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Biker killed in Magura road crash

A 50-year-old biker was killed in a road crash in the Bhabobhati area of Magura on Monday afternoon, police said on Tuesday.

The deceased was identified as Subodh Kumar Shikdar, a resident of Shibrampur village under Magura municipality. He was a muhuri (deed writer) with the Arpara registry office.

Locals found him lying unconscious in the middle of the road. He was immediately rushed to Magura Sadar Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries, police said.

A case has been filed at the Magura police station. “The body was sent to the hospital morgue for an autopsy,” said acting OC of Magura police station Monjorul Alam.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Bangavax finally gets approval for human trial

Bangladesh Medical Research Council (BMRC) has approved in principle Globe Biotech Limited’s Covid-19 vaccine Bangavax for human trial.

“BMRC has given the approval in principle for administering Covid-19 vaccine of Bangavax and we’ll submit an application to the Bangladesh Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA), seeking its permission for the clinical trial. The administration of its jabs will start once the final approval is given,” said Dr Mohamamd Mohiuddin, senior manager of BMRC’s Quality and Regulatory Department.

BMRC Director Dr Ruhul Amin signed the letter of approval issued on Tuesday.

Globe Biotech Limited has claimed that Bangavax is 100% effective for fighting 11 variants of Covid-19, including the Delta variant.

On January 17, Globe Biotech, the only Bangladeshi company trying to develop a Covid-19 vaccine, submitted an application to the BMRC for approval to conduct Bangavax’s clinical trials.

On June 16, the BMRC decided to approve Globe Biotech’s Covid-19 vaccine, Bangavax, for human trials.

Globe Biotech received a licence to produce their potential vaccine for trial on December 28 last year.

The BMRC, which oversees all such trials, got back to them in June with certain conditions that had to be met before the clinical trials could go ahead.

The key condition was that Globe Biotech would have to run trials on monkeys or chimpanzees first.

One of the bottlenecks the company identified at the time was that the country did not have a third-party clinical research organization (CRO) that could conduct such tests on animals.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Helping Bangladeshi youths stage a comeback from Covid setbacks

Young people left unemployed by the Covid-19 pandemic can now dream of staging a comeback, thanks to a new initiative by the Uddokta project that aims to encourage entrepreneurship.

Uddokta — empowering entrepreneurs — a three-year (2020-2022) project was initially a partnership between Chevron and global nonprofit organisation iDE, signed in 2019 under Chevron’s Bangladesh Partnership Initiative (BPI).

Now, Uddokta has partnered with the Embassy of Switzerland to take this noble initiative forward. The formal integration was done at a recent event ‘Empowering people through our partnership’ in Dhaka.

Chevron’s director of corporate affairs, the deputy head of cooperation from Swiss Embassy and the Asia-Pacific vice president of iDE attended the event.

This partnership seeks to improve incomes and livelihoods of rural communities via enterprise development, creation of local entrepreneurs and strengthening market systems in Chevron BPI catchment areas of Sylhet division — Sylhet, Moulavibazar, and Habiganj.

In July 2021, Switzerland supported Uddokta through their Bangladesh Covid-19 response to increase the employment of youths and women affected by the pandemic in and around the project area.

In this joint collaboration, the Uddokta project will help improve the lives and livelihoods of over 2,600 youths by supporting micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and more than 100 local cooperatives with a strong emphasis on gender inclusivity and integration.

Apart from supporting the out-of-job youths, the project will focus on long-term sustainability through greater emphasis on climate-smart sectors in the four districts of Sylhet division — Sylhet, Moulavibazar, Habiganj and Sunamganj.

As the pandemic continues to impede the country’s economic activities, especially for Bangladeshi rural women and youths, the partnership also aims to promote an inclusive and non-discriminative society, and youth employment opportunities.

“The new partnership is appreciated for their innovative approach towards supporting youths affected by Covid-19,” said the director of corporate affairs, Chevron Bangladesh, Muhammad Imrul Kabir.

“With global attention on the annual UN Climate Change Conference of COP26, the Uddokta project will be prioritising green growth and initiatives for the betterment of rural communities in the future.”

iDE vice president for Asia-Pacific, Deepak Khadka said: “Sustainability will be key to the programme as well as developing solutions to challenges and accelerating the results of the programme.”

The deputy head of cooperation from the Embassy of Switzerland, Corinne Henchoz, Pignani said: “Responsible decisions need to be taken to leave the world better for the future generations. I am hopeful that this project will demonstrate how to do this sustainably in Bangladesh.”

Source: United News of Bangladesh

SC upholds top fugitive militant Salehin’s death penalty

The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the death penalty of Salauddin Salehin, a dreaded militant from the banned JMB, who was convicted in the 2004 killing of Goni Gomez of Jamalpur.

A five-member bench of the Appellate Division, led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain passed the order after hearing a petition.

Salehin has been a fugitive since 2015 when his militant abducted him from a prison van carrying him to Mymensingh jail after a gun attack in Trishal upazila.

The court did not consider the appeal of Rakib, another death-row convict in the case, as he already died.

Deputy Attorney General Biswajit Debnath represented the state.

In 2006, Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal sentenced Salehin and Rakib to death in the case and later the High Court (HC) upheld sentence rejecting their appeal.

Rejected by the HC the two appealed the death sentence before the Supreme Court.

Additional Attorney General Mehedi Hasan Chowdhury said Goni Gomez, owner of a pharmacy, who had converted to Christian from Muslim, was killed by the JMB men.

Rakib, another accused in the case, was killed in a gunfight with police in 2015.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Covid claims 3 more lives in Bangladesh; positivity rate rises to 1.45%

Bangladesh reported three more Covid-linked deaths along with 284 fresh cases in 24 hours till Tuesday morning.

With this, the daily case positivity rate rose to 1.45 per cent today from Monday’s 1.42 per cent, said the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

Among the deceased, two were men and one woman. One of the deceased was from Dhaka and two Chattogram divisions.

With the fresh numbers, the total fatalities rose to 27,958 while the caseload mounted to 1,574,636.

However, the mortality rate remained static at 1.78 per cent.

The fresh cases were detected after testing 19,781 samples, the DGHS added.

Besides, the recovery rate remained static at 97.73 per cent with the recovery of 318 more patients during the 24-hour period.

On Saturday, Bangladesh logged zero Covid-linked deaths with 178 cases.

So far, 3,51,20,061 people have fully been vaccinated in the country while 5,52,99,550 received the first dose as of Monday, according to the DGHS.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

‘Son cuts off’ father’s fingers over property dispute in Magura

A man reportedly severed four fingers of his father on Tuesday at Uthali village in Magura sadar upazila over property related dispute.

Injured Shahidul Haque,70, is undergoing treatment at Magura sadar hospital while his son Hanif Mia,45, remained absconding since the incident, said Officer-in-Charge of Magura police station Monjurul Alam.

Shahidul lives with his elder son Golam Mostafa but his younger son Hanif, who lives in a separate house, used to lock into altercation with his father over the ancestral property.

On Monday, when Shaidul was drinking tea at a tea stall Hanif suddenly attacked Shahidul with a sharp knife and stabbed him, severing his four fingers , said OC Monjurul.

Shafiur Rahman, a doctor of the emergency department of Sadar hospital said Shahidul was given primary treatment but his condition is critical.

OC Monjurul said a complaint has been lodged at the police station in this regard and efforts are on to arrest Hanif Mia.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Three held for killing former Moheshkhali pirate Alauddin

Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) on Monday night arrested three people, including the prime accused, in connection with the killing of former pirate Alauddin of Moheshkhali.

The arrestees have been identified as Rafikul Islam Prakash Mamun (28), the prime accused, Md Rifat (23) and Ayub Ali (40).

A RAB-15 team arrested Mamun and Rifat around 7pm during a raid in the Faitong area under Lama police station limits in Bandarban, following a tip-off.

Alauddin was nabbed later from the Pahartali area of Cox’s Bazar, after Mamun gave information about his whereabouts during interrogation, according to RAB.

On November 5, around 8pm some assailants killed Alauddin, 26, the former pirate, in the Chamiraghona Kalur bridge area of Kalamar Chara union in Cox’s Bazar.

The next day, Alauddin’s brother Sumon Uddin filed a complaint at the Moheshkhali police station. Followed by the complaint, police filed a murder case under penal code 302/34.

RAB members claimed to have recovered the guns used in the crime. “Efforts are on to arrest the other accused,” an officer said.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Mugda fire: Mother-son duo dies of burn injuries

A woman and her five-year-old child have succumbed to the burn injuries they sustained in a fire caused by cooking gas leakage in their house in city’s Mugda on Monday morning.

The deceased were identified as Priyanka (32) and her son Arup.

While Priyanka, who received 72 percent burns, died of her injuries around 3am on Tuesday, her son with 67 percent burns died around 11pm on Monday, said Dr SM Ayub Hossain of Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery.

Priyanka’s husband Sudhangshu (35), with 25 percent burns, and 55-year-old mother-in-law, with 35 percent burns, are currently undergoing treatment at the institute of Dhaka Medical College and Hospital.

The fire broke out around 7.30am Monday at their ground floor apartment in Matobbor Gali of Mugda.

Priyanka’s brother Palash had said that the four family members suffered burn injuries as they lit the stove in the morning unaware of the gas leakage.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Ageing bailey bridges turn death traps in hilly Khagrachari roads

Built in the 80’s the bailey bridges in Khagrachari hilly district, were meant for carrying a maximum of 5-ton trucks. Today, goods-laden transports weighing up to 25 tons cross the shaky dilapidated bridges making the structures vulnerable to accidents.

“The bailey bridges have now become death traps,” said the driver of a 25-ton truck that regularly carry construction materials from the plains to the hills, speaking on condition of anonymity.

According to the Khagrachari Roads and Highways Department, there are 10 risky bailey bridges in Khagrachari.

Md Kashem, vice-president of Khagrachari Chamber of Commerce, said the bailey bridges in the district are about 40 years old. Now these bridges often collapse under weight of vehicles snapping road communications.

The Khagrachari Roads and Urban Development Department has promised to that concrete bridges will be constructed to replace all bailey bridges in phases.

But locals see no sign of any activity to replace the bailey bridges, which were built as temporary means of communication.

In the past four decades since the bailey bridges were built Khagrachari, a valley town, has witnessed manifold growth in tourism, trade and commerce. So has increased the movement of trucks and other vehicles putting heavy pressure on the ageing iron (or steel) structures.

Accidents due to collapse of the bridges under the weight of heavy trucks have been common.

An accident on a bridge early this year left at least three people killed, while another such accident occurred in December last year injuring eight people.

A number of cases have been filed against us due to the accident on the bridge at Longdu,” some transport workers alleged.

In this regard, transport workers have demanded the construction of a concrete bridge to replace the risky bailey bridge at Longdu of Khagrachari district’s Dighinala upazila.

Sabuj Chakma, Sub-Divisional Engineer, Khagrachari Roads and Highways Department, said 70 concrete bridges have been constructed in the last few years. The remaining bailey bridges are in the process of being replaced, he said.

“Plans are afoot to build concrete bridges to replace these risky bailey bridges. If the project is passed, a concrete bridge will be constructed at Longdu too,” he added.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Journalist Shamim Mashreki dies at 55

Journalist Shamim Mashreki, a permanent member of the Jatiya Press Club (JPC), died of cardiac arrest on Tuesday. He was 55.

Mashreki suffered cardiac arrest on a train while returning to Dhaka from Ishwarganj in the morning.

Later, members of Government Railway Police (GRP) took him to Mymensingh Medical College and Hospital where doctors declared him dead, said JPC Joint General Secretary Mainul Alam.

Shamim Mashreki, son of renowned lyricist Abdul Hye Mashreki, was a former executive member of Dhaka Sub-Editors’ Council. He also served as advisory editor at districtnews24.

He left behind wife, one son and a large number of well-wishers to mourn his death.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Dengue in Bangladesh: 91 more hospitalized in 24 hrs

The number of fatalities from the mosquito-borne disease remained unchanged at 98 in the current year as no fresh death was reported during the period, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

Of the deceased, 90 people died in Dhaka division alone, two each in Chattogram, Mymensingh and Khulna divisions and one each in Rajshahi and Barishal divisions.

Among the new patients, 75 are undergoing treatment in hospitals in Dhaka while the remaining 16 cases have been reported from outside the division.

Some 493 patients diagnosed with dengue are receiving treatment in the country as of Tuesday.

Of them, 375 patients are receiving treatment at different hospitals in the capital while the remaining 118 were listed outside Dhaka.

Since January, some 26,633 patients have been admitted to different hospitals with dengue in the country. So far, 26,042 dengue patients have left hospitals after recovery, said DGHS.

In September, the country recorded the highest number of 7,841 dengue cases of the current year with 23 deaths.

In October, the number of dengue cases came down to 5,604 with 22 deaths recorded.

Source: United News of Bangladesh