As the nation's much-awaited first metro rail is scheduled to start operation partially in the city (Uttara-Agargaon segment) on Wednesday, Mariam Afiza will emerge as the first metro train operator of the Mass Rapid Transit line-6. Six women were appointed as metro rail operators among others and Dhaka Mass Transit Company has already completed their training. Afiza has completed her master's degree from Noakhali Science and Technology University in Chemistry. She was appointed as an operator of metro rail on November 2 last year. “She received a two-month training at Bangladesh Railway Training Academy in Chattogram’s Halishahar. She returned to Dhaka and completed another four months of training,” said MAN Siddique, Managing Director of Mass Transit Company Limited (DMTCL). Also Read: Metro Rail: DMP to provide security till specialised unit is formed “Now she is taking technical and practical training at the metro rail depot in Uttara’s Diabari. She received training round the year,” he continued. Experts of metro rail construction company Mitsubishi-Kawasaki of Japan are also giving training to the operators on technical and practical issues at the metro rail depot in Uttara’s Diabari, he added. MAN Siddique also told UNB that Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation(BRTC) will operate 50 double-decker buses to transport passengers to and from metro stations. BRTC signed an agreement with Dhaka Mass Transit Company Limited (DMTCL) in this regard recently. BRTC will provide bus service from Diabaria-Uttara House Building and Motijheel-Agargaon, he said. In the first phase, a limited number of trains carrying fewer passengers will operate for a short period in the morning and afternoon and the speed will be slower than usual for three months, as a period to get accustomed, said Siddique. The trains will wait for a bit longer than usual at the station at first to help passengers become accustomed with the new seating and ticketing system. With the increase in the number of trains the train will wait for less time at stations cutting the travel time, he added. In the beginning, the train will not stop at all stations. The train will leave the Uttara station and stop at Pallabi, and then it will go to Agargaon without stopping. Stopping of trains at intermediate stations will start later, he said. Also Read: Dhaka Metro Rail launch: From ticketing to seating – things to know Up to 17,000 passengers can travel daily initially, said DMTCL, and they can easily travel standing in the 9.5 feet wide space between the seats at both sides. According to a Revised Strategic Transport Plan (RSTP), DMTCL plans to introduce six metro rail routes in Dhaka by 2030, with a total length of 128.74km serving a network of 104 stations -53 underground and 51 elevated. Construction on the six metro rail lines is underway accordingly. The MRT police unit will be formed to ensure the security of the entire network in future, when upto 5 million passengers will use the service every day.
Police arrested the driver responsible for the death of a schoolboy who died after being hit by a microbus in the capital's Tejgaon Industrial area on Sunday morning. Ziaul Haque,50, was arrested from the Bishmail area of Ashulia on Monday morning, said a media statement. Read: MP Liton Murder: Death row convict arrested Police also seized the microbus involved in the accident, it added. Meanwhile, students of Government Science School and College today (September 12, 2022) blocked roads in Dhaka’s Farmgate area, demanding safe roads and protesting the death of their fellow student. A number of students of the school took to the street around 11:50 am, in front of the Farmgate Police Box, demanding road safety, according to the UNB photographer. Read: Writ petition filed seeking Tk 10 crore as compensation for Joj Mia They were shouting slogans such as, “We want Justice, why did our brother die?” At one stage, the protesters brought out a procession from Bijoy Sarani which stopped in the Farmgate area. Ali Hossain, 16, a class 10 student of Government Science School died when the vehicle hit him while he was crossing the road in front of Bangladesh Government Press in Tejgaon Industrial area on Sunday.
A van driver and runner of Sundarban Courier Service have been kidnapped allegedly by some armed indigenous youths from Ramgarh upazila in Khagrachari on Saturday night. The kidnapped staffers of the courier service are Md Abbas, driver of the van from Bhola, and runner Md Al Amin from Noakhali. The kidnappers however released the assistant of the driver Solayman during the incident. Also read: 4 kidnapped fishermen rescued in Ctg, 5 robbers held Md Salauddin, manager of Khagrachari office of Sundarban Courier Service, said: “The kidnappers at first demanded Tk 3 lakh calling from the driver’s personal number, later they raised it to Tk 5 lakh.” The covered van was heading for Dhaka with postal cargo from Khagrachari sadar upazila when it was stopped by some seven or eight armed indigenous youths on motorcycles near Datarampara point on Ramgarh-Jaliyapara road, Solayman told UNB. “They took the van a bit inside the Datarampara road, and took Abbas and Al Amin on their motorcycles on gunpoint, as we failed to show any receipt of having paid extortion fee,” he said. A source wishing anonymity said, “The courier office authority held a meeting with the leaders of the kidnapping gang but as they could not agree on the amount of ransom the staff were not released. Also the kidnappers stopped contacting from Sunday noon.” Mohammad Shamsujjaman, Officer-in-Charge of Ramgarh police station, said the van was recovered from the spot and taken under custody. Also read: 2 held for raping minor girl after kidnap in Barishal “Law enforcing forces are conducting drives to rescue the kidnaped staffers but no complaint has been lodged yet with police yet in this regard,” said the OC.
A truck driver and his assistant died in Alamdanga upazila in Chuadanga on Monday as the vehicle turned over and fell into a roadside canal. The deceased were identified as Alamin, the truck driver, son of Wahidul Islam, and Ashik Hossain, 27, the driver’s assistant, son of Mofizur Rahman. Both were residents of Ibrahimpur village in Damurhuda upazila. The accident occurred around 1:30 pm near Srirampur community clinic on Alamdanga –Kushtia Highway. Also read: 2 killed in Rampura, Gulshan road crashes According to witnesses, the corn- laden truck headed towards Narayanganj lost control while overtaking another truck and hit a roadside tree before falling into the canal, said Saiful Islam, OC of Alamdanga police station. Both the driver and his assistant died on the spot, said the OC from the spot. Also read: 3 die in Dhaka road crashes
Police detained two teenage boys in Khulna for allegedly throwing stones at a running train and injuring its driver on Friday, police said. The arrestees are Md Shamimul Hossain Siam,14, from Kamaldia village in Faridpur and Sazzat Sheikh,13, from Kajlia village in Gopalganj. Both of them are students of Hifz class of Jogipal Adarsha Hafezia Madrasa. The incident occurred at 7:15 am when the Benapole-bound commuter train Betna Express was passing Jogipal Adarsha Hafezia Madrasa under the Khanjahan Ali police station, said Molla Khabir Ahmed, Officer-in-Charge of Khulna railway police (GRP). Driver of the train Gazi Maruf, who sustained injuries on face and lips, was forced to break the journey. Railway police were immediately alerted. Later, the two madrasa students were picked from near the spot. The boys were being questioned about their suspected involvement in the incident, said the OC. READ: Woman crushed under moving train in Kushtia rail station Stone-pelting incidents on moving trains by miscreants are common in Bangladesh, leading to injuries – and sometimes death - of unsuspected passengers and railway staff. In such an attack a railway employee died in 2018 losing a 40-day battle with severe injuries he had sustained on his head. Railway authorities have identified at least 20 spots, where stone-throwing occurred, in both eastern and zones.
A driver crashed their car into a homeless encampment in Salem, Oregon, early Sunday morning, killing four people and injuring three more, including the driver, authorities said. Police arrested Enrique Rodriguez Jr., 24, on Sunday evening. Rodriguez was charged with four counts of first-degree manslaughter, second and third-degree assault and six counts of reckless endangerment. In a statement, authorities said the Salem Police Traffic Team believes “alcohol may have been a contributing factor” in the crash. Read:Firefighters increase containment on Colorado wildfire It wasn’t immediately clear whether Rodriguez had retained an attorney. Nathan Rose tells the Salem Statesman Journal that he and his girlfriend were in their tent when they heard two loud thuds. The car just missed their tent, Rose said. Rose said he saw some of his friends pinned under the car and called 911. He said he helped pull one person from under the car but witnesses were unable to help the others. “From there, it was just chaos,” Rose told the newspaper. Police said in a statement Sunday afternoon that the driver was the only occupant of the two-door sports coupe. The crash happened at about 2 a.m. Sunday near a new men’s shelter, which has beds for about 300 people, and a program that offers emergency housing assistance and other services for the homeless. The camp is a small triangle of trees and grass, not far from the Willamette River. Two people who were at the encampment died at the scene. Four others were taken to Salem Health with with life-threatening injuries and two died at the hospital. The driver was also taken to the hospital. Officials have not released the victims’ names or the conditions of those who remain hospitalized. Jimmy Jones, executive director of the Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency, said homeless people spend much of their day trying to find a safe place to sleep and rest, “but events like this remind us that there is no safe space.” The crash comes after Washington, D.C., police arrested a man earlier this month who is suspected of stalking and shooting homeless people asleep on the streets of New York City and the nation's capital. “No one deserves to have to live in unsheltered conditions and they damn sure do not deserve to die in them,” Jones said. “Tragedies like this will continue until this nation makes a serious commitment to the idea that housing is a human right, and that everyone deserves a warm, safe and dry place where they can live with dignity.” Read:Much of Shanghai locked down as mass COVID-19 testing begins More than 1,000 people sleep outside in the Salem area on any given night, the newspaper reported. The city has a population of over 175,000, according to the 2020 U.S. census. Mike Wade came to the camp after hearing one of his close friends had died. He helped others in the camp salvage their belongings and prayed for the victims. “It gets me weaker every day hearing about us die one by one,” Wade said. “My friends are dead and I don’t know what to say.”
A man was killed and another injured in a head-on collision between two trucks in Bandar area in Chattogram city. The deceased was identified as Mohammad Sagar, 20, helper of a truck and son of Mohammad Badal of Bandartila area of the city. Bandar Police Station OC Nizam Uddin said the the collision took place around 3 pm, leaving the helper and a driver injured. Also read: Bank official killed in Magura road crash The injured were admitted to Chattogram Medical College Hospital where doctors declared Sagar dead. The driver named Abu Bakkar is currently undergoing treatment at the hospital, he said. Also read: Driver, helper held over death of 10-year-old girl in city road crash
A Dhaka court on Thursday sent Nargis Begum, wife of former driver of Directorate General of Health Services Abdul Malek, to jail in a case over accumulating wealth illegally. Judge KM Emrul Kayesh of Senior Special Judge's Court of passed the order rejecting her bail plea when she surrendered before the court. On Tuesday, ACC approved a case against Malek and his wife Nargis. Assistant director of ACC's head office Syed Nazrul Islam lodged the case on February 14,2021. According to the case, Abdul Malek (currently suspended) amassed Tk 1,50,31,810 illegally but submitted a false statement of Tk 93,53,648 to ACC. Malek was also made lone accused in the case for concealing information regarding his wealth. Later Malek and his wife Nargis Begum were made accused in the case. READ: DGHS driver Malek’s wife lands in jail According to the case statement, Malek directly assisted his wife in acquiring wealth worth Tk 1,10,92,050 beyond known sources of income. Earlier on Monday, A Dhaka court sentenced Abdul Malek to 30 years’ imprisonment in an arms case -- 15 years each under two sections of the relevant act. READ: DGHS driver gets 30 years in arms case