Dhaka, Sept 14 (UNB) – BNP on Friday demanded inclusion of the party chairperson’s personal physicians in the medical board formed by the government for the treatment of Khaleda Zia.
“Our leader’s (Khaleda’s) personal physicians were not kept in the medical board formed by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU). It’s exposed government’s vindictive attitude,” said BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
Speaking at a press conference at BNP's Nayapaltan central office, he said their party sent the names of Khaleda’s five personal physicians as per the verbal message of the jail authorities.
The BNP leader alleged that the government did not include them in the medical team as it is ‘unwilling’ to ensure proper treatment of Khaleda Zia. “I, behalf of our party, like to say our leader’s personal physicians must be included in the medical team,” he said.
Referring to their senior leaders’ meeting with the home minister on September 9, Rizvi said Asaduzzaman Khan assured the BNP team of keeping their chairperson’s personal physicals in the medical team.
He also alleged that the medical board was formed with doctors who are ‘loyal to the ruling party’.
Earlier on Thursday, the government formed a five-member medical board for examining Khaleda’s health condition and ensuring her treatment.
Meanwhile, at a discussion, BNP Vice-chairman Dr AZM Zahid Hossain alleged that Khaleda’s medical team was formed dropping seniors of BSMMU at the behest at the government.
“Senior doctors who could provide good suggestion about Khaleda’s treatment were not kept in the medical board. It was formed with those doctors who are loyal to the government and will work as per its directives,” he said.
Zahid, also the general secretary of Doctors Association of Bangladesh, came up the allegation at a programme arranged by Bangladesh Youth Form at the Jatiya Press Club.
Sylhet, Sept 14 (UNB) - Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Harsh Vardhan Shringla on Friday appreciated Bangladesh’s development in various areas including rooting out extremism by rejecting extremist ideas strongly.
He said Bangladesh has emerged as a courageous society and leaders of the two neighbouring countries–Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Prime Minister Narendra Modi - helped to take the relations to a new height.
The high commissioner said this while addressing the inaugural function of 250-bed five-storey student residential building of International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) temple, as the chief guest.
Shringla also said the friendly relations between the two countries are getting deeper day by day.
“Bangladesh is a country of communal harmony. This type of cooperation will continue. We will help Bangladesh in all good works in the future,” he said.
Lalmonirhat, Sept 14 (UNB) – A portion of the link road of the 2nd Teesta Bridge at the mouth of a small bridge was washed away by strong current while a part of the bridge collapsed at Echli in Gangachhara upazila early Friday.
The bridge and the link road collapsed just two days before the inauguration of the much-hyped bridge.
The sudden breakdown of the small bridge portion and the link road snapped communications of four upazilas of Lalmonirhat with Rangpur.
Locals said the connecting road was washed away due to strong current in the river around 3:30am. Later, the mouth of the bridge on the link road also broke down.
Meanwhile, the local administration was trying to protect the bridge and the link road dropping sand sacks.
The 2nd Teesta Bridge is scheduled to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday through videoconferencing.
Locals alleged that the bridge on the link road collapsed as substandard materials were used for its construction.
They claimed that the contracting firm resorted to various anomalies in connivance with Local Government Engineering Department (LGD) engineers Jakiur Rahman and Parvez Newaj Khan in implementing the project.
They said the engineers who were responsible for supervising the work did not perform their duty properly.
Though the locals protested the irregularities several times, the administration did not pay any heed to this, they alleged.
Locals said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated work on the 850-metre 2nd Teesta Bridge from a rally at Lalmonirhat Colletorate field in 2012.
The construction of the bridge, which was a dream of around 50 lakh people of four upazilas of Lalmonirhat and greater Rangpur, was scheduled to end on June 31, 2014.
After extending the deadline thrice, contracting firm M/S Navana Construction completed the work on December 31, 2017 at a cost of Tk 123.86 crore.
It was opened to traffic as per the directives of the Prime Minister before its formal inauguration.
To protect the bridge, 1300-metre river training dams were built on both sides of the bridge while a five-km connecting road on the two sides.
The construction work was monitored by Lalmonirhat LGED executive engineer office while Kaliganj upazila office implemented the construction work.
Locals alleged that it was supposed to be a two-foot layer of clay mud on the five-km connecting road, but construction works were completed using only cobblestone on sand.
Though there were huge irregularities in the construction work, the engineers legalised the work in the exchange for money, they alleged.
However, Manager Prabir Kumar Biswas of M/S Navana Construction denied the allegations of using substandard materials in the construction work, saying they handed over the bridge to the local LGED on completion of its work.
LGED executive engineer SM Jakiur Rahman said the situation was created for the change in the course of the river.
Deputy Commissioner Shafiul Arif said the inauguration of the bridge will be held in time. “The collapsed portion of the road and the bridge will be repaired soon,” he added
Dhaka, Sept 14 (UNB) - Officials from the Department of Narcotics Control (DNC) once again seized 120 kilograms contraband Ethiopian cannabis, also known as 'Khat', from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport here on Friday.
The sized consignment was supposed to reach here from Ethiopia on Wednesday by an aircraft of Etihad Airlines, said DNC Additional Director (Intelligence) Nazrul Islam.
But, it reached here on Thursday and the DNC officials detected it at the Foreign Parcel section of Cargo Unit at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Friday morning, he added.
The DNC seized the drug, "New Psychoactive Substance" (NPS) having some similarity with 'green tea' in look, for the first time in the country on August 31.
They also arrested one Nazim in connection with the recovery of the contraband item, Nazrul said.
CID and Customs officials also seized several consignments of the drug from the airport and GPO recently.
Dhaka, Sept 14 (UNB) - Customs Intelligence and Investigation Directorate (CIID) seized 25 gold bars weighing around 2.5 kg from the cargo section of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Thursday night.
Officials of the CIID had information that a gold consignment was brought from Singapore by a flight of Singapore Airlines around 10:40 pm and it was kept hidden inside a carton at the cargo section of the airport, said CIID Director General Dr Shahidul Islam.
Based on the information, a CIID team identified one suspected carton and brought it to the baggage belt area and then recovered 25 gold bars from the carton in the presence of other agencies, he said.