Jashore, Sept 8 (UNB) – A Jubo League activist was stabbed by his rival at Purbobarandi Mathpara area in the district town on Friday night.
The injured was Abu Taleb, 32, son of Ramiz Uddin and an activist of district unit Jubo League.
Victim’s brother Abdus Samad said when his brother was returning home Moni alias Koshai Moni, a drug trader and a listed terrorist, attacked him around 9:30pm and stabbed indiscriminately, leaving him critically injured.
The injured was admitted to Jessore 25-bed hospital.
Abul Bashar, inspector (investigation) of Kotwali Police Station, said that they are conducting drive to arrest the attacker.
Natore, Sept 8 (UNB) – Police recovered the body of an unidentified young man from Chalan Beel at Ruhai village in Gurudashpur upazila on Friday night.
Anwarul Islam, officer-in-charge (investigation) of Gurudashpur police station, said that locals found the body of the youth, aged about 30, packed in a sack around 9 pm and informed police.
Later, police recovered the body.
Khulna, Sept 8 (UNB) – Almost all the ice-cream factories in the city are running without any operational licence and in very unhygienic conditions.
Substandard ingredients are used to produce icecreams which are harmful to a one’s health. It may specially eliminate children’s antioxidants, which may damage kidneys, livers and blood cancer, experts said.
Lack of monitoring is enabling the owners of such ice-cream factories to become rich in a short period of time selling such unhygienic items.
Upon investigation by the UNB correspondent, it was found that most of these shady factories operate in congested spaces, with ice-cream freezers being located on one side and ingredients such as dense sugar, inedible colour, sweetener and saccharine on the side of dirty floors.
To package the products attractively, workers often resort to emulating labels of other companies, such as Narshingdi’s Kironmala Kulfi, Noahkhali’s Ittyadi, Quality Ice Cream, Special Chocobar and many more.
These labels can be found to be sold at the city’s Khan Jahan Ali Hawkers’ Market, located in Boro Bazar.
Although those labels include details of all the ingredients, those are not adhered to in the ice-cream factories.
Besides, there is no date of manufacturing and/or expiry in the packages.
Scores of nameless ice-cream factories are located in the city’s Azad Laundry Mor, Gallamari Agrani Bank Colony areas, Faridmollar More area, Khalishpur and other areas.
They are frequently fined and sealed off by mobile courts, but the owners always manage to reopen and resume their operations soon after.
Sohana Jahan, mother of a student in the city’s Zohra Khatun School, said that she had given an ice-cream to her child on their way back home from school one day, which upset her stomach.
Her child had to be hospitalised soon after for seven days. Even the alleged food colour remained imprinted on her hands for a long time.
Md Moniruzzaman Moni, a resident of Daulatpur area, said these factories should be shut down permanently.
Sheikh Khokon, owner of one such ice-cream factory in the city’s Faridmollar Mor, said there is no factory in the city which has a licence to produce.
He added that everyone uses the same ingredients and colours from the wholesale markets in Bara Bazar.
Civil surgeon ASM Abdur Razzak said the artificial food colour used in making the ice-creams are hazardous to health, which may damage one’s kidneys and liver if taken.
Abdul Mannan, a director at the district’s Bangladesh Standard and Testing Institution (BSTI), said only one ice-cream factory in the city has licence to produce ice-cream, but no factory has the permission to produce that.
Additional district magistrate Golam Mainuddin Hasan said mobile court drives against such factory owners will continue.
Chattogram, Sept 8 (UNB) – A shop employee was burned to death as a fire broke out in an area under Bayezid thana in the city early Saturday.
The deceased was identified as Md Sohel.
Kamal Uddin, deputy director of Agrabad Fire Service, said that the fire broke out in Amin Jute Mill area early in the morning following an electric short circuit and gutted at least 19 houses and a shop.
On information, two units of Agrabad fire brigade rushed in and doused the flame.
Later, the fire fighting team recovered Sohel’s charred body from the shop.
Dhaka, Sept 8 (UNB) – International literacy day is being observed in the country on Saturday as elsewhere across the globe.
The theme of the day is ‘Literacy and Skills Development’
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages marking the day.
Different government and private organisations have been observing the day amid various programmes.
The Dhaka University authorities have taken up elaborate programmes marking the day which includes rally with participation of students, teachers and employees of the Institute of Education and Research(IER), discussion and debate competition.
The country’s literacy rate is 72.9 percent which was 72.3 last year, said Primary and Mass Education Minister Mostafizur Rahman at a pogramme on Thursday.
The International Literacy Day is celebrated throughout the world marking the 52nd anniversary of the World Congress of Ministers of Education on the Eradication of Illiteracy, held in Tehran, Iran in 1965.
Following the Tehran recommendation, UNESCO proclaimed September 8 as the International Literacy Day.