- January 17, 2018
142 killed in revenge attack over military offensive in Pakistan’s North WaziristanAn attack on a Pakistani school by the Taliban yesterday left 132 school children and nine staff dead, and a further 182 people injured, agencies reported.
Most of the surviving students of the military-run school in the north-western town of Peshawar have been evacuated.
Al Jazeera correspondent Assad Hashim analysed the attack as a sign of Tehreek-e-Taliban’s desperation.
The day’s programme was heralded with the 31 gun salutes at the National Parade Ground at Sher-e-Bangla NagarAs the cold wind blew through the dense fog over the National Memorial compound early yesterday morning, VVIPs and VIPs paid their tributes to the heroic sons of the soil who laid down their lives to be independent from Pakistan, after a nine-month-long bloody war.
Wearing heavy winter suits and national flags painted on their cheeks Saju Ahmed, Imon and Rubel Mia along with their uncle Afaz, clerk at a private bank, came to place their floral wreath at the altar of the memorial.
He also claimed that Sheikh Mujib – who the BNP affiliates refuse to call Bangabandhu – never wanted to see an independent BangladeshTarique Rahman, leader of the BNP which rehabilitated and now partners anti-liberation forces, termed Bangladesh’s architect Bangabandhu a “razakar,” the anti-liberation element, at a programme in London on Monday.
BNP Vice-Chairman Tarique, who is wanted in several corruption and criminal cases in Bangladesh and has been in exile for six years, has recently turned quite a “historian” by giving fantastical and whimsical explanation of history.
Myanmar has taken stop production of yaba pills in its territory along the border and smuggling them to BangladeshA top-level team of Myanmar Border Guard Police will join a four-day conference with Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) in the capital from today to discuss various issues including devising ways to stop smuggling of contraband yaba tablets into Bangladesh.
BGB officials will request their counterpart to inform it about the steps Myanmar has taken stop production of yaba pills in its territory along the border and smuggling them to Bangladesh.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina vehemently condemned the attack by the Taliban on a school in the north-western Pakistani city of Peshawar yesterday.
“People across the world are stunned and shocked by the barbaric and heinous massacre,” the premier said, urging the people of South Asia to work together to fight communal forces and international terrorism, BSS reported.
Former prime minister and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia also condemned the killing of 132 students and nine staff in the attack on the military-run school.
Remembering all of the martyrs of the Liberation War, the SCF dedicated this year’s Victory Day to the young generation by handing them over a national flagThe Sector Commanders’ Forum symbolically passed the baton on to the young generation for preserving the true history of the country at a Victory Day’s programme in the capital yesterday.
Remembering all of the martyrs of the Liberation War, the SCF dedicated this year’s Victory Day to the young generation by handing them over a national flag.
Primary interrogation revealed that there are three stages through which the fake currency is produced and brought to the marketRAB members on Monday busted a gang of currency forgers in the capital’s Mirpur area who buys Tk1,000 notes for only Tk400 and spread them in the city.
Primary interrogation revealed that there are three stages through which the fake currency is produced and brought to the market.
Those charges and the conviction, as well as public statements Monis made on his websiteThe self-styled sheikh behind a siege at a Sydney cafe had been charged as an accessory to murder and with multiple sexual offences. He also harbored deep grievances against the Australian government and had found little kinship in the city’s large Muslim community, where he was seen as deeply troubled.
Man Haron Monis, an Iranian refugee described by those who knew him as a loner, was killed early on Tuesday after heavily armed police stormed the Lindt Chocolate Cafe to end a 16-hour hostage drama that made global headlines.
Army chief of staff Viktor Muzhenko also stressed progress had been made on the implementation of the ceasefireUkraine’s separatist east passed the night into yesterday without any shooting, President Petro Poroshenko said, hailing the first such stretch of calm as a positive signal for the next steps in a peace plan.
Army chief of staff Viktor Muzhenko also stressed progress had been made on the implementation of the ceasefire, but said one Ukrainian soldier had since been killed on Tuesday.
The Indian government on Monday declared a ban on Islamic State, days after having detained an engineer for running a popular Twitter account extolling the militant group’s military campaign.
Until now, India had held off on a ban on Islamic State, because of the group’s lack of activity in the country and worries over the fate of 39 Indian construction workers missing in Iraq this year, who are believed to be held by the group.
‘Bangabandhu was the biggest freedom fighter’Freedom fighters at a city event yesterday said the historical speech by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on March 7, 1971 inspired them to join the Liberation War.
It not only propelled the East Pakistanis towards a fight for independence, but was also a source of inspiration for all freedom-loving people all over the world, the speakers said.
The utterances of some of the leaders were hurting the governments’ imageIn a bid to control negative fallout from recent hate speeches, Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday warned BJP parliamentarians not to cross the “laxman rekha” while airing their views.
PM Modi reportedly told a meeting of BJP parliamentary party that the utterances of some of the leaders were hurting the governments’ image.
Modi also told MPs to focus on the government’s development agenda and that the work they undertake should be “visible” and not just on paper.
‘We are hoping that we would able to get some new database and information from the laptop if it can be traced’The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) is now trying to look for the laptop used by slain journalist couple Golam Sarwar Sagar and Meherunessa Runi three years into their murders.
RAB has sent a written note to the Engineering and Operation Division of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) on November 25 asking it to trace out the laptop of the journalist couple.
The note mentions an IP address (172.20.35.107) and Mac Motherboard number (00:24:54:E6-A3-34) of the laptop.
The race started from Rampura point and ended at Police Plaza point near GulshanA special boat race arranged in the capital’s Hatirjheel came as a recreational treat to the Dhakaites on the occasion of the country’s 43rd Victory Day yesterday.
The “Nouka Baich” (boat race), an age-old game of the country, took place at the heart of the capital for the first time. Thousands of spectators enjoyed the game arranged by Bangladesh Rowing Federation and sponsored by mobile phone operator Banglalink.
‘If our demand is not fulfilled, we will be compelled to go for tougher movement’Owners of CNG-run autorickshaws and trade union leaders have been pressurising the government to extend once again the lifespan of three-wheelers in the capital and Chittagong.
In December last year, the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) extended the tenure of the autorickshaws by one year until this December 31.
According to the BRTA, there are around 13,000 commercially run green autorickshaws in the capital and 12,000 in the Chittagong city which are supposed to be taken off the streets in January.
The Junior Samurais landed in Dhaka at 1:45 pm yesterday and practised at the Rajarbagh police groundThe visiting Japan Under-21 football team appeared extremely sincere with their business as they wasted very little time getting accustomed to the conditions ahead of their Fifa international friendly against Bangladesh tomorrow at Bangabandhu National Stadium.
The Junior Samurais landed in Dhaka at 1:45 pm yesterday and practised at the Rajarbagh police ground at 4:30 pm. Following their arrival, the Japanese youngsters took a breather for just half an hour before boarding the bus from the hotel to the practice ground.
The incident has happened at a crucial time for the TigersBangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan yesterday said Rubel Hossain will receive all kinds of support from the board if he is proven innocent but added that if found guilty, the right-arm paceman should be punished as per the law. The BCB supremo said this in the wake of a film actress filing a case against Rubel on the grounds of treachery last Saturday.
Calls raised for establishing a democratic, non-communal BangladeshThe 44th glorious Victory Day was celebrated across the country yesterday with a view to establish a non-communal, prosperous and democratic Bangladesh and complete the trial of war criminals in line with the spirit of liberation war.
Our Barisal correspondent reports: The day’s programmes started with the placing of wreaths at the monument for martyred freedom fighters in the town.
Different social-political-cultural organizations arranged many programmes marking the day.
The PCJSS also demanded that all the affected families be compensated for their losses immediatelyThe Parbatya Chattagram Jana Samhati Samiti yesterday protested and condemned the rape and murder of an ethnic girl, and attacks on houses, shops and a temple of the ethnic people in Rangamati.
They also demanded the arrest of those who had been involved in the crimes and their exemplary punishment immediately, says a press release.
The day before yesterday, a 15-year-old ethnic girl was found dead with her throat slit in the hilly district. She was believed to have been murdered after rape.
ULAB Professor Emeritus Rafiqul Islam discussed in depth about the initiative of making the national flagIn observance of the “Intellectual Martyrs Day” and the “Victory Day”, the University Liberal Arts Bangladesh screened a documentary film titled “Pataka (The Flag)” at its auditorium on Monday.
Directed by Bratto Amin, the film explores the history of the country’s national flag.
Speaking on the occasion, ULAB Professor Emeritus Rafiqul Islam discussed in depth about the initiative of making the national flag, and his experience as a witness of this historical event.