Dhaka, Oct 20 (UNB) – The Jatiya Sangsad (JS) will go into its 23rd session on Sunday which is likely to be the last session of the 10th parliament formed after the 2014 national election.
Prior to the start of the session at 4:30pm, the business advisory committee of parliament will meet with Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair to fix the duration and businesses of the coming session.
This session is likely to be the last session of the current parliament as there is no obligation to summon any session of parliament during the national election.
The Election Commission has already said it will declare the schedule for the 11th national election any day after October.
On October 4, President Abdul Hamid convened the session exercising his power bestowed upon him by article 72 (1) of the Constitution.
The 10th parliament went into its maiden session on January 29, 2014.
Dhaka, Oct 20 (UNB) - Mortal remains of Bangladesh’s friend and freedom fighter Father Marino Rigon will arrive here on Sunday from Italy, a year after his demise.
Father Rigon, who was given honorary citizenship in 2009 and honored with ‘Friends of Liberation War Honour’, breathed his last while undergoing treatment in Italy's Vicenza on October 20, 2017, said the Foreign Ministry here.
The government of Bangladesh has taken all necessary steps to bury him with due state honor beside the Saint Pauls Church at Shelabunia, Mongla upazila of Bagerhat district showing respect to his last wish.
Father Rigon was born on February 5, 1925 at Villaverla in Italy. He came to then East Pakistan in 1953.
After his extensive visits to Bangladesh villages, he established a church and a school Shelabunia village of Mongla and started living there permanently.
Father Rigon took part in the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971 by sheltering and taking care of injured freedom fighters.
“Bangladesh has set another shining example by upholding the pride of all freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives during the War of Liberation by fulfilling the last wish of a true friend of Bangladesh,” said the foreign ministry here.
Father Marino had spent 61 years in Bangladesh as a missionary. He was famous for translating the works of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore.
He was a great expert on the Bangladeshi poet Rabindranath Tagore and translated 40 of his works in Italian.
In 60 years of mission, he played a key role in fighting poverty, expanding education, offering medical services, and helping poor women. Thousands of women still benefit from the assistance programme he helped set up.
Sylhet, Oct 20 (UNB) – Jatiya Oikyafront has been denied permission again for its rescheduled public rally in the city’s Registry field on Wednesday.
“We didn’t give Oikyafront permission for its rally here on security grounds,” Sylhet Metropolitan Police (SMP) Commissioner Golam Kibria told UNB on Saturday evening.
Earlier in the day, a BNP delegation submitted an application to the SMP authorities around 1:20pm seeking permission for the rally.
Nearly one-and-a-half hours later, the authorities informed the delegation that the rally cannot be held for security reasons, said Sylhet district BNP president Abul Kahar Shamim.
He said Oikyafront leaders’ scheduled visit to Sylhet on Wednesday will remain unchanged though they were denied permission for the rally.
On Friday, Jatiya Oikyafront leaders at a meeting in the capital deferred its maiden public rally in Sylhet to October 24 as it was denied permission to hold the programme on October 23.
After the meeting, Gano Forum general secretary Mostafa Mohsin Montu said the Oikyafront leaders would go to Sylhet on October 24 even if they were not given permission to stage their rally.
Montu said senior Oikyafront leaders would offer fateha at the shrines of Hazrat Shahjalal (R) and Shah Paran (R) and at the grave of General MAG Osmani, the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces during the War of Liberation, in Sylhet on October 24.
On October 13, BNP together with Dr Kama Hossain-led Jatiya Oikya Prokriya, JSD and Nagorik Oikya launched the Jatiy Oikyafront to press for their seven-point demand, including holding the next polls under a non-party administration.
Sylhet, Oct 20 (UNB) – The long route commuters went through a huge suffering on Saturday as divisional transport workers staged eight-hour strike demanding eight-point charter including amendment to the Road Transport Act 2018.
Bangladesh Road Transport Workers’ federation announced the strike on Friday.
The organisation also held a rally at Dakshin Surma Bus Terminal from 6 am to 2 pm halting road communication in Sylhet-Dhaka, Sylhet-Sunamganj, Sylhet-Moulvibazar routes.
The worker leaders threatened start two-day strike from October 28 if the authorities concerned fail to meet their demands within October 27.
Jhenaidah, Oct 20 (UNB) - Two more people have died and two others fallen sick allegedly after taking excessive liquor during the Durga Puja celebrations at Balidapara in Kaliganj upazila in the district.
The deceased were identified as Subhankar Mitra Titu of Collegepara and Bappi of Balidapara village in the upazila.
Yunus Ali, officer-in-charge of Kaliganj Police Station, said a group of people swallowed excessive liquor on Friday night and fell sick.
Four of them were taken to Kaliganj Health Complex from where Titu and Bappi were sent to Jashore General Hospital. They died at the hospital in the early hours of Saturday, he said.
Earlier on Friday, Munna Das, 35, son of Akhil Das of Collegpara, died reportedly after drinking excessive liquor.