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credits: BBC.com

Dhaka:  A Bangladeshi blogger known for his secular views was hacked to death on Friday by assailants armed with machetes in capital Dhaka, the fourth one to be killed this year, the media reported.

credits: BBC.com
credits: BBC.com

He is the fourth Bangladeshi blogger killed this year by suspected militants.

According to police, Niloy was killed in his apartment in the city’s Gorhan area, bdnews24 reported.

Five assailants had entered his house.

Niloy was an activist, carrying on a movement demanding a ban on Islamist parties and the maximum punishment for 1971 war criminals, a source said.

“Niloy was also a regular blogger,” he added.

The source said the attackers had entered the building posing as potential tenants.

In February, writer-blogger Avijit Roy was hacked to death near Dhaka University.

A month later, Oyasiqur Rahman was killed in a similar manner also in the capital.

Two months later, Ananta Bijoy Das was killed in Sylhet district.

In May, terror group Al Qaeda’s Indian offshoot had claimed responsibility for the killing of secular bloggers in Bangladesh whom it described as ‘blasphemers’.

Bangladeshi radical group Ansar Bangla also claimed responsibility for the deaths.

Two years ago, activist and blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider, was hacked to death near his Mirpur home in Dhaka.

(IANS)

 

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Bangladesh Court Imposes Ban on Single-Use Plastic Products Across The Country

The plastic waste carried by the country's 54 rivers and generated in coastal regions were dumped into the Bay of Bengal, posing threat to marine resources and biodiversity

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Bangladesh Court also ordered the concerned authorities to strictly enforce ban on polythene use across the country with proper monitoring. Pixabay

A Bangladesh court on Tuesday asked the government to ban single-use plastic products across the country within the next one year.

The High Court bench comprising Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Khandaker Diliruzzaman came up with the orderfollowing a writ petition jointly filed by 11 rights organizations, including Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA), reports Xinhua news agency.

The court also ordered the concerned authorities to strictly enforce ban on polythene use across the country with proper monitoring.

Advocate Syed Ahmed Kabir who appeared for the writ petitioners during the hearing, said polythene use was the total violation of Bangladesh Environment Conservation Act as it was banned in 2002.

But he said the use of plastic products like drinking straws, cotton buds, food packaging, food containers, bottles, plates, plastic cutlery and plastic bags was on the rise in the country.

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A Bangladesh court on Tuesday asked the government to ban single-use plastic products across the country within the next one year. Wikimedia Commons

The plastic waste carried by the country’s 54 rivers and generated in coastal regions were dumped into the Bay of Bengal, posing threat to marine resources and biodiversity, Kabir said, so 11 rights organizations submitted the writ petition before the High Court in this regard on December 17, 2019.

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The court also directed the authorities concerned to inform it within January 5, 2021 about what actions are taken to stop plastic use. (IANS)