A Rajshahi court on Tuesday sentenced man to five-year imprisonment in a case over spreading rumour about using human head to construct Padma Bridge in 2011 through Facebook. Rajshahi divisional Cyber Crime Tribunal Judge Ziaur Rahman pronounced the judgment. The convict is Razib Hossain,30, son of Abdur Razzaq of Durgapur upazila in Rajshahi. In October, 2011, Razib posted a status from his Facebook profile that said, ”The Padma Bridge construction in Bangladesh has been obstructed as it will need more than 1 lakh human heads. As per the directive of the Prime Minister, 41 teams are out on the streets, playgrounds, markets with sharp weapons and gas spray to collect those heads,” said Public Prosecutor Ismat Ara. Also read: Woman gets 5-yr jail term for possessing drugs in Chattogram Woman gets 5-yr jail term for possessing drugs in Chattogram He also said the main target of these teams are women and children and they are doing this heinous crime even entering people’s houses so he posted it to create awareness, she said. Razib was sentenced to two years rigorous imprisonment under section 25(2) of the Digital Security Act, 2018, with fine of Tk two lakh. In case of failure to pay the fine, he will have to serve another six months’ imprisonment. Also read: Attack on Ghoraghat UNO: One gets 13 years jail Under section 31(2) of the same act, he was sentenced to three years imprisonment with Tk 3 lakh in fine. In case of failure to pay the fine he will have to serve six months more imprisonment.
Test run of a train (an engine and an open boggy) has begun on the new railway line from the district under the Padma Bridge Rail Link Project. The train engine and boggy departed the Bhanga station at 10:30 am and traveled 45 km to reach Mawa, said Md. Shahjahan, station master of Bhanga. Read: Despite loss, Bangladesh Railway wants to repair DEMU trains This is the first test run after the modern railway line was laid on this route. The train is built in a special shape known as "Gang-Car".
Tourist spots in the country’s southern districts, including the Sundarbans and the historic Shat Gombuj Mosque, are seeing sizeable flow of tourists as travelling has become easy after Padma Bridge opened. The Forest Department is going to open four more eco-tourism centres in the Sundarbans to manage the growing number of tourists. Muhammad Belayet Hossain, divisional forest officer of Sundarbans East Zone, said the mangrove forest is seeing a sharp rise in the number of tourists after the inauguration of Padma Bridge. Read: Sundarbans reopens to tourists, fishermen after 3 months Four new eco-tourism centres are being set up in Alibanda, Andharmanik, Shekhertek and Kalabagi to handle the growing tourist flow. There are already seven eco-tourism centres at Karamjal, Herbaria, Kalagachia, Katka, Kochikhali, Dubla and Heron Point for tourists visiting the Sundarbans. Tourists can visit the three centres in Karamjal, Herbaria and Kalagachia with a fixed entry fee and they have to return within the day. Read “RAB freed Sundarbans from robbers and inspired a quality film”
State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury on Monday told Parliament that the country’s southern region-bound passengers on almost all waterways declined significantly due to the advent of Padma Bridge. “On an average 85-90 launches were plying from Dhaka River Port to the southern region every day (before the bridge opened). But now on average 60-65 launches are plying daily on those routes from Sadarghat in Dhaka,” he said. The state minister said this in reply to a scripted question from Awami League lawmaker Sayeda Rubina Akter. Also read: Padma Bridge brings more visitors to tourist destinations in Bagerhat The construction of the dream bridge has enabled the south-bound passengers to reach their respective destinations by road quickly. “However, the number of passengers has decreased significantly in almost all waterways, except a few, as the passenger movement on the waterways takes more time,” he said. Khalid Mahmud also said the movement of 87 launches and 155 speed boats on the Shimulia-Banglabazar and Shimulia-Mazhikandi routes had stopped since the inauguration of Padma Bridge. However, there is a possibility to increase the waterway passengers slightly within the next 6 months, he said. The feasibility study continues to create new river routes for passenger and cargo transportation at affordable prices, he added. The state minister said since the launch of the 'dream' Padma Bridge, even the number of passengers on 'the Rocket', a famed steamer of BIWTC on the Dhaka-Morrelganj-Dhaka Inland Water Route, has come down significantly, as potential passengers can now simply do the journey by road, saving both time and money. Similarly, a ferry service that used to run between Mawa and Majhirkandi has also been forced to stop due to drastically reduced demand, and movement of vessels on the Paturia-Daulatdia ferry route has declined significantly. Also read: Shariatpur poultry farmers' dreams now stretch beyond Padma Bridge This is all having a negative effect on BIWTC revenues, he did add. Not that it was a cause for complaint.
Railway Minister Nurul Islam Sujan on Saturday inaugurated the work of installing rail tracks at the Jajira end of the Padma Bridge. “The rail tracks installation work will be completed within four months,” said the minister. Sujan added that the financial progress of the project is 68 percent and physical progress 70 percent. “Sixty-six percent work of Dhaka to Mawa has been completed. The progress of work from Mawa to Bhanga is 85 percent and from Bhanga to Jeshore 52 percent,” added Sujan. Also read: Mongla Port witnesses first RMG export thanks to Padma Bridge At an event on July 16 the minister said if the railway line is constructed from Dhaka to Bhanga, it will be possible to run trains from Dhaka to Khulna, Jashore, Darshana, Benapole through Faridpur and Rajbari. The new line from Khulna to Mongla, which will be operational by December this year, will be able to operate up to Mongla, he added. Also read: Padma Bridge: Know Its Amazing Facts, Engineering Wonders
A foreign ship named Maersk Nesna left the Mongla Port in Bagerhat for Poland with Bangladeshi readymade garment (RMG) products for the first time after the launching of the Padma Bridge. Maersk Nesna, a Panama-flagged ship, left the port around 11:30am on Thursday with 17 containers of 27 garment factories. This is the first export shipment of readymade garments to any country from the Mongla Port. Earlier, businesses used to export RMG products throughChattogram Port and air cargo. As communication distance from the capital Dhaka to Mongla Port has reduced after the opening of the Padma Bridge, traders now are choosing Mongla Port as an option for export. Also read: Customs seizes two more large consignments of liquors from Chattogram port According to Mongla Port Authority, the present distance from Mongla Port to Dhaka is 170 kilometres and Chattogram Port to Dhaka is 260 kilometres. Businesses are showing their interest to use Mongla Port for its short distance from Dhaka and easy and safe cargo handling. Mongla Port will save time and money for the exporters, claimed the port authority. In a statement on Thursday, the port authority said RMG products from 27 garment factories including Fakir Apparels, Windy Limited, KC Lingerie Limited, Artistic Design Limited, Knit Concern Limited, Knit Composite Limited, and Sharmin Apparels have been sent to Poland from No.8 jetty of the port. The shipment included various RMG products including baby clothes, Jersey, Cardigan, T-shirt, and Trousers. Calling it memorable day, Mongla Port Authority Chairman Rear Admiral Mohammad Musa hoped that export of RMG items through Mongla Port will increased in the future. Also read: BGMEA seeks support of IMF to realize strategic vision of RMG industry Bagerhat Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Sheikh Liakat Hossain Liton said economic activities will increase through the Mongla Port thanks to the Padma Bridge.
The Ministry of Textiles and Jute is setting up ‘Sheikh Hasina Tant palli’ in Shibchar Upazila of Madaripur district at the Jajira end of the Padma Bridge to create opportunities for self-employment in the south-western region. Textile and Jute Minister Golam Dastagir Gazi said this while visiting the project on 120 acres of land in the upazila on Thursday. Under this project, weavers will be provided with all kinds of facilities including residential buildings, handloom shed, dormitories, rest house, cyber cafes and power substations. Also read: Production in BJMC’s 2 leased out jute mills begins There are plans to set up a ‘Tant Haat’ two days a week at Tantpalli where all kinds of raw materials including yarn will be sold and displayed. “Everything from weaving cloth to making and selling garments will be arranged here,” said the minister. Also read: Multiple Earning Streams: Finding Additional Online Income Source Beside a Job The minister also hoped that this project will revive the tradition of handloom industry. He also visited the construction work of ‘Sheikh Hasina Textile Engineering College’ under Textiles Department in the upazila.
Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury unveiled the cover of the book titled “Amader Aurthey Amader Padma Setu” (Our Padma Bridge by Our Own Funds) in the capital on Tuesday. The book edited by Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen was unveiled at a programme organised by “Chandaboti Academy” at auditorium of Foreign Service Academy. Foreign Minister Momen, Law, Justice and Parliament Affairs Minister Anisul Huq, State Minister for Foreign Minister Md Shahriar Alam and Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam were present at the ceremony. Read: MoFA, Technical and Madrasa Education Division vow to modernize technical and madrasa education Speakers at the programme said the Padma Bridge is the symbol of the capability of the country as the bridge was implemented under determination of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. They also said the book will be a document in the history of Bangladesh’s development as several aspects of the implementation of the bridge was scripted in the book. Foreign Minister Momen dedicated the book to the premier. The 400-page book contains 67 articles written by the prominent writers on various aspects of the recently inaugurated Padma Bride which is the symbol of pride and self-confidence of the Bangladeshi nationals.
Twenty people were injured as a bus overturned near North Police Station of Padma Bridge at Mawa point in Munshiganj district on Tuesday. The identities of the injured people could not be known immediately. Read: Three held over SUST student Bulbul's murder The bus of ‘Tungipara Paribahan’ overturned around 1:30 pm after its driver lost control over steering, leaving 20 people injured, said Mohammad Zia, Traffic Inspector of Mawa Police camp. Of the injured, some were taken to a local hospital where some others were given first aid.
Of the triplets named after the country's largest communication structure Padma Bridge in DInajpur, ‘Padma’, and ‘Setu’, died leaving their sister ‘Swapno’ alone. After six days of birth, on Saturday evening Padma died of sickness and Setu followed the same fate the next night. On June 18, the triplet sisters were born to their parents Sadina Begum and Jahidul Islam from Krishtabati village in Birampur upazila of Dinajpur “After their birth doctors said all three of them were in good health and expert physicians conducted medical tests on them, “said devastated Jahidul to UNB. The triplets were born through normal delivery at a community hospital in Birampur municipality. Read: Now triplets named after Padma Bridge in Dinajpur After the triplets in two other districts, Jahidul and Sadina, two garment factory workers from Gazipur named their daughters after the bridge to show love to the much-hyped Padma Bridge and commemorate the event. The couple also has an 11-year-old daughter. Torn by the deaths of two children within 24 hours, they are now struggling to keep alive Swapno, last of the triplet sisters.