Wife and brother will fight against ‘boat’ candidate in Narsingdi-2 seat



District Correspondent, Barta24.com, Narshingdi
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Narsingdi-2 (Palash) Constituency in the 12th JS Election, Awami League boat Dr. Anwarul Ashraf Khan (Dilip) will have to face his wife and president of Palash Upazila Mahila League Afroza Sultana (Afroza Dilip) and younger brother Kamrul Ashraf Khan Poton, former member of parliament and senior vice president of Palash Upazila Awami League, who submitted nomination papers as independent candidates.

This information was made known through the Narsingdi District Returning Officer's office and the Deputy Commissioner's office on the last day of submission of nomination papers announced by the Election Commission on Thursday (November 30).

It is known that the Narsingdi-2 (Palash) seat was of BNP nominated candidate from 1991 to 2006. Abdul Moin Khan was in possession. Palash Upazila Awami League president in 2008 election Anwarul Ashraf Khan (Dilip) won the seat for the first time in Parliament.

Later, in the 2014 election, Awami League was elected as a grand alliance. Due to the coalition election in this election, Dr. Zaidul Kabir of JSD from grand alliance was allowed to contest with the boat symbol. Anwarul Ashraf Khan Dileep's younger brother Kamrul Ashraf Khan (Poton) elected as an independent and continued his victory by defeating the boat. Later, in the 11th JS election of 2018, Palash Upazila Awami League president and current Member of Parliament Dr. Anwarul Ashraf Khan (Dilip) was nominated and won.

It has raised curiosity among the common people as to why they have submitted three nominations despite the boat symbol being given to one family. Despite several attempts to contact them, no response was received.

According to the schedule announced by the EC, the nomination papers submitted will be scrutinized from December 1 to 4 by the concerned Returning Officers. The deadline for filing appeals against the selection of nomination papers is December 5-9. Appeal disposal December 10-15. The last date for withdrawal of candidature is December 17.

   

Farmer's doom due to incentive onion seed



Majedul Haque Manik, District Correspondent, Barta24.com, Meherpur
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Farmers in Meherpur have suffered huge losses by cultivating onions under government supplied seed as incentives. After all the expenses of onion cultivation, only onion roots are found instead of onion ‘Guti’. It is bad news for the country in the year of onion shortage.

The answer to the question that the farmers planted for some unknown reason despite knowing that the seeds were out of season is not being answered. More than five hundred farmers of the district have to pay the loss.

According to the investigation, the agriculture office has provided seed and fertilizer assistance to 520 marginal farmers of Meherpur district in the current season for growing onion crops under government incentives. Each farmer cultivates onion in one bigha of land. BADC, a government seed producer, imported Nashik Red N53 onion seeds from India. Which is distributed among these marginal farmers free of cost by the Agriculture Office as an incentive.

According to sources from the Agriculture Office, 520 farmers in three upazilas of the district were given one kilogram of onion seeds and two types of fertilizers under the direction of the Department of Agricultural Extension.

The farmers said that some of the farmers sowed the seeds by trusting the government seeds and some planted onion seedlings by making seedlings. Even though onion seedlings are planted in the field in November, no onion pods have been found till date. Farmers are not getting any onion at the base of the cultivated onion trees in the fields. Farmers are spending the necessary fertilizers and pesticides waiting day after day in the hope that the pods will set. But if you pick up the plant, you can't see anything except the roots at the base. Many farmers have given up hope of onions without getting any response from the agriculture office.

Speaking to some agriculture officials who did not want to be named, Indian Nasik Red N53 onion seeds are mainly used for summer onion cultivation. In three upazilas of the district, the farmers got good yield and price of summer onion. Agriculture officials knew that if this summer variety is planted in winter, it will not produce onions. But under the pressure of the upper class, they distributed these seeds in winter. No one answered the question that the big owners have forced the farmers to grow this variety of seeds for some unknown reason.

Touhidul Islam, the affected farmer of Saharbati village, said that he has spent more than Tk. 30,000 on one bigha of onion cultivation. Even though the onion picking time has passed, the onion has not set. Now it will cost some more money to clear the field. The affected farmers are not getting any instructions despite repeatedly contacting the agriculture office.


The victimized onion farmers said that they planted onions in the hope of good yield from the government seeds. But what they didn't know is that summer onion seeds planted in winter will not set. As a result, these farmers have become helpless due to the loss of the entire plantation.

It can be seen that if the minimum financial loss of onion plantation is 30 thousand rupees per bigha, then the total cost of 520 bigha land of 520 farmers is more than Tk. 1 crore 56 lakh. In the year of the major onion crisis in the current season, on the one hand, the onion production has decreased, on the other hand, the marginal farmers have suffered a great financial loss. To compensate for the loss, the aggrieved farmers repeatedly complained to the agriculture office, but there is no assurance or remedy.

Why was it distributed among the farmers knowing that the seeds were out of season? Such questions were put to Meherpur District Agriculture Extension Department Deputy Director Vijay Krishna Halder. But he said without giving any answer, good yield of summer onion has been obtained with onion seeds of this variety.

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PM tells BGB to follow discipline and chain of command



Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com, Dhaka
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, I sincerely congratulate those who have been awarded various awards today in recognition of their heroic and meritorious work. This is how you show your skills. May we give this medal more and more. Discipline is the main driving force of an army. Never disturb the order. Follow discipline and chain of command.

She said this at the parade organized on the occasion of BGB Day at Bir Uttam Anwar Hossain Parade Ground in Pilkhana on Monday (March 4) at 9:30 am.

She said, we have sheltered more than 10 lakh Rohingya refugees for humanitarian reasons. Negotiations are underway to send them back to Myanmar. We did not quarrel with the neighbors. We are trying to solve the problem through discussions with neighboring countries.

Using the quote of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman who told BGB members, "Work with faith." Act righteously.

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Education system to be brought into a framework: Education Minister



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Education Minister Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury Naufel is emphasizing on teaching government education up to an age limit in Qawmi madrasas. He was also said to work with Befaqul Madarisil Arabia (Befaq), the regulatory body of Qaumi Madrasahs, on the issue.

The minister said that unregistered madrasas are being built all over the country, leading to a decrease in attendance in government primary schools. Calling it a big challenge for all, he said, "It has to be resolved."

The minister said these things in response to questions from journalists after the working session of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Primary Education at the Osmani Auditorium on Sunday evening.

Naufel also said that the government is also thinking about the educational program of Qawmi Madrasa. He said, 'Up to an age limit there is to follow the National Curriculum. Otherwise the students will not be able to acquire the desired qualifications and skills. For this, I will work with Befaq.

The minister also mentioned about sitting with the leaders and boards of Qaumi Madrasa last year. He said, there was a discussion about whether the age at which education is supposed to be attained in the madrasa is being ensured or not.

For this reason, NCTB has sent the books prepared in their curriculum (madrasa) to Qaumi. They have been verified.

Highlighting the topic of giving equivalent to master's degree to the highest certificate of Qaumi Madrasa, Dawrae Hadith, Naufel said, "However, there are allegations that those students are not getting that qualification at the field level. We want those studying in Qaumi Madrasas to get the minimum education they are supposed to attain within an age range. We will work towards that goal. In this case they also have to be strict. The education system should be brought into a framework.

Asked what the DCs said, the education minister said, "The issue of unregistered madrassas came up." It has been said by the district administration, due to the spread of these institutions, even though students are enrolled in the primary education of the government, there is a decrease in attendance.

Asked what the government is thinking, Naufel said, "We will discuss in the future whether such an institution (Nurani Madrasa) can be closed during the general education program."

He also said, 'The attendance rate will increase in unregistered institutions, attendance will decrease in institutions run by the government's curriculum, which is never desirable. In this regard, we will work with the field administration and the Ministry of Primary and Mass Education. How Befaq is registering them through six boards, we have to work with them.

Stating that the field administration has conducted a survey across the country with the law enforcement agencies regarding the registration of Qaumi Madrasahs, he said, "We will work with the Ministry of Home Affairs on that too."

To a question about sexual harassment in educational institutions, the minister said, "Even when criminal incidents occur, a defense is given to the Anti-Sexual Harassment Committee by arguing that 'complaints are under investigation'." Whether the committee investigates or not, so that the police can take action according to the prevailing laws of the country, we do not stop it.

Naufel said that the DCs talked a lot about the new curriculum in the school, "They did not talk about any negative experience about it." As a result, we can assume that the teaching learning process of the curriculum has been accepted by teachers and parents.

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Massive clashes in Rakhine state: Teknaf is shaken by the explosion



District Correspondent, Barta24.com, Teknaf(Cox’s Bazar)
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The country's security forces launched mortar shells and bombs from the air on Sunday (March 3) from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm in Bolibazar area, north of Mangdu Township, Rakhine State, Myanmar.

In response, the armed group Arakan Army counter-attacked from the ground. The shelling-explosion caused earthquakes in some unions of Teknaf. At that time, many people left their homes and took shelter in safe places. However, from 12:00 noon to evening there was intermittent firing between the two sides, but no helicopters were seen flying in the sky.

Meanwhile, several hundred people of Teknaf's Hoikang Union are in trouble due to the tension on the border. They earn their livelihood by farming shrimps and crabs on the border of Naf river. Due to the conflict, they are not able to come down. Apart from this, due to the problem at the border, there has been a deadlock in Teknaf land port.

Across the Naf River is Rakhine State opposite the five unions of Teknaf and Ukhia, Hoikyong, Hanila, Teknaf Sadar, Sabrang and Palangkhali. Mangdu Township is located opposite Teknaf Pourashava in the middle of the north-south long state. To the west of Mangdu is the Naf River, with the towering Kaladan Hills behind (to the east).

For three days, shelling and mortar shelling have been happening in the villages of Kumarkhali, Bolibazar, Naichadong, Kwachidong, Shilkhali, Karyiprang, Perangpru in the northern part of Mangdu town. There, the Arakan Army clashed with the government forces over the capture and recovery of the border post.

According to several border sources, on Saturday night, the Arakan Army attacked several border posts of the country's Border Guard Police (BGP) in Bolibazar area and captured several posts. Government forces attacked from the air on Sunday afternoon to recover the post. From Mangd township, helicopters flying north to Bolibazar, dropping mortar shells and bombs and returning to Mangdu can be seen from here.

Driver Ali Ahmad (45), who lives in a small house under the Netong hill on the banks of the Naf river, said, "For three days, the most explosions are in a few villages north of Mangdu city. The attack was carried out from the plane on Sunday afternoon.

Hanila Union Parishad (UP) Chairman Rashed Mohammad Ali said that there are reports of violent clashes between the Arakan Army and the government forces in Rachidong-Buthidaung Township in the southeast of Mangdu. The Arakan Army is attacking Mangdu city from three sides. Government forces still control parts of the Naf River in western Rakhine State.

Panel Mayor Mujibur Rahman of Teknaf Pourashava said that 60-70 mortar shells exploded in several villages around Mangdu from Saturday evening to Sunday evening. In this, earthquakes were created in Jaliapara, Chowdhurypara, Kulalpara, Dailpara of Teknaf pourashava. The previous two nights were the same. Children started crying in fear during the earthquake. When this conflict in Rakhine will stop, no one knows.

Teknaf upazila Nirbahi officer (UNO) Adnan Chowdhury said that there were incidents of shooting and mortar shelling in the villages around Mangdu, but there was no news of the shooting at Teknaf border till evening. People in the border areas are advised to keep a safe distance.

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