Three people were killed and five others injured as the gas cylinder of a microbus exploded after being hit by a bus and a truck in Gobindapur area in sadar upazila on Sunday morning.
The identities of the deceased, hailing from Sadar and Sadar Dakhhin upazilas, couldn’t be known yet.
The gas cylinder of the microbus went off after being hit by a bus first and then by a truck around 5:40 am, leaving three of its passengers, including a child, dead on the spot, said Alamgir Hossain, officer-in-charge (OC) of Maynamoti Highway Police Station.
The injured were rushed to Comilla Medical College Hospital from where they were referred to Dhaka Medical College Hospital as their condition deteriorated, the OC added.
Cyclonic storm ‘Bulbul’ over Khulna and adjoining northwestern part of Bangladesh moved slowly northwestwards and weekend further into a deep depression.
The depression was lying over Bagerhat, Barishal and Patuakhali regions at 6 am on Sunday, said a Met office bulletin on Sunday adding that it is likely to move in a northwesterly direction further and weaken gradually.
Under its influence step pressure gradient persists over North Bay and southern part of the country.
“The maritime ports of Mongla and Payra have been advised to lower great danger signal No 10 and hoist local cautionary signal No 3 instead of it ,” the bulletin said.
The maritime port of Chattogram has been advised to lower great danger signal No 9 and hoist local cautionary signal No 3 while the maritime port of Cox’s Bazar has been advised to lower local warning signal No 4 and hoist local cautionary signal No 3.
Under the influence of the deep depression, the coastal districts of Chattogram, Noakhali, Laxmipur, Feni, Chandpur, Barguna, Bhola, Patuakhali, Barishal, Pirojpur, Jhalakati, Bagerhat, Khulna, Satkhira, Faridpur, Madaripur, Cumilla, Dhaka, Sylhet and Mymensingh are likely to experience wind of 50-60 KPH in gusts/squalls with heavy to very heavy rains during the passage of the deep depression.
All fishing boats and trawlers over the north bay have been advised to remain in shelter till evening today.
A leader of Bangabandhu Sainik League has been arrested with 2 bottles of phensedyl from his pharmacy.
The arrestee Shamim Akter, 40, is the Vice President of Dhunot upazila Bangbandhu Sainik League of Bogura.
He is the son of Amjad Hossain of Uttor Officeer para under Dhunot municipal area.
According to the case statement, Shamim used to give treatment as a fake doctor sitting at his medicine shop at the upazila health complex intersection for a long time.
Local residents alleged that in guise of providing treatment to the people, he used to stock various drug items at his pharmacy. He himself also take narcotics.
Shamim took preparation to sell phensedyl from his medicine shop on Friday night. Being informed, police carried out drive in the pharmacy and arrested him along with the two bottles of phensedyl.
Korban Ali, President of Dhunot upazila Bangabandhu Sainik League, said “We heard that Shamim Akter was arrested by police along with phensedyl. Organisational action will surely be taken against him if the charge against him is proved”.
Ismail Hossain, OC of Dhunot police station, said there is long-time allegation against Shamim Akter for drug trade and taking narcotics. After arresting him with phensedyl, he has been sent to jail.
He has been sent to Bogura district jail from Dhunot police station through court.
Manikganj, Nov 9 (UNB) – As severe cyclone Bubul is likely to enter Bangladesh in hours, authorities on Saturday night suspended ferry services on the Paturia-Doulatdia route.
Zillur Rahman, additional general manager of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) at the Aricha, said they suspended the ferry services around 10pm to avoid any accident following strong wind and waves in the river
He said all the ferries were kept anchored at Paturia and Doulatdia ghats.
Meanwhile, over 500 vehicles, including 300 buses, got stuck on both sides of terminal following the suspension of the ferry service.
Nov 9 (UNB) – Dr Wolfgang Schäuble, one of the most influential German and European politicians of recent decades currently serving as President of Germany’s parliament, the Bundestag, met microcredit pioneer and Nobel Laureate Dr Muhammad Yunus one-on-one in his office in Berlin recently.
The two economists discussed economic issues related to social business, poverty, microfinance, unemployment and youth during the meeting.
Schäuble has been a member of the Bundestag since 1972 and is the longest serving MP in German history. He served for 8 years under Angela Merkel as Minister of Finance, and has twice been Minister of the Interior.
Yunus and Schäuble, an ardent admirer of microcredit, had over an hour long discussion where Yunus briefed him on social business and the need for redesigning the existing framework of economics.
He drew attention to the disastrous path the existing economic system was on, and talked about the response to the concept of social business in Germany.
Professor Yunus was in Berlin to attend a Social Business Academia Conference (SBAC 2019) which is devoted to the ongoing development of the theory and the research on social business and its impact on societies around the world.
Twenty three research papers were presented at the conference by scholars from around the world. Representatives of many of the important Yunus Social Business Centres in 81 universities in 31 countries participated in this year's Academia Conference held in Berlin.