Satkhira, Aug 23 (UNB) – A housewife died of mosquito-borne disease dengue in Sadar upazila early Friday.
The deceased was identified as Shahanara Khatun, 37, wife of Khalilur Rahman of Choygharia village in the upazila.
Dr Abu Shaheen, Satkhira Civil Surgeon, said Shahanara was admitted to Sadar Hospital after being diagnosed with dengue on August 18.
On Thursday night, the physicians referred her to Khulna Medical College Hospital following deterioration of her condition but she died around 1 am while being taken to Khulna.
Some 292 patients infected with dengue are taking treatment at different hospitals and clinics in the district.
According to the government, 59,592 patients infected with dengue were hospitalised across the country and 53,398 of them discharged after treatment since the beginning of this year.
Currently, 6,147 dengue patients are undergoing treatment at different hospitals and clinics, according to the Health Emergency Operation Centre and Control Room of the Directorate General of Health Services.
The government has so far confirmed the deaths of 47 people but unofficial estimates suggest the death toll is much higher.
Dhaka, Aug 23 (UNB) - The Hindu community of the country is observing Janmashtami, marking the birth of Lord Krishna, on Friday with due religious fervour.
According to Hindu religion, Lord Vishnu incarnated in the universe as Lord Krishna in the prison of Raja Kangsa on this day, the eighth of “Shukla Pakkha” (bright fortnight) in the month of Bengali calendar Bhadra in Dwapara Yuga in order to protect “Dharma” from the hands of devils.
Sri Krishna was born to Devaki and her husband Vasudeva in Mathura to which Krishna’s parents belonged.
Members of the Hindu community will bring out processions in the capital, divisional cities and district towns displaying the eventful life of Krishna and hold other programmes on the occasion.
Different social, cultural and religious organisations have chalked out elaborate programmes to observe Janmashtami.
The day is a public holiday.
Meanwhile, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in separate messages greeted the members of Hindu community on the occasion.
In his message, the President said Bangladesh is a country of communal harmony where people of all religions perform their own religious rituals freely.
In her message, the Prime Minister hoped that the ideals and teachings of Krishna will inspire his disciples to further consolidate the ties of communal harmony, friendship and fraternity.
Besides, national dailies have published special articles while Bangladesh Betar and Bangladesh Television and other private TV channels and radio stations are airing special programmes highlighting different aspects of the eventful life of Lord Krishna.
Dhaka, Aug 22 (UNB) - Agriculture Minister Md Abdur Razzaque on Thursday said the government is determined to ensure safe and nutritious food for the country.
“The country’s agricultural sector witnessed huge growth over last several years. There was a time when many Bangladeshis went hungry. They would miss two or even three meals in a day. Now they eat full meals. So now for government the main commitment must shift to ensure safe and nutritious food for the people,” Dr Razzaque said, at a reception in the city for the National Agriculture Awards gold medalists.
The minister noted that the ruling party had placed special emphasis on the country’s agriculture sector in its election manifestos. Commercialization of agriculture is the main challenge for the government.
“The government will modernize, mechanize and commercialize the agriculture sector soon. This year, farmers did not get fair prices in paddy following huge production cost. If we can fulfill it (promises) then famers will get fair prices,” the minister also said.
Abdur Razzaque also said that his ministry won’t depend on Food Ministry to purchase paddy from farmers. “We will ensure whether farmers get fair prices for their monsoon paddy prices or not. So we will make list of real farmers. We will continue to give farmers cash incentive in upcoming monsoon too.”
Abdur Razzaque said that the government will set up a modern internationally accredited laboratory in Purbachal to facilitate export of agriculture goods. He also said the country is going to export 100,000 tonnes of paddy soon.
“Farmers and exporters would be sent to Vietnam to observe coffee and cashew nut cultivation so that we can cultivate it in our Hill Tracts too.
He further said the agriculture sector has witnessed 34 percent growth this year, promising more in future. “We will reform Agriculture Marketing Department soon,” he added, to much agreement from his audience.
A total of 49 individuals and institutions including farmers, researchers and others playing important roles for the advancement of agriculture received the gold medals for their contributions to the sector over a 16-year period,1403 to 1419 in the Bangla calendar (corresponding to 1996-2012 in the Gregorian).
Agriculture Ministry’s secretary Md. Nasiruzzaman, agriculturists and high officials from different departments were present at the program.
Dhaka, Aug 22 (UNB) - Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury on Thursday called upon MPs to undertake action plans for utilising the workability of the country's young generation.
She made the call while addressing as the chief guest a workshop titled 'Changing Population Dynamics and its Management' at the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban in the city.
The workshop was arranged under 'Strengthening Parliament’s Capacity in Population and Development Issues (SPCPD) Project,' which is being implemented jointly by Bangladesh Parliament Secretariat and UNFP.
The Speaker put emphasis on attracting youths to technical education alongside general one to involve them in the development journey of the country.
Noting that some 50 percent of the country's population is women, she said they should be given importance equally for the development of the nation.
Dr Chaudhury stressed the need for taking massive public awareness programmes for different critical areas to prevent child marriage and violence against women.
In this context, she urged the officials of SPCPD to arrange discussions with guardians, students and teachers of school and colleges to increase awareness over the social menaces at the marginalised level.
The Speaker urged the MPs to take necessary measures to resist child marriage, develop the young generation and improve maternity health in their respective constituencies.
At the beginning of the function, a one-minute silence was observed to pay tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and other martyrs of the August 15 carnage and the victims of the August 21 grenade attack.
Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Women and Children Affairs Ministry Meher Afroze, Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science and Technology Ministry AFM Ruhal Haque, Aroma Dutta, MP, and member (Senior Secretary) of the Planning Commission Dr Shamsul Haque spoke at the event moderated by Parliament Secretariat Senior Secretary Dr Zafar Ahmed Khan.
Dhaka University Professor Dr Mohammad Moinul Islam presented the keynote paper, while SPCPD Project Director MA Kamal made the welcome speech, said a Parliament Secretariat handout.
Dhaka, Aug 22 (UNB) - Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Thursday asked Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists not to serve the interests of any particular minister, MP or leader.
While addressing a discussion at the Teacher-Student Centre of Dhaka University (DU), he also directed them not to breach the chain of command in maintaining contact with the leaders of their mother organisation Awami League.
BCL central committee organised the proramme demanding trial of those who masterminded the August 21, 2004 grenade attack on an AL rally in the capital.
Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has selected a forum of four AL leaders -- Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Abdur Rahman, AFM Bahauddin Nasim and Mozammel Haque -- to oversee the BCL activities.
"The forum will look into if they face any problem. So, it is not fair to approach the high command over a silly matter and without consulting the forum," he added.
The ruling party leader also urged the BCL leaders to devise a work plan to make the organisation more dynamic and not to hit headlines for wrongdoings.
Turning to the grenade attack, he alleged that the BNP government was involved with it. “Why did they refuse to allow FBI to investigate the incident and hide all the available evidence if they didn’t carry out it?”
Speaking on the occasion, BCL President Rezwanul Haque Chowdhury Shovon said BNP should be banned for its terrorist activities.
General Secretary of BCL and Dhaka University Central Students’ Union (Ducsu) Golam Rabbani conducted the programme.
Nanak, Abdur Rahman, Bahauddin Nasim, BCL DU unit President Sanjit Chandra Das and its General Secretary Saddam Hussein also spoke in the event.