The 51st birthday of late Arafat Rahman Koko, the younger son of BNP founder Ziaur Rahman and ex-prime minister Khaleda Zia, will be observed on Wednesday.
BNP and its associate bodies have chalked out various programmes to mark the day, said BNP chairperson’s media wing member Sayrul Kabir Khan.
As part of the programmes, BNP leaders and activists, led by its standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan, will offer fateha at Koko's grave at Banani Graveyard around 10am on Wednesday.
The party will also send cooked food for orphans at Medina Nagar Madrassah in the city’s Mirpur area at noon.
BNP will arrange a milad mahfil at party chairperson’s Gulshan office after Asr prayers seeking salvation of Koko’s departed soul.
Besides, Sayrul said BNP’s different associate and professional bodies will observe the day with holding various programmes, including discussion and milad mahfil.
Born on August 12, 1970, Koko died of cardiac arrest at the age of 45 at his rented house in Malaysia on January 24, 2015. His body was brought back home on January 27 and buried at Banani Graveyard.
The Primary and Mass Education Ministry will send a proposal to the Prime Minister over cancellation of the Primary Education Completion (PEC) examination due to the coronavirus pandemic, said
State Minister for Primary and Mass Education Md Zakir Hossain.
“We had a meeting over the issue…we discussed the PEC examination and the overall planning about primary education. A summary will be sent to the Prime Minister for approval,” he told UNB.
Mahbub Hossain, Secretary to the Secondary and Higher Education Department, said no decision has been taken yet to send any proposal over cancellation of the Junior School Certificate (JSC) and Junior Dakhil Certificate (JDC) examinations.
“No decision has been taken yet over cancellation of the exams and no proposal has been sent to the Prime Minister in this regard,” he told UNB.
“A meeting is scheduled to be held this week where issues regarding the examinations and reopening of schools will be discussed,” he said.
On March 16, the government closed all the educational institutions to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Later on July 29, the government has again extended the closure of all the educational institutions of the country until August 31 considering the coronavirus situation.
The government is running a distance-learning programme through Sangsad Television. Apart from this, classes are being taken on Facebook and YouTube for primary and secondary-level students.
Many private universities have already started offering online classes as the University Grant Commission (UGC) on March 24 urged teachers to take online classes so that academic activities are not interrupted.
Bangladesh’s coronavirus death tally reached 3,471 on Tuesday after the health authorities announced 33 more deaths in the last 24 hours.
Besides, 2,996 new cases were identified after testing 14,820 samples, pushing up the number of cases to 2,63,503.
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested three people from Marisbunia in Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar district in connection with the killing of Major (retd) Sinha Md Rashed Khan in Teknaf.
The arrestees are Nurul Amin, Nizam Uddin and Mohamamd Ayas.
Director of Rab Legal and Media Wing, Lieutenant Colonel Ashique Billah, said Rab members arrested them from the area around 2 pm.
He said it has primarily been confirmed that they were involved in the murder.
Rab produced them before a court with a 10-day remand prayer.
Major (retd) Sinha was killed in police firing at Baharchhara police check-post on July 31.
Sharmin Shahriar Ferdous, elder sister of Sinha, filed a case with Teknaf Senior Judicial Magistrate Court after the incident on August 5.
Senior Judicial Magistrate Tamanna Farah issued warrants for the arrest of all the accused after taking the case into cognizance on that day.
Officer-In-Charge (OC) of Teknaf Police Station Pradeep Kumar Das, an accused in the murder case, surrendered the following day and police later took him to Cox’s Bazar.
The Home Ministry formed a four-member committee, headed by Mizanur Rahman, additional divisional commissioner (development), on August 2.
The authorities on August 2 suspended 21 police officials, including the in-charge of Baharchhara police outpost, in connection with the killing.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on August 4 assured the mother of Major Sinha of proper investigation into the murder of her son and the trial of his killers.
Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Md Atiqul Islam on Tuesday said the construction of 10 U-loop from Uttara to Tejgaon will be completed within this year, significantly cutting down travel time between the two places.
He came up with the information when visiting the construction work of the U-loop projects at Kawla on Airport Road to Tejgaon-Nabisco area.
Atiqul said former DNCC mayor Annisul Huq had taken the project in 2016 and after his death the project work has been stalled.
“I’ve a commitment that I’ll implement the dream of Annisul and the U-loop project is one of these. We’ve had to go through much obstruction due to land acquisition and we have to purchase land from the Roads and Highways Department and provide compensation to some people,” he said.
“Once the U-loop project is implemented, the travel duration from Uttara to Tejgaon-Nabisco will be reduced by 70 percent from the existing time and the people will be benefited from this,” the mayor said.
Besides, overhead cables in the DNCC area will be cut down from October 1 as the authorities concerned have been asked to remove all hanging cables from the city by September 30.
No-one will be allowed to place posters and advertisement boards on roads and lamppost and action will be taken against those who will be responsible for writing on the wall in the city, said Atiqul.
Fishing in Kaptai Lake resumed on Tuesday at the end of a three-month ban imposed by the local administration to boost fish production.
Manager of Bangladesh Fisheries Development Corporation (BFDC) Lieutenant Commander M Touhidul Islam said fishermen went out to catch fish after midnight and returned with their catch at the BFDC ghat around 5am.
BFDC imposed a three-month ban on fishing in the Kaptai Lake from April 30 to allow the fish population to thrive. BFDC has released 30 tonnes of carp variety of fish fry in different parts of the lake during this year’s fishing ban.
Touhidul said they were optimistic about high production this year.
BFDC have set up seven check-posts and six mobile monitoring centres to ensure breeding of fishes and assure that no-one can catch fish during the ban, he said.
Udoyon Barua, a fish trader and general secretary of Rangamati Fisheries Association, said some 22,000 fishermen are dependent on the Kaptai Lake.
The workers and fish traders are passing a busy time since morning, he said.