Two children, Jihad (7) and Siam (5), have lost their lives after being hit by a father's truck to visit their relatives house. The tragedy occurred on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway in Comilla Kotbari area around 3:00 pm. The deceased was identified as Jihad and Shiam, son of truck driver of Shariatpur district Nazim Uddin. He was going to Chittagong on his own truck with his wife and children. After receiving the news, police recovered the body of two children from Mainamati Haoyi. In the meantime, on the way to visit, the parents of Adar and their two sons became crazy forever. Suddenly, the couple's grief was overwhelmed by the accidental area and the environment of Mainamati Police Outpost. Officer-in-Charge of Mainamati Highway Police Station Mahbubur Rahman said, "Nazim Uddin was going to Chittagong along with his wife and two children. After coming down from Kotbari Footover Bridges at around 2:40 pm, the door opened in front of the wheel and lost the balance of the truck. At the same time, Nazim's two children went missing on the road and died after being hit by a truck.
About one thousand workers of Grameen Phone are at risk of losing their jobs. The company has taken initiative to implement a project named ‘CDC’ and for that reason Grameen Phone Employees Union (GPEU) thinks that the fear of losing jobs has been created in different sections including technology division. Informing their fear the workers at a press conference at Dhaka Reporters Unity wanted government interference. They said, fear of losing jobs of 6 hundred workers is created only in technology division of the company. GPEU president Fazlul Haque presided over the press conference while general secretary Mia Mohammad Shafiqur Rahman Masud read out the written statement. After delivering speech 12-point demand was placed on behalf of the organization. In the written speech Shafiqur Rahman Masud said that they were threatened by the company through email and also complain was filed against the names of general workers with labor directorate as the technology department workers protested the move. From 2007 total five thousand workers including three thousand permanent workers left Grameen Phone by phases. It was said at the press conference that in 2015 after making GP customer service department as outsource the jobs of temporary workers were not renewed. Nearly two hundred workers took the willing retirement package. Masud said, in 2018 a project enforced by Telenor named Project Bridge was taken to reduce workers from other divisions excluding technology and commercial divisions which will continue till 2019. In this process many were given willing retirement and more will be. GPEU president Fazlul Haque, publicity secretary Rafiqul Kabir Saikat and other leaders were present at the press conference.
President of the governing body of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College Golam Ashraf Talukdar has said that he is agreed to resign. Golam Ashraf Talukdar said this while talking to the journalists on Thursday. He also said steps had been taken to meet the six-point demand of the students. Meanwhile, boycotting classes and examinations, students of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College continued their demonstration for the third consecutive day on Thursday in front of the institute's Bailey Road branch over the suicide of one of their peers. Students said they would continue their movement until their six-point demand is met. Holding placards, hundreds of students along with their guardians gathered in front of the gate protesting the suicide of a ninth grader, Aritree Adhikary, after her parents were humiliated by the school authorities after the student was suspected of plagiarism. The suicide of Class IX student Aritree Adhikari of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College (VNSC) allegedly after being scolded by her teachers sparked rage among students and guardians on Tuesday. Aritree Adhikari, a Class-IX student, reportedly committed suicide at their Shantinagar residence in the city on Monday after allegedly being rebuked by teachers for using mobile phone during examination.
Today is the 21st anniversary of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Peace Accord. On this day, a peace treaty was signed between the government and the people in the CHT region. The treaty was signed on December 2, 1997 between the government and the Parbatya Chattogram Jana Sanghati Samiti (PCJSS) during the first tenure of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, ending bloody conflicts in three hill districts. The then Jatiya Sangsad Chief Whip Abul Hasnat Abdullah signed the agreement on behalf of the government while Joritindra Bodhipriyo Larma (Santu Larma) on behalf of PCJSS. President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages marking the completion of 21 years of the treaty. In his message, the President called upon all irrespective of party affiliations to work together to make use of the potentials of hill districts and for the development of the motherland. “I believe that the peace treaty is expediting socioeconomic and cultural development of the people in CHT region,” the President said. He appreciated the ministry for CHT affairs for taking various programmes marking the 21 years of the peace accord and wished successes of all events. He recalled that the historic CHT Peace Accord was signed between the CHT Affairs National Committee and the PCJSS on December 2, 1997 at the initiative of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, ending long-standing conflicts. “This is a glaring example of resolving disputes peacefully,” he said. As a sequel to the implementation of CHT accord, the CHT Affairs Ministry and CHT Regional Council were formed, he said. In her message, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina sought cooperation from all for full implementation of the CHT peace treaty. She congratulated all people in the CHT districts and the countrymen on the occasion. On December 2, 1997, the historic CHT Peace Accord was signed without the mediation of any third party, with a view to stopping bloody conflicts in the CHT, she said. The Prime Minister said: “It’s a rare incident in the world history”. This peace accord brought an end to the long-term bloody racial skirmishes in the CHT region and established the trend of peace and development there, she said. Sheikh Hasina said achieving the UNESCO Peace Prize is a global recognition to the treaty. The Prime Minister said the post 1975 governments (after the assassination of Bangabandhu) had created divisions between the Bangalee and the hill people for their self-interest instead of maintaining social stability there. Killings, tortures and injustice, grabbing of lands and wealth and misuse of the state resources had made the region more unstable, she added. In 2001, she said, the then BNP-Jamaat alliance government had opposed the historic peace agreement and wanted to destabilize the hilly region again. But their ill efforts went in vain, she added. “We are pledge-bound to maintain peace across the country, including the CHT,” the Prime Minister said. Sheikh Hasina said her government has been implementing massive development programmes in all sectors, including education, health, electricity, communications, infrastructure and mobile networks in the region. The government has set up a Science and Technology University and a medical college at Rangamati for advancement of the region through expansion of education with providing ICT-based modern education facilities, she added. Initiatives have been taken to resolve land disputes, she said, adding that the CHT is no more a backward locality because of the timely steps taken by the government.
Freedom Fighter Bir Protik Taramon Bibi has passed away at her house in Shangkar Madhabpur village of Rajibpur upazila in Kurigram. She was 62. The war heroine, who had been suffering from respiratory problems, breathed her last around 1:27am on Friday, her son Abu Taher confirmed. Abu Taher said, her mother received treatment at the Combined Military Hospital, Dhaka last month as her condition had deteriorated. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today expressed deep shock at the demise of Freedom Fighter Bir Protik Taramon Bibi. She will be buried at Kacharipara Taltola graveyard in Rajibpur upazila with state honour on Saturday noon, said Sultan Parvin, deputy commissioner of the district. Taramon Bibi had fought in Sector 11 under the leadership of sector commander Abu Taher.
The Appellate Division has upheld a High Court (HC) verdict that ordered a convict sentenced to more than two years in jail cannot contest the election, even if an appeal is pending. A seven-member bench headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain rejected an appeal petition filed by Dr. AZM Zahid Hossain on Wednesday. Earlier on Tuesday, the High Court ordered that a convict sentenced to more than two years in jail cannot contest the election, even if an appeal is pending. The court came up with the observation in line with Article 66 (2) (D) of the constitution. It said, the convict can only run for candidacy after a five-year term after completion of the jail term. The High Court bench of Justice Mohammad Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice KM Hafizul Alam passed the order while rejecting petitions filed by five BNP leaders seeking suspension of their conviction in graft cases. The five BNP leaders are Aman Ullah Aman, Dr. AZM Zahid Hossain, Abdul Wadud Bhuiyan, Abdul Wahab and Moshiur Rahman.
A fire broke out at the ground floor of the Ekushey Television (ETV) building at Karwan Bazar in the city on Monday morning. The blaze broke out around 10:30am. Six units of fire service doused the fire with an effort of 35 minutes. Fire Service duty officer Ataur Rahman said “Six units rushed to the spot upon receiving the information. We were to douse the fire with an effort of 35 minutes.”
At least three people were killed in two separate accidents in Mizapur area on Kushtia-Rajbari highway and Mirpur Bhangabottola area on Kushtia-Meherpur highway this morning. The deceased were identified as Mahatab, 50, Abdul Kader, 65 and Masum, 50. Kushtia fire brigade deputy director Firoz Kutubi said a passenger bus plunged into a roadside ditch in Mizapur, leaving a passenger dead on the spot and injured 21 people. Later, another passenger died under treatment in hospital. Khoksha Upazila Health Complex emergency department doctor Delwar Hossain said the condition of two more passengers are critical. On the other hand, a motorcycle rider named Masum, 50, was killed when a bus hit the bike from opposite direction in Mirpur Bhangabottola area around 10:00am.
A Bangladeshi young businessman was shot and stabbed to death by miscreants in Pretoria of South Africa. The deceased was identified as Abdur Rahim, 30, son of Ali Munshi, hailed from Bizbagh village under Senbagh upazila of Noakhali. One Ashrafuzzaman, a relative of the victim said Abdur Rahim along with his two brothers was maintaining a business in Pretoria city for seven years. But, the incident happened while he was on way to his residence after closing the business center on Thursday. Initiative is underway to bring back the body home, Ashrafuzzaman added.
Primary and Mass Education Minister Mostafizur Rahman said Primary Education Completion (PEC) and Ebtedayee Examinations for class V students will begin on November 18. This year the Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) system has been excluded from the exams, he said. The minister made the announcement at a press conference at his secretariat office on Thursday. A total of 27,77,270 students will sit for the exams this year among which 12,78,000 students are male and 14,98,000 are female. The two and a half hours tests will start at 10:30 am and end at 1:00 pm. The exam schedule for PEC: English on November 18, Bangla on November 19, Bangladesh and World Introduction on November 20, Primary Science on November 22, Math on November 25, Religion and Moral Education on November 26. The exam schedule for Ebtedayee: English on November 18, Bangla on November 19, Bangladesh and World Introduction and Science on November 20, Arabic on November 22, Math on November 25 and Quran and Tajbid and Akaid and Fikh on November 26.
Monirul Islam, Chief of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of Police, said that cops had showed extreme patience to face attacks by BNP leaders and activists. At least 10 police men sustained injuries in the attack, he claimed. He told this to the reporters at the spot of Nayapaltan in the capital on Wednesday noon. Monirul said, “Police just told them to move away from the road as the gathering halted vehicular movement, causing imense sufferings to people. Cops did not create any instigation. They were just talking to them. But they made attacks on cops. They threw brickbats to the lawmen, leaving some of them injured. “Law enforcers fired tear shells to disperse them with an aim of bringing the situation under control. Alongside, cops had kept much patience to face the situation. Even then, they torched two vehicles of law enforcers,” he added. A clash ensued between police and BNP men at the capital’s Nayapaltan area amid nomination papers sale of the party for the upcoimg 11the general election.
The much-awaited direct train service on Dhaka-Panchagarh route started on Saturday morning, aiming to ease communication with northern districts of the country. A train of Drutojan Express left Panchagarh station for Dhaka this morning, marking first journey on the new route, Senior Information Officer of the Railways Ministry Md Shariful Alam confirmed the matter. He said, Panchagarh-Dhaka-Panchagarh is the longest rail route. Additional Secretary of Railway Ministry Abul Kalam Azad inaugurated the service waving flag at 7:20am. The construction work of the rail route was started in 2010. The Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the foundation stone of the rail line construction on January 31, 2010.