Dhaka, Aug 3 (UNB) – A man was stabbed to death possibly over a drugs dispute at Anandanagar in Merul-Badda in the capital on Saturday.
Police brought the initially unidentified man aged around 35 with knife injuries on the right side of his chest to the emergency department of Dhaka Medical College Hospital, where the on-duty doctor declared him dead at 10:40 pm.
He has since been identified as Nasiruddin, youngest son of Bhola’s Noor Islam.
The incident is believed to have occurred around 8PM, in front of the local shop of Iman Ali, where Nasiruddin got embroiled in an argument with Bhagina Arif and 3-4 others. Police have picked up Arif in this connection.
Though the motive remains unclear, the police believe it may be drugs-related.
ASI Abdul Khan of DMCH police camp confirmed the incident saying that the body has been kept in the morgue for autopsy.
Dhaka, Aug 3 (UNB) – Two people died of dengue and 1,649 new patients were admitted to different hospitals across the country in 24 hours till Saturday morning as the situation still remains scary though its infection was less by 38 than Friday’s 1,687.
A woman, Nadira Akter, 45, died in Madaripur early Saturday while undergoing treatment at Kalkini Health Complex.
Dr SM Khaliluzzaman, acting Civil Surgeon, said Nadira, wife of Shawkat Mia of Krirhsnanagar village in the upazila, was admitted to the hospital on Friday with dengue.
With this, four people died of dengue in the district since July 31.
One-and-half-year-old child Tawhid, hailing from Barguna, died of dengue at Sher-e-Bangla Medical College in Barishal on Friday evening.
The kid was first admitted to Sadar Hospital in Barguna with dengue fever on Tuesday and shifted to the Barishal hospital on Friday where he died, said Dr Md Sohrab Uddin, superintendent of Sadar Hospital.
Of the new patients, 969 were infected with the mosquito-borne virus fever in Dhaka alone with one of them suffering from dengue hemorrhagic and three others from dengue shock syndrome.
According to the Health Emergency Operations Center of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), a total of 22,919 people were hospitalised with dengue since January 1.
Currently, 6,858 patients, including children, are undergoing treatment at hospitals while the rest were discharged after treatment.
During the period, 18 dengue patients died, all in the capital city, it said.
However, unofficial estimates suggest the death toll is much higher.
Hospitals in the capital have been struggling to provide adequate place for the rising number of patients.
As the overpopulated Dhaka city is the centre of the dengue outbreak, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) on Saturday launched a cleanup campaign to rein in the spreading of the mosquito-borne disease dengue.
After inaugurating the campaign at Rajarbagh Police Lines, DMP Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia said 50,000 police members will be involved in the drive covering all barracks, police station compounds and office units.
The government also cancelled the Eid vacation and weekly holidays of the officials and employees of the Local Government Division and two Dhaka city corporations until further notice.
Hundreds of people are being diagnosed with the viral disease and hospitalised every day across the country. Dhaka is at the centre of the outbreak, which is putting pressure on the already overwhelmed medical services.
Ruling Awami League has formed a central monitoring cell comprising of expert physicians to implement effective steps to control dengue and ensure optimum medical treatment to those affected by the mosquito-borne disease.
Obaidul Quader speaks at a rally organised to raise awareness about dengue prevention in Dhaka’s Farmgate area. Photo source: Obaidul Quader's Facebook page
Road Transport and Bridges Minister and Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Saturday said all leaders and activists of the ruling party will remain in the field until the country becomes free of dengue outbreak.
Meanwhile, Jatiya Party Chairman GM Quader on Saturday slammed the government stating that it has utterly failed to tackle dengue.
BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi talking about the dengue outbreak alleged that the situation is gradually worsening due to the government’s failure to tackle it with effective measures.
He also said the government has no concern for people, no matter whether they die of dengue or they are washed away by flood, as it was not elected with people’s votes.
According to reports reaching the UNB news desk, a number of people were infected with dengue in many districts.
In Manikganj, a total of 106 people have so far been detected with dengue, said sources at the Civil Surgeon office.
Of them, 34 were admitted to different hospitals from Friday morning till Saturday afternoon.
In Thakurgaon, a total of 22 people have so far been infected with dengue, said Civil Surgeon Anwarul Islam said.
Currently, 14 people are admitted to Sadar Hospital, he said.
In Pirojpur, the number of dengue patients is on the rise as 20 people were diagnosed with the fever in the last five days and 12 of them were referred to Barishal hospital and four were taking treatment in Sadar Hospital.
In Cumilla, a total of 143 people who were infected with dengue in the capital, are taking treatment at different hospitals. Of them, 136 were admitted to Sadar Hospital, said Dr Swapan Kumar Adhikari, Director of Cumilla Medical College Hospital.
In Natore, 10 dengue patients, including children, are currently admitted to Sadar Hospital, said its Resident Medial Officer Dr Mahbubur Rahman.
In Faridpur, 174 people have been infected with dengue till the date and 38 discharged after treatment.
Civil Surgeon Enamul Haque said 123 dengue patients are currently hospitalised in the district.
In Rangamati, seven people were found to be infected with dengue while one of them was sent to Chittagong Medical College Hospital and two were admitted to Sadar Hospital, said Civil Surgeon Dr Shahid Talukdar.
In Sylhet, 20 people, including women and children, were admitted to local hospitals in the past 24 hours till Saturday morning with dengue, said Deputy Civil Surgeon Dr Nur-e-Alam Shamim.
In Satkhira, 43 people were marked with dengue fever and 16 of them are still under treatment and 25 returned home after treatment and two others were referred to elsewhere.
Most of them were infected in the capital and returned home later, said the Civil Surgeon.
In Naogaon, until Saturday afternoon, 30 dengue patients were detected and 20 of them were admitted to Sadar Hospital and five were sent to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital.
In Sirajganj, 11 people were infected with dengue in the last 24 hours taking the total number to 56, said Civil Surgeon Dr Shahidul Islam.
In Tangail, a total of 90 people have so far been infected with the mosquito-borne fever and 30 of them were admitted to different hospitals in the past 24 hours.
In Brahmanbaria, the Civil Surgeon office said the total of dengue patients in the district is 50 till Saturday.
In Bhola, 26 people who went from the capital were spotted with dengue.
The first case of dengue infection was recorded in Kurigram on Saturday with a housewife getting infected in Phulbari upazila.
Dhaka, Aug 3 (UNB) – President Abdul Hamid on Saturday said negligence, irregularities and corruption in hajj management must be dealt with an iron hand.
"Over 95 percent hajj pilgrims travel to Saudi Arabia through hajj agencies. Past experiences show that many agencies don’t live up to their promises of providing pilgrims with various facilities once they reach Makkah-Medina. As a result, the pilgrims have to face untold sufferings," he said.
The President was addressing a dinner event hosted for Hajj Ulema-Mashayekh team at the Darbar Hall of Bangabhaban in the evening.
Abdul Hamid said when hajj pilgrims face any problem in Saudi Arabia, the government has to intervene in the issue. "Such activities tarnish the country's image. Such fraudulence with the pilgrims is not expected."
He, however, acknowledged huge contributions of private agencies to the hajj management.
Mentioning that the hajj management has so far completed smoothly this year, the President expressed the hope that other hajj activities will be done well, too and urged all concerned to remain aware in this regard.
Pointing to the Hajj Ulema-Mashayekh team, he said, “Your inclusion in the hajj mission for the first time is undoubtedly a very important matter. It proves that the present government believes in upholding proper respect and dignity of Islam and the scholars.”
Abdul Hamid expressed the hope that hajj pilgrims will be able to perform hajj smoothly with their advice and guidance. “Besides, your experience of performing hajj will have a positive role in the hajj management in the future," he said.
About pilgrims’ immigration, he said they had to wait in Jeddah for long to complete their immigration procedure. “But from now on, Bangladeshi pilgrims are completing the immigration procedure at Dhaka airport instead of Jeddah which eased their sufferings.”
Describing the pilgrims as goodwill ambassadors of Bangladesh, he urged them to be cautious about their language and behaviour so that others do not get any negative message about the country.
State Minister for Religious Affairs Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah, State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism M Mahbub Ali, State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain and 10 Ulema also spoke on the occasion.
Secretaries concerned to the President were also present during the programmme.
This year, hajj flights started on July 4 and will continue till August 5.
A total of 127,198 pilgrims are scheduled to perform hajj from Bangladesh.
Dhaka, Aug 3 (UNB) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday vowed to work as long as she is alive to materialise the dream of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to establish a Sonar Bangladesh.
"I have nothing to get for my personal gains; rather the aim of my life is to materialise the ideals of Bangabandhu based on which he had run the country," she said while speaking at a discussion arranged by the UK chapter of Awami League in London.
Recalling her bitter experience after her return from exile following the August 15 massacre in 1975, Sheikh Hasina said she returned home alone losing all of her near and dear ones on that black night.
Highlighting various successes of the present government, she said Awami League has a policy and idealism to develop and advance the country.
Taking a swipe at BNP, the Prime Minister said it turned Bangladesh into a country of food deficit while in power during the 2001-2006 period.
The Awami League chief also elaborated massive destructive activities of the BNP-led government.
She said BNP leaders had indulged in unbridled corruption, money-laundering and looting of orphan money while its activists in burning people to death, terrorism and militancy as well as killing and torturing the AL leaders and workers.
At the beginning of her speech, Sheikh Hasina prayed for eternal peace of the departed souls of the Father of the Nation and other martyred members of her family as well as the martyred four national leaders.
The prime minister was addressing a huge community gathering, organized at the famous Central Hall at the heart of London in Westminster this afternoon (local time).
Marking the 44th martyrdom anniversary of the Father of the Nation and the National Mourning Day, UK Awami League organized the community event.
Sheikh Hasina said that she would be working till her final breath for realising the dream of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
“I have no fear of death for working to make Bangladesh a prosperous country as Bangabandhu once dreamt of. I vowed to work until my last breath to realise the unfulfilled dream of the Father of the Nation,” she said.
Amid pin-drop silence from her full-house audience, Sheikh Hasina started her speech recalling in tears the brutal killing of her father, mother and other family members on August 15, 1975.
She said the killers of Bangabandhu were not brought to justice, instead they were rewarded by General Ziaur Rahman in not only giving them indemnity, but by inducting them into the Foreign Ministry and appointing them as diplomats representing Bangladesh.
The prime minister recalled the contributions of expatriate Bangladeshis to the country's economic development as well as their role in different democratic movements.
Sheikh Hasina urged the expatriate Bangladeshis to invest in a bigger way to help establish a developed and prosperous nation.
"We are establishing 100 economic zones in the country for more industrialisation and employment ... you can set up mills and factories in these zones by taking advantage of the country's investment-friendly environment," she said.
Highlighting her government's various steps for developing the country, the prime minister said her government has already brought down poverty rate to 21 percent from 41 percent.
"We want to cut the rate further. We want not a single person to remain homeless, hungry and without healthcare," she said.
Spelling out her government's tremendous success in different sectors including agriculture, education, health and energy, the prime minister said the country is marching towards development and prosperity due to continuation of democracy.
Referring to the December 30 general elections, Sheikh Hasina said the BNP suffered a debacle in the polls as the party was not sincere in the elections.
"BNP wanted to make the polls questionable and they did nomination trade by giving 5/6 candidates from a single seat," she said.
Mentioning the BNP-Jamaat mayhem from 2013-2015 to overthrow the government and resist elections, Sheikh Hasina said they killed and injured a huge number of people through arson attacks.
"Even the women and children were not spared from them," she said.
At the outset of her speech, Sheikh Hasina paid rich tributes to Father of the Nation and other martyrs of the August 15 carnage, as well as four slain national leaders.
Recalling the dark days after her return from exile following the 15th August tragedy, Sheikh Hasina said she came back home after losing all her near and dear ones on that black night.
In this regard, the prime minister mentioned that after returning, she had observed the anniversary of the martyrdom of the great leader Bangabandhu by risking her life.
Sheikh Hasina said that attempts on her life were made time and again after her return from exile.
Referring to recent dengue outbreak in Bangladesh, the prime minister said apart from the administration, party workers have been involved in the cleaning operation for managing dengue.
She also referred to the recent rumor about milk standard in Bangladesh and said that the rumor was proved baseless through proper test overseas.
“We should remain cautious about such propaganda for keeping the progress of Bangladesh unhindered,” Sheikh Hasina said.
Veteran journalist Abdul Gaffar Chaudhury also addressed the programme, presided over by UK Awami League President Sultan Mahmud Sharif.
Among others present on the dais were AL Presidium Member and former commerce minister Muhammad Faruk Khan and State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam.
UK Awami League Secretary Syed Sajidur Rahman conducted the programme.
At the beginning of the programme, a minute's silence was observed as a mark of profound respect to the memory of Bangabandhu and other martyrs of the August 15 massacre.
Bangladeshi expatriates of different ages and backgrounds started to gather at the venue in groups hours before the event. Wearing black badges, they came from different cities and towns of the United Kingdom and various European countries.
Sirajganj, Aug 4 (UNB)— Deputy Inspector General of Police (Rajshahi Range) AKM Hafiz Akhter on Saturday instructed policemen not to stop trucks carrying cattle on highways ahead of Eid-ul-Azha.
The road condition has worsened after rain and flood, he noted. “It needs to be fixed within the next several days,” the DIG said at a joint meeting in Hatikamrul Gol-Chattor.
Akhter directed police to ensure that makeshift cattle markets are not set up on roads.
Muslims in Bangladesh are all set to celebrate Eid-ul-Azha, their second-biggest religious festival, on August 12.
Dhaka Range Additional DIG Saleh Mohammad Tanvir, Rajshahi Range Additional DIG Misharul Arif, Deputy Commissioner Dr Faruk Ahmed, Superintendent of Police Tutul Chakraborty, SP (Highways) Jahangir Hossain, Roads and Highways Department Executive Engineer Arshaful Islam Paramanik among others, were present.