Kuakata boat has historical value

August 1, 2012

Says expert
A French-born Bangladeshi expert on local traditional boats has examined an ancient boat that surfaced from beneath the sandy beach in Kuakata recently and said it was a national heritage bearing ethnic history.
“I have never seen such an unusual traditional boat,” Yves Marre told The Daily Star after examining it on the beach Monday afternoon. “It is important to preserve it now, as it is lying at an insecure state,” he said. Marre initiated a traditional boat museum under the banner “Protection Read more

Rubber dam inflates hope in Dinajpur

June 20, 2012

An inflatable rubber dam being built on the Atrai river in Dinajpur will be completed by the end of this year, facilitating irrigation using surface water instead of underground water as well as fish cultivation.
The dam — 135-metre long and four-metre high– will create a 44- km long reservoir in the river that usually dries up in the lean season.
In this of type of dams, cylindrical rubber fabrics are placed across channels, streams and weir or dam crests to raise the upstream water level when inflated. Agriculture Read more

Fishes spawn in Halda amid rain

June 2, 2012

Hundreds of spawn collectors with their boats and nets started collecting released eggs of indigenous species of carps from the Halda river in Chittagong for the second time this year, ignoring incessant shower yesterday morning.
The Halda, which flows through Hathazari and Raozan upazilas, is one of the world’s major natural sweet water fish breeding spots.
It is also the major source of carp fishes like ruhi, katol, mrigel and kalbaush in the country.
Heavy rain accompanied Read more

Newly built bridge undergoes repair well before handover

March 30, 2012

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 and 5.12-metre-wide bridge over the Buri Teesta River at a cost of Tk 4.14 crore to facilitate easier road communication between Dimla and Domar upazilas in the Read more

‘Protect Jadunath’s palace complex from grabbers’

February 26, 2012

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 in the name of building a museum and cultural complex there, said speakers at the programme.
They demanded cancellation of the Read more

Lathi Khela to celebrate Tangail Free Day

December 13, 2011

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 Municipal Park in the town. The group performed various acts like Baoi Jhak (group fight), Nori Bari (mock fight with sticks), Fala Khela and Dao Khela (mock Read more

Cheers for a noble bid

November 17, 2011

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 area of Madhupur in Tangail district ? Well, it finally did manage to draw the government’s attention.
The Uttar Aronkhola Non-Government Primary School yesterday introduced free lunches for its 228 students under the government’s feeding programme for students Read more

Manpower crisis defers launch of SBMCH ICU

November 15, 2011

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 emergency healthcare for the patients with critical injuries from traffic accidents and other casualties.
The unit, during its inception, had 4 wards, 2 operation theatres, a Read more

Tale of a torchbearer

October 10, 2011

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 the heavy burden weighing down physically or mentally challenged children in life, he has set up a centre to give them the basic education and vocational training for free.
Founded in 2003 at Ghatail in Tangail, the Welfare Centre for Challenged Read more

Too old yet allowance eludes her

October 2, 2011

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 from one place to another and is unable to remember the date of her impoverished husband Hanif Biswas’s death. Biswas’ death left her trying to bring up a 10-year-old son, Ershad Ali Biswas, Read more

Doctor for the poor

September 19, 2011

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 28 years almost for free.
Dr Edric Baker, a citizen of New Zealand, set up a healthcare centre at Kailakuri village of the union in 1983 and has since been giving treatment and medicine to the locals.
For checkup, he charges Read more

Experts for microgrids to ease power woes

August 20, 2011

As frequent power outages and government inability to increase electricity production have gripped mass psyche, one element is, perhaps, eluding all eyes. That is  delay in adoption of a digital power monitoring system is costing the country hard, which could have otherwise saved up to 500 Mw every day. Power generation, on a daily basis, now stands at between 4,000-4,500Mw. In the absence of an advanced monitoring system, power theft, without paying proper premiums on current rates, has become a common occurrence. Power company employees, themselves, Read more

World Indigenous Day: Celebration amid commotion

August 10, 2011

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 Rights Commission would act as the barrier to implementing any wrong decision.
No effective measures have been taken to implement the Chittagong Read more

Chitra river rots with jute

August 7, 2011

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 their decomposed bodies are making the situation worse for the locals.
Those living by the bank cannot go near the water they were habituated to use for cooking, drinking, washing and bathing until three months ago. The water reeks of dead fish and Read more

Mahamaya lake-a tourist spot spoiled

July 30, 2011

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 like trucks are damaging the roads leading to the lake, sources said.
The lake was formally inaugurated by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on December 30 last year. After seven months of its inauguration, the embankment is full of potholes due to lack of maintenance. Local goons, patronised by Read more

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