Sheikh Anne’s mortal remains to be brought back tonight, burial on Thursday

The mortal remains of MP Sheikh Anne Rahman, who passed away at a hospital in Bangkok on Tuesday, will be brought back on Wednesday night.


“The body of the reserved seat MP will be flown to Pirojpur by a helicopter on Wednesday night and her first namaz-e-janaza will be held at Government Boys’ High School ground in Priojpur district town on Thursday morning,” Pirojpur’s deputy commissioner Zahedur Rahman said.


Later, Sheikh Anne’s body will be taken to Dhaka, where a second namaz-e-janaza will be held after the Asr prayer. Finally, she will be laid to eternal rest at Banani Graveyard.


Sheikh Anne, who was suffering from cancer, breathed her last around 1pm on Tuesday at a hospital in Bangkok, said Goutam Narayan Roy Chowdhury, personal assistant to Bangladesh Fisheries and Livestock Minister SM Rezaul Karim.


Source: United News of Bangladesh


BNP rally going on amid tight security in Chattogram

Tens of thousands of opposition BNP activists and leaders joined an anti-government rally in Chattogram city amid tight security on Wednesday as part of the party’s series of protests.


The rally began on Wednesday afternoon at the city’s historic Polo Ground where presence of police and other security officials was noticeable as authorities say they remained alert to prevent any untoward incident from happening.


Read:Anti-govt Movement: BNP holds talks with Jagpa, Muslim League


Organisers said the rally was meant to denounce price hike of daily essentials and fuels, death of five party men in previous police action in Bhola, Narayanganj, Munshiganj and Jashore, and to ensure freedom of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia. The BNP has long been demanding that next general election be held under a caretaker government, not under any political government–a demand sharply rejected by the ruling Awami League.


BNP rally going on amid tight security in Chattogram


BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir is expected to announce the party’s next programmes at the rally later Wednesday.


Chattogram City unit BNP Convenor Dr Shahdat Hossain chaired the meeting.


The BNP activists started gathering at the rally venue by vehicles and on foot since Tuesday night from different districts and units under Chattogram Division.


Many of them alleged that they faced obstacles at various entry points of the country’s second largest city as the ruling party men allegedly attempted to intercept them.


Read:Thousands are ready to die to oust AL government & restore democracy: Fakhrul


Tension was prevailing high in and around the rally venue.


Wednesday’s rally is the first rally by the BNP at the divisional level. Similar rallies have been planned in other divisional headquarters to drum up support in the run up to the next election expected to be held late next year or in early 2024.


The BNP will conclude the divisional rallies through a mass gathering in Dhaka city on December 10.


Source: United News of Bangladesh

Jakarta to host meeting on ‘Persons with Disabilities’

UN officials, ministers, government representatives, civil society members and private sector allies from across Asia and the Pacific will gather in Jakarta next week to chart a new path for over 700 million persons with disabilities in the region.


According to the UN Information Centre, Dhaka, the high-level intergovernmental meeting on the final review of the Asian and Pacific decade of persons with disabilities will be held on October 19 – 21.


Ten years ago, the Asia-Pacific region pioneered the world’s first set of disability-specific development goals – the Incheon Strategy to “Make the Right Real” for Persons with Disabilities. However, persons with diverse disabilities continue to face significant barriers to their full and effective participation in society.


The high-level meeting, co-hosted by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Ministry of Social Affairs of Indonesia, will review progress and achievements made in 2013-2022, foster consensus on new strategic developments, and renew the region’s commitments to disability rights and disability-inclusive development.


Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP, María Soledad Cisternas Reyes, Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General on Disability and Accessibility and Joko Widodo, President of the Republic of Indonesia will speak at the event, among other high-level dignitaries.


Source: United News of Bangladesh


Gaibandha-5 by-election cancelled over ‘malpractices’

The Election Commission (EC) on Wednesday suspended the by-election at Gainbandha-5 parliamentary seat over widespread allegations of vote rigging and voter intimidation, said Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Habibul Awal.


“The Gaibandha-5 by-election has gone out of control,” the CEC told reporters at the Election Commission headquarters in Dhaka.  “We’ve noticed from the start that malpractices were taking place and illegal entries were being made at the secret places (booths),” he said.


“We’ve clearly seen that voters were being intimidated. There were symbols of candidates on the clothing of the polling agents, which is a violation of election code of conduct,” he said.


He, however, did not name any candidate for the wrongdoing.


According to Section 91 of the Representation of the People Order (RPO), if the Election Commission finds that an election isn’t taking place fairly, the EC can stop election in some or entire constituency, the CEC said as he clarified the reasons behind the suspension.


“After much discussion and inspection, it seemed to us that some candidates were influencing the election by various means,” he said.


The CEC said voting at 51 polling centres were postponed in phases after the voting began at 8:00 am, and by 12:30 pm it was evident that massive irregularities had taken place.


He said CCTV cameras set up at polling stations were disconnected and the EC officials could not monitor what was going on from a control room at the EC headquarters in Dhaka.


“We thought that if vote rigging has taken place at 51 polling centers, then the election at the rest of the centers will not have a real outcome. As a result, we suspended the entire Gaibandha-5 by-election,” the CEC said.


Read: By-election to Gaibandha-5 on October 12


About the next course of action, the CEC said that they review laws and decide later what to do about this election.


“Through this election the EC has become aware of the hazards that take place during elections,” he said.


He reconfirmed that all the EVMs used at Gaibandha-5 election were working properly.“The EC has the guidance on what to or not to do to ensure free and fair election. There was no mechanical problem during the election, all the EVMs worked properly. The problem was caused by humans. To find out who were responsible for the malpractices, a thorough investigation is needed,” the CEC added.


As per Section 91 (a) of the RPO, the EC can stop election at any polling station or the entire constituency at any stage, if it is convinced that it shall not be able to ensure the conduct of the election “justly, fairly and in accordance with law “ because of “malpractices” including coercion, intimidation and pressures.


Gaibandha-5 constituency consists of 10 unions of Saghata upazila and 7 unions of Phulchhari upazila.


Mahmud Hasan Ripon (Awami League), AHM Golam Shahid Ranju (Jatiya Party), Advocate Jahangir Alam (Independent ), Nahiduzzaman Nishad (Independent) and Syed Mahbubur Rahman (Independent) were contesting the election.


There are 3 lakh 39 thousand 743 voters.


After former MP and Deputy Speaker of the 11th National Parliament Fazle Rabbi Mia died on July 23 the Gaibandha-5 seat fell vacant.


Source: United News of Bangladesh


Alumni Association in UK to celebrate Dhaka University’s birth centenary

Dhaka University Alumni Association UK (DUAAUK) is going to celebrate the 100th birth anniversary of the university under the theme “100 Years of Pride” at The Willow’s Event venue on Forest Road in Redbridge Heinault area on Sunday.


“The program will commence on October 16 at 12:00pm. Ex-students of Dhaka University and their families who are scattered across Europe will join the event to celebrate the founding day of their beloved institution,” said Bulbul Hasan, Convener of the event organizing committee.


According to event organizers, current and past presidents and general secretaries of the central committee of Dhaka University Alumni Association will be invited as guests. The cultural segment of the event will include performances by noted musician Shafin Ahmed and the alumni themselves.


Read: DUAA to celebrate centenary on March 12


DUAAUK will also unveil a special publication marking the day at the event.


Online registration for the event has already started. For registration and more information, visit


Source: United News of Bangladesh

Suu Kyi’s jail term extended to 26 years on graft charges

A court in military-ruled Myanmar convicted the country’s ousted leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, on two more corruption charges Wednesday, with two three-year sentences to be served concurrently, adding to previous convictions that now leave her with a 26-year total prison term, a legal official said.


Suu Kyi, 77, was detained on Feb. 1, 2021, when the military seized power from her elected government. She has denied the allegations against her in this case, in which she was accused of receiving $550,000 as a bribe from Maung Weik, a tycoon convicted of drug trafficking.


Corruption cases comprise the biggest share of the many charges the military has brought against the 1991 Nobel Peace laureate. Suu Kyi has been charged with 12 counts in total under the Anti-Corruption Act, with each count punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a fine.


Suu Kyi had already been sentenced to 23 years’ imprisonment after being convicted of illegally importing and possessing walkie-talkies, violating coronavirus restrictions, breaching the country’s official secrets act, sedition, election fraud and five corruption charges.


Her supporters and independent analysts say the charges are politically motivated and an attempt to discredit her and legitimize the military’s seizure of power while keeping her from taking part in the next election, which the military has promised in 2023.


In recent months, her trials have been held in a purpose-built courtroom in the main prison on the outskirts of the capital, Naypyitaw. She has not been seen or allowed to speak in public since she was arrested and her lawyers, who had been a source of information on the proceedings, have not been allowed to speak publicly on her behalf or about her trial since a gag order was placed on them last year.


In the case decided Wednesday, Suu Kyi was accused of receiving a total of $550,000 in 2019 and 2020 from Maung Weik, with separate payments being treated as two offenses.


Maung Weik, a construction magnate, had a close relationship with the army generals in power during a previous military-run government, and has headed two main companies during three decades in business: Maung Weik & Family Co. Ltd., specializing in the trading of metals and agricultural products, and Sae Paing Development Ltd., a real estate and construction company.


He was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2008 for trafficking drugs but was released in 2014 under a semi-democratic transitional government led by former General Thein Sein.


After his release from prison, Maung Weik returned to doing business with former generals and according to a 2017 report in The Irrawaddy, an online news magazine, became chairman of Mandalay Business Capital City Development, which was involved in urban development work.


Under Suu Kyi’s government, Maung Weik won a major development project that included the construction of houses, restaurants, hospitals, economic zones, a port and hotel zones in Myanmar’s central Mandalay region.


He was reportedly interrogated by the army two weeks after its takeover last year, and shortly after that, in March 2021, military-controlled state television broadcast a video in which he claimed to have given cash payoffs to government ministers to help his businesses.


He said in his video that the money included $100,000 provided to Suu Kyi in 2018 for a charitable foundation named after her mother, and another $450,000 in payments in 2019 and 2020 for purposes he did not specify.


A state-controlled newspaper, the Global New Light of Myanmar, reported in February that Suu Kyi in her position as state counselor — the country’s de facto chief executive — received $550,000 in four installments in 2019-2020 “to facilitate the business activities of a private entrepreneur.”


Suu Kyi’s close colleague, Zaw Myint Maung, who served as a chief minister in the Mandalay region, was separately accused of receiving more than $180,000 from Maung Weik and was convicted of corruption in June.


Wednesday’s verdict sentencing Suu Kyi to two three-year sentences to be served concurrently was conveyed by a legal official who insisted on anonymity for fear of being punished by the authorities.


He added that her lawyers are expected to file an appeal in the coming days.


In separate proceedings, Suu Kyi is still being tried together with the country’s former president, Win Myint, on another five corruption charges in connection with permits granted to a Cabinet minister for the rental and purchase of a helicopter.


Suu Kyi has been the face of the opposition to military rule in Myanmar for more than three decades. The previous military government put her under house arrest in 1989, which continued on-and-off for 15 of the next 22 years.


Her National League for Democracy party initially came to power after winning the 2015 general election, ushering in a true civilian government for the first time since a 1962 military coup. However, democratic reforms were small and slow in coming, largely because the military retained substantial power and influence under the terms of a constitution it had enacted in 2008.


The National League for Democracy won a landslide victory again in the 2020 election, but its lawmakers were kept from taking their seats in Parliament by the army, which also arrested the party’s top leaders.


The army said it acted because there had been massive voting fraud in the 2020 election, but independent election observers did not find any major irregularities.


The 2021 takeover was met by nationwide peaceful protests that security forces quashed with deadly force, triggering fierce armed resistance that some U.N. experts now characterize as civil war.


According to a detailed list compiled by the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, a watchdog group now based in Thailand, Myanmar security forces have killed at least 2,343 civilians and arrested 15,821.


Source: United News of Bangladesh

Chowdhury Abdullah Al-Mamun adorned with IGP Rank Badge

Newly appointed Inspector General of Bangladesh Police Chowdhury Abdullah Al Mamun was adorned with the IGP Rank Badge on Wednesday.


Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan and Senior Secretary of the Public Security Division under the Ministry of Home Md. Akhtar Hossain adorned the Rank Badge to the new IGP in presence of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence Ganobhaban.


Al-Mamun took over as the IGP on September 30 last, replacing immediate past IGP Benazir Ahmed who went on retirement the same day.


He had been serving as the Director General of Elite Force Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) since April 2022 before becoming the country’s police chief.


Born in Sunamganj in 1964, he completed his graduation and post-graduation in Sociology from Chittagong University. He joined Bangladesh Police as an assistant superintendent of police in 1989.


Al-Mamun also served as the Superintendent of Police in Nilphamari district, deputy commissioner in Dhaka Metropolitan Police and Deputy Inspector General in Mymensingh and Dhaka Range and Police Headquarters.


Source: United News of Bangladesh


Government Job Circular: Job opportunities in Ministry of Social Welfare

Ministry of Social Welfare has released recruitment circular 2022. 20 employees will be appointed in four category posts in this ministry. Interested candidates have to apply by filling the form online.


MSW Job Circular 2022 details available here. Interested candidates can get all information concerning Ministry of Social Welfare Job Circular 2022 from MSW official website at


Job opportunities in Ministry of Social Welfare are given below


  1. Post Name: Assistant Cashier cum Computer Operator


No. of Posts: 4


Qualification: Graduation or equivalent degree from recognized University. Computer trained. Transcription should have a minimum speed of 70 words per minute in English and 45 words per minute in Bengali and computer typing should have a minimum speed of 30 words per minute in English and 25 words per minute in Bengali.


Districts where candidates can apply: Dhaka, Gazipur, Manikganj, Munshiganj, Narayanganj, Narsingdi, Faridpur, Gopalganj, Madaripur, Rajbari, Kishoreganj, Jamalpur, Netrakona, Chittagong, Bandarban, Cox’s Bazar, Chandpur, Comilla, Khagrachhari, Laxmipur, Noakhali, Rangamati , Jaipurhat, Pabna, Natore, Chapainawabganj, Bogra, Gaibandha, Kurigram, Panchagarh, Thakurgaon, Khulna, Jhenaidah, Magura, Narail, Bagerhat, Satkhira, Kushtia, Meherpur, Jhalkathi, Pirojpur, Barguna, Sylhet, Moulvibazar, Sunamganj and Habiganj. Candidates of all districts can apply for Orphan and Physically Handicapped Quota.


  1. Post Name: Cashier


No. of Posts: 1


Qualification: Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from a recognized University. Must have computer skills and experience including word processing.


Pay Scale: Tk 10,200-24,680 (Grade-14)


Districts where candidates can apply: Dhaka, Gazipur, Manikganj, Munshiganj, Narayanganj, Narsingdi, Faridpur, Gopalganj, Madaripur, Rajbari, Kishoreganj, Jamalpur, Netrakona, Chittagong, Bandarban, Cox’s Bazar, Chandpur, Comilla, Khagrachhari, Laxmipur, Noakhali, Rangamati , Jaipurhat, Pabna, Natore, Chapainawabganj, Bogra, Gaibandha, Kurigram, Panchagarh, Thakurgaon, Khulna, Jhenaidah, Magura, Narail, Bagerhat, Satkhira, Chuadanga, Kushtia , Meherpur, Jhalkathi, Pirojpur, Barguna, Sylhet, Moulvibazar, Sunamganj and Habiganj. Candidates of all districts can apply for Orphan and Physically Handicapped Quota.


Jobs in ministry of social welfare, application fee 50-100


  1. Post Name: Office Assistant cum Computer Numerologist


No. of Posts: 2


Qualification: HSC or equivalent pass. The minimum speed of computer typing should be 20 words per minute in English and 20 in Bengali. Must have computer skills.


Pay Scale: TK.9,300-22,490 (Grade-16)


Districts where candidates can apply: Dhaka, Gazipur, Manikganj, Munshiganj, Narayanganj, Narsingdi, Faridpur, Gopalganj, Madaripur, Rajbari, Kishoreganj, Jamalpur, Netrakona, Chittagong, Bandarban, Cox’s Bazar, Chandpur, Comilla, Khagrachhari, Laxmipur, Noakhali, Rangamati , Joypurhat, Pabna, Natore, Chapainawabganj, Bogra, Gaibandha, Kurigram, Panchagarh, Thakurgaon, Khulna, Jhenaidah, Magura, Narail, Bagerhat, Satkhira, Chuadanga, Kushtia, Meherpur, Jhalkathi, Pirojpur, Barguna, Sylhet, Moulvibazar, Sunamganj and Habiganj. Candidates of all districts can apply for Orphan and Physically Handicapped Quota.


  1. Post Name: Office Assistant


No. of Posts: 13


Qualification: SSC or equivalent pass.


Pay Scale: TK.8,250-20,010 (Grade-20)


Districts where candidates can apply: Dhaka, Manikganj, Munshiganj, Narayanganj, Gopalganj, Rajbari, Shariatpur, Tangail, Mymensingh, Jamalpur, Sherpur, Chittagong, Bandarban, Cox’s Bazar, Brahmanbaria, Chandpur, Comilla, Khagrachari, Feni, Laxmipur, Rangamati, Rajshahi, Jaipurhat, Pabna, Natore, Chapainawabganj, Dinajpur, Gaibandha, Kurigram, Lalmonirhat, Nilphamari, Thakurgaon, Jashore, Jhenaidah, Narail, Bagerhat, Satkhira, Chuadanga, Meherpur, Bhola, Jhalkathi, Barguna, Patuakhali, Sylhet and Moulvibazar. Candidates of all districts can apply for Orphan and Physically Handicapped Quota.


Age limit:


General candidates applying should be between 18 to 30 years as on 8 September 2022. Age 18 to 32 years in case of children of veer freedom fighters and martyred veer freedom fighters and physically challenged candidates. The grandchildren of the brave freedom fighters are between 18 and 30 years old.


How to Apply Ministry of Social Welfare Jobs


Interested candidates should apply by filling the form on this website


Detailed information regarding application procedure, fee submission and recruitment should be known from this link. If there is any problem in applying online, you can call from teletalk number 121 or mail to or and Apart from this, you can also contact through messages on the Facebook page of Teletalk’s job portal. In this case, the name of the organization and position, user ID and contact number should be mentioned in the subject.


Application fee for Ministry of Social Welfare Jobs


Within 72 hours of filling up the form online, the examination fee is to be submitted from the Teletalk prepaid mobile number with a total of Tk 100 and Teletalk service charge of Tk. 100 and Tk. 12 for the post number 1 to Tk. will be


Last date of application: 19 October 2022, up to 5 PM.


Source: United News of Bangladesh

Saudi company keen to invest at Patenga container terminal

Oil-rich Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Gateway Terminal Company has shown interest to invest in Bangladesh for the operation, maintenance and modernisation of the country’s Patenga container terminal in Chattogram.


Vice Chairman of the Red Sea Gateway Terminal Board of Directors, Aamer A. Alireza, made the proposal during a meeting with State Minister of Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury in Jeddah on Tuesday.


Read:Saudi-led oil production cut will have “consequences”: Biden


Red Sea Gateway Terminal (RSGT) is the newest flagship container terminal at Jeddah Islamic Port, a world-class terminal spearheaded by the Saudi Industrial Services group SISCO, as well as the first privately funded BOT (Build, Operate and Transfer) development project in Saudi Arabia with investment of $1.7 billion up to 2050.


The Saudi company is an international terminal operator representing a partnership between the Red Sea Gateway Terminal of Saudi Arabia and the Malaysian Mining Company (MMC).


Earlier, a delegation led by the State Minister visited the head office and operations of the Red Sea Gateway Terminal Company, said the Bangladesh Embassy in Riyadh in a media release on Wednesday.


The company’s CEO Jens O. Floeand other senior officials of the company presented their plans and investment proposals for the modernisation of Patenga Container Terminal.


After the meeting, the State Minister inspected the container handling operations at Jeddah Islamic Port.


The has expressed its interest in the modernisation, maintenance and operation of Patenga Container Terminal in Bangladesh under the Memorandum of Understanding signed last year between Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh on Public-Private Partnership.


Read: Saudi envoy praises PM Hasina for development bonanza


Chittagong Port Authority Chairman Rear Admiral M. Shahjahan and Ambassador of Bangladesh to Saudi Arabia Mohammad Javed Patwari were present.


During his visit to Saudi Arabia, the State Minister is scheduled to hold a bilateral meeting with the Minister of Communications of Saudi Arabia.


Earlier, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) to Bangladesh Essa bin Yousef Al Duhailan said Saudi companies have expressed their eagerness to invest in Bangladesh in various sectors because of peace, political stability, favourable laws and good incentives.


Source: United News of Bangladesh


Super cyclone ‘Sitrang’ unlikely to hit Bangladesh coast: State Minister

There is no possibility of super cyclone ‘Sitrang’ — over the Bay of Bengal — hitting Bangladesh coast, State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Md Enamur Rahman said today.


No depression has formed in the Bay yet, he said at a press briefing on International Disaster Mitigation Day at the Secretariat.


Read: Ensure flow of common rivers, avert disaster: Farakka Committee


The state minister said the Global Forecast Center (GFS) has shared a message that super cyclone ‘Sitrang’ may hit the coastal areas this month.


GFS said a depression will form in the Bay on October 17 and will intensify into a cyclonic storm. It may hit parts of West Bengal and the Sundarbans through Andhra Pradesh, he added.


It can be similar to Cyclone Amphan, he added. “Our meteorologists are monitoring and reported that no depression has formed in the Bay yet.”


“If the cyclone hits this region it will be called ‘Sitrang’, named by Thailand,” Enamur added.


Japan and Indian Meteorological Departments will work jointly with Bangladesh. “We will take action on our preparations when we come to a decision.”


Read: UN agencies’ support sought to mitigate adverse effects of natural disasters


He also said the government is prepared to deal with the cyclone although there is no specific information. The state minister said all the field level administration, district administration and volunteers have been instructed to be ready to tackle the cyclone.


“Usually we start doing preparatory work after the depression forms.”


The cyclone shelters need to be prepared. “We will provide dry foods, drinking water and cash money there,” the state minister said.


Source: United News of Bangladesh


Dengue death toll rises to 75 with another death: DGHS

Another dengue patient died in 24 hours till Wednesday morning, raising this year’s death toll from the mosquito-borne disease in Bangladesh to 75.


During this period, 647 more patients were hospitalised with viral fever as cases keep rising, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).


The latest death was reported from the Dhaka division raising the death toll in the division to 43.


The dengue death toll in Chattogram division remained unchanged at 27 and in Barishal division at five.


Of the new patients, 415 were admitted to different hospitals in Dhaka and 232 outside it.


A total of 2,481 dengue patients, including 1,812 in the capital, are now receiving treatment at hospitals across the country.


The Directorate has recorded 22,517 dengue cases and 19,961 recoveries so far this year.


Source: United News of Bangladesh


13 muggers held in Dhaka

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) has detained 13muggers gang from different areas of the capital.


A team of Rab-3 detained the muggers after conducting simultaneous drives in Shahjahanpur, Motijheel and Paltan areas on Tuesday night, said Commanding Officer of RAB-3, Lt Col Arif Mohiuddin Ahmed.


The elite force also seized sharp weapons and a mobile phone from their possession.


During primary questioning, the alleged gang members said they used to mug people in these areas brandishing sharp weapons.


Legal steps have been taken against the detainees, the officer added.


Source: United News of Bangladesh