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Wednesday November 22, 2017 01:05 AM



  • Family ravaged by dread

    ‘Uncle, Ziad has fallen down a hole in the playground and we can hear him crying’At around 3pm yesterday, Nasiruddin, a security guard at Motijheel Ideal School and College, who was home for the weekend, was settling down to a nap after lunch.

    His wife Khadiza Begum, a diabetic, was putting away the glasses and plates from lunch with her 14-year-old daughter Shorna in their one-room flat.

    Their Tk5000 sub-let is situated on the second floor of house 41 at the Shahjahanpur Railway Colony. The Sirajganj couple have lived in this rented room for the last two years together with their three children.

  • Hartal in Gazipur protesting ban on BNP rally

    The party says the ruling Awami League stages drama to foil BNP gatheringThe BNP-led 20-party alliance yesterday called a day-long general strike for Saturday in Gazipur protesting the ban imposed on its scheduled rally by the district administration.

    AKM Fazlul Haq, the BNP district chief made the announcement yesterday following a meeting of the party standing committee at the Gulshan office of party Chairman Khaleda Zia.

    Apart from this, party’s acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir announced that the party would also stage demonstration on Saturday across the country protesting the ban on its rally.

  • 4yr-old falls into 500-foot deep well

    4yr-old falls into 500-foot deep well

    The child, named Jihad, fell down accidentally while playing with his friends at the colony playground around 3pm A four-year-old boy fell into an abandoned narrow well that is at least 500 feet deep at Shahjahan Railway Colony in the capital yesterday.

    The child, named Jihad, fell down accidentally while playing with his friends at the colony playground around 3pm yesterday. His playmates notified his family soon after the incident.

    On information, three units of fire-fighters rushed to the spot within half an hour and started an operation to rescue the child, said Mehedi Hasan, OC at Shahjahanpur police station.

  • Minister: None trapped in 600-ft deep pipe

    None has been trapped inside the abandoned 600-ft deep water pump pipe at capital's Shahjahanpur Railway Colony, State Minister for Home Affairs Asaduzzaman Khan has said.

    The announcement came after 11-hours since the commencement of the operation for rescuing a four-year old boy who was said to have been trapped inside the pipe.

    Minister Asaduzzaman made the announcement at around 3am Saturday after the rescue team had pushed a high-tech camera down inside the pipe .

  • Gayeswar arrested, Khaleda demands case withdrawal

    ‘It reflects the autocratic character of the illegal government’A Dhaka court yesterday sent BNP Standing Committee Member Gayeswar Chandra Roy and three others on three-day remand in a case filed with the Shahbagh police station for the attempted murder of AL MP Chhabi Biswas.

    BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia strongly condemned Gayeswar’s detention saying: “it reflects the autocratic character of the illegal government.”

    “The Awami League government is oppressing BNP men to exact vengeance,” she said in a press release yesterday.

  • BGB proposes simplified trespasser exchange, mum on Thursday killing

    2,899 Bangladeshis were rounded up while trespassing into India in the last 11 monthsBorder Guard Bangladesh (BGB) has proposed to India’s Border Security Force (BSF) that trespassers be handed over directly to the respective border force instead of going through the police, at a high level meeting between the forces in Dhaka.

  • Militant facilitator of Peshawar school attack killed in Khyber

    Political Agent of Khyber Agency Shahab Ali Shah, while speaking at a press conference in Peshawar, said Saddam was killed in the Gundi area of JamrudSaddam, a key militant commander who was responsible for facilitating the Peshawar school massacre, was killed by security forces in Khyber Agency’s Jamrud area on Thursday night.

    Political Agent of Khyber Agency Shahab Ali Shah, while speaking at a press conference in Peshawar, said Saddam was killed in the Gundi area of Jamrud, adding that one of his accomplices was also arrested in an injured condition.

  • AL, Jubo League joint meeting today

    Awami League will celebrate ‘Democracy Victory Day’ on January 5A joint meeting of Awami League and its youth front Jubo League will be held today to discuss preparations to make the ruling party’s programmes scheduled for January 5 and 10 a success.

    The meeting will begin at 4:30pm at Awami League President Sheikh Hasina’s Dhanmondi office, said a press release yesterday.

    Jubo League chairman and general secretary, presidents and secretaries of Jubo League Dhaka City North and South units will be in the meeting with Awami League central leaders.

  • Cold wave sweeps across the country

    Cold wave sweeps across the country

    The cold wave, coupled with chilly breeze and dense fog, is causing difficulty to carry on with regular life for people across the country, especially the poor in the rural areasA mild cold wave has started to sweep across the country, causing a disruption of normal day-to-day routine with a rapid drop in temperature – below 10 degrees Celsius in some places.

    According to the Bangladesh Meteorological Department, the lowest temperature in the country yesterday was 9.4 degrees Celsius in Jessore, while the highest temperature was 28.1 degrees Celsius in Sylhet.

    The lowest temperature so far this winter was 8 degrees Celsius in Chuadanga on Tuesday.

  • Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrives today

    During the Chinese minister’s visit, the two countries will review the progress on MoUsChinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, now in Kathmandu, will arrive in Dhaka this evening on a three-day visit that is being considered a step towards further boosting of the bilateral ties between the two countries.

    The Chinese foreign minister is coming at the invitation of his Bangladesh counterpart AH Mahmood Ali.

    Wang Yi is scheduled to land at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 6:40pm, according to the Foreign Ministry.

    Both countries will have bilateral talks, led by the two foreign ministers, tomorrow morning.

  • RU students fear aggravation of session jam

    ‘Session jam is inevitable when students of a session take the final exam in a given year but the results are not published on time’Students of several departments at the Rajshahi University fear that the problem of session jam could worsen as exam results have not been published even after a considerable period.

    They have accused teachers of being indifferent to publishing results on time.

    A few teachers have also alleged that their peers who are actively involved in politics and personal affairs are delaying the publication of results.

  • 16 admission seekers languishing in jail in ‘false case’

    Students, teachers and security guards of the university said the protesters had not been involved in vandalism on the campusSixteen second time Dhaka University (DU) admission seekers are behind bars in a “false” case for vandalising different establishments of the university on December 21.

    Students, teachers and security guards of the university said the protesters had not been involved in vandalism on the campus.

    On October 14, just after the 2014-15 admission test, the authorities decided to allow only freshly passed HSC students to appear in its admission tests from the 2015-16 academic sessions.

  • Asia marks 10 years since Indian Ocean tsunami

    Asia marks 10 years since Indian Ocean tsunami

    The devastating Dec. 26, 2004, tsunami struck a dozen countries around the Indian Ocean rim, killing about 230,000 peopleCrying onlookers took part in beachside memorials and religious services across Asia on Friday to mark the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami that left more than a quarter million people dead in one of modern history’s worst natural disasters.

    The devastating Dec. 26, 2004, tsunami struck a dozen countries around the Indian Ocean rim, killing about 230,000 people. It eradicated entire coastal communities, decimated families and crashed over tourist-filled beaches the morning after Christmas. Survivors waded through a horror show of corpse-filled waters.

  • AL: Khaleda instigates politics of violence

    The BNP-Jamaat alliance wants to create an unstable situation like that of 2013, but the government will not allow them to carry out any destructive activities in the countryLeaders of ruling Awami League have alleged that BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia was trying to instigate the politics of violence, terrorism and confrontation in the country.

    The BNP-Jamaat alliance wants to create an unstable situation like that of 2013, but the government will not allow them to carry out any destructive activities in the country, they said.

    The AL leaders made the remarks while speaking at different programmes in the capital yesterday.

  • Ship with first consignment of rice leaves for Sri Lanka today

    Bangladesh aims to produce more than 34 million tonnes of rice this yearState-run Bangladesh Shipping Corporation (BSC)’s cargo ship “Banglar Kakoli” carrying 12,500-MT of rice is expected to leave Chittagong Port for Colombo today, Chittagong Port sources said.

    Bangladesh for the first time will be exporting 12,500 tonnes of rice to Sri Lanka as part of an agreement between the two countries to export 50,000-MT of rice to Sri Lanka.

    Jahirul Islam, an official of the Food Department, Chittagong zone, said the shipment of the rice was completed and the ship would start for Colombo Port in the morning.

  • Contractor shot for not paying extortion

    ‘I will able to identify the youths if I see them again as the two did not wear any masks’A contractor was shot in broad daylight by armed assailants in the capital’s Rampura area yesterday as he refused to pay extortion money.

    The shot sand and brick businessman Md Badal Khan, 45, is now undergoing treatment at Dhaka Medical College Hospital’s casualty ward. He is a resident of Bagichar Tek in West Rampura in the capital.

    When asked, Badal, describing the incident, said when he went out of the house around 3:45pm for some work, two youths came in front of him and shot him on his left leg.

  • Taposh ‘killer’ yet not arrested

    According to the case, Taposh, a first year student of the Department of SangskritEven after 12 days to the murder of Chittagong University (CU) unit Chhatra League activist Taposh Sarker, police are yet to arrest the prime accused in the case.

    Hathazari police yesterday said they were still trying to arrest Ashrafuzzaman Asha, deputy cultural affairs secretary of the dissolved committee of the CU Chhatra League unit.

  • ‘No big momentum in economy yet’

    ‘If we can maintain the current trend, we’ ll be able to march towards our economic targets in a faster pace’Though the country’s economy did not get back the real momentum in the outgoing year, it showed the signs of stability and its sustainability largely depends on socio-political stability in the coming days, said economists and business leaders.

    “Though we haven’t seen a big jump from the previous year but a possibility has emerged this year. I see a brighter growth prospect in the coming year,” Director General of the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) Dr Mustafa K Mujeri told the news agency.

  • BNP probe slams govt’s stewardship of Sundarbans

    ‘The government must bring those responsible for the accident to book and ensure that compensation is paid to avoid such man-made disasters in future’A BNP probe into the Sundarbans oil spill yesterday called on the government to ban the use of the Sela River as a navigation route to avert further ecological damage to the world’s largest contiguous mangrove forest.

    The seven-member probe committee demanded the immediate reopening of the Mongla-Ghosiakhali route and the removal of illegal embankments on the waterways to restore the navigability of the channel.

  • Top drug lord arrested with 2 lakh yaba tablets in Ctg

    Reveals unique way of smugglingThe Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) yesterday arrested a top yaba dealer along with five of his associates after a special drive in Chittagong and Gazipur. A total of 2,15,314 yaba tablets and Tk19 lakh were also recovered at that time.   

    “Based on an intelligence report, the RAB officials went on a drive on Thursday midnight and arrested drug kingpin Jahidul Islam alias Alo, 35, around 3am from the Moddhorampur Amin Contractor Road area of Halishahar, Chittagong,” said Commander Mufti Mahmud Khan, RAB’s legal and media wing director.  

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