Chandpur, May 29 (UNB) – At least three people, including two of a family, were killed on Wednesday in separate road accidents in the Sadar and Kachua upazilas.
In Kachua, a man and his nephew died in a crash involving a microbus, a truck and a motorcycle in Batapukuria area around 3pm.
The deceased were identified as Abu Bakar Siddique, 27, son of Abdul Munaf of Kongai village of Chandina upazila, and his nephew Mohiuddin, 26, son of Joynal Abedin of Sachar village in Kachua upazila.
Officer-in-Charge of Kachua Police Station Md Wali Ullah said they seized the microbus and motorcycle but the truck driver had fled with his vehicle.
In another accident, a nine-year-old girl died after being hit by a bus of Ananda Paribahan at Bagra Bazar area of Sadar upazila, said Officer-in-Charge Md Nasim Uddin.
Narayanganj, May 29 (UNB) – A court here on Wednesday sentenced a man to death for killing the owner of a jewellery shop at Kalir Bazar in the city last year.
The convict is Pintu Debnath, 41. The shop’s staff Bapen Bhowmick was given seven years jail sentence and fined Tk 50,000 for his role in the murder.
Bapen will have to serve six more months in jail if he fails to pay the fine.
The court also acquitted accused Abdullah Al Mamun Mollah.
According to the prosecution, jewellery shop owner Prabir Gosh went missing on June 18. Later, Detective Branch of Police arrested Pintu and Bapen from Kalirbazar on July 9.
Following their statement, police recovered the body of Prabir from the septic tank of one Rasedul Islam Thandu Miah in Amlapara area of the city.
Later, Pintu confessed to his crime before the court.
Police pressed charges against Pintu, Bapen and Abdullah on September 10.
After examining the records and 27 witnesses, Narayanganj District and Sessions Judge Anisur Rahman handed down the verdict.
Cox’s Bazar, May 29 (UNB)— Two people, including a 15-year-old boy, drowned in Bakkhali River of Ramu upazila on Wednesday.
The deceased were identified as Amir Hossain, 28, son of late Habib Ullah from West Umkhali, and Md Shahed, 15, son of Sultan Ahmed hailing from South Mitha Chhori union in the upazila.
Shahed was a class-IX student at South Mitha Chhori High School.
They were crossing the river with cows at 11am and went missing after being washed away by high tide, said Obaidul, team leader of Cox’s Bazar Fire Service.
The cattle managed to cross the river,
Fire Service members rushed to the spot and recovered Amir’s body around noon. Shahed’s body was found around 4pm.
Pronoy Chakma, Upazila Nirbahi Officer of Ramu, said the administration would assist the victims’ families as much as possible.
Dhaka, May 29 (UNB)- A fire broke out at a community center in city’s Tikatuli area on Wednesday night.
Md Farhadul Alam, control room operator of Fire Service and Civil Defense, said the fire originated at Lily Garden Community Center around 9:15pm.
Five fire-fighting units rushed to the spot and took the blaze under control at 9:40pm.
The extent of damage and the cause of the fire could not be known immediately.
No casualty was reported.
Dhaka, May 29 (UNB)— Bangladesh Police will procure a total of 790 vehicles as part of its capacity building initiative.
Cabinet Committee on Public Purchase on Wednesday approved two separate proposals to this end. The committee also approved nine proposals from various ministries.
Agriculture Minister Abdur Razzaque presided over the meeting in absence of Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal.
The Home Ministry proposed procuring 140 SUVs by police for using them in operational activities, Nasima Khatun, additional secretary of the Cabinet Division, told reporters.
State-owned Pragoti Industries will supply the jeeps at a total cost of Tk 126.9 crore.
Police will procure 650 double cabin pick-ups at a cost of Tk 281.9 crore while each pick-up will cost Tk 43.37 lakh. Local firm Rangs Limited won the contract to supply the pick-ups.
The Cabinet body approved a proposal of the Health Ministry to procure 297 cross-country vehicles (jeep) for its different health service organisations. Rangs Limited also won the contract to supply the jeeps at Tk 168.77 crore while each jeep will cost Tk 56.83 lakh.
The committee approved a proposal of the Industries Ministry to import 25,000 tons of bagged prilled urea fertiliser from Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) under the state-level agreement. The import will cost Tk 59.57 crore.
There is an agreement with SABIC to import a total of 4,05,000 mt of fertiliser.
The committee also gave a nod to the Industries Ministry’s proposal to procure remaining fertiliser under different lots by its own procurement authority without moving to the Cabinet body.
The proposal of the Road Transportation and Highways Division to appoint a consultant for its Dhaka-Ashulia Elevated Expressway project at a cost of Tk 281.97 crore received the committee’s nod.
A consortium of three firms — Tecnica of Spain, Dohwa Engineering of South Korea and DDC of Bangladesh — won the contract at a cost of Tk 272.68 crore.
The committee approved a proposal of the Energy and Mineral Resources Division to import 26,400 metric tons of diesel from India.
India’s Numaligar Refinery will supply the bulk diesel through railway wagons to the Parbatipur depot of Bangladesh at a cost of Tk 582.39 crore while premium of per ton of diesel was fixed at $5.5 per barrel.
The committee approved three separate proposals of Power Division to import SPC poles for rural electrification.
As per tender proposals, the Rural Electrification Board (REB) will procure 230,925 SPC poles for Rajshahi, Ragpur, Khuna and Barisal divisions at a cost of Tk 499.54 crore. The poles will be supplied by local firms Charka, Contec Concrete, Pole & Concrete and the Bangladesh Machine Tools Factory Ltd (BMTF).
Under another tender, local firms Confidence Power, TSCO, Pasha Poles, and BMTF will supply 233,581 poles to REB at a total cost of Tk 548.51 crore for rural electrification projects in Dhaka, Mymensingh, Chattagram, and Sylhet divisions.
REB will procure 297,054 poles for its project titled ‘1.5 million consumer connections through rural electrification’ from five local firms Zemcon, Contec, Electro Pac, Data Ltd and BMTF at a cost of Tk 830.27 crore.
State-owned BMTF won the contract under direct procurement method while other firms had to win their contracts under different lots through competitive bidding process, said the Cabinet Division officials.