Destroyed eggs. File PhotoSix policemen have been withdrawn for destroying more than 35,000 eggs in Boraigram upazila of Natore allegedly after the egg trader refused to pay them bribe, reports news agency UNB.Bogura highway police superintendent Jahangir Hossain said that the decision was taken on Friday following a complaint lodged by victim egg vendor Biplob Kumar Saha.The SP, however, did not disclosed identities of the policemen.The accused policemen were closed to Bogura region of highway police.Shahidullah, a police official, was asked to submit a report within three working days after investigating the incident.According to Biplob Kumar Saha, a pick-up van carrying 35,100 eggs plunged into a ditch by the Bonpara highway as one of its tyre punctured in Agran Sutirpar area on Thursday morning.A team of highway police demanded Tk 20,000 as bribe to salvage the pickup.As he denied paying them the bribe, they cut off the rope of the pickup van which tied up the crates of eggs with it, destroying the eggs.
Bangladesh Awami League general secretary and the road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader. File PhotoTerming the allegation made by Priya Saha to US president Donald Trump about Bangladesh ‘absolutely false’, ruling Bangladesh Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Saturday said she will be sued on sedition charges, reports news agency UNB.”Priya Saha’s allegation was absolutely false. No one will agree with her. A sedition case will be filed against her. The process is underway,” said Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, while talking to newsmen at AL president’s Dhanmondi office in Dhaka.Priya Saha, one of the organising secretaries of Bangladesh Hindu-Bouddha-Christian Oikya Parishad, was seen telling US president Donald Trump, among other things, that 37 million Hindu, Buddhist and Christian people have been disappeared from Bangladesh. She also told president Trump that her land has been grabbed by Muslim fundamentalists and sought his help so that Hindu, Buddhist and Christian people can live in Bangladesh.The Bangladesh government on Saturday said it appears that there was an ulterior motive behind Priya Saha’s “absolutely false and concocted” stories that were targeted to malign Bangladesh.”Bangladesh is a beacon of religious freedom and communal harmony, where people of all faiths have been living in peace for ages,” said the foreign ministry, strongly protesting all the “blatant lies” Priya Saha told US president Donald Trump.The government also condemned her remarks in the strongest possible terms.Bangladesh national Priya Saha took part in the Second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom held at the US Department of State in Washington, DC on 16-18 July.Bangladesh foreign minister AK Abdul Momen also attended the meeting.Delegates from 106 countries, including about 40 foreign ministers, took part in the meeting at the invitation of Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State.
By Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, firstname.lastname@example.orgMorgan State University held its quarterly meeting of the Board of Regents May 7 and one of its longest serving members announced she would not seek reappointment.Dr. Frances M. Draper, the Board’s vice chair and the AFRO’s publisher and CEO, said she would not seek another term. “After much prayer, I have decided not to apply for a gubernatorial reappointment to the Morgan State University Board of Regents, when my term ends on 6/30/19,” Draper said in a statement. “I love Morgan and have enjoyed working with my fellow board members, Dr. Wilson, faculty and staff on behalf of some of the most talented students anywhere.”AFRO’s publisher and CEO, Dr. Frances M. Draper. (Courtesy Photo)Following Draper’s announcement that she was stepping down, Morgan President Dr. David Wilson honored the newspaper publisher and pastor for her years of public service.“First of all, I admire your courage to speak out even when others around you stay seated. You have demonstrated that over the years, and I appreciate that,”said Wilson.“I have been involved with governing boards a long time and certainly when you have a moral compass–someone [who] is bringing to the table a real notion around what is the right thing to do with no agenda except in this case of Morgan’s progress–that is very difficult to duplicate.”“I have been blessed to have had the opportunity over the last nine years to be apart of an institution that had, at the governing level, someone like Dr. Frances “Toni” Draper.” Gen. Larry Ellis, will replace Draper as the Board’s new vice-chair of the 15 member Board. He will now join Kweisi Mfume, Chair of Morgan’s Board of Regents and Tracey Parker Warren, Secretary of the Board of Regents as officers. Members are appointed by the Maryland’s governor and confirmed by the Maryland Senate.Only Kweisi Mfume, the former president of the NAACP has served longer on the current Board of Regents than Draper.“It has been an honor, a privilege, a benefit and an education to watch you, to work with you, to see your work in the community with the AFRO American as its present CEO,” said Kweisi Mfume, the Board’s chair upon Draper’s announcement. “To watch how you have taken a church that didn’t even exist and created a place of salvation and hope for so many people including all of the young people that worship with you and all of the many years you have given to this board.”Tyrone Taborn, another member of Morgan’s Board also announced he would not seek another term. Taborn, who served as the Regents secretary, is the publisher, chairman and CEO of Career Communications Group, a media services company. Draper, who was originally appointed by Gov. Parris Glendenning, July 1, 1995, served a total of 24 years on the Board. She had previously served as the Board’s secretary. A graduate of Morgan State in 1969, her class will celebrate their golden (50th) anniversary at the school’s commencement this year on May 18.“Morgan has made tremendous progress over the past two decades,” Draper stated. “It’s been a privilege and honor to serve my alma mater.”