Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, November 17, 2017 – Grand Turk – On Sunday, 12th November, silence once again fell over the Turks & Caicos Islands, as we marked Remembrance Day, with ceremonies to honour those servicemen and women who fought during the two world wars, and those who continue to serve today.HE the Governor, Dr. John Freeman; the Commissioner of Police, James Smith, other dignitaries and servicemen attended the Remembrance Day service at St. Monica’s Anglican Church and wreath laying ceremony at the war memorial, in Providenciales.Premier, Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson; HE the Deputy Governor, Anya Williams, other dignitaries and ex-servicemen attended the Remembrance Day service and wreath laying ceremony in Grand Turk at St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, which was followed by the Ecumenical Service at Salem Baptist Church.Press Release: TCIG
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, March 9, 2018 – Kingston – The allocation to the Ministry of National Security for fiscal year 2018/19 has increased by 23.4 per cent, moving to $78.5 billion up from $63.6 billion in 2017/18.Opening the Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on March 8, Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, said the increase will facilitate the provision of machinery and equipment, and implementation of physical infrastructure and social-intervention programmes.Mr. Shaw said projects to be undertaken in the new fiscal year include construction of new facilities for the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF); expansion of crime-fighting training facilities; building and improvement of several correctional facilities; procurement of motor vehicles and other specialised equipment to respond to both physical threats and cyberattacks; and continuation of social-intervention initiatives.He said the Government has identified national security and the rule of law as among the main strategic priorities for fiscal year 2018/19 and for the medium-term.The theme of the Minister’s presentation was ‘Stability, Growth and Prosperity – Our Goal, Our Responsibility’.Release: JIS Related Items:
ADC AUTHOR The Pentagon has updated its list of top military installations at the most risk from extreme weather events over the next 20 years. DOD sent the list in a letter last week to Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.), who chairs the House Armed Services subcommittee on intelligence, emerging threats and capabilities.The top bases on the list include Hill Air Force Base, Utah; Naval Station Key West, Fla.; and Fort Hood, Texas, according to The Hill.The list “includes scoring and weighting of the five climate-related hazards (recurrent flooding, wildfire, drought, desertification and permafrost thaw) based on the immediacy of the threat,” Ellen Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, wrote in the letter, which Langevin released this week.The updated at-risk list is in response to Democratic lawmakers’ questions for more detailed information after a broader Pentagon climate change report Jan. 17 that they said was not comprehensive enough, as reported by On Base.DOD photo by Tech. Sgt. Andrew Lee
Matin Sarkar, second from left, greets shipping minister Shahjahan Khan on 11 June. He is ‘absconding’, according to police and court records. Arrest warrants have been issued 20 times against him. The court even had his details published in the newspapers. Cases were conducted against him even in his absence.But the reality is that he never went into hiding. In fact, he attended a number of events organised by the police, rubbing shoulders with the top bosses. He presented bouquets to a number of ministers, including the home minister, at different programmes. Yet, the police always told the court that they could not arrest him as he was absconding.This powerful man is Abdul Matin Sarkar, the general secretary of district truck owners’ association and the joint general secretary of the town Jubo League. He is the second brother of Tufan Sarkar, who allegedly raped and tortured a schoolgirl. Tufan flexes his muscle in Bogra with the backing of his brother Matin.With Tufan’s crimes coming to the fore, Matin’s henoius acts are also coming to the light and he has now been thrown out of Jubo League.A number of Awami League leaders said Matin is the mastermind of most of the recent crimes in and around Bogra. A drug peddler on the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) list, he has suddenly become a billionaire. He has nine cases, including four of murders, against his name. He was handed 27 years in jail in one of them, but that was later stayed by the Supreme Court.Despite his criminal record, he had good terms with the police high-ups. He was present at the district police’s annual sports meet and also held a meeting with the deputy commissioner. He also accompanied home minister Asaduzzaman Khan, road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader, shipping minister Shahjahan Khan and Jubo League chairman Omar Faruq Chowdhury during their respective Bogra visits. These photos were published in local newspapers.When asked, superintendent of police in Bogra Asaduzzaman said, “I have been here for two years. To the best of my knowledge, I have not heard of any arrest warrants. I do not know if he had one against hm previously. Being a leader of the ruling party he can come to the police, but I did not know that he was a criminal.”Court sources said Matin has got bail in eight of thse nine cases. He was sentenced only in a murder case. The killing of Abu Naser alias Ujjal took place on 28 October in 2001.The charge sheet of the case says both Matin and Ujjal were involved in illegal businesses and the latter was killed due to enmity. One of the accused Abu Talha alias Thandu was killed on 20 January in 2002 and he was murdered by Shafikul, another accused in the case.Shafikul is serving life term in that case. However, Matin Sarkar was released on bail and he never appeared in the court ever since, said Md Abdul Matin, public prosecutor (PP) at Bogra judge’s court.A state counsel said if an accused is absconding, the state appoints a lawyer on his behalf. Recently a certain Taj Uddin was appointed to represent Matin. Taj Uddin said till date assistant PP Rezaul Huq was moving the case and he may know the details.Rezaul Huq told Prothom Alo that Matin Sarkar is roaming around, but on pen and paper he is ‘absconding’. Everytime the court asks the police to submit a report, they say they cannot find him. But Matin does appear at he court in the other cases.Rezaul said he does not know why the police do not arrest him.The family members of Ujjal do not want to talk about it. A neighbour of Abu Sayeed, Ujjal’s brother, said they have been hushed by threats of dire consequences.When these correspondents went to his place, the watchman said they were not there.Locals said district AL joint secretary general Manzurul Alam brought Matin into politics, but does not back him anymore.Matin is now close to district AL president Mamtaz Uddin.Speaking to Prothom Alo, Mamtaz Uddin said, “Investigate who brought Matin into politics.”
The accused being taken to Tangail court. Photo: Tangail A Tangail court on Monday sentenced four persons to death in a case filed over the murder of Zakia Sultana Rupa after gang rape in a running bus on 25 August last year, reports UNB.Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal judge Abul Hossain Miah announced the verdict in a crowded courtroom.The condemned convicted are – bus driver Habibur and helpers Shamim, Akram and Jahangir.Besides, bus supervisor Safar Ali was sentenced to seven years imprisonment and fined Tk 100,000.According to prosecution, Rupa, 27, was murdered after gang rape in the running bus while returning to Mymensingh from Bogra.Police recovered her blood-stained body from Panchmail area of Madhupur upazila on that night.Following a post-mortem, she was buried at the town central graveyard as unclaimed body. Later, victim’s relatives identified her.On 28 August, police arrested the five accused from Mymensingh in this connection.On 31 August, police exhumed the body of Rupa and handed it over to her family for burial in a proper manner.On 25 October last, the court accepted the charge sheet against the accused — bus driver Habibur, its supervisor Safar Ali, and helpers Shamim, Akram and Jahangir — in the case.On 23 January, the court concluded the recording of depositions of witnesses in the case when 27 witnesses out of total 32 testified before the court.