Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Md Mahbub Ali has disclosed a plan to launch direct air connectivity between Sylhet and Chattogram (CTG), extending to tourism hotspot Cox’s Bazar (CXB), by June.
“Sylhet is a tourism-rich area. The government is taking various steps to develop the tourism industry here. An initiative is being taken to operate flights on the Sylhet-Chattogram-Cox’s Bazar route by June this year,” he said at a views-exchange programme at a city hotel here on Wednesday.
He also revealed that steps were being taken to upgrade the Saidpur Airport to an international one. Besides, five more aircraft would be inducted into the fleet of national flag carrier Biman by June.
Sylhet Chamber of Commerce and Industry organised the programme where Sylhet City Corporation Mayor Ariful Haque Chowdhury and Sadar Upazila Chairman Ashfaq Ahmed, among others, were present.
Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Wednesday said that the statements of different BNP leaders indicate that they are more interested to do politics over the release of their leader Begum Khaleda Zia.
The Information Minister made his statement, this while speaking as chief guest on contemporary politics at the National Press Club in the capital.
Dhaka Journalist Association organised the discussion titled ‘Country marching ahead under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina’.
“The statement of the BNP activists at various time over Begum Zia’s health and her release show difference of opinions within the party,” Dr Hasan Mahmud said.
“It seems that they want to do politics capitalizing on keeping Begum Khaleda Zia in jail and her illness. Their attitude indicates that her wellbeing is not actually foremost in their minds,” he added.
Dr Hasan Mahmud, also Joint General Secretary of Awami League, referred to various statements of BNP regarding the demand for the release of Begum Zia.
“On Tuesday, Mirza Fakhrul Islam said that he didn’t say about parole. However, I came to know from her family and even saw in the newspapers that Begum Zia must be released on parole, although no petition was filed in this regard,” Hasan continued.
“Once Mirza Fakhrul said that they want her release through law and on the other hand, they were saying that they will release her from prison through waging a movement,” mocked the information minister.
A former civil surgeon of Chattogram was sent to prison on Wednesday over a case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) for embezzling 9.15 crore.
The court of Chattogram Senior Special Metropolitan Sessions Judge Sheikh Ashfaqur Rahman sent Dr Md Sarfaraz Khan Chowdhury to prison after the hearing of the case was completed.
The ACC filed a case last November 15 against eight doctors including Dr Sarfaraz and three contractors for misappropriating Tk 9.15 crore during purchasing machineries for the 250-bed Chattogram General Hospital.
The court denied Dr Sarfaraz’s bail prayer after he surrendered before it as his six-week bail for the case had expired last week.
Besides Dr SarfaThe accused are Dr Md Abdur Rob, senior consultant (medicine) and chairman of the purchase committee, Dr Md Moin Uddin Mazumdar, junior consultant (surgery), Dr Bijoy Kumar Nath, senior consultant (surgery), Md Jaher Uddin Sarkar, proprietor of Bengal Scientific and Surgical Company, Munshi Faruk Hossain, proprietor of M/S Ahmad Enterprise and Aftab Ahmed, managing director and CEO of ASL.
Assistant Director of ACC Mohammad Sirajul Haque filed the case.
Late Abdul Jabbar along with two other noted personalities have been selected for the prestigious Ekushey Padak-2020 for his outstanding role in the Liberation War in 1971.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will distribute the country’s second highest civilian awards among 20 eminent personalities and an organisation in recognition of their contributions to various fields on Thursday.
The Prime Minister will hand over the Ekushey Padak to the awardees or their family members at a ceremony to be held at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the city.
Abdul Jabbar, who has been chosen for posthumous award, was born at Alalpur 6village in Kulaura upazila under Maulvibazar district on November 17, 1945.
At the call of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, he had played the role as an organizer in the Liberation War and worked for forming public opinion in favour of the independence motivating the people and students.
Abdul Jabbar was appointed deputy commander of Bangladesh Liberation Force at Moulvibazar subsector. He participated in frontline fight in different war-fields.
Abdul Jabbar was elected Member of Parliament contesting the election with ‘Boat’ the election symbol of Awami League in 1979.
The great freedom fighter died at the age of only 47 on August 28, 1992.