A team of Bangladesh Army has detained seven members of Detective Branch of police, accused of collecting ransom after kidnapping a businessman in Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar.The army detained the detectives with Tk 1.7 million cash on Wednesday morning.Major Nazim Ahmed of Sabrang Relief Centre at Teknaf led the army team that detained the DB men.Major Nazim said the DB team abducted businessman Abdul Gafur from Cox’s Bazar on Tuesday and demanded Tk 5 million as ransom.His family members in the end agreed to pay Tk 1.7 million for his release. After receiving the money, the detectives freed him in Marine Drive area of Cox’s Bazar.Informed by the victim’s family, the army team halted a DB police’s vehicle at an army check-post in Lambari area of the Cox’s Bazar Marine Drive.Maj Nazim said a sub-inspector managed to flee the scene, but others were caught red-handed.The detectives were taken to Sabrang army camp in the early hours of Wednesday.He said, later, the Cox’s Bazar district police superintendent and the additional police superintendent took the detainees from the army camp.The police supers said the authorities would take departmental action against the accused, he added.Officials at the police headquarters in Dhaka said the detained members of the DB are now in police custody.Afruzul Haque, the additional superintendent of police in Cox’s Bazar, could not be reached after repeated attempts for a comment on the issue.Later in the day, the authorities suspended the seven members of DB policeAdditional superintendent of Cox’s Bazar police Afruzul Haq Tutul told Prothom Alo that departmental action will be taken against the suspended detectives.
Yemenis gather at the site of a Saudi-led air strike on the outskirts of the northwestern city of Saad. Photo: AFPA top United Nations official in Yemen said on Monday that a total of 201 children have been killed in the Yemeni ongoing civil war since the beginning of 2017.“In 2017, 201 children have been killed in Yemen: 152 boys and 49 girls,” UNICEF resident representative in Yemen Meritxell Relano said in her twitter account on Monday, Xinhua reported.Relano’s remarks came three days after an airstrike by a Saudi-led coalition hit a family’s home in Mahdha area in the Yemeni northern province of Saada, killing six children and three women.Commenting on Friday’s airstrike, Relano condemned the attack but did not accuse any party behind it.Relano also said that “377 boys have been recruited and used in the conflict since the start of 2017. We know there are many more…unfortunately.”Relano did not provide further details about which cities the children were recruited from nor parties behind the recruitment.According to UN agencies, more than 10,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed during more than two years of war in Yemen that also displaced over 3 million.In March 2017, UNICEF put the death toll of children from the war at 1,546, and other 2,450 injured. The country has also been hit by a deadly cholera outbreak and is on the edge of famine.The war started in March 2015, after Saudi-led coalition intervened in the Yemeni conflict by launching a large-scale air campaign to back internationally recognized government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, who invaded the capital Sanaa militarily and seized most of the northern Yemeni provinces.
Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited is gearing up to launch two premier train services that will unveil the charm of the country’s sprawling deserts and eclectic heritage before its travellers. Both semi-luxury trains will depart from New Delhi with an array of deluxe facilities across its five days of round trip dotted with sightseeing facilities, an IRCTC release said here on Tuesday.”Desert Circuit” will cover Rajasthan’s famed cities of Jaisalmer and Jaipur, while “Heritage Circuit” will take the passengers to Varanasi, Khajuraho and Agra. Operated by IRCTC, the ‘mini ratna’ PSU of the Railways, the two trains will run eight trips individually till summer sets in upcountry by next April, it said. Desert Circuit will begin service from mid-December 2015 and wind up on April 21, while Heritage Circuit will commence on December 20. Its last trip will start on April 24. Also Read – Punjab & Sind Bank cuts MCLR by up to 20 basis points”Now that the tourist season is on, we expect good occupancy. The tariff for the journey is competitive as well as all-inclusive,” IRCTC Chairman and Managing Director Dr A K Manocha said. The package prices of Desert Circuit are: Rs 36,900, Rs 33,900, Rs 32,900 (first AC single, double and triple occupancy, respectively), Rs 28,025, Rs 25025, Rs 24,525 (second AC) and Rs 24,125, Rs 21,125, Rs 20,625 (third AC), the statement said. As for Heritage Circuit, the rates will be Rs 35,900, Rs 32,900, Rs 31,900 (first AC single, double and triple occupancy), Rs 26,200, Rs 23,200, Rs 22,700 (second AC) and Rs 21,790, Rs 18,790, Rs 18, 290 (third AC), it said. Also Read – ‘The great gold bull market has begun’The package, which includes intercity transfers, also features stay in three-star hotels, all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner), sightseeing, local transfers by AC deluxe vehicles, entrances at the monuments, service of English/Hindi speaking guide, travel insurance, 24×7 security and CCTV surveillance on board the train, besides hygienic kitchen-car facility, medical facility, transport by AC vehicles and wi-fi internet service.The Jaisalmer stop of the Desert Circuit will cover the city Fort, sand dunes, Gadisagar lake and Palwaon Ki Haveli. At Jaipur, the sights shown will be City Palace, Jantar Mantar observatory, Chokhi Dhani, Amer Fort and Hawa Mahal, it said. The Heritage Circuit will, at Varanasi, take passengers to Sarnath, besides a boat ride on the Ganges and experiencing the dusk-time ‘aarti’ ceremony.
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