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Carnival of souls comes to an end

Hay Festival Dhaka 2014

Carnival of souls comes to an end

Experimentation with new forms and subjects in the arts, and promotion of freedom of choice and expression were summarised through the presentation of a Bangla poetry rap in the closing event of the three-day long Hay Festival Dhaka 2014 yesterday. The highlight of the day was the session on the silver jubilee edition of...

Challenged girl killed after rape

A mentally challenged girl was raped before she was strangled to death in Chawkbazar area of Old Dhaka on Friday night. Ten-year-old Moni Akter lay cold on a road near her tin-shed house at Islambagh around 11:00pm. Locals took her to Mitford Hospital where doctors declared her dead, said Azizul Haque, officer-in-charge of Chawkbazar Police Station. The girl was raped before being choked to death, said sources at Sir Salimullah Medical College morgue. Police arrested a mason named Delwar, who lives at a...

Biman to go tough on errant crew

The Biman Board last night decided that any cabin crew bringing in goods worth $300 or more would be handed over to police. The decision came in the wake of the arrest of three Biman officials for alleged involvement in smuggling gold. The board also decided to interrogate the general manager (security) of Biman to know why he allowed Mahmudul Haque Palash, who claimed to be the godson of Biman chairman, to enter and roam around the Biman offices freely interfering...

Ins Vikrant

'71 warship reduced to heap of scrap

'71 warship reduced to heap of scrap

The hull of the decommisioned Vikrant, which “once controlled the sea and ended a war”, was torn open on Friday at the breaking yard in south Mumbai, ending the journey of India's first aircraft carrier. The first to fall, 15 minutes before sunset, was the angled deck, which will be remembered for launching the...

BNP, allies to wage movement if govt raises gas, power prices

The BNP-led 20-party alliance will wage a tougher movement including non-stop hartal and blockade if the government increases power and gas prices in January next year. The decision came at a meeting at the BNP chief's Gulshan residence last night. The alliance decided to take up the public interest issue to kick off an anti-government movement and gradually turn it into a decisive campaign for an inclusive election under a non-party administration, meeting sources said. At the meeting, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia...

Road crashes kill 5

Five people were killed in road accidents in Bhola, Jessore, Brahmanbaria, Sirajganj and Thakurgaon on Friday and yesterday. Our Bhola correspondent reports, motorcyclist Foyej Sikder, 21, was killed as his bike hit a roadside tree near Mirza Bazar in Borhanuddin upazila yesterday. Our Benapole correspondent reports, Rejoana Khatun, 5, daughter of Jabber Morol, died as a human hauler hit her in front of her Goga Bazar residence in Sharsha upazila of Jessore yesterday. Our Brahmanbaria correspondent reports, Delwar Hossain Ripon Mia, 36,...

Obama broadens Afghan mission

Barack Obama has quietly approved guidelines in recent weeks to allow the Pentagon to target Taliban fighters in Afghanistan, broadening previous plans that had limited the military to counterterrorism missions against al-Qaida after this year, US officials said. The president's decisions also allow the military to conduct air support for Afghan operations when needed, the officials said late on Friday. Obama issued the guidelines in recent weeks, as the American combat mission in Afghanistan draws to a close, thousands of...

Ailing Thai King unable to meet ministers

Thailand's revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej missed a planned meeting with two government ministers, palace officials said, amid ongoing public concern over the state of the ailing 86-year-old's health. The two ministers were supposed to accompany junta leader General Prayut Chan-O-Cha to meet the world's longest serving monarch on Friday evening to swear an oath in front of him before taking up office. But the palace said his medical team had advised against the king going ahead with the ceremony. "A team of...

14 hurt in 'gas blast' at luxury London hotel

Fourteen people were injured at a five-star London hotel overnight after an explosion in the basement believed to have been caused by a gas leak, emergency services said yesterday. About 500 guests had to be evacuated following the blast at The Churchill Hyatt Regency hotel shortly before midnight on Friday, London Fire Brigade said. Five of the injured required hospital treatment, including two men with leg wounds, London Ambulance Service added. It was unclear if the injured were hotel guests.

Phulbari Coal Mine

Published Date: November 22, 2014
UK warns against adverse impact

Condemning British company GCM Resources for breaching international guidelines on ethical corporate behaviour, the UK government has urged it to assess its planned coalmine in Bangladesh and see if it would affect human rights of locals. The UK government's findings, released on Thursday, state that the project “has aroused considerable opposition in Bangladesh, leading to violent protests, and an even more violent response by the authorities there”. The UK government statement follows an investigation into GCM's activities in Phulbari of Dinajpur,...