Bridge construction along Narayangadh-Muglin road section in full swing

Construction of bridges along the Narayangadh-Muglin road section has gained pace in a way to bring them into operation by coming mid-November. Out of a total of 15 bridges in this section, 11 are in operation and four are under construction. Engineer of the Western Section of Nagdhunga-Muglin Road Project (Narayangadh-Muglin), Krishna Acharya shared that other bridges have already come into operation except Khahare, Namche, Kalikhola and Tuin Khola bridges near Muglin Bazaar. Works are underway to bring the two bridges into operation by mid-July, he informed. It will take much time since a high wall has to be raised to construct an access road for the bridge constructed over the Khahare rivulet. Engineer Acharya said works on the Tuin Khola bridge will be completed by mid-November. There are altogether 19 bridges on the road section. The bridges have been constructed with the loan assistance of the World Bank. The bridge construction has been delayed due to the need to cut the wall nearby Tuin rivulet a nd distribute compensation to the affected in Khahare. Landslides used to cause recurring trouble along the section in the rainy season, but now improvement on the status of the roads and bridges have made it a bit easier. Source: National News Agency Nepal

Foreign Voluntary Organisaion bill, 2024 placed in JS

Land Minister Narayan Chandra Chanda today placed 'Foreign Voluntary Organisaion (Acquisition of Immovable Property) Bill 2024 in the Jatiya Sangsad. The minister brought the new bill canceling the 'Foreign Voluntary Organisaion (Acquisition of Immovable Property) Regulation Ordinance, 1983' aimed at making it time befitting. According to the bill, no foreign voluntary organization will be able to purchase, donate, exchange or otherwise acquire any immovable property within Bangladesh without the prior approval of the government. It said that the government will confiscate any immovable property within Bangladesh acquired by any foreign voluntary organization in violation of this provision. If the immovable property was acquired without the prior approval of the government, it can be surrendered to the government without liability. If the House passed the bill, it would facilitate the government to control and fair land management in acquiring any immovable property within Bangladesh by foreign voluntary organizations. Speaker of the Jatiya Sangsad Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury sent the bill to the relevant parliamentary standing committee to give a report within 60 days after examining the bill further.

PM condoles death of Squadron Leader Asim Jawad

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today expressed deep shock and sorrow at the death of Squadron Leader Asim Jawad. In a condolence message, she prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed profound sympathy to the bereaved family, said an Inter Service Public Relations Directorate (ISPR) here. Squadron Leader Asim Jawad, who was injured from an aircraft crash in Chattogram's Patenga area around 11 am today, died at BNS Patenga Hospital this noon.

All connectivity cables will be placed underground: Palak

State Minister for Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Zunaid Ahmed Palak said that all connectivity cables will be placed underground in the future. 'We are moving forward in the direction of building 'Smart Bangladesh' under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Everything in Smart Bangladesh will be done smartly,' he told the House. Responding to a question from treasury bench lawmaker Shafiqul Islam Shimul, Palak informed the House that all connectivity cables will be brought underground, adding, 'We have already started this programme nationwide. Projects were taken to lay power lines underground in various districts, including various places in Dhaka. In the future, 100 percent of the connectivity will be installed underground.' He said that Telephone and Telegraph (T andT) lines in the country were installed above the ground only for technical reasons at customer level. Palak, however, said the T andT cables were installed underground at various places, such as T andT lin e from the exchange to the cabinet, which was laid underground. However, it will be possible to bring all types of connectivity connections, including T andT, through a single duct for all service lines, including fiber cable channels, along with the internet, like in developed countries, he added. The state minister said that the government has a plan to keep all types of cables underground, which will be implemented in the future.

Milton Samaddar sent to jail in human trafficking case

A court here today sent Child and Old Age Care founder Milton Samadder to jail after the end of his four-day remand in a human trafficking case filed with the capital's Mirpur Model Police Station. Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Farjana Shakila Sumu scrapped a bail plea of Milton. Earlier on May 5, Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Begum Shanta Akter passed the remand order as police pleaded to show him arrested in the case and place him on seven-day remand. One M Rakib, 35, from the capital's Dhanmondi area filed the case against Milton on May 1. According to the case documents, Rakib found a two-year-old baby in front of Dhanmandi Boys School on September 6, 2020, and called Milton to take necessary steps. Milton took the baby to his centre and Taka 10,000 from Rakib as admission fee of the unattended baby. Recently as different allegations were surfacing against Milton, Rakib went to his centre on April 24, he did not find the baby and Milton too failed to give any logical answer in this regard. Later, Raki b filed the case under The Prevention and Suppression of Human Trafficking Act, 2012. Police sources said Milton used to run his Child and Old Age Care, posing as a doctor and used to make touching video contents for social networking sites and earn money by posting and publishing those on different sites. Milton allegedly used to torture the people, who took shelter in his centre, and let them to suffer and subsequently die without giving them proper food and treatment. He is also accused of being involved in human organ trafficking business and used to make fake death certificates to hastily bury people who died in his centre.

Nine killed in northwest China’s traffic accident

Nine people were killed in a traffic accident in northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region Thursday morning, said local authorities. The accident happened at about 7:40 a.m. on a section of the national highway in Qingtongxia City, where a truck collided with a car, leaving nine dead and two injured. The injured people were rushed to local hospital and their injuries are not life-threatening, according to the regional public security department. The cause of the accident is being investigated.

Minister Chaudhary instructs for result-oriented works

Kathmandu: Minister of Women, Children and Senior Citizens Bhagbati Chaudhary has asked the ministry officials to work in a way that ensures visible results. Addressing a programme organized in the ministry on Thursday, she said, "You have to work meaningfully. Performance should be aligned with plans and targets so that public interests would be met." On this occasion, ministry secretary Dinesh Bhattarai informed that initiatives were on to increase budget for the rights of helpless and people living with disabilities. Source: National News Agency Nepal

Togetherness for province development: CM Karki

Chief Minister of Koshi Province, Hikmat Karki, has said he would take all political parties together for development of province. Talking to media persons after taking oath of office and secrecy at Province Chief's office on Thursday, CM Karki viewed the development of province is the ultimate goal of the present government, so cooperation among all political parties is essential. He argued that the government formed now will run straight for remaining three and half years. Karki vowed to perform in a way that addresses the questions. "We are clear that none is above law and constitution," CM Karki underlined. He informed that he would take vote of confidence soon and expand the Cabinet. Source: National News Agency Nepal

Weaknesses in constitution should be reviewed, amended: Former Speaker Dhungana

Kathmandu: Former Speaker and constitutionalist Damannath Dhungana has argued that the weaknesses in the constitution should be reviewed and amended to safeguard the constitution. Speaking at a seminar on "Politics, Literature, Journalism and Social Sites" organized Thursday by Pradip Giri Socialist Study Centre, Dhungana claimed that the constitution has not taken its shape rather the situation has been more chronic. He appealed to one and all to make a thorough review of the entire developments since 2007 BS and argued that the feud among the political parties has impacted the country's development processes and nationality. Likewise, Nepali Congress leader Bimalendra Nidhi said that the federalism achieved from people's sacrifices and struggles is yet incomplete. "But, we are reluctant to provide constitutionally guaranteed rights on police, administration and civil servants to the provinces," he said urging to review the electoral system as well. Also speaking at the event, CPN (Maoist Centre) leader Pampha Bhusal said that ensuring an equilibrium of representation and electoral system is a crucial issue for now. "Political instability has been created. Beginning of a fresh debate for political stability and socioeconomic development has been inevitable by amending the constitution in one or the other way," Bhusal added. Similarly, CPN (Unified Socialist) leader Ram Kumari Jhakri said challenges were created as the federal level was given more rights through the local level was supposed to get more rights in federalism. Jhakri viewed equal distribution of resources has not taken place and there has been misappropriation of limited means and resources. Jhakri said that now either the form of governance or electoral system should be revised and the local level should be made accountable. Professor Abhi Subedi pointed out that we need to rise above the politics of conspiracy theory for the right use of socialism and the political system. Source: National News Agency Nepal

Province Assembly member Bhandari takes oath of office and secrecy

Daman Bahadur Bhandari, who was elected a Member of the Sudurpaschim Province Assembly from Bajhang district through the April 27 by-election, took an oath of office and secrecy on Thursday. Speaker Bhim Bahadur Bhandari administered the newly elected Assembly Member Bhandari the oath of office and secrecy at the Province Assembly secretariat. Bhandari was elected from the CPN UML by collecting 11,612 votes. With his entry, number of UML members in the 53-member Province Assembly has reached 11 while Nepali Congress 18, Maoist Centre 10, Nagarik Unmukti Party 7, CPN (Unified Socialist) 4, RPP one and an independent one. Source: National News Agency Nepal

Cabinet decisions: Joshi, Dhakal promoted to AIG

Kathmandu: The government has decided to promote Deputy Inspectors General duo Umesh Raj Joshi and Bhim Prasad Dhakal to the post of Additional Inspectors General of Nepal Police. Minister for Communications and Information Technology and government spokesperson Rekha Sharma shared this information on Thursday. According to her, the meeting of the Council of Ministers held on Thursday also decided to award and honor 42 persons- players, coaches and managers- who secured medals with victories in various international sports, including taekwondo, kabaddi, karate and cricket. Nanda Lal Majhi from Sunsari has been nominated as Vice Chairman of the Social Welfare Council, while Suresh Manandhar from Kathmandu is appointed as Member of the Language Commission, according to Minister Sharma. Source: National News Agency Nepal

PM for expansion of ‘BADC Ready-To-Cook Fish’ market

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today underscored the need for further expansion of "BADC Ready-To-Cook Fish" market for easing the cooking process for the people. "The "BADC Ready-To- Cook Fish" programnme would immensely help working expansion of such type of fish is required for easing their cooking process," she said. The Prime Minister made the remarks while receiving "BADC Ready- To- Cook Fish" equipments and a "milking machine" from Fisheries and Livestock Minister Abdur Rahman at a function at Ganobhaban here this morning. Receiving the equipments, she thanked Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation (BADC) and Bangladesh Fisheries Development Corporation for taking the initiative of marketing "Ready-To-Cook Fish" across the city. According to the Fisheries and Livestock ministry sources, a total fish 40 species are being sold as "Ready-To-Cook Fish" at "Matshya (Fish) Bitan of BADC in the city's Kawranbazar and Jatrabari fish landing station and 16 other spots in the city by si x freezing vans of BADC. Apart from these, the "Ready to Cook Fish" is being sold in the city through e-commerce platforms. Fisheries and Livestock Secretary Selim Uddin and senior officials of the ministry were present on the occasion, among others.