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Launch Accidents

Probe bodies way behind deadline

Most of the probe bodies, formed to investigate inland waterway disasters that had happened in last six months, had failed to submit their findings even though a long time had gone by after the deadlines expired. Such inaction paves the way for perpetrators to escape punishment, observed river transport experts. After an oil tanker capsized in the Sundarbans on December 9 last year, four probe committees were formed to investigate the matter. Two of the bodies were yet to submit their...

EU for removing trade barriers

The European Union yesterday called for removing tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade so that the bloc's businesses and investments in Bangladesh could reach a new height. “There are tariff and non-tariff barriers. In some cases import duties are quite high and they can be a deterrent to European companies to promote their products in Bangladesh,” said Pierre Mayaudon, ambassador of the Delegation of the European Union to Bangladesh. On the non-tariff side, he called for a more transparent and legally...

4 die in N'ganj road crash

Four people, including a child and a woman, were killed and four others injured as a truck rammed a CNG-run auto-rickshaw in Rupganj upazila yesterday morning. The dead are driver of the three-wheeler Mozammel, 40, and Emon, 3, of Daudkandi in Comilla, and Md Kadir, 70, and Aklima Begum, 25, of Karimganj in Kishoreganj. The stone-laden truck heading towards Dhaka rammed the auto-rickshaw on the Dhaka-Sylhet highway in Karnogop area around 8:30am, killing two passengers of the auto-rickshaw and its driver...

Crisis needs to be addressed internally

Crisis needs to be addressed internally

Expressing concern over the ongoing violence in Bangladesh, the US has said it was important for Bangladesh government to provide space for peaceful political opposition and to create inclusive political processes. "There is a continuing political impasse and that there is a continuing violence, and we hope that government and opposition leaders can address...

Petrol Bomb Attack

5 suffer burns

Six labourers were injured as criminals firebombed a pick-up in Rupganj upazila of Narayanganj last night. Of them, five suffered burns. They are Helal Uddin, 25, Sohel Miah, 28, Billal Hossain, 26, Salam, 32, and Rashed Miah, 30. They were admitted to the Burn Unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital. Helal received 30 percent burns, Salam 15 percent, Rashed 15 percent, Sohel 10 percent and Billal nine percent, said Mozammel Haque, in-charge of DMCH police camp. The attack took place hours after...

Killing sparks anger, outcry

Killing sparks anger, outcry

Outraged by the brutal killing of secular writer-blogger Avijit Roy, hundreds of students, teachers, rights and online activists, bloggers and others yesterday staged protest rallies and demanded immediate arrest of the killers. Pointing the finger at "anti-liberation and fundamentalist forces", the protesters said if the government fails to punish them, the country would become...

Workplace Accidents

3 Bangladeshis killed in Malaysia

In two separate accidents, three Bangladeshi workers were killed and another was injured in Malaysia in the last two days. A Bangladeshi worker was killed and another hurt in an accident at Semantan work site of Mass Rapid Transit Corporation line in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. Issuing a media statement, the company said Rijaul Abdul Goni, 40, died on the spot while the injured, Shanaullah, 37, was sent to Hospital Kuala Lumpur. The incident happened at the construction site around 1:20pm (local time),...

Bangladeshi killed in BSF firing

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) personnel shot dead a Bangladeshi national and injured two others at Khalisha Kotal frontier in Phulbari upazila of Kurigram yesterday. The victim was identified as Shyamol Chandra, 32, son of Jagat Chandra of Batiatari village of Naodanga union under Phulbari upazila. The injured were identified as Manik Chandra Roy, 34, son of Kamol Kanto Roy, and Badol Chandra, 32, son of Deben Chandra of village Batiatari, Naodanga Upazila Parishad (UP) chairman Moshabber Ali Musa said. Border Guard...

State protection limited for victims of persecution

A UK Home Office report has observed that protection will not be available for persons who are at real risk of persecution by state agents in Bangladesh. The UK report styled 'Country Information and Guidance-Bangladesh: Opposition to the government' said actual and perceived opposition political activists, members and supporters may experience violence, harassment, arbitrary arrests, detention, enforced disappearances, extra-judicial killings, torture, destruction of property and forced displacement. “For persons at risk from non-state agents, dependent on the particular circumstances and profile...

New volcano island getting big in Japan

New volcano island getting big in Japan

Famously crowded Japan is getting a bit more space as a newly-formed volcanic island just keeps on growing. New footage of the remote Nishinoshima, some 1,000 kilometres south of Tokyo, shows a volcano erupting up to six times a minute, spewing huge volumes of magma -- and scientists say there is plenty more still...

ISIS destroys ancient artefacts in Iraq

ISIS destroys ancient artefacts in Iraq

A video of jihadists in Iraq gleefully smashing ancient statues to pieces with sledgehammers yesterday sparked global outrage and fears that more of the world's oldest heritage will be destroyed. The destruction of priceless Assyrian and other artefacts from the main museum and an archeological site in the northern city of Mosul drew comparisons...

US, EU, UK condemn Avijit murder

The United States has condemned, in the strongest terms, the brutal killing of secular writer Avijit Roy, a Bangladesh-born US citizen. "This was not just an attack against a person, but a cowardly assault on the universal principles enshrined in Bangladesh's constitution and the country's proud tradition of free, intellectual and religious discourse," US Department of State Spokesperson Jen Psaki said in a statement yesterday. Earlier, the European Union and the United Kingdom also strongly condemned the murder. "The EU reiterates its...

Flooding in Madagascar capital kills at least 14

At least 14 people died in flooding Friday in the Madagascan capital Antananarivo after a night of torrential rain caused dams to burst, rescue services said. About 24,000 people were driven out of their homes in the floods and several neighbourhoods were being evacuated in the Indian Ocean island nation, the country's emergency management bureau said. "Due to the emergency, we call on all schools, churches, town halls, covered gymnasiums and those of good will to facilitate the sheltering of victims,"...

Islamic State Menace In Iraq

Minorities 'threatened with eradication'

Islamic State militants are trying to eradicate Iraqi minority groups from large parts of the country, human rights organisations have warned. A report details summary executions, forced conversions, rape and other abuses suffered by minorities. Such acts are tantamount to war crimes, and in some cases, genocide, it argues. Iraqi minorities face a "threat to their existence", said the Institute of International Law and Human Rights (IILHR), one of the groups involved. Focusing on Iraq's Christian, Kaka'i, Shabak, Turkmen and Yazidi populations, the...

German 'death nurse' jailed for life

A former medical orderly nicknamed the "Death nurse of Delmenhorst" was jailed for life by a German court on on Thursday after he admitted secretly killing at least 30 hospital patients in what was held to be the country's worst serial murder case since the Second World War. The 38-year-old orderly, referred to only as "Niels H", was convicted of murder on two counts, and attempted murder and causing grievous bodily harm on a further two counts for his involvement...

Somali pirates release Thai hostages held for five years

Four Thai fishermen held hostage by Somali pirates for nearly five years have been released, local officials said yesterday. "We collected the four Thailand men from a remote area," said Omar Sheikh Ali, an official in Somalia's central Galmudug administration. The four fishermen were among 24 crew members seized in April 2010 when pirates hijacked the Taiwan-flagged fishing vessel FV Prantalay 12. Their nearly five-year captivity is the longest suffered by any victims of Somali piracy. Ali said the relieved men were able...

More than 25,000 Egyptians flee Libya after beheadings

More than 25,000 Egyptians have returned from neighbouring Libya since the Islamic State group posted a video earlier this month of the beheadings of Christian compatriots, the foreign ministry said Friday. Egypt carried out air strikes against jihadist targets in Libya on February 16 in retaliation for the executions of the 21 Copts and urged its large expatriate workforce to head home for their own safety. The foreign ministry said 21,407 Egyptians had returned overland through the Sallum border crossing, while...