Labourer killed, 5 hurt as
truck overturns in Sylhet
A day labourer was killed and five others were injured as a truck turned turtle at Kadamkhal on the Sylhet-Tamabil highway in Jaintapur upazila on Thursday morning.
The deceased was identified as Jahir Uddin,32, son of late Abdul Majid alias Majja Miah, a resident of Tetior Tal village in Jaintapur upazila.
Officer-in-charge of Jaintapur Model Police Station Shafiul Kabir said a stone-laden truck was going to Jaflong with six labourers on board.
When the truck reached Kadamkhal, the vehicle overturned after the driver lost his control over the steering around 7am, leaving Jahir dead on the spot and five others injured.
The injured were whisked off to Jaintapur health complex, the OC added.
Sylhet Agri Institute graduates want admission to universities
Students of Agriculture Training Institute (ATI) in Sylhet yesterday demanded that the government allow its diploma graduates to get admitted to bachelor’s programmes in universities like candidates from general education. The demand came from a human chain, under the banner of ATI Student Committee, in front of Central Shaheed Minar in the city. The speakers also demanded that the government give them stipend during their diploma courses and pay scale and job security.
Juicy litchi starts appearing in Sylhet markets
Now Start Bangla month of Joistha, commonly known as ‘Modhumash’ (honey month), the juicy fruit litchi has started appearing in the local markets of the region including Sylhet city in limited scale like the previous years.
But due to its less quantity, the present price is beyond purchasing capacity of the commoners.
Side by side with the scorching heat, sultry weather and nor’wester the summer season brings many juicy fruits like litchi, mango, watermelon and jackfruit naturally in the region.
Inclement weather associated with high temperature caused a huge damage to litchi this year and thus there was short fall of litchi production and a higher market price.
Many seasonal traders set up makeshift shops at different points in the city especially BondorBazar, Ambarkhana, ZindaBazar, KadamtoliBus Terminal, Railway station and Court Pointdisplaying the eye- catching fruit.
In advent of the season, the every 100-litchi fruits are being sold at Taka 200 to 250 based on quality and size. But its trading isn’t remained off despite of the high price as the upper class and riches are purchasing the high cost fruit whatever the price is to take the first taste.
Looking the new fruit of the year, many people are coming to purchase it but return back failing to synchronize between their taste and capacity.
“Now, I have no capacity to purchase litchi in accordance to my wish in the high price. I think, I have to wait for some days until its price is reduced,” said Shamim Islam, a resident of Upashahar area.
The sellers said the price is high as the supply is scanty but commented that the price will be reduced to some extent when the supply will be enhanced within the next couple of days.
While talking to Correspondent trader Islam Ali at Bondor Bazar said on
Thursday that many of the farmers are seen harvesting unripe litchi in bid to get more money.
He also said the farmers are harvesting the cash crop before full- length ripe with hope of more profit and in apprehension of natural calamity.
Principal Scientific Officer of Sylhet Fruit Research
Station, told that litchi is grown well in northern region of Bangladesh.
In our country, varieties of litchi are cultivated. Of those, Bedana,
Bombai, China, Mozaffari, Mongolbari, Kadami and BARI litchi are most
He said commercial farming of some of the fruits especially mango and
litchi are gradually being enhanced in the region.
He also said yield of litchi has been affected to some extent due to some frequent nor’wester and scorching heat.
4th phase UP polls on Saturday in Sylhet :
All preparation completed
The Fourth phase of local body Union Parishad (UP) elections will be held with voting in 25 unions in Sylhet districts on Saturday.
Sylhet District Election Office has taken all preparations to hold the polls smoothly. All poll campaigns remained stopped since Thursday midnight.
Members of law enforcement agencies, including police, Rapid Action Battalion and Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) are working in the field and all election materials, including ballot papers and boxes reached the polling centers.
The voting will begin at 8 in the morning and will continue till 4pm without any break.
DC of Sylhet Joinal Abedin expressed the hope that the third phase of UP polls would be more free and fair.
The law enforcers have been directed to be tough against the offenders of all levels, he said, adding that actions would be taken if the lawmen neglect their duties.
A total of 147 chairmen candidates are contesting in the Fourth phase polls in Sylhet . Sylhet Dietrict Election officer Azizul islam told that the law enforcers are active in the field since two days before the polls. They have been directed to maintain the highest caution to prevent violence, he added.
The EC has directed the outsiders to leave the poll areas to avert any situations during the election.
The government has declared public holiday in the election areas on the day of polling. Ban on traffic movement excluding the vehicles having stickers of the Election Commission (EC) has been imposed in the areas.