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Selling of banned notebooks rampant in Sylhet city

Sylhet Bureau

Violating the government order, the book-sellers in different book markets in Sylhet are selling banned guide- and note-books.

The concerned authority of the district administration and the local Education Directorate issued notice to the book-sellers not to sell the banned items, but they are not following the order. As a result, the sale of banned guide- and note-books is going rampant in the district.

It was alleged that the book-sellers in collaboration with some dishonest traders and some leaders of the Teachers’ Associations are encouraging this illegal trade for earning money.

These substandard books are not approved by the authorities concerned and are full of numerous mistakes. The students are being deceived by reading those books. On the other hand, dishonest teachers and businessmen are doing a brisk business from this illegal trade.

Some students and their guardians who came to the book shops in Sylhet City to buy the books, said the teachers of respective schools advise them to buy the books which are selected by them.

The guardians also informed that the government is supplying books free of cost and so there is no need to buy extra books. But the teachers are compelling the students to buy the books and the book sellers are thus doing brisk business from this illegal trade, they added.

Abdur Rahman, a van-puller said, “My son reads in class VI at the Ikra High School. His school teacher advised him to buy books which would cost Tk 1,200 but I have not that financial ability to buy the books. Now, my son is not going to school in fear of teachers.”

Mahbub Alam, owner of “Bondu Library” at Razamansion said, “Sometimes I fall in troubles for keeping the guide- and note-books at my shop. I don’t want to keep those. But there is heavy demand of the books in the market. So I have to sell the books sometimes.”

President of Sylhet district Book Sellers Association said they are not selling any guide- or note-books, instead they are selling model question books which are useful to the students.

Sylhet District Education Officer Jahangir Alam said that selling of such books is illegal. If any person or institution compels the students to buy those books, necessary action would be taken against them after investigation, he added.

Saraswati Puja celebrated

The Hindu community today celebrated the Saraswati Puja with traditional gaiety and spirit of pursuit of art and knowledge everywhere in Sylhet division.

Puja mandaps, mandirs and a large number of educational institutions have been colourfully decorated as hundreds of devotees seek blessings since morning from the `Devi Saraswati’, the Goddess of knowledge.

The devotees, especially the students attired in colourful dresses,

offered special prayers and observed fasting as per the ritual of the

festival to seek knowledge and talent from the Goddess Saraswati.

In Sylhet  metropolis, a large number of images of Goddess Saraswati, symbolizing a graceful woman riding on a swan, were erected at different puja mandaps, mandirs and educational institutions.

Particularly, Saraswati Puja was celebrated at MC Collage,

SUST, Leading, SIU, Northest University, Polytechnic Institute side by side with different educational institutions and many other points and open places in the city.

The celebration also included offering of Devi Aradhona, Pushpanjoli,

`archanas’, `anjolis’, `aratis’, distribution of `Prashad’, `Arati

Competitions’, cultural functions and staging of drama.

Similar reports on celebration of Saraswati Puja were received here from

Pohela Falgun observed


Thousands are celebrating the Pohela Falgun, kicking off the first quarter of festivities in 2016, on the MC Collage premises on Saturday.

Clad in yellow, orange and other bright colours that symbolise the Spring, the people are in line for welcoming Falgun with a myriad of flowers, poems, songs and dances.

The day is the first day of the Bengali month Falgun marking the beginning of the Spring season by setting a tune for happiness, love and warmth.

As the winter leaves have been evolved by nature, the Spring’s flowers such as shimul, polash, marigold are being worn by women, who adorn themselves with ‘Bashonti’ clothing – mostly in yellow, orange and red.

MC Collage has always been the cultural heartbeat of the city since time immemorial, hence it is the venue for all cultural celebration, and Pohela Falgun this year is no different.

Jatiya Boshonto Utshab Udjapon Parishad-1422, in association with Grameenphone, is organising cultural programmes across the Sylhet, commencing with the first phase of celebrations at 7:30am at Collage Ground in the usual hub of festivities.

Different private universities and colleges have also arranged programmes, marking the day

House wife found dead 


A House wife  hanged body was recovered from her house at village Sandoshir Kapon in Biswanath upazila on Saturday morning.

The dead was identified as Happy Begum, 22, Wife of Bulbul Ahmed.

Happy’s family members found her hanging from the Tree Inside of her room on Saturday night and informed local police station. Police recovered the body on Saturday morning.


Migratory birds abuzz with

Hakaluki, Tanguar haors


The number of migratory birds in Hakaluki and Tanguar haors has increased this year compared to that of last year, the latest census shows.

Migratory birds have started flocking to Hakaluki Haor in Moulvibazar, the biggest wetland in the country, delighting visitors with their chirping and fluttering. Birds of different species have come earlier this year and their number is also more than last year, bird watchers said.

About 34,264 birds of 56 species were counted during a two-day census conducted on January 25 and 26 this year in 42 water bodies of Hakaluki haor. The census conducted on the same days in January 2015 tallied 21,631 birds.

Every winter, thousands of migratory birds of different species from Siberia and other colder regions flock to the haor.

A team led by the National Coordinator of Waterfowl Census in Bangladesh and prominent bird specialist Enam Ul Haque, conducted the census under the Coastal and Wetland Bio-diversity Management Project (CWBMP) of the Directorate of Environment (DoE).

It was organised by Bangladesh Bird Club and funded by USAID’s Climate-Resilient Ecosystems and Livelihoods (CREL) Project.

The survey was conducted under ‘Enumeration of Aquatic Bird 2007′, a project of DoE.

Wildlife specialists, Bangladesh Bird Club and some teachers and students of the zoology departments of some universities were also in the survey team.

The number of birds has risen by one-third from last year. A good number of unknown birds were found in the haor this year, he added.

The number of winter birds has also doubled in Tanguar haor of Sunamganj over the last decade, as the winged visitors found the overall environment quality at the water body suitable for them.

Another survey, conducted by IUCN Bangladesh, counted 30 species of migratory birds and 1, 02,000 individuals this time against 52,299 last year, while the figure was 32,225 in 2014, 17,204 in 2013 and 28,876 in 2012.

The census team found huge numbers of red-crested pochard (8,116), common coot (7,250) and gadwall (14,893) in the Tanguar haor.

The IUCN team carried out a waterfowl census in Chattannar Beel, Lechuamara, Hatirghata, Berberia, Rowa, Rupaboi, Ballardubi, and adjacent beels of Tanguar haor on January 25-26.

The survey team recorded 30 species of migratory birds from different beels, including some adjacent grounds of this haor, said the National Coordinator of Waterfowl Census in Bangladesh, Enam Ul Haque



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