Barguna, Aug 28 (UNB) – Two people were killed as a bus hit a motorcycle on Barguna-Barishal regional highway in Betagi upazila in the district on Tuesday.
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.
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.
Officer-in-charge of Betagi Police Station Mamunur Rashid said they seized the bus and arrested its driver.
Jashore, Aug 28 (UNB) – Amid the ongoing drive against three-wheeled vehicles plying highways, police have dumped around 30 three-wheelers running on Jashore-Benapole highway into a pond near Navaran Highway Police camp.
Paliton Mia, sub-inspector of the police camp, said they were conducting a special drive on Jashore-Benapole and Jashore-Satkhira highways following the government’s move to strictly control the plying of three-wheeled vehicles on the highways.
He said cases were filed against 85 vehicles in the last three days for violating the government order.
Of the vehicles, 30 were dumped into the pond, the police officer added.
Dhaka, Aug 28 (UNB) - The government is procuring 300 double-decker, 200 air-conditioned and 100 single-decker non-AC buses under the second Indian Line of Credit (LoC) to Bangladesh.
A contract signing ceremony between Bangladesh and India for the procurement of 300 double-decker buses for the Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation under the second LoC extended by India to Bangladesh was held at a city hotel on Tuesday.
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, Road Transport and Highway Division Secretary Md Nazrul Islam, Chairman of Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation Farid Ahmed Bhuiyan and Global Head, International Operation, Ashok Leyland Rajive Saharia were present.
“Development cooperation has emerged as a key pillar of the bilateral relationship,” said Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Harsh Vardhan Shringla at the signing ceremony.
He further said, "From the modest beginning in the years after Bangladesh's liberation, India's development cooperation with Bangladesh has grown in size and coverage. With USD 8 billion in Lines of Credit under implementation, Bangladesh has become India’s largest development partner."
The LoC is focused on various infrastructure development projects in sectors such as transport, road, rail, port, airport, power, information and communication technology, health and technical education.
In addition to the LoC, India is undertaking a number of grant projects in Bangladesh in diverse sectors, including education, health, water, culture, urban development and disaster management.
The High Commissioner said the procurement of busses -- 300 double-decker, 100 single-decker and 50 articulated -- was one of the successful projects implemented under the 1st LoC to Bangladesh.
"I’ve no doubt that the induction of these new state-of-art busses in the BRTC fleet will greatly benefit the Bangladesh public transport system," Shringla said.
In addition to busses, he said, Bangladesh will also procure 350 16.2 ton and 150 10.2 ton trucks for the Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) under the 2nd LoC to Bangladesh.
Ashok Leyland is the second largest manufacturer of commercial vehicles in India, the 4th largest manufacturer of buses in the world, and the 12th largest manufacturers of trucks.
A US$ 4 billion (2017-18) company with its footprints extending across 50 countries and it is also one of the most fully-integrated manufacturing companies on this side of the globe.
Ashok Leyland, in partnership with the IFAD group, opened a truck assembly plant in Dhamrai, Savar last year, Shringla said.
IFAD has also started utilising Mongla Port for import of Ashok Leyland vehicles through the sea route under the Coastal Shipping Agreement between India and Bangladesh.
Shringla said a number of other reputed Indian automotive companies, including Tata Motors and Hero Motocorp, are looking at a long-term presence in Bangladesh and have invested in setting up assembly or manufacturing plants in the country.
Dhaka, Aug 28 (UNB) – After fighting for her life for past nine days, Mukti Khatun, a college girl who was set on fire allegedly by her father’s rivals, succumbed to her injuries at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) early Tuesday.
Mukti, 22, daughter of freedom fighter Mozammel Haque of Nagdemra village in Santhia upazila, was a second-year student of Philosophy in Pabna Edward College.
Mukti, who suffered 65 percent burn injuries, succumbed to her injuries at the intensive Care Unit of the DMCH around 1:00am, said Partha Sankar Pal, residential surgeon of DMCH.
Locals said Mukti’s father had a longstanding enmity with Abdus Salam, influential local leader of Awami League over a water body in the village.
On August 19, at least 30/40 people led by Salam attacked on Mozammel Haque's house when all the male members of the family were outside.
They dragged Mukti out of her house and poured patrol on her body and set her on fire.
The miscreants also beat up her cousin Afroza Khatun while she tried to save her and torched a room of Mozammel’s house.
Mukti was taken to local hospital and then shifted to DMCH as her condition deteriorated.
Victim's father filed a case on August 20, accusing 32 people with Santhia Police Station.
Police arrested 24 people, but yet to catch the prime accused, said officer-in-charge of Santhis Police Station.
Soon the main accused will be put behind the bars, he assured.
Meanwhile, locals and different organisations staged demonstration at Press Club in the city protesting Mukti’s death and demanded justice for her.
Dhaka, Aug 26 (UNB) – National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairman Kazi Reazul Hoque on Sunday asked for a proper probe to ensure justice in the incident of two minor girls of Tripura community in Bandarban.
He said the authorities must ensure punishment of perpetrators after proper investigation into the case.
“I urged all authorities concerned to ensure justice through proper investigation into the case,” said NHRC Chairman Kazi Reazul Hoque in a press statement on Sunday.
The NHRC chairman also urged the local administration and law enforcers to take necessary measures to ensure the safety of the women of the small ethnic groups of the Chattagram Hill Tracts.
The rape victims alleged that they were taken to a nearby jungle from their home in Tripura Para by a man, Jonerong Tripura, on Wednesday where three members of paramilitary Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) – Sumon, Maruf and Rabiul Islam – allegedly violated them.