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News in brief

News in brief

One held with 10 gold bars

Our  correspondent, Jashore

Members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) in a drive arrested a man along with 10 gold bars, weighing 1.2 kg, from Amtala Gatipara bordering area in Sharsha upazila yesterday. The arrestee was identified as Hasanuzzaman Hasan, 30, son of Mainul Islam of Kharki area in Jashore town. Tipped off, a team of BGB-49 conducted a drive in the area and arrested Hasanuzzaman along with the gold bars, worth Tk 62 lakh, said Lieutenant Colonel Ariful Haq, commanding officer of BGB-49. The seized gold bars were deposited to Benapole Port Police Station, he added.

511 homeless families to get houses as PM’s gift in Bhola

BHOLA: A total of 511 homeless families will get new houses in Sadar upazila of Bhola as gifts of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, reports BSS. “The houses are being built in 13 unions of the district through the Prime Minister’s Office for providing accommodation to 511 homeless families,” Sadar Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Md Kamal Hossain told BSS. “Every house with concrete floor is being built at a cost of Tk one lakh. There will also have sanitary latrines,” he said. Kamal said the list of homeless families has been prepared by local public representatives while about 50 percent of the construction works have been completed.

Legal assistant dies after being punched by plaintiff

Cox’s Bazar: A legal assistant was declared dead after getting into a scuffle with a plaintiff in front of the bar cafe (bar as it relates to the advocates) at Link Road in the district town on Wednesday noon, reports UNB. The deceased was identified as Kamal, 55, son of late Md Nasimuddin of the area. He was a legal assistant and former member of PM Khali union of Sadar upazila. Eyewitness said Kholil Master locked in an altercation with Kamal in the area around 2:30 pm. As agitated Kholil started to punch Kamal, it caused the latter to fall to the ground clutching his chest at one stage. Locals took him to Upazila Sadar Hospital where the duty doctor declared him dead, they added.

Mizanur Rahman, general secretary of District Lawyer Association, said as a sequel to previous enmity, Kholil hired some terrorists and beat Kamal to death. Farid Uddin, officer-in-charge of Sadar Police Station, said necessary legal measures are being taken in this connection.

Safe drinking water facility at Cox’s Bazar college inaugurated

Cox’s Bazar: UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and its partner NGO Forum for Public Health on Wednesday inaugurated a safe drinking water facility at Cox’s Bazar Government College, reports UNB. The project is designed to supply safe drinking water for around 12,500 students at the college and to reduce their health risks. Before this facility, there was no safe drinking water for the students. College principal Prof AKM Fazlul Karim Chowdhury said all the students would benefit. “We are very grateful and thankful to UNHCR for its special contribution to this college,” he said.

UNHCR’s senior operations manager Elisabeth Pelster said the generous support local Bangladeshis had shown when tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees arrived in Cox’s Bazar seeking assistance since last August.

“We are making every possible effort to improve the situation to help you and to invest in Cox’s Bazar and its social infrastructure. Hopefully, you will find there are a lot of dividends to be gained by refugee protection,” she said.

The programme is one of the ‘quick impact’ projects that UNHCR has been undertaking in support of the Bangladesh host community. Other initiatives include rehabilitating local schools, supporting livelihood projects for some of the poorest communities, installing Community Technology Access centres, improving roads and drainage systems and installing solar lights.