Monday February 19, 2018 10:07 PM

  • Jatrabari-Gulistan Road: The nightmare route

    Jatrabari-Gulistan Road: The nightmare route

    Countless cracks and potholes have made the Gulistan-Jatrabari road, the most important thoroughfare for the people living in the capital’s south, a nightmarish experience for commuters.

    Different sections of the road have turned unfit for vehicular movement, causing long tailbacks that stretch to adjoining roads. As a result, almost on a daily basis, school-and office-goers are forced to reach late to their destinations.

  • MP claims accident while Lipi’s family claims murder

    Former Awami League MP Mollah Jalaluddin has claimed that the death of his daughter-in-law Lipi was just an accident.

    On the other hand, the deceased’s elder brother Asaduzzaman Milon has claimed that Hedayet, the prime accused of the case who is also known as personal assistant to Mollah Jalaluddin, had intentionally murdered Lipi.

  • Fresh Hajj death toll hits 1,453

    Bangladeshi death toll rises to 79A new tally shows that the stampede during Hajj in Saudi Arabia’s Mina last month killed at least 1,453 people, making it the deadliest event to ever strike the annual pilgrimage.

    The fresh death toll, compiled by news agency Associated Press, is 684 higher than Saudi Arabia’s official tally of 769 killed and 934 injured in the September 24 disaster.

    The AP figure comes from statements and officials’ comments from 19 of the over 180 countries that sent citizens to the five-day annual pilgrimage.

  • Lessors were unaware of Hoshi’s ownership in farm

    It was Humayun Kabir Hira who had leased a piece of land for Hoshi Kunio to raise a grass farm without informing the owner about the Japanese researcher.

    The 0.8 hectare land at Kachu Alutari village in Kaunia of Rangpur is owned by Shah Alam’s brother Shajahan Mia. Alam managed the land for Hira for Tk82,000.

    The farm turned fruitful as Hoshi said growth of the grass was faster than expected.

  • Mujahid’s wife demands fair trial

    Claiming that the Jamaat-e-Islami leader’s sentence was unfair, the wife of condemned war criminal Ali Ahsan Muhammad Mujahid, Tamanna-e-Jahan, has urged the government to ensure fair trial.

    Tamanna made the appeal to President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Chief Justice SK Sinha and authorities concerned after meeting her husband at the Dhaka Central Jail yesterday.

    “I expect a fair trial…and nothing else. My husband has been sentenced unfairly and I hope it will not happen during the review petition hearing,” she said.

  • DU ‘Kha’ unit entrance exam held

    DU ‘Kha’ unit entrance exam held

    The undergraduate admission test of “Kha” unit of Dhaka University was held yesterday.

    A total of 31,163 students took the test while the unit has 2,296 places.

    The one-hour examination, in which students had to answer multiple choice questions, began at 10am and ended at 11am. It was held at 69 centres in the capital, including the university.

    The vice-chancellor, Dr AAMS Arefin Siddique, and several other university officials visited a number of centres during the test.

  • Road accident kills four of a family, one other in Chittagong

    Five people, including four members of a family, were killed while four others were injured as a bus and a CNG-run autorickshaw collided head-on in Patiya upazila, Chittagong yesterday afternoon.

    Police said the family – Kanchan Sen, 28, his wife Anamika Sen, 24, their son Kakon Sen, 3, Kanchan’s elder brother Anjan Sen, 32, Anjan’s wife Rupna Sen, 25, their two sons Apon Sen, 7, and Anik Sen, 5, and Kanchan’s cousin Milton Sen, 24 – were going to Banshkhali on the autorickshaw from their village Kelishahar in Patiya when the accident took place.

  • Call for having two eggs a day

    Speakers at a discussion yesterday made a call to have two eggs a day in order to meet the demand for animal protein.

    They said eating two eggs every day is a cheap source for the animal protein requirement of the body and also urged the government to announce tax exemptions for the poultry industry.

  • Bihar election: A test for Modi’s reforms and Hindu agenda

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on the campaign trail in Bihar state election that could define the rest of his term, promising jobs and development in one of the country’s most backward areas, while his right-wing party pushes a Hindu agenda.

    Braving the scorching sun, thousands of men and women clad in bright shirts and saris trudged miles to Modi’s campaign rally last week in the state of Bihar. Voting to the legislature there will start on Monday and the result will be out on November 8.

  • Child suicides see alarming rise

    Child suicides see alarming rise

    As the country prepares to observe World Mental Health Day today, the spotlight is on the alarming rise in children ending their own lives this year.

    The surge in child suicides during the first seven months of 2015 has already surpassed last year’s annual tally.

    Campaigners identified depression; the transfer of parents’ anxiety to their children; parents’ marital unhappiness, excessive strictness and the rejection of children’s demands; and irrational fears as causes for the increased incidence of suicides.

  • Man injured in BSF shooting dies

    One of the five Bangladeshis, injured in an attack by the Indian Border Security Force members in Lalmonirhat’s Aditmari on Thursday night, died at a hospital yesterday.

    Abdur Rahim, 33, son of Abul Kashem of Chowratari village under Durgapur, died around 7am at Rangpur Medical College Hospital. Another bullet-hit cattle trader Sultan Mia, 34, of the same area is undergoing treatment at the hospital.

    A commander-level meeting was held between the two border forces in Aditmari when the BSF officials promised to investigate the matter.

  • UK issues fresh travel alert despite security blanket

    With the recent murders of two foreigners, upcoming trials of two war criminals and Durga Puja coming up, security has been beefed up in the capitalThe United Kingdom yesterday issued an updated travel advisory for Britons, repeating claims of Islamic State group involvement in the murder of two foreign nationals and flagging the Chittagong Hill Tracts as a no-go zone.

    Despite the deployment of 150 checkpoints and a standby SWAT team in the capital’s diplomatic zone to allay expats’ fears, the alert said westerners remained at risk of “indiscriminate” attacks.

  • Double-murder suspect injured during police drive

    A detained double-murder suspect has been shot in the leg, allegedly by his own cohorts, while he was accompanying the police during a search of his own home in Sandwip.

    Two more people – Md Rubel, 22 and Lutfor Rahman, 28 – were arrested during the police raid at the house of the suspect, Fazle Elahi Mishan alias Mishu, in Bauria union of Sandwip yesterday.

    Mishu was earlier detained in Khulna on Thursday in connection with two murders committed over the occupancy of a cattle market in the island of Sandwip on September 21.

  • SUST anti-VC protest called off

    The teachers at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, who have been demanding the removal of the vice-chancellor for months, have decided to suspend the ongoing demonstrations but officially disclosed no reason for making the move.

    In a statement on Thursday night, Dr Syed Shamsul Alam, convener of Mohan Muktijuddher Chetonai Udbuddho Shikkhok Forum that organised the demonstrations, announced the suspension of the anti-VC protests.

  • Alleged pirate killed in Sirajganj gunfight

    A suspected member of a pirate gang was killed in a “gunfight between his cohorts and members of Rapid Action Battalion near China Cross Dam at Moregram in Sirajganj sadar upazila early yesterday.

    The deceased was identified as Asadul Islam, 29, son of Abdur Rashid of Meghnapatal village in Bhuapur upazila of Tangail.

  • Cox’s Bazar human traffickers again in business

    The human traffickers have allegedly started returning to various coastal areas of the district and taking massive preparations to smuggle people eyeing to the upcoming winter season.

    Earlier, though they had went into hiding in the face of police drive, recently they again appeared in Ukhia, Teknaf and some other areas vastly known for human trafficking.

  • Life – a constant fight on Sonadia Island

    Life – a constant fight on Sonadia Island

    There is not even a village doctor on the island. Any health complication and the patient has to be taken to the Maheshkhali island which is the closest place to Sonadia to have a hospital – that too is at least a 50-minute journey by boatSonadia is a small island in the Bay of Bengal, north-west of Cox’s Bazar, and there is every possibility that the dried sea fish in your last night’s dinner has come from there.

    It is also known to environmentalist activists as a key breeding ground for endangered marine turtles and also the winter home of many different kinds of migratory birds.

    But behind all these is the heartrending story of a lifetime of struggle for some 1,700 ultra-poor inhabitants of this 9sq-km island.

  • AL leaders snub BNP call for unity

    Awami League leaders yesterday snubbed out the BNP’s call for a national unity to resolve the rising threat of militancy and terrorism.

    Senior leaders of the ruling party instead slammed the BNP for harbouring and supporting militancy, criticisms that came only a day after BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir emphasised on the need for unity in the face of the foreigner killings.

  • Tunisian crisis mediator group wins Nobel Peace Prize

    Tunisian crisis mediator group wins Nobel Peace Prize

    Tunisia’s National Dialogue Quartet won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for helping build democracy in the birthplace of the Arab Spring, an example of peaceful transition in a region otherwise struggling with violence and upheaval.

    The quartet of the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT), the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA), the Tunisian Human Rights League (LTDH), and the Tunisian Order of Lawyers was formed in the summer of 2013.

  • The urgent need for rights-based solutions to climate displacement in Bangladesh

    The urgent need for rights-based solutions to climate displacement in Bangladesh

    In 2009, Cyclone Aila caused extensive damage across India and Bangladesh, destroying homes, agricultural land, and property, and displacing over 2 million peopleDisplacement as a result of natural disasters and climate change is on the rise globally. The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre estimates that since 2008 an average of 26.4 million people per year have been displaced from their homes due to natural disasters — the equivalent to one person being displaced every second.

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