‘Women from the Chittagong Hill Tracts region are playing an important role’



News Desk, Barta24.com
Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

  • Font increase
  • Font Decrease

Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs Minister Bir Bahadur Ushwe Sing MP said the country is moving ahead today due to the courageous steps of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, equal development is taking in the hills and plains area. The mountains are no longer backward towns. Minister Bir Bahadur said the active participation of women in the hill region has strengthened the fear of the country's economy. He said the women are playing a major role in protecting the environment and social and economic development in the hilly areas. Women are the protectors of mountain resources.

CHT Minister Bir Bahadur said this while speaking as the chief guest at a discussion meeting organized on the occasion of International Mountain Day at the meeting room of the Ministry of Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs at the Secretariat.

Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Iqbal Abdullah Harun spoke as the main discussant. The Secretary of the Ministry of Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs Mosammat Hamida Begum was in the chair in the programme.

Chittagong Hill Tracts Development Board Chairman Nikhil Kumar Chakma, Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs Satyendra Kumar Sarker, Joint Secretary (Administration) of the Ministry of Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs Aleya Akhter, Chief Executive Officer of The Chittagong Hill Tracts Regional Council Rangamati Titon Khisa, Executive Chief Officer of the Task Force on Refugees Krishna Chandra Chakma, Executive Director of Helen Keller International Ms Han Han, among others, spoke on the occasion. Female entrepreneur Bibli Chakma was present. Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs Sajal Kanti Banik moderated the programme.

Minister Bir Bahadur said women are the protectors of mountain resources and local medical servants. The role of women in the cultivation of jhum in the hills is very much.

Hill women collect water from the hill springs and meet the water needs of other members of the family. Mountain women are becoming farmers, mountain women as businessmen, mountain women as craftsmen, entrepreneurs and community leaders. Hill women will become the driving force against hunger, malnutrition and poverty.

The present Awami League government led by Hon'ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is determined for the overall development of the greater hill region. Every disaster that has taken place in the hilly areas in the past has been dealt with by the government in a coordinated manner with utmost determination. Every public and private organization has worked tirelessly for the safety of life and property in the hill areas.

I think it's a coordinated initiative. You must be aware that it was possible to conclude the historic peace agreement on December 2, 1997, due to the determination and timely initiative of Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the worthy daughter of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. With the signing of this historic peace agreement, the two-decade-long conflict situation came to an end. Since then, lasting peace has been established in the mountainous region. As a result, new horizons of sustainable development have been opened in the hill areas. Opportunities have been created for public-private, national and international institutions to carry out development work in the hilly areas. As a result, the overall development of the hill region has accelerated.

Speaking on the occasion, Secretary of the Ministry of Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs Mosammat Hamida Begum said, "The pregnant women carry the burden on their backs and climb the steep hills with their children on their shoulders, while the women are climbing the hills with water on their heads, and in different pictures, we see them cultivating jhum. There is a presence of women in every field. The mountain cannot be thought of as its existence without women. Women exist everywhere.

   

A deep depression the sea, may turn into a cyclone by 9 pm



Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com, Dhaka
Photo: barta24.com

Photo: barta24.com

  • Font increase
  • Font Decrease

Bangladesh Meteorological Department has said that the deep low created in the Bay of Bengal may turn into a cyclone by 9 pm on Saturday. It is reported that the sustained wind speed of 110 to 120 km per hour when the cyclone is formed.

On Saturday (May 25) in the afternoon Director Md. Azizur Rahman informed this.

He said, if the cyclone is formed, its name will be 'Remal'. 300 to 350 mm of rainfall is likely to occur in coastal areas under the influence of Cyclone Remal. At the same time, he also said that all types of shipping may be stopped.

Md. Azizur Rahman said, the deep depression located in the east-central Bay of Bengal and adjacent west-central Bay of Bengal area is moving northwards and staying in the same area (18.2° North latitude and 89.8° East longitude). It was located 500 km southwest of Chattogram sea port, 435 km southwest of Cox's Bazar sea port, 475 km south of Mongla sea port and 425 km south of Payra sea port at 12 noon today. It may move further north and intensify.

Deep convective clouds continue to form over North Bay of Bengal under the influence of deep depression. Due to this, stormy winds may blow over North Bay of Bengal and adjacent coastal areas and sea ports of Bangladesh.

Maximum sustained wind speed is 50 km/h within 48 km of the deep depression center, increasing to 60 km/h in gusty or gale-like form. Sea is rough in the vicinity of deep depressions.

Chattogram, Cox's Bazar, Mongla and Payra sea ports have been asked to lower remote warning signal number 1 and display local warning signal number 3.

Fishing boats and trawlers operating in North Bay of Bengal and deep sea have been asked to take shelter as soon as possible.

;

Three attempts to kill Anar, plan was to extort money: DB



Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com
Photo: Barta24.com

Photo: Barta24.com

  • Font increase
  • Font Decrease

Dhaka Metropolitan Detective Police (DB) Additional Commissioner Mohammad Haroon Or Rasheed said that attempts have been made to kill Anwarul Azim (Anar), Member of Parliament of Jhenaidah-4 Constituency three times. Even Shaheen and Amanullah alias Shimul once planned to kill in Kolkata last January. But MP Annar survived as he did not fall into their trap.

Besides, after stepping into Shaheen's trap on the 13th, there was a plan to take Anar hostage and collect a large sum of money from his friends in Bangladesh and Kolkata using offensive pictures. But he was killed without regaining consciousness due to the application of excessive sedatives on him.

He said this in response to questions from journalists at a press conference organized at DB's conference room on Minto Road in the capital on Saturday (May 25) noon.

Haroon said that a team of Indian police is working in Dhaka to investigate the murder of parliament member Anar. Apart from this, we have found two things by analyzing the technical information and interrogation of the arrested accused. Two groups worked here. One group supported another group worked on implementation. Aktaruzzaman Shaheen, the mastermind of the murder, took the three members to Kolkata on April 30. A girl in that group was the main leader of the implementation. Shaheen stayed till the 10th, the main leader of the killing mission, the leader of the Purbo Bangla Communist party. Who traveled to India using a false name. That Amanullah alias Shimul came to the country after convincing Bhuiyan. We got some sensational information from them as Indian police are working here. When their work is over, we will also leave for Kolkata.

In response to the question about the reason for the murder, Haroon said that there could be many reasons behind the murder. All are members of the Purbo Bangla Communist Party in the implementation of this murder. From 2017 till date we have at least 5 to 6 throat slitting incidents. But there are many issues. The reason for the murder is yet to be ascertained. The reason for this murder can be said after further investigation.

The Additional Commissioner said that attempts have been made to kill Parliamentarian Anwarul earlier. They tried to kill even before the election. Then they failed. Member of Parliament Anwarul went to Kolkata for the second time from 17th to 18th of January. At that time the killers went to Kolkata to kill him. But that time they failed due to staying in hotel. In the third step they succeeded. But before the killing, their plan was to take the parliament member Anwarul hostage. He then blackmailed her for two days by taking offensive pictures of her and extorting huge sums of money from her friends in Kolkata and through hundi. But after going to the house, Anar lost consciousness after spraying her face with an anesthetic. Anar was photographed unconscious while he was unconscious. But their main target was to kill. The money to be recovered was supposed to be shared among the killers. However, as he did not regain consciousness after being sprayed, he abandoned the plan of blackmail and implemented the plan of disappearing the body. Then they sent the mobiles to different places. One of the killers even brought Anar's four mobiles to Benapole area. After coming here, Anar's opponent was called from four mobile phones. Called and said 'end'. The target was that the police would be busy with the opponent on the basis of this phone. Don't get the killers.

When asked whether there is any involvement in the gold smuggling ring, he said, nothing specific can be said. But there are many issues. After the investigation we can inform you.

No evidence was found in the murder case. When asked on what basis the murder is being talked about, Haroon said, "We have got a lot of information and evidence." I am not disclosing now for the sake of investigation. A murder case was filed in Kolkata because of the evidence. There has been a kidnapping case in our country. The case is being investigated by CID in Kolkata. Surely they got the sign. I will also go to investigate the murder case filed in Kolkata.

;

Directive to stop all types of boat movement including launch



Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com
Photo: Barta24.com

Photo: Barta24.com

  • Font increase
  • Font Decrease

The Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) has ordered the closure of all types of shipping including launches in the coastal areas due to the deep low pressure created in the Bay of Bengal.

The matter was informed by the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) on Saturday (May 25) afternoon.

BIWTA says the deep depression over the ocean has the potential to develop into a cyclone. Due to which sea ports have been asked to show warning signal number 3. For this reason, instructions have been given to stop all types of launches and boat movement in the coastal area.

Director of Naval Security and Traffic Management Department Zainal Abedin said, the deep depression created in the Bay of Bengal is likely to turn into a cyclone. That is why we have taken all measures. Seaports have been asked to display warning signal number 3. All types of launching and boating are prohibited in the coastal area. However, no such instructions have been issued for launches operating in river ports. It is a matter of time. Action will be taken according to the situation.

At the same time, he also said that the leave of all levels of BIWTA officials has been cancelled.

A control room has been set up on the 6th floor of the building of the Bangladesh Inland Navigation Authority, focusing on the possibility of a deep low pressure and a possible cyclone. The officers and employees of the organization will be present in the control room and maintain uninterrupted communication with the meteorological office, the control room established in all the river ports of the authority, the focal point officer of the port, the control officer of various departments of the river port and the control officer of dredger bays.

Requested to use telephone number +8802223352306 and mobile number 01958658213 to contact the control room. 

;

Terrible landslides in Papua New Guinea, hundreds of deaths feared



International Desk, Barta24.com, Dhaka
photo: Collected

photo: Collected

  • Font increase
  • Font Decrease

Landslides have occurred in Papua New Guinea. Hundreds of people are feared to die.

This information was revealed in a report by Al-Jazeera on Friday (May 24). 

According to the report, the incident took place in Kaokalam village in the northern part of the country. More than 50 houses were damaged in this incident. Many buried under the ground.

It is also said that the landslide occurred as the residents were sleeping. As a result, the number of casualties may increase.

Locals say that around 300 people have died. However, authorities are yet to confirm the actual number of casualties.

Meanwhile, after the landslide, medical teams, members of the military, police and staff of various UN agencies have been sent to the accident site.

Janet Philmon, interim secretary-general of the Papua New Guinea Red Cross, told AFP the landslide was in a remote village. It can take up to two days for emergency services or relief to reach there.

;