File photo of migratory birdsEvery winter sees the birds arrive to make the waterbody their temporary homeThousands of migratory birds have flocked to Talbaria Beel in Pakkoula village under Aria union in Daulatpur upazila of Kushtia. Among these, the Openbill stork, Cotton Pygmy Goose, Lesser Whistling Duck, storks, swans, and other breeds of migratory birds have been coming to Talbaria Beel for more than two decades. The spectacular sight of the flocks of birds crowding around Talbaria Beel attracts a large number of visitors every year. Local Abdus Samad said the villagers always keep a watch to ensure nobody hunts these migratory birds. Kushtia Bird Club President SI Shohel said that besides local birds, thousands of migratory birds arrive at the Talbaria Beel every year during the winter season and make it their temporary home.
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Jamaat Secretary Genera,l Dr Shafiqur Rahman, said: “I express my disappointment over his departure. In a statement issued immediately after Razzaq’s resignation, the party said: “Jamaat will always remember Barrister Abdur Razzaq’s sincere contribution to this movement.”“I have been working for this organization along with Barrister Abdur Razzaq for years. The barrister tendered his resignation through a letter sent to Bangladesh Jamaat Ameer, Maqbul Ahmed, from the UK on Friday. My decades of advice had fallen on deaf ears.”Furthermore, Abdur Razzaq said one of his main objectives when joining Jamaat was to reform it from within. Abdur Razzaq held the position of assistant secretary general of Jamaat.
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A year after forming the four-party alliance with Jamaat, BNP came to power in 2001 and included Jamaat in the government. According to many BNP leaders, adding Jamaat in the government was a politically incorrect decision. Senior standing committee members said that BNP veered from the spirit of the Liberation War during that period of conflict. BNP standing committee member, Barrister Jamir Uddin Sarker, said: “Jamaat came closer to BNP when the party formed a government, winning the 1991 election. The BNP high command put their trust in Jamaat after it secured 17 parliamentary seats and supported BNP.”Two BNP standing committee members said BNP Chief Khaleda Zia accepted Jamaat’s support under the initiative and efforts of three influential right-wing leaders of BNP.
The deceased was identified as Md Rony, 19, son of Makbul Dewan of Giodhara in ChittagongA Bangladeshi citizen was killed in a road crash in Doha, Qatar on Wednesday morning. The deceased was identified as Md Rony, 19, son of Makbul Dewan of Giodhara in Chittagong. The accident took place when a speeding car ran over Rony while he was taking care of trees on the roadside, as part of his regular duty every morning. Family members of Rony said he joined an agriculture company in Doha around three months ago. The body is at a government hospital morgue in Doha, and the process to ensure its return to Bangladesh is ongoing, they added.
File photo of Mustafa Jabbar Mahmud Hossain OpuThe minister made the comment at an award ceremonyPosts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar has said the government will make Teletalk the country’s top most mobile phone operator within his tenure. The minister made the comment at the award ceremony for the “Teletalk Inter-Division Cricket Tournament-2019,”at the Jagannath Hall playground of Dhaka University (DU) on Saturday, said a press release. The minister also said: “Prime minister has lifted Bangladesh to the digital revolution stage in global leadership. We will face every challenge for Teletalk under her leadership.”Regarding the cricket tournament, Jabbar said: “Sport increases physical and mental excellence. Social media introduces us to each other but sports brings us closer to each other.”The sales and distribution department of Teletalk won the tournament, while the marketing and project department esd the runner-up in the competition.
The hospital, which survived a massive fire on Thursday, received 865 new patients after operations resumed on Saturday Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune'After ensuring a safe environment we will resume the children’s ward too'“All wards, except the children’s ward have resumed operation,” said Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College Hospital (ShSMCH) Director, Prof Dr Uttam Kumar Barua. “After ensuring a safe environment we will resume the children’s ward too,” the Director told Dhaka Tribune on Saturday. Besides, 700 patients who were accommodated in other hospitals have been shifted back to ShSMCH,” said Prof Dr Uttam Kumar Barua. We will send a letter to the health ministry for more medicine,” Uttam Kumar said. Director Uttam Kumar clarified that immediately following the fire incident many private ambulances were seen in front of the hospital and may have charged more money.
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Representational photo BigstockA case has been filed regarding the matterA listed musician of Bangladesh Betar has been arrested for raping an eight-year-old girl in the city's Agargaon Taltola area. Abdur Razzak, 50, was arrested by police on Saturday. “The girl, a grade II student, lives near the building with her parents.”The victim's father runs a food cart. A police team rushed to the spot, rescued the girl, and arrested Razzak,” SI Barik added. A case has been filed regarding the matter.
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However, a free wheelchair service by the Switch Bangladesh Foundation has ensured that enjoying the Amar Ekushey Book Fair 2019 is not one of them. “It used to be that I had to check if my friends were free if I wanted to visit the fair. “When we see someone elderly struggling to walk, we go to them and offer our wheelchair service. If they knew about it, they could come to the book fair and enjoy it like others. The free wheelchair service is available at the TSC Circle, which is the area from where vehicles are barred from entering the book fair premises.
Divisional Commissioner of Barisal Ram Chandra Das inaugurates the fourth Jibanananda Das Poetry Festival yesterday afternoon | CollectedUttoron Sangskritik Sangathan, a cultural-literary organization of BM College, is the organizer of the festival. The festival is being held at the poet’s workplace, Barisal BM College campus. Uttoron Sangskritik Sangathan, a cultural-literary organization of BM College, is the organizer of the festival. Initiators of the festival Rokon Bepari, Syed Mehedi Hassan, and convener of the festival sub-committee Udoy Shankar Das, addressed the people who attended the festival today. Principal of BM College Professor Shafiqur Rahman Shikdar inaugurated the book fair, which is part of the festival.
Housing and Public Works Minister SM Rezaul Karim, left, arrives in Chittagong on Saturday Dhaka TribuneThe Minister was exchanging views with officials and employees of Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) at a meeting on SaturdayHousing and Public Works Minister SM Rezaul Karim told the Chittagong Development Authority to accelerate development works with sincerity and integrity, without any disruption. Admiring Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for allocating the highest budget for Chittagong after Dhaka, the Minister said that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has given top priority to the development of Chittagong. The Minister was exchanging views with officials and employees of Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) at a meeting on Saturday. Directing the CDA to expedite the ongoing development works, the Minister said, "The CDA should speed up the work. Any sort of disruption to the development work is not acceptable.
Around 102 dealers surrendered at a ceremony named “Surrendering program of drug traders for returning to normal life,” held at Teknaf Pilot High School on Saturday. I want to live a normal life with my family.”Teknaf Municipality Councilor Nurul Bashar who was also a yaba dealer reiterated the same thing. On Saturday, the drug dealers surrendered at the event, with 30 locally made firearms and 350,000 yaba pills, and 70 cartridges. Cox's Bazar Superintendent of Police, ABM Masud Hossain, said: “Those who surrendered were taken to Cox’s Bazar Police Lines. The Home Ministry also released a list of names of the yaba dealers, with 1,151 names of yaba traders from Cox’s Bazar, and of them 73 are top level yaba trade influencers.
This has long been a serious failing of the BNP and the sooner it recognizes this and severs all ties to Jamaat, the better. Otherwise, it too can credibly be accused of condoning Jamaat’s atrocities and crimes against Bangladesh. Many have already made argued that Jamaat should be banned for its role in 1971 -- and there is certainly a strong case that can be made to that effect. The resigning Jamaat leader’s call for an apology seems driven more by tactical considerations than by genuine contrition. That kind of insincere apology cannot be remotely enough to absolve the party of its heinous crimes in 1971.
Say no to corruption MAHMUD HOSSAIN OPUEnsuring accountability and good governanceAccording to the latest Transparency International Bangladesh report, Bangladesh has moved downwards in the Corruption Perception Index 2018, released on January 29, 2019. The party in power, on the other hand, quite justifiably, has conveyed their dissatisfaction with various aspects of the report. Another equation added to existing corruption has been illicit money outflow to different financial points in various countries of the world. We have the ACC, but probably need to create another exclusive independent institution under the Ministry of Finance to tackle the question of illicit money transactions. We need to understand that illicit money outflow from the country cannot be stopped totally at one go.