Flood: Jamuna swelling, most other rivers receding

Flood affected people with their cattle take shelter on a road in Char Kulaghat area of Lalmonirhat. The photos were taken yesterday.

 

New areas of Sirajganj district has been flooded following a swelling of Jamuna river whilst water levels in most flood-affected districts in the north and north-eastern parts of the country continued to recede today.

Peoples’ suffering continues as many of them left their homes along with their cattle, goats, hens and other pets and took shelter in safe areas and many of these people have still not been able to return as water has not fully receded from their homes.

In Sirajganj, the flood situation has worsened following a rise in the Jamuna water level this morning, according to UNB.

"The Jamuna river was flowing 146 centimetres above the danger level at Sirajganj point at 6:00am," said executive engineer of Water Development Board (WDB) in Sirajganj Syed Hasan Imam.

 

Fresh areas were inundated as water level of the Jamuna River had risen by 19 centimetres in the last 24 hours, he said adding that low-lying areas of Sadar, Kajipur, Belkuchi, Chouhali and Shahjadpur upazilas remained submerged by Jamuna water since Tuesday.

In Kurigram, the flood crisis continues even though water levels have come down by 18cm at Dharla river, 11cm at Teesta, 11cm at Dudhkumar and 10cm at Brahmaputra in last 24 hours till 12noon.

However even with the receding water levels, water of the Dharla river at Dharla Bridge Point is flowing 73cm above danger mark, Dudhkumor river is flowing 3cm above danger mark at Nunkhawa Ghat point of Sadar upazila and Brahmaputra river is flowing 77cm above danger mark at Chilmari Ghat at Chilmari upazila, our Kurigram correspondent reports quoting sources at Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB).

Meanwhile, the Teesta river is currently flowing 102cm below the danger mark at Kaunia Ghat point, according to WDB.

In Lalmonirhat, water of Teesta River at Teesta Barrage point in Hatibandha upazila is now flowing below danger mark, our Lalmonirhat correspondent reports quoting Executive Engineer Krishna Kamal Sarkar of Lalmonirhat WDB. 

The water of Dharla river at Kulaghat point of Sadar upazila is also now flowing below danger mark, the official said.

In Sunamganj, water of the Surma river in Sunamganj district is now flowing at 55cm coming down from yesterday’s 69cm, our Moulvibazar correspondent reports quoting Abu Bakar Siddik Bhuiyan, executive engineer of Sunamganj WDB.

Farmers in the district are counting losses as, 7,771 hectares of Aman cropland and 1,006 hectares of seeds have been destroyed in flood, said Zayedul Haque, deputy director of Department of Agriculture Extension.

A total of 24 people were killed in the last 3 days in different districts.

Govt seeks certified copy of 16th amendment verdict

 

The attorney general’s office has recently applied to the Supreme Court seeking the certified copy of its verdict in the 16th amendment case.

A petition can be filed with the apex court seeking review of its verdict that scrapped the 16th amendment to the constitution, which had empowered the parliament to remove its judges for incapacity or misconduct, the AG told The Daily Star today.

He, however, said his office has not got any instruction from the government to seek review of the SC judgement till today.

Law Minister Anisul Huq on Sunday told reporters at Meet the Press programme that the government will seek review of the SC judgement seeking expunction of some of the remarks made by the chief justice in the verdict.

According to the SC rules, a review petition is to be filed in 30 days after receiving the certified copy of the apex court.   

The Supreme Court’s dismissal of the 16th amendment to the constitution has been the topic of politicians since it had severely criticised the role of the incumbent government.

Ruling Awami League lawmakers are criticising the verdict and the chief justice who delivered it, whereas, opposition BNP is saying that it had exposed the misdeeds of the government.

The ruling Awami League-led coalition has said it will deal with the verdict legally and politically. Also, they have voiced against some observations of the Supreme Court.

No food crisis during flood: Muhith

 

There will be no food crisis in Bangladesh due to the ongoing flood, Finance Minister AMA Muhith said today stressing that the government has the ability to import staples at a higher rate if necessary.

“The price of rice has increased. But even then we must import rice. If extra spending is necessary, the government has the capacity to do it,” the minister said at a programme in Dhaka.

Bangladesh is experiencing a flood which is feared to be vastly devastating. It has already inundated the northern part, from where the majority of domestic rice supplies are harvested.

“There is a crisis for the flood, but our government is ready to tackle it,” Minister Muhith said.

Muhith was speaking as chief guest at an agreement signing programme of Pran Rfl Group and Sonali Bank at Hotel Purbani in Dhaka.

 

Bangladesh Bank Governor Fazle Kabir, Pran Rfl’s Chairman and CEO Ahsan Khan Chowdhury and Sonali Bank’s managing director were among those present at the signing.

Plan to attack people heading to Dhanmondi 32 foiled thru’ August Bite: IGP

The operation “August Bite” is a result of the stringent security measures taken during the month of August, Inspector General of Police AKM Shahidul Hoque says after the end of an operation at a hotel in Dhaka’s Panthapath area on August 15, 2017. Photo: Prabir Das

 

The militant who was killed in the “Operation August Bite” planned to carry out an attack on those heading towards Dhanmondi Road No 32 to pay homage to Bangabandhu on National Mourning Day, the inspector general of police (IGP) said today.

Based on information, detectives visited the spot and finally cordoned off Hotel Olio International opposite Square Hospitals at Panthapath, IGP Shahidul Hoque said while briefing journalists on the spot after the operation. 

Saiful, a Shibir man

Dead militant Saiful Islam, a student of Khulna BL College, was involved in Shibir politics (student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami), the IGP said.

The “militant” had a suicide vest on him, a backpack and IED explosives, the IGP said adding that Saiful first exploded the IED and when he tried to explode another bomb, law enforcers fired at him.

But Saiful finally died by possibly exploding his suicide vest, he added.

The IGP also added that if he was not involved with Jamaat-Shibir, he would not have planned an attack on the day the country is mourning Bangabandhu’s killing on this day in 1975.

Saiful, who is from Dumuria upazila of Khulna, started his schooling in a madrasa, he added.

His father is an imam of a Khulna mosque, Shahidul said.

The operation “August Bite” is a result of the stringent security measures taken during the month of August, the IGP further said.

“Security measures were heightened; detective activity and surveillance were also increased during this month. Locating the hideout was a result of the heightened surveillance,” the IGP said.

Asked whether Saiful was among those missing, the police official said, this needs to be investigated.

Remark carefully on constitutional posts: Minister

Law Minister Anisul Huq.

 

Law Minister Anisul Huq today urged caution while commenting on constitutional posts like the president, prime minister or the chief justice.

“The posts of president, prime minister, speaker and chief justice are constitutional posts,” the minister said. “These posts are of great importance.”

“It won’t be right to comment on these posts carelessly,” Minister Huq told journalists in the local Awami League office of Akhaura upazila in Brahmanbaria today.

His comments came in the backdrop of ruling party lawmakers criticising the chief justice and the Supreme Court’s verdict on 16th amendment.

On that note, the law minister also reiterated the government’s commitment to deal with the Supreme Court’s verdict through legal procedures.

Anisul Huq, also an Awami League leader, echoed the stand of his party on the reflection of the apex court verdict that scrapped the 16th amendment to the constitution.

The Supreme Court’s dismissal of the 16th amendment to the constitution has been the topic of politicians since it had severely criticised the role of the incumbent government.

Ruling Awami League lawmakers are criticising the verdict and the chief justice who delivered it, whereas, opposition BNP is saying that it had exposed the misdeeds of the government.

“We don’t care what BNP thinks of this verdict. We do not believe that those who defy laws every day would show respect to the justice system,” Minister Huq said on this note.

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