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  • BGB: Time to think if we should open fire to stop arsonists

    Frontier guards to provide ‘a sense of security’ as long as neededBorder Guard Bangladesh (BGB) has decided to use lethal force, if necessary, on miscreants carrying petrol bombs, in an attempt to prevent the number of arson victims from climbing any further as the countrywide blockade continues.

    “BGB men will injure one person who possesses petrol bombs to save many who might suffer burn injuries once the attack is made. So, it will reduce the number of casualties,” BGB Director General Maj Gen Aziz Ahmed said yesterday.

  • Yet another arson victim dies at DMCH

    Yet another arson victim dies at DMCH

    Another arson victim succumbed to his injuries at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital yesterday  after fighting death for six days.

    Twenty-six year old Abul Kalam Hawlader from Agoiljhara of Barisal suffered 33% burns, a severely damaged respiratory system and face on  Friday – the fourth day of the BNP-led alliance’s non-stop blockade.

    The poor chauffeur was waiting inside a parked car on a roadside in Moghbazar in the capital, when a petrol bomb was thrown inside.

  • BNP: BGB shooting orders illegal

    The BNP has expressed concern over a Border Guard Bangladesh decision to use firearms against protesters blasting petrol bombs, saying the order was “against the law.”

    BGB chief Aziz Ahmed yesterday said BGB personnel have the right to defend their lives if they are attacked.

    “If someone hurls a petrol bomb at people in front of me, I will not chase him with sticks. I will surely attack him to save five other lives,” he said.

  • 14-party refuses talks with BNP-Jamaat

    The Awami League-led 14-party alliance yesterday refused to hold talks with the BNP-led 20-party alliance and announced that the country’s local administrations would help the 14-party  alliance to form “Anti-Subversive Acts Committees” in every district.

    The decision came at a meeting between the 14 parties’ central committees, held at the political office of AL President Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in the capital’s Dhanmondi neighbourhood yesterday evening.

  • One killed during hartal

    Police caught three BNP men red-handed A bus helper was burned to death in an attack early yesterday while blasts, arrests and arson attacks marked the general strike imposed by the BNP-led 20-party alliance.

    Violence was mostly perpetrated in the districts while the capital city remained relatively calm.

    Two crude bombs were blasted on the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court premises and some others in Panthapath and Bangshal, said Duty Officer of Fire Service and Civil Defence Md Ali.

  • Law minister hints at ban on hartal

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina recently warned that the government would deal violence with iron handsLaw Minister Anisul Huq yesterday said the government would consider banning general strikes if the country’s people favoured such a move.

    While defending BNP chief Khaleda Zia’s “confinement,” he hinted that the violent acts perpetrated by the BNP-Jamaat-led alliance during the hartal might be dealt with under the Anti-Terrorism Act, reports UNB.

    The minister came up with the remarks during a meet-the-reporters programme at the Dhaka Reporter’s Unity of the capital.

  • Now BNP briefs the diplomats

    Several foreign diplomats stationed in Dhaka sat with some senior leaders of the BNP last night, a day after the European Union, the US and the UK expressed concerns over the ongoing violent political situation.

    Nothing could be confirmed officially about the hour-long meeting as no one wished to speak to the media on record after the meeting.

    The meeting, held at the Gulshan residence of BNP’s Standing Committee member Abdul Moyeen Khan, began around 7:30pm.

  • Pro-Awami League lawyers tear down SCBA building gate

    The BNP-Jamaat lawyers however claimed that they did not know who had locked up the gateSome Pro-Awami League lawyers tore down a collapsible gate of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) building yesterday.

    The incident took place as they found the gate locked up after attending a farewell reception for outgoing Chief Justice Muzammel Hossain at the courtroom 1 of the Appellate Division about 11am.

    The ruling party lawyers blamed the BNP-Jamaat lawyers for locking up the gate and said the latter had committed it to foil the farewell programme.

    The BNP-Jamaat lawyers however claimed that they did not know who had locked up the gate.

  • ‘The common people will have the opportunity to participate in local and global value chains’

    ‘The common people will have the opportunity to participate in local and global value chains’

    In a recent interview with Dhaka Tribune, Kamal Quadir, CEO of bKash, discusses the scope, growth and future prospects of mobile banking in our countryBKash started as a financial inclusion service-provider and is now growing very quickly. Do you think of bKash as being, still just a financial inclusion service-provider or an economy-wide mobile payments platform?

  • Indian troops kill 5 suspected rebels in Kashmir gunbattle

    Security forces received a tip that militants opposed to Indian rule in Kashmir were hiding in the southern region of ShopianIndian soldiers and police killed five suspected rebels during a fierce gunbattle Thursday in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, officials said.

    Security forces received a tip that militants opposed to Indian rule in Kashmir were hiding in the southern region of Shopian, army spokesman Lt. Col. Nitin N. Joshi said. The troops cordoned off a portion of the forest, and the gunbattle erupted when the militants hurled grenades and opened fire in an attempt to break through,
    he said.

  • Pope arrives in Philippines amid massive security operation

    Tens of thousands of people lined the streets of Manila yesterday, cheering Pope Francis as he began his first visit to Asia’s largest Catholic nation amid one of the biggest security operations in Philippine history.

    The other pontiffs to visit the Philippines were both targets of assassination attempts, prompting the deployment of nearly 50,000 soldiers and police in the capital and in the central Philippine province of Leyte for his weekend trip there.

  • Islamic State beheads militiaman as opposition attacks mount

    Islamic State has executed a Syrian it accused of belonging to a militant cell that ambushed its fighters and blew up its vehicles in the town of al-Mayadin near the border with Iraq, a monitoring group that tracks the conflict said yesterday.

    Islamic State is fighting both the Syrian army and rival insurgents along the edges of the territory it controls. But there has also been a spike in guerrilla-style attacks by groups of Syrians against Islamic State fighters inside their strongholds in Raqqa and Deir al-Zor provinces.

  • Make the most of China’s ICT loan

    Bangladesh has been advancing admirably in developing ICT access, but rural regions still lag behind urban areasWe welcome news that the government plans to sign a $2bn concessional loan deal with China in March to help develop Bangladesh’s ICT sector.

    As well as having a focus on improving broadband connectivity and ICT services in rural areas, the proposed deal shows a welcome sense of vision by seeking to fund a tier-4 data centre project in Gazipur.

  • Remove systemic flaws behind BASIC Bank’s losses

    The only way to permit BASIC Bank to continue to support small industries is to prevent it making loans directlyOver half the outstanding Tk11,407cr worth of loans made by BASIC Bank have become classified or defaulted.

    A majority of its default loans are now labeled as bad debt, with little or no hope of recovery.

    The bank which has been 100% state-owned since 1992, made most of these bad loans between 2011-2013 during the tenure of former chairman Sheikh Abdul Hai Bachchu.

  • Possession is nine-tenths of the law

    Possession is nine-tenths of the law

    The numbers suggest that even a modicum of competence and vision on the part of the BNP would be sufficient to shift popular opinion in their direction
    What a difference a year makes.

    When Dhaka Tribune ran an opinion poll in the immediate aftermath of the January 5, 2014 election, the results were unequivocal.

    A year ago, 73% wanted fresh elections as soon as possible, 63% favoured a caretaker government to oversee elections, and competitive elections would have been too close to call, with the difference between AL and BNP less than one percentage point, well within the poll’s margin of error.

  • Tourists in terror

    Tourists in terror

    Tourism service-providers and investors wait for the peak season to make the big bucks and cover the overhead costs of the lean season. But that remains just a dream. They have to realise the hard truth: Man proposes but God disposes. This same time last year, political unrest broke out centring the national polls. Tour operators, hoteliers, and resort owners became burdened with heavy losses. Many of the service-providers got distressed and were forced to fall into debt.

  • Demonocracy

    Demonocracy

    Indeed, Bangladeshis are gripped by fear, in what some call a fight for democracy for the people of Bangladesh.

    Interestingly, those who are fighting this war of egos for power only have never asked the populace – the populace that they are burning and killing – if they are even with this so-called fight for democracy.

    The Dhaka Tribune published a photograph of a driver of a human hauler. The man suffered 35% burns after agitators had poured petrol on him and his vehicle, before merrily lighting them up for what they call a fight for democracy.

  • Hosts face strong Malaysia in opener

    Hosts face strong Malaysia in opener

    Bangladesh will take on Malaysia in the inaugural match of the Bangabandhu Gold Cup 2015 at Sylhet District Stadium on January 29 as the logo-unveiling ceremony of the long-awaited international tournament took place yesterday.

    The forthcoming edition of the Bangabandhu Gold Cup will be the beginning of the Bangladesh Football Federation’s project of organising this competition every year for the next five years.

  • BCB names Mahmud as the new manager

    The all-important board meeting of the Bangladesh Cricket Board yesterday saw some major decisions being taken as Naimur Rahman was appointed the new chairman of the cricket operations committee, replacing Akram Khan. Former captain Khaled Mahmud was also appointed as the new manager of the Bangladesh team and his very first assignment will be the upcoming ICC World Cup in Australia-New Zealand, informed BCB president Nazmul Hasan at a city hotel yesterday.

  • Mamunul warns of complacency

    Mamunul warns of complacency

    Bangladesh captain Mamunul Islam thinks his team will have to give more than their hundred percent effort in order to attain their target of winning the Bangabandhu Gold Cup International Football.

    The talisman midfielder said this while talking to the media at the Army Museum ground yesterday following the practice match between Bangladesh Premier Football League outfits Abahani and Muktijoddha.

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