Chattogram, Oct 7 (UNB) – Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on Sunday arrested two people along with 20,000 pieces of Yaba tablets and eight firearms from a microbus at Lalkhan Bazar in the port city.
The arrestees were identified as Al Shahrier, 25, son of Amir Hossain of Noakhali district and Alamgir Hossain, 30, son of Abul Kalam of Laxmipur district.
Tipped off, a team of Rab-7 intercepted a Chattogram-bound microbus from Cox’s Bazar and recovered the Yaba tablets and firearms around 3 pm, said Senior Assistant Superintendent Mimtanur Rahman of Rab-7.
The members of the elite force also recovered two fake stickers of Home and Foreign ministries from the vehicle.
Dhaka, Oct 7 (UNB) - A court here on Sunday extended the bail of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia till October 14 in Zia Charitable Trust graft case.
Judge Md Akhteruzzaman of Special Judge Court-5 passed the order as Khaleda's lawyer filed a petition seeking an extension of her bail.
Khaleda’s lawyers also responded to a show cause notice issued by the court on September 30 seeking an explanation as to why the bail of Khaleda Zia won't be declared illegal in the case.
The BNP chairperson is now under treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) under a special medical board formed by the government.
She has been serving five years' rigorous imprisonment at Old Central Jail, as she was convicted in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on February 8 last.
On August 8, 2011, the ACC filed the Zia Charitable Trust graft case with Tejgaon Police Station accusing four people, including Khaleda Zia, of abusing power in raising funds for the trust from unknown sources.
Dhaka, Oct 7 (UNB) - Irked by the continuous absence of doctors at upazila-level hospitals, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said how rural people will get their basic medicare services if this culture continues.
"We’ve taken various steps to upgrade upazila hospitals…we’ve upgrade the ten-bed hospitals to 50-bed ones. There should be at least 10 doctors in every hospital but in some places only one doctor is there-- at best four. Doctors aren’t staying there (upazilas)," she lamented.
The Prime Minister said this while addressing the Physicians' Conference 2018 at her official residence Ganobhaban.
Sheikh Hasina said how people will avail of medicare services if the posted doctors do not attend their duties in their stations. "This is my question; we’ve created posts. Doctors are given postings but we aren’t getting doctors there. “Why people are being neglected!"
Sheikh Hasina clearly mentioned that the people of the country do not expect such an attitude from the doctors who have got government jobs. "I request you (doctors) all to think about it."
The Prime Minister mentioned that the government is aware about the accommodation crisis of government officials at the upazila level and said her administration has taken a move to construct multistoried buildings there to provide better accommodation to them.
She said her government’s aim is to take all the public services to the doorsteps of people. "Keeping eyes on that, we’re doing various types of works so that people could get their medicare services at their doorsteps."
Hasina said it is the prime responsibility of doctors to ensure the medical services to people.
"Medical services will have to be ensured all over the country, not only in Dhaka. I hope you’ll pay a special attention to that. The quality of the services has to be improved.”
Talking about private medical colleges, she said there should a strong monitoring what the private medical colleges teaching to their students, what their curricula are and whether they have appropriate hospitals nearby them to provide proper training to their students. "These have to be ensured so that doctors coming out from these medical colleges could give proper medicare services to patients."
Hasina said the government always pays attention to education and thinks that the medical education is very much important. "That’s why we’re establishing one medical university in each division of the country."
The Prime Minister also briefly described various programmes taken for the development of medicare services of the country and for the physicians.
Presided over by BMA president Dr Mustafa Jalal Mohiuddin, the programme was addressed, among others, by Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammad Nasim, State Minister Dr Zahid Maleque, president of the Confederation of Medical Associations in Asia and Oceania Dr Ravindran R Naidu, BMA secretary general Dr. Md. Ehteshamul Huq Choudhury and BMA Vice President (Dhaka City) Dr Kanak Kanti Barua.
Earlier, the Prime Minister inaugurated the programme through hoisting the national flag and releasing white doves.
Barishal, Oct 7 (UNB) - Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Harsh Vardhan Shringla has wished peace, prosperity, joy and happiness for people of Bangladesh and India ahead of Durga Puja.
“Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina says ‘Dharmo Jar Jar, Utsob Sabar’. We all celebrate our festival together,” said the High Commissioner while addressing a function at Tara Bari Shaktipeeth in Wazirpur upazila on Sunday.
This Shaktipeeth is one of the ancient temples in Barishal Division. Devotees from India also come here to offer their prayers.
“Puja festival is not far. I wish you, your family, friends and relatives a very happy puja festival,” said the High Commissioner.
Attending another function at Sher-e-Bangla Foundation in the district, Shringla said that Sher-e-Bangla A K Fazlul Huq (1873-1962) was a very popular mass leader of his time.
As the general secretary of Indian National Congress from 1916 to 1918, he worked closely with many Indian leaders during the freedom struggle of India.
In protest against colonialism, he gave up all titles and knighthood granted by the British government. Instead, he was popularly known as Sher-e-Bangla (Tiger of Bengal).
“A highly educated man himself and a successful lawyer, Sher-e-Bangla was very greatly concerned with the task of providing educational opportunities for all,” said the High Commissioner.
The High Commissioner said his (Sher-e-Bangla A K Fazlul Huq) love for the people guided him to take several initiatives for the socio-economic development of this region, adding “His legacy of political and development work will continue to inspire the coming generations.”
Advocate Talukder Md Yunus, MP, and Chairman of Sher-e-Bangla Foundation AK Faiyazul Huq Raju, among others, were present.
Pirojpur, Oct 7 (UNB) – An under-construction Hindu temple was vandalised in a sequel to a land dispute at Pachpara Bazar area under Shikdarmallik union in Sadar upazila on Sunday.
Police arrested two people – Ohed Haoladar, 45 and Muhidul Islam, 50 — of the area for their alleged involvement in vandalising the temple ‘Sri Sri Kali Mondir’, said S M Ziaul Haque, officer-in-charge of Pirojpur Sadar Police Station.
Shekhor Chandra Mandol, general secretary of Shikdarmallik union Puja celebration committee alleged that the local UP chairman Advocate Shahidul Islam and his men carried out the vandalism and dumped an idol to a nearby ditch around 2pm following a dispute over the land in the temple premises.
Visiting the affected temple, Additional Police Super of Pirojpur district Molla Azad Hossain said, “Some parts of the temple’s infrastructure were vandalised during the attack. We will take proper steps once complaint is lodged.”
However, the UP chairman denied his involvements in the vandalism claiming that he was staying in Dhaka during the said attack.
Meanwhile, agitating locals blocked Pirojpur-Dhaka road demanding immediate arrests of the people behind the attack.
Later, the mob withdrew the blockade upon police’s insistence, OC Ziaul added.