Dhaka, Apr 4 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said the government is taking measures for further development of the country’s football.
“Football is a popular game. We’re taking measures to improve this game further. We’re constructing one mini-stadium in each upazila so that our children can always practise,” she said.
The Prime Minister was speaking at a trophy and prize-distribution ceremony of Bangabandhu Gold Cup and Bangamata Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib Gold Cup Primary School Football Tournaments-2018 at Bangabandhu National Stadium.
She said, “We want the country’s children to take part in sports and cultural activities to keep themselves mentally sound, attain physical fitness and learn discipline.”
Hasina said Bangladesh set an example in the world history by arranging such big tournaments.
She mentioned that some 11,18,515 boys of 65,790 schools participated in the Bangabandhu Gold Cup Primary School Football Tournament, 2018 while 11,16,900 girls of 65,700 schools took part in the Bangamata Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib Gold Cup Primary School Football Tournament-2018.
The Prime Minister distributed trophies among the two champion, two runners-up and two 2nd runners-up teams of the two tournaments and medals among the players of the six teams.
Earlier, the Prime Minister witnessed the final match of Bangamata Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib Gold Cup sitting at the VIP Lounge of Bangabandhu Stadium.
In the final of the Bangamata Gold Cup, Pachrukhi Government Primary School (Nandail) of Mymensingh Division beat Tepurgari BK Government Primary School, Lalmonirhat of Rangpur Division.
In the Bangabandhu Gold Cup final, Horipur Government Primary School, Joyentapur of Sylhet division beat Dokkhin Kanialkhatha Government Primary School, Nilphamari of Rangpur Division.
The grand finals of Bangabandhu Gold Cup and Bangamata Gold Cup were held at 1:30pm and 3:30pm respectively at the stadium.
The Bangabandhu Gold Cup Primary School football tournament began its journey in 2010, while Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib Gold Cup in 2011.
The two tournaments were held at unions, upazilas, districts and divisional phases and finally concluded at national phase through final matches.
The Primary and Mass Education Ministry arranged the two tournaments.
Dhaka, Apr 4 (UNB)- Poribesh Bachao Andolon (POBA), an organization of green activists, on Thursday urged the government to take proper initiatives immediately to provide proper healthcare facilities to low income people of the urban areas.
The green activists came up with the call while speaking at a seminar on ‘City environment and health protection of low income people’ marketing the World Health Day, to be observed on April 7 at the Jatiya Press Club in the capital.
POBA and Bangladesh Resource Center for Indigenous Knowledge (BARCIK) jointly organized the seminar.
They said sanitation system is a big problem in the slum areas and good sanitation system should be created for slum dwellers in cities.
Abu Naser, Chairman of Poba, said, “The government should ensure basic rights of people. We want to live in a clean environment. So the government has to take proper initiative for healthy environment for all specially slum dwellers of the city.”
Barcik co-coordinator Jahangir Alam said that conscious should be created among people about healthy environment and the government should come forward to meet the basic needs of people.
Engineer Abdus Sobhan, General Secretary of Poba, Dr. Khaled Shawkat Ali, health affairs secretary of the organization, Dr Lelin Chowdhury were, among others, present.
Dhaka, April 4 (UNB) - Bangladesh and the United States will hold bilateral talks in Washington DC on April 8 to discuss ways to further strengthen relations on all fronts.
The meeting will be held between Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen and the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. They will discuss bilateral, regional and international issues.
US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R Miller met with the Foreign Minister at the latter’s office on Thursday and discussed the issue.
The Foreign Minister thanked the US Secretary of State for the invitation to Washington DC for bilateral talks.
The US Ambassador expressed hope that the meeting between Foreign Minister Momen and Secretary Pompeo will be very fruitful.
Foreign Minister Dr Momen noted that ties between Bangladesh and the USA are strong.
The two countries are close to one another politically, economically and commercially, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
He observed that USA has the scope to invest more in the gas, oil and energy sectors of Bangladesh.
The Foreign Minister said that Bangladesh welcomes forward looking connectivity and infrastructure projects in the region.
He also noted that maritime sector of the region can be harnessed to improve business connectivity and shared prosperity of people.
The US envoy assured that USA will stand beside Bangladesh on Rohingya issues and the US investors consider Bangladesh as an important business destination.
He noted that bilateral trade between Bangladesh and the USA has expanded in recent years. He was appreciative of Bangladesh’s socio-economic progress.
Dhaka, Apr 4 (UNB) - The High Court on Thursday directed the owner of Green Line Paribahan to pay Tk 50 lakh by April 10 to Russel Sarkar who lost his leg in an accident on April 28, last year.
A HC bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader passed the order following a petition.
The HC also warned that it would confiscate all the buses of the transport company if it fails to pay the amount within the stipulated time. “If you fail to pay, stop selling bus tickets from April 11 to avoid public sufferings,” said the court.
Russel, 23, a private car driver, lost his leg on April 28 last year as a bus of Green Line Paribahan had hit his vehicle from behind on Hanif Flyover in Dholaipar on that day. He got down from his car and signaled the bus to stop but driver Kabir Hossain drove his coach over him and fled the scene. Russel's left leg got severed from his thigh down.
Earlier in the day, the court summoned the manager of Green Line Paribahan and asked him to appear before the court by 2 pm and explain his failure to provide Tk 50 lakh to Russel Sarkar.
Following the order, general manager of the transport company Abdus Sattar appeared before the court and informed it that the owner of the company went to India for treatment on March 29 and will return on April 9.
The court also fixed April 10 to announce its verdict on the case.
Khandaker Shamsul Haq Reza stood for the petitioner while Advocate Ajiullah represented Green Line.
Earlier on March 31, the Appellate Division upheld a High Court Division order asking Green Line Paribahan to pay Tk 50 lakh to accident victim Russel Sarkar.
A four-member Appellate bench, headed led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, issued the order rejecting an appeal by the company seeking a stay on the High Court’s order.
Later, the HC bench on March 31 asked the Green Line Paribahan authorities to submit a progressing report after providing the compensation money.
But as the Green Line Paribahan authorities failed to comply with the court order, the High Court expressed its annoyance and said the operation of Green Line Paribahan service would be suspended if they fail to provide the compensation money to the victim, if needed.
The High Court also said all the vehicles of Green Line Paribahan will be put on auction after confiscating those to provide the compensation.
Earlier on May 14 last year, the High Court asked Green Line Paribahan to explain within four weeks why Russel should not get Tk 1 crore as compensation.
On March 12 this year, the court ordered the company to pay Tk 50 lakh to Russel in two weeks as compensation and for his treatment.
Faridpur, Apr 4 (UNB) – A man was killed and 20 others injured in a clash between two factions of local Awami League (AL) over establishing supremacy at Poail village in Boalmari upazila early Thursday.
The deceased was identified as Delwar Hossain, 35, a supporter of Jamal Matubbar of the village.
Shamim Ahmed, officer-in-charge of Boalmari Police Station, said Jamal Matubbar, a convener of Chatul union unit of Jubo League and Nazimuddin, a member of ward no. 3 of Chatul union, had been at loggerheads over establishing supremacy in the area for long.
As a sequel to the enmity, an altercation was ensued among the supporters of both the groups over cantering a programme there, triggering a chase and counter chase.
At one stage, both the groups attacked each other in the night, leaving 21 people injured.
The injured were taken to Fairpdur Medical College Hospital where Delwar died early in this morning.