Dhaka, Sept 20 (UNB) – The area from Shahbagh to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) is going to have a facelift as the government plans to reconstruct some major structures.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said four large structures – the National Museum, the Public Library, the Teacher-Student Centre (TSC) of Dhaka University and the DMCH – will be reconstructed.
She said this on Thursday night at her official residence Ganobhaban, PM’s Deputy Press Secretary Hasan Jahid Tusher told UNB.
Sheikh Hasina said there were only 4,000-5,000 students when the TSC was constructed in the 1960s. But the number of DU students and teachers is now over 40,000. Besides, TSC auditorium and cafeteria are decades old.
Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH)
Sheikh Hasina said the TSC will be reconstructed so that the TSC complex can accommodate the huge number of teachers and students, offices of various cultural and socio-political organisations.
An international standard auditorium will also be constructed at the TSC, she said, adding that a plan to develop the TSC complex has already been prepared.
About the Public Library, she said the international standard will be maintained while reconstructing the structure to make it very eye-catching.
The size of the Public Library will be doubled to accommodate the larger number of readers and researchers. Those who will go there can also enjoy the aesthetic beauty of the library complex.
The area centering a pond will be turned into a beautiful place for readers to pass time, she added.
Public Library at Shahbagh
Sheikh Hasina said the plan and design of the museum have already been prepared to construct it anew to give it a fresh aesthetic view.
About the DMCH, the Prime Minister said the hospital will be reconstructed to allow it serve 4,000-5,000 patients at a time. The DMCH will be equipped with modern facilities and equipment, she said.
The Prime Minister said the metro rail will be made soundproof on the Shahbagh-TSC-Doel Chattar route for maintaining a congenial atmosphere for education on the campus.
She said DU students have nothing to worry as the metro rail will not disrupt the atmosphere.
Referring to the protest of a group of students against the construction of metro rail route and its station on the DU campus, Sheikh Hasina said she herself fixed the route considering the welfare of people from all classes.
The Prime Minister said she fixed the Shahbagh-TSC-Doel Chattar route considering the wellbeing of the students and patients alongside the common people.
“It’ll be computerised and [there’ll be] latest model electronic trains which will automatically have a stoppage in very station,” she was quoted as saying.
Hasina said a large international standard platform will be constructed in the TSC area considering the movement of huge students.
The government will also construct a large underpass in front of the Bangla Academy considering the movement of students and the Ekushey Book Fair, she said.
The DU students will largely be benefited due to the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), said the Prime Minister.
She said the construction work of the metro rail was continuing in full swing. The entire Dhaka city will be brought under metro rail network by constructing underground rail (tube) and elevated rail in various places.
She said the government will also construct elevated ring roads surrounding Dhaka city to facilitate the movement of the city dwellers.
The Prime Minister was talking to senior leaders of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), the student front of Bangladesh Awami League on Thursday night.
The BCL leaders, led by their new Acting President Al-Nahean Khan Joy and new Acting General Secretary Lekhak Bhattacharjee, met Sheikh Hasina, who is the organisational guardian of the BCL.
Dhaka, Sept 20 (UNB) – Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on Friday detained five people, including Kalabagan Krira Chakra President Safiqul Alam Firoz, and recovered a pistol and yaba from the club’s office.
The four others – Hafizul Islam, Harun, Anwar and Lition Mia – are office staff, RAB-2 Commanding Officer Ashik Billah told the media.
They were detained around 1pm as they came out of the office for offering Jum’a prayers. Rab personnel asked them some questions and took them away in a car.
Firoz is a former member of Krishak League’s central committee.
During the raid, Rab said, they recovered coins used in gambling, 572 packets of cards, a foreign-made pistol, bullets and yellow-coloured yaba pills.
The men will be made accused in cases under the Narcotics and Arms Acts, the Rab officer said.
“We had information that illegal activities were carried out at the club office for a long time,” the CO said.
Meanwhile, the elite force conducted another drive at Dhanmondi Club and sealed it off.
Mohammad Shahabuddin, SP of Rab-2, said they conducted the drive as part of the action against drug abuse, illegal running of casinos and gambling.
During the drive, Rab Headquarters Executive Magistrate Gausul Azam sealed off the bar of the club.
On Wednesday, Rab arrested Jubo League leader Khalid Mahmud Bhuiyan from Gulshan for reportedly running an illegal casino.
On Friday, Jubo League’s central leader GK Shamim was arrested from Niketan area with illegal firearms and a huge amount of money.
Abu Dhabi, Sept 20 (UNB) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday reached Abu Dhabi on her way to New York to attend the 74th UN General Assembly.
A special flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines that departed Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 3:35pm landed at Abu Dhabi International Airport, UAE at 6:15pm (local time).
Bangladesh Ambassador to UAE Mohammad Imran welcomed her at the airport.
On September 22, the Prime Minister will depart from Abu Dhabi International Airport for John F Kennedy International Airport at 10:30am (local time) by Etihad Airways. Ambassador Imran will see her off at the airport.
She will arrive at the John F Kennedy International Airport at 4:25pm (local time).
Mohammad Ziauddin, the Bangladesh Ambassador to the USA, and Masud Bin Momen, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN, will welcome her there.
At the UNGA, the Prime Minister may place new proposals to find a solution to the long-drawn Rohingya crisis which is affecting Bangladesh badly.
Dhaka, Sept 20 (UNB)- Two days after his arrest on charge of running an illegal casino inside a club in the capital, Jubo League on Friday expelled its Dhaka south city unit organising secretary Khalid Mahmud Bhuiyan from the organisation.
Jubo League general secretary Harun-ur-Rashid said the action was taken against Khalid for violating the organisational discipline.
He said an emergency meeting of Jubo League central committee took the decision to expel Khalid as various allegations were brought against him.
On Wednesday, members of Rab arrested Khalid, also president of Fakirerpool Youngmen’s Club, from Gulshan area for running an illegal casino in the club.
Separate courts on Thursday placed Khalid, organising secretary of Dhaka South city unit of Jubo League, on a seven-day remand in two cases filed against him.
RAB personnel carried out simultaneous raids on his home and Young Men's Club. The law enforcers seized three firearms from his residence and detained 142 people, including two women, from the club along with huge alcohol, gambling equipment and Tk 24 lakh.
Dhaka, Sept 20 (UNB) - Planning Minister MA Mannan on Friday said the government is working to improve cancer treatment in the country.
“We’ve cleared some medical projects last Tuesday and some others are in the pipeline,” he said at Dhaka Cancer Summit 2019 held at a city hotel.
Medical Oncology Society in Bangladesh (MOSB) organised the event titled 'Sharing the experiences, Making the differences'.
Mannan said thousands of patients from Bangladesh go abroad for treatment although the country has better medical institutions that provide good services.
“We have to change our mentality about going abroad for treatment. We want to improve the medical sector,” he said.
The minister acknowledged that Bangladesh lacked many things including infrastructure and knowledge. “We have to work in every sector to ensure better services for the people,” he said.
Mannan urged the doctors to work cordially at district and upazila levels.
Prof Abul Ahsan Didar, convener of organising committee of the summit, delivered the welcome speech.
Dr Md Rafiqul Islam, General Secretary of MOSB, said the number of cancer patients in the country is increasing day by day.
“Around 1,50,000 cancer patients die in the country every year,” he said.
Dhaka Medical College (DMC) Principal Prof Dr Khan Abul Kalam Azad urged the government to adopt good plans for every sector.
“Skilled manpower is needed for providing better treatment in the country,” he added.
Prof Dr Kanak Kanti Barua, Vice-Chancellor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), said cancer is now a major challenge for the country.
He noted that this important sector did not have enough skilled manpower compared to the total population of the country. “So, we have to lay emphasis here,” he said.
Prof Parveen Shahida Akhter, president of MOSB, Prof Dr MA Hai, chief patron of the summit, and Mohammad Ebadul Karim, MP, and others were also present.