Student killed under wheel, bus set on fire at Rampura
Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com, Dhaka
An SSC student was killed in a road accident at Rampura in the capital. The general public is protesting by blocking roads and setting fire to buses.
Witnesses said he was a student at Ekramunnesa School.
The incident took place on Monday (November 29) at around 11.45 pm in front of Sonali Bank on Rampura DIT Road. Firefighters tried to put off the blaze when an angry mob set the bus on fire. A large number of police are on the scene to control the situation. The traffic was light at this time of night.
Confirming the matter, Rampura Police Officer-in-Charge (OC) Rafiqul Islam said a man was killed in front of Rampura Bazar in a bus crash. Enrazed people blocked the road and set the bus on fire. The fire service is working to control the fire.
Rampura police sub-inspector Mohammad Maruf said the incident took place in front of Rampura Kitchen Market around 11:15 pm. One person was killed when Anabil hit the student. The identity of the deceased has not been identified yet. Many said the victim was a student. But we are not sure. Excited mobs set fire to several buses. We are trying to put out the fire with the fire service.
Witness Abir said that Raida wanted to get on the bus when two buses of Anabil were coming from behind with competition racing.
Blow of Corona: rush of booking cancellation, traders worried
Ehsan Al Qutubi, District Correspondent, Barta24.com, Cox’s Bazar
A new variant of the coronavirus Omicron has begun to hit the tourism business in Cox's Bazar. The number of tourists is decreasing. Rooms are being booked less than usual in hotels, motels and guest houses. Again, many people are canceling their bookings due to the corona attack. There are no crowds at the spots including beaches, restaurants and shops selling various products related to tourism.
Concerned people said that people are terrified because of Omicron. There is a lot of fear. There has also been a drop in the number of tourists fearing an increase in corona infections and the announcement of a lockdown at any moment.
During the tourist season, there is always a minimum of 50% room bookings, except for the usual weekends. But new corona infections have increased day by day due to which it has come down to 20%. Again 70-80% of room bookings are on weekends. Even in that case, 40% of the rooms have been booked. As a result, the new tourism business is in jeopardy.
Muhammad Amin, managing director of Amin International, said the hotel has a total of 35 rooms. There are guests in only 10 rooms. There were several room bookings on the occasion of the weekly holiday Friday. But due to Corona most room bookings have been canceled on the pretext of Corona infection. Room booking is being given with a 50% discount even in full season. Even then 50% of rooms are not being booked.
Abdur Rahman, chairman of Hotel ‘The Grand Sandy’, said a group of 200 people had a two-day booking for the weekend. Suddenly they canceled the booking. Most days except Fridays and Saturdays there are no bookings.
He added that the general public is worried about when the government will announce a lock down again. Because of this many people do not dare to come.
The same is true of expensive restaurants and hotels. Although many delicious food items are ready, many food items are being wasted due to the decrease in the number of food-loving tourists. Even the announcement of a new lockdown is actually a big loss panic among them.
Ashraful Islam Rakib, chairman of Kutumbari Restaurant, said his company had opened a branch of Kutumbari Restaurant just 21 days ago. Having invested crores of rupees, he is now spending his days in fear. Sales have plummeted since the Corona panic, especially as tourists rely on it. However, it was fairly crowded as on Friday.
Abul Kashem Sikder, general secretary of the Hotel and Motel Owners' Association, said that the number of tourists has decreased not only because of Corona but also due to various reasons. Besides Corona, the school was open for so long, the school tour was also closed. Most of the people come on family tours. As such, if any member of the family falls ill, they do not come again.
He added that there was a panic among the people. Especially those who have fought death in the past due to corona do not want to come in fear.
He also said that 40% of the total room bookings were on Friday at the hotel motel.
Don't grow up every day. Omicron has been newly added. Additional District Magistrate Abu Sufian said that mobile courts are being conducted in different spots of the city including hotel and motel zones with 3-4 teams every day to enforce the government ban including ensuring the wearing of masks.
He said that the campaign is continuing in the hotels as to whether the hygiene announced by the government as a regular campaign is being followed properly. If there is any inconsistency in any matter, fines are also being imposed.
Tourists in particular are being discouraged from walking on the beach without masks. Besides, masks are being distributed to increase awareness. The additional district magistrate also informed that regular miking is being done to ensure that the mask is worn.
Decision to close the educational institutions due to Coronavirus
Special Correspondent, Barta24.com
We are monitoring the situation. If the rate of coronavirus infection decreases, the educational institution will be reopened, said Dipu Moni, the Minister of Education. But now the online class activities will continue, she said.
The education minister told reporters after a meeting of the National Curriculum and Textbook Board in the capital on Friday (January 21).
She said the government has decided to close the educational institution due to the sudden increase in the number of children. The matter was discussed with the health minister in the morning. Later, the educational institution was closed as per the instructions of the Prime Minister.
The instruction to close the school that we have received will be sent to the Ministry of Primary and Mass Education. After that, the ministry will take action regarding the younger students, said the education minister.
Addressing the students of the residential halls of the university, she said that in the universities where there are residential halls, the students will move according to the hygienic rules. If the situation improves, they will return to class. However, teachers can join the administrative work.
It is a great honor to serve as the US ambassador to Bangladesh
Special Correspondent, Barta24.com, Dhaka
It has been a great honor and pleasure for me to serve as the US Ambassador to Bangladesh for the last three years. I am leaving with wonderful memories and a grateful heart.
Early Robert Miller, the outgoing US ambassador of the United States, left Dhaka on Friday (January 21) said in a tweet.
According to sources, Miller has already completed all his scheduled official meetings. However, the new variant of corona Omicron infection was at risk and for various reasons, Miller could not meet President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Miller joined as US Ambassador to Bangladesh on November 18, 2018.
Two cops including a sergeant withdrawn in Chinese citizen incident
Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com, Dhaka
Police are investigating the incident of the Chinese citizen’s throwing money at the traffic police in front of Raowa Club in Mohakhali DOHS in the capital. A traffic sergeant and a traffic policeman on duty have been withdrawn in the incident.
The Chinese national also ‘apologized’ in writing to the police for the money throwing.
This information was given by Shahed Al Masood, Deputy Commissioner, Tejgaon Traffic Division of DMP on Friday (January 21) night.
He said that as an investigation was underway into the incident, a traffic sergeant and a member of the traffic police, who were on duty at the spot on that day, have been removed from their duties. However, the initial investigation did not find any fault in them. The final investigation report will come soon. The investigation report will actually reinstate them in charge.
Deputy Commissioner Shahed Al Masood said that the Chinese citizen came to our call yesterday (Thursday). He has verbally said ‘sorry’ to us for this incident. He also apologized to us in writing.
It is learned that on last Tuesday, a Chinese citizen threw money at the traffic police members in front of Raowa Club. The video of the incident went viral on social media.