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Jessore Narcotics Dept DD caught in the act

Jessore: The Anti-Corruption Commission here yesterday arrested the deputy director of local Narcotics Control Departmentalong with bribe money, reports UNB.

Tipped off, ACC Dhaka divisional director Nasim Anwar launched a drive at the local Narcotics Control Department office in the town and recovered taka 2 lakh from the drawer of DD Nazmul Kabir around 3 pm.

Nasim Anwar said, Nazmul took the money as bribe from a liquor trader for renewing his trade license and the money was seized from his desk.

Later, Nazmul was handed to local police, he said.

Teenager charred in Laxmipur fire caused by gas leak

Laxmipur: A teenage boy was burnt alive in a fire caused by a cooking gas cylinder leak at a tea stall in Ramganj town early yesterday, reports UNB.

The deceased was identified as Ahad, 14, son of Abu Sayed, a resident of West Kazirkhil of Ramganj upazila.

The accident took place when he tried to ignite the stove at the tea stall housed at Sheikh Aminullah Market here around 2 am, leaving the Ahad dead on the spot, said Tota Miah, officer-in-charge of Ramganj Police Station.

On information, police recovered the body.

College girl, woman ‘kill selves’

our correspondent, Jessore

A housewife and a college girl reportedly committed suicide by taking poison and pesticide respectively at Manirampur and Chaugachha upazila on early Tuesday.

In Manirampur, Rahima Begum, 20, wife of Rashed Ali, hailing from Chaluahati village, had poison following longstanding dispute with her mother-in-law on Sunday afternoon. Later, she was taken to Keshabpur General Hospital in critical condition where she died around 12 am on Tuesday. In Chaugachha, Jui Khatun, 18, daughter of Saiful Islam, resident of Petvora village and a student of class XI of Chaugachha Women College, took pesticide over family feud on Sunday night.

Later, Jui was first taken to Chaugachha Health Complex and later shifted to Jessore General Hospital where she died on early Tuesday. Two separate unnatural death cases were filed in connection with the incidents.

Blankets distributed among distressed people in Netrakona

Netrakona: District administration distributed a total of 300 pieces of blankets among the distressed people in different areas including court station, Boro-station and Norsingha Zeor temple at Borobazer area of the district on Tuesday night, reports BSS.

Deputy Commissioner Dr. Musfiqur Rahman accompanied by Superintendent of Police Joydeb Chowdhory and Officers of District Relief and Disaster Management Department visited different areas and distributed the blankets among the cold-affected floating and poor people there.  

High yielding BARI mustard helps cut import

NARSINGDI: Farmers have become happy after cultivating high yielding variety BARI mustard seed in their high fallow lands and vast char areas of the district during the last three years, reports BSS.

Mustard fields which are now in full bloom across the vast tracts of land in the six upazilas of the districts have already worn eye catching yellow looks.

Abdur Rahim, a farmer of Adiabad village under Raipura village of the district said the cultivation of BARI mustard has gained much popularity among the farmers of the district as they are getting desired production and also fair prices of the cash crop in recent years.

Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) office sources said farmers in the district have cultivated over 3860 hectares of land during the current season with the hope of getting production of 5800 tonnes of mustard.

Terming the mustard as eco-friendly, Deputy Director, DAE Narsingdi Latafat Hossain said the Department has provided quality seeds, necessary inputs and training on the latest technologies for good yield of mustard seed.

He underscored the need for using the latest agro-technologies and disseminating proper knowledge to the farmers for increasing mustard seed to achieve self-reliance in edible oil to reduce the dependence on import.

Honey collection gains popularity in Manikganj

Manikganj: Honey collections are gaining popularity in the district as around one hundred commercial honey hunters are passing busy time to collect honey from the blooming flowers of mustard, reports BSS.  Honey collectors are gathering at the mustard fields in all seven upazilas of the district with their bee boxes every day. Farmers from different districts in the region come here and collect honey from the field.  Abdul Gafur (56), who came from Sirajganj with his young son, said recently that their target to collect at least twenty mounds of honey during this winter season.

He said collecting honey is their seasonal profession and they have been collecting honey from Manikganj district for ten years.

  All of the honey collectors from outside of the district including Jamalpur, Gazipur, Pabna, Satkhira, Narayanganj, Kushtia and Sirajganj have already started collecting honey from the mustard lands.  



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