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'Unending wait' for bridge over Pakhimara canal

'Unending wait' for bridge over Pakhimara canal

Thousands of villagers are suffering for want of a bridge on Pakhimara canal in Nilganj union under Kalapara upazila. The then lawmaker Md Anwar-Ul-Islam laid foundation stone of a bridge on Pakhimara canal on June 3 in 2001, but the work did not even start in last 13 years. Three years ago, Md Kamal Hossain,...

Mosquito nets protect winter crops

Mosquito nets protect winter crops

A good number of farmers in around 50 villages of Lalmonirhat Sadar upazila are now using mosquito nets to protect their winter crops, especially vegetables, from vermin and swarm. “Instead of using any pesticides, I cover my vegetable fields with mosquito nets to save the plants from vermin and swarm. I am getting better...

Abducted banker yet to be freed

Three days into the incident, police are yet to rescue a Brac bank official abducted for ransom from Arabpur bus stand area in Jessore town on Thursday night. Victim Shankar Das Roy, 28, son of Tagore Das Roy of Benepara village in Kotchandpur upazila of Jhenidah, was an executive officer at Brac Bank Arabpur branch in Jessore town. Tagore Das, quoting Shankar, said a gang of criminals picked up his son on a private car forcibly, while he was waiting for...

Garment trader rescued

Police yesterday rescued a garment trader from Chuadanga district yesterday, two days after his abduction. Victim Abu Zafar, 35, of Haripur in Kushtia Sadar upazila, runs a garment shop in the area. He was also involved in bringing clothes from India through border. Police and family sources said, one Madhu, Habu and Mikayle of Munshipur in Damurhuda upazila of Chuadanga took Zafar to Munshipur village at Damurhuda border point on Thursday afternoon with a promise to arrange Indian clothes at cheap...

Clashes leave teenage boy, man killed in 2 districts

A 15-year-old boy, who was injured during a clash between two groups of villagers over a football match in Lahiripara union in Sadar upazila of Bogra, died at Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College Hospital (SZMCH) yesterday morning. Deceased, Raihan Ali, 15, was son of Solaiman Ali, a resident of Nandipara village of the union. Police, quoting witnesses, said the clash erupted when Raihan shook hands with a teenage girl of Nandipara Dakkhinpara village after a football match held between the two...

Killing of Four of a Family

Mastermind still at large

Mastermind still at large

Students and teachers formed a human chain and held a rally in Seed Store Bazar area under Bhaluka upazila on Dhaka-Mymensingh highway yesterday to protest the brutal killing of six-year-old student Zinnia and her three family members. The authorities of Nakhattra International English Medium School and other kindergartens organised the programmes. Zinnia was a nursery...

Bogra BNP enforces 8-hr hartal

The half-day hartal was enforced in the district by the local unit BNP demanding the release of its five leaders whom a court on December 11 sent to jail in a case for crude bomb blast in front of district Awami League office. Picketing by the party activists was seen in different parts of the town in the morning. Motorised vehicles stayed off the roads while shops remained closed. However, no long-route buses left the district town. The shutdown that begun at 6.00am...

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Jubo Dal leader stabbed Our Correspondent, Benapole, Jessore A local leader of Jubo Dal was stabbed by criminals at Khaskhali village in Jhikargachha upazila of the district on Friday night. The injured was identified as Touhidur Rahman, 33, organising secretary of Shimulia union unit Jubo Dal, the youth wing of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and son of Tozammel Hossain of the village. Police and hospital sources said a gang swooped on Touhidur and stabbed him with sharp weapons, leaving him seriously...

Two Years into Damage by Flooding

Published Date: December 19, 2014
Farmers worried as sluice gate yet to be repaired

Farmers worried as sluice gate yet to be repaired

Farmers of Tengrakhali village in Zianagar upazila under the district are worried about the safety of their crops, especially khesari dal (a kind of pulse), from flooding as a damaged sluice gate there has remained without repair for around two years. The pulse is cultivated on around 1,000 acres of land at the village. Traditionally...

Published Date: December 19, 2014
Poppadums make their life easier

Poppadums make their life easier

Each morning, Dinajpur town's Jogenbabur Math becomes a hive of activity. From an early hour, women from disadvantaged families arrive at the field to start rolling poppadums. Made from lentils and spices, the snack and side dish alternatively named as papad or papar has long been enjoyed across South Asia. Poppadums are also common in the West where they have become a well-established part of South Asian restaurant fare. Given the ease of final preparation, with the finished papars needing only to be fried in oil, the item is also increasingly enjoyed in western homes. At the field, traders supply raw materials, which are powdered and distributed for rolling. The flattened...

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