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A senior army official was killed and two other soldiers injured when members of the armed separatist group Kuki-Chin National Army opened fire on a patrol team in Thanchi upazila of Bandarban on Sunday (Mar. 12). The deceased Master Warrant Officer Nazim Uddin was son of late Shamser Ali of Ghaghatpara village in Rangpur. According to the ISPR, the armed terrorist group opened fire on the army team around 1pm on Sunday. The personnel were assigned to ensure security for a team involved in providing free healthcare to mothers and children in remote hill areas ahead of National Children's Day and Independence Day.
ISPR also relayed that a day earlier, the same group had kidnapped 12 workers involved in the construction of the Thanchi Road in Bandarban. They also threatened the contractors, suppliers and labourers involved in the project to stop the construction work, which is being implemented under the supervision of the Army. Some were released but at least four of the workers were still in captivity.
A 22-member delegation from Myanmar arrived in Teknaf as part of the verification process for Rohingyas enlisted for repatriation and willing to return to Rakhine. They arrived at Teknaf Jetty Ghat by speed boat across the River Naf River in the morning. The government's Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner, Border Guard Bangladesh, and law enforcers welcomed them. Commissioner Md Mizanur Rahman said seventeen officials - two from the Myanmarese foreign ministry, 15 from the immigration department, and five from the police have come here to discuss repatriation with the Rohingyas.
The delegation also met with some of the Rohingyas at the Teknaf land port. The delegation would verify the list of Rohingyas willing to return to Myanmar, Mizanur said. More than 1,000 Rohingya could be taken back under family-based repatriation initially, including hundreds of Hindu Rohingyas, he added. More than a million Rohingyas now live in the camps located mostly in Teknaf. Over 30, 000 Rohingyas have been relocated to Bhasan Char.
The government's borrowing from Bangladesh Bank reached Tk 45,437 crore in the eight months till February of the current fiscal, 2022-23 (FY23). The total outstanding loans of the government from the banking sector soared to Tk 2,10,274 crore at the end of February from Tk 1,96,608 crore in December 2022. Net government borrowing from the country's banking system was Tk 41,393 crore until February, which was 38.92 per cent of the government's borrowing target.
The target of borrowing from the banking system has been set at Tk 1,06,334 crore for FY23. The government's total outstanding borrowing from the bank sector increased to Tk 3.15 lakh crore as of February 28, 2023, which was Tk 2.14 lakh crore on June 30, 2022. The government's borrowing from the central bank stood at Tk 24,542.14 crore as of June 30, 2021. Sales of national savings certificates were not earning the government much.
The Brahmanbaria Chief Judicial Magistrate Court sentenced 13 people, including a local Awami League leader and former union parishad chairman, to four years in prison each, in a case over the torching a Hindu temple in a communal violence in Nasirnagar upazila in 2018. According to the case statement, miscreants vandalised and torched establishments including a temple belonging to the Hindu community in some areas of the upazila after spreading a rumour over a derogatory post on Islam from a Facebook account of one Rosraj Das, a resident of Harinveda village under Haripur union of the upazila, on October 30, 2016.
The case's investigating officer later submitted the chargesheet accusing the 13 people. Eight of the 13 accused were present at the court during the delivery of the verdict and sentencing. The court handed down the verdict in absence of the five absconding accused. Defence lawyer Kamruzzaman Mamun said they would appeal against the verdict.
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