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Rich tributes paid to 15 freedom fighters


The Bangladesh Observer, From Our Correspondent

CHUADANGA, Aug. 7:–The Matyrs Day was observed in the  district on August 5 and 7 at Natudah and Dhopakhali, two border villages under Damurhuda and Jibannagar upazilas paying rich tributes to brave sons who embraced martyrdom in the War of Liberation in 1971.

The people in the district including the freedom fighters observed the death anniversaries of 15 freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives in separate wars in two frontier villages.

A group of eight freedom fighters led by Hasanuzzaman Hasan had advanced having a  wrong information of a spy sent by Rajakars and all of them were trapped in an ambush of the Pakistani Occupied Forces at Bagwan and Ratanpur fields. Hasan’s supported party led by Guerilla Commander Nawsher Ali was far away from the ambush point and they could not reach the fighting place to help Hasan and his co-fighters.

Hasanuzzaman Hasan of Gokulkhali, Alawal Islam Khokon, Abul Qashem of Chuandanga town, Rabiul Islam of Nilmaniganj, Rawsahan Alam of Botiapara, Kiamuddin of Ruakuli, Khaled Saifuddin of Katadah, Poradah and Afazuddin of Komorpur were killed by the Pak Occupied Forces in an ambush at Bagwan and Ratanpur field area.

The district administration, District Freedom  Fighters Command Council, Teachers, Students, district Awami League unit, intellectuals including lawyers and newsmen observed the day on “Fifth August” paying glowing tributes to the martyred freedom fighters.

The day’s programme began with discussion meeting, placing wreaths at the monument, Milad Mahfil and feeding to the destitutes, Fateha was offered for the salvation of the departed souls at Natudah massgrave.

The fierce fight broke out at Dhopakhali border under Jibnnagar upazila on August 7, 1971. The freedom fighters backed by the Allied Forces were locked in a fight where a company of Pakistani Occupied Forces and five valiant freedom fighters were killed and two injured.

Jibannagar upazila unit freedom fighters, upazila administration at Dhopakhali on August 7. Every year on the particular days, the people of the district mourn the deaths of the freedom fighters who embraced martyrdom for winning the freedom.

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IPDC Board okays Tk 1415m industrial investment

The Bangladesh Observer

The 83rd meeting of the Board of Directors of the Industrial Promotion and Development Company of Bangladesh Limited (IPDC) was held on August 4. Dr Shoaib Ahmed, Secretary, Ministry of Industries and Chairman of the Board of Directors of IPDC presided over the meeting. IPDC's Directors of Bangladesh (GOB) and Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) also at­tended the meeting, says a Press release.

The Board approved financial assistance of Tk 1415m comprising Tk 178m term loan, Tk 55m lease, Tk 210 m preference shares, Tk 120m equity, Tk 832m short term finance and Tk 20m Bank Guarantee. The investments have been made in sub-sectors like ed­ucation, food processing, engi­neering, agro-based industries, textiles, RMG and knitwear, phar­maceuticals, plastic industries, printing and packaging, infrastruc­ture, ICT, trading and services.

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