Water stagnancy projects : No impact in Sylhet city
Water stagnancy is one of the major problems of Sylhet city causing extreme sufferings for the dwellers. They suffer much this time as the north eastern divisional city was badly hit due to the early rains along with storms during the last two weeks, although the Sylhet City Corporation (SCC) had spent over Tk 300 million in a number of projects to recovering the illegally grabbed canals over the years. Power supply to almost all the areas were also snapped for long hours due to frequent storms and thunderstorms.
A number of city dwellers like Ataur Rahman, a trader of the city’s Mohajanpatti said the costly projects during the last 3 years failed to resolve the water stagnancy on most of the areas. Even on moderate showers for an hour, these areas go inundated, causing much for the city dwellers, said Mokarram Hossain of the Shibganj bazar.
These include, Hawapara, Jollarpar, Chhararpar, Dargah road, uposhahar, Ambarkhana Manipuripara, Shibganj, Sonarpara, Kolapara, Kanishail, Akhalia, Kajalsha, Nobab Road, Sheikhghat, Jalalabad, Housing estate, etc.
Chief Executive Officer of the SCC Enamul Habib denied the allegations of irregularities in implementing the projects and said the SCC had successfully done much works and these would help resolving the water stagnancy. The official said early rains this year had caused the trouble but we have continued our efforts for resolving the water stagnancy. The city dwellers’ sufferings was lesser this year compared to the previous years, he said and added the situation would improve soon.
The SCC would also continue drive for digging and reclamation of the grabbed canals in all the areas, he said, things would improve greatly before the monsoon starts. Out of the 568 km long drains in the city areas, 475 km are pucca. The SCC is working on completing the rest drains into concrete ones, which would help more. Sylhet experienced 852 mm rains from 1 to 22 April while the highest rainfall 165 mm was recorded on 5 April. This is the record for April in recent years, Met officials said.
Youth commits suicide
A young man allegedly committed suicide by taking poison at Sadipur village in Osmaninagar upazila on Monday night.
The deceased was identified as Salik Ullah (40), son of Sajid Ullah, a resident of the village.
police said Salik, father of three children, took poison in his room at night.
Later, he was rushed to Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital where doctors declared him dead.
Police sent the body to the hospital morgue for an autopsy.
4 family members electrocuted in Sunamganj
Four members of a family were electrocuted at Ramdigha village in Dharmapasha upazila of Sunamganj district on Tuesday morning.
The dead were identified as Jagdish Sarkar, 70, his son Ranjit Sarkar, 45, Ranjit’s wife Rita, 35, and daughter Sonali, 10.
Sunamganj Superintendent of Police Harunur Rashid said police force have been sent to the spot.
Neighbours said Ranjit first came contact with live electric wire on the cortyard of his house. The three others were also electrocuted as they came for Ranjit’s rescue.
Charge sheet of Habiganj murder case rejected
A Habiganj court yesterday rejected the charge sheet of four-child murder case due to absence of main documents.
Senior Judicial Magistrate Samsad Begum refused the charge sheet after a hearing. The court also fixed May 5 for the next hearing and asked investigation officer of the case Abdul Muktadir to submit the charge sheet with main documents.
On April 16, nine were indicted in connection with the killing case.
Abdul Muktadir, officer-in-charge of detective branch of police, submitted the charge sheet before the court of Senior Judicial Magistrate Md Kausar Alam.
On February 17, police recovered the bodies of four schoolboys from a ditch at Shundratiki village under Bahubal upazila. Four Of the accused have already given confessional statements before the court under section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.
Sylhet AL suspends 13 rebel UP racers
Awami League has suspended 13 local leaders for participating in the upcoming union parishad elections in Bishwanath, Golapganj and Dakhshin Surma upazilas of the district going against the party decision.
Jaglu Chowdhury, deputy office secretary of the district Awami League, in a press release on Monday night said the decision was taken against five candidates of Bishwanath, four of Golapganj and four of Dakhshin Surma upazila as they started contesting the upcoming union election as ‘rebel candidates’ failing to get nomination from the party.
Those who were suspended include Fakhrul Islam Motsin, former vice-president of the Deokolos union unit of AL in Bishwanath upazila; Soyful Haque, a former activist of the sadar union unit; Pir Liakat Ali, former president of the Khajanchi union unit; Azizur Rahman, an activist of the Rampasha union unit; Asab Uddin, a member of the Daulatpur union unit of the upazila; Abdus Salam Zilu, president of the Golapganj sadar union unit; Rumel Siraj, an activist of the Bhadeswar union unit; Ashrafuzzaman Ashu, a leader of the Lakhsanabando union unit; Kabir Ahmed Mushon, vice-president of the Lakshipasha union unit in Golapganj upazila, Md Chunu Miah, vice-president of the Moglabazar union unit, Nurul Islam Alam, a leader of the Daudpur union unit, and MK Karim Kawser and Mujibur Rahman, leaders of the Silam union unit of Dakhshin Surma upazila.
40 schools suspend classes in 2 upazillas
Academic activities at 40 primary schools in Gowainghat and Jointapur upazillas of Sylhet have remained suspended for the last week as the institutions are still under floodwater.
Of them, 25 are in Gowainghat upazilla.
Authorities suspended the first term examinations of 22 of the flooded schools, said Rafiqul Islam, education officer of the upazila.
Shah Mishbah-uz-Jaman, assistant education officer of Jointapur upazila, said 15 government primary schools have been affected by a flash flood triggered by heavy rain and the onrushing water from the hills.
Upazila education officers have been asked to submit reports on the affected schools as early as possible, said Md Nurul Islam, district education officer of Sylhet.
A flood control embankment collapsed yesterday morning, flooding 30 villages in the two upazilas,
Water Development Board sources said, adding that over 50,000 people in the low-lying areas of the upazilas are marooned.
Boro rice and vegetables on over 3,000 hectares of land in the two upazilas have gone under water, said sources of the Department of Agricultural Extension in the district.
Minor girl raped
A minor Girl was violated allegedly by her Teacher at Haiderpur village in sadar upazila of Sylhet district on Monday.
officer-in-charge of Jalalabad Police Station, said the 8-year-old girl Raped by her teacher Raza Miah On Monday Evening , Raza raped the girl forcibly, leaving her injured.
On information, police investigate the incident and the convicted was absconding.
Meanwhile, the girl was shifted to Sylhet Osmani Hospital as her condition was stated to be critical. Chairman of tukerbazar up Shohid Ahmed Confirmed the matter.
A case was filed with Jalalabad Police Station.