BNP-Jamaat activists attack Khulna Railway station: AL

Bangladesh Awami League on Saturday claimed that BNP-Jamaat activists attacked Khulna railway station and vandalized it.

 

“Bangladesh Railway is our national asset. It is the responsibility of all to protect it,” AL said in a message from its verified Facebook page.

 

Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) began its divisional rally in Khulna around 1pm on Saturday.

 

The ruling party said BNP-Jamaat “terrorist forces” attacked that railway station and BNP is walking on the path of terror in the name of political rallies. “Their language and activities do not go with politics.”

 

Quoting station master of Khulna Railway station, the AL said that the activists of the BNP rally clashed due to a quarrel among themselves.

 

At one point they broke the glasses of the station, said the AL, adding that when police were informed, they became more agitated.

 

The Facebook post also contains photos of the attack.

 

Source: United News of Bangladesh

US Bangla to operate Dhaka-Male flights 6 days a week from Oct 31

US Bangla Airlines will operate Dhaka to Male flights six days a week from October 31 considering the increased passenger demands.

 

According to a press release issued on Saturday, the private carrier will operate flights to Maldives’ capital Male from Dhaka every day in a week except on Thursday, according to the new schedule.

 

From October 31, Dhaka-Male flight will leave Dhaka airport at 9 am on every Monday, Tuesday and Saturday while on every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday it will leave at 8:45 am.

 

Meanwhile, US Bangla flights will leave Male’s Velana International Airport for Dhaka at 1:20 pm on every Monday, Tuesday and Saturday. Flights will leave for Dhaka at 1:05 pm from Male on every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

 

On November 19, a 164-seat Boeing 737-800 aircraft of the private carrier left Dhaka for Male carrying 129 passengers in its first flight on this route.

 

The Dhaka-Male flight service was launched with three flights a week and currently four flights are operational on this route.

 

The minimum fare on the Dhaka-Male route, including all taxes and surcharges, has been fixed at Tk 29,508 one-way and Tk 45,545 for return.

 

Source: United News of Bangladesh

BNP activists say ‘obstructed’ from joining rally, clash with police at Khulna Station

BNP activists clashed with police at Khulna Railway Station today, alleging that they were being obstructed from joining the party’s divisional rally.

 

Karim Molla, a BNP activist from Khulna’s Rupsha upazila, said that he and other fellow activists of the party reached Khulna station in the morning and as they were heading outside to check into a nearby hotel, police obstructed and questioned them.

 

“During questioning about where they were going and the reason for coming to Khulna, some BNP activists got agitated and an altercation started,” he said.

 

Around 11:30am, BNP activists coming from different parts of the country got into “a fight amongst themselves” and vandalized some window glasses at the station, Khulna station master Manik Chandra Sarkar said.

 

When police came to the spot after being informed, BNP activists threw brick chips and vandalized more doors and windows of the station, he said.

 

Additional Deputy Commissioner of Khulna Metropolitan police Sonali Sen said police didn’t obstruct anyone and tried to handle the situation patiently.

 

Tajul Islam, Railway Labour Union Genertal Secretary told UNB the situation at the rail station is peaceful at the moment as the rally began.

 

Meanwhile, Bangladesh Awami League has claimed that BNP-Jamaat men attacked Khulna Railway Station and ransacked it.

 

“Bangladesh Railway is our national asset. It is the responsibility of all to protect it,” AL said in a message from its verified Facebook page.

 

Source: United News of Bangladesh

 

Thousands join as BNP’s Khulna rally starts earlier than scheduled

Thousands of leaders and activists of BNP and its associate bodies joined the party’s divisional rally in Khulna city today (October 22, 2022), defying various obstacles and transport strike.

 

The rally, organised by Khulna city unit of BNP, formally began on the Sonali Bank premises around 11:30 am, two and half hours earlier than the scheduled time, with recitation from the Holy Quran.

 

Police and other security officials have been deployed around the rally venue and at different points in the city to prevent any untoward incident.

 

The organisers said the rally was meant to denounce the price hike of daily essentials and fuel, the death of five party men in previous police action in Bhola, Narayanganj, Munshiganj and Jashore, and to ensure the release of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.

 

BNP has long been demanding that the next general election be held under a caretaker government, not under any political government — a demand rejected by the ruling Awami League as the constitution does not allow it.

 

BNP senior leaders, including Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and some standing committee members, are expected to address the rally.

 

BNP Rally Khulna 2022

 

BNP activists started gathering at the rally venue last night and many of them stayed overnight there.

 

Ruling party activists were seen taking positions at different entry points with sticks.

 

Khulna city unit BNP member secretary Shafiqul Alam Tuhin alleged that their party activists faced various obstructions on their way to Khulna.

 

He alleged that police started raiding the houses of their party leaders and activists since Thursday and arrested 47 of them.

 

Today’s rally is the third by the BNP at the divisional level as the first one was held in Chattogram and the second one in Mymensingh.

 

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.

 

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

 

Khulna city virtually turned into a city of processions since this morning centring the rally of BNP.

 

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Bus strike: Commoners suffer in Satkhira, BNP activists reach Khulna through alternative means

On day two of the ongoing bus strike on 18 routes of Khulna on Saturday, common passengers from Satkhira faced immense trouble while local BNP activists reached the rally venue in Khulna through alternative means.

 

From Saturday morning, passengers found three wheelers locally known as easy bike and Mahendra parked at Khulna Road intersection of Satkhira town where usually Khulna-bound buses were kept.

 

Locals expressed frustration for the sufferings they have been facing to travel on long routes on three wheelers in broken trips.

 

Jashim Uddin, a resident of Nagarghata village, said his mother Amirunnessa was admitted to Khulna Medical College and Hospital and she will undergo a surgery on Saturday. “I could not reach Khulna on time as buses were not available,” he said.

 

The long-route passengers had to travel through these three wheelers finding no other alternatives.

 

Shahjahan Ali from Palashpol village said he had to travel on these three wheelers as there are five member in his family to attend a family programme in Khulna.

 

However, bus operations remained normal on Kaliganj-Shyamnagar, Ashashuni-Jashore roads from Satkhira.

 

Satkhira District BNP convener Syed Iftekhar Ali said that the activists could not be obstructed from joining the rally today.

 

“We predicted this may happen and all the activists managed to reach Khulna on time for rally by motor cycles, boats, trawlers and other means,” he said.

 

The aggrieved passengers said bus and launch movement were suspended to obstruct BNP rally but the opposition leaders have reached the venue anyway while common peoples had to bear the burnt.

 

The bus strike however came as a boon for the three wheeler drivers in Satkhira as they got a lot of passengers but they claimed they didn’t raise any fare considering the plight of people.

 

Source: United News of Bangladesh

 

Two bikers killed in Pabna road crash

A 30-year-old man on a bike and his sister-in-law riding pillion were killed after being hit by a speeding bus on Kashinathpur-Dhaka Road of Pabna on Friday night.

 

The deceased were identified as Forman Ali, 30, son of Ansar Ali of Bera upazila, and her sister-in-law Mahbuba Yeasmin, 25, daughter of Jamal Sheikh of Santhia upazila. Both of them worked with an NGO in Dhaka.

 

Ashish Mohammad Siddikullah, officer-in-charge of Sathia Police Station, said the accident occurred around 9pm in the Bhitapara area of Santhia upazila.

 

“The impact of the crash was such that the two died on the spot. The bodies have been kept at the local hospital morgue,” he said.

 

Source: United News of Bangladesh

National Committee for taking action against lakhs of illegal vessels

The National Committee to protect Shipping, Roads and Railways on Saturday demanded taking action against lakhs of illegal inland water vessels operating across the country.

 

NCPSRR president Mohammad Shahid Mia and general secretary Ashis Kumar Dey came up with the demand in a statement.

 

The organisation leaders also stressed the need for starting the vessel census immediately to prevent movement of illegal vessels.

 

According to the statement, the number of vessels registered by the Department of Shipping (DoS), the regulatory authority of the shipping sector, is only 14,000. However, there are more than 100,000 small and large vessels, including passenger and cargo ones, are operating across the country.

 

The terrible information on movement of more unregistered vessels than registered ones were revealed in written statements and speeches some former director generals of the DoS, it said.

 

River safety is not being ensured due to the large number of unregistered and unfit vessels and the risk of accidents continues to increase. Besides, the government is losing huge revenue every year due to non-payment of income taxes and VAT by lakhs of unregistered vessels.

 

Source: United News of Bangladesh

 

The National Committee to protect Shipping, Roads and Railways on Saturday demanded taking action against lakhs of illegal inland water vessels operating across the country.

NCPSRR president Mohammad Shahid Mia and general secretary Ashis Kumar Dey came up with the demand in a statement.

 

The organisation leaders also stressed the need for starting the vessel census immediately to prevent movement of illegal vessels.

 

According to the statement, the number of vessels registered by the Department of Shipping (DoS), the regulatory authority of the shipping sector, is only 14,000. However, there are more than 100,000 small and large vessels, including passenger and cargo ones, are operating across the country.

 

The terrible information on movement of more unregistered vessels than registered ones were revealed in written statements and speeches some former director generals of the DoS, it said.

 

River safety is not being ensured due to the large number of unregistered and unfit vessels and the risk of accidents continues to increase. Besides, the government is losing huge revenue every year due to non-payment of income taxes and VAT by lakhs of unregistered vessels.

 

Detective Branch (DB) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) and National Security Intelligence (NSI) in a joint drive have arrested five officials of Biman Bangladesh Airlines for their suspected involvement in leaking the question of a recruitment test of the national carrier.

 

MT Operators Md Jahangir Alam, 36, Mohammad Mahfuz Alam Bhuiyan , 31, Md Enamul Haque, 27, and Office Assistants Aolad Hossain, 29 and Harunur Rashid, 40, were arrested from the capital’s Kaola area on Friday.

 

The members of the law enforcement agencies recovered soft and hard copies of the question, bank cheques, stamped documents, four diaries, admit cards of the examinees, mobile phone sets and cash from the arrestees during the drive.

 

According to DB, the one-hour long recruitment test of Biman was scheduled to be held on Friday from 3:00pm to 4:00pm. On Thursday night, detectives came to learn that the question of the test has been leaked.

 

After identifying the culprits, the detectives started a drive and recovered a total of 100 leaked questions from their possessions.

 

During primary interrogation, the arrestees confessed that they started to plan for leaking the questions since Biman issued a circular for the recruitment. They collected the original question through working with Biman high-ups responsible for preparing, printing and storing questions and sold it to the job seekers through Whatsapp.

 

The culprits collected hefty amount of money ranging from Tk 2 to Tk 7 lakh per question. They even collected signatures on non-judicial stamps to embezzle lands from the job seekers.

 

The arrestees also admitted that they have been involved in leaking questions for a long time.

 

The Biman authorities usually form a committee to oversee their recruitment process.

 

DB sources said that they’re currently investigating how the questions were leaked under the nose of this committee.

 

If needed, DB will interrogate the Biman high-ups, the sources said.

 

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Low pressure area over the Bay likely to intensify into depression: Met office

The low pressure area over the Andaman Sea and the adjoining southeast Bay of Bengal has intensified into a well-marked low over the same area and it is likely to intensify into a depression in the next 24 hours, the weather department said on Saturday.

 

However, the weather may remain mainly dry with temporary partly cloudy sky over the country, the department said in its weather bulletin.

 

Day and night temperatures may remain nearly unchanged over the country.

 

The mercury reached 35.3 degrees Celsius – the highest – in Sandwip of Chattogram division, while the minimum temperature was recorded at 17.0 degrees in Tetulia of Rangpur division.

 

Source: United News of Bangladesh

 

7 Homemade Drinks for Sore Throat

As winter is approaching, many people are experiencing conditions like sore throat and scratchy throat. It causes constant itchy feelings, irritation, and difficulty in swallowing. Don’t worry! Some drinks can relieve the scratchy, and painful feelings. Let’s take a look at home remedies that kills a sore throat fast.

 

7 Healthy Drinks to Treat Sore Throat

 

Warm honey-lemon water

 

Warm water can help settle a sore throat. Hot water is special to soothe a sore throat and can help provide relief for cough, and runny nose.

 

However, warm water with lemon may be especially useful as it can add a small extra dose of vitamin C to pacify your sore throat. Vitamin C is great to boost the immune system and help you overcome colds.

 

Additionally, you can add honey with your warm lemon water to treat a sore throat and cough. A small 2017 study found that honey helps to speed up the recovery of a sore throat as honey has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.

 

Ginger tea

 

Traditionally, people use ginger tea to calm a sore throat. A 2013 study has shown that fresh ginger tea might help protect you from the respiratory syncytial virus — a highly infectious virus that commonly affects young children.

 

Besides, ginger is loaded with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. If you drink ginger tea in the morning and before going to sleep, it soothes your sore throat.

 

Moreover, ginger tea provides relief from motion sickness and alleviates nausea from morning sickness or chemotherapy. Ginger tea can also manage blood pressure and support heart health. It is also excellent to manage weight and blood sugar levels. The properties of ginger can fight against pain, inflammation, and cancer.

 

Chamomile tea

 

If you don’t like ginger tea, you can take chamomile tea, which is made from dried Matricaria flowers and is loaded with various healing properties. Research shows that chamomile tea can reduce inflammation in the throat.

 

Additionally, Chamomile tea is generally caffeine-free and so it is excellent to promote relaxation and help you sleep. Proper and adequate sleep boost your immune system and help you quick recovery from illness.

 

Plus, chamomile tea has anti-inflammatory properties which minimize swelling and also repair tissues and reduce a cough.

 

Peppermint tea

 

You can also take peppermint tea which is another warm beverage to ease sore throat symptoms. Peppermint tea contains spearmint which has anti-inflammatory effects to reduce swelling and soothe a sore throat.

 

Besides, if you can inhale the steam from peppermint tea, it can treat other symptoms such as nasal congestion, and help you to breathe better.

 

Warm soup

 

You can take chicken noodle warm soup which is considered as is a classic home remedy for common illnesses.

 

Any kind of warm soup can be a great way to soothe your sore throat and get some key nutrients when you’re feeling sick. Chicken broth has fatty acids and protein. Protein and fatty acids help your body build and repair healthy muscle, bone, skin, and blood cells.

 

Selenium that is available in chicken broth helps prevent and manage cardiovascular diseases and complications, including strokes, and high cholesterol.

 

Moreover, chicken broth is enriched with vitamins and minerals, which are useful against common ailments like the common cold, the flu, and food poisoning.

 

Smoothie

 

When you’re sick, you might experience a decreased appetite that can make it more difficult to get all the nutrients your body needs to fight off an illness.

 

So, you need a nutrient-packed smoothie as it is made with fruits and vegetables that are loaded with antioxidants — molecules to boost our immune system.

 

Some antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables to make your smoothies: Blueberries, Strawberries, Mangoes, Kale, Spinach

 

Turmeric milk

 

Turmeric has powerful antioxidant properties to heal wounds. The properties of turmeric also fight off several infections like colds and sore throats. If you can drink hot turmeric tea or milk for a sore throat, you can cure your sore throat within 1-2 days.

 

Turmeric milk is anti-inflammatory also and contains the compound curcumin which boosts immunity. Turmeric also helps to reduce the risk of heart disease and improves digestion. It is also good for our skin and improves bone health.

 

Bottom Line

 

Sore throats are common and natural, especially during cold and flu season and winter season. While you are experiencing this condition, it is important to provide your body with the nutrients it needs to fight the infection. You can try homemade healing drinks to soothe your throat pain. So far, we have discussed 7 sore throat remedies to try at home. Hope it helps!

 

Source: United News of Bangladesh

 

‘Some abuses are reported while implementing any new law’

 

Law Minister Anisul Huq has said the government remains vigilant to stop any misuse or abuse of the Digital Security Act (DSA), noting that some abuses are reported while implementing any new law in any country in the world.

 

The issue of amendment to the law comes when there are abuses and the government is trying to plug in the places where there is scope of abuse and misuse, he said.

 

“If there is a necessity for any amendment, we will do that,” said the Law Minister.

 

He, however, said bringing amendments to any law is a lengthy process and the government may go for shortening the process by introducing relevant rules.

 

The Law Minister was speaking at a debate on DSA, moderated by Editors Guild President and Editor-in-Chief of Ekattor Television Mozammel Babu on Saturday.

 

Minister Huq said a perception regarding the DSA has been created and the government is aware of it.

 

He said the government is listening to all and trying to address the issues. “We are trying to solve the problem. Our ears are not closed.”

 

After identifying certain cases of misuse and abuse through the DSA in 2019, the Law Minister said he tried to find out other countries where such laws exist and also contacted the Office of the UN Human Rights Commission.

 

“We are still discussing the good practices,” he said, adding that he even sat with the Home Minister and decided that the journalists will not be arrested right away.

 

The Law Minister said when a complaint is lodged, a cell will decide whether or not there is prima facie proof that an offence has been made under the law.

 

The Law Minister referred to the law regarding punishment for making any kind of propaganda or campaign against liberation war, spirit of Liberation War, Father of the Nation, national anthem or national flag.

 

“Was it necessary to protect? Yes, it was necessary,” he said, adding that it hurts him when someone says 30 lakh people did not sacrifice their lives during the Bangladesh’s War of Liberation in 1971.

 

“It (such distortion of settled history) does not just bring tears in my eyes, it seems to me that someone hit on my chest,” he added.

 

The Law Minister also questioned those who made room for war criminals like Motiur Rahman Nizami and Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid in the cabinet.

 

Human rights activist advocate ZI Khan Panna, cultural personality Nasiruddin Yousuff Bachchu, Regional Director for ARTICLE 19 South Asia and Bangladesh Faruq Faisel, filmmaker Kamar Ahmad Simon, Prothom Alo joint editor Sohrab Hassan and journalist Syed Ishtiaque Reza, among others, spoke at the discussion.

 

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Training of Bangladeshi specialists begins for safe operations of Rooppur NPP

To prepare a skilled workforce for the safe operations of the country’s first-ever nuclear power plant, a training programme for Bangladeshi specialists began on October 16 at the Rooppur NPP Training Centre.

 

Minister for Science and Technology Architect Yeafesh Osman, and Rosatom Director General Alexy Likhachev formally inaugurated the centre at the Rooppur NPP site at a simple ceremony held on October 19.

 

According to Rosatom, the Russian contractor of the Rooppur NPP, presently two groups of Bangladeshi specialists are undergoing training programmes and a total of more than 50 groups are planned to be trained at the centre.

 

Approximately 686 personnel have already been trained at Rosatom Technical Academy based at Novovoronezh NPP, which is the reference project of Rooppur NPP.

 

According to the General Contract, Russia will provide training to 1,119 Bangladeshi specialists in several phases.

 

Besides, Russia will train another 305 people as a reserve force. 850 Bangladeshi specialists are to be trained in Russia and the rest at the Rooppur NPP Training Centre by Russian instructors.

 

Each training programme for the specialists is of approximately 4 to 12 months. Each programme consists of several courses of two to six weeks in duration.

 

Courses include theoretical and practical parts as well as on-job training at Rooppur NPP. The training is conducted by specialists from Novovoronezh NPP.

 

The Rooppur NPP Training Centre is now ready for simulator training for the specialists.

 

Rooppur NPP Training Centre is headed by Bangladeshi specialist Md Golam Shahinoor Islam. He successfully completed training at the Rosatom Technical Academy in 2018-2019.

 

Rooppur NPP will have two power units, each of 1,200MW capacity. The project will require over 1,100 specialists for its operations.

 

The first unit is schemed to start operation in 2024 and second unit in 2025.

 

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Journalist Raihan M Chowdhury dies

Raihan M Chowdhury, Senior News Consultant at The Financial Express (FE), died at a city hospital on Saturday. He was 57.

 

Raihan, who had been suffering from liver cirrhosis, breathed his last at Islami Bank Central Hospital around 2 pm on Saturday, his colleagues said.

 

He left behind his wife, two sons and a host of relatives and well-wishers to mourn his death.

 

He had been working for FE since 1996. During his tenure, he also worked as the newspaper’s Senior Business Editor.

 

Raihan M Chowdhury, Senior News Consultant at The Financial Express (FE), died at a city hospital on Saturday. He was 57.

 

Raihan, who had been suffering from liver cirrhosis, breathed his last at Islami Bank Central Hospital around 2 pm on Saturday, his colleagues said.

 

He left behind his wife, two sons and a host of relatives and well-wishers to mourn his death.

 

He had been working for FE since 1996. During his tenure, he also worked as the newspaper’s Senior Business Editor.

 

His first namaz-e-janaza was held on the premises of the Dhaka Reporters’ Unity at 4:30pm while the second on the premises of the National Press Club at 5:00pm, the third was at Shantinagar Jame Masjid and fourth was at Hazi Para Jame Masjid.

 

He was buried in the Shahjahanpur cemetery.

 

Raihan M Chowdhury was associated with various journalist organizations including Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU), National Press Club, and Economic Reporters Forum (ERF) till his death.

 

Source: United News of Bangladesh