Saturday, November 19, 2011

Khulna Park loses attraction

Saturday, 19 November 2011 (Theindependent)
KHULNA, NOV 18: Shaheed Hadis Park situated in front of Khulna City Corporation (KCC) under Sadar police station in the city is in the shabby state, perhaps for not paying proper attention by the KCC authority, is losing its attraction to the visitors for want of sufficient amusement facilities. Shaheed Hadis Park, the well-known recreation spot in the city, named after Shaheed Hadis Uddin, who was killed in mass upsurge of 1969, was earlier known as Municipal Park, Gandhi Park, Jinnah Park and Shaheed Park. Local residents’ and their families’ surroundings of the park earlier frequented to the park everyday. They spend time with their family to get relief from the monotonous daily routine life. KCC sources said to draw city dwellers therein for helping them to build their mental and physical growth in 1884, established the park on 1.3504 acres on land in front of Khulna City Corporation office. Benches were installed for visitors to sit on. Saplings of different wood, timber and medicinal trees and flower plants were planted in the park to make it appealing to nature lovers. The park has now two parts-the open space area and the garden area. The central Shaheed Minar of the city and independence was memorial, Durjoy-`71 are located in the open space of the park having some broken pond-view chairs and walkways. The garden portion has benches and an artificial mound built for a cost of approximately Tk 10 lakh. But the park now presents a dismal picture. The responsibility of taking care of this park is upon the city corporation authority. The metal bars of the grille surrounding the park are being stolen in absence of guards to check it. The concrete made footpath is worn-out. After a slight shower the low-lying areas of the park made muddy due to faulty drainage system. With dusk falling people of different ages would crowd the place to have a relief from the monotonous daily routine life. But gone are those glorious days of the past. The park hardly holds any joy for the people of the town. It has failed to draw the proper attention of the authority concerned. The park has become a den for miscreants, muggers and sex workers. They assemble here in broad daylight and tease the visitors, particularly the female visitors alleged some vendors. At times visitors are robbed of their belongings at the hands of thuggish elements. The KCC’s Assistant Engineer (planning) Abir-ul-Jabbar said over cell phone the developing project had already passed by the local government minister and hoped they would be able to start the work after allocation of fund by the Planning Commission. Besides, a new Shaheed Minar will be constructed inside the park replacing the old one, adjacent pond will be re-excavated and a fountain will be set up in the middle of the pond, he added.

2 women die in Khulna

Food Poisoning

Saturday, November 19, 2011(TheDailyStar)
Two women in Khulna city died on Thursday night from food poisoning allegedly after having snacks at a food shop. Nilufar Yasmin Rupa, 30, and her younger sister Rukaiya Zaman Mukta, 28, died at Khulna Medical College Hospital (KMCH), hours after they were admitted. Emergency Medical Officer Gautam Kumar Mukherjee told The Daily Star that Rupa died at 10:00pm while Mukta at 11:00pm after profuse by vomiting. Both reportedly had taken snacks and energy drinks from a bakery shop in Sonadanga residential area in the city. The bodies were taken to Mongla for burial after autopsies at the KMCH morgue. A general diary was filed yesterday with Sonadanga Police Station. Rupa's husband Md Jashimuddin, Mongla correspondent of Bengali daily Destiny and Baishakhi TV, said the two sisters had taken foods from a bakery shop around 7:30pm and his two children were also with them. Neither of the family members nor the police could identify the shop till filing of the report at 7:00pm.

Khulna make it 3 out of 4

Walton National Cricket League 2011-12

Friday, November 18, 2011(TheDailyStar)
Khulna's bowlers did an excellent job on the final day to steer their team to a 31-run victory over Rajshahi in the fourth round of the 13th National Cricket League at the Shamsul Huda Stadium in Jessore yesterday. It was Khulna's third win making them the third team in this round to secure outright victories after Sylhet, who outplayed Dhaka Metro inside two days, and Chittagong, who beat Dhaka on the third day. Defending champions Rajshahi suffered their second defeat in four matches. The other match at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bogra ended in draw as not a single ball could be bowled on the final day due to Wednesday's heavy reainstorm during the third session of play. The pitch, side wicket and outfield were damaged and rendered unusable. “It was not possible to cover the pitch and its adjacent areas because of the storm and today's (Thursday) weather was also gloomy, which is why the ground was unsuitable for play,” said skipper Shahriar Nafees who made 115 runs to guide Barisal, who reached 259 for four in reply to Rangpur's 407-7dec before rain stopped the match on the third day. KHULNA-RAJSHAHI Rajshahi resumed the day on 48 for no loss requiring another 238 runs for victory but they could only add 206 to their total, being bundled out for 254 runs. Anisur Rahman applied himself during his 128-ball 71 that saw three boundaries and one six but his effort was not good enough to ensure victory. Rajshahi were close to winning the match when Anisur and Jubayer Ahmed were batting, but left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak bowled Jubayer for 35 runs to break the 69-run fifth wicket partnership. Earlier Al-Amin provided the first breakthrough on the fourth morning by removing Mizanur Rahman for 35 runs. Dollar Mahmud, Razzak and Taposh Ghosh shattered Rajshahi's hopes, taking three wickets each. Sanjamul Islam was the other notable scorer with a 59-ball 36 that featured three boundaries. Anamul Haque was adjudged man-of-the-match for his hundred (107) in the first innings and 56 runs in the second essay. BRIEF SCORES KHULNA: First innings 278-9 dec and second innings 214 all out. RAJSHAHI: First innings 207 all out and second innings (overnight 48-0) 254 all out in 68.1 overs (Mizanur 35, Avishek 23, Sabbir 18, Anisur 71, Jubayer 35, Sanjamul 36; Dollar 3-43, Razzak 3-101, Taposh 3-9). Result: Khulna won by 31 runs. RANGPUR: First innings 407-7 dec. BARISAL: First innings 259-4 in 67 overs (Nafees 115, Javed 69; Roy 2-86).
Result: Match Drawn.

BNP's Khulna road march starts Nov 26

Wednesday, November 16, 2011(TheDailyStar)
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will lead a road march towards Khulna on November 26 and 27 demanding reinstatement of the caretaker government system in the constitution. During the two-day programme, she will address three roadside rallies in Pabna, Jhenaidah and Jessore, and two public meetings in Kushita and Khulna. The main opposition announced the programme yesterday after a preparatory meeting at the chairperson's Gulshan office with party standing committee member Tariqul Islam in the chair. Senior leaders including acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir was present in the meeting. BNP leaders of Kushtia, Meherpur, Chuadanga, Jhenidah, Jessore, Narail, Bagerhat, Satkhira, Magura and Khulna districts also attended the meeting. "The road march will be arranged to compel the government to reinstate the caretaker system, and to protest soaring prices of essentials, recent price-hike of fuel oil, and corruption in rented power plants," said Tariqul at a press briefing after the meeting. According to the party decision, Khaleda Zia will start for Kushtia on November 26 from her Gulshan residence. She will address a street rally at Dashuria in Pabna and, in the afternoon, will address a rally in Kushtia stadium. On her way to Jessore she is scheduled to speak at a street rally in Jhenidah. She will start the road march for Khulna on November 27 and address a public meeting at Khulna Circuit House in the afternoon. Earlier, Khaleda led a road march towards Sylhet on October 10 and 11, and another road march towards Chapainawabganj on October 18 and 19. As per the party's plan, Khaleda will lead road marches towards Barisal, Rangpur and Chittaong soon. On septmber 27, she declared these programmes from a mammoth public meeting in the capital.

BNP's Khulna road march Nov 26

Friday, November 11, 2011(TheDailyStar)

After more than a month's break, BNP led four-party alliance will go for the next road march towards Khulna on November 26 to press home the demand of holding the next general elections under the non-party caretaker government. A senior leader of Khulna city unit BNP told UNB that the date of Dhaka-Khulna road march has been fixed to November 26-27. BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will lead the caravan from the capital. Earlier, the opposition leader led Dhaka-Sylhet road march from October 10 to 11 and Dhaka-Rajshahi road march from October 18 to 19 to realise her demand for restoration of caretaker government system for holding parliamentary elections. The caravan will pass through Bangabandhu Multipurpose Bridge and will cover Pabna, Kushtia, Chuadanga, Jhenaidah and Jessore districts on its way to Khulna. The opposition leader will stay overnight either in Jessore or Khulna on November 26, according to party sources. She will address a public meeting at Khulna Circuit House Maidan on the following day.