Bangladeshi couple shot dead in South Africa



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Terrorists shot dead expatriate husband and pregnant wife in Johannesburg, South Africa on Sunday (March 3) evening.

The deceased are Md. Mohin Bhuiya (32), son of Md. Hossein Bhuiya and his wife Runa Akhter (22) of North Manikpur village, Ward No. 4, Arjuntala Union of Upazila. She is the daughter of Md Liton of Jamadar Bari in Kesharpur Union of the same upazila.

This information was confirmed by Abdul Jabbar, UP Member of Ward No. 4 of Arjuntala Union Parishad.

He said armed terrorists shot Mohin and his pregnant wife in Johannesburg, Africa on Sunday evening. At that time both husband and wife died on the spot. Later the locals rescued them and took them to the hospital where the doctor on duty declared them dead. Fortunately, their two children who were with them survived. The two younger brothers of the deceased who were in Africa reported the matter to the country house around 2 o'clock on Sunday. Initially we don't know much more than that. It is believed that this incident happened due to previous violence.

Md. Mofiz Bhuiya, the younger brother of the deceased, said that my elder brother Mohin first migrated to South Africa in 2008 in search of livelihood. Then he took his wife six years ago. My sister in law was 7 months pregnant. Terrorists shot dead my elder brother along with Bhabi.

UP member Abdul Jabbar also said that the news of the deceased expatriate's death was conveyed to the local people on the microphone of the mosque of the village house. This has cast a shadow of mourning over the entire area. The family of the deceased sought the help of the government to bring their bodies to the country.

   

Ransom bags of dollars were dropped into the water from small plane



Special Correspondent, Barta24.com,chottogram
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The Somali pirates disembarked the Bangladeshi-flagged vessel MV Abdullah about 8 hours after receiving the ransom. After receiving the liberating dollars, they came aboard and counted them. The bandits left the ship late at night after getting the dollars as per their demand.

A video of the bandits explaining the ransom has been found. It shows how the ransom money is being handed over to the pirates, watched by the sailors standing in a row from the deck of the ship. They were being videoed from behind. Perhaps the person who interceded for the bandits was the one making the video. Armed bandits were also with him. In the beginning, a small plane comes and first drops a bag full of dollars next to the ship. Already the bandits in two small speedboats were alongside the ship. One of the bandits burst out laughing as he read the bag. The bag was later retrieved from the water by a small speed boat. Thus three bags were dropped. About eight hours after receiving the ransom, the pirates left the ship late at night. Before that, however, the owner of the ship, KSRM Group, spoke to all the sailors as per the terms and confirmed that they are healthy.

However, the owner did not say anything about how many dollars were given to the bandits as ransom. After the ship was freed from the bandits, a press conference was organized at KSRM's corporate office in Agrabad, Chattogram city on Sunday afternoon.

Shahriar Jahan, deputy managing director of KSRM Group, said in a press conference, "Our ship left the Somali coast at around 3:00 p.m. on Saturday." We were able to release the ship exactly after 31 days. Basically our ship was about 600 nautical miles away from pirate prone area. The area has not been attacked by ship pirates in the last 8-10 years. That is why the armguard was not kept. Other ships were moving in the same way. But in a war situation, as the warships were busy on the other side, the pirates took the opportunity. But we are able to bring the sailors back to health very quickly, thanks to everyone. The Prime Minister has observed the situation very seriously. The Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Education have also shown considerable sincerity. The vessel is expected to arrive at Al Harmia port in the United Arab Emirates on April 19 or 20. There is a formality of 4-5 days. After that, the sailors will be brought back to the country.

Mehrul Karim, CEO of KSRM said, "We lacked knowledge when Jahan Mani fell into the hands of bandits. Then the rescue took more time. Now after taking possession of the ship we continue to track the location of the ship. After starting contact, we were talking every day. How the sailors are doing, how soon the bandits will leave the ship etc. Two days ago we demanded that every sailor should be given video before getting ransom. Accordingly we took a video of each sailor. Every act of ransom is done legally. International norms are followed. We cannot say how many dollars for various reasons. The rules of the USA, UK, Somalia and Kenya have to be obeyed. KSRM DMD Sarwar Jahan, Director Karim Uddin, Media Advisor Mizanul Islam were present at the press conference.

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Eid holidays are over; office-courts are opening on Monday



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After the holy Eid-ul-Fitr and Pohela Boishakh holidays, offices-courts, banks-insurance and stock market will open today Monday (April 15).

Before this, last Thursday (April 11), the main religious festival of the Muslim community, Eid-ul-Fitr, was celebrated across the country. On the occasion of Eid, April 10, 11 and 12 (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) were public holidays. After Eid, 13th of April on Saturday weekly and 14th of April on Sunday on the occasion of Pohela Boishakh, Bengali New Year holiday. As a result, employees are spending holidays from 10th to 14th. After five consecutive days of Eid holidays, workers will join the office on Monday.

However, many of those who went outside Dhaka for Eid took optional leave. Due to the large number of them, it will take a few more days to start the proceedings in full swing in the office court. Besides, schools and colleges will also open next week. Then the capital Dhaka will return to normal.

Meanwhile, on the occasion of the holy Eid-ul-Fitr, for the first time, the journalists, officials and employees working in the newspaper are spending 6 consecutive days off. The Newspaper Owners Association of Bangladesh (NOAB) announced a continuous holiday from April 9 to April 14.

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There were 65 bandits in the ship; left a letter at the time leaving



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There were 65 bandits in the ship; left a letter at the time leaving

65 Somali pirates were last aboard the Bangladeshi-flagged ship MV Abdullah before being freed. After receiving the ransom, these pirates left the ship in 9 boats late at night. Before that, however, their team leader gave a letter written in Somali language to the owner of the ship. Basically the letter is like a No Objection Certificate (NOC).

Mehrul Karim, CEO of KSRM Group, the owner of MV Abdullah, said what was written in that letter.

He said, "After being freed, the ship has left for Al Harmia port in the United Arab Emirates. However, it may take at least three days to leave the coast of Somalia. The letter, written in Somali by the leader of the pirates, basically guaranteed that no more pirates would attack the ship until it reached Dubai. Wrote, you can leave safely. Do not be a victim of any further attacks until Dubai.

After understanding the ransom money, the bandits disembarked from the ship at 12:08 p.m. Saturday morning Somalia time (3:08 a.m. Saturday morning Bangladesh time). About 8 hours before this, dollars were thrown into the river in three bags according to their demand by small aircraft. The bandits collected those bags from the water and stayed there in two speed boats beforehand.

After getting the ransom amount, the leader of the bandits spoke to Mehrul Karim, Chief Executive Officer of KSRM Group.

Mehrul Karim said, "He told me all the best." I also said Allah Hafez. And I said that the sooner you get off the ship, the faster the sailors can return. They left the ship late at night. It is believed that the ship chooses late night as the best time to leave to avoid surveillance on land and on the water because at the time of payment of the ransom money, the hostage ship was close to the warship of the European Union Navy. Puntland Police of Somalia also patrolled on the ground. 

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Bangladesh sides with peace not with war: Foreign Minister



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Foreign Minister Dr. Hasan Mahmud said, Bangladesh does not side with war, but with peace and we want all the countries that are supposed to play an effective role in de-escalating the Iran-Israel tension and stop the Israeli killings in Gaza.

He said this on Sunday (April 14) evening at the state guest house Padma in the capital when reporters questioned him about the incident of Iranian missiles being fired across Israel including Tel Aviv, West Jerusalem on Saturday night in retaliation for the attack on the Iranian consulate in Damascus, Syria.

At the same time, the minister Dr. Hasan said, because Israel attacked the Iranian embassy in Syria, Iran got the opportunity to attack, otherwise it would not have happened, Iran has 'retaliated' - that's what Iran says. He said, "We hope that all the countries that are supposed to play a role will immediately take effective measures to resolve the Iran-Israel tension and stop the indiscriminate killing of people in Gaza." We are never for war, we are for peace.

The foreign minister wished the journalists present on Bengali New Year. In another question about the rescue of the kidnapped Bangladeshi ship MV Abdullah, he said that the hostage sailors and the ship were safely rescued as soon as possible due to the all-out efforts of the government and those concerned. The ship proceeded 100 nautical miles towards the UAE. A European Union ship accompanied the MV Abdullah. Thanks to everyone as well as the KSRM group, they were also very active.

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