Thakurgaon, Jul 23 (UNB) – At least four people were killed and 12 others injured in lightning strikes in Baliadangi and Ranisankail upazilas on Tuesday.
Three people were killed on the spot and 12 others were injured after being struck by lightning while working in a mango orchard in Baganbari village of Baliadangi at 2:30pm, said Officer-in-Charge of Baliadangi Police Station Mosadderul Haque.
The deceased were identified as Nurul Islam, 35, son of Bappa Mohammad; Rabiul Islam, 27, son of Abdul Karim; and Abdul Zabbar, 45, of Jagadal village in Ranisankail upazila.
The injured were taken to the Upazila Health Complex.
In a separate incident, a teenager was killed on the spot after he was struck by lightning while collecting ducks from a pond in Alsia village of Ranisankail upazila.
The deceased was identified as Abu Said, 13, son of Mansur Ali, said Abdul Mannan, OC of Ranisankail Police Station.
Dhaka, July 23 (UNB) – Road Transport Minister Obaidul Quader on Tuesday ordered the authorities concerned to complete the repair of roads and highways damaged by flood at least a week before the Eid-ul-Azha.
He gave the instruction at an urgent meeting at the ministry on Tuesday, said a press release issued by the ministry.
The ongoing flood has damaged roads and highways in a number of districts across the country and interrupted road communication.
Dhaka, Jul 23 (UNB) – The joint research conducted by icddr,b and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showing ineffectiveness of insecticide against mosquito was not on medicines used by Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC), Mayor Sayeed Khokon said Tuesday.
“The research didn’t include any sample of our medicines ... We’ve decided to give samples to Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) for tests,” he said.
If the IEDCR tests find any of the samples ineffective, then the DSCC will use an alternative prescribed by IEDCR with approval from the World Health Organisation (WHO).
“The WHO country director has already spoken with us. We’ve [separately] sent samples of our medicines [to WHO] and are waiting for their response,” he said.
Mayor Khokon inaugurated a road show in the morning to raise public awareness against Dengue, Chikunguniya and other mosquito-borne diseases.
“More than 25,000 patients have been given free healthcare by the mobile units of DSCC,” he said.
Between January and July 21, as many as 7,179 people were hospitalised with dengue fever. The official death toll is six.
Khokon also mentioned about DSCC’s newly-formed mobile court to inspect under-construction establishments which may have breeding grounds for Aedes mosquito, responsible for dengue.
“Magistrates will take actions according to law if larva of Aedes or other mosquitos are found,” he said.
Khokon said the number of dengue patients will decrease next week if the weather pattern remains unchanged.
Dhaka, July 23 (UNB) – Railways Minister Md Nurul Islam Sujan on Tuesday said about 2,000 level crossings out of 3,200 across the country are unauthorised.
“Permission is needed from the Railways to construct roads over rail lines. But many roads are built without approval,” he said at a press briefing at the Rail Bhaban.
He noted that the unauthorised crossings lack safety measures. Minister Sujan held the Local Government and the Roads and Highways Department responsible for the roads.
“We’re blamed whenever accidents take place at these unauthorised crossings,” he said. “We’ll identify these unauthorised crossings and ensure security there.”
Ten members of a bridal party, including the bridegroom and bride, were killed on July 15 after a train hit a microbus at an unmanned level crossing in Sirajganj.
Minister Sujan said the ministry will serve notices to the authorities concerned who constructed roads without authorisation of the railways.
Dhaka, Jul 23 (UNB) - President Abdul Hamid on Tuesday urged the government officials to earn the confidence of people that they can avail of government services without any lobbying.
“There’s a lack of confidence among people that they can avail of various services from many government organisations with transparency and sincerity. You (public servants) need to raise the awareness of people in this regard,” he said.
The President said this while addressing the award-giving ceremony of Public Administration Padak-2019 at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the city.
President Hamid said there is a need for building a relation of trust between the government officials and the people of the country.
"There must be a trusted relationship between the public servants and the people of the Republic. Almost all the government offices have attractive citizen charters. So, it’s necessary to monitor whether people can avail of the government services," he added.
The President also said the government officials have a greater role in formulating plans and implementing those with due emphasis on public interest.
Hamid said many roads and culverts are built in rural areas without any proper plan obstructing the natural flow of water. “Even in some cases, the construction quality is found so poor that those require reconstruction even before the completion of their works.”
He further said, “The government has been implementing various development projects in the country but still we need to do more to ensure the desired progress.”
Underscoring the need for a transparent, skilled and accountable administration, President Hamid asked the authorities concerned to ensure transparency and accountability at every level to achieve the desired goal of sustainable development.
"The British had introduced administration in this Indo-Pak subcontinent to rule and loot it. Public welfare was not there in their mind,” he said adding, “Now we’re the citizens of an independent country and the main aim of the administration is to serve people. So, there’s no alternative to changing the traditional attitude of the public servants."
President Hamid said transparency and accountability will have to be ensured at all levels. "And only then the development activities of the government will be sustainable. Remember, the administration is for the people as the people are not for the administration."
The current government has taken admirable steps in reforming the civil service and adopting new strategies for providing government services before adopting the zero tolerance policy against corruption, he said.
Referring to various social problems, the President urged all to stay alert so that opportunists cannot create any instability in the country over various social issues to gain their personal interest.
The National Public Service Day-2019 is being observed with an objective to encourage and motivate the government officials to perform their duties with an aim to ensure the welfare of people.
President Hamid also greeted and distributed awards among the recipients.
State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain presided over the function while Public Administration Secretary Faiz Ahmed delivered the welcome speech.