The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) arrested 67 people on charges of selling and consuming drugs during anti-drug operations in different areas of the capital city.
They were arrested by conducting raids in different police stations of the capital over the past 24 hours till 6:00 am Monday (Aug 15).
Farooq Hossain, Deputy Commissioner of Media and Public Relations Department of DMP said that 3,976 pieces of Yaba tablets, 166gm heroin, 175.18kg hemp, 230 injectable drugs, 28 liters of foreign wine and 280 bottles of phensedyl from seized from their possessions.
The official of DMP also said a total of 49 cases have been filed against the detained persons under the Narcotics Control Act.
The government has introduced a national public welfare trophy for Bangladeshi citizens for encouraging voluntary contribution to the development of the underprivileged group.
The Ministry of Social Welfare has issued the National Public Welfare Policy-2022 (Jatiyo Manab Kollayan Padak), replacing the Mother of Humanity Social Welfare Trophy Policy, 2018.
As per a Gazette, dated September 25, 2022, individuals, private and public entities would be entitled for the first-of-its-kind award every year.
There will be five trophies, each 25-gram gold of 18 carats, a replica of trophy (electroplated by 0.36 gram gold), Tk 0.2 million at individual and organisation levels, and a certificate of honour.
The trophy would be handed over on January 2 every year on the occasion of the National Social Service Day.
Contribution to the rehabilitation and welfare of women under senior citizen category, widow and repressed by husband, physically and mentally challenged, underprivileged children, vagabond, homeless, social work for physical and mental health development, etc. would be entitled for the award.
According to the gazette, an individual or organisation would not be eligible for the award in case of involvement in anti-state activities or any lobby for getting the award.
Also, an individual or organisation would not be entitled for the award within the next 10 years after getting a trophy once.
A teenager has been killed after being run over by a bus in Dhaka's Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport area.
Police are yet to identify the 14-year-old homeless boy, who was wearing a denim pant and a T-shirt when the accident occurred at 1:30 am on Friday.
According to police, the boy was crossing the road next to the new building of the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh when two buses embroiled in a race approached at speed.
One of the buses hit the teen, leaving him dead on the spot, said Sub-Inspector Jahangir Alam of Airport Police Station.
Law enforcers are trying to collect CCTV footage of the incident in order to track down the errant bus, he added.
Light to moderate rain or thunder showers accompanied by temporary gusty wind is likely to occur at a few places over Chattogram and Barishal divisions and at one or two places over Rajshahi, Rangpur, Dhaka, Mymensingh, Khulna and Sylhet divisions with moderately heavy to heavy falls at places over Chattogram division.
Day and night temperature may remain nearly unchanged over the country, said a met office forecast for next twenty-four hours begins from 9 am on Friday.
The axis of monsoon trough runs through East Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal to Assam across central part of Bangladesh. One of its associated troughs extends up to Northwest Bay. Monsoon is less active over Bangladesh and moderate elsewhere over North Bay.
Country's maximum temperature on Thursday was recorded 36.2 degree Celsius at Bhola and minimum temperature today was recorded 23.4 degree Celsius at Rajarhat.
Maximum rainfall for the last twenty-four hours till 6am today was recorded 41 millimeters (mm) at Tarash.
Today's sunset at Dhaka at 5:47 pm while tomorrow's sunrise at 5:50 am.
Durga Puja, the biggest religious festival of the Bangalee Hindu community, will begin on Saturday with Maha Shasthi puja at temples across the country amid festivity and religious fervour.
The five-day annual celebration will begin with unveiling of the face of the deity and Kalparambho on the day of Maha Shasthi the day after tomorrow and it will end on October 5 with the immersion of the idols.
The incarnation (Bodhon) of the Goddess Durga is going to happen on Friday ahead of the puja on the day of Maha Panchami.
Idol makers and artisans have already readied idols for Durga Puja while some others are still passing busiest time in giving the final touches on idols at puja mandaps.
Generally, the idols are made diligently and methodically by the artisans to create exquisite pieces of artistry.
Durga Puja will be celebrated at 32,168 mandaps across the country this year including 241 in the capital, according to Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad.
Earlier, the parishad in a press briefing informed that the number of puja mandaps was 32,118 across the country in the previous year.
Parishad's President JL Bhowmik said volunteers will work at every puja mandaps round the clock during the five-day Durga Puja to help the law enforcement agencies to avert any untoward situation.
In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the number of puja mandaps decreased slightly in the previous year but this year the number increased.
In the capital Dhaka, the main puja mandaps are at Dhakeshwari National Temple, Ramkrishna Mission and Math, Kalabagan, Banani, Shakhari Bazar and Ramna Kali Mandir.
In major divisional cities including port city Chattogram, Rajshahi, Khulna and Sylhet and district towns including Faridpur, Dinajpur, Jashore, Kushtia, Satkhira, also witness massive celebration of Durga Puja.
Puja shopping also got momentum in the last week ahead of Puja as major markets and malls were crowded with customers. Many people are still busy in puja shopping on the last days ahead of Puja.
Durga Puja signifies the birth of Durga with the blessings of gods, as a collective energy, to fight the demon king Mahishasura.
Exquisitely crafted and decorated life-size clay idols of the Goddess Durga depicting her slaying the demon Mahishasura are being set up in temples and Durga Puja mandaps ahead of the celebration.
These idols will be worshiped for five days and immersed in the river on the fifth day. The puja is performed in temples, homes and temporary mandaps.
The celebrations also include other major deities of Hinduism such as goddess Lakshmi (goddess of wealth, prosperity), Saraswati (goddess of knowledge and music), Ganesha (god of good beginnings) and Kartikeya (god of war).
Stringent security measures will be taken across the country during the celebration of Durga Puja to avert any untoward situation.
Earlier, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr Benazir Ahmed said flawless security measures will be ensured during the Sharadiya Durga Puja celebration across the country.
"We have already taken three tiers of security measures at mandaps ahead of Durga Puja and it will continue will the end of the puja," the IGP said.
He said necessary CCTV cameras will be installed at puja pandals and mandaps while handheld metal detectors and archway gates will also be set up.
He said necessary volunteers will be engaged round the clock at puja mandaps while separate entry and exit routes for men and women, adequate lights at puja mandaps and pandals and the places of immersion, standby generator or charger lights will have to be arranged.
The IGP urged all to call the National Emergency Service-999 in case of emergency.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called upon the Bangladeshi expatriates to depict the misrule of the BNP government that included corruption, irregularities and attrocities against opponents alongside the country's current overall development scenario.
"Foreigners should know, they (Bangladeshis) who are now in the hot pursuit to carry out propaganda against the country abroad, what crimes they did in their country," she said in a view exchange meeting with Bangladeshi expatriates in Washington DC, the USA on Thursday.
PM"s Deputy Press Secretary KM Shakhawat Moon briefed reporters after the meeting.
The Prime Minister said Bangladesh is marching ahead towards prosperity and getting the developing country's status due to having democratic process in the country for a long time.
"We have to work together to continue the development spree," she added.
About election, Sheikh Hasina, also President of the Awami League, her party has ensured fair environment of polls in the country and people are now able to cast their votes independently.
On the contrary, the BNP had destroyed the electoral process by various means that included making fake voters and snatching away the voting rights of the people through engaging terrorists on the vote day.
The BNP had given nominations to 700 persons against 300 constituencies in the last parliamentary election and people did not vote for them due to the seat business, she said.
Briefly described her government's measures to create a congenital atmosphere of investment in Bangladesh, she called upon the Bangladeshi expatriates in the USA to make investment in larger volume in their motherland.
She reiterated her commitment that not a single person of Bangladesh would remain homeless and landless.
The Prime Minister is now in Washington DC after attending the 77th session of UNGA and other high level events in New York.
She went to New York on September 19 after staying in London from September 15 to 19 to take part in the Queen Elizabeth II's funeral.
The premier is expected to return home on October 4.