- March 18, 2018
A middle-aged Patgram woman, hawking
produce by the roadside, let out a long sigh and spoke about what she called her ill-starred fate.
Working by herself on a rainy morning on the August 15 government holiday, she described the life she and her husband used to lead with their two daughters as simple
She said her husband, Sultan, used to work in a limestone crushing workshop.
At the end of 2013, when the country was being racked by political violence, her husband fell ill and left his Tk200 a day job.
The first Hajj flights carrying 419 Bangladeshi pilgrims took off for Saudi Arabia yesterday at 8:35 am and it reached Jedda at 12:10 am at local time.
Khan Mosharraf Hossain, general manager of Biman Bangladesh Airlines said, the first hajj flight reached Jedda safely where Bangladesh AQmbassador Golam Moshi received the pilgrims.
High official of Bangladesh Embassy were also present at the Jedda airport.
Police yesterday filed a charge sheet in the murder of teenager Rajon against 13 persons, mentioning Kamrul Islam as the prime accused, to the Sylhet Metropolitan Magistrate Court.
Kamrul was detained by Bangladeshis in Saudi Arabia and handed over to the police. Two of his brothers – Shamim and Pavel – are on the run. Ten others are now in police custody. Eight of them have given confessional statements in the case.
Speakers at a programme yesterday expressed concerns over the growing use of mercury as it would be disastrous for environment and public health.
A programme was arranged at the Jatiya Press Club for launching a study report titled Mercury added products: Country situation analysis in Bangladesh. It was conducted by the Environment and Social Development Organisation (Esdo) in association with UNEP.
The report said that around 60 tonnes of mercury was imported in 2014 and estimated that more than 1,100kg of the metal was generated and released into the environment.
A four-year-old boy has been shot and injured in Comilla city after being caught in the middle of a shoot-out between two rival criminal gangs.
The victim named Hridoy, the son of a local rickshaw-van puller, was just an innocent bystander during the shoot-out, which took place less than a month after infighting between political rivals led to an unborn child being shot in her mother’s womb in Magura.
Iskander Ali, a cleaner at the office of police’s DB, yesterday testified in the blogger Ahmed Rajeeb Haider murder case. The sixth prosecution witness said that upon instructions from DB officers, he had seized a machete and a knife from a drain in front of Sher-e-Bangla Nagar High School.
Killers threw away the weapons after hacking Ahmed Rajeeb Haider to death in front of his Pallabi house on February 15, 2013, witness Iskander told Dhaka’s Third Speedy Trial Tribunal.
Police in Joypurhat detained three men on Saturday night on charges of abusing a 12-year-old child worker.
The detainees are Abdul Matin, owner of a restaurant named Mega Hotel and Fast Food in Akkelpur Sadar upazila, Rubel, an employee of the restaurant, and Sumon, who works at a local salon.
Their detention came amid a number of cases of violence against children in different parts of the country over the past few months that led to public outrage and strong condemnation.
The farmers who have produced pineapples without chemicals are counting huge losses as buyers are not interested to buy the agri-produces because of its small size.
Normally, customers are interested to buy pineapples which are large in size and bright in color. But naturally ripen pineapple are not large in size as well as it gets natural color which is not brighten look-alike chemical treated pineapple.
Two people, including a schoolboy, were killed and nine others injured in separate incidents of lightning strike in Bonchaganj upazila yesterday.
The deceased were identified as Bappi Islam, 12, son of Babu Islam of Deur village and Shyamol Chandra Roy, 35, son of
Madan Chandra Roy of Jalgaon village in the upazila.
Quoting witnesses, police said a thunderbolt struck 10 people, including nine students of Deur High School, while playing on the playground of the school amid rain, leaving Bappi dead on the spot and nine others wounded.
A birthday celebration programme of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia was reportedly foiled by Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists at Government B M College in Barisal on Saturday.
Witnesses said Jatiotabadi Chattra Dal (JCD), students wing of BNP, arranged a programme to celebrate the birthday of Khaleda Zia on the college campus.
Before starting the programme, some BCL cadres led by Faisal Ahmed Munna attacked the JCD activists foiled the programme.
Inspector General of Police AKM Shahidul Hoque yesterday said that the ruling Awami League is big organisation and there might be some factional clashes.
“Police will follow the legal course if any criminal offences take place,” he told reporters in response to queries after attending a programme at Rajarbagh Police Lines auditorium.
He also claimed that no clashes had taken place centring share of extortion money, collected to observe the National Mourning Day on August 15.
BNP yesterday alleged that the ruling party leaders and activists have got desperate as the government has been in a holiday mood for lack of inclusive politics in the country.
“The current regime has been in a holiday mood as there’s no inclusive politics, no movement and pressure from the opposition…that’s why the ruling party men have become very desperate,” said BNP spokesman Asaduzzaman Ripon. The BNP leader came up with the remark while addressing a press briefing at the party’s Nayapaltan central office.
Little Suraiya was shifted to a general cabin at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital yesterday, 23 days after she was hit by a bullet in her mother’s womb.
She had been at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) since July 31 and now she will be staying – for the first time after her emergency surgical birth – with her mother Nazma Begum in one of the cabins on the second floor of the DMCH main building.
Teachers of all public universities across the country observed work abstention yesterday, demanding a separate pay scale for university teachers and protesting what they claimed were discriminatory and biased proposals under the new pay scale.
The work abstention at Dhaka University was observed between 10am and 1pm, during which teachers gathered at the DU Teachers Club and initiated a mass signature campaign to press home their demands.
The construction of the long-awaited Dhaka Elevated Expressway, a project that involved many obstacles around the past five years, finally began yesterday.
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader inaugurated the first phase of construction in the capital.
He opened the work and handed over the land properties to the construction companies in accordance with the deal in the capital’s Kawla near Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.
Two alleged robbers sustained bullet injuries and two policemen were injured during a gunfight between law enforcers and robbers in Bahaddarhat area in Chittagong city early yesterday.
The injured policemen Assistant Sub-Inspectors Monir and Arnob received primary treatment at Chittagong Medical College Hospital, said Officer-in-Charge of Chandgaon police station Sairul Islam.
The Ekattor TV authorities yesterday submitted to the Supreme Court the leaked audio conversation between two apex court judges, video footages of a talk show and a news aired on August 10 by the private satellite channel as per a court order.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam submitted those to the two-member Appellate Division bench of Justice Nazmun Ara Sultana and Justice Hasan Foez Siddiqui. Hearing on the contempt charge is likely to be held tomorrow.
A construction worker was hacked to death by some unidentified assailants in Kadamtoli area of the port city yesterday morning.
Deceased, Md Aziz, 35, son of Syedul Haque, hailed from Char Khijirpur area under Boalkhali upazila in Chittagong.
Quoting locals, Officer-in-Charge of Sadarghat police station, Mainul Islam Bhuyian said when Aziz was going to Majhirghat area in the morning, the assailants riding on a motorbike waylaid him and hacked him indiscriminately.
More than 40 students of Bhuyapara High School under Kachua upazila in Chandpur district were injured yesterday as Jubo League activists attacked them.
Sources said some Jubo League activists went to the school on August 15 and demanded extortion to its headmaster Dulal Chandra Sarker on the occasion of National Mourning Day.
They harassed him physically as he rejected their proposal.
Fazlur Rahman, an assistant teacher of the school went to the spot and rescued the headmaster. He also protested the Jubo League men.
Police yesterday claimed to have identified the criminals who had killed three Awami League supporters and injured another in Dhaka’s Madhya Badda three days ago.
However, investigators, who have detained five people in connection with the incident, have yet to know for certain the motive behind the killing.
Around 9pm on Thursday, three to four criminals came to the Adarshanagar water pump area in Madhya Badda and opened fire on Mahbubur Rahman Gama, Shamsuddin Molla, Firoz Ahmed and Abdus Salam, who were having their customary evening chat there.