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Shoemakers on the verge n Our Correspondent, Kishoreganj Shomakers of Kishoreganj are in despair. They might have to shut down the factories due to rising losses and debts said the shoe factory owners at a programme protesting the continuous blockade and general strikes. They said the footwear industry in Kishoreganj — boasting 7,000 factories — was on the verge of collapse leaving the livelihoods of about 200,000 people involved in the business in jeopardy. The owners said shoes were piling up as they could not be shipped out owing to the violent anti-government campaign, which falls on its 69th day today, calling for the ruling Awami League to step down and announce

new elections. The labourers are going through severe financial hardship while the factory owners are overburdened with debts from NGOs and banks, they said at a human chain held recently. The traders said around 90% of the factories in the region were run on loans. Unable to pay their installments for over two months, owners of those factories have become desperate. Many have already shut down their businesses. Bhairab Paduka, a well-known brand, like many others is also teetering on the verge. This hardship of the shoemakers has trickled down to related businesses — packaging ma-

terial, shoe boxes, laces and so forth —as the political impasse continues. The local business owners and labourers’ union said they were passing days amid much anxiety besides financial losses. Hafiz Uddin and Abdul Malek, owners of two shoe factories, said they had incurred massive losses in the last two months. President of the union, Abdul Latif, said: “The local footwear business was gradually moving towards a complete collapse. This is compounding the unemployment problem even further.” Latif urged both the ruling Awami League and BNP to resolve the crisis and revive businesses, or they would undertake tougher movements, he threatened. l

NEWS IN BRIEF 15 held while crossing border illegally

Bangladesh border guards arrested 15 people while they were going to India illegally through Putkhali border yesterday morning. BGB-23 in-charge Shamsur Rahman said on a tip-off, a team of the border force launched a drive around 8am and arrested the 15, including six women and four children. However, those who were trying to traffic them out of the country fled the scene sensing the presence of the border guards. – Our Correspondent, Jessore

39th death anniversary of Poet Jasimuddin observed The 39th death anniversary of Polli Kabi Jasimuddin (folk poet) was observed in the district yesterday. Faridpur district administration and Jasim Foundation jointly held a programme at the poet’s ancestral home in Gobindapur village on the outskirts of Faridpur town. A number of cultural and literary organizations placed floral wreaths at the grave of the poet adjacent to his ancestral home on the bank of Kumar River, which has dried up. A discussion presided by ADC general Abdur Rahsid was addressed by ADC (education) Anwarul Islam, president of Faridpur Shahitta Parishad M A Samad, president of Faridpur Shahitta Sangkritik Unnayan Sangtha Abul Foyaz Shah Newaz and son of the poet Dr Jamal Amwar. – Our Correspondent, Faridpur

Son kills father over land A father was killed by his son at Rasulpur village under Niamatpur upazila of the district yesterday morning over land dispute. The victim was identified as Mafiz Uddin, 60. Niamatpur OC Obaidul Haque said son Abdur Rahim hit his father on the head over a family feud, leaving him critically injured. Mafiz was rushed to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital where he died of his injury. Police arrested Rahim and filed a case. – Our Correspondent, Naogaon

Teacher found dead in school

Centre for Policy Dialogue holds a discussion yesterday in Tangail titled pre-budget dialouge-2015

Robbers loot Brahmanbaria bound bus passengers n Our Correspondent, Brahmanbaria Robbers looted passengers of a bus as it on Dhaka-Sylhet highway in Chhanpara area of Araihazar upazila in Narayanganj. The miscreants also tortured the passengers and the bus driver and his assistants while carrying out the robbery on Friday night. Rasel Mia, conductor of the bus, and some other passengers were injured. With 36 passengers, the bus of Royal Paribahan left Kamlapur Bus Station in Dhaka for Brahmanbaria around 7pm. Fazlul Haq, the bus driver, said some six robbers boarded the bus pretending as passengers. l

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Pre-budget discussions in Tangail, Chuadanga n Tribune Report Centre for Policy Dialogue organised an event on pre-budget and district budget in Tangail yesterday. At the dialogue around 50 participants from different professions shared their opinion. They expressed concern over the district budget satisfying the objectives as it did not effect any changes at the district. The Tangail district budget was prepared two years in a row. District administration, treasury were not accounted for in the budget. Neither did the budget reflect the needs of the local people that came up during the dialogue. Professor Sekandar Hayat presided over

the pre-budget dialogue where Tangail District Council Administrator Fazlur Rahman Khan Faruk was the chief guest. CPD fellow Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya moderated the dialogue. In Chuadanga, a pre-budget discussion organised by Chuadanga district committee was held at the district’s press club auditorium. The chief guest, Chuadanga District Council Administrator Mahfuzur Rahman Monju, said district budget is necessary for equality-based and regional development, development in agriculture, sports, etc. The discussions was presided over by Chuadanga district committee president advocate Md Belal Hossain. l

A schoolteacher was killed in Puran Munsefi residential area of the district yesterday. The deceased was identified as Swapan Mia, 25, son of Torab Mia of Mashajan village. He was a part-time teacher of Presidency School and College. Sources said the teacher was found dead inside the school office. Sadar police OC Nazim Uddin said the incident came to light in the morning when the teachers and employees of the school opened the office and found Swapan’s body on the floor. – Our Correspondent, Habiganj

Miscreants snatch 1 from custody Miscreants attacked the police and snatched away a person from their custody at Gochia village in Dirai upazila early yesterday injuring four policemen. Police said Dilal Hossain, 25, son of former UP member Ain Uddin of the village, was an accused in a case filed under the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act. Dirai OC Bayes Alam said a police team had arrested Dilal from his house in the early hours. However, his relatives attacked the law enforcers and snatched Dilal while he was being taken to the police station, he said. – Our Correspondent, Sunamganj

15 March, 2015