Sunamganj, June 2 (UNB)— At least seven people were killed and eight others injured in a head-on collision between a bus and a human hauler in Dakshin Sunamganj upazila on Sunday morning.
Four of the deceased were identified as Md Sagar Mia, 16, son of Istu Mia; Md Limon Mia, 17, son of Fazal Mia; Afzal Mia, son of Md Alim of Durbokanda village in Dakshin Sunamganj Upazila.
The fourth victim was human hauler driver Md Noman, 28, son of Ali Akbar of Gagli village of the upazila.
A passenger bus of Limon Paribahan collided with the human hauler in patharia around 8am, killing seven of them on the spot.
Both vehicles fell into a roadside ditch, Md Harun-or-Rashid, officer-in-charge of Dakshin Sunamganj Police Station, said quoting locals.
Police rescued the injured and sent them to Sunamganj Sadar Hospital. Two of the injured were shifted to Osmani Medical College Hospital in critical condition, the OC added.
Dhaka, June 2 (UNB) - A large number of vendors have set up makeshift shops on the capital’s footpaths and lanes along major streets and markets to claim their stakes in the frenzied Eid shopping.
These shops, offering goods at cheaper prices, usually attract lower middle-class and poor people but many from the middle class also visit them.
Items that are on high demand include panjabis, trousers, T-shirts, jeans and gabardine pants, footwear, belts, lungis, caps, wallets, children clothes, saree, three-pieces, skirts, and cosmetics.
Many people were seen thronging makeshift shops in the city's Mirpur, Dhanmondi, Panthapath, Gulistan, Chakbazar, English Road, Sadarghat, Purana Paltan, Motijheel, Fakirapool, New Market, Nilkhet, Jatrabari, Sadarghat, Malibagh, Mouchak and Rampura, Shahjadpur, Badda and Batara areas on Friday and Saturday for the last-minute shopping.
Buyers told the UNB correspondent that they were happy with the wide range of products and affordable prices. Elated vendors said the volume of sale and profit this year is higher than the previous years.
Tejgaon College student Mizanur Rahman is one of the happy buyers.
He said he bought a Panjabi at Tk 300 from a street vendor in Purana Paltan, adding that it would have cost him at least Tk 1,000 if he bought it from a regular shop.
Alamgir Hossain, a car driver, said he bought two shirts each at Tk 250 from a street vendor in Rampura Bazar. “Good quality products are available at many roadside shops at cheaper rates,” he said.
Misbah, a Dhaka University student, said he planned to buy a couple of jeans trousers and visited Bashundhara City Shopping Mall. “Their asking price was between Tk 1,500 and Tk 4,000 for a pant. So, I bought two jeans pants from a street vendor at Mouchak at Tk 600.”
Many others, like Hosne Ara, a middle-aged housewife, came to the makeshift shops to complete their Eid shopping with a limited budget. She bought two skirts and some cosmetics for her daughters from Mirpur 10.
“I’ve a very small budget. So, I came here,” she said.
There are several thousand vendors alone in the city’s Mirpur area. They have set up makeshift shops on footpaths and open spaces and are attracting a large number of customers.
“We’ve a very good collection of quality jeans, shirts and panjabis at very affordable prices. That’s why we’re getting overwhelming response from the shoppers,” Arif, a vender at Mirpur-13, told UNB.
Sumon, another vender at Mirpur-10, said he has set up the shop at Mirpur 1 investing Tk 2 lakh ahead of Ramadan. “I’ve already made a profit of Tk 1.5 lakh only by selling attires for women and kids,” he said.
Khorshed Alam, who was selling shirts and Panjabi at a makeshift shop at Mouchak, said he made a profit of nearly Tk 2 lakh in just 15 days.
He said he has to share a portion of his profit with police and local influential people. “Police harass us even though we bribe them,” he said.
Makkah (Saudi Arabia), Jun 2 (UNB)— Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina performed the holy ‘Umrah’ in the early hours of Sunday.
She is now on a three-day official visit to Saudi Arabia at the invitation of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to attend the 14th OIC Summit.
Sheikh Hasina first performed 'tawaf' around the holy Ka'bah Sharif and later walked and ran between Safa and Marwa hills.
She also offered prayers seeking divine blessings for the people of Bangladesh as well as continued peace, progress and prosperity of the entire Muslim Ummah.
Her younger sister Sheikh Rehana was also with her when she performed Umrah.
Later, the Prime Minister will leave Makkah to Madina to offer Ziarat at the Rawza Mubarak of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) on Sunday.
A special flight carrying the Prime Minister will fly from King Abdul Aziz International Airport, Jeddah at 10am. It will land at Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz International Airport at 11am.
She will offer ziarat and perform Zoh’r prayer at the Rawza Mubarak of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH).
After Iftar, the Prime Minister will leave Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz International Airport at 9:30pm and arrive at King Abdul Aziz International Airport, Jeddah at 10:30pm.
Lalmonirhat, June 1 (UNB) – Hours after he reportedly raped a minor girl, police shot and arrested a young man at Durakuthi in Sadar upazila early Saturday.
The arrestee is Sujon Mia, 25, son of Saidul Islam of Taluk Khutamar in the district town.
Police said Saidul took the eight-year-old girl to a bush behind the district court on Friday afternoon while she along with her mother was waiting for a bus to return to their village in Hatibandha upazila, and raped her there.
Failing to find her daughter, the victim’s mother approached Sadar Police Station.
Later, police launched a drive and rescued the girl from the bush and took her to Sadar Hospital but failed to arrest the alleged rapist as he fled.
A team of police conducted a drive at Durakuthi around 1:45am on Saturday to arrest Saidul, said officer-in-charge of the police station Mahfuz Alam.
As he tried to flee sensing the presence of law enforcers, police opened fire, leaving him injured.
He was taken to Rangpur Medical College Hospital with bullet wounds to one of his legs, said the OC.
Feni, June 1 (UNB) – Feni’s Superintendent of Police Kazi Moniruzzaman has sent gifts for the family members of madrasa girl Nusrat Jahan Rafi, who died after being set fire in April, on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.
On behalf of the SP, officer-in-charge of Sonagazi Model Police Station Moinuddin Ahmed handed over packets of gifts to Nusrat’s grandfather Maulana Mosharraf Hossain on Saturday.
Quoting the police super, the OC said the police administration remains by Nusrat’s family.
On April 6, Nusrat was set afire at an examination centre allegedly by people loyal to the principal of her madrasa after he was arrested and subsequently suspended as she had accused him of sexually harassing her.
She lost her battle for life on April 10 at Dhaka Medical College Hospital in the capital.