Chattogram, Feb 8 (UNB) – The district administration pulled down around 50 illegal structures on both sides of the Karnaphuli River on Friday, the fifth day of the ongoing drive.
With this, a total of 200 illegal establishments were demolished and 10 acres of land were reclaimed in the five days, said sources at the Deputy Commissioner’s office.
On Friday, the drive was conducted on both sides of Anu Majhirghat in Paschim Motherbari area from 9am to 5pm.
District administration magistrates Tahmilur Rahman Mukta and Towhidur Islam separately led the drive.
Tahmilur said around 200 illegal establishments were dismantled in the last five days. “As a result, the entries of five canals have been freed,” he said.
The drive was conducted with the assistance of Chittagong City Corporation, Chittagong Development Authority, Fire Service, Karnaphuli Gas Authority, Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority, Rapid Action Battalion and police.
Around 100 workers took part in the demolition work.
Dhaka, Feb 8 (UNB)— The latest edition of the Amar Ekushey Book Fair saw its biggest crowd on Friday, the eighth day.
The fair opened at 11am and the number of visitors increased with each passing hour. Book lovers queued up on both sides of Bangla Academy premises and Suhrawrady Uddyan in the afternoon.
Visitors walked around the fair, going to as many stalls as possible to find the books they are looking for. Some of the book sellers said the sale was better compared to other working days.
Meanwhile, the Bangla Academy arranged a special segment for the children in the morning. It observed ‘Shishu Prohor’ from 11am to 1pm. The event attracted a large number of children.
A painting competition with the participation of children and adolescents was held. Artist Abul Barq Alvi inaugurated the competition.
A discussion titled ‘Artist Poritosh Sen: Centenary Tribute’ was held on the main stage of the book fair. Motlub Ali, Syed Abul Maksud and Amirul lslam participated in it.
Writer Abul Monsur gave the keynote speech while cartoonist Rafiqun Nabi presided over the programme. A cultural programme, including poetry recitation, was also held at the main stage of the book fair.
A total of 263 books hit the stands on the day. On the second day, 81 books were published. The number rose to 138 on the third day, 141 on the fourth day, 152 on the fifth day, 152 on the sixth day and 161 titles on the seventh day.
The total number of the books published in the fair so far reached 1,088 including Friday’s new titles. Some 34 novels, 83 poetry volumes, 35 short stories and 19 essay books were published on the day.
Books on research (3), rhyme (7), children literature (13), biography (11), Liberation War (7), science (3), drama (1), travelogue (5), politics (3), history (3), medicine and health (2) religion (1), computer (3), riddle (4), religion (3) translation (1), science fiction (2), dictionary (1) and others (24) were also published.
The Ekushey Book Fair is getting bigger every year in terms of participating publication houses.
Publishers from across the country are exhibiting a huge number of books on different issues while Bangla Academy is exhibiting 102 newly-printed and reprinted books this year.
The academy said its books are being sold at a 25 percent discounted price. bKash is offering a 7 percent cashback when making the payment on purchases at the Ekushey Book Fair through its payment network. The cashback is applicable on top of the publishers’ 25 percent discount on cover prices.
Dhaka, Feb 8 (UNB) – Children and grandchildren of freedom fighters (FFs) on Friday blocked Shahbagh intersection in the city to realise their six-point demand, including reinstatement of 30 percent quota facilities for them in government jobs.
Witnesses said over 200 protesters under the banner of ‘Muktijoddhar Santan and Projonmo’ took to the street around 5pm and blocked the intersection, halting vehicular movement on the city’s key intersection.
They were staging demonstrations till filing of this report around 7:30pm.
Their other demands include ensuring punishment of those defamed the Father of the Nation, his family members and freedom fighters, confiscating the property of Razakars, disqualifying their children for government jobs and terminating those currently in service, ensuring freedom fighters’ constitutional recognition and enacting their family protection law, and proportionately increasing the age limit of the children and descendants of freedom fighters for government jobs.
Noakhali, Feb 8 (UNB) – Three army personnel were killed and nine others injured in a road accident in Subarnachar upazila here on Friday afternoon.
The deceased were identified as sepoys Mamun, Foyez and Firoz of the Engineer Corp-21 of Jalalabad Cantonment in Sylhet.
Md Shahed Uddin, officer in-charge of Char Jabbar Police Station, said a motorcade of the army men from Jalalabad Cantonment was going to the Swarna Dwip in the upazila for winter parade.
As the motorcade reached Totarbazar, one of the vehicles skidded off the road and plunged into a roadside ditch, killing the trio on the spot and injuring nine other army men.
On information, members of Fire Service and Civil Defence rushed in and conducted the rescue operation with the help of locals and army personnel.
The injured were first taken to the upazila health complex and later airlifted to the Combined Military Hospital in Dhaka, the OC said.
Gazipur, Feb 8 (UNB) – Two assistant sub-inspectors (ASIs) of police -- one from Gazipur and other from Tangail -– have been arrested reportedly for kidnaping three friends from here and demanding Tk 30 lakh threatening to kill them on crossfire.
The arrestees are ASI Abdullah Al Mamun of Kaliakoir Police Station in the district and ASI Musfiqur Rahman of Mirzapur Police Station in Tangail.
Superintendent of Police of Gazipur Shamsunnahar held a press conference at her office in the afternoon over the incident.
The three victims -– Raihan Sarker, Labib Uddin and Nawshad Islam -– were also produced before journalists at the press conference where they narrated the incident.
The SP said the two ASIs have been withdrawn and later arrested in a case filed with Kaliakoir Police Station over the kidnapping of the three youths from Sutrapur of Kaliakoir upazila on Wednesday.
The victims said they along with Taribullah and Rakibul Rahman started for the Dhaka International Trade Fair in the capital in a private car on Wednesday afternoon.
They made a stopover at Shila Brishty Filling Station at Sutrapur to take gas. At that time, Taribullah and Rakibul Rahman went to a nearby to shop to take tea while the rest remained by the car.
As Raihan, Labib and Nawshad advanced several yards with the car after taking gas, the two ASIs along with 3-4 people intercepted them and dragged them into a microbus.
They took the three youths beneath the under-construction Dewra Flyover in Mirzapur and demanded Tk 30 lakh for their release threatening to kill them on crossfire.
At one stage of bargaining, Mamun and Musfiqur told the youths that they would free them if they could give Tk 10 lakh.
In the meantime, the two youths who escaped the kidnapping bid informed families and police.
At the order of the police, a team of police from Kaliakoir went to the spot and rescued the victims with the help of Mirzapur Police Station. The two ASIs were attached to their respective police lines over the incident and finally arrested.