Dhaka, Jan 26 (UNB) - The government will provide Tk 1,00,000 to each families of the brick kiln workers who were killed when a coal-laden truck overturned at Chouddagram upazila in Cumilla on Friday.
Besides, the families of the injured will get Tk 50,000 each, said Akhterul Islam, public relation officer (PRO) of the Ministry of Labour and Employment on Saturday morning.
The PRO said State Minister for Labour and Employment Munnujan Sufian made the announcement to provide the compensation from Labour Welfare Fund.
Thirteen brick kiln workers were killed and five others injured when the coal-laden truck overturned on a labour shed at a brick field in Chouddagram Upazila's Narayanpur early Friday.
Meanwhile, a case has been filed against the truck driver and his helper who went into hiding after the accident.
Sanjib Roy, brother of victim Ranjit Chandra Roy, filed the case with Chouddagram police station on Friday night, said Abdullah Al Mahfuz, officer-in-charge of the police station.
The OC said that they are trying to arrest the driver and the helper.
On Saturday morning, Deputy Commissioner of Nilphamari Begum Nazia Shirin handed over the bodies of the victims to their families at Rajbari Government Primary School ground in Jaldhaka upazila.
She also distributed Tk 20,000, a blanket and some dry foods among the victims’ families.
Two separate investigation committees were formed by police and the administration.
“The four-member committee, led by Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) Kaizar Mohammad Farabi, has been asked to file report within seven days while the three-member committee, headed by Additional Superintendent of Police Abdullah Al Mamun, has been asked to submit its report within three working days,” said Deputy Commissioner Abu Fazal Mir on Friday.
Bagerhat, Jan 26 (UNB) - Silver Discoverer, a cruise ship operated by Silver Sea Cruise, will reach the Mongla port here on Sunday with 53 tourists from five different countries to visit the Sundarbans, a Unesco world heritage site.
They will stay here for three days as part of a tour jointly arranged by Bangladesh’s Journey Plus and Pugmark Tours.
Earlier, Silver Discoverer visited Maheshkhali Island and the Sundarbans twice in 2017 carrying 162 foreign tourists from 17 countries.
On its arrival from Chennai, the ship will dock at Mongla sea port. The tourists will then visit several tourist spots in the Sundarbans, including Dhangmari Dolphin Sanctuary, Charputia, Tikona Island and Alorkol Fishermen Colony, from January 28 to 30.
Bangladesh Forest Department will provide necessary security to the foreign tourists alongside Pugmark Tours.
As per the tour schedule, the cruise ship will depart for Myanmar’s Yangoon on January 31.
MdMahmudulHasan, Sundarbans’ East Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), said the cruise ship is arriving after having clearance from all relevant ministries carrying tourists from the USA, India, France, Canada and the Netherlands.
“After finishing the paper works, they’ll Tk 2.93 lakh for touring the Sundarbans,” he said adding, “The ship will make two more visits in February.”
Dhaka, Jan 26 (UNB) - Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland has praised Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s development innovation- 'the SDG-Tracker' and championing women empowerment.
“The Commonwealth under its Innovation Hub has placed Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's social innovation initiative of designing and creating ‘the SDG-Tracker’ for as a best practice for realising Agenda 2030,”Patricia said.
She said this while receiving the newly-appointed Bangladesh High Commissioner to the UK and member of the Governing Board of the Commonwealth Saida Muna Tasneem at the Marlborough House recently, said the High Commission on Saturday.
The Bangladesh High Commissioner briefed the Secretary-General about the social innovation initiatives undertaken by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina over the last 10 years that have placed Bangladesh in the top brackets of social indicators in South Asia.
The High Commissioner also briefed the Secretary General about PM Sheikh Hasina's recent zero-tolerance political declaration on corruption and terrorism in order to promote good governance and the rule of law.
The Commonwealth Secretary-General also lauded the Prime Minister for her sustained championing of gender equality and creating equal opportunity for all.
The High Commissioner commended the Secretary-General on few of her new initiatives and reaffirmed Bangladesh’s commitment to work closely with the action groups under Blue Charter, Peace at the Crease, Commonwealth Innovation Hub and Faith initiative.
She also expressed Bangladesh's keen interest to work closely with the Commonwealth in a number of areas, including climate change, enhancing intra-Commonwealth trade, ICT, inter-faith harmony, industry 4.0 and good governance.
Dhaka, Jan 26 (UNB) - British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said the UK and Bangladesh have an important relationship and he looks forward to working closely with the new Foreign Minister of Bangladesh to strengthen it in the coming years.
Welcoming Dr AK Abdul Momen's appointment as Foreign Minister of the new government, the British Foreign Secretary referred to the 'living bridge of 500,000 British Bangladeshis in the UK.
He also referred to the next round of Strategic Dialogue between Bangladesh and the UK, to be held later this year, as an important platform and opportunity to make progress in bilateral relations for the mutual benefits of their peoples.
Chuadanga, Jan 26 (UNB) – Two Chhatra League (BCL) activists were injured in a knife attack by rivals at Daulatdiyar of the district town on Friday evening.
The injured were identified as Miraj and Bashir.
MahbuburRahman, Superintendent of Police of the district, said Miraj and Bashir came under attack while they were chatting at Daulatdiyar with other BCL men around 6pm.
A group of their rival, numbering 8-10, attacked them and stabbed the duo. They cut Miraj’s tendon off, Mahbubur Rahman said.
He was sent to Dhaka for better treatment while Bashir is undergoing treatment at ChuadangaSadar Hospital, said Shamima Yesmin, a doctor at the hospital.
Meanwhile, Panna Begum, mother of injured Miraj, filed a case with Sadar Police Station on Saturday morning accusing 14 BCL leaders and activists and unidentified 3/4 people, said Abdul Khalek, officer-in-charge of Sadar Police Station.