Municipal election held in Tangail
Chaity, Tangail, April 15, 2014:
Municipal election was held in Madhupur under Tangail district yesterday. It was the second election of the municipality and was held peacefully. Like other local government election, it was non-partisan election and candidates contested independently. Vote taking started at 8:00 am and continued up to 4:00 pm without any break.
On the occasion of the election, general holiday was declared in the municipal area to ensure participation of all walks of voters. Tight security measures were taken on the occasion of the election. The number of total polling centres was twelve, three of which were identified as risky and hence special attention was given to those ones. In the municipal area, the number of total voters was about sixty thousand of which thirty two thousands were females. In the election, thirty candidates including four mayor candidates contested.
Voters exercised their voting rights with spontaneity and without fear. They cast their votes for their favourite candidates standing in long queues . There were separate queues for females and the presence of female voters was worth mentioning . About eighty percent vote was cast in the election. The process of vote taking came to an end at 4:00 pm. Then vote counting process started and continued up to 8:30 pm. The result of the poll was declared at 9:30 pm.
Textile and Garment Factory on Fire
Ratul, Dhaka, Sunday, 12 February 2014:
A tragic fire broke out at a textile and garment factory in Savar at about 11:30 am on 10 February 2013. The factory was identified as Tajrin Fashion Ltd, an export oriented garment factory, located in the downtown of the capital. About one hundred and seventeen workers were killed and several hundred of workers became severely injured by the terrible fire. The injured workers of the factory stated that at first there was a smoke on the first floor of the factory and later it spread from the first floor to the third floor. They claimed that the number of casualties increased as the emergency exit and stair cases were closed when the fire broke out. As the emergency exit and stair cases were locked, the workers of the factory got stuck inside the factory and received unfortunate death. Undoubtedly, it was the worst fire incident in terms of casualties that the country ever experienced. The cause of the fire was not known at once. The experts said that the fire caused huge casualties not only for the factory but also for the entire garment industry of the country. The foreign buyers raised their deep concern over the safety of the garment workers in Bangladesh soon after the incident and threatened to turn back if the safety measures are not improved.
However, two separate probe bodies one is by BGMEA and another one is by the Home Ministry of Bangladesh were formed to look into the matter. On the otherhand, Bangladesh Government declared to pay compensation for the deceased and the injured workers.
Traffic jam Paralyses City Life
Mukta, Dhaka, 5 March 2014.
Traffic-jam has become a common phenomenon in the city now-a days. Everyday the city dwellers have to face unbearable traffic-jam. Moreover, the traffic condition is going worse day by day. Traffic congestion becomes fully intolerable when office going people start going for and returning from the respective offices. They are forced to wait for hours to reach their desired destinations. Dead lock situation of traffic occurs when offices and educational institutes reopen after holidays/hartals for two to three days. Due to this severe traffic-jam life of city dwellers become paralyzed . People miss appointments and the patients often die on the way to hospital and fire brigade vehicles cannot reach the destination in time. Traffic-jam not only makes life of city dwellers miserable but also affects the wheel of economy to a great extent . There are a number of root causes of traffic-jam. These are excess vehicles than the capacity of roads, haphazard parking, simultaneous use of fast moving and slow moving vehicles, capture of footpath by hawkers, over taking tendency of drivers, more dependence on private cars, people’s mentality of not using overbridge and underground passage etc.
It is true that solving traffic-jam of a mega city is challenging but not impossible. Some effective steps which include construction of long fly-overs, elevated express ways, air train should be implemented. At the same time traffic rules should be maintained strictly .
Causes of students’ failure in English
Sondha, Dhaka 15 April 2014:
We, the students of Bangladesh, learn English as a second language in the sense that we put importance on English next to Bengali. Bengali is our mother tongue, so it is acquired; while English is learnt by adopting a number of techniques from class one to honours level. In our country, English is taught as a major compulsory subjects upto class twelve and as a non-major compulsory subject in Degree (pass) and Honours level. A large number of students of our country fail in English in different public examinations such as PSC, JSC, SSC, HSC etc.
There are a number of reasons behind this failure in English. First and foremost students are afraid of English and keep themselves away from it due to English phobia. Besides, poor infrastructural facilities and big class room size come as a great barrier to ensure effective learning. In many educational institutes, there are more than one hundred students in a class and it’s really tough for the teachers to conduct class in an effective way with so many students. In addition, lack of skilled and trained teachers in rural areas is also a drawback to ensure quality teaching.
To come out from the above said drawbacks and make the learning process friendly to students, the government will have to raise the budget amount for education. At the same time, the students and teachers will have to put sincere efforts to establish good command over the language.
A report on cultural function
Rafia, Dhaka, 20 March 2014:
A cultural programme was held in Dhaka College campus on 26 March 2014 on the occasion of the independence day. The programme was held amidst huge enthusisasm and festivity all around. A large number of people including students, teachers, gurdians and spectators attended the programme in a festive mood.
The programme started at 9:00 am and continued upto 8:30 pm without any break. Many colourful events like poetry recitation , dance, song etc were performed by the students of the college. Special attraction of the programme was James – most famous band singer of the country. He performed ten of his famous songs and entertained the audience with delightment and pleasure.
The function ended with the prize giving session which was presided over by the principal of the college. Besides, Honourable Food Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, remained present as the chief guest and distributed prizes among the best performers. At last the Principal concluded the programme with vote of thanks.