At least four people sustained burn injuries after a fire broke out in Jaman Jute Mill Corporation in Digholia of Khulna on Sunday.
The injured were identified as Aslam, Rabiul, Akash and Helena, all are jute mill workers.
Officer-in-Charge of Digholia Police Station Ahsanullah Chowdhury said one injured was sent to Dhaka in severe condition.
In-Charge of Digholia Fire Service Masud Parvez said the fire occurred at Hard West Machine of the mill in the noon and spread rapidly.
Four units of firefighters douse the flame after one and half hours of frantic efforts, he said.
Deputy General Manager of the mill Md Ripon Molla said they have lost jute and machines worth around Tk 50 lakh.
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Although the government has toughened the punishment for rape, the incidents of rape, gang rape and molestation are going on across the country. And the latest victim is a woman of Jhenidah district.
The 45-year-old woman who came to Magura with her husband to work as an agriculture worker fell victim to a gang of rapists.
Police said five unidentified youths entered the temporary shelter of the couple at Jagla village in Sadar upazila while they were resting around 7 pm on Saturday and dragged her husband out of it.
They tied up the man with a tree and violated the woman by turns.
The victim filed a case against five people in this regard on Sunday afternoon, said officer-in-charge (OC) of Magura Police Station Joynal Abedin.
The miscreants also threatened them to keep mum over the incident or face consequences but the couple disclosed it to villagers and filed the case.
The victim has been sent to hospital for a medical test, the OC said.
“Police have already launched a drive to arrest the offenders,” he said.
Rape in Bangladesh
Sexual harassment has turned out to be the most dangerous menace in the country in recent days due to various reasons, including a culture of impunity and moral degradation.
According to Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), a rights body, 975 women were raped, including 208 subjected to gang rape, from January to September 30 this year.
Of them, 45 were killed after rape and 12 others killed themselves.
Besides, it said, 161 women were subjected to sexual harassment and 12 of them took their own lives during the period.
ASK also said three women and nine men were killed for protesting the incidents of sexual harassment.
Besides, 627 children were raped and 20 boys were molested while 21 women fell victims to acid attacks.
Death for rape
The much-talked-about 'Women and Children Repression Prevention (Amendment) Bill, 2020' was passed in Parliament on November 17 for ensuring death penalty as the highest punishment for the heinous crime of rape.
The bill was amended to incorporate the death penalty as the maximum punishment in rape cases.
In the proposed law, the punishment for rape is death penalty or life imprisonment. According to Article 9 (1) of the existing Women and Children Repression Prevention Act-2000, the punishment for rape is life imprisonment.
This was earlier promulgated through an ordinance on October 13 as Parliament was not in session, in the face of populist demands to ensure death penalty for rapists.
As per the legal obligation the ordinance was placed in Parliament for its approval by Law Minister Anisul Huq.
The ordinance was issued following waves of anti-rape demonstrations across Bangladesh after a serious of heinous rapes, most notably the gang rape of a housewife in Noakhali’s Begumganj upazila, which was videoed by the perpetrators and later the video turned up on the internet, which went viral.
The incident occurred at Joykrishnapur village under Eklashpur union of the upazila on September 2.
Expressing serious concerns over the increasing violence against women in Bangladesh, the United Nations has recommended an urgent reform of the criminal justice system in the country to extend support and protect victims and witnesses.
"United Nations (UN) expresses serious concerns over the increasing violence against women in Bangladesh. These are heinous crimes and grave violations of human rights. One rape is one too many," said the UN in a statement on October 7.
The authorities of Islamic University in Kushtia celebrated its 42nd University Day on the occasion of 41st founding anniversary on Sunday amid festive mood and enthusiasm.
The daylong celebration included hoisting of the national and university flags, planting tree, cake-cutting ceremony and discussion online.
Marking the day, the university vice chancellor Professor Shaikh Abdus Salam hoisted the national flag while pro vice-chancellor M Shahinoor Rahman hoisted the university flag in front of the university’s administration building around 10:30am.
The vice-chancellor inaugurated the programmes releasing pigeons and balloons in the sky around 10:40am.
Later, IU VC planted a total of 42 trees in the campus.
A cake-cutting ceremony was held at the third floor of the university's administration building.
Among others, IU pro VC M Shahinoor Rahman, acting registrar SM Abdul Latif, syndicate member Professor M Mahbubar Rahman, IIER director M Maher Ali and deans and chairpersons of different faculties were present on the occasion.
A discussion programme will be held online in the evening where University Grants' Commission chairman Kazi Shahidullah will be present as the chief guest.
National flag and the university flag were hoisted atop the administrative building and all dormitories in the morning.
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A total of 703 insolvent students of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) will get interest-free loans to purchase smartphones to enable them continue their online academic activities amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh is giving the soft loans, SUST Registrar Mohd Ishfaqul Hussain told UNB on Sunday.
To avail the loans, the enlisted students will have to apply to the soft loan approval committee and then the authorities will disburse the loan as per the rules, he said.
On November 4 last, the UGC at a meeting decided to provide soft loans to some 41,501 students of the 39 public universities to buy smartphones to participate in their online academic activities. Each student will get maximum Tk 8,000 as loan without interest. The students will have to repay the loan in four installments.
The UGC has asked to disburse the loan among the students through their bank accounts by January 31, 2021 following recommendation of the Soft Loan Approval Committee.
About the soft loan, SUST Vice-Chancellor Prof Farid Uddin Ahmed said they will disburse the loans among the students soon.
He thanked the government and the UGC for supporting the students with loans to buy smartphones.
Prof Ahmed said SUST has been providing each indigent student with 15 GB free-data for the last four months for participating in the online classes.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday expressed profound shock and sorrow at the death of football legend and sports organiser Badal Roy.
The Prime Minister prayed for the eternal salvation of the departed soul of the former national team player and expressed sympathy to the bereaved family.
Badal Roy passed away at a city hospital Sunday afternoon.
In a separate message, the Prime Minister expressed deep shock and sorrow at the death of Poba Upazila chairman Md Mansur Rahman
The PM prayed for the eternal salvation of the departed soul and expressed sympathy to the bereaved family.
Mansur Rahman was also former industries and commerce secretary of Rajshahi district Awami League.