Inter-district buses are running in 'gate lock' system, discipline has returned



Avijit Roy Kaushik, Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com
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Inter-district buses are following the rules of ‘gate lock’ service introduced to ease traffic congestion in the capital. As a result, the traffic congestion around Mohakhali bus terminal of the capital has been eased to some extent. Bus traffic has changed. Buses are stopping at specific places as per the rules, opposite to boarding of passengers. As a result, order has returned to the traffic system of the bus points located inside the capital.

However, despite the return of order, transport workers are expressing some dissatisfaction with this rule. According to them, they are depriving themselves of the extra income they used to get by transporting passengers between Mohakhali and Khilkhet bus point.

Assistant driver of Alam Asia Paribahan, Delwar said, currently there is a gate lock rule in long-distance vehicles. Now after picking up the passenger in the vehicle from the terminal, we write the number of passengers in the waybill and leave the vehicle with the owner's signature. There is no facility to pick up passengers from the middle of the road. If there are more passengers in the vehicle than the number of passengers in the waybill, there is a penalty. So now when passengers are picked up from Mohakhali, the bus gate is closed. Khilkhet again went to the counter and opened the gate. There is no opportunity to pick up passengers midway.

He said, earlier we could take passengers from Mohakhali bus terminal to Khilkhet for 1500 to 3000 taka. Due to this, the owner would have benefited a little, and we would also have had some additional income. But now there is no chance. We are paid a percentage on each trip. If we earn more money, we get more percentage. If the owner benefits, we benefit. I won't get that chance now.

Not only Delwar, other transport workers working at Mohakhali bus terminal also expressed similar dissatisfaction.

Meanwhile, common people are expressing relief due to the return of order in this new rule, but they are expressing apprehension about how long the rule will remain in effect. According to them, even though new systems are introduced constantly, even if they are effective at first, after a few days everything goes out of order again. As a result, the previous form returns within a few days.

A passenger named Abir Ahmed told Barta24.com that there are many new rules in the country. A strict position appears at the beginning of each rule. But after a few days the rule is lost. No one follows the rules anymore. If these rules were followed properly, order would have returned to the country's roads.

He said, if the rule introduced at Mohakhali bus terminal is properly implemented, order will be restored on this road. There will be no traffic jams.

Another passenger, Mujahidul Islam, said that the rules have been made, but the question is how long will those rules remain. If the law enforcement forces regularly monitor and enforce the rules then the suffering of the common people traveling on this road will be reduced.

Meanwhile, on Monday (May 13) at the capital's Mohakhali bus terminal, it was seen on the ground that the transport workers were signing the waybill from the owner before leaving the vehicle after boarding the bus. After that, after locking the car gate, the bus is leaving the terminal for the destination. After signing the waybill, if any passenger boarded the vehicle, they were disembarked.

Various instructions were also heard through the microphone from the control room located in the terminal. Along with this, if any transport is parked on the main road, they are repeatedly instructed to leave the place through the microphone and if they do not leave the place, the driver and the driver's assistant are being called to the control room.

Local buses plying within the capital were also seen boarding and alighting passengers through the 'bus bay'.

Earlier on Sunday (May 12) around 11:30 a.m., Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Deputy Commissioner of Police (DC) Gulshan Division of Traffic, Abdul Momen, launched the 'Gate lock' system of inter-district buses to ease traffic congestion in the capital. At this time, the DC requested the full cooperation of all the stakeholders related to the transport. He also requested the passengers not to board the bus by shaking hands.

Regarding the gate lock system (DMP), Assistant Commissioner (AC) of Gulshan Division of Traffic, Md. Sayem said, the owners association will count the number of passengers in the inter-district buses that will leave from Mohakhali. Later, the bus will be stopped at Kakali stop to see if the passenger from Mohakhali is there. Then Kurmitola, Khilkhet and last up to Abdullahpur stop will be checked by owners association people. Passengers cannot be picked up from anywhere except these stops.

He said that the traffic department of the police will constantly monitor it. Strict legal action will be taken against any transport in violation of this rule by stopping the bus and picking up passengers.

Earlier on Saturday night, a post on the Facebook page of the Gulshan Division of Traffic informed that the bus will leave from Mohakhali bus stand and will take passengers from Kakali first, then Kurmitola, Khilkhet and finally Abdullahpur to their respective destinations. Strict legal action will be taken against the transporters who violate this rule by stopping buses and picking up passengers.

In the Facebook post, passengers have also been instructed not to board the bus by waving their hands. It is mentioned in the post that all the stakeholders related to the transport have assured full cooperation in this regard.

   

RAB to investigate death of woman in Kishoreganj: Spokesperson



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After the arrest of a woman in a case in Bhairab of Kishoreganj, an investigation will be conducted into the death in RAB custody, said Commander Arafat Islam, Director of Law and Media Wing of RAB.

He said RAB will go through legal process. Besides, the actual cause of death will be known through medical examination.

Commander Arafat said this in response to a question from journalists at a press conference held at RAB's media center in the capital's Karwan Bazar on Saturday (May 18) evening.

When asked about the complaint of detention of the woman who died in RAB custody from the police station, he said that a case was filed under the Women and Child Repression Prevention Act in Mymensingh on May 13. As a result, two accused in the case were arrested. After arrest, she was taken to a camp to be brought under the law. If a person feels ill there, they are taken to the local health complex. There the doctor declared her dead.

It is known that about a year and a half ago, Azizul Islam's son Taijul Islam got married to Hasim Uddin's daughter Rekha of Bheramari village in Bhairab. After the marriage, there was a family dispute between them. Rekha died on April 26. It is alleged that he died due to torture by his in-laws. On May 2, Rekha's mother filed a case against Azizul Islam along with her son and wife in Mymensingh's Women and Child Repression Prevention Special Tribunal. After hearing the case, the judge directed Sub- Inspector Nazmul Islam of Nandail Police Station to register the case and investigate. Then the case was registered in Nandaile police station on May 13.

Bhairab RAB camp members went to Nandaile police station around 9 pm on Thursday and summoned Suraiya Khatun, Azizul Islam and Taijul Islam through the police. After that Azizul Islam was released and the other two were arrested and brought to Bhairav camp late at night. RAB members took Suraiya dead to Bhairab Upazila Health Complex on Friday morning.

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Female under trial prisoner died in Kashimpur Central Jail



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A female inmate of Kashimpur Women's Central Jail in Gazipur died while undergoing treatment. The deceased is Amina Begum (40), daughter of Rumel Hossain of Matukpur village of Domar police station in Nilphamari. Her Jail No. 394/24.

She died on Saturday (May 18) around 2.30 pm while undergoing treatment at the hospital.

According to prison sources, Amina Begum, a prisoner in the women's prison, suddenly had chest pain. Later she was immediately sent to Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmed Medical College Hospital in Gazipur from the jail. When she was taken to the hospital, the doctor on duty declared her dead around 2.30 pm after the examination.

Jail Superintendent Shahjahan Mia of Kashimpur Women's Central Jail said that Amina was sent to the hospital when she developed chest pain. After being taken to the hospital, doctors declared her dead. Her family has been informed. The body will be handed over to the family as per jail rules

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7 people died in three districts due to lightning



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Seven people died due to lightning in three districts. Four people died in Narsingdi, two in Tangail and one in Gazipur due to rain and lightning from morning to noon on Saturday (May 18). The news were sent by the district correspondents of Barta24.Com...

Narsingdi

Four people, including a mother and son, died in a separate incident of lightning in Narsingdi.

This incident took place in the Char area of Alokbali Uttarpara and Hajipur suburb of Sadar Upazila around 10 am on Saturday (April 18).

The deceased are Sharifa Begum (50), wife of Kamal Mia of Alokbali Uttarpara, her son Iqbal Hossain (12) and Qayyum Mia (22), son of Karam Ali. A person named Kamal Mia was seriously injured in this incident. All of them are residents of Alokbali Uttarpara.

Besides, a person named Moslehuddin (50) died in Chakpara of Hajipur Union of Sadar Upazila.

Gazipur

A housewife named Fatema Akhter (45) died due to lightning while she was drying paddy in Gazipur's Sreepur.

The incident took place on Saturday (May 18) around 11 am in the Galdapara area of Kawraid Union of the upazila. The deceased housewife is the wife of Md. Noor Hossain, a resident of that area.

Tangail

Two brothers were killed by lightning while cutting paddy in Tangail's Kalihati.

The incident took place on Saturday (18 May) at around 9 am in Nowabari village of Bir Bashayan Union of the upazila.

The deceased are Afzal Hossain and Amir Hossain. They are residents of Chakradharpur village of Pirganj upazila of Dinajpur district. The deceased was his cousin.

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No registered Hajj pilgrim will miss Hajj



Mufti Anayetullah, Assistant Editor, Barta24.com
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Director of Bangladesh Hajj Office Muhammad Kamruzzaman is hopeful that no registered pilgrim will be deprived of Hajj.

Hajj pilgrims without visas are in a state of uncertainty. However, Director of Bangladesh Hajj Office Muhammad Kamruzzaman told Barta24.com, "I am hopeful that everyone registered in the current Hajj season will get a visa." A few agencies are having complications with Hajj pilgrims, half of which have already been resolved. The rest of the work is in the process of being solved.

The Holy Hajj can be performed on June 16 subject to sighting of the moon in the month of Zilhaj. The Hajj flight which started from Bangladesh on May 9 will end on June 10. During this period, 85 thousand 117 people will go to Saudi Arabia for Hajj with guides under government and private management. So far 28 thousand 4 pilgrims have reached Saudi Arabia. 82 thousand 100 visas have been issued. Still 3 thousand 336 people registered privately have not got their visas.

It is reported that Worldlink Tours and Travels (license 570, number of passengers 286), Ansari Overseas (license 601, number of passengers 260), Al Risan Travel Agency (license 672, number of passengers 444), Miqat Tour and Travels (License 1025, number of passengers 375), North Bengal Hajj Travels and Tours (License 1086, number of passengers 260), Holy Darun Najat Haj Overseas (license 1462, number of passengers 250) was mourned by the Ministry of Religious Affairs. 1 thousand 875 people are expected to go for Hajj this year through these agencies.

And Al Risan Travels Agency's registered Hajj pilgrims have not been issued a visa on Thursday (May 16), Ministry of Religious Affairs has written to the Home Ministry to bar the agency's managing director Md. Abdus Salam Mia going outside the country and legal action will be taken against him.

M Shahadat Hossain Taslim, president of Hajj Agencies Association of Bangladesh (HAAB), an organization of Hajj agency owners, told Barta24.com, "We sat down with the owners of the accused agencies, including Al Risan Travels Agency, and discussed the problem point by point and tried to solve it." Already the visa process for Haj pilgrims of Holi Darun Najat Haj Overseas, Worldlink Tours and Travels and Miqat Tours and Travels has started. It will happen to others. He also expressed hope that no registered pilgrim would be deprived of performing Hajj.

When asked the reason for being so optimistic, the HAAb President said that the agencies have sent the amount of money needed to be sent to Saudi Arabia for Hajj management. And as many problems as there are, hopefully they can be solved.

If you want to know about this, the managing director of Al Risan Travels Agency Limited Abdus Salam Miah told Barta24.com, "I have not sent anyone for Hajj this time. Mufti Lutfar Rahman Farooqui of Akbar Hajj Group is sending 448 Hajj pilgrims using my license due to problems with his license. Mufti Lutfar Rahman spoke on the phone from Saudi in a meeting with the HAAb President about the current problem, he assured; Nowadays 20 to 30 people will get visas. And by tomorrow or the day after tomorrow, everyone's visa will be done. He has rented a house in Madinah, a house in Makkah is also about to be rented.

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