Dhaka, 7 January : Sheikh Hasina began her first day in office as the prime minister on Wednesday, one day after she took the oath as the head of the government.
Bangladesh cabinet secretary Mohammad Abdul Aziz and secretary, Prime Minister's office Kazi Aminul Islam and other senior officials received the new prime minister offering flowers as she arrived there at around 10:25 am BDST.
Hasina left the office last on 15 July, 2001, her last working day as the prime minister then. Earlier, the Awami League president went to Bangabandhu Smriti Jadughar at Dhanmondi road to offered flowers at her father's portrait and spent some time there. From there, Hasina went straight to the national mausoleum in Savar to pay respects to the liberation war martyrs. A smartly turned out contingent of the three armed forces presented an armed salute to the memory of the liberation war heroes. She signed in the memorial register and planted a bokul sapling.
Kolkata, 7 January : Flight operations at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Airport here were affected today due to dense fog engulfing the city with 27 domestic and international flights not taking off since 2am. last night.
Fifteen flights which were scheduled to land at the airport failed to do so because of fog, airport sources said. The general visibility dropped to 0 metres at 5 am and it was 100 metres at 8 am, they said.
Air India's flight carrying Haj pilgrims which was scheduled to land at 4.30 am was diverted to Nagpur, they said.
Hooch tragedy : More deaths as cops step up raids
Kolkata, 6 January : Four people died on Tuesday two of them in the Kidderpore hooch tragedy as city police cracked down on illegal liquor dens across the city, nabbing 37 people involved in the trade.
The crackdown also saw a hooch seller dying in police custody. Arrested during Monday morning's raid, Lalu Biswas fell ill after being held by New Market police. He was taken to Medical College and Hospital, where he died. A probe revealed that Biswas, a resident of Chowringee Lane, was a habitual drinker. There is no suspicion of foul play yet.
Since Monday night, Kolkata police have destroyed 535 litres of illicit liquor after raiding different hooch dens across the city. While 512 litres of the alcohol was seized, a joint team of detective department and local police nabbed 37 persons for selling illicit liquor and demolished 16 shops. "The raids will be intensified," said Jawed Shamim, DC DD. On Tuesday afternoon, DC Port Anand Kumar carried out another raid near the Food Corporation of India warehouse on Hyde Road near Taratala.
The unfolding hooch tragedy at the Bibi Halt and Hooghly Jute Mills slums has rattled people across the city.