The periphery of the proposed pilot route will be extended from Ghatarchar to Kachpur under the Bus Route Rationalisation activities to bring discipline to the mass transportation sector.
Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh said this after the meeting of the 15th Bus Route Rationalisation Committee at Nagar Bhaban in the capital on Tuesday.
“Earlier, we decided to complete the pilot route from Ghatarchar up to Motijheel but it turned out that it might not be successful. So, now it’ll be extended up to Kachpur to bring discipline in the mass transport sector of the city,” Taposh, also the committee chief, said.
He said initially Tk 100 crore has been allocated for the bus route.
Mentioning that there is some misinformation about buses running in the fixed pilot route nowadays, he said the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority will upgrade the data of the pilot route within the next 15 days and the data of whole Dhaka will be upgraded by 90 days.
Around Dhaka’s 10 places were proposed to set up inter-district bus terminal. Taposh and DNCC Mayor Atiqul Islam visited several points and decided to set up a terminal at Batulia and two in Hemayetpur for buses of northern routes.
“We’ve fixed two terminals at Baghair of Keraniganj and Kachpur for busses of southern areas. The terminals will reduce pressure on the city,” he added.
Taposh said the terminals of Sayedabad, Gabtoli and Mohakhali will be named City Terminal. A letter will be sent to the minister of road and transport within a short time.
“BRTC was asked to keep all buses in terminals by February 28. Bus fare will also be fixed. Our 16th meeting will be held on February 23,” he said.
Four men have been arrested for allegedly gang-raping a hearing-impaired teen in Chandpur’s Faridganj.
Police identified the arrestees as Titu, 20, Shipon, 25, Ripon, 45, and village police member Malek Sardar, 55.
The law enforcement say six men were involved in the incident that took place in Subidpur West Union.
Faridganj Police Station’s Officer-in-Charge Shahid Hossain said the arrestees were produced before the court in the afternoon.
OC Shahid said the 15-year-old victim went out to buy medicine from her house on Jan 11. Titu, who lives in the same house, took her to a nearby bush on his auto-rickshaw and raped her.
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Later, he took her Subidpur West Union Parishad building premises where six men raped the girl. Apart from Titu, police named Malek, Shipon, Abu Bakar Siddik Prakash, Mijanur Rahman Ripon and another yet unidentified man.
Later, some youths, including Ripon, took the girl to another bush and gang raped her there. Locals rescued the victim and sent her home.
When the victim informed her family about her ordeal, a group of locally influential people tried to resolve the matter.
Faridgangj police intervened after learning about the incident. Titu, Shipon, Ripon and Malek were arrested between Monday and Tuesday.
Around noon, the victim’s mother filed a rape case with Faridganj police accusing six men.
OC Shahid said they are trying to arrest the other two suspects.
Bangladesh’s tough anti-rape law
Countrywide mass protests against gang rapes had prompted the government to amend the law to ensure maximum penalty for rape last November. But the tough change has failed to deter the crime.
Between Oct 13 – when the President promulgated an ordinance on death penalty for rape – and Dec 31 last year, 160 incidents of rape took place, according to Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK).
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Last year, 1,627 women became a victim of rape. Fifty-three of them were killed after rape and 14 of the victims took their own lives, ASK said.
But the actual number is believed to be higher as many victims choose not to report assaults fearing their safety.
The conviction rate for rape in Bangladesh is below 1 percent, according to the Human Rights Watch.
A mobile court of the Department of Environment (DoE) demolished four illegal brick kilns and fined another one in Faridpur with the help of RAB, Police and Fire Service.
During the day-long drive, led by Faridpur Deputy Director of DoE AHM Rashed and Dhaka Magistrate of DoE Md. Sadekur Rahman Sabuj, the mobile court bulldozed three brick fields in Madhukhali Upazila were and fined on TK 5 lakh.
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DoE gave legal notice and alerted them to close the activities neglecting the rules and regulation.
On Tuesday, the court raided several brick kilns including Messrs Mondol Bricks, Messrs Ashraf Bricks and MKZ in Faridpur Sadar Upazila demanding legal documents. The mobile court demolished these kilns as they were unable to show legal documents. DoE then demolished all their equipment and reactors.
The court later raided Messrs Sazid Bricks and fined Tk 5 lakhs.
Watching the brick kilns wrecked the depreciated owners broke down into tears as they met their destitute. The workers of those kilns also left unemployed.
The deputy director of Faridpur DoE said, several illegal brick kilns located around different upazilas of Faridpur. These brick kilns owner was alerted many times but they simply continued their activities in the kilns. So with the mobile court we demolished those brick fields.”
He further said the drive against illegal brick kilns would continue.
Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader has called upon all concerned to unite the divided freedom fighters and create a united platform.
He said the extreme communalism under the patronage of anti-independence forces wants to destroy the cherished tradition of the country passed down for thousands of years. The freedom fighters have to unite against them.
He made the remarks at a programme organized by the liberation war affairs sub-committee of Awami League, joining via video conference from his official residence.
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Quader said that the effort to destroy the indestructible spirit of the Liberation War is still going on which is a major obstacle to democracy, progress and development.
The country is moving forward with unprecedented success in democracy and economic development through many ups and downs and struggles under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, daughter of Bangabandhu.
Obaidul Quader regretted that after 50 years of independence, the communal forces are still conspiring against the country.
He also called upon all to unite to materialize the dream of independence imbued with the spirit of Liberation War and tackling this evil power.
The BNP was branded as ‘the guarantor of anti-liberation forces’ by Quader.
“BNP leaders are suddenly waking up and playing the record of traditional lies,” he added.
The Volgodonsk Branch of JSC "AEM-technology" (part of the machine-building division of Rosatom - "Atomenergomash") manufactured and shipped the internals of the nuclear reactor for the first power unit of the under-construction Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP) in Bangladesh.
According to a press release of the Russian state nuclear agency Rosatom, which remain engaged in RNPP as contractor, the internals include an 11-metre Core Barrel, Core Baffle and Protective Tubes Unit.
The total weight of the Internals is over 210 tonnes.
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From the site of the Volgodonsk branch of "AEM-technology", the equipment was shipped by road to the port in Novorossiysk, and then the items will be shipped by sea to Bangladesh. The waterway will be about 14,000km.
The reactor is a vertical cylindrical vessel with an elliptical bottom, inside which the core and internals are located. The top of the reactor is hermetically sealed with a cover with drives of mechanisms and controls and protection of reactors installed on it and nozzles for outputting cables of in-reactor control sensors.
The cover is mounted to the vessel with studs. In the upper part of the vessel, there are nozzles for supplying and removing the coolant, as well as nozzles for emergency supply of the coolant when the circuit is depressurized.
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Rooppur NPP is being designed and constructed according to a Russian project.
The Engineering Division of Rosatom State Corporation carries out the design and construction of the facility.
The plant will consist of two power units with VVER-1200 reactors, the life cycle of which is 60 years with the possibility of extending the service life for another 20 years.