Jashore, Mar 23 (UNB) – An elderly woman was found dead at her residence in Abhaynagar upazila on Saturday afternoon.
Police recovered the body of Josna Mondal, 65, of Dumurtala village which bore marks of torture, said Alamgir Hossain, officer in-charge of Abhaynagar Police Station.
He said locals found the elderly woman lying dead at her residence and informed them.
Later, they recovered the body and sent it to Jashore General Hospital for autopsy, the OC said.
Samir Bawali, a member of Sundali union parishad, said the woman, who used to reside alone at the house after the death of her husband few years ago, had been living on selling vegetables. “She might have been beaten to death.”
Dhaka, Mar 23 (UNB) –Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) on Saturday started a two-week crash programme to reduce the mosquito menace in its region.
DNCC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Md Abdul Hye formally inaugurated the mosquito extermination programme at VIP terminal of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the city Saturday afternoon.
The crash programmer will continue every day except on the 26th March until April 4.
However, the term of the crash program may be extended if necessary, said the CEO.
Larvicide and Malaria Oil B will be sprayed alongside Adulticide through fogger machine in every ward under the DNCC during the crash program.
Among others, local ward councilor Afsar Uddin Khan, DNCC Secretary Rabindra Shree Barua, Chief Health Officer Brigadier General Zakir Hasan, Director of Civil Aviation Authority Mizanur Rahman, Zonal Executive Officer Selim Fakir were present at the program.
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Dhaka, Mar 23 (UNB) – Elections to 117 upazila parishads will be held on Sunday in the third phase of the local body polls.
Some 1.19 crore (118,87,751) voters will be able to exercise their voting rights under 9,298 polling stations in the balloting that is set to begin at 8am and continue till 4pm without any break.
In the 117 upazilas, some 340 chairman, 584 vice-chairman and 399 woman vice-chairman candidates are contesting the elections.
Besides, 33 chairman, nine vice-chairman and 13 woman vice-chairman contestants have already been elected uncontested in the absence of any valid candidate to oppose them.
Though the Election Commission earlier announced the election schedule for 127 upazilas of 25 districts, the balloting will not be held in 10 upazilas in the third phase on various grounds.
“Six upazilas where all candidates have already been elected unopposed don’t require the balloting, while polls to two other upazilas were postponed following a court order and the election to the remaining two upazilas shifted to the fourth phase,” said EC Secretary Helaluddin Ahmed at a pre-election briefing at the media centre of the Nirbachan Bhaban in the city on Saturday afternoon.
The election to four upazilas will be held based on electronic voting machines completely, he said adding the upazilas are Meherpur Sadar, Gopalganj Sadar, Manikganj Sadar and Rangpur Sadar.
He said the election materials including translucent ballot boxes and ballot papers have already been handed over to the presiding officers.
“All the necessary preparations have been taken to hold the third phase election in a peaceful manner like the first phase and second phase elections,” EC Secretary Helaluddin Ahmed said.
The EC has withdrawn three Upazila Nirbahi Officers and nine officers-in-charge (OCs) of police stations from the duty of the third phase polls, he said.
Besides, the Commission served warning notices to several MPs over violation of the election code, he added.
A large number of security members, including police, Rab, BGB and Coast Guard, have been deployed in the election areas since Friday. They are slated to remain so till Tuesday.
Additional BGB members were deployed in some upazilas amid the risk of irregularities and deterioration of the law and order in this phase, Helaluddin said.
Besides, at least one judicial magistrate was deployed in each upazila and an executive magistrate for every three union parishads for five days to punish any violations of the polls code.
A security team comprising of 14-16 members drawn from police, Ansar and VDP will guard each polling station on the day.
The Public Administration announced a public holiday in the 117 upazilas for Sunday.
The 5th upazila election will be completed in five phases holding polls to some 480 upazilas out of the country's 492 ones. The EC has so far announced the election schedule for the first four phases.
The first phase and second phase elections were held on March 10 and 18 respectively, while the fourth phase polls are scheduled to be held on March 31.
The first upazila election was held in 1985, while the following three were held in 1990, 2009 and 2014.
Chandpur, Mar 23 (UNB) – A three-year old boy drowned in a pond at Montala village in Faridganj upazila on Saturday.
The deceased was identified as Fahim, son of Motahar Hossain of the village.
Family sources said Fahim fell into the water body unnoticed around 9 am while playing near the pond.
Later, locals traced the body floating on the water and rushed it to Haziganj Upazila Health Complex where the doctors declared him dead.
Dhaka, Mar 23 (UNB) – At least four people were killed and three others injured in separate road accidents in Joypurhat, Munshiganj and Gazipur districts on Saturday.
In Joypurhat, two motorcyclists were killed and another severely injured in a head-on collision with another motorbike on Panchbibi-Kamdia Road in Panchbibi upazila around 3pm.
The deceased were identified as Tabibur Rahman Mandal, 55, son of late Mafiz Uddin, resident of Panial village, and Mahfuz Akhter, 22, son of Aijul Islam of Danejpur village in the same upazila.
The injured Ratul Prashad Goala was rushed to Joypurhat Modern Hospital and later shifted to Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College Hospital in Bogura considering the severity of his injury, said Bozlar Rahman, officer-in-charge of Panchbibi Police Station.
In Munshiganj, a sixth-grader boy died after he was run over by a passenger bus on Dhaka-Mawa Highway in Medinimandal area of Lauhajang upazila.
The deceased was identified as Antar, 12, son of Md Raza Miah of the same area. He was a student of Mediniganj Anwar Ali High School.
A speeding bus hit him while giving space to another vehicle, killing Antar on the spot, said Golam Morshed Talukder, in-charge of Hashara Highway Police Outpost.
Students of the school and locals put barricades on the road, interrupting vehicle movement for about two and a half hours.
In Gazipur, a motorcyclist was killed and two pillion riders were injured in an accident involving three vehicles on Dhaka-Mymensingh Highway in Salna area in the city.
The deceased was identified as Jumman Hossain, a college student and son of Zahangir Alam, hailing from Baopara area in the city.
The body was sent to Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmad Medical College Hospital for autopsy, said Samir Chandra Sutradhar, officer-in-charge of Gazipur Metropolitan Police Station.