The week that was
Health camp held
A free blood grouping, donation and physiotherapy camp were held in the port city on Friday.
Chittagong Lions Club, Leo Club and non-government organisation Tripto jointly organised the camp in Mohammad Pur area.
Immediate Past Lions District Governor Kabir Uddin Bhuiyan was the chief guest at the discussion with Didarul Alam Chowdhury in the chair.
Former secretary Kamal Uddin, Lions District Cabinet Secretary Prasun Kumar Barua, Cabinet Treasurer Jahangir Alam, Zone Chairperson MA Taher Khan, Leo Adviser Aurun Baran Barua, Tripto President Selim Jabed and General Secretary Imran Haider Khan took part in the discussion.
A total of 95 gout patients received physiotherapy while blood groups of 500 people were identified and 30 bags of blood were collected at the camp.
Call to establish justice
Speakers at a seminar said message of Islam and Christianity is peace and justice is needed for establishing peace and harmony in the world.
Chittagong Catholic Diocesan Dialogue and Social Commission organised the seminar on “Ground of relationship among Muslims and Christians: Love of one God and Love to the Neighbours” at Caritas Regional Training Centre on Saturday.
Bishop of Chittagong Patrick D Rozario inaugurated the seminar.
Patrick in his speech said 138 Muslim leaders from 43 countries sent letters to Pope XVI the Benedict in 2007 on the subject 'A common word between us and you'.
“The mission of the letter was to strengthen the bond of solidarity among the Islamic and Christian religious leaders to lead the world on the way to peace and harmony,” Patrick said.
Prof Badiur Rahman presented a paper on "Love of one God and Love to the neighbours in the concept of Islam" while Auxiliary Bishop of Dhaka Dr Theotonius Gomes on "Love of one God and Love to the neighbours in the concept of Christianity."
The seminar also discussed about the Catholic Muslim Forum.
A total of 64 participants from both the religions including teachers of different universities, colleges, high schools and some leaders from different institutions and society took part in the seminar.
Open house day held
Open house day of Patenga Model Police Station under Chittagong Metropolitan (CMP) Police was held at the station on Wednesday.
CMP Deputy Commissioner (Bandar) Shakhawat Hossain was the chief guest at the programme with Officer in-Charge (OC) Mohammad Abdullah in the chair.
Speakers at the programme said there is no alternative to coordinated efforts by the police, people and their representatives for maintaining law and order.
They emphasised the need for identifying problems of the locality under the police station and solving them.
CMP Assistant Commissioner Moshtaq Ahmed was the special guest at the programme.
World AIDS day observed
A colourful procession was brought out and a rally was held on the occasion of World AIDS Day in the port city on Monday.
World AIDS Day-2008 Observance Committee, Chittagong organised the procession and rally.
Chittagong Division Director (Health) Dr Mohammad Rezaul Karim Chowdhury inaugurated the rally on the Civil Surgeon Office premises in the morning.
Deputy Director (Family Planning) Amir Hossain and Divisional Health Education Officer Mohammad Khairul Bashar Chowdhury were the special guests at the rally presided over by Chittagong Civil Surgeon Dr Mohammad Jalal Ahmed.
Speakers at the rally called upon the non-government organisations to work side by side the government to fight the fatal diseases AIDS.
"According to report of the year 2008, around 40 lakh people in South Asia have contacted HIV and Bangladesh is also in high risk. The victims of the diseases should be protected through decreasing discrimination and ensuring proper treatment and service to the AIDS patients, they said.
Dr AQM Sirajul Islam was the key speaker at the rally while Multi-Sectoral HIV/AIDS Programme Project Director Dr Shahana Parvin, Deputy Civil Surgeon Dr Mohammad Abu Toyub and Senior Health Education Officer Mohammad Rafiqul Islam spoke it.
Reception to students
Bangladesh Shikkhak Samity awarded reception to the scholarship achievers of the year 2007 at a community centre in the city on Friday.
A total of 297 students who achieved scholarship at the primary and secondary level under Double-mooring, Bandar, Pahartali and Halishah zone were also awarded scholarship and certificate at the ceremony.
Academician Abul Bashar Abu was the chief guest at the ceremony with the Samity Scholarship Committee President Mohammad Mohibullah Mian in the chair.
Prof Fazlul Haque, former principal of Haji Muhammad Mohsin College, was the key speaker at the ceremony while teachers' leaders AKM Abdul Wahab Chowdhury, Sunil Chakrabartya, Muhammad Amdadul Alam and Pradip Kanungo spoke.
'Keep electoral pledges'
Speakers at a roundtable on Sunday vowed to stand against the political leaders if they failed to keep their electoral pledges after being elected members of parliament in the upcoming general election.
They also urged the voters to be well aware of a particular candidate before exercising their franchise on the election day.
Daily Bhorer Kagoj organised the roundtable "The ninth parliamentary election: expectations of Chittagong-people" at the auditorium of Chittagong Press Club (CPC) with its editor Shyamol Dutta in the chair moderated by Bureau Chief Omar Kaiser.
"We are tired of hearing only promises from the probable candidates of all political parties during the election. Since the promises were rarely kept, we don't want to hear those again. Nevertheless, we would forge strong resistance against the leaders who would in future fail to keep their words up," they said.
They said once elected most of the leaders used to forget their pledges they made to the people and found interested in ensuring their personal or partisan gains.
City Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury, Awami League leader Nurul Islam B Sc, member of Forum for Planned Chittagong Zarina Hossain, General Secretary of Chittagong University Teachers Association Dr Kamrul Huda, cultural activist Munir Helal and Salma Sultana Nishi, speaker of Child Parliament, Chittagong addressed the roundtable.