Monday February 19, 2018 11:50 PM

  • Railway services hit by delays and cancellations

    Trains told to go slow to avoid derailment from sabotaged tracks Trains moving at a snail’s pace to avoid sabotage to railway tracks by BNP alliance blockaders are causing Bangladesh Railway’s timetables to fall apart, despite the railway minister’s vow to keep services running smoothly.

    Railway authorities said, of the 62 scheduled departures from Kamalapur Railway Station, three intercity and two local services had been cancelled yesterday due to the slow movement of trains.

    The 57 remaining services faced delays of between three and 21 hours.    

  • Violent blockade claims life of another innocent

    Violent blockade claims life of another innocent

    Blockaders across country use Molotov cocktails, hand bombs as 7th day endsThe seventh day of BNP-led 20-party’s indefinite blockade passed yesterday amid vandalism, arson and explosions that left at least one person dead.

    In the capital, miscreants set two buses on fire at Golap Shah Mazar of Gulistan and Norda Bus Stand in the morning, Bhajan Sarker, operator of Fire Service and Civil Defence, confirmed the incidents to the Dhaka Tribune. No one was injured.

  • Even kids can’t recognise disfigured dad

    The burns disfigured his face so severely that even his own children cannot recognise himAttacked by pickets, public transport driver, Md Selim, 35, has suffered burns to nearly 34% of his body, including to his face and pulmonary system.

    The burns disfigured his face so severely that even his own children cannot recognise him.

    Seven-year-old Hasib and three-year-old Shikha went with their mother to the Burn and Plastic Surgery Institute of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday to see their father who, the children were told, had been in an accident.

  • Arson victim dies of burn injuries

    A truck helper who was seriously injured in blockade violence almost a week ago died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital yesterday.

    On January 7, Atikur Rahman was riding on a truck travelling to Begumganj from Ghorashal, when bricks hurled by blockaders hit him in the forehead.

    Delowar Hossain, driver of the truck, told the Dhaka Tribune the cement-laden vehicle came under attack at Bazra around 3pm.

    The 22-year-old was admitted to a local clinic after the attack but was brought to the DMCH the following day as his condition deteriorated. 

  • Blockade starts taking toll on transport and supply chain

    Blockade starts taking toll on transport and supply chain

    One year ago, the country’s transport sector was one of the worst sufferers in the pre-election violence, businesspeople fear that things are heading very much that way.

    Because of the ongoing countrywide blockade enforced by the BNP-led alliance, transportation costs have already doubled in many cases, just like how the skyrocketing started in December 2013 when similar political programmes were going on.

    Alongside passenger buses, goods-laden trucks have often been targets of vandalism and arson attacks on the highway by political pickets.

  • BNP: PM thinks people are fools

    It looks as if she [PM] thinks that the people are fool; they do not understand anythingRejecting Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s claim that Khaleda Zia is not confined, the BNP on Monday  said the PM’s statement was a “blatant lie.”

    “What prime minister said today is nothing but a madman’s delirium. People know Khaleda Zia is confined…the locking of gate and stationing of sand-laden trucks [shows that] the deshnetri [Khaleda] is confined,” Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, joint secretary general of BNP, said yesterday.

  • Do not try our patience, Hasina tells Khaleda

    ‘Her son is a kulangar. It is simple mathematics; like mother, like son’Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday warned the BNP that her government would get tough if needed to ensure security for the country’s people.

    While speaking at a rally in the capital’s Suhrawardy Udyan organised to mark the Homecoming Day of Bangabandhu, she also called upon people to come forward and resist any attempt to create sabotage and violence in the name of movement.

  • SK Sinha made new chief justice

    Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha has been appointed the 21st chief justice of the country, with President Abdul Hamid making the appointment as per article 95(1) of the constitution.

    The Law Ministry issued a gazette notification yesterday regarding the appointment, Law Minister Anisul Haq said. Justice Sinha’s appointment will come into effect from the day he takes oath, while incumbent Chief Justice Md Muzammel Hossain is set to retire on January 16.

  • Tribune reporter attacked at passport office

    Identified criminals who work as touts at the regional passport office in Brahmanbaria yesterday swooped down on three on-duty journalists with firearms and injured a Dhaka Tribune reporter.

    The injured is Masuk Hridoy. The criminals also snatched his Canon DSLR camera and a Dell laptop.

  • Rawshan for non-violent political programmes

    Voicing deep concern over the current confrontational political situation in the country, Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Rawshan Ershad yesterday said there is no alternative to political stability for economic development.

    In a statement, she urged the political parties to avoid violent action programmes as people do not like it.

  • Chashi Nazrul Islam laid to eternal rest

    The funerals were completed at 5pm yesterdayFreedom fighter and noted film-maker Chashi Nazrul Islam was laid to eternal rest beside his parents at his native village Shomoshpur under Srinagar upazila in Munshiganj yesterday.

    The funerals were completed at 5pm yesterday.

    His last namaz-e-janaza was held ahead of asr prayer on the playground of Shomoshpur Business Management College where people from all walks of life were in attendance.

    Film director Amzad Hossain, actor Ujwal, among many others from the country’s entertainment industry, took part in the last funeral prayer.

  • Ronaldo wins Ballon d’Or award again

    Ronaldo wins Ballon d’Or award again

    He was voted ahead of Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel MessiPortugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo won the FIFA Ballon d’Or award for the second year running and the third overall on Monday after a prolific, trophy-filled year with Real Madrid.

    He was voted ahead of Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi, his bitter rival, and Bayern Munich and Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in the annual poll run jointly by soccer’s governing body and France Football magazine.

  • Divers retrieve one AirAsia ‘black box’

    Divers retrieve one AirAsia ‘black box’

    Indonesian navy divers retrieved the black box flight data recorder from the wreck of an AirAsia passenger jet yesterday, a major step towards unraveling the cause of the crash that killed all 162 people on board.

    But there was confusion about what happened in the final moments of Flight QZ8501, which crashed off the Indonesian coast on Dec. 28, with one official saying the plane probably exploded before hitting the water and another disputing that theory.

  • Netanyahu out of step with French leaders at Paris rally

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu managed to ruffle a few feathers while taking part in the “Charlie Hebdo” rally in Paris on Sunday, an event his office initially said he would not be attending for security reasons.

    Perhaps most awkward was his invitation to French Jews – alarmed by the Paris attacks and the killing of four people at a kosher supermarket – to migrate to Israel if they wanted, leaving French Prime Minister Manuel Valls scrambling to reassure the community it was safe and an integral part of France.

  • Kerry: US, Iran eye progress in next round of nuclear talks

    US Secretary of State John Kerry said yesterday that he and his Iranian counterpart would seek at their meeting on Wednesday to lay the ground for negotiations on Tehran’s nuclear program to make greater progress.

    Kerry meets Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Geneva in a bid to revive the search for an elusive nuclear accord after negotiators failed for the second time in November to meet a self-imposed deadline.

  • A sacrificing mother’s dream-come-true

    A sacrificing mother’s dream-come-true

    Every mother loves her son in her own ways. One such example of a loving and sacrificing mother is Nargis Akter, the proud guardian of Arafat Sunny, one of the 15 members of the Tigers’ World Cup squad.

    Nargis, 50, has dedicated her entire life to see her son playing for Bangladesh. Although she initially wanted her son to be an actor, it was later changed to cricket, a sport where Sunny has performed consistently in the last decade.  

  • Spinning duo dream of excelling

    Mashrafe bin Mortaza and Co began their 2015 ICC World Cup mission yesterday as all the 13 members of the squad were present at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, including paceman Rubel Hossain who was granted a three-month bail last Sunday.

    Ace all-rounder Shakib al Hasan and opener Tamim Iqbal were the only cricketers missing from the training camp. Shakib is currently playing for Melbourne Renegades in the KFC Big Bash Twenty20 League while Tamim is undergoing rehab in Melbourne after undergoing an operation in his knee recently.    

  • Shakib world’s best in one-dayers too

    Shakib world’s best in one-dayers too

    After topping the Test and Twenty20 all-rounders’ rankings, star Bangladesh cricketer Shakib al Hasan has also reached the summit of the ODI all-rounders’ chart. Shakib is now the numero uno all-rounder in all the three formats, something that no other cricketer has been able to achieve.  

  • Malaysia U21 too good for Bangladesh

    Bangladesh crashed to a 3-1 defeat against Malaysia Under-21 in a practice match in Kuala Lumpur yesterday ahead of the Hockey World League Round 2.

    Fears over recent fourth-quarter slip-ups resurfaced as Bangladesh conceded all the three goals in the last 15 minutes. Midfielder Romman Sarker scored the consolation goal for Bangladesh in the last quarter of the game. The newly introduced match regulations implemented by International Hockey Federation were in place during the practice match.

  • BFF requests Tk39m for football development

    Bangladesh Football Federation president Kazi Salahuddin yesterday submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Finance, asking for Tk39m to be allocated every year for the development of the country’s football. 

    The BFF chief sat in a meeting with Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith yesterday afternoon where he submitted the budget. According to the BFF president’s assistant, Ahmed Sayed Al-Fatah, the Finance Minister took the proposal positively. 

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