Tk 1cr provided to affected Ahmadiyya families from PM’s fund

PANCHAGARH, March 15, 2023 (BSS) - As many as 206 families of the Ahmadiyya community affected by the recent violence in Panchagarh and Boda upazilas were given Taka one crore as humanitarian aid from the prime minister's fund today.

Railways Minister Nurul Islam Sujan attended the cheque-distribution programme on Salana Jalsa ground at Panchagarh municipality of the district as the chief guest with Deputy Commissioner of Panchagarh Md Jahurul Islam in the chair.

Of the families of Ahmadiyya community, 108 families belonged to Panchagarh Sadar upazila while the rest were from the district's Boda upazila.

Under the arrangement of the district administration, the cheques between Taka 4,803 and Tk 5,26,366 were distributed among the victim-families on the occasion.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)

2 killed, 8 injured in SW Pakistan bomb explosion

ISLAMABAD, March 15, 2023 (BSS/Xinhua) - Two people were killed and eight others injured when a bomb went off in Khuzdar district of Pakistan's southwest Balochistan province on Tuesday, the police said.

A vehicle carrying a trader was targeted by explosives in the market area of Khuzdar on Tuesday, Fahad Khosa, Senior Superintendent of Khuzdar police, told media.

He added that a heavy contingent of police had reached the site, and an investigation into the incident was underway.

The injured people were shifted to a nearby hospital.

No group has claimed the attack yet.

Elections to 5 city corporations to be held between May 23 and Jun 29

DHAKA, March 15, 2023 (BSS) - Elections to five city corporations -- Barishal, Gazipur, Khulna, Rajshahi, and Sylhet -- will be held between May 23 and June 29.

"The polls will be held in three phases," said Election Commission secretariat secretary Jahangir Alam after a meeting of commissioners.

Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Habibul Awal presided over the meeting held at the EC office today.

"Preliminary discussion on elections to the Gazipur, Rajshahi, Sylhet, Barishal and Khulna, was held at the commissioners' meeting," Jahangir Alam added.

He said the EC will announce the schedules in mid-April.

He said after the holy month of Ramadan, SSC examinations will be held till May 23 and Eid-ul-Azha will be held in June. "The EC has planned to hold the polls of five city corporations before the Eid-ul-Azha and after the end of SSC examinations," he added.

Alam said as per the law, the EC has obligation to hold election to a city corporation in the last 180 days of the corporation's five-year tenure.

He said the meeting was informed about the implementation and progress of the EC's roadmap for the national election. Registration of new political parties, publication of draft demarcation of new constituencies and scrutiny of organizations willing to oversee polls are underway, he added.

About the use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), the EC secretary said 110,000 EVMs will have to be repaired as per the report of Machine Tolls Factory. The EC will try its best to repair these EVMs for being used in the 12th parliamentary elections.

"The EC's final decision about the use of EVMs in number of seats will depend on availability of funds from the finance ministry. The EC will soon send a letter to the finance ministry in this regard," he added.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)

DHAKA, March 15, 2023 (BSS) - Elections to five city corporations -- Barishal, Gazipur, Khulna, Rajshahi, and Sylhet -- will be held between May 23 and June 29.

"The polls will be held in three phases," said Election Commission secretariat secretary Jahangir Alam after a meeting of commissioners.

Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Habibul Awal presided over the meeting held at the EC office today.

"Preliminary discussion on elections to the Gazipur, Rajshahi, Sylhet, Barishal and Khulna, was held at the commissioners' meeting," Jahangir Alam added.

He said the EC will announce the schedules in mid-April.

He said after the holy month of Ramadan, SSC examinations will be held till May 23 and Eid-ul-Azha will be held in June. "The EC has planned to hold the polls of five city corporations before the Eid-ul-Azha and after the end of SSC examinations," he added.

Alam said as per the law, the EC has obligation to hold election to a city corporation in the last 180 days of the corporation's five-year tenure.

He said the meeting was informed about the implementation and progress of the EC's roadmap for the national election. Registration of new political parties, publication of draft demarcation of new constituencies and scrutiny of organizations willing to oversee polls are underway, he added.

About the use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), the EC secretary said 110,000 EVMs will have to be repaired as per the report of Machine Tolls Factory. The EC will try its best to repair these EVMs for being used in the 12th parliamentary elections.

"The EC's final decision about the use of EVMs in number of seats will depend on availability of funds from the finance ministry. The EC will soon send a letter to the finance ministry in this regard," he added.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)

Five dengue patients hospitalised in 24 hrs

DHAKA, March 15, 2023 (BSS) - Five dengue patients were admitted to a hospital in the capital during the past 24 hours till 8 am today.

"Two dengue patients were hospitalised in Dhaka city and three were admitted to the hospitals outside Dhaka during the last 24 hours," a press release of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said. "Nine deaths from dengue disease were reported this year while 269 dengue patients died last year," the daily statement of the DGHS said.

With the new cases, the total number of patients rose to 793 while some 763 patients were released from different hospitals this year, according to the statement.

Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne illness that occurs in tropical and subtropical areas of the world. Outbreak of the disease is usually seasonal, peaking during and after rainy seasons.

The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies dengue as one of the top 10 threats to public health.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)

People are reluctant for 4th dose of Covid-19 vaccine: Hasan

CHATTOGRAM, March 15, 2023 (BSS) - Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr. Hasan Mahmud said people are not being found to administer 4th dose of Covid-19 vaccine as the infection rate has reduced sharply.

He said three doses of the vaccine have already been given to the country's people one by one and now 4th dose are being administered among them.

"When 130 countries of the world could not start Covid-19 vaccination campaign, under the directive of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh started Covid-19 vaccination programme," Hasan told virtually a meeting of beneficiaries of Swonirbor Rangunia Union under Ranguniya upazila of Chattogram district.

Swonirbor Rangunia Union Parishad organized the program.

UP Chairman Mohammad Noorullah presided over the function while Upazila Chairman Swajan Kumar Talukdar, Zila Parishad Member Abul Kashem Chishti, Rangunia Municipality Mayor Md. Shahjahan Sikder, North District AL leaders Jamal Uddin, Idris Azgar, Akter Hossain Khan, Upazila Parishad Vice Chairman Shafiqul Islam and Upazila AL General Secretary Engineer Shamsul Alam Talukder, among others, spoke the function.

Hasan, also Joint General Secretary of Awami League (AL), said that Mirza Fakhrul, Zafar Ullah and other BNP leaders opposed the vaccination campaign when Bangladesh started the Covid-19 vaccination campaign.

"Afterwards, they received the Covid-19 vaccines. Avoiding their shame, some of them got covid-19 vaccines during the day, while some took the vaccines at night," he added.

The information minister said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is giving allowances to thousands of people in every union of the country.

"The government is providing different types of facilities such as - VGD, VGF, family card, 30 types of free medicine through community clinic, free books at the beginning of the year," he added.

Dr Hasan said BNP will stop providing these facilities and halt the development journey of the country if the party comes to power.

"It is our moral responsibility to cast votes for 'Boat' as the AL government has made remarkable progress in the country," he added.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)