Kirti KulhariPR HandoutActress Kirti Kulhari, who was last seen in two extremely appreciated Projects URI: The Surgical Strike and Amazon’s Four More Shorts Please, is shooting back to back for her upcoming projects.”After wrapping the promotions of URI and Four More Shots Please, Kirti immediately got into promotions of her first ever short film Maya, for which she received Best Actor (Female) Award in the short film category of Filmfare awards. Soon after that, she rushed to Rajasthan and completed the shoot for Netflix’ series Bard of the Blood. She also shot her next untitled film where she plays a musician in Rajasthan, and is currently shooting for another series in Mumbai. Kirti will start shooting for her next project, and promote Mission Mangal in July which is slated to release on August 15, 2019. It is definitely a busy year for Kirti,” a source said.Kirti is happy that this year has been a busy one for her. “2019 started on a very good note with URI: The Surgical Strike and I have been shooting and promoting different projects since then. An actor’s happiness is definitely on the sets and so is mine. I am extremely happy that 2019 has treated me so well, I look forward to a busy year and can’t wait for audiences reactions for all my upcoming projects,” Kirti said.
*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam. A civil servant named Setaful Islam has disappeared allegedly after embezzling Tk 140 million meant for compensation for the people affected by the government’s land acquisition, reveals an investigation.Setaful Islam, an administrative cadre officer of the 24th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS), was posted as land acquisition officer at Kishoreganj deputy commissioner’s office.With sacks and vehicle, Setaful Islam went to the Sonali Bank in Kishoreganj branch in December to withdraw the huge sums of cash, witnesses told investigators. Once the matter came to the notice of the authorities and his colleagues, Setaful Islam disappeared from the scene.He could not even be reached over phone for comments as his cell phone remained switched off.The cabinet division, in a letter, asked the immigration department to halt Setaful if he tries to flee the the country.Setaful Islam embezzled the money, instead of distributing it as compensation packages among the respective people, shows the investigation.It says a total of Tk 50 million was allocated for land acquisition purposes in Kishoreganj in recent times.However, a cheque of the said amount signed by the accounts officer was deposited as salaries for employees of the land acquisition section of the district on 5 December.Record shows, Setaful Islam withdrew a total of Tk 49.40 million in two phases — on 6 and 7 December.The rest Tk 600,000 was sent to an organisation named Tapan Industries.In cheque books, the recognition of the cheque recipients was not found, according to the investigation. Some 13 cheques went missing. Instead of distributing cheques among the land owners, these were given to unnamed persons. In this way, he has allegedly embezzled over Tk 88.60 million more.He prepared a cheque to embezzle Tk 100 million more. As the matter was exposed, he fled, said the investigation.Auditor supers SM Jaman and Golam Haider of Kishoreganj district accounts office, accounts officer Sirajul Islam and a section of officials at Kishoreganj branch of Sonali bank are also responsible for embezzling the money.Dhaka additional divisional commissioner Nurunnabi said the money was embezzled in collusion with the bank officials and the district accounts office.”How did the bank give so much money in Setaful’s name?” Nurunnabi questioned.Denying the allegation, bank manager Md Mahbubul Islam Khan said, “The money was given as the land acquisition officer was delegated power to operate the account. We are bound to give the money as he submitted the required documents.”When asked, the bank manager said Setaful along with car, a few companions and sacks came to the bank and took the money.District accounts officer Sirajul Islam also denied the allegation.”I have properly verified the cheque. He was supposed to give details after the disbursement of compensation money. I could not anticipate that he would do such an act of disbelief,” the official said.Additional divisional commissioner Nurunnabi said, “I think the bank is involved in the incident. The district accounts office can’t approve the cheque.”Dhaka divisional commissioner M Bazlul Karim Chowdhury, in a letter, asked the public administration ministry to take departmental, legal and administrative actions against this officer.”I have never seen such a dreadful and dishonest person in my whole career. I have requested the Anti-Corruption Commission to file a graft case against him,”Dhaka divisional commissioner’s office and Kishoreganj district administration have investigated the case of Setaful’s money embezzlement.Land was acquired for implementing different development projects. The land ministry is assigned to accomplish this task. Affected people are to be compensated for land acquisition and cheques of compensation money are sent to the district administration in advance.On 3 December 2017, Setaful Islam was transfered to Pirojpur. Later, he was tranfered as aditional deputy commissioner to Sherpur. After lobbying, he was able to cancll his transfer order. As per his choice, he was transfered to Pirojpur as land acquisition officer.He could not be traced in Kishoreganj or in Pirojpur.Speaking to Prothom Alo, deputy commissioner of Pirojpur Abu Ahmed Siddique said, “Setaful Islam was not seen after his joining in Pirojpur.””I have heard he was appointed as ADC of Bhola,” Siddique added.”I have seen the appointment of Setaful in a circular on the website, but not practically.”
A man was killed in what the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) called a gunfight in Taushara of Khetal upazila in Joypurhat early Monday.According to UNB, RAB claimed that the deceased, Tofazzal Hossain alias Wazed, 37, son of late Wadud Sarker, a resident of Uttar Maheshpur Sarkar Para village, was accused in 12 to 13 drug cases.Commanding officer of Joypurhat RAB-5, said that on secret information, a team of RAB conducted a drive in the area around 1:45am.Sensing the presence of the law enforcers, a group of people opened fire on them, forcing the lawmen to fire back, triggering the gunfight that left Wazed injured with bullet.The injured was taken to Khetlal Upazila Health Complex where the physicians declared him dead.The team recovered a pistol, one round bullet, bullet-shell, a magazine and 150 bottles of phensidyl.Two RAB members were also injured, according the law enforcers.Prothom Alo, however, could not verify the law enforcement’s version of the incident independently as no version of it was available immediately either from any witness or from any member of the victim’s family.