The periphery of the proposed pilot route will be extended from Ghatarchar to Kachpur under the Bus Route Rationalisation activities to bring discipline to the mass transportation sector.
Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh said this after the meeting of the 15th Bus Route Rationalisation Committee at Nagar Bhaban in the capital on Tuesday.
“Earlier, we decided to complete the pilot route from Ghatarchar up to Motijheel but it turned out that it might not be successful. So, now it’ll be extended up to Kachpur to bring discipline in the mass transport sector of the city,” Taposh, also the committee chief, said.
He said initially Tk 100 crore has been allocated for the bus route.
Mentioning that there is some misinformation about buses running in the fixed pilot route nowadays, he said the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority will upgrade the data of the pilot route within the next 15 days and the data of whole Dhaka will be upgraded by 90 days.
Around Dhaka’s 10 places were proposed to set up inter-district bus terminal. Taposh and DNCC Mayor Atiqul Islam visited several points and decided to set up a terminal at Batulia and two in Hemayetpur for buses of northern routes.
“We’ve fixed two terminals at Baghair of Keraniganj and Kachpur for busses of southern areas. The terminals will reduce pressure on the city,” he added.
Taposh said the terminals of Sayedabad, Gabtoli and Mohakhali will be named City Terminal. A letter will be sent to the minister of road and transport within a short time.
“BRTC was asked to keep all buses in terminals by February 28. Bus fare will also be fixed. Our 16th meeting will be held on February 23,” he said.
Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader has called upon all concerned to unite the divided freedom fighters and create a united platform.
He said the extreme communalism under the patronage of anti-independence forces wants to destroy the cherished tradition of the country passed down for thousands of years. The freedom fighters have to unite against them.
He made the remarks at a programme organized by the liberation war affairs sub-committee of Awami League, joining via video conference from his official residence.
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Quader said that the effort to destroy the indestructible spirit of the Liberation War is still going on which is a major obstacle to democracy, progress and development.
The country is moving forward with unprecedented success in democracy and economic development through many ups and downs and struggles under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, daughter of Bangabandhu.
Obaidul Quader regretted that after 50 years of independence, the communal forces are still conspiring against the country.
He also called upon all to unite to materialize the dream of independence imbued with the spirit of Liberation War and tackling this evil power.
The BNP was branded as ‘the guarantor of anti-liberation forces’ by Quader.
“BNP leaders are suddenly waking up and playing the record of traditional lies,” he added.
The Volgodonsk Branch of JSC "AEM-technology" (part of the machine-building division of Rosatom - "Atomenergomash") manufactured and shipped the internals of the nuclear reactor for the first power unit of the under-construction Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP) in Bangladesh.
According to a press release of the Russian state nuclear agency Rosatom, which remain engaged in RNPP as contractor, the internals include an 11-metre Core Barrel, Core Baffle and Protective Tubes Unit.
The total weight of the Internals is over 210 tonnes.
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From the site of the Volgodonsk branch of "AEM-technology", the equipment was shipped by road to the port in Novorossiysk, and then the items will be shipped by sea to Bangladesh. The waterway will be about 14,000km.
The reactor is a vertical cylindrical vessel with an elliptical bottom, inside which the core and internals are located. The top of the reactor is hermetically sealed with a cover with drives of mechanisms and controls and protection of reactors installed on it and nozzles for outputting cables of in-reactor control sensors.
The cover is mounted to the vessel with studs. In the upper part of the vessel, there are nozzles for supplying and removing the coolant, as well as nozzles for emergency supply of the coolant when the circuit is depressurized.
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Rooppur NPP is being designed and constructed according to a Russian project.
The Engineering Division of Rosatom State Corporation carries out the design and construction of the facility.
The plant will consist of two power units with VVER-1200 reactors, the life cycle of which is 60 years with the possibility of extending the service life for another 20 years.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Tuesday formally opened the newly-built Bhasan Char Police Station in Hatiya upazila of Noakhali.
Noakhali’s police chief Md Alamgir Hossain presided over the inaugural function.
Noakhali-6 MP Ayesha Ferdous, Public Security Division Senior Secretary Mostafa Kamal Uddin, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Benazir Ahmed and Secretary of Security Services Division Md Shahiduzzaman were present as special guests.
Besides, Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) Director General Maj Gen Md Shafeenul Islam, DIG of Chattogram Range Md Anwar Hossain, Noakhali Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Khorshed Alam Khan, Project Director of Bhasanchar Asrayan Project-3 Commodore Abdullah Al Mamun Chowdhury, senior officials of Home Ministry, district police and other police units were also present on the occasion.
The government invested more than US$ 350 million to develop the 13,000 acres island and provide all modern amenities, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Bangladesh is hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas in cramped camps in Cox's Bazar. Most of them came here after the Myanmar military launched a brutal offensive targeting the mainly-Muslim ethnic minority in the pretext of a 'clearance operation' in 2017.
The presence of a huge number of forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals put severe pressure on Bangladesh's coastal district Cox's Bazar and put them on a collision course with the locals. Many Rohingyas have become involved in crimes.
Bangladesh has been urging the global community to mount pressure on Myanmar for effective repatriation of the Rohingyas.
The government plans to shift some 100,000 Rohingyas to Bhasan Char in phases.
Currently, 3,762 Rohingyas are living in Bhasan Char. The newly-built police station will make it possible to ensure the overall law and order situation including their security provisions.
A hard-and-soft approach needs to be applied to control militancy as it cannot be contained just by enforcing law, said chief of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Md Monirul Islam.
“Militancy cannot be contained just by enforcing law. It requires a hard-and-soft approach to control militancy," he said.
Monirul Islam, also an Additional Commissioner, was addressing a seminar on the role of Islamic scholars in preventing violence and extremism at the auditorium of Islamic Foundation in the city.
The seminar was jointly organised by the Islamic Foundation and the CTTC.
The CTTC chief said some miscreants of this society want to perpetuate militancy by misinterpreting religion in their own interest but it is ultimately Islam that receives the blow as a result of their activities is.
Addressing the seminar as the chief guest, State Minister for Religious Affairs Md Faridul Haque Khan said, "You (Islamic scholars) are helping the Islamic Foundation in the greatest interest of the country and the nation. The way you can explain anything, no one else can do that. Everyone respects you.”
He said terrorism has no place in Islam. During the sermons of Jumma prayers, imams have to raise create awareness among Muslims against terrorism and militancy, he added.