Police recovered the hanging body of Labony Das, 20, wife of Paresh Das of the village, and sent it to hospital for autopsy.
Locals said the family of Labony, also a 2nd year student of Political Science at Manirampur College, fixed her marriage with a boy from Satkhira on August 10. However, she eloped with Paresh, a Master’s student of Jessore Govt MM College, on August 9 and married him.
Victim’s in-laws said she went to sleep along with her sister-in-law Chaina on Tuesday night as her husband was staying in the district town for appearing at the Master’s examination.
She was found hanged from the ceiling on Wednesday morning.
Meanwhile, victim’s mother Lipika Das alleged that in-laws killed her daughter and hanged to body to make it appear that she committed suicide.
In-charge of Nehalpur police camp sub-inspector Khairul Basar said they suspected that Laboy committed suicide.