Training academy to be established for fire service men: Minister

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Fire Academy will be established in Gazaria of Munshiganj district to ensure modern training facilities for the fire service men, said Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Thursday.

“Already the acquisition work of 100.92 acres of land in Gazaria is at final stage and 1000 members of fire services will get training at the academy at a time,” he said talking at a programe on the occasion of Fire Service and Civil Defense Week held at Mirpur Fire Service Training complex in the city.

The government has sent 1,169 members of fire service abroad for training purpose and once the new academy is opened we will be able to provide training to the members of fire service here, said Asaduzzaman.

Currently, the Fire Service and Civil Defense has the capability to conduct rescue operation in 20-storey buildings and the government is trying to strengthen the capability of fire service like those in developed countries , he added.

Besides, the number of ambulances has been increased to 190 from the existing 63 and steps will be taken to provide ambulances to all fire service stations, said the Minister.

The government also procured some equipment for extinguishing fire and conducting rescue operation like remote control firefighting units and drone which are used in developed countries.

Alongside increasing the capability of the organization, the government is working to ensure all facilities for the staff and employees of the organization.

There are some 456 fire service stations across the country and some 109 more will be built within the next fiscal year, said Asaduzzaman.

Besides, the construction work of 11 modern fire stations in Dhaka, Narayanganj and Chattogram industrial area and Rooppur Power Plant area is underway.

Talking about the manpower of the fire service, the Minister said currently13,400 members are working and a project has been taken to increase its manpower to 25,000.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

2 missing as trawler capsizes in Shitalakkhya

At least two women went missing after a passenger trawler capsized in the River Shitalakkhya of Narayanganj’s Rupganj upazila Wednesday night.

The women are Chaity (17) and Jabeda (40) of Chanpara area of the upazila.

Montu Kumar Das, sub-Inspector of Chanpara River Police Outpost, said: “The trawler sank with 20 passengers aboard at around 9pm. Of them, 18 managed to swim to safety. However, two remain missing.”

“We informed the river police and fire service officials of the accident.”

Source: United News of Bangladesh

SC forms 5-member committee to prevent sexual harassment

The Supreme Court has formed a five-member committee to receive complaints of sexual harassment, investigate those and make necessary recommendations.

Justice Krishna Debnath, a High Court judge, has been made the chairman of the committee.

Other members of the committee are- High Court division judge Justice Kazi Zinat Hoque, Md Badrul Alam Bhuiyan, Registrar of the Appellate Division, Advocate Fawzia Karim and Assistant Attorney General Advocate Tamanna Ferdous.

The committee has been formed following a High Court order issued in 2009, said a statement issued by Md Ali Akbar, Registrar of the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

On August 7, 2008, a writ petition was filed with the High Court seeking its directive to prevent sexual harassment of women and children at workplaces and educational institutions.

Following the writ petition, the HC on May 14, 2009, issued an order to form a committee to prevent sexual harassment of women, girls and children in all institutions, including educational institutions, government and non-government organizations and media houses in the country.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Fuel price hike: transporters to go on indefinite strike from Friday

Bus, truck and covered van owners called an indefinite nationwide strike from Friday in protest against fuel price hike.

Convenor of Bangladesh Truck-Covered Van, Tank Lorry and Prime Movers Owners and Workers Coordination Council Md Rustom Ali announced their decision on Thursday following an emergency meeting of the organization.

Leaders of the organization said the government raised the toll of Bangabandhu Bridge and Muktarpur Bridge from 257 per cent to 300 per cent “illogically” on November 2 and then it raised the prices of fuel, said a press release.

Transport movement had remained suspended for a long time due to Covid in the last two years. When the transport owners are trying to make a turnaround from their huge losses caused by Covid shutdown, the decision of raising bridge toll and fuel price was announced, they added.

UNB Rajshahi correspondent reports that the transport owners and workers have decided to suspend their services from 6:00am on Friday protesting the price hike.

Mahatab Hossain Chowdhury, general secretary of Rajshahi District Motor Workers’ Union, confirmed the decision.

They also demanded the bus fare be adjusted in line with the fuel price hike.

On Wednesday, the government raised the prices of diesel and kerosene at the retail level.

As per the new price, the diesel and kerosene will be selling at Tk 80 per litre instead of Tk 65 with effect from zero hour on Thursday, said a press release of the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources.

It said the prices of other petroleum products will remain unchanged.

It clarified that the Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) has been incurring a loss of Tk 20 crore per day as it is selling diesel at Tk 13.01 lower per litre and furnace oil at Tk 6.21 per litre, lower than their imported prices.

It said the petroleum prices have been readjusted against the backdrop of price hike of petroleum on the international market.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Cox’s Bazar airport expansion: Officials hope to get direct international flights by 2023

As the work on the expansion of Cox’s Bazar Airport runway gains momentum, officials involved with the project hope to get it ready for direct international flights by 2023, almost a year before the schedule.

“The runway expansion work is going on really fast,” director of the project Yunus Bhuiyan told UNB in a recent interview.

“Although the project is scheduled to be completed in May 2024, our target is to complete the work by November 2023,” he said.

Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority Air Vice Marshal M Mofidur Rahman said that Cox’s Bazar will have an international standard airport once the runway expansion work is completed.

He said Cox’s Bazar airport is going to find a place in the list of world’s most beautiful airports. Tourists from different parts of the world can come directly to the tourist centres of the region.

“Pretty soon it would turn into an international airport. New generation Boeing 777-300 ER, B-747, Airbus and other big planes will be able to take off at this airport. This would create a regional aviation hub at the airport,” he noted.

The runway will be expanded to 10,700 feet to become the longest runway in Bangladesh after the expansion project is completed. And 1,300 feet of the runway will run into the sea.

As part of the renovation the authorities have already completed construction of a new terminal building, increased supply of power, installation of airfield ground lighting system and other works

Sea sand filling work is underway near Sonadia Island in Maheshkhali, work on the terminal building inside the airport is nearly completed. Infrastructure and casting work on the terminal building has already been completed; finishing works will be done soon. Besides, the old terminal building is being repaired.

State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Md. Mahbub Ali said when the ongoing work is completed, the size of the runway will increase, the airport will be sophisticated and attractive. Hopefully, if the whole project is implemented, international flights will be operated. As a result, domestic and foreign tourists will be able to easily travel from here, he said.

The number of foreign tourists in Cox’s Bazar would increase and the country would benefit economically. Besides, travellers of Bangladesh could directly go to different countries using this airport, he said.

About the Project

According to project sources, the runway is being expanded through the acquisition of land towards the Maheshkhali Channel at Cox’s Bazar Airport. The cost of the project is Tk 1568.86 crore which is being financed by Civil Aviation Authority Bangladesh (CAAB).

For this project, CAAB authorities signed an agreement with China’s Changjiang Waterway Engineering Bureau (CYWEB) and China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) on January 9 this year.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the operation of Biman’s Boeing 737 at the airport’s expanded runway in 2017. At that time, she directed to expand the runway further into the Bay of Bengal.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

BNP extends support to transport strike

BNP on Thursday extended its support to nationwide transport strike called in protest against the fuel price hike.

“We extend our full support to transport strike as the government has raised the fuel prices amid the growing price hike of essentials,” said BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.

Talking to reporters at his residence in the district town, he also said the current ‘unelected’ government has long been taking many anti-people decisions as per its whim since it has no accountability to people and parliament.

“It (govt) is increasing the prices of all essentials and fuels to make the pockets of ruling party men heavier,” the BNP leader said.

He said the fuel prices have been increased to give the Awami League-backed oil and LPG importers a scope for making a quick buck.

Fakhrul voiced concern that the prices of all essentials will increase further with the increase in fuel prices.

“People are now going through serious sufferings to cope with the soaring prices of essentials. Their lives will become more miserable with the further hike in necessary goods,” he said.

The BNP leader also said the fresh fuel price hike will create huge pressure on the economy and many commodities will go beyond people’s buying capacity.

He alleged that the government is least bothered about public sufferings as it is not elected by their votes.

Earlier in the day, the Bangladesh Truck-Covered Van, Tank Lorry and Prime Movers Owners and Workers Coordination Council called an indefinite nationwide strike from Friday in protest against the fuel price hike.

Leaders of the organization said the government raised the toll of Bangabandhu Bridge and Muktarpur Bridge from 257 percent to 300 percent “illogically” on November 2 and then it raised the prices of fuel, said a press release.

On Wednesday, the government raised the prices of diesel and kerosene at the retail level.

Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) said the petroleum prices have been readjusted against the backdrop of price hike of petroleum on the international market.

Meanwhile, the price of private operators’ liquified petroleum gas (LPG) has been raised to Tk 1,313 per 12-kg container from Tk 1259 with effect from Thursday (Nov 4) at the retail level.

Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) announced the new price at a press briefing.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Remembering ‘Playback King’ Andrew Kishore

Thursday marks the 66th birth anniversary of legendary singer Andrew Kishore, widely regarded as the “Playback King” and one of the most iconic singers in Bangladesh.

Born to Khitish Chandra Baroi and Minu Baroi on November 4, 1955, at Rajshahi in Bangladesh (then East Pakistan), Kishore, a Christian by birth, completed his master’s degree in commerce from Rajshahi University in 1977.

At the age of six, Kishore started taking music lessons from Abdul Aziz Bachchu, who was the chief music director of Rajshahi Betar at that time — and Kishore got his first break via participating in a talent hunt project organised in Dhaka by Shahidul Islam, the then director of the Transcription Service of Bangladesh Betar.

Soon after recognising Kishore’s potential, Bangladesh Betar (previously Radio Bangladesh) signed him as a vocalist in the areas of modern, folk, patriotic, Nazrul, and Tagore songs.

Kishore’s great adventure in Dhallywood began with the film ‘Mail Train’ (1977). ‘Ochinpurer Rajkumari Nei Je Tar Keu’, composed by Saley Alam Khan, was his debut playback song.

After receiving critical recognition for the song ‘Ek Chor Jay Chole’, penned by Alam Khan in ‘Protigga’ (1979), Kishore never had to look back on his great musical career.

Remembered for his iconic tracks, including ‘Jiboner Golpo, Achhe Baki Olpo’, ‘Amar Buker Moddhe Khane’, ‘Dak Diyachhen Doyal Amare’, ‘Hayre Manush Rongin Fanush’, ‘Amar Shara Deho Kheyo Go Mati’, ‘Amar Babar Mukhe Prothom Jedin Shunechilam Gaan’, ‘Bhengeche Pinjor Meleche Dana’, ‘Bhalobese Gelam Shudhu’, and ‘Shobai To Bhalobasha Chae’, Kishore sang nearly 15,000 songs in his career.

Apart from being a prolific singer with a versatile and deeply melodic voice, Kishore also tried to inspire a new generation of singers through platforms like ‘Bangladeshi Idol’ as one of its judges.

For his tremendous contribution to the film industry of the country, Kishore won Bangladesh National Film Award eight times as the ‘Best Male Playback Singer’ for ‘Boro Bhalo Lok Chhilo’ (1982), ‘Surrender’ (1987), ‘Khotipuron’ (1989), ‘Padma Meghna Jamuna’ (1991), ‘Kabul’ (1996), ‘Aaj Gaye Holud’ (2000), ‘Saajghor’ (2007) and ‘Ki Jadu Korila’ (2008), alongside five prestigious Bachsas Awards and three Meril-Prothom Alo Awards, to name a few.

The eminent singer passed away on July 6, 2020, due to Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

BUET’s only female dorm christened Sabequn Nahar Sony Hall

Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) has decided to christen its only female residential dormitory Sabequn Nahar Sony Hall.

Sabequn Nahar Sony was a second-year chemical engineering student of BUET. She was killed in crossfire of a gunfight between two factions of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), the student wing of then ruling BNP, on June 8, 2002.

This decision was taken at the 526th meeting of the university’s Syndicate on November 3, Dr Md Forkan Uddin, registrar of the university, said in a statement.

Dr Mizanur Rahman, director of student welfare of the university, told UNB that the female dorm was named after Sabequn Nahar Sony, following a demand from the students.

Besides, another under-construction residential hall for the female students of the university has been named after Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnessa Mujib.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Teenage girl ‘commits suicide’ in Dhaka

A teenage girl allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan in Uttar Badda area of Dhaka on Thursday.

The deceased was identified as Ava Akter Ava,13, a student of class V of Satarkul High School and daughter of Mohon Molla of Balakandi village of Sokhipur Upazila in Shariatpur district.

According to family, Ava took her life after an altercation with her younger brother Abid, 10, over a trifling matter.

On information, police recovered the body and sent it to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) morgue for an autopsy, said DMCH police outpost in-charge Md Bacchu Mia.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

How to Bathe Babies during Winter?

With the incoming winter, new mothers or mothers in general might be wondering how to keep their newborn or older baby safe and healthy during the months while the weather outside turns bitterly cold. It is a no-brainer to keep them warm in woolen clothes and carry them in a comfortable stroller when outside, but it is also needed to keep them warm inside the home, especially during bath time. It is critical to keep the baby warm and comfortable throughout the bathing process, especially when the pyjamas are removed. This is important at any time of year, but especially in the winter. Let’s look at some of the ways how a baby can be effectively bathed during the winter season.

Things to remember before giving baby bath during Winter

Warming the room up

It is of paramount importance to make sure the inside temperature of the room is warm and comfortable before one can start undressing the baby and getting him ready for his baby bathtub. Because colds can be particularly uncomfortable for a baby’s skin, raise the temperature in the home by one or two degrees. If the bathroom feels cold in the winter, one can also utilize a portable heater. Installing a bathroom heater light if one owns the property can also be a great idea. These provide immediate heat as soon as they are turned on, helping to keep the child’s upper body warm while they are in the bath.

Using water of right temperature

Bathing in frigid water is a no-no, and it would not be well received. So use the lure of a good warm shower or bath to entice them to clean up. It will be both good for health and simple for one to persuade them. Warmer water may seem more comfortable for the infant now that the weather is cooler, but do not turn the hot water tap on too high.

Warm water at a temperature of roughly 90° to 100° F is preferable to hot water, which can be unhealthy for the child. One can also feel the temperature with the elbow or wrist to make sure it is just right. Also, do not let the baby soak in the tub for too long. After only a few minutes, he may become chilly and his skin may become dry.

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Tips to bathe babies during winter

Keeping the clothes ready

Keep the toddler’s pajamas or clothing laid out and ready to wear as soon as they are dry. Avoid getting into a position where one has to search for their garments while they are turning blue and complaining about the cold. Always have the bath time items and a fresh diaper on hand before putting the baby in the tub, as they cannot be left alone. Having the baby’s pajamas nearby in the winter, one will be able to dress her as soon as she gets out of the bath, before she gets chilly.

To begin, wrap the infant in a hooded towel once he or she has gotten out of the tub. This will protect her from sickness by keeping her moist head covered. One can then start dressing the baby in a fresh diaper and clean pair of pajamas while keeping her head covered with the towel.

Drying the hair first

They might start shivering straight immediately if their hair is damp, so focus on drying the child’s hair first, especially if he or she has long hair. Wet hair might make children feel cold for longer periods of time, even after they have been dressed up again. One can even use a hooded towel to aid in the initial drying of the hair.

Sponge baths

Instead of giving a full bath, babies and infants can be given lukewarm sponge baths to avoid all the hassle. In this case, taking a clean sponge or a towel and then dipping it in lukewarm water should do the trick. Make sure to wring out the excess water. The sponge should be pressed all over the baby’s body and then a dry towel should be used immediately to dry out the baby’s skin.


Everyone knows how crucial it is to moisturize the skin throughout the year, and infant skin is no different. To keep some of the moisture on the baby’s skin after a bath, pat him dry. Then, after each bath, make sure to moisturize the infant. Increase the baby’s moisturizer from a cream to a moisturizing ointment as soon as he or she shows signs of dry skin. The most efficient way to prevent water loss from the skin is to use ointments that contain at least 80% oil. When applying ointments to damp skin, they will feel less oily.

Keeping the windows shut

If at all possible, keep the doors and windows shut. They will feel cold after the bath if cold air seeps in via the doors and windows, so close them before one starts the bath. They will start shivering as soon as they get out of the water, so wrap them in a dry towel as soon as possible. If the towel has been warmed on a hot towel rail, it would be even better.

Irregular baths

Bathing the child every day is not necessary. During the winter, a bath every two or three days is sufficient. For an infant, a light sponge bath every few days will suffice. During the cold, babies do not sweat as much. As a result, if one lives in a very cold area, one can forgo giving the children a regular wash. Every other day, take a warm sponge bath and every third day, take a full bath.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Dhaka, Delhi plan exchange of visits eying Dec 6, 16 mega events

Bangladesh and India are working together eyeing two mega events next month – Maitri Diwas and Victory Day of Bangladesh – on December 6 and December 16 respectively with exchange of high-level visits, officials said.

Bangladesh is celebrating the Golden Jubilee of its Independence and the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Bangladesh and India decided to commemorate December 6 as Maitri Diwas (Friendship Day), the day when India recognized Bangladesh in 1971.

Indian President Ram Nath Kovind is likely to visit Bangladesh on December 16 and 17 at the invitation of his Bangladesh counterpart Abdul Hamid to attend the Victory Day celebrations apart from his other key engagements, said a diplomatic source, adding that the two sides are working to give it a final shape.

If it is confirmed, this will be the first visit by the 14th President of India to Bangladesh as he was sworn in on 25 July, 2017.

On March 26 to 27, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid a state visit to Bangladesh from 26 to 27 March 2021 to join the celebrations of the Golden Jubilee of the Independence of Bangladesh, the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and 50 years of establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Bangladesh.

The visit symbolised the partnership of half a century between Bangladesh and India that has strengthened, matured and evolved as a model for bilateral relations for the entire region, both sides reconized.

During the visit, the Prime Minister of India called on President Abdul Hamid. Modi laid a wreath at the National Martyrs’ Memorial at Savar as a mark of respect to the memory and contribution of the great freedom fighters of Bangladesh.

He also paid rich tribute and respect to the memory of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at the Bangabandhu Mausoleum in Tungipara, Gopalganj.

To cherish this landmark day in history – December 6 -, the government of Bangladesh and the government of India are jointly organizing a “Logo and Backdrop” designing competition.

The logo and backdrop are to represent the spirit of the Bangladesh Liberation War, the ideology and vision of the Bangladeshi struggle, and the spirit of fraternity and solidarity extended to this struggle by the people of India, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The contest is open to all the citizens of India and Bangladesh, resident in respective countries or anywhere in the world. The last date for accepting entries has been extended up to November 13.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Rock icon James to headline Brandmyth’s winter concert in city

Transcending the absence period of winter concerts in the city, Brandmyth Communications is organising ‘November Rain’ at the International Convention City, Bashundhara, (ICCB) in Dhaka on November 12, to be headlined by rock legend James.

In addition to James and his band Nagarbaul, seven other popular bands — Artcell, Black, Cryptic Fate, Viking, Plasmic Knock, Savagery and Fuge — will perform at the mega concert at ICCB’s Hall-4.

Fuad Ruhanee Khan, one of the organisers, told UNB that this early winter rock concert will help bring back the festivity for the hard rock and heavy metal fans who have waited so long due to the pandemic restrictions.

“After a long hiatus, our beloved rock icon James is returning to concerts with this mega event, which makes this concert even more special. Another highlight of the concert is that the three bands of the ‘ABC generation’ — Artcell, Black and Cryptic Fate — will perform on the same stage once again after so long.

“We’re putting on this show to bring the audience back to normalcy after a long period of the pandemic, inviting them to enjoy their lives and feel like themselves again. We’re hosting such an event featuring a variety of activities and engagements, in order to try to get back into the swing of things,” he told UNB.

One of the most beloved Bengali rockstars in the world, James made a brief comeback to the stage earlier this year. On March 12, he took the stage at the PSC Convention Hall, Mirpur, in the capital.

Meanwhile, Brandmyth Communication arranged the first-ever ‘Coffee Carnival’ concert in Bangladesh at the same venue on October 1st, presented by Dan Cake and powered by Nescafe, to celebrate ‘International Coffee Day 2021’, featuring several popular bands including Nemesis, Shironamhin, AvoidRafa, Artcell, Encore, Arekta Rock Band and Savagery.

The tickets for ‘November Rain’ are available on the official website of Brandmyth Communication. On the concert day, the gates will open at 12 pm, while the main event will start at 3 pm and end at 10 pm.

Ticket price ranges from Tk 699 (regular) to Tk 1499 (VIP), depending on the choice of seats, according to the organisers.

Source: United News of Bangladesh