A mild cold wave is sweeping over Rangamati, Srimangal and Panchagarh, and it may continue.
And moderate to heavy fog may occur from midnight to morning, the Bangladesh Meteorological Department said on Saturday.
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Meanwhile, a thick layer of fog and cold wave is disrupting everyday life in Kurigram. The sun is hiding behind the clouds for most of the time. And dense fog is leading to low visibility, causing problems to the commuters.
Long-route vehicles now have to move with headlights on even in the daytime to avoid accidents. And a cold snap is forcing people to stay home.
The local met office on Friday said the temperature in Kurigram dropped to 11.1 degrees Celsius.
Also read:Kurigram shivers in cold
Also, chilling weather continues to send shivers across Natore along with dense fog in the morning.
Also read:Mild cold wave hits Bangladesh
However, the day labourers are going out for work amid the bone-chilling cold.
At least two committees have been formed to probe the alleged role of some officials at Kashimpur Central Jail-1 in doling out special treatment to the Hallmark Group's GM Tushar Ahmed in violation of the prison manual, officials have said.
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Tushar, the brother-in-law of Hallmark MD Tanvir Mahmud, allegedly met a woman privately in the cabin of a prison official on January 6. The woman was allegedly escorted to the jail official's cabin by Gazipur's deputy district magistrate Md Saklain, and two others. Senior jail superintendent Ratna Roy was also present in the official's room at the time.
Gazipur district administration sources told UNB that a committee was formed on January 12 to probe the role of the officials concerned. "The committee members are Additional District Magistrate Abul Kalam, Gazipur Executive Magistrate Unme Habiba Farzana and Wasiuzzaman Chowdhury."
Moreover, another investigation panel was formed on January 21, with Additional Inspector General of Prisons Abrar Hossain as its head. The other members of the committee are Deputy Secretary (Security Division) Abu Saeed Mollah and DIG (Mymensingh Division) Jahangir Kabir, sources said.
When contacted, Gazipur Additional District Magistrate Abul Kalam said, "We have seen the footage of CCTV cameras installed on the jail premises. An investigation is underway."
Despite repeated attempts, Kashimpur Central Jail-1 senior superintendent Ratna Roy could not be contacted.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday inaugurated the distribution of homes among 66,189 landless and homeless families across the country under the Ashrayan-2 Project as part of the government’s pledge to provide houses to all landless and homeless families during “Mujib Borsho”.
Hasina virtually distributed pucca houses to some 66,189 landless and homeless families under the project as a gift from her government in Mujib Borsho, marking the birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the Father of the Nation.
Apart from the pucca houses, the poor families got ownership papers of two decimal land parcels from the Prime Minister, who launched the distribution process virtually from her official residence Ganobhaban. All the houses have been constructed on Khas land.
The government has constructed 66,189 houses at a total cost of Tk 1,168 crore. Each unit has two rooms, a kitchen, a toilet and a veranda, constructed at a cost of Tk 1.75 lakh.
Another 100,000 houses will be distributed among the poor next month.
Besides the Ashrayan Project, the PMO will rehabilitate 3,715 homeless families in 743 barracks in 44 villages across 36 upazilas of 21 districts during the Mujib Borsho.
The PMO prepared a list of 885,622 families in 2020, of which 293,361 are landless and homeless, while 592,261 have just 1-10 decimal land parcels but no housing facility.
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The Ashrayan Project rehabilitated some 320,058 landless and homeless families between 1997 and December 2020.
On the other hand, the Ashran-2 project (July 2010-June 2022) aims to rehabilitate 250,000 more landless, homeless and displaced families, at a cost Tk 4,840.28 crore. It has so far rehabilitated 192,277 poor families across the country.
A total of 48,500 landless and homeless families have been rehabilitated in barracks while 143,777 having own land (1-10 decimals but unable to construct houses) in semi-barracks, corrugated iron-sheet barracks and specially designed houses.
The government is arranging accommodation for the homeless and also the landless families under Ashrayan-2 project, a housing project run by the PMO. The government has enlisted 293,361 homeless and also landless families as well as 592,261 homeless families throughout the country.
The Prime Minister joined the inauguration programme virtually from her official residence Ganobhaban and got connected with 492 upazilas across the country.
A man was arrested with 7.290kg smuggled gold at the Hazrat Shajalal International Airport on Friday.
Customs officials say the seized gold has an estimated market price of Tk 5 crore.
Members of Customs’ Preventive Team stopped Sarowar Uddin, a resident of Chattogram, who flew in from Muscat on flight BS 322 in the morning.
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Sixty-two gold bars and 98g gold ornaments, weighing 7.290kg, were seized from him.
Legal actions will be taken against him, customs officials said.
Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries (BSCIC) has reduced the price of potassium iodate (iodine), the main ingredient in iodised salt.
With BSCIC authorities’ approval, a letter signed by BSCIC General Manager and Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders (CIDD) Project Director Akhil Ranjan Tarafder, directed the price reduction of potassium iodate (iodine) and informed the officials and salt mill owners working in eight salt zones of BSCIC on 20 January, 2021.
BSCIC, only company to import potassium iodate from abroad as per the demand of salt factories and provides at a price fixed by the government.
In the 2017-18 financial year, the price of potassium iodate was reduced from Tk4700 per kg to Tk3000. BSIC chairman, Md. Mushtaq Hasan directed to supply to the salt factories at a price of Rs 2,500 per kg to help the factories.
Potassium iodate is used in iodising salt. It is not produced in Bangladesh, needs to be imported from abroad. About 80-90 grams potassium iodate is required per ton of salt to add moderate amount of iodine. About 30 metric tons of potassium iodate is used every year to add iodine into salt.
This is one of the various steps taken by the government to save the country's salt industry. BSCIC is working to convince hundred percent of people to use moderate amounts of iodised salt. Price lowering of potassium iodate will help propel the salt industry one step further. BSIC authorities believe that salt factory owners will be self-motivated to ensure moderate iodine mixture in salt.
Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders (CIDD) Project is a public health project implemented by BSIC at the initiative of the Ministry of Industries.