Cumilla, Sept 15 (UNB) – Bangladesh’s first-ever Y-shaped bridge, ‘Sheikh Hasina Titas Bridge’, built over Titas river joining Cumilla and Brahmanbaria districts, will be inaugurated on Sunday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to inaugurate the bridge through video conference from Gono Bhaban around 11:30 am.
The 771-meter long and 8.10-meter width bridge was constructed costing a total of Tk 1 billion under the supervision of Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) to make the road communications between two districts of the country’s southern-northern parts.
The bridge will ease the travel across Muradnagar and Homna upazilas of Cumilla district and Nabinagar and Bancharampur upazilas of Brahmanbaria district.
According to locals, after the inauguration of the bridge, people of the region will experience more development in education, business and medical sectors.
It will also be used as a bypass road connecting to the Chittagong-Dhaka highway.
Dhaka, Sept 15 (UNB) – Dr Badruddoza Chowdhury-led Jukta Front and Dr Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikya Prokriya on Saturday formally announced the journey of a ‘greater national unity’ to ensure ‘functional democracy’ in the country through holding a credible national election.
Jatiya Oikya Prokriya convener and Gano Forum president Dr Kamal Hossain came up with the announcement at a press conference at the Jatiya Press Club.
“We the Jukta Front and Jatiya Oikya Prokriya are announcing a joint declaration of a greater national unity which will unite the people of all walks of life. We’ll create the unity at every locality, every village and every house, so that people can get back the ownership of their country,” he said.
Dr Kamal further said, “The greater national unity begins from today (Saturday). I hope our unity will yield a very positive outcome with support from people, and a functional democracy will be restored in the country.”
Jukta Front chairman Badruddoza Chowdhury could not be present at the programme as he fell sick on the way to the Press Club.
However, Jukta Front member secretary and Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna, on behalf of the two platforms, read out the joint declaration of the national unity a with a 5-point demand and nine targets, including installing an election-time neutral government for holding the next general election in a fair and credible manner.
Earlier, leaders of the two platforms tried to go to the Central Shaheed Minar from the Jatiya Press Club to place wreaths there before the announcement of the national unity. But they returned halfway through as what they said the Dhaka University authorities asked them not to go there.
Dr Kamal said they will consolidate the unity among political parties and people to make sure the country is ruled by people’s true representatives. “The true representatives of people can be elected through a fair election. People get deprived of their ownership of the country if the polls are not held in a fair and acceptable manner.”
He said parliament must be functional with the true representatives of people through a fair election. “A unity is necessary so that people can exercise their voting rights without any fear, favour and influence in a fair election to elect their representatives.”
Asked whether they will announce any action programme, Dr Kamal said “Our today’s announcement for the unity is our programme. We’ll come up with other programmes in the days to come.”
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD Rob) president ASM Abdur Rob urged all the democratic parties and individuals to involve with the national unity process. “We call upon the country’s 16 crore people to be part of it.”
In the joint declaration, the two platforms said people’s rights are being snatched by establishing one person’s willful control over the country’s three basic organs.
“There’s no alternative to forging a greater unity to free the nation from the current situation and restore functional democracy, the rule of law and neutral enforcement of law,” the declaration reads.
“That’s why we announce to continue our efforts to forge a greater unity with those political parties, social force, civil society members and people who believe in the spirit of the Liberation War to realise our demands and implement our targets through a peaceful and non-violent movement,” it added.
The two platforms, however, said they will not include those who are directly or indirectly involved with ant-liberation parties or forces in the national unity process.
Their demands include dissolving parliament before the announcement of the national election schedule and forming an election-time impartial government in consultation with all the political parties, reconstituting the Election Commission with acceptable persons to ensure a free, fair and neutral election, ensuring all political parties’ freedom of speech and association, withdrawing the ‘false’ cases filed against leaders and activists of all the political parties and students who waged the ‘quota reform’ and ‘safe road’ movements, releasing the political prisoners and not arresting any political leaders and activists until the election is over.
They also demanded deployment of army with magistracy power 30 days before the election and cancellation of the government’s plan of using EVM in the elections and amendment to the Representation of the People Order (RPO) 1972, to create a level-playing field for all the political parties.
Their nine targets include ensuring a balance between the power of president and the Prime Minister, empowering people, ensuring the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary, reforming the Anti-Corruption Commission to strongly cheek corruption and establishing a positive and balanced politics.
Sirajganj, Sep 15 (UNB) - A physically challenged woman was hacked to death allegedly by some unidentified miscreants in Digholiya village of Tarash upazila on Friday night.
The deceased was identified as Roksana Khatun, 22, daughter of late Toijal Pramanik of the village.
Roksana was living with her brother’s family, said Mofizur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Tarash Police Station.
On Friday night, some unidentified miscreants attacked her and hacked her to death, police said.
Hearing the scream, her brother and sister-in-law tried to come out, but the door was locked from the outside and when they managed to come, found her dead, the OC added.
The body was sent to sadar hospital morgue for autopsy, said the OC.
Sunamganj, Sept 15 (UNB) – An elderly man died after being run over by a speeding truck while crossing Surma bridge in Mallikpur area in the district town on Saturday.
The deceased was identified as Faijur Rahman, 65, hailing from Kutubpur village in the municipality.
The accident took place when a Biswambarpur-bound truck hit Faijur while crossing the bridge around 10:30 am, leaving him dead on the spot, according to witnesses.
Police managed to detain the driver and the helper of the killer truck and sent the body to Sunamganj Sadar Hospital, said Md Shahidulla, officer-in-charge of Sunamganj Sadar Model Police Station.
Rajshahi, Sept 15 (UNB) – A young man allegedly committed suicide by swallowing poison after locals beat him on suspicion of theft at Paschim Budhpara area in the city early Friday.
The deceased was identified as Rashel Hossain, 24, son of Abdur Rashid of the same area.
Family and local sources said Rashel was nabbed by the family members of neighbouring Abul Kalam as Rashel after entering their house without taking their permission around 11 pm on Friday.
Later, locals gave Rashel a good beating on charges of theft attempt and handed him over to his family members.
Later in the night, Rashel took poison being shocked over the incident, they said.
Rashel was taken to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH) where the duty doctors declared him dead around 2 am.
However, Rashel’s father-in-law Alamgir Hossain alleged that he was forcefully swallowed poison during the mass-beating that left him dead.
Confirming the incident, officer-in-charge of Matihar Police Station Shahadat Hossain said the body was sent to the hospital’s morgue for autopsy.