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SUNDAY, MAY 31, 2015

Body found in BCL leader’s flat n Kamrul Hasan

Ten-year-old Rabbi lies in the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital with burn injuries that he sustained in an explosion originating from a gas line leak in the city’s Kalabagan area yesterday. Six other members of his family also sustained injuries in the accident RAJIB DHAR

Gas explosion hurts minor, six others of a family n Mohammad Jamil Khan

damaged the wall of the nearby house. Md Julfiqar, neighbour of Sumon, who took the injured to the hospital, said he had gone to the spot hearing a big bang and found everything scattered. Md Iqbal, OC of Kalabagan police, could not confirm the reason behind the explosion. “Primarily we are suspecting that the gas pipe was leaked. We need more investigation to say clearly about it,” he added. Sayed Monirul Islam, officer-in-charge of the Fire Service and Civil Defence control room, came up with the same version. l

Seven members of a family including a 10-yearold boy sustained burn injuries in an explosion, originated apparently from a gas line leakage, in the city’s Kalabagan area yesterday. All of them are now undergoing treatment at the Burn and Plastic Surgery Institute of Dhaka Medical College Hospital. Md Sumon, 32, a driver by profession, suffered 30% burns; his wife Reshma Akther, 26, received 2% burns; son Rabbi, 10, 6%; mother Momtaz Begum, 60, 54%; sister Rozina, 38,

39%; nephew Ayaon, 20, 30%; and niece Bithi, 14, suffered 34% burn injuries. Of the injured, condition of Rozina and Momtaz was stated to be critical, Partha Shankar Paul, residential surgeon at the burn institute, said. The fire broke out with a huge explosion when Rozina went to the kitchen and lit the stove in the morning, said Sumon. Their tinshed house is at Lake Circus of Kalabagan. He said the next house was given a new gas connection couple of days ago. The explosion blew up the roof of the tin-shed house and

Tk20cr in mobile phones seized at Dhaka airport

Kolkata-Agartala bus service via Dhaka starts tomorrow

n Kamrul Hasan

n Shohel Mamun

Customs officials yesterday seized over 7,000 mobiles phones worth around Tk20 crore at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport. The phones came from Hong Kong in 24 cartons with a fake declaration on a flight of Hong Kong Airlines, a move official said was aimed at evading tax. Customs preventive team Assistant Commissioner Shahiduzzaman Sarkar said MS Enterprise had smuggled the phones into Bangladesh. A case was filed with Airport police station in this connection. The customs team on Thursday night seized around 15,000 cell phones worth around Tk30 crore from the airport’s cargo gate. Shahiduzzaman said a company named Adamjee Enterprise imported the phones but mentioned in the import documents that it was a consignment of mobile phone chargers. l

The trail run of a much-awaited new bus service between West Bengal’s Kolkata and Agartala of Tripura via Dhaka is set to begin tomorrow, especially to facilitate movement of the people of India’s two states. The bus service would be inaugurated during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Dhaka on June 6, Road Transport and Highways Division Secretary MAN Siddique confirmed to the Dhaka Tribune yesterday. Earlier, Kolkata-Dhaka bus service was introduced in 1999 and the other between Agartala and Dhaka in 2003. Road Transport Minister Obaidul Quader and his Indian counterpart Nitin Gadkari sat on a meeting in New Delhi recently to approve the new bus route. India’s Kolkata and Tripura dwellers have been demanding for long to introduce a service that allows them to travel between the two provinces through Bangladesh without

changing transport. If a vehicle runs through the Indian land, it would take them almost three days to travel from Kolkata to Tripura’s Agartala. Because, the total straight line distance between Kolkata and Agartala is 1,650km and most of the road is over the hill. If they can use Bangladesh’s route, the journey will take less than 24 hours. The distance via Dhaka is only 513km. For this, Bangladesh will have to let them use the land. This demand of transit was hanged in balance for a long time because of bilateral problems. Apart from this, Bangladesh and India have agreed to start Dhaka-Shilong-Guahati bus service. The test run began on May 22, and if proven okay, the route would be opened permanently during the visit of the Indian premier. The two governments are also considering of opening bus services on Kolkata-Chittagong, Shilong-Chittagong, Khulna-Kolkata and Jessore-Kolkata routes. l

The body of a boy was recovered from Dhaka city north unit Chhatra League president’s residence in the capital’s Badda yesterday night. The deceased Emon, aged around 15, a class-VIII student, son of Mithu Sarder hailed from Savar, who is maternal cousin of BCL leader SM Rabiul Islam Sohel. Badda police station OC Abdul Jalil said they recovered the body from the flat along with a revolver beside him. However, police could not confirm how Emon got the revolver and whether it was licenced or not although law enforcers suspected that the boy might have committed suicide, the OC continued. Sources said Sohel’s private car driver remained missing after the incident. Police, CID, detective brunch of police and RAB visited the scene early yesterday. The body was sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital morgue for autopsy. Sohel told the Dhaka Tribune that he was in party office when the incident took place. “Emon often visits my residence where he was staying with my parents and a housemaid. During a family discussion in the drawing room, Emon suddenly entered his room and locked its doors. After some time, others heard a sound of bullet from the room.” l

BCL announces new Dhaka city committees n DU Correspondent

Siddiqui Nazmul Alam, general secretary of Chhatra League yesterday announced new partial committees for Dhaka city’s north and south units. An eight-member committee was announced for Dhaka city south with Bayezid Ahmed Khan as the president and Md Sabbir Hossain the general secretary. Dhaka north got a seven-member committee with Md Mizanur Rahman becoming the president and Md Mohiuddin Ahmed the general secretary. l

SARF 2015: Hasina discusses political economy of food n UNB

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said that ensuring food for all is a complicated task and is not possible for an individual country to achieve on its own - rather a joint effort is urgently needed for that purpose. "Ensuring food for all is a complex task. A host of factors like poverty, flawed economic and distribution system, food and climate change influence the availability of food," said Hasina, in her address to the three-day South Asia Right to Food (SARF) Conference 2015 at Krishibid Institution Bangladesh. She said that food security does not depend only on production of food grains. "The quantity of food the earth now produces is more than enough to feed the entire population. l

31 May, 2015  
31 May, 2015