Sylhet, Sept 27 (UNB) – Manpower crisis in two government offices--agriculture office and health complex--in Bishwanath upazila has long been hampering public service delivery.
Several posts of both high and low levels in these two government establishments have remained vacant for several years, forcing the existing employees to turn people away as they are unable to properly deliver.
At least 20 posts, out of 40, in Bishwanath Upazila Agriculture office remained vacant, while 44, out of 154, in the 50-bed Upazila Health Complex, according to insiders.
Posts of two Agriculture Extension officers, one Assistant Agriculture Extension officer, 14 Deputy Assistant Agriculture officers, one office assistant-cum-computer operator, one office assistant and one security guard are vacant in Bishwanath Upazila Agriculture Office, the sources said.
Local farmers alleged that they do not get proper advice about farming process and others agriculture-related issues for lack of officers in the office.
Acknowledging the manpower crisis, newly appointed agricultural officer Ramjan Ali told UNB that he will inform the higher authorities about it.
Similarly, locals said, an acute crisis of manpower in Bishwanath Upazila Health Complex has crippled medical facilities for quite a long time, which is saddled with irregularities.
They said this is a common scenario that the doctors and other staff at the health complex are always overworked due to the overflow of patients.
According to sources at Upazila Health and Family Planning office, at least 44 posts, include that of residential medical officers, assistant nurses, statisticians, cashiers, storekeepers, gardeners, chefs and many others are vacant.
Dr Abdur Rahman, Upazila Health and Family Planning Officer of Bishwanath, said higher officials are being reported each month regarding the manpower crisis but no initiative has been taken yet.
Chattogram, Sept 27 (UNB) – A suspected robber was killed in a reported gunfight with police at Kattoli Beribadh in the city’s Pahartoli area early Thursday.
The deceased was identified as Mohamamd Sabuj, 27.
Being tipped off that a gang of robbers were taking preparation to commit robbery, a team of police conducted a drive in the area around 3:30 am, said Sadip Kumar Das, officer-in-charge of Pahartoli Police Station.
Sensing presence of the law enforcers, the gang opened fire on police, prompting them to fire back in self-defence.
At one stage, police recovered the body of Sabuj and arrested Apu, 25, from the spot.
Four policemen were injured in the incident, said the OC.
One pistol, two guns, one LG, a toy pistol and seven bullets were recovered from the spot.
Mohamamd Sabuj was wanted in 5/6 cases, said the police official.
Dhaka, Sept 26 (UNB) – Urging the Sampadak Parishad (Editors’ Council) to postpone its Saturday’s human chain protesting against the Digital Security Bill, Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu on Wednesday invited the editors to sit with him and others on Sunday.
A letter signed by the minister was sent to the general secretary of the council in the evening, said a handout of the Information Ministry.
In the letter, the minister said he along with Law Minister Ansiul Huq, Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabber and Prime Minister’s Media Affairs Adviser Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury wants to sit with the Editors’ Council at the conference room of his ministry at 12 noon on Sunday or at the convenient time of the council.
Mentioning that the Information Ministry has paid deep attention to the concern and statement of the Editors’ Council over the Digital Security Bill which was passed in Parliament recently, Inu said the meeting is very essential for a speedy and acceptable solution keeping the freedom of press, free flow of information and government’s sincerity and respect to right to information intact.
He also expressed his belief that there is scope of resolving the matter through discussion.
The minister requested the Editors’ Council to postpone its Saturday’s human chain programme.
At the same time, letters were sent to leaders of the Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ), Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) and Dhaka Reporters’ Unity (DRU) inviting them to a meeting at the Information Ministry at 3pm on Sunday.
Expressing its deep regret at the passage of the Digital Security Bill 2018, which it considers to be against the freedom guaranteed by the constitution, media freedom and freedom of speech, the Editors’ Council at a meeting on September 22 decided to stage a human chain at 11 am on September 29 in front of the Jatiya Press Club.
The much-talked-about 'The Digital Security Bill, 2018' was passed in Parliament on September 19 to deal with cybercrimes, including hurting the religious sentiment, negative propaganda against the Liberation War and Bangabandhu, and illegal activities in e-transactions and spreading defamatory data.
Dhaka, Sept 26 (UNB) – The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has imposed a ban on the foreign travel of seven officials of The Farmers Bank Ltd over approving Tk 4 crore loan against fake documents and depositing the money into former Chief Justice SK Sinha’s account.
ACC public relations officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya on Wednesday told UNB that a notice was sent to Superintendent of Police (Immigration) of Special Branch of Police in this regard.
The officials are former managing director and chief executive officer AKM Shameem, first vice-president Swapan Kumar Roy, senior executive vice-president Gazi Salauddin, vice-president M Lutful Haque, assistant vice-president Shafiuddin Askaree Ahmed, former SVP Ziauddin and executive officer Umme Salma Sultana.
Meanwhile, six of the seven officials were quizzed on Wednesday in this connection.
Earlier on May 6, ACC grilled two businessmen named -- Md Shahjahan and Niranjan Chadra Saha -- for allegedly taking Tk 4 crore in loan from The Farmers Bank Ltd using fake documents and depositing the money in the bank account of a VVIP.
Dhaka, Sept 26 (UNB) – Members of law enforcement agencies have been directed to monitor all social media platforms to prevent any kind of rumor or campaign aiming to destroy communal harmony during the upcoming Durga Puja, the largest religious festival of Hindu community.
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr Mohammad Javed Patwary gave the direction while addressing a meeting on law and order and security during Durga Puja at the Police Headquarters that he chaired on Wednesday afternoon.
The IGP also asked them to take immediate steps to stop any propaganda that may hurt religious sentiments of any person or group as well as to take immediate action against people responsible for it, said AIG (Media) of the Police Headquarters Sohel Rana.
He instructed the police officials to perform their duties with sincerity and professionalism so that Durga Puja is celebrated safely with religious solemnity.
The IGP also urged the leaders of the Durga Puja Udjapan committees to recruit volunteers while making idols, install close circuit cameras and fire extinguishers as well as to use hand metal detectors in Puja Mandaps.
Sayeed Tariqul Hassan, AIG (Operations) of the Police Headquarters, presented a brief regarding the overall safety measures taken in the eve of the upcoming Durgapuja in the meeting. The meeting also discussed elaborately all the aspects related to the security of Durga Puja.
The Puja Udjapan Parishad leaders present at the meeting expressed satisfaction over the security measures taken on the eve of the Durga Puja.
Additional IGP (Admin) of the police headquarters Mokhlesur Rahman, other senior officials of the headquarters, chiefs of different police units, including Range DIGs, commissioners of different Metropolitan Police and SPs attended the meeting.
President of Bangladesh Puja Udjapon Parishad Milon Kanti Datta and General Secretary Nirmal Kumar Chatterjee, President of Dhaka Metropolitan Sarbajanin Puja Committee Shailendra Nath Majumder and representatives of different intelligence agencies and other stakeholders were present.