Jashore, Dec 15 (UNB) – Bimal Roy Choudhury, a 1952 Language Movement veteran and a Freedom Fighter, died from old age complicacies in Jashore General Hospital on Saturday morning. He was 93.
He breathed his last at 9:00 am, said his son Anup Roy Choudhury.
Bimal Roy Choudhury was born on February 25, 1925, in Noapara village in the sadar upazila. He was a child of Surendranath Roy Choudhury and Anila Roy Choudhury.
He completed his BA (Pass) course from Jessore MM Government College in 1948.
He got involved with the Language Movement since 1948 and actively took part in it and later was jailed for 15 days for his active participations.
The language movement veteran also took part in the Liberation War in 1971 and later joined Awami League. He was also elected Chairman of Noapara Union Parishad in 1964 and continued his duties till 31 October, 1988.
He left behind a son, three daughters and hosts of relatives to mourn his death.
Dhaka, Dec 15 (UNB) - The nation is set to celebrate the 48th Victory Day on Sunday to pay deep homage to the martyrs who laid down their lives for the country.
On this day in 1971, Pakistani occupation forces surrendered after a nine-month war resulting in a free, independent and sovereign Bangladesh.
The government has chalked out different programmes to celebrate the 48th Victory Day.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages on the eve of the day.
In his message, the President said, “The 11th parliamentary election is being held in December, the month of our victory. In democratic system, people exercise their power and choose their desired candidate through the election.“
He expressed the hope that people will elect honest, capable and patriotic candidates in the upcoming election and continue the development and advancement of the country. “Let the glory of democracy be strengthened through festive mood of election,” said Abdul Hamid.
In her message, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, “Bangladesh has become a role model of development in the world. Our government is taking the country forward with immense development in all sectors, including economy, agriculture, education, health, transport, information and technology, infrastructure, power generation, rural economy and diplomatic relations and cooperation during the last 10 years.”
The celebrations of the day will start with 31 gun salutes. President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will pay tributes to the martyrs of the Liberation War by placing wreaths at the National Mausoleum at Savar with the rise of the sun.
However, there will be no parade at the National Parade Ground in the capital due to the national election.
Besides, different socio-cultural and professional bodies and institutions, including Bangla Academy, Shilpakala Academy, National Museum, Muktujoddha Jadughar and Bangladesh Shishu Academy, will observe the day with elaborate programmes.
The day is a public holiday.
The national flag will be hoisted atop government, semi-government and private offices as well as offices of autonomous bodies across the country.
Important buildings and establishments will be illuminated at night. Important roads and road islands will be decorated with miniature national flags and colourful festoons.
National dailies will bring out special supplements.
The state-owned and private televisions and radios are airing month-long special programmes highlighting the Liberation War.
Receptions will be hosted to freedom fighters and family members of the martyrs at city, district and upazila levels.
Special prayers will be offered in mosques and other places of worship, seeking salvation of the souls of martyrs of the Liberation War and peace, progress and prosperity of the country.
Improved diets will be served in jails, hospitals, orphanages and vagrant homes across the country.
Destitute children will be allowed to visit children’s parks and other recreational centres across the country free-of-cost.
Bangladesh missions abroad will also celebrate the day through different programmes.
Dhaka, Dec 15 (UNB) – State Minister for Labour and Employment Md Mujibul Haque Chunnu on Saturday said the problems, if any, over the new wage board will be resolved through discussions in January next.
The junior minister said this while addressing a meeting of Crisis Management Core Committee at the secretariat on the ongoing crisis over the new wage board.
He urged the readymade garment workers who are on a movement against the minimum wage board structure to join their work from December 17.
The garment workers of Narayanganj, Gazipur and Ashulia have been demonstrating for the last several days protesting the ‘discrimination in grades of the wage board’ which has been declared by the government recently.
After the declaration of the wage board, Mujibul Haque said, a misunderstanding has been created among the workers over the grades of the wage structure. It will go when the workers will receive salaries as per the new structure in January, he added.
Chunnu also asked the garment factory owners to give the workers a clear concept about the wage board and urged them to create a cordial relationship with the workers.
Dhaka, Dec 15 (UNB) - Maritime ports of Chattogram, Cox's Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to hoist cautionary signal no one as a depression was formed over the Southwest Bay and adjoining areas.
The depression over Southwest Bay and adjoining area (lat. 9.2 degree N, long, 85.2 degree E) and was centered at 9am on Saturday about 1620 km southwest of Chattogram port, 1555 km Southwest of Cox's Bazar port, 1550 km South-Southwest of Mongla port and 1530 km south-southwest of Payra port, said a Met office bulletin issued on Saturday.
It is likely to intensify further and move in a Northwesterly direction.
Maximum sustained wind speed within 48 km of the depression centre is about 50 kph rising to 60kph in gusts/squalls. Sea will remain rough near the deep depression centre, it said.
All fishing boats and trawlers over North Bay have been advised not to venture into the deep sea.
Dhaka, Dec 15 (UNB)- Jatiya Oikyafront chief Dr Kamal Hossain has sent a letter seeking an appointment to meet President Abdul Hamid on December 17.
A letter, signed by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s personal secretary ABM Abdus Sattar, was sent to the President’s House on December 13, seeking an appointment to meet him on December 17, said BNP chairperson’s media wing member Sayrul Kabir Khan on Saturday.
He said Dr Kamal, also the President of Gono Forum, will lead a 10-member delegation during the meeting if they get the appointment.