Hailstorm accompanied by strong winds rampaged through many areas in Sunamganj early Thursday, leaving a teenage girl dead and 50 others injured, uprooting electric pillars and damaging as many as 200 houses.
Tanjina Akther,16, a resident of Jagannathpur village in Bishambharpur Upazila, died instantly when a large chunk of their house’s roof fell on her all of a sudden in the heavy rain.
“The hailstorm coupled with lighting, thunder and strong winds took only 30 minutes to ravage our villages and destroy tress and crops,” said Rakibul Hasan, a resident of Char village in Dharampasa upazila.
In Dirai and Dharampasa upazilas, thousands of acres of crops, into which the farmers had painstakingly been putting back-breaking labour for a good long time hopping for a bumper harvest, were severely damaged.
The people who live on farming and have no other sources of income are the worst sufferers, said Abul Kalam, a farmer of Modhupur village in Dirai.
Md Mukaram Hosain, chairman of Sukhair Razapur Dakhin union parishad (UP) in Dharampasa upazila, said he visited some of the worst-affected areas to assess the extent of the damage.
UNO of Dharampasa upazila Md Najmul Haque said, “We visited Haor area and asked all UP chairmen to take immediate actions for saving the drastically affected crops.
Mobile court fines three
meat shops in Sylhet
A mobile court in Sylhet city Thursday fined 3 meat shops Tk 50,000 for selling substandard meat and for running the trade without the City Corporation’s license. Executive magistrate Md. Sharifuzzaman led the court while veterinary physician Dr. Mahbubul Alam accompanied him. The chain shop Swapnos outlet at the city’s Barutkhana area was fined Tk 20,000 as they failed to show license for selling meat. Besides, there was no test report by the veterinary surgeons. The outlet manager admitted they were being supplied the item from a meat shop in the city’s Bandarbazar area. The mobile court also fined the supplier ‘Bhai Bhai Meat Shop’ at the city’s Bandarbazar area Tk 20,000 for unlicensed trade alongside selling of under-aged goats. Besides, the court fined Tk 10,000 the ‘Bongai Mia Meat Shop’ at the city’s Shibganj bazar on charge of selling sub standard meat. They also seized some underaged goat from the Mohammadi Meat Shop’ at Mirtabazar. The drive would continue on public interest, officials informed.
AL suspends 24 rebel UP
chairman aspirants in Sylhet Div
Sylhet and Moulvibazar district units of Awami League (AL) have suspended 24 rebel aspirants for the posts of chairman of 23 union parishads in Bishwanath, Golapganj and Dakkhin Surma upazilas of Sylhet, and Rajnagar and Kulaura upazilas of Moulvibazar.
Voting in the union parishad is scheduled to be held on May 7.
Thirteen of the suspended candidates are from three upazilas in Sylhet while the rest from Moulvibazar’s two upazilas.
In Bishwanath, the suspended rebel candidates are Fakrul Islam of Deokalash union, Saiful Haque of Sadar union, Pir Liakat Hossain of Khajanchi union, Azizur Rahman of Rampasha union and Ashab Uddin of Daulatpur union.
In Golapganj, the suspended rebels are Abdus Samad Jilu of Sadar union, Rumel Siraj of Bhadeshwar union, Ashrafuzzaman Ashu of Lakkhanaband union and Kabir Ahmed of Laxmipasha union.
In Dakkhin Surma, the rebel chairman aspirants are Chunu Miah of Moglabazar union, MK Karim Kawsar and Mujibur Rahman of Daudpur union and Nurul Islam Alam of Daudpur union.
In Moulvibazar district, Nesar Ahmed, general secretary of the district unit, confirmed the suspension of 11 rebel candidates in 11 unions of Rajnagar and Kulaura upazila.
The suspended rebel candidates of Rajnagar upazila are Matiur Rahman of Fathepur union, Saha Shahiduzzaman of Uttarbag union, Chatir Miah of Munshibazar union, Md Shamsun Nur of Panchbhag union, Md Tipu Khan of Tengra union, Ataur Rahman of Kamarchak union and Sadikur Rahman of Mansurnagar union.
In Kulaura, the rebel chairman aspirants are Abdul Malik of Tilagaon union, Khalilur Rahman of Sharifpur union, Mahmudur Rahman of Hajipur union and Juber Jobayer of Prithwimpasha union.
Election campaign being affected
by blistering heat s
Since the inception of Bangladesh, union parishad elections have been held in winter, but this is the first time the root-level polls are being conducted in summer season which is hampering election-related activities.
Chairman, woman member and member candidates as well as their supporters have to face the scorching heat while going to door-to-door of voters to seek votes.
Candidates have already requested Election Commission through the district election office to conduct election during a convenient weather specially in winter in future to ease sufferings of voters, candidates plus employees of the election office.
Nijam Ahmed , a leader of Awami Jubo League in LalabazarUnion Parishad, Dakshin Surma upazila said: “We previously saw union parishad election was held during winter season. But this time, all [voters, candidates plus employees of the election office] are facing trouble due to the blistery heat which has been sweeping through Bangladesh for the last several weeks.
“We are exhausted, although we [Awami League leaders and activists] are working for our chairman candidate and hoping that our handwork will work.”
Alhaj Shofik Ahmed , a chairman candidate of Lalabazar union parishad, echoed the same words.
Sulaiman Hussain , a chairman candidate at Jalalpur union parishad, told that as the election was going to be held in summer this time, they were badly missing gathering at tea stalls which was considered as one of most important place for any election campaign.
Kamrul Hasan , chairman candidate at Baga union parishad in Gulapgang , said they were arranging oral salines and coconut water for campaigners so that they would not fall sick.
Fakrul islam , chairman candidate at Moglabazar union parishad, said not only activists, but also voters would face sufferings as they would have to stand in long queue while casting votes.
Sylhet district election office sources said elections would be held at 26 union parishads under Sylhet District on May 7.
Sylhet district election officer Ajijul Islam Said, all were suffering due to scorching heat.
He also said it was decision of higher authorities when the local-level election will be held in future.
Man ‘commits suicide’ killing
ex-mother-in-law in Moulvibazar
A man committed suicide by taking poison after killing his former mother-in-law over a family feud at Sindurkhan road in Srimangal upazila of the district on Saturday.
Shaheda Akter, sub-inspector of Srimangal police station, said Kamal Khan, 30, and Mukta Begum, 23, daughter of Moni Mia, got married ten months ago.
A few days ago, Mukta divorced her husband.
As a sequel to it, Kamal swooped on the house of Moni Mia and attacked Moni, 45, his wife Morsheda Begum, 35, Mukta and Moni’s son Tamim, 20, over the issue around 6am, leaving Morsheda dead on the spot and three others injured.
After stabbing them, Kamal took poison in front of others and died on the spot.
Later the injured were rushed to Srimangal Upazila Health Complex.
On information, police rushed in and recovered the bodies.
12 houses gutted
A fire burnt down 12 houses of a Slum at Majortilla in Sadar upazila of the district on Friday morning.
Senior station officer of Sylhet Fire Service said the fire originated from an electric short circuit around 9pm and soon engulfed nine other adjoining houses.
On information, three firefighting units rushed to the spot around 10pm and doused the flame before the fire spread to the other houses at theSlum.
Owner of Slum Mahbubur rahman said the extent of loss caused by the fire would go up to Tk6 lakh.
However, nobody was injured.