A number of MPs on Thursday criticised Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque saying that he cannot avoid responsibility for publishing an error-ridden list of razakars (collaborators of Pakistani occupation forces).
“The Liberation War Affairs Ministry cannot directly say it has no responsibility (for publishing the faulty list of collaborators). It’s the responsibility of this ministry to verify the list, no matter from where it was collected,” said ruling Awami League MP Mouazzam Hossain Ratan (Sunamganj-1).
He made the remark taking floor to make a supplementary question to the Liberation War Affairs Minister.
The MP said today the government’s role being questioned due inconsistency in some cases regarding the list. “We, the pro-liberation force, got hurt extremely… even the names of real razakars were not there in the list,” he added.
Ratan later questioned whether the list of authentic razakars would be disclosed before the next March 26, the Independence Day.
In reply, the minister said they earlier withdrew the list with regret as it contained errors.
“We’ll publish the list in the future after a thorough scrutiny and taking cooperation from all quarters to check the recurrence of errors,” said Mozammel Haque.
In reply to a starred question from AL MP Md Faridul Haque Khan (Jamalpur-2), the minister said his ministry did not prepare the list of the collaborators as the Public Security Division of the Home Ministry sent it to his ministry as per the requirement.
“The Liberation War Ministry published the list as it was.” Since the Liberation War Affairs Ministry did not prepare the list, the Home Ministry can take action against negligence of anyone, if any, in this regard,” Mozammel said.
Another treasury bench MP, Major (retd) Rafiqul Islam, Bir Uttam said the minister will have to take responsibility as he published the list.
He said the minister could not collect the list of authentic collaborators yet. “I think he won’t be able to do it either because I have been hearing the same words from him for the last five years,” said Rafiqul Islam.
Gonoforum MP Sultan Muhammed Mansur Ahmed (Maulvibazar-2), in his supplementary question, urged the minister not to divide the country in the Mujib Borsho by publishing the list of collaborators.
In reply, the Liberation War Affairs Minister said he did not get any question rather advice from Sultan Muhammed Mansur. “I’ll consider his advice,” Mozammel added.
Mohammad Mojnu, the lone accused in a case filed over the rape of a Dhaka University (DU) student, reportedly confessed before a court here on Thursday to his crime.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Tofazzal Hossain recorded his ‘confessional’ statement in the afternoon. The court also sent him to jail.
Mojnu, 30, was put on a seven-day remand in the case on January 9.
He raped the DU student in the city’s Kurmitola area on January 5.
Mojnu choked the girl and dragged her to a nearby bush where he hit her and tried to kill her after rape. He also looted victim’s belongings, including a handset and a bag.
The incident sparked widespread protests at Dhaka University and elsewhere across the country.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) tracked the victim’s phone and arrested Mojnu from Shewra in the city on January 8.
Later, he was handed over to the Detective Branch of police, who showed him arrested in a case filed by the victim’s father with Cantonment Police Station.
According to Rab, Mojnu is a serial rapist and he used to rape physically-challenged women and beggars.
The US Embassy in Dhaka, including its consular section, will remain closed on Sunday on the occasion of Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday, a US federal holiday.
The American Center, with the Archer K Blood American Center Library and the EducationUSA Students Advising Center, will also remain closed on the day.
Emergency services for US citizens will continue to be available, said the US Embassy in Dhaka on Thursday.
A court here on Thursday issued a warrant for the arrest of Prothom Alo editor Matiur Rahman, deputy editor Anisul Hoque and seven other people in a case filed over the death of Dhaka Residential Model College student Nayeemul Abrar Rahat from electrocution.
Dhaka additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Kaisarul Islam passed the order after taking cognisance of a police report submitted by investigation officer Abdul Alim, also officer-in-charge of Mohammadpur Police Station.
The IO submitted the report under section 304(A) of the Penal Code.
The eight other accused are Kabir Bakul, Shubashish Pramanik Shuvo, Mohitul Alam Pavel, Shahporan Tushar, Jasim Uddin Opu, Mosharraf Hossain, Sujon and Kamrul Haider.
Victim's father Mujibur Rahman filed the case with Dhaka the same court on November 6 last.
Ninth grader Nayeemul Abrar died after being electrocuted behind the stage at an event organised by Kishor Alo, a publication of Prothom Alo, at Dhaka Residential Model College on November 1.
In the case, Mujibur Rahman alleged that the organisers had negligence in ensuring safety regarding electronic wires at the venue, which cost the life of his son.
He also alleged that Abrar was taken to Universal Medical College Hospital at Mohakhali although Shaheed Suhrawardy Hospital was close to the programme venue.
He accused Kishor Alo and school authorities of concealing the information of Abrar’s death and continuing the programme despite the tragic incident.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates has heaped praise on a Bangladeshi father-daughter microbiologist duo for their works to reduce child mortality in Bangladesh.
Dr Senjuti Saha currently works at the Child Health Research Foundation (CHRF) with her father Dr Samir Saha, a professor of microbiology.
“Together, the father–daughter team is a dynamic duo of global health,” Gates wrote on his personal blog GatesNotes on Jan 14.
He said they are working to close the gap in healthcare delivery between low-income countries, where child mortality is high, and wealthier countries, by using data, state-of-the-art diagnostics, and vaccines to battle infectious diseases.
“Their research is not only being used in Bangladesh, but by other countries in South Asia facing similar health challenges,” Gates wrote.
Samir helped found the CHRF to reduce child mortality in Bangladesh and other countries.
Gates said that thanks to the work of CHRF, along with strong support for childhood immunisation and healthcare by the government, Bangladesh continues to push down its under-5 mortality rate and improve overall healthcare delivery.
Vaccine coverage in Bangladesh has now reached 98 percent, he noted.
Samir, who also heads the department of microbiology at the Dhaka Shishu Hospital, played an instrumental role in helping Bangladesh introduce vaccines for meningitis and pneumonia, two major childhood killers.
Senjuti, on the other hand, focuses on finding simpler ways to diagnose illnesses in poor countries that affect newborns and children. In 2017, when there was an unexplained spike in meningitis among children in Bangladesh, she was able to unravel the mystery by analysing the genetic material of the children.
She has since set up a low-cost diagnostic tool in Bangladesh to help the country quickly address future outbreaks of meningitis and other deadly diseases.
Gates noted that the information the Sahas are gathering from their research is critical for Bangladesh. The data CHRF gathers is not only helping the government to formulate policies but also being used to design new vaccines.
“If Bangladesh can do more to prevent diseases, however, it can free up resources to focus more on the illnesses that can’t be prevented. Thanks to the work of Samir and Senjuti, Bangladesh is moving toward a future of fewer infectious diseases and more available hospital beds,” Gates wrote.