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Former Bangladesh home minister Sahara Khatun MP dies

July 10, 2020

Senior Awami League leader and former home minister Sahara Khatun has died at a Bangkok hospital at the age of 77. The MP from Dhaka-18 breathed her last at 11:25pm BdST on Thursday, said her aide and relative Anisur Rahman, who was accompanying her there. Party chief Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has mourned her longtime confidante Sahara. President Md Abdul Hamid said in a condolence message that Bangladesh has lost a dedicated politician through the death of Sahara Khatun. Sahara Khatun was admitted to a hospital in Dhaka on Jun 2 with a fever, allergy and other preexisting conditions and later moved to the intensive care unit when her condition deteriorated. She was flown to Thailand and admitted to Bumrungrad Hospital last Monday. A member of the Awami League's presidium, Sahara Khatun is a three-time MP from the Dhaka seat. She was made the home minister in 2009 and later served as the post and telecommunication minister. ...

Govt to mitigate Covid-hit people’s woes: PM

June 11, 2020

DHAKA: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said her government is trying its best to mitigate the woes of the people hit hard by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. She said: “There is a huge population who remain out of the attention of the society….but we are trying our best to minimise their ordeal and sorrow by extending support to them in various ways.” The prime minister was taking part in a discussion on an obituary reference brought by Jatiya Sangsad Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the inaugural sitting of the eighth session of the 11th parliament. The Leader of the House also reiterated that she will continue to do everything necessary so that the people don’t go through hardship due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The eighth session which is also the budget session of the Jatiya Sangsad (JS) for the fiscal year (FY) 2020-’21 began this afternoon maintaining the health guidelines and social distancing in view of the COVID-19 situation in the country. At the outset of the day’s proceedings, the Speaker brought the obituary reference on distinguished persons who died since the 7th session of the 11th Jatiya Sangsad. Sheikh Hasina said she is not afraid of death and she returned to Bangladesh for doing something for the people of the country. “I didn’t come here to survive, rather to sacrifice the life for the people. So, there is nothing to be afraid of here,” she said in response to a suggestion of Opposition Chief Whip Md Mashiur Rahman Ranga. Ranga, joining the discussion, suggested that the Prime Minister can virtually join the parliament session through videoconference from her residence considering her safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic. A one-minute silence was observed and a munajat offered seeking eternal peace of the departed souls.  The Parliament later unanimously adopted the condolence motion expressing profound grief at the demise of the sitting MP and the noted personalities.  ...

Bangladesh reports minimum Covid-19 spread among Rohingyas

June 11, 2020

DHAKA: Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN in New York Ambassador Rabab Fatima has said different measures taken by the government have kept Covid-19 spread among the Rohingya population to a minimum level. The PR also mentioned that the Rohingyas had been included in Bangladesh’s national COVID response and recovery plans. She was speaking at the high-level panel discussion on “Addressing the increasing complexity of health challenges in humanitarian context” in the 2020 ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment (HAS) on Tuesday June 10).  Sharing Bangladesh’s experience, the PR stated that Bangladesh’s hosting of the 1.1 million Rohingyas from Myanmar demonstrated its commitment to humanity and human rights. Rabab Fatima briefed the meeting about some of the efforts of the government to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in the Rohingya camps which include steps taken to put in place hygiene and social distance measures and setting up of temporary isolation centres while ensuring that humanitarian operations such as food, nutrition, water and sanitation programmes continued unhindered. Morocco as the Vice President of the ECOSOC had chaired the ECOSOC HAS meeting while Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mr. Mark Lowcock moderated the discussion. Earlier, the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres addressed the HAS and mentioned that health emergencies such as the COVID 19 pandemic could exacerbate any humanitarian crisis, and therefore, the refuges and other people in humanitarian situations were being given high priority in the UN’s Global Humanitarian Response Plan. Ms. Sigrid Kaag, the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development of the Netherlands participated in the meeting and said that after striking first in the some of the world’s wealthiest countries, COVID-19 was now ravaging countries where health systems were not as advanced, and where people had fewer...

Allegations of irregularities against a PDB residential engineer in Ishwarganj

June 08, 2020

Ishwarganj Correspondent: There are allegations of various irregularities against PDB's residential engineer Abdullah Al Noman in Mymensingh's Ishwarganj. It is known that he was supposed to stay at work locally as a residential engineer but he lived in Mymensingh city instead of working. At different times customers go to the office with different problems but he is not available. He does not receive calls from government mobile numbers. As a result, the customers have to face financial loss by falling into the clutches of the brokers. He also used the emergency electric car for daily commute to Mymensingh. He has to travel 4 times a day to Mymensingh Ishwarganj by government vehicle and as a result he is wasting government oil for his personal work. Meanwhile, people are lost in the suffering of electricity. When it rains lightly, the electricity goes off. After a while Uki left again. As a result, electronic equipment is being destroyed. Asked about his various allegations, he said he was not willing to make any statement without the permission of the Press Secretary of the Power Development Board. ...

Abul Khair repaired the road with his own funds

June 02, 2020

Istiak Ahmed Ishak: Abul Khair, president of Upazila Juba League, repaired the road of Chagal Bazar adjacent to the bridge of Ishwarganj municipal town of Mymensingh in the second phase on his own initiative. He had repaired the road before. Ishwarganj is a first class municipality. Although other roads in the city have been developed, this road has not been developed. Paddy jute is taken from the village to the market by this road. Thousands of school and college students travel through this road. This road is needed even if you go to the hospital. Local traders and pedestrians have been suffering from this road for several years. When it rains, the road freezes and turns into mud like a dirt road. As a result, people have to go around a lot of other roads. The road has already been sanded several times. But after a while, the situation is the same. When the locals repeatedly informed the municipal mayor about the matter, he said that the tender has been held and he has been passing it year after year. After two months of continuous lockdown, when the shops have started to open, people from the villages have started coming to the market to buy and sell, they are having to suffer like before. Seeing such a miserable situation, a local journalist posted a video footage on his Facebook wall. After watching the video, Ishwarganj Upazila Juba League president Abul Khair. He watched the video and repaired the road last Sunday on his own initiative. Local businessman Aminul Islam Sohag said the road had become impassable during the monsoons for several years. After 2 months of lockdown, the shop was allowed to open but there was no opportunity to do business due to the road. If a car went through the road, mud and water would come into the shop. Juba League president Khair's brother has repaired the road and now at least one can sit in the shop in peace. Abdul Khaleq Saudagar, president of Ishwarganj Patbazar Businessmen's Association, said it was urgent to...

Jamiatul Modarechin is taking relief from the house of the unemployed

April 04, 2020

Khairul Islam Al Amin: The Corona virus is a catastrophic world. Bangladesh is not outside. General leave and lockdown are under the direct direction of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. In this situation, the unemployed have become unemployed. Relief is being distributed among the deprived of the benefit of the government nationwide. Besides, the largest non-political organization of Madrasa and Aleem society, Bangladesh Jamiatul Modareshin decided to stand beside the afflicted people.As part of this, relief distribution is being carried out among the unemployed poor throughout the country under the financial support of the Central Committee, under the direction of President AMM Bahauddin and under the guidance of Secretary General Maulana Shabbir Ahmed Momtazi. Jamiatul Modareshin Mymensingh district branch president and daily Mymensingh daily editor. Hundreds of unemployed people were rushed to their homes in Char Ghagara village of Mymensingh Sadar upazila on Friday morning under the leadership of Idris Khan. The ingredients included were rice, lentils, soap, oil, potatoes, masks, handsets, and herbs. The principal said. Idris Khan said the Bangladesh Alia Madrasah is a non-political professional organization of the teachers of the country. This organization has been working to improve the quality of Madrasah education. Not only the quality of education, but also the help of the disadvantaged people in the adverse situation of the country, Jamiatul Modarechin. In the past, we have distributed relief to helpless people in various natural disasters such as Sidor, Ayala, Hurricanes, flood victims. During the winter we distribute the winter clothes to the poor. Now, to prevent the spread of the corona virus, it is necessary to pray more and more to Allah in prayer. At the same time, we all have to stay in the house with rules. "We must follow the rules to prevent the coronary virus," he added. If you do not follow the rules, it will be impossible to...

Discussion on the issues of Madrasah teachers and students in dealing with the ongoing crisis

April 01, 2020

Jamaatul Modareshin Secretary General Maulana Shabbir Ahmed Mumtazi discussed the issues of Madrasa teachers and students in the ongoing crisis. https://youtu.be/tqTFOGlVb-g ...

Healthy diet tips for dengue patients

November 26, 2019

As dengue fever is alarmingly spreading across the country, it is very important to take measures including food habits which will effectively minimise the risk of the disease. One of the risk factors in case of dengue is that it may reduce the platelet level of the patient’s body to such a significant extent that it could be fatal. Our body requires sufficient vitamins, minerals and protein for bone marrow health which produces platelets. Here are few food items that are full of nutrients and will help to raise the platelet count of a dengue patient and help him recover at the earliest. Vegetables Vegetables such as spinach, pumpkin, paprika, carrot, watercress, celery, broccoli and beet root will trigger your platelet levels and help you purify your body. Do not hesitate to eat these foods raw after cleaning properly. Spinach is a food that promotes health in various aspects. They stand out for their significant contribution of protein and Vitamin K, which participates in the metabolism of coagulation factors and also helps to reduce the risk of excessive bleeding. Pumpkin, including seeds, has amino acids and vitamins essential for platelet formation. Its regular consumption improves the absorption of proteins and vitamin A, which are nutrients that participate in the production of these small cells. Additionally, since it contains powerful anti-oxidants, pumpkin is ideal for inhibiting the negative effects of toxins and free radicals. Beet root is full of anti-oxidants that help prevent platelet reduction due to the effects of free radicals. Its contribution of vitamins A, C and K, in addition to minerals, helps prevent the deterioration of blood vessels and the development of circulatory problems. Drinking beet root juice regularly also strengthens the body’s immunity. Fruits Both Vitamin C and Vitamin K are essential to increase the platelet count. Hence, we should not only consume citrus fruits such as lemon, orange, kiwi or tangerines,...

Don’t form local committee with relatives: Quader

November 26, 2019

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader today asked his party’s rank and file not to form any grassroots committee comprised of "family members or relatives". “Educated person with clean image is needed now. If we want to save democracy, we will have to save Awami League,” Quader came up with the call while addressing a triennial council of Rangpur district and city units of Awami League at Public Library ground in the city this noon. Quader also read transport and bridges minister also asked the party’s local level leaders and workers to say no to the ‘seasonal birds’ and opportunists in the party’s leadership. The ruling Awami League has plunged into a serious image crisis as top brass of its different wings including Jubo League and Chhatra League have been caught for their involvement in corruption and irregularities. To retrieve the party’s smashed image, Awami League has started purification drive within the party sounding a note of caution that no one will be speared how powerful the wrongdoers are. Amid the purification drive, Awami League youth wing Jubo League on November 26 made Sheikh Fazle Shams Parash new chairman and Mainul Hossain Khan Nikhil general secretary with its five expelled top leaders in jail over corruption allegations. Pointing finger at the local level leaders, Quader said, “Power doesn’t sustain forever. Don’t abuse power just be modest to win people’s minds.” Calling upon the people in the area to stay with Awami League for continuation of development in the country, he said his government must eliminate corruption from the country for the sake of its overall development. Awami League Presidium Member Ramesh Chandra inaugurated the council while Momotaz Uddin Ahmed acting president of Rangpur district unit was presiding over the council. ...

Pro-BNP activists clash with police at HC intersection

November 26, 2019

Hundreds of activists of the Jatiyatabadi Muktijuddher Projonmo took to the streets after a programme at the National Press Club auditorium on Tuesday. They later occupied the High Court intersection for an hour and vandalised a number of vehicles on the road, according to some onlookers. Activists of pro-BNP Jatiyatabadi Muktijuddha Dal blocked the road in front of the Supreme Court on Tuesday to demand the release of jailed BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia. Photo: Asif Mahmud OvePolice later brought the situation under control by firing tear-gas shells at the protesters, said Ramna Division Deputy Commissioner Sajjadur Rahman. Activists organised a programme at the Press Club in the morning demanding the release of Khaleda. BNP's standing committee member Moudud Ahmed was scheduled to be the chief guest at the event but the senior lawyer failed to turn up citing his engagements at the High Court. Under the circumstances, leaders of the organisation ended the programme ahead of schedule and brought out a procession. Activists of pro-BNP Jatiyatabadi Muktijuddha Dal blocked the road in front of the Supreme Court on Tuesday to demand the release of jailed BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia. Photo: Asif Mahmud OveA small group of policemen subsequently tried to stop the procession as it advanced from the Press Club. However, the activists ignored the police and proceeded to station themselves on the High Court intersection. The blockade brought traffic to a standstill from the Press Club to Matsya Bhaban area for about an hour. Later, tensions flared up after the presence of law enforcers in the area was increased. The protesters then proceeded to attack the police, forcing the law enforcers to retaliate. The situation started to normalise after 2:30 pm, police said. ...