Dhaka, Jan 12 (UNB) – At least seven people were killed and 18 others injured on Friday and Saturday in separate road accidents in five districts.
In Panchagarh, the driver and helper of a brick-laden tractor were killed as their vehicle veered into a pond beside Panchagarh-Dhaka highway in Paikpara area of Boda upazila on Saturday.
The deceased were identified as tractor driver Mansur Ali, 42, son of Makbul Hossain of Shukurur Dokan area in Mithapukur and helper Chhatrish Chandra, 38, son of Alsia of Vimpukur village in Boda upzila.
The accident took place in the evening when the tractor veered into the pond in the evening, leaving the duo dead on the spot.
In another accident, two motorcyclists sustained severe injuries as a speeding truck hit their vehicle in Barrister Bazar area in the district town in the evening.
The injured--Abdul Salam, 45, son of Nindu Mahan of Natunbasti area in the district town and his wife Munni Akhtar, 38, were admitted to Rangpur Medical College Hospital.
Three passengers of a human hauler were reported to be injured in another road crash at Moinaguri Camp in the town.
In Thakurgaon, two people including a minor died in separate road accidents in Ranisankail and Sadar upazila.
The deceased were identified as Habibullah, 6, son of Tayab Ali of Chandanhot village in Ranisankail upazila and Abdul Awal, 32, son of Saikat Ali of Haripur upazila.
A micro-bus hit Habibullah while he was crossing a road in Ranisankail around 2 pm killing him on the spot, said Abdul Mannan, officer-in-charge of Ranisankail Police Station.
In another incident, Abdul Awal died when a tractor his motor-cycle killing him on spot and injuring his wife in Shibganj area of Sadar upazila, said Ashikur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Sadar Police Station.
In Naogaon, a man was killed while two others sustained injuries as a bus hit a battery-run auto-rickshaw on Potnitala-Sapahar road in Patnitala upazila around 7:30 am.
The deceased was identified as Dudu Mia, 50, driver of the auto-rickshaw.
Officer-in-charge of Patnitola Police Station Porimal Kumar Chakrabarti said they seized the killer bus but its driver managed to flee.
The injured were admitted to the Upazila Health Complex.
In Dinajpur, at least 11 people were injured in two separate road crashes in Sikdarhat and Mohanpur Bridge areas in the district.
A tractor collided head-on with a motor-cycle injuring two, according to the Police Control Room of the district.
The duo was referred to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital from a local hospital as their conditions worsened.
In another incident, a tractor hit a micro-bus injuring nine people while it was coming from Fulbari to Dinajpur near Mohanpur Bridge around 1:30 pm.
In Lalmonirhat, two motor-cycle riders were killed on Friday night as a Burimari-bound train crushed their motor-cycle at Kakina Kazirhat Rail Crossing in Kaliganj upazila.
The deceased were identified as Abul Kalam Azad, 37, son of Abu Bakar of Gongachora upazila in Rangpur and Alikuzzaman Titu, 42, son of Abdul Gafur of same area.
Officer-in-charge of Kaliganj Police Station Makbul Hossain said after the accident police in association with the officials of Fire Service and Civil Defence took the duo to Rangpur Medical College Hospital where doctors declared them dead.
Thakurgaon, Jan 12 (UNB) – The sweeping cold wave has claimed the lives of at least six children in the district over the last one week and affected many more, said acting civil surgeon Dr Shahjahan Newaz.
He said some 500 patients, mostly children, were admitted to Sadar Hospital with cold-related diseases during the period.
A moderate cold wave with mercury dipping at 5-8 degrees Celsius has been sweeping the district for the past seven days, according to the Met office.
The number of patients, largely children, has started rising with the fall in mercury, forcing the hospital authorities to form two additional medical teams on Saturday to tackle the situation.
Divisional Director Dr Amal Chandra Saha said physicians and nurses have been working round the clock to ensure proper treatment of the patients. “The two medical teams will be working till the patients’ growing pressure eases,” he said.
Dr Shahjahan said they have only 18 beds in the Child Ward of the hospital where a total of 163 children with different ailments, including diarrhoea, pneumonia and asthma are now being treated.
Among the children, 79 have been suffering from diarrhoea while 36 from pneumonia, he added.
“We’ve to keep patients on the hospital floors and corridors for lack of beds,” he added.
Jahangirnagar University, Jan 12 (UNB) - Jahangirnagar University (JU) observed its 48th founding anniversary on Saturday amid festivity and fanfare.
Marking the university day, JU wore a festive look with the participation of more than 500 former and current students, teachers, employees, and officials with colourful banners, balloons, and festoons.
Vice-Chancellor Prof Farzana Islam inaugurated the programme by hoisting the national flag and JU flag and releasing balloons in front of the Business Studies Faculty at 10:30am.
“The administration is working to make the university more digital and up to date,” she said.
Pro-VC (administration) Prof Amir Hussain and Treasurer Prof Sheikh Monjurul Huq were present at the inaugural session. Acting Registrar Rahima Kaniz conducted the programme.
The daylong event included a puppet show, staging drama, and cultural function by Student Welfare and Counselling Centre of the university at the Selim Al Deen Muktamancha, where eminent folk singer Momotaz Begum performed on stage.
JU was founded on August 20, 1970. It formally began its academic activities as a residential university on January 12, 1971, with four departments, 21 teachers, 150 students, and three residential halls.
Chattogram, Jan 12 (UNB) – Newly-appointed Land Minister Saifuzzaman Chowdhury on Saturday ordered all officials of his ministry to submit their wealth statements within the next month.
“The Land Ministry will be brought under the purview of accountability and freed from corruption,” he told journalists at the city’s Press Club.
“I will pay abrupt visits to prevent public harassment, bribery and corruption at different land offices,” he said.
Soon after taking charge, the minister told officials that he would not tolerate corruption and that a two-year plan would be adopted for the ministry’s development.
Saifuzzaman on Saturday said land clearance for big projects including bay-terminal, Karnaphuli tunnel, Dhaka-Chattogram Railway and economic zones would get priority.
“Illegal establishments along the river banks will be cleared. No one will be spared,” he said.
Dhaka, Jan 12 (UNB) - German Ambassador to Bangladesh Peter Fahrenholtz has laid emphasis on finding a peaceful way to resolve the issues related to RMG sector in Bangladesh.
“There must be a peaceful mechanism to resolve these issues,” the Ambassador tweeted on Saturday when readymade garment (RMG) workers demonstrated for a sixth consecutive day in the capital, Ashulia and Gazipur demanding higher wages.
On January 10, the German Ambassador tweeted, “I'm in favour of a peaceful and fair resolution of this labour conflict.”
Germany is currently the second biggest apparel export destination for Bangladesh after the United States.