Thursday March 22, 2018 11:57 PM

  • BNP vows to contest polls no matter what

    The BNP yesterday said it would not back away from the upcoming Dhaka and Chittagong city corporation polls even in the face of adverse circumstances.

    “We are in the polls amid immense adversity and will remain in the races even if further adverse circumstances are created,” Moudud Ahmed, a BNP Standing Committee member, said.

    “We are participating in the city polls as part of our movement,” he told journalists at the Dhaka North election coordination committee meeting held at party Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office.

  • Joy likely to campaign for AL-backed candidates

    In an attempt to counter BNP’s upper-hand at having party chief Khaleda Zia campaign for city polls candidates, the ruling party is now planning to use the popularity of Sajeeb Wazed Joy to boost chances for candidates it is backing.

    A meeting of the Awami League Central Working Committee (ALCWC) on Wednesday reached a decision in this regard; however, when or how Joy would join the election campaigns has not been finalised yet.

  • Rescue operation likely to end today

    The rescue operation at the site of collapsed tin-shed two-storey house in Mati Masjid area in the capital’s Rampura may be called off today.

    Dhaka District Deputy Commissioner Toffazzal Hossain Miah said: “As there is no claim for people missing we might call off our operation tomorrow (today).”

    He said the rescue team tried their best to recover the lower part of the collapsed house but failed to do so. 

  • All governments owe lineage to Mujibnagar

    All governments that have assumed power in Bangladesh owe their lineage to the Mujibnagar government as they are the continuation of that government, LGRD Minister and
    Awami League Secretary General Syed Ashraful Islam said yesterday while addressing a discussion commemorating the Mujibnagar Day.

    “The Mujibnagar governemnet saw through the establishment of Bangladesh; it was not an interim government,” the minister also said.

  • BCL man shot in city

    A Bangladesh Chhatra League activist was shot in an alleged attack by Jubo League activists in the city’s Rampura area yesterday.

    The injured was identified as Md Sohan Chowdhury, resident of Rampura area.

    Sources said activists of the local unit of Jubo League swooped on Sohan at Mukkhi Mosjid Goli in the area around 7:15 pm.

    They fired gunshots targeting Sohan, and he was shot in his right-side ribs, sources quoted him.

    He was rushed to Dhaka Medical College Hospital around 8pm. 

  • Tamim, Mushfiq shine

    Tamim, Mushfiq shine

    Bangladesh win against Pakistan in 1st ODI by 79 runs
    The fearless Tigers continued from where they had left off in the 2015 ICC World Cup as centuries from Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim steered Bangladesh to a comfortable 79-run win over Pakistan in the first ODI in Mirpur yesterday.

    Courtesy of the win, the Tigers brought to an end their 16-year winless run against their subcontinent rival with the last victory coming in the 1999 ICC World Cup in England.

  • Colourful candidates contest council elections

    Colourful candidates contest council elections

    Of a total of 663 people running for Dhaka ward councillors, around 30% were unwilling to disclose their education and nearly 8 out of 10 make their living from businesses. 

    Nearly a tenth said they were literate and 21% aspirants said they were “self educated.” Almost 79% (522) stated business or contractor as their main source of income.

    Only three claimed their profession was “politics” and more than a tenth stated “house rent” as their source of income. A little over 14% said they were contractors.

  • Sayeed Khokon pooh-poohs Afroza Abbas’ campaign concerns

    The wife of Mirza Abbas, the BNP’s mayoral favourite for Dhaka South City Corporation, yesterday claimed on the campaign trail that ruling party men were threatening and attacking her husband’s supporters.

    But Sayeed Khokon, the Awami League-backed candidate, dismissed Afroza Abbas’ concerns as mere politicking.

    The opposing camps campaigned yesterday in Dhaka South City Corporation’s Kamrangirchar and Jurain areas.

  • Switched-off phone helps killer evade cops

    Police are yet to make any significant strides in the case lodged over Thursday’s murder of a housewife in the capital’s Mirpur even though they have identified the murderer.

    Inspector (investigation) of Mirpur Model police station, Md Moinul Islam, yesterday said the killer, Mahmudul Hasan, could not be nabbed as his mobile phone had been switched off since the crime was committed.

    He said Mahmudul is the colleague of victim Umme Rukaiya Begum’s sister-in-law and he used to visit the house occasionally.

  • Negligence of DU authorities, police blamed

    Negligence of DU authorities, police blamed

    Speakers at a demonstration programme at Dhaka University yesterday blamed the university authorities and the law enforcers for the sexual assault on a number of women during the Pohela Boishakh celebration.

    They also demanded exemplary punishment of the sexual offenders and removal of DU Acting Proctor professor Amzad Ali for his alleged negligence in tackling the incident.

  • Study suggests our ancestors really were cannibals

    New research suggests that some of our human ancestors may have been cannibals.

    Ancient remains from a known archaeological site confirm that a group of humans were butchered, carved and eaten, says a BBC report. These remains come from Gough’s Cave in Somerset, England, which was last excavated in 1992.

    However, scientists have continued to analyse the marks on the bones found at this site.

  • MRP issuance crosses 10m milestone with greater promise

    The passport authorities are expecting to complete issuing machine-readable passports (MRPs) to all non-resident Bangladeshis (NRBs) within the stipulated time frame as they achieved the milestone of issuing 10 million MRPs on Thursday.

    It has taken over five years to achieve the milestone since April 1, 2010 when the authorities started issuing the MRPs.

  • Humble Mushfiq surprised with award

    Humble Mushfiq surprised with award

    Wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim bagged the player-of-the-match award yesterday for his 77-ball 106 against Pakistan in the first ODI in Mirpur. The quickfire knock enabled the Tigers to 329/6 from 50 overs, their highest total in one-day internationals. Pakistan later fell 79 runs short of the target.

  • Azhar faults careless bowling, fielding

    Azhar faults careless bowling, fielding

    Pakistan ODI skipper Azhar Ali blamed loose bowling and sloppy fielding as the tourists suffered a convincing 79-run defeat against Bangladesh in the first ODI at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday. Replying to the home side’s 329/6, the visitors crumbled for 250 in 45.2 overs.

  • Records galore in Mirpur

    Records tumbled at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday when Bangladesh took on Pakistan in the first of three one-day internationals.

    With Bangladesh struggling at 67/2 in 20 overs, Mushfiqur Rahim arrived to the crease and stitched together a record-creating 178-run stand alongside Tamim Iqbal for the third wicket. This is not only Bangladesh’s highest partnership for the third wicket but also the best ever for any wicket in ODIs.

  • Sk Russel struggle, Brothers stroll

    Sheikh Russel continued their fine start in the Manyavar Bangladesh Premier League and also halted Mohammedan’s winning run in the top-flight as the Blues pipped the traditional Black and Whites 1-0 at Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

    Out-of-favour national defender Rezaul Karim Reza notched the all-important goal at the hour mark to salvage all three points for Sheikh Russel, who grabbed their second consecutive victory.

  • Clashes between Indian forces, Kashmiri protesters injure 25

    Clashes between Indian forces, Kashmiri protesters injure 25

    Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse hundreds of demonstrators in Indian-controlled Kashmir who hurled rocks and chanted anti-Indian and pro-Pakistan slogans yesterday, and officials said at least 20 police personnel and five protesters were injured.

    Clashes erupted in at least two places in Srinagar, the region’s main city, and the southern town of Tral shortly after yesterday prayers as people tried to march through the streets to protest the killing of a militant commander’s brother.

  • Images show rapid Chinese progress on new South China Sea airstrip

    Recent satellite images published on Thursday show China has made rapid progress in building an airstrip suitable for military use in contested territory in the South China Sea’s Spratly Islands and may be planning another, moves that have been greeted with concern in the United States and Asia.

    IHS Jane’s Defense Weekly said March 23 images from Airbus Defence and Space showed work on the runway on reclaimed parts of Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly archipelago, which China contests with the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan.

  • Zero tolerance for sexual assault

    Tackle the attitudes which embolden and enable perpetratorsWe are glad to see that the High Court has issued a firm ruling upon all responsible authorities to fully investigate the organised sexual assaults on women which took place during Pohela Boishakh celebrations on the Dhaka University campus.

    It is disturbing that such incidents could take place in a crowded area during broad daylight. It is a rather grim commentary on the state of security for women in public spaces that the perpetrators felt that they could assault people in this manner with impunity.

  • Build decent housing for all

    The capital’s millions of working poor drive our ecoomic growth. They deserve betterThe vast majority of the capital’s working poor are given no opportunity for affordable, decent housing and many are forced to live in unsafe, unsanitary slums. 

    Wednesday’s building collapse in Rampura which killed over 12 people, including a family of four, is a tragic reminder of how many people have to live in dangerous and risky housing.

    Had the 24-room building not collapsed in the middle of the working day, the death toll would have easily been far greater.

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