At least 10 BNP leaders and activists, including its senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, were injured in the city’s Mirpur area on Saturday as police charged batons on them as they took out a procession demanding the release of Khaleda Zia.
Just a day before hearing on a bail petition of the chief Khaleda Zia at a High Court (HC) bench, some leaders and activists of the party and its associate bodies brought out a procession from the Kitchen market area at Mirpur’s Section-6 around 11am.
As the procession was moving towards Mirpur Section-11, police obstructed it and dispersed the BNP leaders and activists charging batons, leaving Rizvi and nine others injured.
Talking to reporters later, Rizvi said they brought out the procession in a peaceful manner demanding their chairperson’s release as she is very sick.
“It’s not an anti-government procession, but police suddenly attacked it and charged batons to foil it. Many of our leaders and activists, including me, were injured,” he claimed.
However, Mostak Ahmed, deputy commissioner (Mirpur Division) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), said they did not attack the procession as BNP leaders and activists themselves left the spot seeing police.
On Tuesday last, Khaleda filed a fresh petition with the High Court seeking bail in Zia Charitable Trust graft case, citing illness.
An HC bench of Justice Obaidul Hassan and Justice AKM Zahirul Huq is scheduled to hear the petition on Sunday next. Khaleda has been in prison since February 8, 2018 as she was convicted in graft cases.
Two more people in the UAE, including a 39-year-old Bangladeshi, have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID19), the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) announced on Friday.
This brings the total number of patients tested positive for COVID19 in the UAE to 11, three of whom have now recovered fully, reports the Gulf News.
“The two new cases included a 34-year-old Filipino and a 39-year-old Bangladeshi. They were in direct contact with the Chinese patient recently diagnosed with coronavirus and are now in a stable health condition,” the ministry said.
The ministry emphasised that it is taking all necessary and precautionary measures, including investigating, examining and following up on those who were in contact with the patients, in cooperation with health authorities in the country, according to the Gulf News report.
"The public are also advised to adopt protective health behaviours to avoid infectious diseases, including washing hands with soap and clean water, and covering the mouth when coughing or sneezing to stop the spread of germs and viruses," the ministry said.
Besides, five Bangladesh citizens were infected with coronavirus in Singapore, according to Singapore Health Ministry.
Bashundhara Group launched pitch bitumen plant for road carpeting in its business point at Pangaon area in the upazila on Saturday.
Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal inaugurated the plant as the chief guest.
He said Bashundhara Group has produced pitch for road carpeting for the first time in the country. From now on, Bangladesh has no need to import pitch for road carpeting, rather it can export.
He congratulated the group for its success.
Bangladesh has secured a good position in terms of export in Asia thanks to the support provided by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, he said, noting that it helps industries to grow and generate employment.
Finance Minister Kamal said he will urge the Prime Minister to make the Buriganga bridge toll free.
State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid, Bashundra Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan, Keraniganj Upazila Chairman Shahin Ahmed, among others, were present on the occasion.
According to case statement, Sumon, a staff reporter of online news portal Agami.com, was attacked by supporters of an Awami League-backed councillor candidate at Rayerbazar Sadek Khan Road in Mohammadpur around 11am on February 1.
He was first taken to ZH Sikder Women's Medical College Hospital before being shifted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).
A case was filed with Mohammadpur Police Station in this connection.
Bangladesh Bank will launch a regular currency note of Tk 200 denomination and commemorative gold and silver coins worth Tk 100 on the occasion of the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on March 17.
The central bank’s initiative came aiming to mark the historic moment, said a top official at the bank.
“We’ve taken this initiative as part of commemoration of the birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,” Sirajul Islam, Executive Director and spokesman of Bangladesh Bank, told UNB.
The first-ever Tk 200 currency note will also come into circulation to mark the occasion, but how many of this Tk-200 notes will be released is yet to be decided, Sirajul Islam said.
He said 1,050 gold coins of Tk 100 and 5,000 silver coins of similar value will also be released.
Sirajul Islam, however, did not give any detail of the new commemorative notes.
At present, there are regular currency notes of Tk 1, Tk 2, Tk 5, Tk 10, Tk 20, Tk 50, Tk 100, Tk 500 and Tk 1,000 are available in the market which were released on different occasions in the past and their designs changed several times.
Earlier, the Bangladesh Bank also introduced a Tk-40 note to commemorate the "40th Victory Anniversary of Bangladesh" in 2011.
The Tk-40 commemorative note featured a portrait of the Father of the Nation and the National Martyrs’ Memorial in Savar in the front, and six armed men on the back.
Bangladesh Bank introduced a Tk- 60 note to commemorate "60 years of National Movement" on February 15, 2012 while it issued a Tk-25 note to commemorate the 25th anniversary (silver jubilee) of the Security Printing Corporation (Bangladesh) Ltd on January 26, 2013.
On July 8, 2013, Bangladesh Bank issued Tk 100 note to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Bangladesh National Museum.