Dhaka, Aug 19 (UNB) - The Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) on Monday said the under-construction building site of the organisation where the larvae of Aedes mosquitoes was detected by DSCC has not been under its direct supervision for the past three years.
The building site was under supervision of the consulting firm and the contractor, CPD said.
Regretting the matter, CPD said it will be more alert in future to ensure cleanliness of the under-construction building.
Concerned officials of the Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) inspected CPD’s under-construction building on August 18 and found presence of larvae of Aedes mosquitoes, in view of which, a twenty thousand taka fine was imposed.
According to the agreement with the CPD, the contractor is responsible for removal of all water on a regular basis during the construction of the building, CPD said.
However, during the Eid Holidays when the construction work was temporarily stopped, the contractor did not carry out its responsibility to remove the rain water properly, it said.
Meanwhile, all necessary measures have been taken as per the advice of the DSCC team and DSCC officials have expressed satisfaction after visiting the building later on the same day, it said.
Dhaka, Aug 19 (UNB) -The Supreme Court on Monday fixed Tuesday for passing an order on publication of gazette notification on the 9th wage board for journalists.
A four-member bench of the Appellate Division led by Chief Justice Mohammad Syed Mahmud Hossain fixed the date after hearing on a government petition.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam represented the government while advocate AF Hasan Arif stood for Newspaper Owners Association of Bangladesh (Noab).
Earlier on August 14, the Chamber Judge fixed August 19 for the hearing an appeal by the state seeking a stay on the High Court Division order to maintain a status-quo for two months on publication of gazette notification of the ninth wage board for journalists.
The bench of Justice Obaidul Hassan and Justice Mohammad Ali issued the status-quo on Aug 6 after hearing a petition filed by Matiur Rahman, president of Noab on Aug 5.
Last month, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said a gazette will be published after the Cabinet approves recommendations for implementing the 9th wage board.
Dhaka, Aug 19 (UNB) – Three more people died of dengue in Khulna, Mymensingh and Faridpur districts on Monday, showing an uptrend in casualties by the mosquito-borne disease in the country.
However, the number of patients taking admission to hospitals with dengue infections has marked a fall.
Those died today in the three districts were identified as Mizanur Raham, 40, son of late Md Akher Ali of Rupsha upazila in Khulna, Anwar Hossain, 46, of Kendua in Netrakona and Delwar Hossain, 35, a caretaker of a mosque and son of Sheikh Shafiuddin of Faridpur Sadar upazila.
In Khulna, Mizanur was admitted to the hospital with dengue fever on August 15 and died at 7 am today, said Dr Sailendranath Biswas, resident medical officer of Khulna Medical College Hospital.
At least 20 new patients were admitted to different hospitals in the district in the last 24 hours till Monday morning while 69 patients are undergoing treatment.
In Faridpur, Delwar Hossain died around 10 am after being diagnosed with dengue at Faridpur Medical College Hospital, said Kamda Prasad Saha, director of the hospital.
Delwar’s father Sheikh Safiuddin said they admitted Delwar to Faridpur Sadar Hospital with dengue and shifted him to Faridpur Medical College Hospital on Sunday night.
At least 57 new patients were admitted to different hospitals in the district in the last 24 hours till Monday morning while 346 patients are undergoing treatment.
In Mymensingh, Anwar Hossain, hailing from Kendua in Netrakona, was admitted to the Mymensingh Medical College and Hospital after having infected with dengue on August 11.
He breathed his last around 5 am at the hospital, said Dr Laxmi Narayann Mazumdar, deputy director of the hospital.
At least 1,615 new patients were hospitalised in 24 hours till 8 am on Monday across the country, according to Health Emergency Operation Centre and Control Room of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).
The number of dengue patients was 1,460 on Saturday, 1,719 on Friday while 1,929 on Thursday, 1,880 on Wednesday, 1,201 on Tuesday and 2,097 on Monday last.
Meanwhile, the number of new infections at district level also declined in the last 24 hours from Sunday’s 972 to 858 on Monday.
The government has so far confirmed the deaths of 40 people although unofficial estimates suggest the death toll is much higher.
Currently, 6,733 patients are undergoing treatment at different hospitals and clinics. Of them, 3, 419 are hospitalised in the capital and 3,314 around the country.
Dhaka, Aug 19 (UNB)- Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab-3) arrested four suspected members of a militant group named ‘Allar Dal’ from Hatirjheel area in the city Sunday night.
The arrestees are Ibrahim Ahmed Hero, 64 and Md Shafiqul Islam Suruj, 38 of Pabna, Abdul Aziz, 50 of Gaibandha and Md Rashidul Islam, 28 of Kurigram.
On secret information, the elite force members arrested the four in a drive around 11:30 pm, said a press release.
Rab said the militant group named ‘Allar Dal’ was first established in 1995 under the leadership of militants Mehedi, Muminul Islam, Matin Mahbub, Mehedi Hasan and Mtinul Haque.
After interrogating the arrestees, Rab came to know that they used to maintain communication and recruit members using social media platforms.
Dhaka, Aug 18 (UNB) – The High Court on Sunday expressed dissatisfaction over measures taken by the two city corporations of capital Dhaka to prevent Dengue menace.
A bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and KM Quamrul Kader expressed the view during the hearing of a suo moto case after the government prosecutors presented a progress report on the measures taken by the authority to prevent dengue.
The court said responsible people of two city corporations did not take preventive measures in time. If steps had been taken, the current situation would have been prevented.
People who were on duty to monitor the situation did not perform their duties properly. They lack proper temperament and skills, added the court.
Deputy Attorney General ABM Abdullah Al Mahmud Bashar and Assistant Attorney General Saiful Alam represented the state.
During the hearing, the court asked the state counsels about differing kinds of statements regarding the number of people who died of dengue.
ABM Abdullah replied saying according to the government 48 people died of dengue. People who died of dengue so far might have some other disease. Some may suffer heart attack, he offered as an example. So it is a matter of scrutiny, he contended on behalf of the state.
In response, the court said dengue is now spreading across the country. If the preventive measures were taken in due time, so many people would not have died.
About medicine (insecticide), the court said the same medicine is being sprayed year after year without any test. Now the medicine is not working. Repeated use of a medicine made the mosquitoes develop tolerance, which has to be understood, the court said.
However, while presenting the progress report, the DAG said the government has been very sincere to prevent dengue outbreak. Vacations were cancelled in all government hospitals. Customs duty has been exempted for importing medicine from abroad. Three surveillance teams have been formed. Hospitals that disobey government directives have been fined through mobile courts. Mobile courts were conducted in a total of 40 hospitals. The drive will continue.
The court concluded without giving any ruling on the matter.