Rajshahi ZP auditorium renovation at final stage

District News :
Falling behind the schedule for at least six

years, the work on modernization of the 800-seat Rajshahi Zila Parishad (ZP)
auditorium is now at the final stage.

Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) had started the necessary renovation of the
auditorium on November 4, 2011 with an estimated cost of Taka 4.69 crore. The
project was scheduled to be accomplished in June 2012.

The then ZP administration gave the responsibility of implementing the
development work to RCC due to its shortage of technological knowhow and
manpower.

Ashraful Haque, chief engineer of RCC, said work on infrastructure
development, seating installation, modern electricity supply and sound system
were completed with the allocated money. But, all the scheduled works could
not be completed within the stipulated time due to fund constraint, he
informed.

Recently, the RCC got Taka 1.20 crore from Fazley Hossain Badsha, MP, for
completing the unfinished work on commissioning air-condition and sound
system in the auditorium.

“We are very much hopeful about completion of the work within a shortest
possible time”, said Engineer Haque.

Lawmaker Badsha told local journalists that 16 projects now are being
implemented in the city at a cost of around Taka seven crore at his own
initiative. Implementation of the unfinished work on the ZP auditorium is one
of those.

Muhammad Ali Sarker, chairman of ZP, said Rajshahi people will get services
of the auditorium upon successful implementation of its modernization works.

Besides, the auditorium will reopen up doors of ZP’s income together with
contributing a lot towards flourishing cultural practice of the metropolis,
he added.

Holy Shab-e-Qadr observed in Rajshahi

District News :

The holy Shab-E-Qadr, the Night of Decree, was observed in the city and its adjacent areas last night with due religious fervour and solemnity.

The first verses of the holy Quran were revealed to Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) on the night.

According to the holy Quran, Lailatul Qadr, the Night of Decree, is superior to thousands nights as the angels and the spirit descend therein, by the permission of Almighty Allah with all decrees.

This is one of the holiest and most blessed nights which is likely to occur on one of the odd nights in the last 10 days of Ramadan and most likely to be the 27th of the holy month.

Thousands of Muslim devotees offered ‘nafal’ prayers at mosques and homes and recited from the holy Quran in observance of the most meaningful night of forgiveness.

Besides, they sought blessings of Almighty Allah for long life, peace, progress, good health and happiness for them, their families, relatives and friends and offered special prayers with hopes of forgiveness from Almighty Allah.

Many mosques especially Hazrat Shah Mukhdum Dargah Mosque, Saheb Bazar Boro Mosque, New Market Jame Mosque and Hatemkha Mosque and different other religious organisations arranged milad mahfils, ‘zikr-ajkars’ and distributed tobaraks in urban and suburban areas in the city.

Special discussions were held at the mosques since Asr prayer, where the Imams delivered speeches narrating spiritual significance one of the most sacred night.

A large number of the Muslims stayed for the whole night at the mosques and offered special prayers. Besides, Muslims offered ‘ziarats’ at the graveyards and prayed for the departed soul and sought forgiveness and eternal peace for all.

Special prayers were also offered seeking divine blessings for the overall welfare, successes and good luck of the humanity, country and its people and the Muslim Ummah.

Int’l Child Labour Prevention Day observed in Rajshahi

District News :
Development activists and campaignersconcerned here raised voice against risky child labour and sexual harassment
against the children for the greater interest of giving scope of grooming
their latent talents through proper physical and mental development.

They also demanded punitive measures against the social crimes and urged
all the government and non-government entities concerned to come forward and
work together to this end.

They put forward the demand while addressing a human chain and street
corner meeting at Shaheb Bazar Zero Point in the city on Tuesday.

Association for Community Development (ACD) and Ain O Shalish Kendra
jointly organized the programme to mark the International Child Labour
Prevention Day-2018.

ACD’s project titled ‘Sexual Exploitation of Children Online and in
Travel and Tourism’ supported the meeting.

Members of the child defenders forum and community watch group were
present at the programme.

ACD Project Coordinators Meraj Uddin Talukder and Ehsanul Amin, Project
Officer Hafij Uddin and Programme Officer Ali Hossain, among others,
addressed the meeting.

The development activists urged the community people to play a strong
role in preventing child labour and online sexual harassment against
children.

They said many children especially coming from the poor and distressed
families suffer from various physical and mental problems due to their
engagement in risky labour. So, all the authorities concerned should work
together to protect the children from their vulnerable condition.

Quoting a survey report on violence and repression against women and
children conducted in the city, they revealed that 487 incidents of
repression and violence against women and children took place during
February, 2017 to March, 2018.

The speakers urged journalists to highlight the new problem of online
sexual harassment and repression against children through their in-depth
reporting so that policymakers take the issue seriously and find ways to
address the problem.

Referring to the study findings, Ali Hossain said some children were seen
facing the problems due to the abuse of internet, which is a concern for the
society.

Time has come to combat the crime collectively and the media have a vital
role to play in this regard, he said.

Electricity reaches 749 Gaibangha villages

District news :

A total of 749 villages out of 828 ones of five upazilas in the district have been brought under rural electrification network by Gaibandha Palli Bidyut Samity (GPBS).

GPBS sources said the Samity has undertaken a scheme to bring all the villages under power supply network by 2018 in fulfillment of the present government’s decision to this effect.

Accordingly, the work on constructing power transmission line, pillar establishment and transformer installation have been going on in full swing.

Under the work, as many as 3524 kms of line with other equipments has already been constructed and the rest 192 km of lines would be finished by September, said an official.

By this time, all the villages of Sadar, Shaghata and Fulchhari were brought under 100 percent power network and the villages of Gobindaganj and Palashbari would be brought under cent percent power coverage by September, 2018, he also said.

Talking to this correspondent, general manager of GPBS GHM Wahedul Haque said necessary measures have been adopted to supply power to the consumers of the Samity uninterruptedly during the month of Ramadan.

Eid shopping gains peak in Rajshahi

District News:

Amidst the last moment’s hectic purchasing spree the Eid shopping has gained a peak in all markets and shopping malls in the city and its adjacent areas.

With hardly four days left for the Eid-ul-Fitr, one of the biggest religious festivals of the Muslims, Rajshahi city has been caught by Eid shopping fever with modern and traditional shopping malls bustling with shoppers from all strata.

Braving the prevailing humid and sultry weather thousands of people are purchasing items of their own choice with huge enthusiasm despite significant rise in prices of all kinds of clothes than the last year.

Movement of the shoppers has created huge traffic congestion in the major shopping areas.

Shop owners told  that sales were showing an upward trend for the last couple of days.

Salesmen of different markets, footpaths, makeshift sales centers are passing busy time from morning to midnight as shoppers of all ages gathered there.

Deployment of law enforcers at different points and market places and engagement of private security men at shopping malls by the authorities concerned have ultimately created a fool-proof security arrangement for businessmen as well as shoppers.

Rajshahi Metropolitan Traffic Police sources said movement of thousands of battery-run auto-rickshaws has deteriorated the traffic situation in the city though the situation is so far better.

The RMP traffic department also blocked all intersections in front of all markets and shopping malls to ensure uninterrupted movement of vehicles. Police boxes were set up beside the gates of all busy markets. Sekendar Ali, general secretary of RDA Market Businessmen Association, said he had not faced any untoward situation since the very first day of Ramadan.

“The volume of sale is much higher this year.” Saidul Islam, owner of Laboni Saree Ghar at Rajshahi New Market, said the products particularly salwar-kameez for girls, shoes, sarees with embroidery and stone work, punjabi, and shirts produced by local fashion houses were attracting the customers.

The shopping places become jam-packed to wear festive looks daily since noon. Market sources said prices of the clothes for male, female and children were about 30 to 40 percent higher than last year.

The Eid shoppers have been rushing mostly to RDA Market, New Market, Sonadighi Silk Market and other markets and shopping malls in the city.

The girls and adolescents are mostly purchasing three pieces of various designs like “Tumili’, “Chhanchhan”, “Ranjona”, and “Anar Koli”.

Silk fabrics, weaved and designed by local artisans, are on huge demand in the Eid markets of the city, with the affluent people rushing to the city silk showrooms every day.

With attraction of eye-catching colour and design of the silk wears, large number of people irrespective of age and sex especially the adolescents are humming towards the showrooms to collect their best choice.

4 to die for killing child after rape in N’ganj 42

District News :
A court here today sentenced four

persons to death for raping and killing Khadiza, a 10-year-old girl, fifteen
years ago.

Judge of Women and Children Repression Prevention Court Jewel Rana
pronounced the verdict.

The convicts were Sujon, Alamin, Abul Kalam and Shahadat.

According to prosecution Khadiza, hailed from Alirtek area of Fatullah
town, was murdered following rape in a mustard field in Alirtek area on
January 13, 2003.

Police recovered the body from the field the next day.

Khadija`s elder brother Ansar Ari filed a case with Narayanganj Sadar
Police Station against the four persons.

The convicts have been absconding since the incident.

Police after investigation submitted charge-sheet before the court against
them.

Later, the judge examining the witnesses and evidences announced the
judgment.

Five cops hurt in drug peddlers’ attack in Pabna :

Tribunal Desk :

Five policemen sustained injuries when a group of ‘drug peddlers’ hurled crude bombs on them on Pabna-Ishwardi highway at Maddhyo Arankola in Ishwardi upazila early Thursday.

The injured were identified as Inspector Sheikh Matiur Rahman and four constables– Raquib Uddin, Mizanur Rahman, Mushihar Ali and Shahidul Islam.

Zahurul Haq, additional superintendent of Pabna police, said base on secret information, a police team conducted an anti-narcotics drive at an abandoned godown of one Dipu Sarker around 2 am and arrested Dulal Hossain alias Muchi Dulal, 23, an alleged drug peddler along with 200 pieces of Yaba tablets.

At one stage, the detainee’s associates hurled crude bombs targeting the law enforcers, in a bid to snatch away Dulal from their custody, leaving five policemen injured, police said.

Police fired several gunshots in self-defense, prompting the criminals to flee the scene.

Dulal had long been involved in drug trading and wanted in several cases, said Azim Uddin, officer-in-charge of Ishwardi Police Station.

Truck driver killed in Chattogram road crash

Chattogram: A truck driver was killed and two others were injured when the truck hit a covered van at Fouzdarhat Jalil Textile Gate on the Dhaka-Chattogram Highway in Sitakunda upazila of Chattogram early on Thursday.

The deceased is Mohammad Arif, in his forties, from Tangail district.

Rafiq Ahmed Majumdar, in-charge of Fouzdarhat Police camp, said the accident took place around 2:00am when the stone-laden truck hit a covered van as its driver lost control the over steering following puncture in two of its wheels, leaving the driver killed on the spot and injured its two helpers.

The injured helpers—Foysal and Hasan—were taken to Chattogram Medical College Hospital for treatment.

2.5 lakh Yaba pills seized in Teknaf :

Tribunal Desk :

Police in a drive recovered 2.5 lakh pieces of Yaba tablets worth Tk 7.5 crore from a house at Habirchhara Ghat in Teknaf upazila on Wednesday night.

Tipped off, a team of police raided the house and recovered the drugs in an abandoned condition around 11:30 pm, said Ranjit Kumar, officer-in-charge of Teknaf Model Police Station.

A group of smugglers brought the drugs from Myanmar through a trawler and kept those in the house, said the OC.

However, police could not arrest anyone as the drug dealers managed to flee the scene, sensing the presence of the law enforcers.

A case was filed accusing four people with Teknaf Model Police Station, the OC added.