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  • Arson on bus kills 5 despite police escort

    Arson on bus kills 5 despite police escort

    Deadly attack injures 30, follows ALCWC meeting that decides to get tough on blockade programmeAt least five people, including three children, were burned to death in a petrol bomb attack on a bus in Gaibandha in the country’s northern Rangpur division.

    Our Gaibandha correspondent
    said the Dhaka-bound bus, which came under attack around 11pm, was
    under police escort when it was hit by arsonists.

    The incident took place an hour after the Awami League Central Working Committee meeting ended, which decided to get tough against the BNP-Jamaat alliance’s ongoing blockade programme.

  • BNP: AL relying on law enforcers to stay in office

    The 20-party alliance has alleged that the Awami League had now become dependent on law enforcers to stay in office, and had “handed over the controlling power of law enforcers to some controversial and vested beneficiaries.”

    A press release, signed by BNP Vice-Chairman Selima Rahman on behalf of the alliance, read: “Some biased and over-enthusiastic officials have been tarnishing the law enforcers’ reputation, tradition and neutrality by violating law, fairness and human rights – causing questions to be raised inside and outside the country.

  • PM seeks mass support for tough actions

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has sought the support of the people for any stern action the government might take against the subversive acts committed during the nationwide indefinite blockade imposed by the BNP-led 20-party alliance.

    She also said the government was prepared to take any stern action against the ongoing violence in order to protect people’s lives and properties.

  • 3 Jamaat-Shibir men killed in ‘gunfights’

    An activist of the Jamaat-e-Islami and two leaders of its student affiliate Islami Chhatra Shibir were killed in separate incidents of “gunfights” with the police in Jessore, Rajshahi and Comilla yesterday.

    Shahbuddin Mufid, 22, information secretary of Shibir’s Rajshahi University unit, was killed when Shibir men launched a crude bomb attack on a
    police patrol car, the police claimed. Two Shibir leaders sustained bullet injuries and a police constable also sustained injuries allegedly during in the incident.

  • Fresh 72-hour hartal from Sunday

    The BNP-led 20-party alliance has called a fresh 72-hour nationwide hartal from Sunday 6am, condemning the killing of opposition men in the name of crossfire, protesting mass arrests and calling for restoration of democracy and voting rights.

    BNP Joint Secretary General Salahuddin Ahmed made the announcement through a press release yesterday.

    Salahuddin said the 72-hour strike from Sunday 6am to Wednesday 6am, would be staged alongside the ongoing indefinite nationwide transport blockade.

  • Impressive Bangladesh romp to final

    Impressive Bangladesh romp to final

    An incontrovertible performance from an iron-willed Bangladesh side was too hot to handle for Thailand Under-23 as the hosts strolled into the final of the Bangabandhu Gold Cup, courtesy a 1-0 win over the southeast Asian outfit inside an overflowing Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

  • US urges Bangladesh to enable peaceful political activity

    The United States has called upon the government of Bangladesh to provide space necessary for peaceful political activity and urged all political parties to instruct their members to refrain from violence.

    “All Bangladeshis must have the right and the ability to express their views peacefully,” said a statement issued yesterday by US Department of State Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf.

  • College student killed in robbery

    Unidentified miscreants stabbed college student to death while her mother has been severely injured in the capital’s Gopibagh area yesterday.

    The deceased was Sadia, 20, a first-year student of Eden College. Her mother Fouzia, 40, is under treatment at the Islami Bank Hospital.

    Biplab, a relative of the victims, said three miscreants entered their apartment at Gopibagh claiming to be cable connection employees; the deceased’s father Abu Yusuf, and brother was at the local mosque to attend Juma (Friday) prayers.

  • Day labourers worst sufferers of blockade, shutdown

    Many of them pass days without even a single pennyA balmy winter noon of yesterday saw Munni Begum, drained of energy and frustrated, sitting on a pavement at Azimpur eagerly waiting for someone to come and hire her as a day labourer.

    A portion of the walkway she was sitting on is known to people as a place from where day labourers can be hired, mostly for construction work.

    At the time Munni was waiting to be hired was not a moment when usually people hire workers.

    But Munni desperately needed a work as over a week or so she had been out of work due to the ongoing blockade and shutdown.

  • Boi Mela abuzz with book lovers at weekend

    Boi Mela abuzz with book lovers at weekend

    The Amar Ekushey Book Fair is taking shape over the weekend, as visitors thronged yesterday from morning till early night, with a gap mid-day.

    With Friday being a day off, book-lovers of all ages came in droves, with more children in attendance from morning till 2pm.

    There was a long queue from TSC to Bangla Academy late afternoon.

  • Victims in pain, their dreams destroyed

    Mamunur Rashid, 34, a betel leaf wholesale trader, was driving his truck to Pabna from Jhenidah. Upon reaching Charmatha in Bogra on Wednesday, his truck came under a patrol bomb attack. Before police and fire service officials could douse the fire, both the truck and 25% of Rashid’s body were burnt.

    Losing everything in the attack, Rashid is now undergoing treatment at the DMCH burn and plastic surgery institute. Over the last 24 hours, three burn victims from Bogra and Feni have come to DMCH, raising the number of hospital burn victims to 120.

  • Jubo Dal activist killed in Begumganj

    A Jubo Dal activist in Noakhali’s Begumganj upazila was hacked and shot to death allegedly by local thugs at the upazila’s Dokanghar area on Thursday night. The deceased, Md Sohel alias Pichchi Sohel, 32, was a resident of Lakshminarayanpur village in the same upazila, police said.

    Sohel’s sister Fatema Begum said Sohel received a phone call around 9pm on Thursday, and shortly afterwards, local goons Rana and Rubel came to their home and requested Sohel to go with them.

  • Both TransAsia plane engines lost power before Taiwan crash

    One of the engines on TransAsia Airways Flight 235 went idle 37 seconds after takeoff, and the pilots apparently shut off the other before making a futile attempt to restart it, Taiwan’s top aviation safety official said yesterday.

    The details were presented at a news conference in Taipei by Aviation Safety Council Executive Director Thomas Wang as preliminary findings from the flight data recorder.

  • Copper mining threatens Afghan site of ancient Buddhist past

    Copper mining threatens Afghan site of ancient Buddhist past

    Treasures from Afghanistan’s largely forgotten Buddhist past are buried beneath sandy hills surrounding the ancient Silk Road town of Mes Aynak — along with enough copper to make the land glow green in the
    morning light.

  • Abdullah responds to IS

    Abdullah responds to IS

    Jordan’s King Abdullah II, a former commander of his country’s special forces, angrily vowed to bombard the Islamic State until his military runs “out of fuel and bullets” after the release of a brutal video showing a captured Jordanian airman being burned alive in a cage.

    The official Facebook page of The Royal Hashemite Court published a photo showing Jordan’s leader dressed in military fatigues. The same photo was published on the king’s instagram account eight months ago.

  • Mode separation with a purpose

    Mode separation with a purpose

    A traffic management approach to bring order in Dhaka’s chronic traffic problemsA heart stopping problem

    If Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, is the heart of the country’s economic, social, and cultural activities, the traffic congestion in that city is the heart stopping problem for the entire country.

    Dhaka is arguably the most densely populated urban area (amongst urban areas with population of 500,000 or more) and megacity (megacity defined as the urban area with population of more than 10,000,000) in the world (Cox 2012, Demographia 2014) with a population density of 44000/km2.

  • Public needs rule of law, not revenge

    It is imperative that only constitutional means are used to uphold law and orderIt is not prudent when discussing steps being taken against criminals committing violent acts in the name of political protests to talk of revenge.

    We are concerned that some recent public statements, such as the remark made by a deputy inspector general of police that the police “have the ability to claim two lives against each one taken,” detract from the purpose of bringing peace and security for the public.

  • Tackle the causes of gold smuggling

    Make it easier to import gold through legitimate channelsWe commend the success of customs officials and intelligence agencies in their efforts to apprehend gold smugglers.

    Over 631kg of illegally smuggled gold was seized from aircraft and airports alone during the 15 month period to last October.

    It is vital that authorities act on the extensive evidence uncovered implicating staff members and officials inside Biman Bangladesh Airlines and the CAAB of collusion with gold smuggling syndicates.

  • In the name of Islam

    In the name of Islam

    For the immediate future, the Muslim countries need to unite to bring down the warring militantsThere are at least four hostilities that are currently ongoing in different parts of the globe, waged by militants in the name of Islam – in Syria, Yemen, Pakistan, and Nigeria. In two of these areas – Syria and Nigeria – the militants have seized control over a sizeable territory and established their own rebel governments; in the other two, the groups do not have a defined territory of their own but have acquired sufficient power to fend off authorities who are in legal control of the countries they are fighting within. 

  • Why can’t you or I be PM?

    Why can’t you or I be PM?

    There is a difference between power and responsibility. In the name of politics, two major political parties in Bangladesh are running after power, but not in order to take responsibility for the people or to serve them.

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