The week that was
World No Tobacco Day observed
Speakers at a rally in the port city underscored the need for taking more effective awareness programme about the harmful affect of smoking to refrain people from the bad habit.
They were addressing the rally marking the World No Tobacco Day organised by Adhunik Chittagong Medical College (CMC) unit on Sunday.
CMC Principal Prof Gofranul Hoque was the chief guest at the rally with Adhunik coordinator Azizul Hoque Bappa in the chair.
Speakers at the rally said there is much possibility of oral, throat and lung cancers due to smoking so that it is the best way to give up the bad habit to get rid of such diseases.
They said pictorial warnings on the packets containing the harmful consequences of smoking can be an effective tool for creating awareness against smoking.
They also emphasised on increasing the activities of Adhunik in this regard.
Dr Abdul Awal, Dr Nizam, Dr Ahsan, Dr Najmul, Dr Hasan, Mohiuddin Masum, Iqbal Mahmud, Ridwan, Sajjad and Imranul Huda spoke at the rally.
Earlier, a procession was brought out on the CMC campus.
Call to save paper traders
Leaders of Papers and Cellophane Traders and Dealers Association submitted a memorandum to the Shipping Minister Afsarul Ameen on Saturday demanding steps to resume paper supply from Karnaphuli Paper Mill (KPM) to save over 2,000 traders.
In the memorandum they said they did not get one single sheet of paper from the KPM in last two years even after submitting a good amount of deposit money.
They said the country's major demand for paper are met through import but KPM could meet around three fourth of the demand if it maintained the previous production system.
They blamed irregularities by a section of corrupted officials for the sorry state of the state owned paper mill.
The traders urged the minister to take measure in this regard.
Association President Md Yaseen Chowdhury, Vice Presidents Md Ehsan Khan, Shafiqul Islam and Khoershed Alam, General Secretary Mohammad Belal, Joint Secretary Md Kutub Uddin and Publicity Secretary Saiful Alam spoke among others.
Workshop on teaching held
Speakers emphasised regular training and workshop in the academic institutes to develop the skills of the teachers as well as to improve the quality of education.
They were addressing a workshop on 'Communicative Language Teaching' held at Southpoint School and College on Thursday.
Prof ANM Munir Ahmad was the chief guest at the workshop with Principal Prof NM Habibullah in the chair.
Prof Md Julfikar Haider and Prof Kamal Uddin jointly conducted the workshop.
Speakers said the college made example in providing quality education in English based on the National Curriculum.
They urged the teachers to increase the goodwill of the school, ensuring quality education.
'Create scope for distressed children’
Speakers urged the government and non-government organisations to play role in creating scopes for the distressed children so that they can develop their talents.
They made the call at a discussion as part of a daylong folk cultural function on the DC Hill premises on Saturday.
Oporajeyo Bangladesh , a non government organisation working for the distressed children, arranged the programme.
Project Manager of the organisation Mahbub Ul Alam said the distressed children can also show their talents in cultural activities if they get proper guide and scopes.
The children of the organisation presented the heritage of the country's folk culture performing folk song, dance and recitation.
Reception to SSC passed students
Speakers urged the students to establish truth in every stage of their life as well as to fight all injustices in the society.
They were addressing a reception accorded to the students from different Christian Missionary schools in Chittagong region who passed the SSC examination this year.
Chittagong Catholic Diocese organised the programme on St Placid's High School premises on Saturday.
A total of 265 students from four missionary schools -- St Placid's High School and St Scholastics's High School in Chittagong and Mariam Ashram High School of Doulatpur and Brother Andre's High School in Noakhali -- were accorded reception at the function.
Chittagong University (CU) Pro-Vice Chancellor Prof Alauddin was the chief guest at the ceremony with Bishop of Chittagong Rev. Patrick D'Rozario in the chair.
Prof Alauddin hoped that the students of the missionary schools could surely enlighten their lives as well as the society and the country since they have been guided by the admirable academic procedure at the school level.
Priest of Cathedral Father Philip D' Rozario, St Placid's High School Principal Brother Pradip Placid Gomes, St Scholastica's High School Headmistress Sister Mary Palm, Miriam Ashram Headmaster Brother Sylvester Mridha and St Mary's School Headmistress Sister Mary Shanta spoke among others.
Jubo League men urged to work for people
State Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Hasan Mahmud urged the young generation to come forward to work for the betterment of the country as well as the people.
He was addressing as chief guest a view exchange meeting with the leaders and activists of Bangladesh Awami Jubo League Chittagong city unit at the Chittagong Circuit House conference room on Saturday.
Terming power a very momentary matter, he said every activist of Awami League (AL) and its front organisations should use the power for the sake of the people.
He urged the Jubo League workers to engage themselves in different welfare activities like female education and mass wedding in rural areas.