Faridpur, Dhaka, 24 August : The flood situation of the country excepting the northeastern districts may deteriorate in the next two to three days, according sources in the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC).
Sources said the flood situation has started improving in the northern districts gradually but the prevailing flash flood situation in the north-eastern districts may worsen further. The FFWC monitored water levels at 73 stations in the country out of which 37 stations recorded rise and recession at 36 stations. A total of 12 stations, including the river Kobodak at Jhikargacha, the Surma at Kanaighat and the Kushiyara at Amalshid are flowing above 22cm, 82cm and 74 cm above danger levels respectively.
More low-lying areas in the districts of Sirajganj, Tangail, Rajbari, Faridpur, Madaripur, Shariatpur, Manikganj, Munshiganj, and Dohar and Nababganj upazilas of Dhaka are likely to inundate by the next two to three days, the sources said.
The Padma at Goalondo, the Khoai at Habiganj and the Jamuna at Naogaon are flowing 21cm, 3cm and 4cm respectively above their danger marks. န Photo : Dainik Ittefaq
PTI, Malda, 24 August : An estimated 1,300 families were marooned as swollen Fulahar, flowing over danger mark, flooded vast parts of Malda district today.
Several villages under Chanchol sub-division were submerged as water literally gushed in following a wide breach in the Bhaluka guardwall, which had been built after the concrete embankment over the river gave way, a district official said. Most parts of Harischandrapur II and Ratua blocks were flooded as Fulahar continued to submerge nearby areas despite fall in its water level from 'extreme danger' to 'danger' mark along the protected areas. Vast stretches of paddy fields were also inundated as 500 families near Bhaluka bazar were shifted to safer places. Floods also affected 800 families in 11 villages under the Harischandrapur block II, the official said.
Vehicular movement along Bhaluka-Bajitpur Road were suspended after flood water spilled over certain stretch of the road. န Photo : Misbaul Haque
Xinhua, Dhaka, 24 August : The Bangladeshi government has launched a massive socio-political campaign to educate people and closely monitor extremism militant activities at the grass roots level, leading English-language newspaper The Daily Star reported on Monday.
In the campaign, involving 14 different agencies and spearheaded by the state minister for home affairs, the government has taken up various innovative initiatives to make people aware about the destructive nature of extremism. The initiatives include holding campaigns, screening documentaries, training imams of mosques, organizing anti-militant campaigns at all level of the people. The drive which led by a high-powered committee formed in 2007 was the culmination of initiatives by various agencies that have opined that armed drives against the militant was not enough to uproot or contain militant threats. READ MORE
Kolkata, 24 August : Kolkata police on Monday arrested 12 people in connection with Sunday’s violence during a football match.
"One person was killed and over 15 were injured in the clash. The injured were hospitalised. At least 30 cottages have been burnt and 10 fire tenders are trying to control the blaze," Deputy Inspector General of Presidency Range, S N Gupta said.
The villagers then fled to the Vedic Village a luxury tourist resort next door. Locals chased them and set some buildings on fire. န Photos : Avijit Mondal
Kolkata, 24 August : Five years and five months after it started probing the sensational theft of Rabindranath Tagore’s Nobel medallion and other memorabilia from Rabindra Bhavan museum at Visva Bharati University in Santiniketan, the CBI called off its investigation. In a letter to Registrar of the University Manimukut Mitra on 20 August, the CBI SP (Special Crime Branch), Kolkata, said that it was closing the probe because of a dearth of clues.
“They (the CBI) have clearly said they were not willing to go ahead with the investigation. But we still hope we will get back the priceless treasures,” said Mitra, who received the letter on 21 August. He also said the letter would be placed in the Executive Committee meeting of the university. “A decision regarding the CBI letter will be taken at the meeting. The HRD Ministry of the Central government will also be informed,” added Mitra.
Chetia, whose real name is Golap Baruah, has been in jail since his arrest in Dhaka in January 1998 from Shyamoli area under the Foreigners Act and the Passports Act. "His (Chetia's) jail term is coming to an end shortly and India has asked Bangladesh to send him here after that," a source said. Bangladesh has so far not given any response but India is hopeful that it would accede to the request considering the new government's resolve to root out terrorism and the new impetus being imparted to bilateral ties. Chetia has been seeking political asylum in Bangladesh or deportation to any country other than India but those petitions are pending.
New Delhi is of the view that deportation of Chetia would be a major confidence-building measure at a time when the two countries are working to give a push to their ties.
Naikhyongchharhi police chief and a Bandarban region army spokesperson confirmed that Rahman was released in the morning exactly eight days after his abduction. Hefazetur's abductors released him in the peripheries of Alikadam upazila, the adjoining upazila in the morning, the police official said.
He said in the face of intensive rescue efforts mounted by the army, BDR and police, the abductors released the rubber garden employee.