Some 180 members of Female Formed Police Unit (FPU) of Bangladesh Police have left for Congo to join the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). The unit left for Kinshasa, the capital of Congo, on a chartered flight of Ethiopian Airlines from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Saturday night, said a press release of the police headquarters on Sunday evening. Members of BANFPU-1 (Rotation-16), MONUSCO, DRC headed by Superintendent of Police (SP) Marufa Yasmin will replace BANFPU-1 (Rotation-15), MONUSCO, DRC. The formed police unit has 14 commanding staff including Deputy Commander Mohammad Shafiul Islam. Police Headquarters DIG (Operations) Md Hyder Ali Khan and members of the Police Headquarters Overseas and UN Operations Section saw off the peacekeepers bound for DR Congo at the airport.Note that Bangladesh Police FPU unit was sent to the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in DR Congo for the first time in 2005. Bangladesh Police has been sending Female FPU to Democratic Republic of Congo since 2011. Since 2019, the Bangladesh Police's officers have been serving the mission as Individual Police Officer (IPO) with reputation.
A BNP activist who was injured in a road accident in front of the party's central office in Naya Paltan of the capital died while undergoing treatment at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) on Friday. The deceased was identified as Anita Biswas,55, wife of Amullya Biswas, a resident of the Golapbagh area of Dhaka. Victim's son Tapos Biswas said his mother went in front of the party office to participate in the BNP programme around 2:30pm on February 18. At that time, she was seriously injured after being hit by a CNG. Later she was first treated at a private hospital in the capital. When her physical condition deteriorated, she was admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital on Thursday morning where she succumbed to her injuries at 10:10 am on Friday. The body has been kept in the hospital morgue for post-mortem, said Inspector Bachchu Mia, in-charge of Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) police outpost. A case was filed at Paltan police station in this regard, Bachchu Mia added.
Dhaka University authorities have suspended a student, also an activist of Bangladesh Chhatra League, allegedly for harassing a female student on Tuesday in front of Raju sculptor memorial on the university campus. The suspended student is Najmul Alam, a residential student of Masterda Surja Sen Hall and postgraduate student of Institute of Social Welfare and Research of Dhaka University. He is also an activist of Master Da Surja Sen hall Chhatra League. "Najmul has been suspended for his misbehaviour with a student of a private university on the night of November 1," said a DU press release. He has been asked to respond within next seven days explaining why he should not be expelled from university. Read more: DU student allegedly harasses Brac University student on campus The student allegedly slapped and harassed a girl, who is a law student of Brac University, on the campus during the early hours on Tuesday. But the DU student contradicted and accused the girl of assaulting him. Najmul said the girl was filming floating people who were asleep on footpath. He said that he stopped along with a friend as he was returning on a bike to the university dormitory when he saw the girl and her friends. He said he asked why the girl and her friends were filming the floating people without their permission. An altercation broke out, prompting the girl to slap Najmul, he said. Najmul also retaliated and slapped the girl back. In a video posted online it was seen that the girl using abusive words and slapping the boy. According to an audio recorded by a witness some details have come out. "After my birthday celebration, I was standing in front of the sculpture with my friends and taking pictures. At that time two boys stopped their bike and started questioning us using bad words against me. They teased me and slapped me when I protested," the girl was heard in the audio. Najmul told UNB that the girl also used abusive words when he questioned their presence on the campus during early hours on Tuesday. Read more: Female student complains of harassment at DU dorm He said they were filming the people who were asleep on the footpaths and attires of the floating people were not in order. "When I asked why the girl was taking pictures of the people without their consent, she said her father has the ability to buy the entire DU campus multiple times," he added. "When I took my mobile phone to record her abusive words, she again insulted me,” he said. "At one point she slapped me, and I slapped her in return,” he said. The girl filed a complaint with the Proctor’s office on Tuesday.
Four female tea garden workers were killed in a landslip at a tea garden in Sreemangal upazila of Moulvibazar district on Friday morning amid their ongoing strike demanding an increase in their daily wages. The deceased were identified as Hira Rani Bhoumik, Bina Bhoumik, Purnima Bhoumik and Radhamoni Bhoumik. All were workers of Lakhaichhara Tea Garden of the upazila, fire service said. A chunk of mud from a hill fell on the workers in Lakkhichara tea garden of Kalighat union around 1pm while they were digging soil from the hill for repairing their home, leaving the four dead on spot, said Abdul Kadir, team leader of Sreemangal Fire Service and Civil Defense. Read: India landslide death toll reaches 47 Mamun Rashid Talukder, officer-in-charge (oc) of Sreemangal police station, said police were deployed at the spot. The country's tea garden workers have been on a strike for over a week to demand that their daily wages are raised from current Tk120 to Tk300.
The residential students of Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib Hall of Islamic University demonstrated on the campus in Kushtia on Sunday night demanding resignation of the hall provost Professor Nilufa Akter Banu. They demanded the resignation of the provost alleging that she misbehaved with the students who gave her several phone calls to get ambulance service. Around 200 residential students of the hall staged a sit-in programme on the hall gate. Campus sources said, Razia Sultana Hridi, a second year student of Folklore Studies department, also the residential student of hall, became sick at night and lost sense. READ: IU officials continue work abstention Other residential students gave several phone calls to the provost but she did not provide any facilities to them, the agitating students claimed. One hour after the incident, the house tutor Shimul Roy went to the hall and sent the sick student to IU Central Hospital around 10:00pm. The provost did not give them proper time in the hall and behaved ‘badly’ with the students when they gave her call about something, the agitating students alleged. On information, a team of IU proctorial body went to the spot and tried to keep the situation under control but failed. Later, IU pro-vice-chancellor Professor M Mahbubur Rahman, treasurer Professor M Alamgir Hossain Bhuiya and proctor Professor M Jahangir Hossain went to the hall and talked to the agitating students. The students withdrew their demonstration at around 12:00am as the university authorities assured them of looking into the matter. Provost Nilufa said, ‘A student gave me a phone call about a student getting sick. I asked them to inform the house tutor of the hall. Then another student called me and told me about the ambulance. I said, how many times do you call on the same issue? READ: In-person classes to resume at IU Tuesday IU treasurer Professor M Alamgir Hossain Bhuiya said, they are trying to solve the issue by talking to the students.
The Cox's Bazar CSO NGO Forum (CCNF), a network of 60 local and national NGOs operating in Cox's Bazar, on Saturday strongly condemned and protested the recent assault on six workers, including two women of an NGO in Teknaf. The organization also demanded exemplary punishment for those involved in the incident and said that if proper action is not taken within the next seven days, no CCNF member in Teknaf's Hnila Union will implement any activities. The demand came from a virtual press conference organized by the CCNF. It was moderated by Abu Murshed Chowdhury, Co-Chair of the CCNF and Executive Director of PHALS. The CCNF also urged all other local, national, and international non-governmental organizations to support the demand. YPSA Executive Director Md. Arifur Rahman, two female victims, Joint Director of COAST Ferdous Ara Rumee and Tahrima Afroz Tumpa, Project Manager of the same organization also spoke at the occasion. The COAST Foundation's Executive Director, Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, gave the closing remarks. Explaining the incident, CCNF Member Secretary Jahangir Alam said that miscreants allegedly led by a union council member in Hnila Jele para of Teknaf conducted the attacks on On February 2. COAST has been implementing various programs for the disadvantaged people of this area for a long time. The terrorists, led by Rezaul Karim, a member of Ward 5 of Hnila Union, attacked the NGO workers while they were holding a courtyard meeting with the beneficiaries of a project to gather their views, he said. During the meeting, the NGO workers were verbally abused and asked to leave the area. NGO workers tried to persuade their work, but the Union Councill member ignored the requests and attacked the NGO workers. At one point, the attackers randomly punched and kicked everyone. At their screams, the people around them came and rescued them and took them to a house and sheltered them. The injured NGO workers filed a case at Teknaf police station. Ferdous Ara Rumee said the incident poses a serious threat to hundreds of women workers in Cox's Bazar. READ: Institutions, students hit by Rohingya influx need rehabilitation: CCNF Tahrima Afroz Tumpa said, this kind of attack on women is unimaginably disgusting. “I want justice for it,”: she added. Arifur Rahman said, "We want a speedy legal remedy for this incident. I think it is a planned attack to disrupt the government's development activities for the common people of Teknaf-Ukhia as part of the Rohingya program. Because NGOs are working for the poor as allies of the government, he said. Abu Murshed Chowdhury said hundreds of NGO workers in Cox's Bazar are working day and night to provide various services to the people. Such nasty attacks on them are unwelcome. This is not an attack on the staff of a single NGO, it is an attack on the entire NGO sector. “We demand justice from the administration. If no action is taken within the next seven days, all CCNF member organizations will withdraw their activities from Hnila Union.” Rezaul Karim Chowdhury said NGO and civil society workers work for poverty alleviation, an increase of income, expansion of education in backward areas, development of women. The NGO workers are attacked by those who do not want the development of the people, those who do not want the development of women, those who do not want the spread of education, he said. READ: CCNF demands dignified repatriation of Rohingyas He said they don't want people to be aware. Because, when people are educated and aware, it becomes a threat to the illegal activities of that vested group.Failure to ensure exemplary justice for the attacks on COAST workers would leave hundreds of women workers vulnerable to work on the ground and could jeopardize all development programs, including the Rohingya program, Rezaul adedd.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday greeted the Bangladesh Under-19 Women Football team for becoming the SAF U-19 Football champion. The Prime Minister, now in the Maldives on an official tour, congratulated the team as they beat the Indian Under -9 Women Football team. READ: Bangladesh-New Zealand T20 series: PM greets Tigers for going 2-0 up Bangladesh outplayed India by 1-0 in the final held at Bir Shrestha Sipahi Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalpur of the city. READ: PM greets Tigers for ODI series win against Zimbabwe
The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the killing of three women working for a local radio and TV station in eastern Afghanistan, the latest in a spike in targeted killings across the war-tor country. Dozens of people gathered Wednesday for the funerals of the three media workers.