The temperature of Panchagarh district plummeted to 6.2 degrees Celsius on Wednesday morning, the lowest recorded in this season so far, forcing many people to remain indoors.
“This is the year’s lowest temperature,” said Rohidul Islam Rohid, acting officer of Tetulia Weather Observatory office.
The situation is likely to persist as the Met Office in Dhaka has forecast another cold snap within a few days.
Tetulia, the last border town in Bangladesh’s north, is no stranger to extreme cold. On January 8 last year, mercury fell to 2.6˚C in Tetulia, the lowest-ever recorded temperature in Bangladesh’s history.
Wednesday’s chilly weather disrupted normal life, affecting the poor, children, elderly and day labourers.
The district administration said 35,000 pieces of blankets have already been distributed among the poor and sought more allotment from Dhaka.
Various social organisations also distributed warm clothes and blankets.
The cold-affected people of the district said that the government allotment is insufficient and residents of many areas are yet to receive warm clothes.
Meanwhile, the number of patients with cold-related diseases has increased here.
As there is no pediatric and medicine specialist in Panchagarh Modern Hospital, patients are being forced to go to Thakurgaon, Dinajpur and Rangpur for treatment, said the affected people.
Doctor Md Sirajuddoula Polin, resident medical officer of the hospital, said that the pressure of outdoor patients is huge but only a handful of them are getting admitted to the hospital.
The Christian community is celebrating the Christmas Day in the country, as elsewhere across the world, on Wednesday commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ.
Christmas, the biggest religious festival of the Christian community, is the celebration of rebirth, new beginning, forgiveness and peace, and renewing relationship with God and human beings.
Decoration of Christmas trees with colourful lights, special prayers, and distribution of gifts among children and exchange of pleasantries are the main features of the day's festivities.
Christmas carols and hymns will be sung before and after the prayer sessions at the churches.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages on the occasion.
The President will host a reception at Bangabhaban on the occasion.
Archbishop of Bangladesh, ambassadors and representatives from different foreign missions, distinguished persons of the Christian community, religious leaders and professionals will join the reception.
A group of singers will perform the Christmas carol at the reception.
Later, President Abdul Hamid will cut a Christmas cake with members of the Christian community.
Bangladesh Television and Bangladesh Betar and different private TV channels and radio stations will air special programmes highlighting the significance of the day.
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Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Qauder has said their party’s full-fledged committee will be announced on Thursday.
He made the disclosure while talking to reporters after attending a party presidium meeting at Ganabhaban on Tuesday.
Quader, also Road Transport and Bridges Minister, said the full-fledged committee along with the party’s advisory council members will start its journey after placing wreaths at the grave of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in Tungipara on December 3.
“The committee will have both new and old faces,” he said.
Replying to a query, Quader said whether the ministers who lost their posts would be included in the 39-member list or not, he said it depends on the party chief’s decision.
On December 21, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was unanimously reelected president of Bangladesh Awami League for the straight 9th time at the party’s 21st triennial national council.
Obaidul Quader was also reelected unopposed general secretary of the party for the second term.
Party councillors elected them for the next three years on the second day of the two-day council at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh in the city.
Three new faces -- Shajahan Khan, Jahangir Kabir Nanak and Abdur Rahman-- were inducted into the AL presidium, while no-one of the 14 presidium members of the previous committee was dropped from the party’s highest decision-making body.
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) on Tuesday expressed deep concern as the United Nation climate conference (COP-25) failed to make any significant progress to resolve the global problem.
The UN Conference of the Parties (COP25) took place under the presidency of Chilean government at Madrid in Spain from December 2 to December 13.
The developed countries pledged to provide additional $ 100 billion on adaptation in 2020 which never came on the discussion table of COP25, creating uncertainty about its long term funding, said TIB Executive Director Dr Iftekharuzzaman.
No decision was made over forming separate fund for facing the loss and damage, he said, adding that the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) was also not updated to reduce the global temperature, said a press release.
Overall, the draft of the Paris Agreement (Rule Book) which was approved in COP24 failed to get finalisation in this year’s conference, the TIB chief added.
Every stakeholder had hoped that a decision will come on separate compensation fund under Warsaw International Mechanism and its regulation, work plan, and challenges will be identified in the conference, he said. “But that never happened.”
Police arrested a young man from an arbitration at Akkelpur village in Mangalkandi union of Sonagazi upazila on Monday night for violating a Class-II girl.
The arrestee was identified as Arman Hossain, 18, son of Mosharraf Hossain Liton.
Victim’s mother said when her daughter was playing at their courtyard, Arman took her to his room and violated her on Saturday. When she found her daughter at Arman’s room, she started screaming.
Sensing danger, he hit her in the head which made her unconscious. When she regained senses, she found that her daughter was bleeding.
Later, the girl was taken to hospital.
Arman tried to hush up the incident and settle the issue at arbitration, said Mohammad Hossan, panel chairman of the union.
Being informed by village defence party man Rubel, he went to the spot at night and caught the rapist, said the panel chairman.
Later, they handed the accused over to police, said Moin Uddin, officer-in-charge of Sonagazi Model Police Station, adding that victim’s mother filed a case against Arman under the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act.