3 die after drinking toxic liquor in Kushtia

Three people died while five others are undergoing treatment at Kushtia General Hospital as they drank toxic liquor at different places under Sadar upazila of the district early morning.

The deceased were identified as Md Shahin, 47, son of late Harun-Ur-Rashid, resident of Bara Ailchara area under Sadar upazila, Md. Ratan, 21, son of late Hanif, resident of Mashan Barui Para village of Mirpur upazila, and Sifat Ullah, 27, son of Md Rakibul Alam, resident of Bheramara upazila of the district.

Officer-in-charge (OC) of Kushtia Model Police Station Shahadat Hossain said that several people were hospitalized at Kushtia General Hospital after drinking toxic liquor in various places in the district on Sunday night and three of them died this morning. Five others are undergoing treatment at the hospital.

The bodies have been kept at Kushtia General Hospital morgue for autopsy.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

CID, PIB start investigation into 10-body recovery from trawler in Cox’s Bazar

Separate teams of police, including Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and Police Bureau of Investigation (PIB), have started working to unearth the mystery behind the recovery of ten partially decomposed bodies from a sinking fishing trawler in Cox's Bazar.

"We're trying to identify those who are involved in the incident soon. Our teams have been investigating the incident . . . CID and PBI teams have also come here from Dhaka and started investigation," said DIG of Chattogram range of police Anwar Hossain.

He said family members have so far identified four of the ten bodies. DNA of the remaining six bodies will be kept in collection for determining their identity, he added.

Talking to journalists, Anwar Hossain said they are yet to say clearly about who are involved in the incident and for what reason they have committed such crime. He also said they are trying to identify those who are involved in piracy in sea. A few years ago, around 96 pirates surrendered in Maheshkhali and most of them returned to normal life, he said, adding that many pirates also surrendered to police in Banshkhali and they also went back to normal life.

On Sunday, ten half-mutilated bodies were recovered from the cold-store of a fishing trawler that washed ashore in Nazirartek area of the district.

The trawler went missing more than a week ago in the Bay.

Locals saw a floating trawler in the Bay on Saturday morning. They brought the trawler to the shore in Nazirartek area and while checking the cold-store, they saw the hands-legs, said ward-1 councilor of Cox's Bazar Pourashava Aktar Kamal.

He said they immediately informed Sadar thana police who rushed to the spot on Saturday evening. In cooperation of Fire Service and Civil Defence personnel, police recovered 10 partially decomposed bodies from the cold-store of the trawler, said Aktar Kamal.

Fire Service and Civil Defence station in-charge Monayem Billah said they recovered a total of 10 bodies.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Shahriar distributes auto-vans among 20 distressed people

State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam, MP, has distributed auto-vans among 20 distressed people aimed at making them self-reliant.

He distributed the vans at his residence at Arani under Bagha Upazila of the district on Sunday, making the recipients delighted.

Speaking on the occasion, Shahriar Alam urged the recipients to uplift their fortunes making the best use of the auto-vans as the present government has been working relentlessly to transform Bangladesh as a happy and prosperous one.

He also said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's government is working with the determination to build a smart Bangladesh.

"Digital Bangladesh has already been built and time has come to build Smart Bangladesh with the farsighted leadership of the Prime Minister Shiekh Hasina," he added.

"We don't have time to look backward, we have to look forward as the present Bangladesh has been marching forward vibrantly," he added.

Around 26,000 academic buildings have been constructed in addition to appointing 36,000 teachers since Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina came to power, he said.

The state minister said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina wants to build a happy, prosperous and non-communal Smart Bangladesh in the coming years removing all darkness and hurdles.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Uninterrupted democracy makes president’s exit righteous: Hasan

Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud today said the honorable exit of a successful president and taking office of a new president have become possible only due to the continued democracy in the country under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

"You know that Mohammad Sahabuddin was sworn in as the 22nd President of Bangladesh today following the departure of M Abdul Hamid as the 21st President. This is the first time in the country's history that a president left his office after 10 years of successful completion of his presidency. And it has been possible due to the continued democracy under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina," he said.

The minister told reporters while exchanging Eid greetings and views at the meeting room of his ministry at the Secretariat in the capital.

Hasan said conspiracies as well as attempts have been orchestrated for the last 14 years to destroy democracy and foil elections in the country.

"Many attempts were made to establish a 'special type of government' by foiling elections and disrupting the practices of democracy and it is being continued till now," he added.

He said, "In the history of our country, we were able to say goodbye to a president with a grand farewell after the successful completion of his 10-year presidency. I think it is the victory of democracy and it has been possible only due to the dynamic leadership of Jananethri Sheikh Hasina."

The minister said the new president Mohammad Sahabuddin is a wise and prudent human being as earlier he served in many important positions, including as District and Sessions Judge, Anti-Corruption Commissioner (ACC) Commissioner and the Coordinator in the Bangabandhu Murder Case. He is a freedom fighter and raised his voice soon after the brutal incidents on August 15, 1975 and subsequently he was imprisoned and subjected to inhuman torture by the then military dictators, said Hasan.

As the ACC Commissioner, he (Mohammad Sahabuddin) proved his deep firmness in dealing with the 'so-called corruption' plot against the Padma Bridge project, the minister said.

"I firmly believe that the new President will serve as a pro-people like his predecessor with great competence and discretion," said Hasan, also Awami League joint general secretary.

Replying to a query, the minister said the elections would be held under the Election Commission (EC). And the government will perform as facilitator, he added.

He said the EC has already successfully conducted a number of elections and some city corporations polls will be held soon, he added.

The minister said there were no questions over those polls.

The EC is performing its responsibilities with the utmost sincerity, efficiency and determination, he said, adding, "I think the next elections will also be held in a free, fair and neutral manner with the participation of all parties and it will be acceptable universally. And the President, as the guardian of the state, can perform his responsibility with great prudence."

Replying to another query about a proposal from BNP leaders, the minister said, "This is our country. People are the owners of the country and only they have the power or jurisdiction to elect or dismiss the government of this country. No foreign country has the right to change the government of this country (Bangladesh) and it is not the work of foreigners."

He said it is an anti-national act if leaders of any political party meet foreigners time and again over the issue.

The minister said, "If we have any problems, we have to solve them like in the past. If the BNP has any statement, they can talk with the Election Commission. They can talk with the government too. But visiting foreigners over the issue is an anti-national act.

Replying to another query over the economic situation of Pakistan, Hasan said Bangladesh left behind Pakistan in all indexes many days ago and this is the success of the creation of this country by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Pabna erupts in joy as Sahabuddin sworn in as 22nd President

Veteran Freedom Fighter and Politician Mohammad Sahabuddin sworn in as the 22nd President of Bangladesh at an impressive ceremony in the packed and historic Durbar Hall of Bangabhaban this morning.

Jatiya Sangsad (Parliament) Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury administered the oath of the office of the President here at 11am.

People from all walks of life brought out a joyous procession in Pabna district town on the occasion.

District unit Awami League leaders and workers and people from different strata of Pabna district watched the swearing-in ceremony of the President on big screen at Pabna district Awami League office this morning.

District unit Awami League organised the procession in the morning from the Awami League office which ended at the same place after parading different important places. District Awami League president Rezaul Rahim Lal led the joyous procession.

They also distributed sweets among the local people including the people of different professions on the main road of the city, after which a discussion meeting and prayer was held at the party office.

Rezaul Rahim Lal, President of the district unit Awami League, said: "It's a great day for Pabna residents".

Earlier, the 73-year-old politician was elected as the 22nd President of Bangladesh on February 13, 2023.

Mohammad Sahabuddin was born on December 10, 1949 in Shibrampur's Jubilee Tank area of Pabna Town. His father's name is Sharfuddin Ansari and mother Khairunnessa.

He obtained his M Sc degree from Rajshahi University in 1974 and later he passed LLB and BCS (Law) examinations.

President Sahabuddin was the general secretary of Pabna Edward College unit of Chhatra League, president of Pabna District Chhatra League and Jubo League later also. He was the joint secretary of Bangladesh Krishak Sramik Awami League (BaKSAL) of the district unit and publicity secretary of Awami League district unit.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Condolences pour in for veteran politician Pankaj Bhattacharya

Condolences and tributes continue to pour for veteran left-leaning politician and 1971 freedom fighter Pankaj Bhattacharya, who passed away overnight at a private hospital in the capital at 83.

Immediately after his demise, people from all walks of life as well as different political parties and leaders expressed their shock and conveyed condolences.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed profound shock and sorrow at the death of Pankaj and prayed for salvation of the departed soul and conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved family.

Besides, different ministers, state ministers and noted politicians as well as renowned personalities and organizations also expressed profound shock and sorrow at the death of Pankaj.

Awami League (AL) Joint General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, AL Advisory Council Member and 14-Party alliance coordinator and spokesperson Amir Hossain Amu, AL Joint General Secretary and Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, Jatiya Party Chairman GM Quader,

Bangladesher Samyabadi Dal General Secretary and former industries minister Dilip Barua, Bangladesh Mahila Parishad President Fouzia Moslem and General Secretary Maleka Banu, Bangladesh Udichi Shilpigosthi President Professor Badiur Rahman and General Secretary Amit Ranjan Dey and Sushasoner Jonno Nagorik (Shujan) President M Hafizuddin Khan and General Secretary Badiul Alam Mozumder were among who condoled the death of Pankaj.

In their condolence messages, they recalled the contributions of Pankaj Bhattacharya to the great Liberation War as one of the organisers of Guerrilla Force and his active involvement in all mass movements of the country, including the student movements in the 60s.

They prayed for salvation of the departed soul and conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved family.

Pankaj was a vice-president of Student Union and later he became the executive president of the organization before the independence. Later, he formed a platform named Sammilito Samajik Andolan and also founded the Oikya National Awami Party, known as Oikya NAP in 2010.

Born in Noapara in the Raozan Upazila of Chattogram in 1939, Pankaj studied at different institutions in Dhaka and Chattogram when he was appreciated also as a good footballer and cultural activist alongside his role as a student political worker.

He was expelled from Chattogram Collegiate School in 1959 due to his involvement with the student movement.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Xi Jinping greets President Md Shahabuddin

Chinese President Xi Jinping today congratulated Bangladesh's new President Md Shahabuddin.

"I am delighted to learn that you have assumed office as president of the People's Republic of Bangladesh. On behalf of the Government of People's Republic of China and its people as well as in my own name, I would like to convey my heartfelt congratulations and best wishes to you," the Chinese president said in a letter sent to Bangladesh's new president.

Mentioning that China and Bangladesh are traditionally friendly neighbours, he said since the establishment of diplomatic relations, the two countries have always respected each other, treated each other as equals, and supported each ether on issues concerning each others core interests, which has set an example of friendly coexistence and win-win cooperation between the two countries.

"I attach great importance to the development of China-Bangladesh relations, and I stand ready to work with you, to carry forward the traditional friendship between our two countries, jointly build 'Belt and Road Initiative' with high quality and keep promoting the China-Bangladesh Strategic Partnership forward to better benefit the two peoples," Xi Jinping said.

He added: "I wish you (Bangladesh's new president) good health and every success in your future endeavours. I wish prosperity to the country and happiness to the people of Bangladesh."

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Govt implements various programs for agriculture development: Khasru

State minister for social welfare Ashraf Ali Khan Khasru today said the present government is a farmer's -friendly government as it has already implemented many pragmatic programs for development of agricultural sector and betterment of farmers.

"The incumbent government under the dynamic and far-sighted leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has implemented many farmers-friendly programs for development of agricultural sector, including farm -mechanization," he said.

Khasru said these while inaugurating Boro paddy harvesting festival at village Kandulia under Netrakona sader upazila.

Chaired by deputy commissioner Anjana Khan Mojlish, the meeting was addressed, among others, by chairman of Netrakona zila parishad Asit Kumar Sarker Sazal, chairman of Netrakona sadar upazila parishad Ataur Rahman Manik, deputy director of district agriculture extension department Mohammad Nuruzzaman and upazila nirbahi officer of Netrakona sadar Mahmuda Aktar.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

President Sahabuddin attends office this evening

President Mohammed Sahabuddin, now the resident of Bangabhaban, did his office for the first time with signing some important files this evening.

Freedom fighter Sahabuddin is the 22nd President in the history of Bangladesh. He was replaced the outgoing President M Abdul Hamid through oath-taking ceremony at the Historic Durbar Hall of Bangabhaban in the morning.

After swearing-in ceremony, the President went to his Gulshan residence.

Meanwhile, after the farewell reception at the quarter past two, Abdul Hamid left for his Nikunj residence.

President Sahabuddin's family members, including wife Dr Rebecca Sultana and son Arshad Adnan Roni arrived at Bangabhaban at 08:50 pm in a motorcade procession from Gulshan residence.

Earlier, on the arrival of the Head of State at Bangabhaban, a smart contingent of the horse-mounted President Guard Regiment (PGR) welcomed the President at the main gate.

From there, they took them to the main building gate, where President Sahabuddin was greeted with flowers by the officials and employees of Bangabhaban.

Senior military and civil officials, including President's Office Secretary Sampad Barua, Military Secretary Major General SM Salahuddin Islam, Press Secretary Md Joynal Abedin and Secretary (Attachment) Md Wahidul Islam Khan were present.

The President will be given a guard of honor by the PGR tomorrow at 10:30 am.

He will pay tribute to martyrs at the Savar Memorial Mausoleum at 11:38 am. He will also sign there a visitors' book there.

Then the President will place wreaths at the portrait of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in front of Bangabandhu Bhaban of Dhanmondi at 12 noon.

Later, he will lay wreaths at Central Shaheed Minar.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Govt ‘Eid gift’ thru’ Nagad brings joy to the poor

Disbursement of social safety net allowances among poor people before the holy Eid-Ul-Fitr using Nagad have brought joy among the poor section of people across the country.

The government distributed around Taka 861 crore among nearly 58 lakh beneficiaries across the country using this MFS carrier in just four days before Eid.

Such cash aid came as a surprise to many poor people who were trying to find a way to buy food and clothes for their family members ahead of Eid.

To shed light on how government's pre-Eid "gifts" put smiles on people's face, physically challenged Delwar Hossain from Manikganj's Ghior village said, "I was feeling helpless. I had no idea how I could arrange improved diet for my children on Eid day."

"On the night before Eid, I became surprised when I received Tk 2,550 in my Nagad wallet," he said with a smiling face.

Delwar bought four packets of Shemai, sugar, cooking oil and meat with the money.

Not Delwar alone, thousands of poor families celebrated Eid with joy after receiving cash support from the Social Welfare Department.

And Nagad ensured the smooth disbursements to the beneficiaries in a transparent way.

Talking about the successful disbursement of government allowances, Tanvir A Mishuk, founder and managing director of Nagad Limited said, "We're very delighted to have disbursed social safety net allowances to real beneficiaries. Such pre-Eid cash support made their Eid more joyful."

"We also feel honoured as we could play a part in the government's effort to bring happiness to poor people ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr," Mishuk pointed out.

Whatever Nagad does, it always gives priority to people's welfare, he said, adding, "Our motto is to ease people's life through our digital services, and we will continue to do so."

Mishuk said from the beginning Nagad had been the first choice for the government in disbursing government's allowances, education stipends and other cash aid because the MFS carrier ensured transparency by plugging all anomalies.

There was a time when disbursements of social safety net allowances were riddled with irregularities as ghost beneficiaries, relatives of local public representatives and the non-poor would get into the list, depriving many deserving ones.

But, the situation has now changed completely after Nagad took responsibility and digitalised the entire disbursement system, ensuring transparency.

In this way, the allowances are now reaching intended beneficiaries directly.

In 2021 and 2022, Nagad successfully disbursed 75 percent of all the social safety net allowances, such as old-age allowance, widow allowance, allowance for the underprivileged with special needs and students with special needs.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

U-17 women’s team reach Singapore safely

Bangladesh U-17 women's football team reached Singapore safely today (Monday) to participate in the AFC U-17 Women's Asian Cup Indonesia 2024(tm) (qualifiers) scheduled to be held from April 26-30 at Jahan Besar Stadium, Kallang, Singapore.

The girls will hold their first hour-long practice session tomorrow (Tuesday) evening as they have no schedule practice today, according to a message received here from Bangladesh Football Fedeartion.

Bangladesh, which pitted in Group D of AFC U-17 Qualifiers along with Turkmenistan and Singapore, will play their first match against Turkmenistan on April 26 and meet Singapore in their ultimate match on April 30.

Only one of the three teams will play in the next round.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Rangpur recreational spots crowded with rushing people

The recreational and tourist spots have become overcrowded with hundreds of rushing people of all ages since the Eid-ul-Fitr day to enjoy the pleasure of the festivity in the district.

A relaxing atmosphere has been prevailing for the fourth consecutive day amid excellent weather since Eid-ul-Fitr day as the soothing breeze continues blowing through the calm nature and partially sunny sky with floating scattered clouds.

The recreational and tourist spots are witnessing a considerable rush of people to enjoy the happiness of the holy Eid-ul-Fitr festival without any restrictions after almost a three-year gap due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The enthusiastic people of all ages, particularly youths, adolescents and young girls, wearing colorful dresses are visiting the entertaining places making those overcrowded and buoyant till today in the district where an Eid fever still persists.

In Rangpur city, people are thronging Rangpur Amusement Park and Zoo, Chikley Lake Water Park, 'Proyas' Entertainment Park, Fantasy Zone, 'Tajhat Zamindar Bari', 'Rupkotha Theme Park', 'Surovi Uddyan', Town Hall premises, Zila School ground and other recreational spots to get refreshed and entertained.

They are rushing at recreational spots like 'Vinnojogot', 'Ananda Nagar', Teesta Road Bridge, Sheikh Hasina Teesta Bridge, Teesta Railway Bridge, 'Neelamborer Jalmahal', 'Ananda Nagar' in Pirganj, 'Maya Bhuban' and 'Bharadaho Beel' in Badarganj, 'Ali Baba Theme Park' in Pirgachha, Teesta Barrage Canal and other areas outside the city.

Since the Eid day, many people have been rushing to the 'Teesta Park' on the Teesta river bank in Kawnia upazila and restaurants on the Teesta riverbank at the northern Kakina end of the Sheikh Hasina Teesta Bridge of Gangachara upazila in the district.

To attract more visitors, all recreational places have been colorfully decorated with new looks and amusement flavor amid admirable security measures.

Hundreds of boys, girls, students, youths and children with their parents wearing colorful dresses are gathering at these places where temporary fairs, different amusement rides for children and shops have been set up to sell different handcrafts, foods and toys.

School students Nuhara, Munni, Nasima, Protik and Srijon at different recreational spots said they were excited to enjoy the attractiveness there without restrictions almost after three years since the pandemic outbreak.

Couple Mizanur Rahman and Sharmin Bithi at Rangpur Zoo said they enjoyed riding on 'Nagordola' with their two school-going sons and observed various animals and birds there after visiting the 'Rupkotha Theme Park' in the city.

The Chikley Lake Water Park in Rangpur city has become one of the most attractive places for hundreds of visiting people to get pleasure from the magnificence of nature and share the pleasure of Eid-ul-Fitr festivity.

University students Moslema, Zaheda, Munni and Jahura Khatun and college students Bulbuli, Mohua and Nasima while visiting the Chikley Lake Water Park said they enjoyed playing on rides and travelling by speed boats on the water park.

Businessman Abdul Wahed on the Sheikh Hasina Teesta Bridge at Mohipur Ghat on the juncture of Rangpur and Lalmonirhat districts said he came there with family members to see the bridge, river and enjoy the beauty of nature.

Housewives Gulnahar and Zobeda Khatun while visiting the Teesta Railway Bridge at Kawnia upazila with their husbands and children said they enjoyed loveliness and natural beauty there after three years.

Deputy Curator of Rangpur Amusement Park and Zoo Dr. Md. Amber Ali Talukder said thousands of people are visiting the entertainment center generously to breathe a sigh of relief after almost three years without the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions.

"We have taken all preparations keeping in mind the large number of people of all ages to the zoo increases several times during the Eid vacations every year to make their visits smooth and enjoyable," he added.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha