CHT has now become a big prison: Santu Larma



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Jyotirindra Bodhipriya Larma (Santu Larma) president of Jana Sanghati Samiti, said that the overall condition of Chattagram Hill Tracts is not good. He said that Chittagong Hill Tracts has become a big prison today.

He said the agreement was signed ending many speculations. .But today, after 24 years, the implementation of the agreement is very disappointing. The government that signed the agreement in the last 24 years has been in power most of the time till today. But the process of implementing the agreement has come to a complete halt. .

The hill problem is a political and national problem. Since this is a political issue, it needs to be resolved politically.

.He was speaking at a discussion jointly organized by the Chattogram Hill Tracts Jana Sanghati Samiti and the Bangladesh Adivasi Forum on the occasion of the completion of two decades of the Chattogram Hill Tracts Agreement at the Liberation War Museum auditorium at Agaogaon in the capital Dhaka on Thursday (December 2).

.Jyotirindra Bodhipriya Larma said that although the hill problem had been identified, it could not be resolved due to non-implementation of the agreement.

Today the question is, why did the government make an agreement? .To solve the mountain problem, or to speed up the process of destroying the existence of the Jumma people. The hill people were forced to join the movement to protect their land rights and existence. .He also claimed that if the people of the hills had any ulterior motives, the Jumma people of the hills would not have come to talks with the government.

.Mentioning that there is no language to describe the way Jumma people are being exploited, deprived and oppressed in the hilly areas today, he said, "Chattogram Hill Tracts has become a big prison today." There are two sides in the CHT today. .One side is the innocent people on the hill who want to implement the agreement. The other party is the government and the various parties associated with it. There is the authority and repression of the military and paramilitary forces of the government. He also thinks that it is indescribable.

.Claiming that the Chattogram Hill Tracts Jana Sanghati Samiti wants the implementation of the agreement, he said that the Jana Sanghati Samiti wants the implementation of the laws that have been made in the light of the agreement. .But today the government is identifying Jana Sanghati Samiti as a terrorist group and the leaders and activists in charge at different levels are being suppressed in various ways. He also claimed that many leaders and activists are being persecuted by filing lawsuits today. .The process of rehabilitation of the poor Bengalis who were taken abroad by Ziaur Rahman is still going on. They are established in different areas of the mountains today.

The Jumma people of the hills are being forced to abide by the so-called discipline, rules and regulations, it is like a kind of big prison. ."There is no right to speak, no right to live," he added. He also criticized the recent letter issued by the Ministry of Defense banning the indigenous people from cultivating zoom and ginger and turmeric in the hills. .The kind of military rule that is going on in the mountains is not found anywhere else in Bangladesh. The people of the hills are still waiting for peace. The government will establish peace in the hills by implementing the agreement. .If the agreement is not implemented, he thinks, the student youth of the hills will surely stand up. He also questioned whether the government was honest in the agreement that was made with faith and love.

.Rashed Khan Menon, President of the Workers Party of Bangladesh and Member of Parliament, said, "I don't think there is any excitement about the agreement after 24 years. .When Ziaur Rahman took the initiative to take the river eroded poor Bengalis to the Chattogram Hill Tracts, we as young MPs opposed it. When it came to the Hill Tracts Agreement, I highlighted two aspects. .One is to stop militarization in the hills and relocate the rehabilitated Bengalis.

Everyone was smiling at the signing of the agreement. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also received the UNESCO Peace Prize for this. .But today, military tactics may be replaced by other tactics. He also alleged that at least 20 camps had been set up during the Corona.

Indian Supreme Court gives historical verdict on Hindu inheritance law



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The Supreme Court of India has given a sensational verdict on the Hindu Inheritance Act. The main subject of the judgment was the property rights of Hindu widows and daughters.

From now on, Hindu women in India will have full rights over their property after the death of their father, even if they do not leave a will before death. In this case, the rights of the daughters will prevail over the nephews of the deceased.

The Supreme Court of India announced the verdict on Thursday (January 20). According to the verdict, Hindu women will be entitled to their father's acquired and other property. A bench of Justice S Abdul Nazir and Justice Krishna Murari of the country's highest court ruled in favor of the Madras High Court on an appeal against a ruling on the inheritance of property of Hindu women and widows.

The court said that in case of death before making a will, daughters would have more rights over the father's property than other members of the family. If a Hindu man dies before making a will, his property will be distributed among the heirs of deceased.However, the daughter of a deceased Hindu person will get more priority in inheritance of property than her other relatives.

The Supreme Court of India further held that if a Hindu dies in a joint family without any will, then his property will be inherited by the daughters.

The court also noted that the legacy of Hindu widows and daughters is protected by the old Hindu custom as well as by many laws.

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Blow of Corona: rush of booking cancellation, traders worried



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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.

there is always a minimum of 50% room bookings, except for the usual weekends.

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.

Concerned people said that people are terrified because of Omicron.

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.

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Decision to close the educational institutions due to Coronavirus



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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.

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It is a great honor to serve as the US ambassador to Bangladesh



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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.

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