A mild heat wave sweeping over parts of the country may abate in some place, the Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) said Sunday.
Parts of Mymensingh and Sylhet divisions and the regions of Dhaka, Rangamati, Feni, Bogura, Sirajganj, Mongla, Jashore, Barishal and Bhola are experiencing a mild heat wave.
Saturday’s highest temperature was recorded at 37.3 degrees Celsius in Sylhet. Dhaka recorded a maximum temperature of 36.1C.
According to a regular BMD bulletin, light to moderate rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty or squally wind is likely to occur at most places over Khulna and Barishal divisions in the next 24-hour commencing 9am.
Besides, many places over Dhaka, Chattogram and Rajshahi divisions and at a few places over Rangpur, Mymensingh and Sylhet divisions are likely to see moderate rainfall. Some places in the southern part of the country might be hit by heavy to very heavy falls.
Day temperature may fall by (1-3)°C and night temperature may slump slightly over the country.
A low pressure area has formed over the Northeast Bay and adjoining area. It is likely to intensify and move in a west-northwesterly direction, the Met Office said.
The axis of monsoon trough runs through Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal to Assam across the central part of Bangladesh.
Monsoon is active over southern part of Bangladesh, fairly active elsewhere over the country and moderate to strong over the North Bay, the BMD said.
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Sunday expressed deep shock and sorrow at the death of Indian External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar's mother Sulochana Subrahmanyam.
In a condolence message, Dr Momen said he prayed to Almighty so that Jaishankar and his family members get the strength to bear the pain.
Dr Momen conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved family members and sought salvation of the departed soul.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Saturday informed about the demise of his mother. She was reportedly in her 80s.
Jaishankar shared a picture of his mother on his social media account.
"Deeply grieved to inform of the passing away today of my mother Sulochana Subrahmanyam. We ask her friends and well-wishers to keep her in their thoughts. Our family is especially grateful to all those who supported her during her illness," he said.
The High Court on Sunday granted a six-month bail to suspended Chattogram jailer Sohel Rana in a case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
The bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice Ahmed Sohel granted the bail after hearing a petition.
Advocate Nahid Sultana stood for Sohel while Advocate Khurshid Alam Khan and Deputy Attorney General AKM Amin Uddin Manik represented the ACC and state respectively.
On October 27, 2018, Sohel was arrested from Bijoy Express train when he was travelling to his hometown in Mymensingh from Chattogram.
Searching Sohel's bag, police recovered fixed deposit receipts (FDRs) worth around Tk 2.5 crore, Tk 44.43 lakh in cash and 12 bottles of Phensedyl.
Police later filed a case at Bhairab Railway Police Station under the Narcotics Control Act while the ACC filed another case under the Money Laundering Act.
On July 23, a subordinate court rejected his bail petition in the ACC case.
On September 12, Sohel filed a petition before the High Court seeking bail.
More than 40 organisations, including 34 private banks, on Sunday donated Tk 165.6 crore and surgical masks to the Prime Minister’s Relief and Welfare Fund to help the poor affected by COVID-19 fallout.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina received the donations through a videoconference from her official residence Ganobhaban.
Representatives of the organisations handed over cheques of donations to PM's Principal Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus at the Prime Minister’s Office.
Of them, the 34 banks, led by Bangladesh Association of Bank (BAB), provided total Tk 164 crore as donation.
Other organisations that made donations are Food Ministry, Foreign Officers Spouse Association (FOSA), Rajshahi Medical University, Institute of Architects Bangladesh, Bangladesh Judicial Employees Association and Minister Group. Alongside the cash money, Minister Group provided 100,000 surgical masks.
The 34 banks are – AB Bank Ltd, Al-Arafah Islami Bank Ltd, Bank Asia Ltd, BRAC Bank Ltd, City Bank Ltd, Dhaka Bank Ltd, Dutch-Bangla Bank Ltd, Eastern Bank Ltd, EXIM Bank, First Security Islami Bank Ltd, Islami Bank (Bd) Ltd, Jamuna Bank Ltd, Mercantile Bank Ltd, Midland Bank Ltd, Modhumoti Bank Ltd, Mutual Trust Bank Ltd, National Bank Ltd, NCC Bank Ltd, NRB Bank Ltd, NRB Commercial Bank Ltd, NRB Global Bank Ltd, One Bank Ltd, Padma Bank Ltd, Prime Bank Ltd, Pubali Bank Ltd, SBAC Bank Ltd, Shahjalal Islami Bank Ltd, Social Islami Bank Ltd, Southeast Bank Ltd, Standard Bank Ltd, Trust Bank Ltd, Union Bank Ltd, United Commercial Bank Ltd and Uttara Bank Ltd.
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Coronavirus situation in Bangladesh
Bangladesh reported its first cases on March 8 and the first death on March 18.
The health authorities announced the death of 32 patients and 1,567 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours till Saturday morning.
With this, the country’s caseload reached 347,372 with 4,913 fatalities.
During this period, 2,051 patients recovered.
So far, 254,386 patients have recovered, pushing the recovery rate to 73.23 percent.
Currently, there are 88,073 active cases in the country.
The Appellate Division on Sunday upheld the High Court Division order that stayed trial proceedings in four more cases against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
A three-member bench led by Justice Muhammad Imman Ali passed the order after rejecting a petitions filed by the state.
Additional Attorney General Mamtaz Uddin Fakir represented the state while Barrister Mahbub Uddin Khokon stood for Khaleda.
The three arson cases were filed at Darussalam Police Station in 2014-2015 while a sedition case was filed with the Metropolitan Magistrate Court in 2016 for derogatory remarks on freedom fighters.
On December 21, 2015, Khaleda Zia at a discussion at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh questioned the actual number of martyrs. "There're controversies over how many were martyred in the Liberation War. There're many books and documents on the controversies," she said.
The High Court later stayed the trial proceedings of the four cases. It also issued a rule asking the government to explain why the cases should not be scrapped.
This prompted the state counsel to move the Appellate Division.
On August 23 this year, the Appellate Division upheld the High Court Division’s order that had stayed the trial proceedings in four other arson and vandalism cases against the former prime minister filed at Darussalam and Jatrabari police stations in 2015.
Earlier on August 17, the apex court upheld the High Court order halting trial proceedings in four other cases of sabotage against the BNP Chairperson.
The cases were filed in January and March 2015 during a shutdown enforced by the BNP-led 20-party alliance. The High Court stayed the trial proceedings of the four cases in May 2017.
The court also issued four rules asking the government to explain why the court proceedings of the cases would not be declared ‘scrapped’.
Former prime minister Khaleda was sent to Old Dhaka Central Jail after her conviction in Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case on February 8, 2018.
In March this year, the BNP chief was released from jail for six months upon an executive order considering her age and on humanitarian ground following an application by her family.
On September 15, the government extended her conditional release by another six months.