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ARSA introduces its own currency in the Rohingya camps

Publish: 11:35 AM, 22 Dec, 2021


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The militant group Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) has introduced its own currency in a Rohingya refugee camp in Cox's Bazar. They have also started campaigning for the currency in their group through social media. Initially, the currency was introduced in a few camps. ARSA plans to introduce the currency in every refugee camp soon.

Military analyst Major (retd) Emdadul Islam considers the introduction of new currency in the Rohingya refugee camp a threat to Bangladesh. He said that usually, a country launches its own currency after it is established. Why did a militant organization introduce currency? The matter is questionable. The issue should be taken seriously by the Government of Bangladesh.

Chittagong Range DIG Anwar Hossain said, "We are not aware of the introduction of ARSA currency in the refugee camps." Necessary steps will be taken after investigating the matter.

Multiple sources in the Rohingya refugee camp said ARSA members had started campaigning for the new currency on social media a few months ago. In some camps, the exchange of new currencies has already begun. In the next few months, the exchange of new currency will start in full swing in the camps under the control of ARSA. Initially, ARSA released new notes of TK1,000, TK 500, and TK 100.

The investigation revealed that several militant groups were active in the Rohingya refugee camp in Cox's Bazar. But ARSA is roaming around the most. Of the 32 Rohingya refugee camps, 27 are dominated by ARSA. Abu Ammar Jununi is also known as Ataullah, is a Pakistani national who grew up in Saudi Arabia is currently leading a section of ARSA.

ARSA, led by Ataullah, is operating in the refugee camps divided into five classes. These categories are ‘Ulama Council’, ‘Ulama Board’, ‘Majlis e Am’ and ‘Arkan Armot’. To increase their power in the refugee camps, they have been involved in various misdeeds including drug and human trafficking, arms trade, extortion. Now they have introduced their own currency to further consolidate their position in the camps.



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PM Hasina reaches London on the way back home

Publish: 02:09 PM, 03 Oct, 2022


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A VVIP chartered flight carrying Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her entourage members reached London Stanstead Airport at 7:30 am (local time) for a short stopover on route to Dhaka.

Bangladesh High Commissioner to the UK Saida Muna Tasneem received the Prime Minister at the airport, according to Bangladesh High Commission in London.

Earlier, the Prime Minister left Washington DC around 6:30pm on Sunday (local time), wrapping up her 18-day official visit to the UK and the USA.



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Quader urges all to stay alert to maintain peace during Durga Puja

Publish: 09:50 PM, 02 Oct, 2022


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Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader today urged all concerned to remain alert to maintain peace and harmony during the ongoing Durga Puja.

"A vested quarter wants to shift the responsibility to the government after carrying out attacks on the Hindu community," he said while visiting Ramakrishna Mission puja mandap in the capital on the Mahasaptami day of Durga Puja.

Urging all to remain alert, Quader said an evil force wants to mean that the minorities are not safe under the Awami League regime.

"The puja committee told me that none gets punished for communal attacks...many criminals were brought to justice in Bangladesh under the Sheikh Hasina government. Even, members of her own party (AL) have been sent to jail. Perpetrators will not be spared if they carry out attacks on Hindu temples, houses and puja mandaps," he said.

The AL general secretary said the national election is approaching and ahead of the polls, the vested quarter, by conducting attacks on the Hindus community, wants to inform the Indian government that those were carried out by the Awami League.

"So, remain alter against the evil force," he added.

Asking BNP not to do politics over the Durga Puja festival, Quader said: "We want a peaceful election, let religious activities be done peacefully...along with the ruling party, the opposition party also has a role to play in keeping Durga Puja festival peaceful till Bijoya Dashami (Immersion of Goddess idol).  You have a responsible role to play too," Quader said.

Urging the Hindus community members not to get panicked on the occasion of Durga Puja, he said the AL leaders and workers remain alert to this end.

The road transport minister said, Sheikh Hasina's government has been in power for 13 years while Durga Puja was held in the 13 years.

There were 30,000 puja mandaps in the country last year but the number increased to over 32,000 this year, he said.

"I would like to remind you that Durga Puja was targeted for violence only once in these 13 years. The Hindu community members, their temples and houses were targeted. Even their houses and shops were attacked. I would like to say that Durga Puja was held peacefully for 11 years. But, last year   some untoward incidents happened," Quader said.

AL office secretary Biplab Barua, Dhaka South City AL president Abu Ahmed Mannafi, its general secretary Humayun Kabir and vice president Dr Dilip Roy were, among others, present.

- BSS



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Maha Saptami today

Publish: 12:59 PM, 02 Oct, 2022


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The Hindu community of the country will celebrate the Maha Saptami today on the second day of the five-day Durga Puja, marking the Goddess’s victory over the demon Mahishashur.

The devotees will sing hymns and offer flowers seeking the blessings of Durga, the savior of humanity from all evils.

The victory of Goddess Durga, daughter of the majestic Himalayas, over the devil symbolizes the triumph of good over evil.

The Maha Sasthi was celebrated on Saturday, the first day of the biggest religious festival of Bengali Hindus, with the mandaps wearing festive looks and getting reverberated with the sounds of dhaak (drums), brass instruments, and conches amidst hymns by Brahmins.

Many people of the Hindu community gathered around the puja mandaps in the evening to receive the deity Durga and her children Lakshmi, Saraswati, Kartik, and Ganesh.

On the occasion, the government has taken adequate security measures at the mandaps, said, law enforcers. Puja organizers also expressed their satisfaction with security arrangements.

Ministers of different ministries, government officials, politicians, and dignitaries are scheduled to visit different puja mandaps of the capital today.

Mahanagar Sarbajanin Puja Committee and Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad have taken elaborate programs on the occasion of Durga puja.

They will distribute new clothes and foods in front of different mandaps in the capital and elsewhere across the country today among the poor people from all religions.

This year, Durga Puja will be celebrated in 32,168 mandaps across the country which is 50 more than the last year.



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Twelfth supply of metro rail to Mongla port

Publish: 10:53 AM, 02 Oct, 2022


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Foreign ship MV Venus Triumph arrived at Mongla port jetty with eight coaches and four engines of Metro Rail. The redemption of these products started on Sunday (02 October) morning. Earlier on Saturday evening, the ship anchored at Jetty No. 8 of the port.

It is reported that the foreign ship MV Venus Triumph left the port of Kobe in Japan on September 8 with eight railway coaches and four engines.

Md Wahiduzzaman, manager of Ancient Steam Ship Company, the local shipping agent of the ship Venus Triumph, said that the coaches and engines of the ship will be taken to the Diabari metro rail depot in Dhaka's Uttara by barge (boat) after unloading.


Metro Rail supply   MV Venus Triumph  


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4 killed in Narsingdi as truck hits CNG

Publish: 09:34 AM, 02 Oct, 2022


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Four passengers of a CNG-powered auto-rickshaw were killed after being run over by a truck in Narsingdi's Mahmudabad. The accident occurred on Sunday morning. 

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