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2 January, 2018 00:00 00 AM

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Tourists gather in Cox’s Bazar to usher in 2018

Cox’s Bazar: Thousands of tourists gathered at Cox’s Bazar sea beach, the longest sea beach of the world to celebrate 31st night, ushering in the Gregorian New Year, reports UNB.

Although the district administration did not allow any open air programs for security concern, the tourists from all over the country  gathered at the longest Sea beach to celebrate New Year.

At least 3lakh tourists gathered at different tourist spots of the district including Inani, Saint Martin, Himchhari, Sonadia, Moheshkhali, Adinath Temple, Banglabandhu Safari park, Dulahazra, Gudhum Guha, and Ramu Ramkot.

Hotels, Motels, resorts and guest houses of the district have been packed with tourists in advance.

Deputy Commissioner of Cox’s Bazar district Mohammad Ali Hossain said they directed the authorities to not allow the open air programs.

Md Rayhan Kazemi, senior assistant superintendent of Cox’s Bazar tourist police, said they took various steps to ensure securities for the tourist. Several teams of tourist police were in-duty for ensuring security.

Thick fog halts traffic on Bangabandhu Bridge   

Tangail: Traffic on the Bangabandhu Bridge halted yesterday morning as authorities had to stop toll plazas of the bridge due to dense fog, reports UNB.

The suspension of the vehicular movement due to poor visibility caused around 30km tailback at both ends of the bridge, causing immense sufferings to thousands of passengers.

Bangabandhu Bridge East Police Station officer-in-charge Asabur Rahman said movement of all kinds of vehicles has remained stopped to cross the bridge since 7:50 am.

Hundreds of vehicles got stranded at both ends of the bridge stretching Mirzapur of Tangail in the east and Bogra in the west.

500 join Awami League in Debiganj

Our correspondent, Panchagarh


Chengthi Hajeradanga College principal along with 40 college teachers and 500 leaders and workers of different parties under the Changthi Hajeradanga union in Debiganj upazila of Panchagarh district joined the Awami League recently.

 A reception function and discussions were held on the college ground. The MP from the Panchagarh–2 constituency, advocate Nurul Islam Sujon, was present as the chief guest.

 The MP said, “I am happy to see that such a huge number of Chengthi union inhabitants and college teachers have come back to the Awami league. You have proved that the present government is working for people’s welfare. The government is giving top priority on education because a nation cannot progress without education. Chengthi College will have a two-storied building. I will also mitigate other problems of the college.”

 He said a great deal of development had been done in Debiganj and Boda upazila under the present government. About 80 per cent of the work to build metalled roads, bridges, culverts, schools, colleges, and reaching electricity had been completed. The rest of the development work would be completed under the present government.

 The programme was also addressed, among others, by Debiganj upazila Awami League president ASM Nuruzzaman, senior vice-President of the party Gias Uddin Chowdary, and Changthi UP chairman Onil Chandra.

 Changthi college principal Mojibar Rahman delivered the welcome address. College president Aminur Rahman Bulu presided over the function.

 Earlier, the MP was given a reception by the Changthi Hajradanga College.

5,000 cold-hit people get blankets

GAIBANDHA: A total of 5,000 cold affected people of four unions under Shaghata upazila in the district got blankets from the former president of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) in the last two days, reports BSS.

Mahmud Hasan Ripon, former president of the BCL, distributed the blankets to the victims of Kamalerpara, Holdia, Jumarbari and Shaghata unions of the upazila as part of his social corporate responsibility.

The beneficiaries of the unions expressed their gratefulness to former BCL leader for distributing blankets among them to help mitigate their sufferings caused by cold wave.

Awami League leaders in upazila and union levels, public representatives,and local elite and journalists of print and electronic media were present on the occasion.

Last year, Mahmud Hasan Ripon also distributed a huge quantity of blankets among the cold affected people of the unions of Shaghata and Fulchhari upazila in his personal initiative.

Body recovered in Pirojpur


Police recovered the body of a youth from a canal in Nesarabad upazila of Pirojpur district yesterday. He was missing for two days.

The deceased was identified as Selim Mia, 45, son of Taibur Rahman of Balodia village in the upazila.

Deceased’s family sources said on Sunday Selim went to sow paddy in a disputed land in the village. But he did not return home till evening. Next day Selim’s younger brother Liton filed a general diary (GD) with Nesarabad police station.

Yesterday morning locals spotted Selim’s body floating in a canal near Katakhali Bazaar in the upazila. On information, police rushed to the spot, recovered the body and sent it to a morgue for an autopsy.

Kazi Shahnewaz, senior assistant superintendent of police (ASP) from Nesarabad circle in the district, visited the spot.

There are injury marks on different parts of the body, he said.



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