Dhaka, Oct 28 (UNB) – The unit 4 of Tianwan Nuclear Power Project (TNPP) of China, which was constructed with Russian assistance using its VVER-1000 reactor, started injecting electricity to the national grid on Saturday.
Rosatom, the Russian state nuclear power agency, remains engaged in Bangladesh to build the 2400 MW Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant.
Alexey Likhachev, Director General of Rosatom State Corporation, termed Tianwan NPP as the biggest power project under Russia-China cooperation, saying, “We sincerely hope that our cooperation both in construction of the next phase of Tianwan NPP and other at Xudapu site shall also be successful.”
Following permission from the Chinese regulator, power at Tianwan 4 was raised to 25 percent of capacity, after which the turbine was brought into operation and electrical tests of the field and power delivery systems were carried out, said a Rosatom statement on Sunday.
The unit 4 was, thereby, connected to the grid. All systems performed in normal operational mode, said the Rosatom.
Construction of Tianwan nuclear power plant is being carried out by Jiangsu Nuclear Power Corporation (JNPC) in cooperation with Russian company Atomstroyexport, an engineering division of Rosatom. Start-up of Tianwan NPP power units 1 and 2 was held in 2007 and of unit 3 in December 2017.
Dhaka, Oct 28 (UNB) – General secretary of Bangladesh Road Transport Workers Federation Osman Ali on Sunday said now it is not possible to withdraw their ongoing 48-hour strike.
“The minister gave his opinion on the media but he could have talked to us. The matter could be resolved through dialogue,” he said while talking to UNB over phone.
Earlier, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said there is no possibility to bring any change in the Road Transport Act right now.
Responding to a query about their next course of programme, Osman said they would announce that on conclusion of the strike on October 30.
The strike was peaceful across the country except some sporadic incidents, he said adding that action has been taken against the two transport workers in Jatrabari for pouring black burnt Mobil on the face of a private car driver.
On Saturday, transport workers announced to enforce a 48-hour strike from Sunday morning to press home their eight-point demand.
Their demands include making all the offences by road accident 'bailable', cancellation of the provision of fining Tk 5 lakh for involvement in a road accident, keeping a representative from their federation in any probe body formed for road accident, fixing minimum educational qualification for getting driving licence to class-V and stopping police harassment on roads.
Dhaka, Oct 28 (UNB) – Two women have been killed being hit by trains at Kosaibari area of Dakshinkhan and Khilkhet in the city.
One of the deceased was identified as Nipa, wife of Swapan Mia of Dakshinkhan area while the identity of another woman could not be known yet.
Sub-inspector of Airport Railway Station police out-post Nazrul Islam said a Noakhali-bound train hit Nipa while she was returning to her house from a relative’s house at Kosaibari, leaving her on the spot.
Meanwhile, the unidentified woman was also crushed under the wheels of a train in Khilkhet area.
Police recovered the bodies early in the morning and sent those to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital for autopsy.
Dhaka, Oct 28 (UNB) – Police on Sunday foiled a demonstration of the job seekers who took position at Shahbagh intersection demanding extension of age limit to 35 from 30 for entering government jobs.
Under the Banner of ‘Bangladesh Sadharan Chhatra Parishad’, several hundred job seekers and students from different colleges and universities took position at Shabagh intersection and continued their protest for the second consecutive day.
Around 11:10 am police charged batons on the demonstrators and cleared the area.
The law enforcers also detained five joint conveners of the platform. The detainees are Samina, Nadia, Riana Haque, Jubier and Nadi, said Sanjoy Das, another convener of the platform.
“Police attacked us without any reasons while we were staging peaceful demonstration,” he said.
Stating that their demand is logical, he said, “We shall continue the protest until our demands are met.”
Dhaka, Oct 28 (UNB) – The government will distribute around 35 crore textbooks free of cost among the primary and secondary level students in 2019 academic year.
Half of the textbooks have already been reached the respective schools and the rest will be reached by December 14, said Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid while briefing journalists after a meeting with Bangladesh Education Reporter Forum (BERF) officials at Secretariat on Sunday.
The construction works of more than 33,500 schools, colleges and madrasas, which has been started in the last 10 years will be completed by October 2019, said Nahid.
He also said that different steps have been initiated for the development of the standard of education quality especially Information Technology.
“Besides, different training programmes are being provided to teachers for increasing the teaching standard,” the minister added.
Responding to a query on coaching centres, the minister said it not possible to stop coaching business now. “Law will be enacted soon to stop coaching businesses.”
He also urged the teachers to teach their students with sincerity so that they do not require to read notebooks.
The process of inclusion of new educational institutions in the list of Monthly Pay Order (MPO) scheme will be continued every year, the minister said adding “The scrutinising process is underway. MPO scheme will be given phase by phase.”
The BERF delegation was led by its President Mustafa Mallik while Secretary SM Abbas was, among others, present during the meeting.
Later, the team also met Primary and Education Minister Mostafizur Rahman at his office.
The decision of introducing primary education up to class VIII is under scrutiny, said the Primary Education minister.
“We will take necessary steps after getting the cabinet’s approval,” he said.
Responding to a question about the construction of separate washroom for female students, the minister said separate washroom has already been constructed in 39,000 schools. “Rest will be constructed within two years,” he added.