Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday asked the Bangladesh High Commission in Singapore to extend full support for the treatment of legendary playback singer Andrew Kishore.
"The Prime Minister gave the directive to Bangladesh High Commission in Singapore this noon to supervise the overall issue of the treatment of Andrew Kishore who has been suffering from cancer," PM's Deputy Press Secretary Ashraful Alam Khokan said.
Andrew Kishore, the eight-time National Film Award-winning playback singer, is now undergoing treatment at the Singapore General Hospital.
He was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer that originates in the lymphatic system, in September last.
Earlier, the Prime Minister gave financial assistance of Tk 10 lakh to the eminent singer for his treatment, Khokan said.
Electronic passports or e-passports will formally be issued from three offices of the Department of Immigration and Passport in capital Dhaka on Wednesday, said Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the e-passport service and automated border control management at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) here on the day, he said while talking to reporters at a press briefing at the Secretariat on Sunday.
“e-passports will increase the acceptability of Bangladeshi passports across the world, ensure security which will ease visit and immigration process globally,” he said.
Primarily, e-passports will be issued from Uttara, Jatrabari and Agargaon regional passport offices and later it will be introduced in 72 regional and divisional offices and 80 foreign missions in phases, said the minister adding that it will be available in other parts of the country within 2020.
The police verification certificates will be available through online and the three passport officers have the capacity to issue 25,000 passports a day, said the minister.
The e-passport and automated border control management project is being implemented by the Immigration and Passport Department and J Herman Company Veridos GmbH with assistance from the Bangladesh Army under the Security Services Division of the Home Ministry.
An applicant will have to pay Tk 3,500 for normal 48-page passport, Tk 5,500 for urgent, Tk 7,500 for very urgent for five years tenure while Tk 5,000, Tk 7,000 and Tk 9,000 for passports of 10 years tenure.
Besides, Tk 5,500 for 68-page passport under normal category, Tk 7,500 and Tk 10,500 under urgent and very urgent categories respectively for five years tenure while Tk 7,000, Tk 9,000 and Tk 12,000 for 10 years tenure.
Besides, separate fees have been fixed for general applicants, workers and students living abroad.
Meanwhile, an applicant abroad will have to pay $100 for 48-page Bangladeshi passport under normal category for five years and $ 125 for normal, $150 for urgent while $ 175 for very urgent category for 10 years.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Sunday submitted chargesheet against suspended Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Mizanur Rahman and suspended ACC director Khandaker Enamul Basir in a case over Tk 40 lakh bribery scandal.
ACC Director Sheikh Md Fanafillah submitted the chargesheet at the court of Senior Special Judge of KM Imrul Kayes.
The court fixed February 9 for the next hearing.
Earlier on January 12, the ACC approved a charge sheet against Mizanur and Enamul Basir in the case.
The suspended DIG allegedly gave Tk 40 lakh to ACC director Khandaker Enamul Basir to get clean chit in a corruption case.
On July 16 last year, ACC director Sheikh Mohammad Fanafillah filed the case against the suspended DIG and Basir with Dhaka-1 coordinated district office over the bribery scandal.
A private TV channel had reported that Mizan gave Tk 40 lakh to Basir to get clean chit in a corruption case.
DIG Mizan was an additional commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP). He was withdrawn on January 9, last year following the allegation of threatening a female news presenter of a private television channel.
He had also reportedly married a woman forcibly and tortured her. Mizan allegedly picked the 25-year-old woman up in July, 2017 and then forcibly married her.
He had also implicated her in a false case whereby she was arrested and remained in jail for three weeks.
The ACC on June 24 last filed another case against four people, including Mizan, for amassing illegal wealth and concealing information.
According to the case statement, the ACC found that he accumulated wealth worth Tk 3.28 crore while he concealed information of wealth worth Tk 3.7 crore in his wealth statement.
The season’s last cold wave is likely to start sweeping across Bangladesh from Wednesday after rain in Rajshahi, Rangpur, Sylhet, Mymensingh and some parts of Dhaka division, the Met Office said Sunday.
“The cold wave is likely to hit the country’s northern parts on Wednesday and later sweep across the country,” AKM Nazmul Haque, a meteorologist of Bangladesh Meteorological Department, told UNB.
Sunday’s lowest temperature was recorded at 12 degrees Celsius in Sreemangal while the mercury dipped to 16.4C in the capital, the Met office said.
Light rain is likely to occur at one or two places over Rangpur, Rajshahi, Dhaka, Mymensingh, Khulna and Sylhet divisions and it may remain mainly dry with temporary partly cloudy sky elsewhere over the country, the Met Office forecast said.
Meanwhile, light to moderate fog may occur at places over the country during late night to morning while the night temperature may fall by (1-2)°C and day temperature may fall slightly over the country during this period.
The government said as many as 5,383 cold-related cases were reported from across the country in the last 24 hours till Saturday.
So far, 57 deaths have been confirmed due to cold-related illnesses since November last year.
Since then, 395,260 people had been affected by cold-related diseases. Of them, 62,793 were treated for acute respiratory infection or ARI, and 152,654 others were affected by diarrhoea.