Jamalpur, Oct 21 (UNB) – A court here on Sunday issued a warrant for the arrest of Barrister Mainul Hosein in a defamation case filed for hurling abusive words at journalist Masuda Bhatti in a television talk show.
Judge Solaiman Kabir of Jamalpur Cognigance Court issued the warrant after hearing on the case.
Earlier in the day, Farzana Yeasmin Lita, convener of Jamalpur district unit Jubo Mohila League, filed a Tk 20,000 crore defamation case against Mainul.
According to the case statement, Mainul who was connected to a talk show programme through a videoconference aired on a private TV channel, Ekattor TV, hosted by Mithila Farzana, made an ‘offensive comment’ against Masuda Bhatti on October 16. He tarnished the image of Masuda Bhatti, the statement says.
Bagerhat, Oct 21 (UNB) – Father Marino Rigon, Italian born Bangladesh's honorary citizen and freedom fighter, was laid to eternal rest beside Saint Paul’s Church at Shelabunia in Mongla upazila on Sunday as per his last wish.
A guard of honour was given to him while bugle played the last post.
Earlier, mortal remains of Father Marino Rigon reached Mongla by a helicopter from Dhaka International Airport around 9:36 am.
The remains were kept at the field of upazila complex where people paid their last respects to the freedom fighter by placing wreaths.
The remains of Marino were taken to Saint Paul’s Hospital and Saint Paul’s School premises.
Khulna City Corporation Mayor Talukdar Abdul Khalek, Italian Ambassador to Bangladesh Mario Palma, Bagerhat Deputy commissioner Tapan Kumar Biswas, among others, were present.
Earlier, the remains of Father Marino arrived at Dhaka Airport in the morning.
Father Rigon, who was given honorary citizenship in 2009 and honored with ‘Friends of Liberation War Honour’, breathed his last while undergoing treatment in Italy's Vicenza on October 20, 2017.
Father Rigon was born on February 5, 1925 at Villaverla in Italy. He came to then East Pakistan in 1953.
After his extensive visits to Bangladesh villages, he established a church and a school Shelabunia village of Mongla and started living there permanently.
Father Rigon took part in the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971 by sheltering and taking care of injured freedom fighters.
Father Marino had spent 61 years in Bangladesh as a missionary. He was famous for translating the works of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore.
He was a great expert on the Bangladeshi poet Rabindranath Tagore and translated 40 of his works in Italian.
In 60 years of mission, he played a key role in fighting poverty, expanding education, offering medical services, and helping poor women. Thousands of women still benefit from the assistance programme he helped set up.
Dhaka, Oct 21 (UNB) – A minor boy who along with seven others suffered burn injuries in a fire incident in the city’s Uttarkhan area on October 13 succumbed to his injuries at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) on Saturday night, taking the death toll to six.
The deceased was identified as Sagor, 12.
Sub-inspector Bacchu Mia, in-charge of DMCH police camp, said Sagor died at the burn unit of the hospital at night.
The fire broke out at their ground-floor flat in a two-storey building around 4 am on October 13 following a leakage in the gas pipeline, leaving eight inmates injured.
Most of the victims were garment workers and one of them was a rickshaw puller.
The injured were taken to the DMCH where Azizul and his wife Muslima alias Urmi, Purnima, Sufia, Dablu Mollah died earlier.
Savar, Oct 20 (UNB) – Five days after a case was filed over encroachment of 4.24 acres of land allegedly by Gonoshasthya Kendra founder Dr Zafarullah Chowdhury, the claimant Mohammad Ali forcibly came in the possession of the land on Saturday.
The claimant occupied the land forcibly along with his men and constructed a boundary wall abutting the land.
On Monday night, the one Mohammad Ali, a resident of Harirampur upazila in Manikganj, filed a case accusing Zafrullah and three other named and three to four unnamed persons with the same police station allegedly for attempting to grab a piece of land and demanding extortion.
According to the case statement, the alleged have long been trying to occupy a 4.24-acare land, owned by Mohammad Ali, at Pathalia union. They threatened and put pressure on Mohammad Ali in a bid to grab the land, and demanded Tk 1 crore from him as extortion.
However, on Friday another case has been filed against Gonoshasthya Kendra founder Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury on charges of occupying a land and demanding extortion.
Local individual, Hasan Imam filed the case accusing Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury, 85, registrar of Gono University Delwar Hossain, 57, Gonoshasthya Kendra director Saiful Islam Sishir, 55, and Aulad Hossain, 48, with Ashulia Police Station on Friday, said its officer-in-charge Rizaul Haque Dipu.
Dhaka, Oct 20 (UNB) - A new platform of lawyers ‘Jatiya Ainjibi Oikyafront’ was launched on Saturday to ‘restore democracy, ensure an independent judiciary and establish the rule of law and people’s voting rights’ in the country.
Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) president Zainul Abedin and its secretary Mahbub Uddin Khokon have been made convener and member secretary of the 301-member convening committee of the platform.
Zainul Abedin came up with the announcement at a meeting of lawyers at the SCBA auditorium in the afternoon.
Besides, a 19-member steering committee has been constituted to formulate policy of the organisation.
Apart from Zainul Abedin and Khokon, former caretaker government Adviser Barrister Mainul Hosein, BNP Vice-chairman Advocate Khandaker Mahbub Hossain, former Attorney General AJ Mohammad Ali and Gano Forum Executive President Subrata Chowdhury are there in the steering committee.
The platform convener said they have a plan to hold a grand rally of lawyers soon.
He said thoughts and demands of Jatiya Ainjibi Oikyafront and Jatiya Oikyafront are same. “We’ll support Jatiya Oikyafront.”
On October 13, BNP together with Dr Kama Hossain-led Jatiya Oikya Prokriya, JSD and Nagorik Oikya launched the Jatiy Oikyafront to press for their seven-point demand, including holding the next polls under a non-party administration.