Noakhali, Jan 13 (UNB) – Two motorcyclists were killed as a jeep crashed into their bike on Tamaroddin-Hatia road at Khabirmia in Hatia upazila on Sunday.
The deceased were identified as Ariful Islam Raful, 29, and Md Yusuf, 60, of Khirdia village in the upazila.
Quoting locals, officer-in-charge of Hatia Police Station Md Quamruzzaman said the jeep hit the motorbike around 12 pm, leaving motorcyclist Ariful dead on the spot and its pillion rider Yusuf severely injured.
Five passengers of the jeep were also injured as it veered off the road after the collision.
The injured were taken to Hatia upazila health complex where doctors referred Yusuf to Noakhali General Hospital. However, he succumbed to his injuries on the way to the hospital.
Dhaka, Jan 13 (UNB) – Heads of missions representing the OIC member countries here on Sunday congratulated Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her new cabinet saying her party’s unprecedented victory in the 11th parliamentary election is a reflection of the last 10 years hard works for development.
A 17-member delegation comprising ambassadors and Chargé d' affaires of the OIC member countries greeted the Prime Minister handing over a bouquet to her at her official residence Ganobhaban.
“You’ve achieved an unprecedented victory…your people have placed trust on your due to (your) hard work over the last 10 years. People have seen development, security, stability and economic development,” said Palestine Ambassador Yousef SY Rahman.
“They (people) want to achieve the goals of your great father (Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman),” he said.
The Palestine envoy wished the Prime Minister further success and good health to fulfill the expectations of the people of Bangladesh.
Turkish Ambassador Devrim Ozturk said, “We’ll support [Bangladesh] to fulfill our commitment to find a salutation to Rohingya crisis.”
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said she is trying her best to work for people to ensure their basic needs.
Mentioning that her father liberated Bangladesh through a war, Hasina said, “This is why I always feel that this (to be in power) is an opportunity for me to fulfill my father’s dreams.”
She went on saying, “Now people have realised, we’re working for our people. My own aim is to develop the basic condition of people so that they can have their food, housing, health and all other basic needs.”
Hasina said the general people, especially women and the young generation, came forward and voted for Awami League in a massive way for the first time in the just-concluded general election.
“This time they (women and young generation) are so much enthusiastic,” she said.
The Prime Minister said every person in Bangladesh performs his or her own religious rituals peacefully as religious harmony is prevailing in the country.
She thanked the OIC member countries for extending support to her always. “This support gives me strength to work more and more for people,” Hasina added.
PM’s International Affairs Adviser Prof Dr Gowher Rizvi, Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam, PM’s Principal Secretary Md. Nojibur Rahman, Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque, PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim and PMO Secretary Sajjadul Hassan were, among others, present.
The 15 other delegates are Qatar’s Ambassador Ahmed Mohamed Al-Dehaimi, UAE Ambassador Saed Mohammed Saed Al Muhairi, Egyptian Ambassador Walid Shamseldin, Indonesian Ambassador Rina Soemarno, Kuwait’s Ambassador Adel Mohammed A H Hayat, Morocco’s Ambassador Majid Halim, Maldives High Commissioner Aishath Shaan Shakir, Iraqi Chargé d'affaires (CDA) Omar Hashim, Oman’s CDA Ta’eeb Salim Abdullah Al’ Alawi, Libyan CDA Mahmoud Salabi, Brunei’s CDA Haji Roslan Haji, Maldives CDA Ismail Mufeed, Saudi Arabian CDA Ibrahim AL Humaidhi and Pakistani CDA Shah Faisal Kakar.
Dhaka, Jan 13 (UNB) – With the last day of Bangla month Poush being over officially on Sunday, the residents of Old Dhaka are all set to engage in flying kites and lanterns, and firework display to celebrate Poush Shankranti, also known as Shakrain, on Monday.
Poush Shankranti which marks the end of Bengali month Poush is celebrated through the Shakrain festival. Dates of the event vary according to different localities. This year, the occasion will be celebrated in Dhaka on January 14 and 15.
The much anticipated kite-flying competition is scheduled to take place on Monday afternoon as the congested rooftops of Old Dhaka will be decorated tastefully.
Apart from the kites, the residents will fly lanterns after sunset while some even planned to display fireworks.
The festivities will mark another Bangla tradition which is rooted deep within joyous and fun-loving culture.
Dhaka, Jan 13 (UNB) – Housing and Public Works Minister SM Rezaul Karim on Sunday said Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) will be turned into a public-friendly organisation through improving the quality of services.
“People’s conception about Rajuk is not good at all because of sluggishness in work, corruption and irregularities in it. We must eliminate the unexpected delay the service seekers face in availing of its services,” he said at a discussion meeting with Rajuk officials at its conference room.
He also called upon Rajuk officials to raise their sense of responsibility and play a more dynamic role in performing their duties.
Mentioning that corruption by a handful of people spoil the image of the whole organisation, the minister said, “We’ve to remain alert while providing services. We’ve to work with transparency following the rules and regulations of the organisation.”
If there is any allegation over irregularities or negligence, strict measures will be taken against those responsible for these, he warned.
Housing and Public Works Secretary Shahid Ullah Khandakar, Additional Secretary Md Akhtar Hossain, Rajuk Chairman Md Abdul Rahman were, among others, spoke at the programme.