Saturday, September 30, 2023

Newly built bridge undergoes repair well before handover

Most of the upper surface of a nearly completed bridge over the Buri Teesta River at Soillaghat in Dimla upazila under the district had to undergo repair as the contractor used low quality materials for the construction work, said officials. The Local Government and Engineering Department (LGED) in the district decided to construct the 171-metre-long ... Read more

‘Protect Jadunath’s palace complex from grabbers’

Locals formed a human chain on Friday urging the government to take necessary steps for protection of the historic palace of Raja Jadunath Roy at Balasur in Bhagyakul under Sreenagar upazila. An NGO named ‘Agrasar Bikrampur Foundation’ took ‘illegal’ lease of 5.71 acres of land at the archaeological site and causing damage to its heritage ... Read more

Lathi Khela to celebrate Tangail Free Day

Lathi Khela (A traditional Bangladeshi martial art form) was held in Tangail town last Sunday to celebrate Tangail Free Day (December 11). Tangail district was freed from the Pakistani Armed Forces on this day during the Liberation War. Lathial Mohammad Azhar and his group from Aloa Bhabani village, Tangail staged a performance at Shaheed Memorial ... Read more

Cheers for a noble bid

Mid-day meal introduced in school set up by day labourers It does not matter how old the saying, “Unity is strength”, is. The truth is that the outcome of a collective effort has never lost its glory. Do you remember the primary school that was set up by 17 enthusiastic day labourers in a remote ... Read more

Manpower crisis defers launch of SBMCH ICU

The launch of two-storey 80-bed intensive care and casualty unit of Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital was deferred due to acute manpower crisis that hit the hospital unit after its inauguration in April 2011, said the hospital authorities. The SBMCH director, Abdur Rashid, said that the unit with modern equipment was set up to ensure ... Read more

Tale of a torchbearer

Visually-impaired ex-cotton mill worker runs free education centre for children in Tangail Rafiqul Bari indeed knows what it means to see nothing. He was born with normal organs, but a slight stomach problem at the age of two changed his life forever. Wrong treatment by a quack made him blind. So to ease a little ... Read more

Too old yet allowance eludes her

Country observes International Day of Older Persons International Day of Older Persons, observed across the world yesterday, holds very little meaning for centenarian Asironnesa of Arpara village in Magura sadar upazila. Several efforts made towards obtaining an old-age or widow allowance for Asironnessa are yet to bear fruit. Asiron is physically too weak to move ... Read more

Doctor for the poor

Kiwi living his dream in Bangladesh, providing healthcare to the helpless for close to 30 years Thousands of miles away from home, someone is living up to his childhood promise: helping the helpless. In a rare example of love and sacrifice, he has been treating poor patients in Madhupur reserved forest area in Tangail for ... Read more

World Indigenous Day: Celebration amid commotion

Leaders of the indigenous communities yesterday termed the government a “promise breaker” and vowed to continue movement until their demand of constitutional recognition as “indigenous” is met. Expressing solidarity with them, rights defender Prof Mizanur Rahman hinted the decision of recognising indigenous people as “tribal” or “ethnic minorities” was wrong. He added the National Human ... Read more

Chitra river rots with jute

A portion of the Chitra river has become seriously polluted, as farmers are rotting jute plants in it. The pollution that extends some 40km on both sides of the river very badly affected nearly 40,000 people of Narail sadar and Kalia upazilas of the district. Fishes and other aquatic creatures are dying in hundreds, and ... Read more

Mahamaya lake-a tourist spot spoiled

Security in one of country’s most preferred tourist spots under threat Chittagong: Mahamaya, the second largest man-made lake in the port city, is fast becoming prey to human greed and negligence. Thwarted by pollution and land-grabbers, it is slowly getting girdled by shanties that have robbed the lake of its pristine beauty. Besides, heavy vehicles ... Read more

Risky ride on abandoned bridge

A ‘death trap’ for people of at least 4 districts A large number of people have continued risky ride on the awfully dilapidated bailey bridge over the Nautara River near Nautara Bazar in Dimla upazila  of Nilphamari on Dalia-Sardarer Hat road as authorities failed to make any alternative arrangement. Local Government and Engineering Department (LGED) ... Read more

So Important, Still so Ignored

Road to Kuakata in awfully bad shape for years The 14-kilometre-long road from Pakhimara to Kuakata on Patuakhali-Kuakata highway has remained in an awfully dilapidated condition due to lack of renovation for years. Vehicles ply amid risk the rundown and potholed road connecting Kuakata, an important tourism centre in the southern region, with the rest ... Read more

30,000 trees felled there

Patuakhali forest officials estimate a day after mindless destruction of mangrove forest Forest officials yesterday visited Char Bestin in the coastal areas of Patuakhali and Bhola and found over 30,000 trees of the mangrove forest have been chopped down by around 400 locals on Thursday. Of these trees, over 10,000 were in Patuakhali and the ... Read more