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  • ‘Shootout’ victim buried in haste, family demands the body

    ‘Police told us the body was in the morgue but through various sources we came to know it had already been buried as unclaimed’Family of Solaiman Uddin Jisan, who was killed in a “shootout” with Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) on Thursday night, alleged that he was buried swiftly without their consent.

    Moreover, Jisan’s body was declared as unclaimed though his family members went to receive the body.

    Jisan’s mother Fatema Begum said they had dug up a grave for Jisan upon hearing his death news but police did not hand over the body to them.

  • Burn unit ICU cannot take any more

    Burn unit ICU cannot take any more

    Doctors say at least 1,000 specialised doctors needed across the country, but there are just 52 The overburdened National Burn and Plastic Surgery Institute at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) is straining to meet the needs of nearly double the number of patients that it is equipped to treat.  

    Blockade victims have added to the usual pressures and the Burn Institute register book records that nearly 517 patients are now undergoing treatment at the 300 bed institute.

  • Hasina sent back from Khaleda’s gate

    Hasina sent back from Khaleda’s gate

    “But she is welcome anytime she wishes to do so in the future”When news broke that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was going to visit her arch rival Khaleda Zia to express condolences on the death of her son Koko, social media got flooded with status updates from crossed fingers.

    But skeptics were eventually proven right when the PM was sent back from the gate of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office around 40 minutes past eight last evening.

  • Bounty declared on bombers’ heads

    Informants will receive Tk50,000 if they are able to give information on those planning crude bomb attacksRAB yesterday announced rewards for the capture of fire-bombers or information leading to their arrests.

    Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) declared the bounties in eight different packages ranging from Tk10,000 to Tk1 lakh to help trace the anarchists.

    On the other hand, police declared Tk5 lakh as reward for those who can provide information about those who set fire to the passenger bus in the capital’s Jatrabari area on Friday night.

  • Arafat Rahman Koko dies in Malaysia

    Arafat Rahman Koko dies in Malaysia

    Arafat Rahman Koko, the youngest son of Khaleda Zia, died on his way to hospitalBNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s youngest son Arafat Rahman Koko died in Malaysia yesterday from a massive cardiac arrest.

    BNP Standing committee member Mahbubur Rahman told media that Koko, 44, died around 12:30pm Malaysia time when he was on his way to the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur from his residence.

    Shamsuddin Didar, an official of Khaleda Zia’s press wing, told the Dhaka Tribune that Koko’s janaza will be held today after Zohr prayers at the Malaysian national mosque Masjid Negara in capital Kuala Lumpur.

  • Another dark Saturday for Khaleda

    It was also a Saturday 34 years ago on May 30 when Khaleda Zia came to know she had become a widow. Her husband, military strongman and then president, Ziaur Rahman, had been assassinated in Chittagong earlier that morning.

    This Saturday was no different from the last 20 days when Khaleda spent “confined” to her party office in Gulshan. But her habitually quiet afternoon was disrupted. Her two sisters-in-law, wives of her brothers Syeed Iskandar and Shamim Iskandar, came to visit her. They bore bad news.

  • Awami League upset as premier denied entry

    As the BNP leaders did not allow Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inside party Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s office yesterday, the ruling Awami League leaders termed it frustrating as well
    as indecent.

    PM’s Press Secretary AKM Shameem Chowdhury, who accompanied the premier during the visit around 8:30pm, told the Dhaka Tribune that they were very upset at the attitude of the BNP’s responsible leaders.

  • Good sense to prevail upon Khaleda, hopes Hasina

    The politics of killing people should come to an end forthwith, she saysPrime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday hoped that good sense will prevail upon BNP leader Khaleda Zia and she will stop the politics of killing and arson attacks.

    “I hope good sense will prevail on BNP leader Khaleda Zia and she’ll stop the politics of killing people through arson …that want one thing I want from Allah,” she said.

  • UK trade delegation due today

    A 25-member strong business delegation from Wales will arrive today to drive forward business relations between Wales and Bangladesh in the fields of “knowledge businesses

    and knowledge transfer.”

    Organised by the Wales Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce (WBCC), the trade mission will be here to showcase leading Welsh companies to the local business community and introduce them with the growing Bangladesh economy and market.

  • Minister: No decision is yet over Khaleda’s arrest

    Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan yesterday said there has been no decision yet to arrest BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia although discussions were held in parliament over the matter only to alert her to stop violent politics.

    The minister made the remarks at the 101th episode of BBC Bangladesh Sanglap held at Biam auditorium in the capital.

    Accusing Khaleda Zia of fanning out the violence, Shajahan Khan said the party set off violence across the country despite promising a peaceful movement.

  • Fire burns down garment factory, hits residential building too

    At least four people were injured while dousing the fireA devastating fire broke out at Kader Synthetic and Compact Spinning Mill at Konabari BSCIC industrial area in Gazipur city damaging its machineries, threads and clothes yesterday morning.

    Firemen could not say how the fire had started.

    They however assumed that it might have originated from an electric short circuit inside the AC panel room on the ground floor around 7:30am and then it engulfed the entire building.

  • Obama to cut short India trip to visit Saudi Arabia

    Obama will be the first US president to visit India twice while in office; he also traveled there in 2010 for an economic summitPresident Barack Obama will cut short his three-day trip to India to travel to Saudi Arabia to pay respects following the death of King Abdullah, US and Indian officials said yesterday, hours before the US president was to depart for New Delhi.

    The schedule change means Obama will skip plans to visit the Taj Mahal, the white marble monument of love. Pradeep Bhatnagar, a top state official based in the city of Agra, where the Taj Mahal is located, said US security officials informed him of the cancellation yesterday.

  • BGFCL seeks consent for ADB-funded onshore gas exploration at Titas

    Bangladesh Gas Field Company Limited has sought consent from the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs for a proposal to finance onshore exploration of four wells in the Titas gas field from an Asian Development Bank fund.

    The government has already awarded the contract to China’s Sinopec International Petroleum Service Corporation for drilling wells by May this year.

    Energy Division officials said the proposal will be placed in a committee meeting today to be presided over by Finance Minister AMA Muhith.

  • Syrian forces ‘kill dozens’ in barrel bomb attack

    Syrian government air raids have killed at least 42 people in a rebel-held village near Damascus, activists and a group monitoring the violence have said.

    The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, reported a “massacre” against the village of Hamoriyah in eastern Ghouta area on Friday, as at least 42 people, including six children
    were killed.

    The Britain-based watchdog said government helicopters dropped five barrel bombs on the village.

  • Pro-government resistance bodies by this week

    ‘This week is the last chance for the BNP-led alliance to shun the path of violence and sabotage’The ruling Awami League-led 14-party alliance will complete by this week the formation of committees in every ward and locality across the country to resist subversive acts.

    The ruling alliance had decided to constitute such committees with a view to identifying the people involved in arson attacks, vandalism and sabotage during the BNP-led 20-party’s blockade and hartals and handing them over to the law enforcers.

    Some committees have already been formed in Dhaka and they are working on the streets, Awami League sources said.

  • Fifteen killed by rebel shelling in east Ukraine’s Mariupol

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said last week Russia had 9,000 troops inside Ukraine and called on Moscow to withdraw them
    Fifteen people were killed in shelling in the east Ukrainian port city of Mariupol yesterday, Ukraine’s interior ministry said, an attack Kiev blamed on separatist rebels and the Russian military.

    A witness described the shelling to Reuters as enough to knock the paint off his house.

    The deaths follow the separatists’ rejection of more peace talks and as fighting surged to its most intense in months. The United Nations said on Friday 262 had been killed in the previous nine days.

  • Arrested Indian accused of passing secrets to Pakistan’s ISI

    Indian police arrested a 35-year-old man on Friday in the eastern state of Odisha, accusing him of passing military secrets to Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency.

    Police said Ishwar Chandra Behera was passing on information about missile activities conducted at a unit of India’s Defence Research & Development Organisation, where he worked as a cameraman.

  • Sector Commanders’ Forum demands immediate end to countrywide violence

    ‘We want an immediate end to the killings. Otherwise, we will destroy training camps of Chhatra Shibir and Chhatra Dal where petrol bombs are made’Sector Commanders’ Forum yesterday protested the recent acts of violence across the country, and demanded violence and anarchy in the name of movement be stopped.

    In a human chain formed in front of National Press Club, members of the forum also urged politicians to practise humanitarianism in politics.

    Leading freedom fighters and noted cultural personalities joined the protest.

  • Transport workers’ hunger strike today

    ‘We demand BNP chairperson Kaleda Zia be brought to justice’Some pro-government transport workers will hold a daylong hunger strike today in protest against the ongoing BNP-led country-wide blockades.

    “The hunger strike will run from 10 am to 4pm. Several transport workers will join us for the programme,” Bangladesh Sarak Paribahan Sramik League secretary Insur Ali told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday evening.

    It will be held of the National Press Club in the capital.

    “We demand BNP chairperson Kaleda Zia be brought to justice” Insur added.  

  • Diplomats’ 1971 memoirs launched

    Bangladeshi diplomats faced four challenges during the 1971 Liberation War and performed their due duties with dedication, commitment and professionalism.

    This observation came from Bangladesh Enterprise Institute President Farooq Sobhan while launching a book titled “Serving the Nation: Reflections of Bangladesh Diplomats” at a city hotel Saturday.

    The book included the memories of a total of 43 Bangladeshi ambassadors who served over 100 countries.

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