Suspect in Sheikh Belaluddin Ahmed killing arrested in Dhaka

first_imgJournalist Dip Azad, working for Jugantor in Khulna, had a narrow escape on 4 January when a home-made bomb was thrown at him but failed to detonate. From Dacca, he told Reporters Without Borders, “It is no longer possible to work in Khulna. Several journalists are considering giving up journalism under pressure from their families.”Sheikh Belaluddin Ahmed is the first journalist to be murdered in Bangladesh in 2005. Four journalists were killed last year. News Organisation July 7, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Suspect in Sheikh Belaluddin Ahmed killing arrested in Dhaka RSF_en A Maoist group admitted responsibility for the death of journalist Sheikh Belaluddin Ahmed, of the daily Sangram, who died in a Dacca hospital on 11 February from wounds received six days earlier from a bomb placed on his moped in front of Khulna Press Club in the south-west. The group also threatened to target other journalists. BangladeshAsia – Pacific News Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activists Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage Follow the news on Bangladesh News _______________________________________________________15.02.2005Maoist group admits responsibility for fatal Khulna bombingAn extremist Maoist group, the Purba Bangla Communist Party (PBCP) admitted responsibility on 11 February for a bombing one week earlier outside Khulna Press Club in south-west Bangladesh, which fatally wounded one journalist and injured three more.A letter, signed by the group’s regional leader Sayeed Hasan Suman, was left in the letter box of the Khulna-based daily Purbanchal. It said that it had many more journalists in its sights who could suffer the same fate as journalist Sheikh Belaluddin Ahmed.On the same day, Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia publicly voiced her regrets for the death of the daily Sangram’s correspondent, who died from his wounds six days after a bomb was left on his moped in front of the club.Elsewhere, in a joint release, editors of 23 Dacca dailies expressed their concern at repeated attacks on Bangladesh journalists: “We note with regret that after each bombing or murder of a journalist the criminals manage to get clean away (…) It is time for concerted action. Journalists, editors and everyone involved in the media industry should unite to condemn these murders, the physical attacks and threats that journalists suffer,” said the statement. “We plan on using this campaign to pressure the government into ensuring that thorough investigations are conducted and that the murderers of journalists are punished,” it added. Journalists are to hold simultaneous demonstrations throughout Bangladesh at 11am on Saturday, 19 February, called by the Forum to Protect Journalists, a group created on 12 February 2005 at a crisis meeting in the capital._______________________________________________________11.02.2005Journalist dies from wounds in press club bomb attack Reporters Without Borders said it was deeply saddened by the death of journalist Sheikh Belaluddin Ahmed of the daily Sangram, six days after he was critically wounded in a bomb attack against Khulna press club in south-west Bangladesh.Ahmed, aged 48, died on 11 February in the intensive care unit of Dacca military hospital. Three other journalists were injured in the attack in which a bomb was placed in a bag and left on Ahmed’s moped in front of the club. It had detonated as he approached his machine. “We have been drawing attention to the dangers faced by journalists in Bangladesh, particular in the Khulna region, for a long time now,” said the worldwide press freedom organisation, expressing its support for the journalist’s family and colleagues.”This tragic incident is a reminder that the authorities have to restore a climate in which press freedom can exist and put an end to the impunity enjoyed by the killers of journalists,” it added. Editor of Dainik Purbanchal, Alhaj Liaquat Ali, said on 6 February that attacks like the one on the Khulna press club the previous day had been made easier because of the impunity surrounding the murder of journalists Manik Saha and Humayun Kabir Balu in Khulna last year.Speaking at a memorial ceremony for Ahmed at Dacca’s national mosque, Information Minister Shamsul Islam said, “We shall find the criminals and bring them to justice. They must be punished at all costs.”The three injured journalists, Sheikh Abu Hasan, of the daily Prothom Alo and chairman of the press club, Jahidul Islam, photographer for national daily Jugantor and Rafiul Islam Tutul, reporter for the daily Loksomaj published in Jessore in the south-west, have all recovered.Police in Khulna arrested eight suspects, but only one of them has confessed to being involved in the 5 February bombing. Yunus Mridha, alias Goda Yunus, said he was a rickshaw driver asked by three people to put a bag holding the bomb on a moped in front of the press club. But, the police officer heading the investigation was quoted in the 10 February edition of Inqilab as denying this version of events. He said that Goda Yunus himself was responsible for the bombing.A delegation of Khulna journalists is to travel to Dacca on 12 February to inform media bosses about the dangers they face, before holding a press conference at the capital’s press club. February 26, 2021 Find out more to go further News Help by sharing this information BangladeshAsia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders notes that Shahabuddin Lashkar Dhira, the presumed perpetrator of a bomb attack last February on the press club in the southwestern city of Khulna that killed journalist Sheikh Belaluddin Ahmed, was arrested on 5 July outside the headquarters of the criminal investigations department in the Malibagh district of Dhaka.Dhira, 35, is a member of Jamaat e Islami (one of the smaller parties in the ruling coalition), as Ahmed was. He is suspected of involvement in many other acts of violence, but the main charge brought against him by a Dhaka court yesterday concerned Ahmed’s killing. The court rejected his request for release on bail.Some sources claim that Dhira has made a lot of money from criminal activities that were the subject of some of Ahmed’s reports. May 19, 2021 Find out more February 22, 2021 Find out more Receive email alertslast_img read more

Local artist transforms medical rooms into black light landscapes

first_img ITHACA, N.Y. — Getting blood drawn is rarely a pleasant time for children — and even adults. But, with the flick of a light switch in three Cayuga Medical Center phlebotomy rooms, sterile white walls transform into black light scenes featuring neon elephants and monkeys in a jungle, or in another location, electric blue jellyfish floating up a wall across from a sea turtle.This week, local artist Mary Beth Ihnken is finishing work on a vivid prehistoric landscape where dinosaurs roam. When complete, the mural will be a permanent fixture in a new Cayuga Medical Associates building at Community Corners in Cayuga Heights and will hopefully help young patients find a smile while getting blood drawn.Ihnken is an experienced mural artist, but black light murals are new for her. Tucked in a small room in the under construction Cayuga Medical Associates building at Community Corners on Wednesday, March 13, Ihnken mixes paint that’s invisible in normal light but neon green in black light before setting down with her brushes. As she paints she explains, “It’s nothing like any normal paint you’ve worked with, ever.” Using the six available colors of the paint without being able to see them in normal light has been a challenge, but one she said she’s embraced. And the results have already begun to pop with life.Local artist Mary Beth Ihnken mixes black light paint while she is working on the new dinosaur-themed room. (Kelsey O’Connor/The Ithaca Voice)Deborah Mansfield, outreach manager for Cayuga Medical Center laboratories, said having black light phlebotomy rooms was inspired by Mayo Clinic Laboratories in Rochester, Minnesota. Mansfield said the room transformation is to help kids, primarily, through the process of getting blood drawn and make them more comfortable.“They’re sitting there, they’re crying, they just had their blood drawn and all of a sudden we tell them there’s going to be a surprise for them. Then we change the lights and they just start looking around, and of course, they’re looking at their clothes with the blacklight. When they see that … it changes their mood and it helps them,” Mansfield said.“When they leave, they’re not crying anymore, they’re not upset,” said Kailey Holt, Patient Service Center supervisor. Your Arts & Culture news is made possible with support from: The in-progress dinosaur-themed room will be the third phlebotomy room with blacklight murals in a Cayuga Medical Center building. Another room is located in a Cayuga Medical Center office at 1020 Kraft Road with a jungle theme, and the other is “under the sea”-themed at Cayuga Medical Center’s hospital.To paint an accurate picture of what dinosaurs may have roamed here in North America, Ihnken turned to Ithaca’s Paleontological Research Institution. With guidance from Maureen Bickley, museum education coordinator at PRI, Ihnken said they settled on featuring the Maiasaura, which were duck-billed herbivores that lived about 76.7 million years ago. The first fossils of Maiasaura were only discovered in 1978. The name “maia” refers to “good mother” because researchers discovered that the Maiasaura fed and took care of their young while they were in the nest.Ihnken and the hospital thought a dinosaur documented to be nurturing and in North America would be a good fit for a hospital rather than the more popular but jarring T-Rex or velociraptor. The mural also features a Pteranodon, which was one of the largest-known flying reptiles with a wingspan of more than eight meters — that’s taller than a giraffe.Ihnken has painted murals throughout Ithaca and first moved to Ithaca in 1994. Ihnken has done a lot of work in private homes, but she has done a number of public mural projects, too, including the giraffe mural by Pete’s Laundry. Her current work is also not the first time she’s brought dinosaur landscapes to life. In 2015, she painted a 50-foot mural of dinosaurs for the Museum of the Earth. She has also done work in local schools and said she loves being a part of project-based learning.“I love painting,” said Ihnken “And I love painting public murals because it really gives back to the community.”Though the black light paint has had a bit of a learning curve, Ihnken said she loves being a part of the project because it will help children forget why they were stressed getting blood drawn and help them leave in a good mood.Follow Ihnken’s progress on the room and see more of her work on Instagram here.The dinosaur room will be part of the new Cayuga Medical Associates building being constructed at Community Corners in Cayuga Heights. The mural will be done Friday, March 22 and construction is expected to wrap up in April. There will be an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 30.Featured image: A maiasaurus illuminated by black lights. (Kelsey O’Connor/The Ithaca Voice) Tagged: Cayuga Medical Associates, cayuga medical center, ithaca Kelsey O’Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor. More by Kelsey O’Connor Kelsey O’Connor last_img read more