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  • Afroza: BNP won’t boycott city corporation polls

    Afroza: BNP won’t boycott city corporation polls

    During her campaign yesterday Afroza, wife of DSCC mayoral candidate Mirza Abbas, blamed the ruling party for trying to create anarchy ahead of the polls.

    Attacks on BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia proved that the ruling Awami League does not want BNP to take part in the election but it will not boycott the city corporation polls, she said.

    As a part of the election campaign for her husband Mirza Abbas, Afroza Abbas yesterday visited Dhaka University to seek vote from Vice Chancellor AAMS Arefin Siddique.

  • At greet and treat, Annisul camp seeks ulema campaign help during Jummah

    The campaign team of the Awami League’s favourite for the Dhaka North mayoral race yesterday called on influential clerics to campaign for him at Friday’s Jummah prayers.

    In a possible breach of the electoral code of conduct, Annisul Huq’s campaign team also treated the divines to refreshments at a meeting at Ashkona Haji Camp in the capital’s Uttara area yesterday.

    According to the electoral code of conduct, candidates may not offer food or drinks to voters during election campaigns.

  • Khaleda sued for attempted murder, BNP sues back

    BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia was sued for attempt to murder yesterday.

    The plaintiff claimed the BNP chairperson’s motorcade hit Chhatra League members from behind while they were protesting against her, and then the CSF personnel along with some 20 to 25 BNP activists attacked them.

    The case, filed by Md Babu Hasan, sports secretary of Dhaka and Shahbagh Chhatra League, follows the Wednesday evening attack on Khaleda Zia’s motorcade at the Bangla Motor Signal.

  • CCC mayoral candidate Manjur Alam presents 54-point manifesto

    Prioritising the “temporary” water logging problem, Chittagong City Corporation election mayoral candidate M Manjur Alam yesterday unveiled his 54-point manifesto to the city people.

  • Khokon: I have the right to your votes

    Tabith: Deploy army at each polling centreAwami League-backed mayoral candidate for Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Sayeed Khokon said he had the right to seek votes from Dhaka residence more than any other candidates.

    While Dhaka North City Corporation mayoral candidate Tabith Awal yesterday demanded deployment of army personnel at every election camp.

    Khokon made the statement while he was briefing journalists after an election campaign at the Supreme Court Bar Council yesterday afternoon. Khokon, son of former Dhaka city mayor Mohammad Hani’f, sought votes from lawyers.

  • Upbeat hosts keen to continue dominance

    Bangladesh have enjoyed a honeymoon period so far in the ongoing bilateral home series against Pakistan, winning the solitary practice match followed by a whitewash in the ensuing three-match ODI series.

    The hosts were on cloud nine having swept away the challenge of their nemesis in the three ODIs and they will now look to maintain their dominance in the lone Twenty20 international today at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. The match will begin at 6:30pm and the BTV and GTV will telecast the game live.

  • Ruling party men led Karwan Bazar attack

    Ruling party men led Karwan Bazar attack

    What could be a peaceful political demonstration against the BNP’s campaign for a city corporation poll candidate at Karwan Bazar on Monday ultimately turned into an unwarranted attack on Khaleda Zia’s motorcade.

    It all started with Awami League’s Ward 26 unit President Jahirul Haque Jillu and a few Chhatra League men showing black flags to BNP chief Khaleda Zia who was speaking from her car seeking votes for the Dhaka North mayoral candidate her party is backing.

  • Election mood darkens

    Voters tense as violent attacks on opposition leader Khaleda Zia continue and EC appears to vacillate on deployment of troops Back-to-back attacks on opposition leader Khaleda Zia’s motorcade and flip-flopping by the Election Commission (EC) on whether or not to deploy troops for polls duty has muddied the waters ahead of the city corporation elections, political commentators said.

    Consecutive attacks on BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s motorcade on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday have left more than 20 people injured.

    The three-time former prime minister alleges that shots fired in the attacks, which damaged her personal vehicles, were intended to kill her.

  • Bureaucratic tangles delay Rana Plaza cases

    Two years have passed since the collapse of Rana Plaza at Savar that killed over 1,135 people, mostly female garment workers, but charge sheets in the three criminal cases are yet to be pressed.

    The process has apparently been stuck since September last year as the government is yet to approve the inclusion of 20 public servants in the cases.

    Officials of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), which has been given time on several occasions to submit the charge sheets, now say they hope to press the charges by May 21.

  • Police: Ansarullah and Shibir behind Ashulia bank heist

    Tuesday’s bank robbery in Ashulia, which left eight people dead, might have been perpetrated by men involved with Ansarullah Bangla Team and Islami Chatra Shibir, investigators have said.

    The link between the heist and the involvement of the Islamist organisations became apparent following the interrogation of two suspected robbers – Borhan Mridha, 35, and Saiful Islam, 25.

  • Study: 1.3 million children engaged in hazardous jobs

    Around 13 lakh children in Bangladesh aged between 5 and 17 years are engaged in hazardous jobs, says a study report.

    The study prepared by Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum (BSAF) reads that currently there are 74 lakh working children by and large engaged in diverse forms of economic activities.

    The three quarters of a total 4,21,000 child domestic workers who are mostly vulnerable are girls, the paper said quoting different statistics prepared by the government and NGOs.

  • Unrest grips Khulna jute mills

    State-owned and private jute mills in Khulna have been hit hard by unrest as workers continue to protest to realise their several points demands.

    Six private mills owe nearly Tk300 crore in unpaid wages and bank loans while another two suspended production due to a lack of working capital.

    Ajax Jute Mill was shut a year ago but is yet to pay overdue wages amounting to Tk55 crore. The authorities are expected to hold a meeting this month to sell the mill.  

  • Rehana does not want to go back

    Rehana does not want to go back

    The long lasting psychological impacts of a deadly disaster like the Rana Plaza collapse are no less severe and damaging than the tangible economic impacts.

    Take for example the case of Rehana Akter, who worked in one of the factories in Rana Plaza. She will never be able to work in a garment factory again because she thinks that the fear and anxiety are going to come back the moment she steps into one.

  • Rana Plaza rescue workers left uncared for

    The commoners who sprang into action to rescue readymade garment workers after the 2013 deadly collapse of Rana Plaza in Savar have unfortunately faced sheer negligence.

    Without any formal training in how to carry out rescue operations in the wake of such a massive industrial disaster, these people risked their own lives and went under the rubble to save as many lives as they could, but none from the state administration has cared to even enquire after these intrepid individuals in the last two years.

  • Still many challenges ahead for RMG sector

    Speakers at a programme yesterday lauded the progress in the country’s ready-made garments sector as significant but warned that there were more challenges to be addressed.

    They stressed the need for further improvements in working conditions and workers’ rights. Completing the factory inspection task should be given the highest priority while the government needs to take action against those who would refuse to cooperate, they said.

  • Mashrafe confident of T20 victory

    Mashrafe confident of T20 victory

    Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe bin Mortaza believes they can win the lone Twenty20 international against Pakistan today at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium if they are able to maintain the dominance that they had exhibited in the just-concluded three-match ODI series.

    The Narail Express, however, informed that the Tigers have some limitations and lackings in the shortest format of the game due to their lack of experience.

  • Afridi vows to fight hard in lone T20I

    Afridi vows to fight hard in lone T20I

    Pakistan Twenty20 captain Shahid Afridi braved the odds and vowed to come hard at hosts Bangladesh in the lone T20 at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium today.

  • Mushfiq, Soumya, Sunny reach career-best rankings, Pakistan drop to eighth

    Mushfiq, Soumya, Sunny reach career-best rankings, Pakistan drop to eighth

    Bangladesh’s dominance over Pakistan in the just-concluded ODI series is reflected in the latest Reliance ICC ODI Player Rankings as its players are on an upward movement.

    Wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim, opener Soumya Sarkar and left-arm spinner Arafat Sunny have achieved career-best rankings to date, while opener Tamim Iqbal, middle-order batsman Nasir Hossain, left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan and fast bowler Rubel Hossain have also made impressive gains.

  • U-19s complete 6-1 series win

    Bangladesh Under-19s edged South Africa Under-19s by one wicket in the seventh and final Youth ODI in Chittagong. The win completed a comprehensive 6-1 series win for Bangladesh.

    The hosts needed 20 runs from the last 11 balls when last batsman Saleh Ahmed arrived at the crease to join Mohammad Saifuddin. The pair took six off the penultimate over before Saifuddin cracked three fours in the final over bowled by Conor McKerr to ensure the win.

  • US admits two hostages killed in al-Qaeda raid

    The White House has said that a US counterterrorism operation in January accidentally killed two hostages who were being held by al-Qaeda.

    Warren Weinstein, an American, and Giovanni Lo Porto, an Italian, were killed in the raid in the border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    President Barack Obama described it as a painful loss he profoundly regretted.

    Two other Americans thought to be al-Qaeda members were also killed, one of them in the same raid.

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