Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan. File photoAt least 22,000 people have been detained since 123 May launch of a nationwide anti-narcotic drive, said home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Monday.Speaking at a press meet at the Secretariat, the minister also said that the authorities will continue the drive until the drug trade is brought under control, according to UNB.The press meet was arranged to announce the schedule of programmes marking the forthcoming International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.Every year, 26 June is observed as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking by the United Nations (UN) member countries. According to a resolution of UN General Assembly taken on December 1987, the day was fixed as an international day.Replying to reporters’ query on the number of deaths occurred during the ongoing anti-narcotic drive, the home minister said, “I cannot state the specific statistics of death in the moment but till now at least 22,000 were arrested.”Drive is against drugs and not aimed at killing anyone, claimed Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal in reference to the deaths triggered by ‘gunfights’ during the anti-narcotic drive.The minister also added, “It’s normal for the law enforcers to open fire to protect their own life from the weapons of the illegal drug traders”.Earlier in the day, an alleged drug trader was killed and another injured in what the law enforcement call a gunfight with police at Chowka in Shibganj upazila of Chapainawabganj.With the latest one, at least 120 people were killed in ‘gunfights’ with members of law enforcement agencies while 37 bodies of suspected drug traders were recovered after reported gun battles between rival groups during the countrywide anti-narcotic drives since 15 May.The extrajudicial killings have created a wave of strong criticism across the country, particularly after the publication of audio clip of the killing of Cox’s Bazar Awami League leader Akramul Haque.Akramul Haque, a ward councillor of Teknaf municipality and local Awami League leader was killed in what Rab claimed was a “gunfight” between the elite force and drug peddlers in Cox’s Bazar on 27 May.On Thursday, speaking at a press conference at Cox’s Bazar Press Club, Akramul’s wife Ayesha Begum alleged that her husband was murdered in cold blood. She also gave journalists four unverified audio clips of chilling conversations in support of her claim. In one of the clips, a female voice is heard continuously screaming over a mobile phone hearing gunshots during a phone call. Ayesha claimed that the female voice was hers and the gunshots were fired at her husband.
City of Houston leaders say mulching the tree is an appropriate way to end the holidays.Since 1991, 23 million pounds of trees have been recycled in Houston.“There is one more gift that we can make to our community which is save valuable landfill, air space, mulch this material, bring it back into the cities, so that we can grow flowers and gardens and keep the city as beautiful as it has been,” Harry Hayes, director of Houston’s Solid Waste Management Department.The mulch is given to the company Living Earth Houston to be sold and some proceeds go to help fund the city’s recycling program.If you want to recycle your Christmas tree there are 24 locations across Houston. – / 5 X Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share 00:00 /00:54
BALTIMORE– Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) is proud to join millions of Americans honoring our active and retired members of the U.S. Armed Forces this Veterans Day. As the nation honors the men and women who serve our country today, BGE offers special thanks to its more than 350 military members driving excellence in service and reliability as valued employees.All active, retired and reservist military members employed at BGE received special pins to commemorate their service, along with letters from executive leadership at BGE and the Exelon Corporation, its parent company.“Across all areas of our company, BGE is indebted to our active and retired servicemen and women,” said BGE CEO Calvin Butler Jr. “All of our team members are creative and passionate; however, leadership, collaboration and mission-focused work are particular areas of strength among those who have military experience. Their impact is clear through their performance here at BGE and most importantly, in our strength as a nation.”Many of BGE’s military and military-supporting civilian employees are members of Exelon Militaries Actively Connected (EMAC) employee resource group (ERG). The ERG provides a support network for self-identifying employees with prior, active or reserve duty military service and civilian advocates.EMAC is among several groups invited by Baltimore City Mayor Catherine Pugh to participate in a Veterans Day March to Baltimore’s War Memorial monument for a ceremony honoring veterans this morning beginning at 9:00 a.m.“It is very gratifying to be part of a company with a very clear commitment to supporting veteran employees,” says EMAC Baltimore President and BGE Procurement Specialist Dawn Adams-Alexander. “Knowing that my ideas, experiences and perspectives as a veteran are a welcomed part of our company’s culture makes my work that much more valuable, and advocacy for fellow veterans that much more rewarding.”The Military Times named Exelon Corporation among its top 50 ‘Best For Vets’ employers ranking in May, citing the company’s practices in recruiting military members, veteran-related policy and organizational culture for veteran support.