Chandpur, Aug 29 (UNB) - A 22-day ban on catching, selling, hoarding and transporting of people’s favourite Hilsa fish will come into effect from October 7 to protect the mother-Hilsa.
The ban will be imposed on a 60 km from Matlab Uttar upazila to Haimchar upazila and nearby a 40 km stretch of Char Alexander of Laxmipur district. The ban will remain in force till October 28.
Last year, the period of restriction on catching hilsa fish was 20 days from October 1 to 20.
Chandpur Fisheries official Md Asadul Baki said 22 days from October 7 to 28 is the peak period for mother-Hilsa to release eggs.
Necessary measures would be taken to create awareness on conservation of hilsda and its importance among the fishermen. To make a success of the campaign, fisheries office and district taskforce will work for 24 hours, the officer added.
Jhenaidah, Aug 29 (UNB) –A case has been filed against a local rice trader in the connection with seizure of 52 sacks of rice meant for distribution among the ultra-poor under the vulnerable group feeding (VGF) programme from Haripur village in Sadar upazila.
The accused is Azizul Islam, son of Kawsar Ali of the village.
Project implementation office assistant Jahid Hasan filed the case with Sadar Police Station on Wednesday.
A total of 52 sacks of rice meant for distribution among the ultra-poor under the VGF scheme were recovered from three ponds in Haripur village of the upazila on Tuesday.
Being informed by locals, a team of local administration recovered the rice from the ponds, said Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Shammi Islam.
Azizul Islam went into hiding immediately after the incident, said Khurshid Alam, chairman of Maharazpur Union Parishad.
Legal action will be taken against those involved in the incident, said the UNO.
Pabna, Aug 28 (UNB) – A female journalist was hacked to death by a group of unidentified assailants in front of her home at Radhanagar Majumdarparha in the district town on Tuesday night.
The deceased was identified as Suborna Akhter Nodi, 32, the Pabna district correspondent of private channel Ananda TV and the Daily Jagroto Bangla newspaper.
Goutam Kumar Biswas, additional superintendent of Pabna police, said responding to knocks, Nodi opened the door and came under the attack around 10pm. The assailants hacked her indiscriminately with a sharp weapon, leaving her critically injured.
Later, locals took her to Pabna General Hospital where the duty doctor declared her dead.
On information, police visited the spot but the mystery of the murder could not be known yet, the official added.
Dhaka, Aug 28 (UNB) – At least nine people were killed and eight others were injured in separate road accidents in Gopalganj, Barguna, Cumilla, Gazipur, Sylhet and Khagrachhari districts on Tuesday.
In Gopalganj, Sihab Uddin, 35, a motorcyclist was killed as a speeding bus ran over him on Dhaka-Khulna highway at Bijoypasha village in Sadar upazila at noon.
The accident took place when the passenger bus collided the motorcycle, leaving him died on the spot said Monirul Islam, officer-in-charge of Sadar Police Station.
On information, police recovered the body and sent it to Gopalganj General Hospital morgue for autopsy.
In Barguna, two people were killed as a bus hit a motorcycle on Barguna-Barishal regional highway in Betagi upazila.
The deceased were identified as Abdul Aziz Sikdar, 70, and Md Hanif Akon, 75, of the upazila.
Witnesses said the bus crashed into the motorcycle at noon, leaving Aziz dead on the spot and Hanif and another rider Mohammad Liton injured.
Officer-in-charge of Betagi Police Station Mamunur Rashid said the injured were taken to Betagi Health Complex where doctors declared Hanif dead. Liton was later sent to Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital in Barishal.
In Cumilla, a schoolboy was killed as a speeding truck ran over him on Cumilla-Sylhet regional road in Debidari municipality area.
The deceased was identified as Raju Hossain, 14, son of Md Giasuddin of Barera village of the municipality.
The accident took place when a cement laden truck ran over him around 2pm, leaving critically injured.
Later, he was taken to Comilla Medical College Hospital where the duty doctor declared him dead, police said.
On the other hand, a man and his minor son were killed while his wife and daughter injured as a CNG-run auto-rickshaw carrying them hit a roadside tree in Palpara area of Sadar upazila on Tuesday morning.
The deceased were identified as Aminul Islam, 40, son of late Aftab Uddin and his son Wasi Islam, 4, hailing from Dakhshin Khan in the capital.
The accident took around 7 am when the auto-rickshaw dashed into the tree after its driver lost control over the wheel, leaving four critically injured, said Abu Salam Miah, officer-in-charge of Kotwali Police Station.
The injured were rushed to Comilla Medical College Hospital where Aminul and Wasi succumbed to their injuries, said the OC adding that the driver went into hiding after the incident.
In Gazipur, a vegetable vendor was killed as a pick-up van carrying him rammed into a parked truck in Salna area of the city early Tuesday.
The deceased was identified as Fazlur Rahman Badal, 28, hailing from Naogaon district.
The accident took place when the driver of the pick-up van lost his control over the steering and smashed into the parked truck, leaving Badal dead on the spot, said Md Ohiduzzaman, officer-in-charge of Naojor Highway Police Station.
In Sylhet, Kamrul Islam, 45, a trader was killed when a Dhaka-bound bus ran him over on Dhaka-Sylhet highway at Lalbazar in South Surma upazila around 11:30am, said Khairul Fazal, officer-in-charge of South Surma Police Station.
In Natore, a motorcyclist was killed as a three-wheeler hit behind it on Natore-Rajshahi highway at Chandpur in Sadar upazila.
Sajal was taken to a private hospital where the duty doctor declared him dead in the afternoon, said police.
In Khagrachhari, another motorcyclist was killed in a head-on clash in Guimara upazila.
The deceased was identified as Md Al-Amin, 33, son of Keramat Ali of Badungpara of the upazila.
The accident took place when a bus of Shamaly Paribhan collided the motorcycle, leaving him dead on the spot, said Md Giasuddin, officer-in-charge of Guimara Police Station.
Dhaka, Aug 29 (UNB) – Making a call for accountability as an essential prerequisite to regional security and stability, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged the Security Council to give a serious consideration to the report released on Monday by the UN-appointed Independent International Fact-finding Mission on Myanmar.
He said effective international cooperation will be “critical to ensuring that accountability mechanisms are credible, transparent, impartial, independent and comply with Myanmar’s obligations under international law.”
Despite the efforts made by the United Nations over the past year to help create safeguards for all communities in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, it is clear that conditions are still not suitable for the safe, voluntary, and sustainable return of Rohingya refugees to their home, Guterres said on Tuesday.
The UN chief was briefing the Security Council on the situation in Myanmar, where 12 months ago a military operation in northern Rakhine state sparked an exodus of desperate Rohingya refugees that quickly became one of the world’s worst humanitarian and human rights crises.
Guterres’ remarks also follow the release of an independent UN investigation into human rights abuses carried out against the mainly Muslim Rohingya and which called for the country’s military leaders to be investigated and prosecuted for genocide and war crimes.
Cate Blanchett, the Academy Award winning actor and Goodwill Ambassador for the Office of the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), and Tegegnework Gettu, Associate Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) also addressed the briefing, which was chaired by Lord Ahmad, Minister of State for the Commonwealth and the UN for the United Kingdom, which currently holds the presidency of the Security Council.
Over 700,000 Rohingya fled Myanmar to ramshackle refugee camps in neighbouring Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar district after being forced from their homes by a military operation which UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein compared, at the time, to ethnic cleansing, according to the UN.
Recounting his experience of visiting the camps this past July, Guterres said he had heard stories of horrendous persecution and sufferings.
“One father broke down as he told me how his son was shot dead in front of him. His mother was brutally murdered and his house burned to the ground. He took refuge in a mosque only to be discovered by soldiers who abused him and burned the Quran,” he said.
One distraught woman gestured to a mother cradling her young baby who was conceived as a result of rape and told me: “We need security in Myanmar and citizenship. And we want justice for what our sisters, our daughters, our mothers have suffered.”
Blanchett, who visited Bangladesh last year at the invitation of the UNHCR, said she had witnessed similar scenes, and “nothing could have prepared me for the extent and depth of sufferings I saw… I’ve heard gut-wrenching accounts…of grave torture, of women brutally violated, people whose loved ones have been killed before their eyes.”
“I’m a mother, and I saw my children in the eyes of every refugee child I met. I saw myself in every parent. How can any mother endure seeing her child thrown into a fire?” she asked the Council.
The trigger for the military crackdown one year ago was a series of attacks on Myanmar security forces by insurgents that were immediately condemned by the Secretary-General.
Guterres said the disproportionate use of force against civilian populations and the gross human rights violations that followed, could never be justified.
Since then despite his direct engagement with the Myanmar authorities, and the launch of several UN system initiatives on the ground, the Secretary General has expressed concern regarding the dramatic humanitarian and human rights situations, as well as the risks to regional peace and security of further degeneration.
This engagement includes the advancement of a policy of engagement and unified action to defuse tensions and build trust, and the appointment of Christine Schraner as Special Envoy on Myanmar, which has led to a process of broad consultations with the government, military, civil society and women’s groups.
Despite the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) by the Myanmar authorities and UN agencies in June, Guterres said the country’s leaders have not made the investment in reconstruction, reconciliation and respect for human rights necessary for all communities to live improved and resilient lives in Rakhine State.
UNDP’s Gettu said the agency shares international concerns about the situation in Rakhine and the plight of the Rohingya, and he emphasised the need to address Rakhine’s significant development challenges and lift restrictions on free movement and access to services.
The UNDP, UNHCR and other UN agencies have been implementing the MoU, and working in Rakhine to put a wide-ranging development and humanitarian assistance initiative in place with support from major donors. He underlined that addressing the needs of the refugees in Cox’s Bazar is also of primary importance.
Guterres asked the Security Council to urge Myanmar’s leaders to ensure immediate, unimpeded and effective access for the organisation’s agencies and partners, and release journalists arrested for reporting on the human tragedy.
He added that there can be no excuse for delaying the search for dignified solutions that will allow people to return home, and benefit from freedom of movement, an end to discrimination and the re-establishment of the rule of law.
His call for action was amplified by Blanchett, who said “the focus of all our efforts must be there to provide much-needed support inside Bangladesh while working to ensure conditions in Myanmar are conducive to return.”