Railway suspends 3 employees over Cumilla train collision, salvage work continues
Bangladesh Railway has suspended thee of its employees over Sunday’s collision between Sonar Bangla Express train and a freight train that left 35 people injured. They are Abdul Quader, a guard (Chattogram division) ; Jasim Uddin, locomotive master (Dhaka headquarter); and Md Mohsin, assistant locomotive master (Dhaka headquarter). Wahid, who was in charge of maintaining Hasanpur station signal, was also suspended. Also Read: Two trains collide at Hasanpur Station in Cumilla; at least 20 injured A four-member probe body was formed which was asked to submit the report within three working days. Meanwhile, the train movement resumed after 9 pm on Sunday after two salvage trains removed the bogies from the main lines, train examiner SM Akhtar Hossain and Station Master of Hasanpur Railway Station Mong Marma said. Work to remove the other bogies is underway, they said. Six bogies and the locomotive of Sonar Bangla Express train derailed on Sunday injuring at least 35 passengers and six of them are in critical condition. Several of the injured are being treated at Nangalkot Health Complex. Officer-in-charge of Laksham Railway Police Station Jashim Uddin said, the Dhaka bound freight train was stationed in a line on the Hasanpur station. Dhaka- bound Sonar Bangla Express from Chattagram wrongly entered the same line and hit the rear side of the freight train at around 6:22 pm.
Sri Lanka leader suspends parliament until policy address
Sri Lanka's president suspended Parliament until Feb. 8, when he said he would announced a new set of long-term policies to address a range of issues including an unprecedented economic crisis that has engulfed the Indian Ocean nation for months. President Ranil Wickremesinghe issued an extraordinary decree suspending Parliament from midnight Friday. The government did not give a clear reason for the move, but Wickremesinghe' s office in a statement said his address to lawmakers on Feb. 8 will announce new policies and laws, which will be implemented until the centenary celebrations of Sri Lanka's independence in 2048. It is also widely expected that Wickremesinghe would announce his policies on sharing power with ethnic minority Tamils. A civil war between the majority Sinhala-controlled Sri Lankan government and ethnic Tamil rebels killed at least 100,000 people, according to U.N. conservative calculations, before it ended with the rebels’ defeat in 2009. Political analyst Jehan Perera said the president’s move to suspend Parliament is “to show that he is the authority.” He said that the suspension also “symbolises a fresh start” as the president gets the opportunity “to announce all the new things that are going to be done.” Also Read: Sri Lanka says debt-restructuring talks making progress Unsustainable debt, a severe balance of payment crisis on top of lingering scars of the COVID-19 pandemic have led to a severe shortage of essentials such as fuel, medicine and food. The soaring prices triggered massive protests last year that ousted Wickremesinghe's predecessor, Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Although there are some signs of progress, daily power cuts have continued due to fuel shortages and the government is struggling to find money to pay its employees and conduct other administrative functions. There's been a growing public displeasure over the government’s recent move to increase taxes and electricity bills in an apparent bid to obtain a bailout package from the International Monetary Fund. Also Read: Sri Lanka’s government cuts expenses as economy tanks Sri Lanka is effectively bankrupt and has suspended repayment of nearly $7 billion in foreign debt due this year pending the outcome of talks with the IMF. The country’s total foreign debt exceeds $51 billion, of which $28 billion has to be repaid by 2027. The government announced 6% cuts in the budgets of each ministry this year and plans to nearly half the size of the military, which had swelled to more than 200,000 personnel due to a long civil war. During the suspension of Parliament, the speaker continues to function and lawmakers keep their seats even though they do not attend any sessions.
AL suspends 8 leaders in Magura
The Awami League (AL) has suspended eight of its leaders for filling nominations for the upcoming union parishad election in Magura. AL has already declared its official candidate for the upcoming UP polls in the district. General Secretary of Magura district AL, Pankaj Kumar Kundu told reporters Friday that the eight party leaders of the local unit were suspended for breaching the outfit's organisational discipline. READ: Magura clash over election: 68 people sued The suspended party leaders are Md Benazir Ahmed of Atharokhada ward-2, Md Baki Billah Santu of Kasundi ward-3, Md Mizanur Rahman Ranju of Moghi ward-7, Md Zahidul Islam Zahid of Jagdal ward-8, Md Jahangir Hossain, Md Enamul Haque Raja of Beroil Palita ward-11, Md Tipu Sultan of Kunchia Mura ward-12, and Md Milon Hossain. "Any AL member who will work for these leaders will also be suspended from their membership and all other positions of the party," said Pankaj. READ: 4 killed, 30 injured in clash over UP polls in Magura All the assistant bodies and organisations of AL in Magura have been asked to strictly follow the party's directions, he added.
Coronavirus: Bangladesh suspends on arrival visa for Chinese nationals
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Sunday said Bangladesh suspended the visa on arrival for Chinese nationals as part of the government’s temporary policy following the outbreak of coronavirus.
Jubo League suspends Samrat, Arman
Dhaka, Oct 6 (UNB) – Jubo League Executive Committee on Sunday suspended its Dhaka south unit chief Ismail Hossain Samrat and Vice-President Enamul Haque Arman for their ‘unsocial and anti-party activities’.