Shariatpur, Sept 17 (UNB) – Some 60 families have been rendered homeless due to the continuous erosion by the mighty river Padma at different points in Naria upazila on Sunday and Monday.
With the latest ones, some 6,000 families under three unions of the upazila have been rendered homeless due to the scourge of riverbank erosion in the last three months. Besides, several thousand acres of croplands have been devoured by the river as the erosion has taken a serious turn in the upazila.
Locals are expecting some respite in the current spate of erosion of Padma river in Naria upazila due to rise of water and slow current in the river but they also feared that if the river water started to recede again than the erosion may take serious turn again.
Sources said erosion takes a worse turn in Mokterer char, Kedarpur, Gharshar union of Naria upazila, Naria municipality and Kunderchar union of Jajira upazila, rendering 8,000 families homeless.
The affected people were seen shifting their homesteads and business establishments in safer places.
Several hundred people were seen searching shelter and many families are living under the open sky for lack of accommodations.
Manir Hossain of Banshtala village and Shubatra Rani Pal of Daspara village said “At first we have lost our croplands and the river has started to devour our houses though we have shifted the valuables and furniture from the houses but could not relocate the houses. Now we are passing ours days under the open sky.”
Sanzida Islam, UNO of Naria upazila, said already the local administration has been taking preparation for sheltering the affected homeless people. She said dry foods, tin sheds and rice were distributed among the affected people.
The government also took an initiative to disburse tin and cash among the affected people.
Dhaka, Sept 17 (UNB) – Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Monday said the government has intensified its efforts to bring back two fugitive killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman from abroad.
“The demand for bringing back the six fugitive killers of Bangabandhu is getting louder day by day. Discussions are on with the US government to have Rashed Chowdhury deported,” he said.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the online petition to the Canadian Prime Minister to deport Noor Chowdhury at TSC auditorium of Dhaka University, the minister also said the US government is helping their government in this this regard. “Our government has also filed a case there (USA) to repatriate him.”
Quader, also the general secretary of ruling Awami league, said the government filed a case in Canada to bring Noor Chowdhury back. “As per a law in Canada, a condemned convicted can’t be deported. “But, we’ve continued discussions with the Canadian government to have Nur Chowdhury deported by relaxing the law.”
The Awai League leader said though he repeatedly wanted to know from the BNP leaders about who were involved in Bangabandhu’s assassination, they never replied to it.
“An indemnity ordinance was promulgated to stop the trial of those killers. As to why the indemnity ordinance was incorporated in the Constitution through the Fifth Amendment. BNP still didn’t reply to this question. I’m again seeking the answer to this question from them,” Quader added.
Speaking at the programme, former foreign minister Dr Dipu Moni said a civilised country like Canada cannot be a safe haven for a self-proclaimed convicted killer Noor Chowdhury.
“The killer together with his cohorts killed the Father of the Nation of a country and 18 other people, including his wife and his 10-year-old son Sheikh Russell,” she observed.
Dipu Moni called upon the Canadian government to take steps for deporting Noor Chowdhury.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam, Jagannath University Vice-Chancellor Prof Mizanur Rahman, Bangladesh Chhatra League president Rezwanul Haque Chowdhury Shovon, general secretary Golam Rabbani were, among others, present at the programme.
Narayanganj, Sept 17 (UNB) - District Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) President Moshiour Rahman Rony, who reportedly went missing from the capital on Saturday night, was arrested along with arms from Fatullah area here early Monday, claim police.
Tipped off, a team of police arrested Rony along with a foreign pistol and three bullets from Dapa in the early hours, said Shah Mohammad Manjur Quader, officer-in-charge of Fatullah Model Police Station.
Earlier on Sunday, Rony's brother Mohibur Rahman Rana claimed that the Detective Branch of police picked the JCD leader up from Badda in the capital around 11:30pm on Saturday.
He had said an unidentified person called him over his phone on Saturday night when he told him that a group of 8-9 people identifying them as detectives picked Roni up in a black microbus.
Since then, his mobile phone was found switched off.
Earlier, Rony gave a Facebook post on September 10 challenging Awami League MP Shamim Osman to take to the street without using the administration and see what happens next.
Dhaka, Sept 17 (UNB) – The Cabinet on Monday approved the draft agreement on the use of Chattogram and Mongla ports for the movement of goods to and from India.
The approval came from the weekly Cabinet meeting held with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair at her office.
Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam briefed reporters at the Secretariat after the 197th Cabinet meeting of the current government.
In the agreement, there is also a provision for Nepal and Bhutan to join the agreement if they wish, he said.
As per the agreement, the movement of goods will be made using four routes and Bangladeshi vehicles and vessels will have to be used inside Bangladesh for the transportation.
The routes are Chattogram port-Mongla port-Agartala via Akhaura, Chattogram port-Mongla port-Dawki via Tamabil, Chattogram port-Mongla port-Sutarkandi via Shewla, and Chattogram port-Mongla port-Bibirbazar via Simantapur and vice versa.
General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and the national laws and rules of Bangladesh will be followed as well as different fees, including charge fee and fee for enhancing capacity of land ports, and transport cost will be collected.
Any party can revoke the agreement with a six-month prior notice and suspend the implementation of the agreement for the sake of emergency need or national security, the Cabinet Secretary said.
The Cabinet also approved the draft of the National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB) Bill, 2018 enhancing the number of the board members to nine from the existing five.
The bill was designed in Bangla bringing a few changes to the National Curriculum and Textbook Board Ordinance 1983, he said.
“In the existing law, there’s a provision of a five-member boardheaded by a chairman, but the number of its members has been increased to nine in the bill,” the Cabinet Secretary said, adding that the eight separate businesses were defined for eight board members in the proposed law.
There is a provision for formulating separate textbooks for small ethnic minoritygroups in their respective mother tongues in the bill as the matter is not in the law, he said.
Besides, a provision was incorporated in the bill to formulate digital and interactive textbooks, Shafiul said.
As per the proposed law, the National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB), a statutory body, will place its annual report before the government by March 31 every year, he said.
Besides, the Cabinet gave the final approval to the draft Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre Bill, 2018 with minor changes to the existing law to replace the Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre Ordinance, 1984.
“No major change was made in the bill which has also been framed in Bangla,” said Shafiul.
In the bill, the Minister and the State Minister for Public Administration were included as ex-officio members of the Board of Governance of the Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre, he said.
The Cabinet approved the drafts of the joint venture agreement, a possible company’s Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association to form a joint venture company with the joint initiatives of state-owned West Zone Power Distribution Company Limited and Hexing Electrical Co Ltd of China with a 51-49 share ratio.
The name of the possible company is Bangladesh Smart Electrical Company Ltd which can produce electrical materials, including smart metres. The authorised capital of the company will be Tk 50 crore.
The Cabinet ratified a proposal to change the Charter of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to arrange biennial conference instead of triennial conference.
At the outset of the meeting, the Prime Minister unveiled the logo of the National Skills Development Authority.
The Cabinet adopted a condolence motion at the death of freedom fighter ABM Abdus Samad, who was one of the accused of the historic Agartala Conspiracy case.
Dhaka, Sept 17 (UNB) – The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Monday summoned 12 members of the Board of Directors, including former chairman Wahidul Haque, of AB Bank for interrogation over the alleged embezzlement of around Tk 384 crore.
A notice signed by ACC Deputy Director Shamsul Alam asked them to appear before the ACC on October 1, 2 and 3, ACC Assistant Director (Public Relations) Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya told UNB.
He said former chairman of the bank M Wahidul Haque, director Mohammad Firoz Ahmed and former directors MA Awal and Professor Dr M Imtiaz Hossain will face interrogation on October 1 while directors Shishir Ranjan Bose and Syed Afzal Hasan Uddin, and former directors Mishal Kabir and Fahimul Haque will undergo grilling on October 2 and former directors Mejbahul Haque, Anwar Jamil Siddiqui, Bibi Saha Roy and Zakia Shahrukh Khan on October 03.
Earlier on June 28, 2017, ACC Deputy Director Shamsul Alam filed a case with Banani Police Station against 16 people, including former Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan, over the misappropriation of money.