Tuesday February 20, 2018 05:43 AM

  • Eight injured in crude bomb blasts, arson attacks in capital

    At least eight people, including four students, received splinter and burn injuries in separate attacks in the capital yesterday.

    Palash, 9, and his brother-in-law Md Nur Ali, 26, were taken to the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) burn unit while others were treated at the hospital’s casualty unit. 

    Nur told the Dhaka Tribune he lives in the Madhubagh slum of Moghbazar, and works as a painter.

  • Khaleda a national disgrace, says Joy

    Another AL leader Quamrul Islam requests people to unite against the BNP-Jamaat’s violencePrime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s son and ICT Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy yesterday said BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia had proved herself a national disgrace refusing to pay homage to the martyrs of the 1952 Language Movement.

    “I cannot but note with shame that the leader of the ‘other’ political party in Bangladesh, Khaleda Zia, has refused to go pay her respects to the memory of our martyrs at Shaheed Minar,” said a post on the official Facebook page of Joy.

  • Families of Abu Dhabi blaze victims call for remains to be repatriated

    Authorities have confirmed the death of three Bangladeshi workers – two of whom were to fly home next month – in a fire in the UAE emirate of Abu Dhabi.

    Family members of the three victims appealed the government to take immediate steps to have their loved ones’ remains repatriated, so they can buried in their home districts.

    The three deceased men, all from Chittagong, were burnt to death in the early hours of Friday in a fire at a two-storey building in Abu Dhabi’s Mussafah industrial area.

  • Youth beaten to death by police

    Police allegedly beat to death 25-year-old Asadul in Miapara village of Kalamridha Union in Faridpur’s Bhanga upazila yesterday.

    In protest of this killing, locals brought out a procession with the dead body on the Bhanga-Mawa highway, demanding the alleged policemen be brought to justice. They also uprooted a tree and blocked the road.

    Sources say, SI Rasel and SI Mukul Khan from Bhanga jail raided the village yesterday and arrested several youth suspected of being involved in a "welcome-tune party," and demanded a large sum of money from them. 

  • Chhatra League men assault four Barisal freedom fighters

    Activists of Chhatra League’s Barisal University unit assaulted freedom fighters early yesterday over the order of laying wreaths at Barisal Shaheed Minar, injuring at least four.

    Of the four assaulted, three are Abdul Kader, member secretary of Muktijoddhar Santan Command Ehsan Rabbi, and AMG Kabir Bhulu.

    Two of the injured were treated at Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital.

  • BGB-BSF meeting to improve relation

    A company commander level flag meeting was held between BGB and BSF on the Chakulia border in Damurhuda upazila yesterday.

    The 40-minute meeting started at 12pm, in which BGB Thakurgaon Company Commander Shafiqul Islam and 113 BSF battalion Maluapar Company Commander AC Haris Chowdhury led their respective teams.

    Earlier, another such BOP commander-level meeting was held on the Hariharonagar frontier in Jibannagar upazila around 11:30am. The discussion included minimising damage to croplands in both countries, drug smuggling, and human trafficking. 

  • Today and Tuesday’s SSC exams rescheduled

    The SSC and its equivalent examinations, scheduled for today and 28, have been shifted to February 28 and March 6 respectively.

    The government rescheduled the examinations as the BNP-led alliance called another spell of 72-hour hartal from 6am today. Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid announced the new dates for the two examinations at a press conference at his Hare Road residence after an emergency meeting.

  • Minor boys fall victim to bomb blast and road accident

    An 11-year-old schoolboy sustained serious injuries to his leg in an abandoned crude bomb blast in the capital’s Azimpur area yesterday when he started playing with the bomb, thinking it was a ball.

    The victim, Emon Hossain, is a class-V student of Azimpur Adarsha School and lives with his grandfather Ashraf Ali near Moddhya Colony area.

  • No clear hopes for Teesta water share

    No clear hopes for Teesta water share

    Once against a proposed treaty, Mamata now asks Bangladesh to have confidence in herWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was apparently more enthusiastic about the implementation of Indo-Bangla Land Boundary Agreement than the Teesta water-sharing issue during her talks with the Bangladesh prime minister in Dhaka yesterday.

    She addressed the Teesta issue only by asking Bangladesh to have confidence in her, although earlier she had strongly opposed a proposed treaty between the neighbours. 

  • Nation mourns Language Martyrs

    Nation mourns Language Martyrs

    The nation yesterday paid rich tribute to the language martyrs who laid down their lives for their mother tongue Bangla in 1952 amid countrywide blockade and intermittent shutdowns.

    President Abdul Hamid led the nation in mourning as he placed wreath at the altar of the Central Shaheed Minar with the clock striking one minute past zero hour on Saturday followed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

    After placing the wreaths, they stood there in solemn silence for a moment as a mark of respect to the martyred language movement heroes.

  • People pay respect to language martyrs across the country

    The “Amar Ekushey”, also the International Mother Language Day, was observed with solemn regard and due fervour across the country yesterday. With the clock striking 12am, people from all walks of life poured into Central Shaheed Minar in various districts to pay their homage to those who laid down their lives to establish Bangla as a state language on February 21 in 1952.

  • Police: Shibir again plans mayhem in the country

    ‘Since Enamul arrived in the port city, subversive activities have increased’Leaders and activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir have been regrouping to conduct massive destruction across the country, Chittagong police said yesterday, following the arrest of a central leader of the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami, along with two other local leaders.

  • Two injured in crude bomb blast in Chittagong

    Two people sustained splinter injuries in a crude bomb blast yesterday in Chittagong. It was alleged that they were carrying the bombs. The incident took place at Segunbagan area of Pahartali under Khulshi Police Station in the city after noon.

    The injured, Monir Hossen, 35, and Shah Alam Monu, 30, were admitted to Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH), said Nayek Hamidur Rahaman of CMCH Police Outpost.

  • Mashrafe and Co moves on with a point

    Mashrafe bin Mortaza was a happy skipper when Bangladesh received a share of the pie from their washed out World Cup encounter against the mighty hosts at the great Gabba, Brisbane yesterday.

    The veteran was honest in admitting their chances with the four-time world champions Australia and welcomed the point that now puts them third in Pool A, behind New Zealand and Australia (on net run-rate), ahead of nations like England and Sri Lanka.

    Bangladesh aimed to play a better brand of cricket in the match where they knew they have a slim chance of coming out as winners.

  • 12 bombs recovered; 2 arrested

    The bombs have been recovered from a shopRapid Action Battalion in a drive recovered 12 petrol bombs from Munshipara area in the town yesterday and arrested two persons in this connection.

    According to police sources, on a tip-off, a team of RAB conducted the raid at a shop and recovered the petrol bombs concealed in a basket.

    The law enforcement agency also arrested the shop owner and Jamaat cadre Haroon-or-Rasheed, 40, and his employee Daven Chandra Das, 30, for stockpiling the explosives to carry out sabotage attacks.

  • Three killed in road accidents in 3 districts

    At least two people were killed in road accidents in  Joypurhat, Panchagarh and Narayanganj districts yesterday.

    Our Joypurhat correspondent reports: A motorcyclist was killed in a road accident in Pakortali area of the district in the morning.

    The victim was identified as Firoz Hossain, 38, son of Entaj Ali of Jamalganj Bazar area under Joypurhat Police Station.

  • 2 Barisal BNP men killed in gunfight

    A Jubo Dal activist and a Chhatra Dal activist were claimed to have died in a gun battle with police in Barisal yesterday.

    Kabir Mollah, 32, son of Hossain Mollah, and Tipu Hawladar, 30, son of Matiur Rahman Hawladar of Nagarbari village, died in the gunfight in Bitharnagar of Agailjhara upazila around 2:15am, said Md Monirul Islam, officer-in-charge of Agailjhara police station.

  • Bangladeshi-British schoolgirls feared to be on the way to join IS

    Three London schoolgirls who have flown to Turkey are feared to be on their way to Syria to join the Islamic State terrorist group, Scotland Yard said Friday.

    Two of the girls have been described as speakers of English and Bangla. The third speaks English and Amharic, a language spoken in Ethiopia, police said.

    The US State Department estimates that 20,000 people from 100 countries have travelled to Syria and Iraq to join Islamic State. British authorities say 600 of these jihadi volunteers are from the UK.

  • Mamata for better Dhaka-Kolkata trade links

    ‘We want to see real steps for making this planned connectivity true for the big leap’West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has outlined strengthening trade links with Bangladesh by forming a joint business delegation to remove obstacles faced by the businessmen.

    “I am here for sharpening the existing relationship between the two countries,” she said at a gathering of business leaders of Bangladesh at a city hotel yesterday.

    For strengthening trade and commerce ties, she said: “We have enough resources; we speak the same language and have similar culture. We need immediate nursing to move forward.”

  • February 21 brings huge crowd to Boi Mela

    February 21 brings huge crowd to Boi Mela

    A new splash of energy touched the Amar Ekushey Boi Mela yesterday, as many came to the fair in celebration of international mother language day. Huge crowds and long queues of customers created an entirely different aura at the fair.

    Publishers who had so far been dissatisfied with the low turnout, which was largely due to the political violence carried out during the hartal and blockade programme by the BNP-led 20-party alliance, were very happy about the turnout this past weekend.

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