Buddhists celebrate Maghi Purnima
Buddhists here on Monday celebrated one of their major festivals Maghi Punrima in the city and elsewhere in the district with traditional enthusiasm and solemn devotion.
Maghi Purnima is celebrated by the Buddhists on the day of the full moon in the month of Magh, commemorating the day on which Gautam Buddha announced three months earlier his impending death Mohaparinirvana (passing away) on the most sacred Buddha Purnima.
Buddha’s proclamation of his death made his countless disciples sad. He told them, ‘Death is inevitable, so it is not proper to grieve over it. You should practise religion with conviction; only then will you conquer sorrow by crossing over this world of birth, infirmity, disease and death’.
In other words, the significance of this day is to develop inner strength and acquire power to overcome all sorrows.
The Purnima was celebrated in all monasteries, respective offices of the religious organizations and educational institutions through daylong programmes.
The day’s programme began with hoisting of the national and religious flags atop all monasteries at dawn and chanting of the sacred verses from the Tripitaka.
Breaking of fasting, mass prayer, blood donation, sangadana, discussions, Panchashila, Pradip puja were other highlights of the programme.
In the city, the main religious congregations were held at Nandankanan Buddhist temple, Agrabad Shakyamuni Moha Swashan Vihar , Katalganj Nabapandit Vihar, Purnachar International Buddhists Monasteries at Devpahar and Sarbajanina Bouddha Vihar at Momin road.
In Nandankanon Buddhist temple its chief priest Dr Ganasree Mohathero led the mass congregation.
Traditional fairs are also organised at Buddhist populated regions of Chittagong including Tagorepuni Mela (Patiya), Parinirban mela of Binajuri village (Raozan), Buddha mela of Lathichari village (Raozan), Shakyamuni mela of Abdullahpur village (Hathazari) and Aryamitra Mahaparinirban mela (Raozan).
To mark the occasion, a good number of Buddhist periodicals of the community like Amitabh, Sombodhi and Arya have also been brought out.
Besides, special prayers seeking continued peace and progress of the nation as well as global peace were also offered in all monasteries.
3 arms traders arrested
Chittagong Metropolitan Police arrested three alleged arms traders from city’s Akbar Shah area yesterday. s.
The arrested were identified as Mohammad Selim, 20 of Cox’s Bazar, Mosharraf Hossain, 42 of city’s Akbar Shah area and Jahirul Islam Manik, 25 of Noakhai district.
Police also recovered two country-made single barrel guns, one single shooter gun and two country-made light guns (LG) from their possessions.
Based on secrete information, a team of Akbar Shah Thana police arrested them from near Paharika Filling Station area of Akbar Shah thana with the arms, said Swadip Kumar Das, Officer-in-charge (OC) of the police station.
The arrested in primary interrogation confessed that they were waiting there to sell the rams, the OC said adding that a case was filled in this connection.
REHAB Fair begins tomorrow
A four daylong Chitagong REHAB Fair-2016 will begin in the port city from tomorrow(Thursday) at Mejban Hall of Hotel Radison Blu . This is the 9th fair of its kind in the port city.
This was disclosed by the senior Vice President of REHAB at a press conference arranged by REHAB , Chittagong zonal committee at Chitagong Press Club yesterday afternoon.
Sr. Vice President of REHAB Mr. Rabiul Hoque delivered address of conference in the press meet. Vice President of REHAB Engr. SM Abu Sufian read out the written statement before the pressmen. City Mayor AJM Nasiruddin will formally inaugurate he fair at Radison Blu as Chief Guest.
President of Chittagong development authority Abdus Salam, Police Commissioner Abdul Jalil Mondal and CCCI President Mahbubul Alam will remain present in it as special guests.
The press meet was told that the fair will remain open for all from 10 am to 9 pm everyday and entry ticket fixed Tk.50 and Tk.100 for single and multiple entry.
The raffle draw on everyday’s entry ticket will be held before end of the day’s event. Drawing competition for children will be also held on 2nd day of the fair. 92 stalls of real estate developers and building construction materials will be installed in the fair, press meet was told. Sources said 18 developer companies are sponsoring the fair as co-sponsors..
MOU signed over export of N Mohammaded products
A MOU was signed between the N. Mohammad Plastic Products Ltd of Chittagong with a Japanese importer viz. Life Enjoyment & Convenience Ltd(LEC) for exporting N Mohammad plastic products to Japan at a city hotel on Monday.
General Manager of N Mohammad Syed Abdullah Farhad and Mr. Mianaga Kazunori signed the MOU on respective sides.
Managing Director of the N Mohammad Nazrul Hoque on the signing ceremony said Japanese company LEC is observing the production methods and quality of the N Mohammad products for the last six months and after satisfaction at their end over Bangladeshi plastic procducts agreed to import the products from June next .
He said said as per design of LEC , N Mohd will produce the products, sources said. In first consignment , LEC will import products of one crorse which will gradually increase sources said. In the signing ceremony , among others Consul general of Japan in Chittagong Md. Nurul Islam, Managing Director of Mir Group Abdus Salam, Director of N Mohd Enamul Hoque and Manjurul Hoque were present, souces said.
AGM of Meghna Petroleum held
The 37th AGM of Meghna Petroleuum Ltd was held in a posh local convention centre of the port city on Saturday last. Chairman of Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Meghna Petroleum Ltd AM Bodruddoza presided the meeting.
A large numbers of shareholder attended the AGM . Besides, Directors of MPL viz. Moslehuddin, Mr. Pranab Kumar Ghosh, Md. Iqbal Hossain Apu, Ishtiaq Ahmed Shimul , Director (Marketting) Mir Ali Reza, Secretary of BPC Md. Nurul Amin , Managing director of MPL Dr. Sharif Ashruzzaman and the company secretary Md. Kamrul Hasan were also present in it among higher officials of BPC and MPL.
The shareholders in the meeting hailed the development activities of the company and express future success of the company.
The shareholders also placed different constructive proposals to the management of MPL. The meeting disclosed that
company earned 203.47 crores as net profit. The meeting unanimously declared 105% cash dividend for each shareholders for the year 2014-15.
Managing Director of the Company Dr. Shorif Ashrafuzaman said that the existing manpower of this Company is less than other three petroleum marketing Companies but the efficiency and hard work turnover achieved at Tk.14.40 thousand crores during 2014-15 fiscal.
Domestic help dies after falling from rooftop
A minor domestic help was killed after felling down from the rooftop of a four-storey building in Khulshi area of the city on Tuesday morning.
The deceased was identified as Sultana, 10. She used to work as a domestic help at a the house of a Bangladeshi expatriate.
In-charge of Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) police camp Pankaj Barua said Sultana fell down from the rooftop of the building in the morning.
Later, the guard of the building spotted her and whisked her off to CHCH where doctors declared her dead.
Abducted pvt firm officials rescued
Two abducted officials of a contracting firm were rescued from an inaccessible area in sadar upazila on Monday evening, eight days after their abduction.
Police rescued Md Ruhul Amin, 50, manager of the firm and his assistant Saifuddin Shahin Gazi, 35, blindfolded from Bhaibonchhora area of the upazila, said officer-in-charge of Panchhari Police Station Abdul Jabbar.
The duo, hailing from Pirojpur district, were abducted from Taltola area of the upazila on February 14.
It was not clear who abducted them and why.
4 held with 1 lakh Yaba tablets
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested four people including two alleged drug peddlers and recovered 1,00,000 pieces of Yaba tablets from Sirson Road area in the city early Tuesday.
Major Jahangir, deputy commander of Rab-7, said tipped-off, a team of the elite force conducted a drive in the area and arrested the four people in the dead of night.
Rab members also recovered 1,00,000 pieces of Yaba tablets from their possession.
The details about the arrestees and the drive will be disclosed at a press briefing at noon, the major added.
Ctg tanker-lorry strike called off
Tanker and lorry owners and workers of Chittagong district on Monday called off their indefinite strike after the Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) authority assured building a tanker terminal immediately.
The decision was taken after a meeting between leaders of Chattagram Zila Tank-lorry Malik-Sramik Oikko Parishad, a platform of owners and workers of tankers and lorries that carry fuel, and BPC officials at the latter’s office on Sunday, said Rabiul Mowla, president of the parishad. Mir Ali Reza, director (marketing) of BPC, corroborated this claim.
On February 20, tanker and lorry owners and workers called the strike from yesterday demanding the terminal, as per an assurance of BPC in 2011, since they have to park their vehicles on roads which often created gridlocks.
According to the organisation, there are around 1,000 tankers and lorries that carry fuel in the district. Of those, around 400 carry fuel from BPC’s three depots in Patenga area.
Police recovered the body of a newborn baby in Chandanaish upazila of Chittagong on Monday.
Locals saw the body in a field near Moigga Pukur Par in ward no-3 of Chandanasih municipality around 9:00am and informed police.
Someone might have dumped the body of the baby there in the early hours, said Sub Inspector of Chandanaish Police Station Prokash Pronoy Dey.
Cocaine haul case
Court rejects Nur’s bail
A Chittagong court on Monday rejected the bail petition of businessman Nur Mohammad, the prime accused in a case filed over the seizure of liquid cocaine at the Chittagong Port last year.
The cocaine was found in a container carrying, purportedly, sunflower oil.
Nur is the chairman of Khatunganj-based firm Khan Jahan Ali Ltd, and the container was sent to his firm from Bolivia.
Chittagong Metropolitan Sessions Judge Shahenur passed the order after hearing the petition filed by the defence lawyers, said Additional Assistant Commissioner (Prosecution) Kazi Muttaki Ibnu Minan.
The bail petition was moved as the case is now under investigation, said defence lawyer Ibrahim Hossain Babul.
Mentionable, on May 8 last year, a container carrying 107 barrels of sunflower oil arrived at Chittagong port from Bolivia via Uruguay, and later liquid cocaine was found in some of the barrels.
Satkania UZ Chairman suspended
The Local Government Division has suspended Satkania Upazila (UZ) Chairman from his post for his alleged involvement in sabotage.
The Chairman was identified as M Jashim Uddin and accused of nine cases.
Dr Juliya Moin, Senior Assistant Secretary of Local Government Division issued the circular on Monday afternoon.
According to the Satkania Local Government Division sources, Jashim was an accused of nine cases in 2013. The court also accepted charge sheet of one case.