Faridpur, June 5 (UNB)— At least six people were killed after a passenger bus hit a roadside tree in the Sadar upazila on Wednesday.
The identities of the victims could not be known immediately.
Police said the accident occurred on the Dhaka-Khulna Highway’s Dhudli area around 6:30am.
Several passengers were killed on the spot after a Khulna-bound bus of AK Travel from Dhaka rammed into a roadside tree, said Kotwali police’s in-charge SM Nasim.
Some of the victims succumbed to their injuries while being taken to hospital.
Netrakona, June 4 (UNB) - Two motorcyclists were killed and another was severely injured as a bus smashed their motorbike in Challisha Railgate area of Sadar upazila on Tuesday.
The deceased were identified as Mojibur Rahman, Challisha union Awami League general secretary, and Shafiqul Islam of Bamonmoha village.
Police Super of the district Joydeb Chowdhury said the bus from the opposite direction crashed into the motorcycle in the afternoon that left three riders severely injured.
Locals first took them to Sadar Hospital and then to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital where doctors referred them to Dhaka.
However, two of them died on the way to Dhaka Medical College Hospital in the capital, SP added.
Sirajganj, June 4 (UNB) - A Class-IX boy was shot to death during a clash between two groups of people at Char Bonia village in Shahjadpur upazila here on Tuesday.
The deceased was identified as Yunus Ali, 14, son of Joynal Abedin of the area.
Officer-in-charge of Shahjadpur Police Station Ataur Rahman said police went to the village at noon on information that two groups of villagers were engaged in a clash.
One of the feuding groups took away a shotgun from police and shot the schoolboy, he claimed, adding that the Yunus died on the spot.
Police brought the situation under control around 9pm.
Finland, June 4 (UNB) - Bangladesh and Finland on Tuesday agreed to work together on the climate change issue.
The consensus came at a meeting between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Finland President Sauli Niinisto at the President’s official residence in Helsinki.
The Prime Minister who is in Finland on a four-day visit sought strong support from the European Union over the safe and secured repatriation of the 1.1 million Rohingya who have taken shelter in Bangladesh.
The Prime Minister’s Speech Writer (Secretary) Md Nazrul Islam briefed reporters after the meeting.
The Finnish President lauded Sheikh Hasina for the economic uplift of Bangladesh under her leadership.
He also expressed concern that Bangladesh will be badly affected if the sea level rises due to climate change.
Sauli Niinisto also emphasised on strengthening the global warning system to reduce losses from the natural calamities, especially tidal surge.
About the climate change issue, the Prime Minister said one-thirds of Bangladesh will be submerged if the sea level rises by 1 metre.
She noted that different initiatives have been taken to mitigate climate change consequences.
Sheikh Hasina mentioned the formation of Bangladesh Climate Resilience Fund with own resources to face the climate change effects.
She also informed the Finnish President about her government’s various measures, including creation of green belt along the coast of Bay of Bengal and formation of volunteers, to offset the impacts of natural disasters like cyclone and tidal surge.
Sheikh Hasina pointed out that Bangladesh is highly densely populated and it is very tough to give shelter to the vast number of Rohinyga people.
She expressed concern that Myanmar did not keep its promise to take back the Rohingya even after signing an agreement to this end.
Responding to a query from the President, the Prime Minister said relations with Myanmar did not deteriorate even after the forceful eviction of 1.1 million Rohingya by the Myanmar authorities.
She said Bangladesh pursues the foreign policy of ‘friendship to all, malice to none’ and it maintains very good relations with its neighbours.
Sheikh Hasina narrated different development indices, including 8.13 percent GDP growth this year, and urged the Finnish investors to invest in Bangladesh.
Mentioning that her government is setting up 100 exclusive economic zones, she said the Finnish entrepreneurs could have one of them if they want.
The Prime Minister lauded Finland for recognising Bangladesh immediately after the War of Liberation in 1971. “We always value the support and cooperation that Finland extended to Bangladesh during and after the liberation of the country,” she said.
The Prime Minister narrated how her father and Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman struggled throughout his life and was subjected to incarceration for the emancipation of people and independence of the country.
Responding to a query of the President, Hasina also recollected her own struggle after the assassination of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman along with most of his family members.
She said she returned home with the people’s support in 1981 and it was the people who voted her four times as the Prime Minister of Bangladesh.
The Prime Minister invited the Finnish President to visit Bangladesh at his convenient time and sought Finland support in electing Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque as the Deputy Director General of IOM.
At the beginning of the meeting, both the Prime Minister and the Finnish President exchanged greetings.
The President received Sheikh Hasina at his residence on her arrival. The Prime Minister signed the visitor book, the PM’s speech writer said.
Dhaka, June 4 (UNB) - Holy Eid-ul-Fitr, the largest religious festival of Muslims, will be celebrated in the country on Wednesday as the Shawwal moon was sighted in Bangladesh sky on Tuesday.
The decision was taken at the second meeting of the National Moon Sighting Committee on Tuesday night after reassessing the information about the Shawwal moon sighting.
State Minister for Religious Affairs Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah came up with the announcement around 11pm.
He said they revised the decision as they later got information about moon sighting in the country’s sky.
Earlier at a press conference in the evening, the state minister had said the new crescent moon was sighted nowhere in Bangladesh on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, thousands of people have already left the capital to celebrate the Eid with their near and dear ones at their respective village homes.
Besides, all the preparations have been completed across the country, including the capital, for smooth holding of Eid congregations.
In the capital, the main Eid congregation will be held at the National Eidgah on the High Court premises at 8:30am. President Abdul Hamid is expected to join the Eid jamaat.
However, the venue of the main congregation will be shifted to Baitul Mukarram National Mosque in case of inclement weather. In that case, the jamaat will be held at 9am.
Besides, five more congregations will be held at the National Mosque.
Arrangements will be there at the National Eidgah and the National Mosque for women to take part in the Eid prayers alongside their male counterparts.
Eid congregations will also be held in eidgahs, mosques and open spaces across the country.
Sholakia Eidgah in Kishoreganj and Gor-e-Shahid Boro Math in Dinajpur are all set to host two largest Eid congregations.
The national flag will be hoisted atop government and non-government office buildings on the day. The main city streets and road islands will be decorated with the national flag and banners inscribed with 'Eid Mubarak' in both Bangla and Arabic.
Television channels and radio stations will air special programmes.
Special diet will be served in hospitals, jails, government children homes, centres for persons with disabilities, shelter homes, orphanages, vagrant welfare and destitute welfare centres.
Meanwhile, Dhaka Metropolitan Police has taken stringent security measures to ensure smooth holding of Eid congregation at the Jatiya Eidgah.