‘Arrest BM Container Depot MD Mujibur’: Chhatra Odhikar Parishad

The managing director of BM Container Depot, Mujibur Rahman, must be arrested within the next 24 hours, Bangladesh Chhatra Odhikar Parishad general secretary Ariful Islam Adib said in a protest rally Monday.

Today (Monday) Bangladesh Chhatra Adhikar Parishad staged a rally protesting the corruption and mismanagement of the owners of BM Container Depot, near the anti-terrorist Raju Monument on the DU campus around 3 pm.

During the rally they also placed a four-point demand.

The demands are to arrest Mujibur Rahman, within the next 24 hours, to investigate the accident and the corruption of BM Container Depot owners, to provide proper compensation to the victims and their families, and to modernise the Fire Service.

Akhter Hossain, president of the Dhaka University branch of the Bangladesh Chhatra Odhikar Parishad, said, “We are saddened by the incident at Sitakunda in Chittagong. It is very sad that though there are laws in this country, there are more ways to disobey the law.”

“There are specific policies for importing and storing chemicals in the country. But it seems that law has no value as the owner class has more money when people die in an accident. They just offer the victims’ families a token compensation against their misdeeds,” he added.

Demanding appropriate compensation to all those who have been harmed in the BM Container Depot fire, Ariful Islam Adib, general secretary of Bangladesh Chhatra Odhikar Parishad central panel, said, “In this current situation, students, workers, and general people have ha value in this country. We make a clear demand from today’s program that those involved in the fire should be brought to justice expeditiously. The accused must be arrested within the next 24 hours.”

He also demanded to ensure safe use of chemicals.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Moulvibazar’s Doly elected MP in Canada for 2nd term

Doly Begum, a Bangladeshi-born Canadian politician, has been elected as a member of parliament (MP) in Ontario province legislatature for the second term in a row

Doly got the victory bagging 15,954 votes in this election.

Her nearest rival, Brett Snyder of the Progressive Conservative Party, received 9,436 votes.

With a joyous tone, Doly said that after going through many ups and downs with the cooperation of everyone she was able to achieve the position.

“My mother has always encouraged me in politics. I got the cooperation of all the locals as well,” she said.

Doly Begum is the daughter of Raja Mia and Jaba Begum from Bajrakona village of Manumukh union in Moulvibazar Sadar upazila.

She was a student of Manumukh Multipurpose High School

But when she was in class-VI she moved to Canada with her family.

After graduating from the University of Toronto in 2012, Doly post-graduated from University College of London with a degree in Development, Administration and Planning.

She worked in the City of Toronto for about 10 months after graduation. She has also worked as a research analyst at The Society of Energy Professionals.

Doly Begum was elected MP for the first time in 2018 from Scarborough South West constituency in the provincial election of Ontario.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Tamim, Siddons among group off to West Indies tonight

Bangladesh ODI captain Tamim Iqbal and batting coach Jamie Siddons left the capital for West Indies Monday (Jun 6) night by a Qatar Airways flight.

Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Yasir Ali are also part of the batch, the second to leave for the Tigers’ tour of the West Indies.

Bangladesh will have a full tour including two Tests, three ODI and three T201s in that order, with the first Test starting on June 16. The Test series will be part of the 2021-2023 ICC World Test Championship.

Spinner Taijul Islam and pacer Mustafizur Rahman will fly for West Indies on Wednesday (June 8) while Bangladesh Test captain Shakib Al Hasan, who left Dhaka on Sunday for USA will join the team on June 10.

Earlier in the first batch on Friday, fresh off the Test captaincy Mominul Haque, batsman Najmul Hossain Shanto, and pacemen Ebadot Hossain and Khaled Ahmed left Dhaka. They are already in the Caribbean.

Fast bowling coach Allan Donald will join the team in West Indies from London while Head Coach Russell Domingo and fielding coach Shane McDermott will also join the team from Cape Town.

On their last tour of the West Indies in 2018, Bangladesh clinched ODI and T20 series, but lost the Test series.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

C&F agents’ strike: Unloading at 11 customs station including Benapole suspended on Tuesday

Unloading of goods at 11 customs stations including Benapole will remain suspended on Tuesday as the Federation of Clearing & Forwarding Agents’ Association announced a day-long strike.

President of the association Shamsur Rahman and Secretary General Sultan Hossain Khan announced the strike at a press briefing demanding amendment of Licensing Act 2020 of National Board of Revenue (NBR) on Sunday .

The C&F traders will refrain from unloading any goods at the customs offices and will peacefully conduct the strike, said Shamsur Rahman.

Unloading of goods at 11 customs stations including Benapole will remain suspended on Tuesday as the Federation of Clearing & Forwarding Agents’ Association announced a day-long strike.

President of the association Shamsur Rahman and Secretary General Sultan Hossain Khan announced the strike at a press briefing demanding amendment of Licensing Act 2020 of National Board of Revenue (NBR) on Sunday .

The C&F traders will refrain from unloading any goods at the customs offices and will peacefully conduct the strike, said Shamsur Rahman.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Probe to reveal whether sabotage behind Sitakunda depot fire

Information and Broadcasting Minister and Awami League Joint General Secretary Dr. Hasan Mahmud on Monday said the government is investigating whether the Sitakunda fire is a real accident or sabotage to overshadow the inauguration ceremony of the much-awaited Padma Bridge.

“You all know that ill-attempts continued to create anarchy in the country after the announcement of the inauguration of the Padma Bridge. In some places, anarchy has been created. We need to investigate whether there was any sabotage in the deadly fire incident in Sitakunda,” he said.

The minister made the remarks while briefing journalists after visiting the injured at Chattogram Medical College Hospital in the evening.

Chattogram Medical College Hospital (CMCH) director Brig Gen Shamim Ahsan, principal Dr. Shahena Akter, Chattogram zilla parishad administrator and Chattogram North Awami League president MA Salam, Chattogram South Awami League general secretary Mafizur Rahman, Sitakunda upazila chairman SM Al Mamun, among others, were present.

Hasan Mahmud said, “Some media reported that the owner of this depot is an Awami League leader. The fact is Awami League leader Mujibur Rahman has only five percent ownership in the depot. Those who didn’t tell the 95 percent ownership and tried to make this the depot of an Awami League man, are not right. They did false journalism.”

Describing Awami League men’s effort to help the fire victims, the senior leader of the party said, “Awami League leaders and activists extended their helping hand as party president has directed to do this. Our men still are working on the spot.”

He also thanked civil administration, government, and private hospitals for their immediate response to the devastating fire incident.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Ctg fire: Families give DNA samples hoping to at least see missing beloved’s body

After looking for her husband, who has been missing since the BM Container Depot fire, with dreary eyes Reshmi finally stood in line for DNA sample submission at Chattogram Medical College Hospital (CMCH) on Monday.

She was holding her three-month old son Rihad, while her three-year-old, Rihan, was holding her left hand as she waited to enlist her husband Shahajahan.

Shahjahan was a covered van driver who went missing on Saturday night when a massive fire broke out at BM Container Depot in Sitakunda upazila.

As the UNB reporter approached her she broke down in tears saying “I talked with him last on Saturday night over phone. He said he was driving to Bhatiari.”

Reshmi, a housewife who used to live with her husband and two kids at Nazirhat area in Fatikchhari upazila, had never thought her fate would turn like this overnight.

“He visited that depot many times before but this time he did not return. I have been looking for him showing his photo with my two kids since the fire,” she said.

“Don’t know if I will get him back alive. Even if I find the body that will be solace now,” said Reshmi.

Meanwhile, Hemayetullah, a disheartened father from South Hatia upazila in Noakhali came to give a DNA sample for his 20-year-old missing son Mainuddin, after looking for him everywhere with a photograph for two days.

“He was showing me the blaze in a video call but after a while we could not contact him anymore. He went to Chattogram BM Container Depot carrying some goods from Ashulia in his covered van,” he said while crying.

Ctg fire: Families give DNA samples hoping to at least see missing beloved’s body Relatives of Md Rasel, 20, from Nangalkot upazila in Cumilla, who used to work as a vehicle wiring mechanic at the depot, also crowded the DNA sample collection center.

After running from one hospital to another for two days, now they are waiting in serial to give a DNA sample to at least know the whereabouts of their beloved family member, even if it means they are dead.

Many were seen still continuing the search in front of CMCH sticking a photograph of their missing relative on their chests.

From Monday morning to noon DNA samples of 12 people were collected for eight missing people at the booth set up for DNA sample collection by Chattogram district police, in front of the emergency unit of CMCH next to the ‘help cell’ of the district administration.

Meanwhile, firefighters continued their operation on Monday to douse the deadly blaze at BM Container Depot, that so far claimed 50 lives and left several hundred wounded.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

PM to flag off nationwide population census June 14

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will address the nation on June 14 on the eve of the start of countrywide population and household census, Planning Minister MA Mannan told parliament on Monday.

The Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) will conduct population and household census simultaneously for seven days from June 15 to 21 to collect socio-economic data of all the people of the country.

The minister sought the help of all members of parliament so that the people can take active participation in the population and household census.

The senior minister came up with the statement in the House while speaking under section 300 of the rules of procedure of parliament.

He said that he personally sent an demi official (DO) letter to the Speaker, Deputy Speaker, Chief Whip, whips, Opposition Chief Whip, ministers, state ministers, deputy ministers and opposition leader and MPs seeking their full support to encourage people to give accurate information apart from their active participation.

“I am reiterating my appeal again to the parliament,” he added.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

BNP lies about Padma Bridge foundation stone: Obaidul Quader

Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader has accused BNP leaders of resorting to Goebbels style lies in their imaginary claim that Begum Khaleda Zia laid the foundation of Padma Bridge.

“BNP leaders including Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir have been daydreaming a lot lately,” Obaidul said on Monday at his official residence.

His retort came in response to Fakhrul’s statement that Khaleda first laid the foundation of a bridge over Padma River.

“This statement of Fakhrul regarding the foundation stone of Padma Bridge was the best discovery of the year,” the AL leader said in ridiculing his BNP counterpart.

Obaidul challenged Fakhrul to show the evidence of Khaleda’s laying the foundation.

“Where and when she laid the foundation stone? I would like to see the photo of this discovery,” he asked adding, telling lies has long been a habit of BNP leaders.

Obaidul Quader said that in fact Sheikh Hasina laid the foundation stone of Padma Bridge on July 4, 2001, which is a part of history.

The news was published in the media at that time and pictures of the foundation stone of this bridge were also published in newspapers, which are still in collection, said the general secretary of Awami League, also the road transport and bridges minister.

He said that the job of the BNP is only to misrepresent the truth by repeatedly uttering solid lies in Goebbels style.

He said BNP is now feeling jealous after having failed in its conspiracy against the building of the Padma Bridge.

He alleged that BNP is upset with the development of the country because of its failure to do it in the past.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

EC announces polls schedule for 3 municipalities

Election will be held in three municipalities –Panchbibi and Khetlal in Joypurhat, and Dohar in Dhaka—on July 27 with the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs).

The Election Commission on Monday announced the polls schedule for the three local bodies by issuing a notification.

As per the schedule, the deadline for submission of nomination papers is June 28, while the date for scrutinizing nomination papers is June 30 and the last date for withdrawal of candidature is July 7.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Padma Bridge: Khulna residents eagerly anticipating inauguration

The Padma Multipurpose Bridge will undoubtedly bring a groundbreaking change in the communication system for the people of the south-western districts of the country.

Once in operation, economists say, the greater road connectivity will play a significant role in boosting trade and commerce with Bangladesh’s entire southern region.

It is expected to change the fate of around 40 million people in addition to accelerating the GDP growth.

Besides, people who have been experiencing tremendous suffering during their journey from Dhaka to different southern parts of the country will heave a sigh of relief as they can easily travel from Dhaka to Khulna within four hours by using the Padma Bridge.

Experts said currently, it takes one and one and half hours to three hours to cross the Padma River by a ferry from Mawa to Jajira and many people have to wait for a long time to cross the river, which is a waste of time.

But once the Padma Bridge opens, the suffering of the public will not only be reduced but also save time. It will also be proved as a boon for business people.

Syed Aslam Ali, the Additional Chief Engineer of Roads and Highways Department (Khulna), said “Currently it takes 6-7 hours to go to Dhaka from Khulna and more depending on the crossing of the ferry. But through the Padma Bridge, people can cross the river within 20 minutes after paying the toll and as a result, it will take only four hours to go to Dhaka from Khulna.”

Prof. Samiul Haque of English Department at Khulna University said “Country’s people will see a groundbreaking change and the residents of south-western parts will avail the benefits of the bridge first.”

Besides, the sufferings of people at the ferry ghat will be ended forever, he said.

Meanwhile, the experts also said that the traders involved in different businesses can transport their goods to Mongla Port in a short time which will boost the overall activities of Mongla port.

Already, a dynamic change has been seen in the development activities going on in Jashore, Khulna, Bagerhat, Satkhira, Jhenaidah, Kushtia district, Benapole, Darshana and Bhomra land ports ahead of the inauguration of the Padma Bridge.

Padma Bridge opening

The construction work on the 6.15-km bridge started in November, 2014 and the mega structure is expected to be open to traffic on June 25 this year.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate Padma Bridge on June 25, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said on May 25.

“The bridge will be named after the river Padma only and not after anyone in the Bangabandhu family. Hasina will inaugurate the bridge at 10am on June 25,” he told reporters after a meeting with the PM at Ganobhaban.

The inauguration of the Padma Bridge will be celebrated in 64 districts of the country simultaneously on June 25.

There will be common programmes, including a laser show in Dhaka’s Hatirjheel, all around to mark the memorable occasion.

Special programmes will be arranged in four districts – Munshiganj, Madaripur, Shariatpur, and Dhaka – for five days.

In a video conference Friday, the Cabinet Division asked all the deputy commissioners to make necessary arrangements for the said programmes.

China Major Bridge Engineering Corporation (MBEC), was appointed for the main bridge. The steel material bridge’s length is 6.15 km, viaduct 3.148 km (road), 532 m (rail), approach road: 12.117 km, span: 41 (with each span being 150 meters long).

However, the project was first approved by the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) with an estimated cost of Tk10,161 crore in 2007.

Following irreconcilable differences with the World Bank arising out of the issue of financing, in 2012 the government decided to go for it without the global development lender.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Bangladesh to stay safe, sustainable apparel sourcing destination: BGMEA

The country’s apparel industry is committed to carrying forward the achievements that have earned the sector global accolades as a safe and sustainable industry, said the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA).

“While our achievements make us immensely proud, they also inspire us to dream bigger and strengthen our tenacity to continue pursuance of excellence to retain the fame of Bangladesh as a safe and sustainable apparel sourcing destination,” BGMEA President Faruque Hassan said.

He made the remark while speaking at a discussion on the road to sustainability and a transparent supply chain organised by OAV – German Asia-Pacific Business Association, the German importers, and the Embassy of Bangladesh in Berlin, and hosted by Wünsche Group Friday.

Faruque said Bangladesh has the highest number of LEED Green factories in the world, with 161 green factories certified by the USGBC, of which 48 are platinum-rated and 99 are gold-rated, and these green factories are equipped with all the eco-friendly features and emit 40 percent less carbon than a conventional factory.

The BGMEA has joined the German Green Button initiative which identifies socially and ecologically sustainable textiles that are placed on the market by responsible companies.

“Our commitment is to take the readymade garments (RMG) industry to the next level of sustainability and continue the momentum,” Faruque said.

“If we talk about the transparency in the supply chain of the industry, we have seen some significant transformation here. All factory inspection reports are now disclosed online which has set a unique example in the world on the issue of workplace safety.”

Md Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan, ambassador of Bangladesh to Germany, Miran Ali, vice-president of BGMEA, Christian Moritz, managing director of Wunsche Gruppe, Almut Roessner, executive board member of OAV, Dr Michael Arretz, CEO of VFI, Christian Ewert, global director of TEDD – Trusted Experts on Due Diligence, and Md Saiful Islam, commercial counsellor of the Bangladesh Embassy in Berlin, also spoke.

BGMEA directors Barrister Vidiya Amrit Khan, Md Imranur Rahman, Neela Hosna Ara and Chair of BGMEA Standing Committee on Foreign Mission Cell Shams Mahmud were also present.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Grief grips Noakhali village of firefighter Alauddin

A pall of gloom descended on the village of fireman Md Alauddin who was killed at BM container depot in Sitakunda upazila .

Alauddin, 35, hailing from Bansha village in Chatkhil upazila, returned to his workplace at Kumira in Chattogram Saturday morning after spending holidays at his village.

Alauddin’s elder brother Zahir Uddin said Alauddin was the fifth of six brothers and four sisters in the family. He was father of six-year-old boy Taj Uddin Tahim.

“He joined his workplace at Kumira Fire Station Saturday morning after spending a seven-day holiday with his family at the village, the last holidays in his life,” he said in a choked voice.

Alauddin was the member of the unit that reached the spot first, Zahir said.

His family members received the news of his death from Chattogram Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) authority.

Alauddin’s body was sent to his village on Sunday and will be buried on Monday.

He joined the Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defense in 2007 as a fireman.

The death toll from the fire reached 50 till Monday afternoon and there were nine fire service members among the deceased, said Anisur Rahman, deputy director of Fire Service and Civil Defense.

Besides, twelve firemen still remained missing, Shahjahan Shikdar, deputy assistant director of Fire Service and Civil Defense headquarters (media) on Sunday.

Source: United News of Bangladesh