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Unrest puts poor in a tight spot

Unrest puts poor in a tight spot

“They [political parties] are fighting for power and we are paying the price … these hartals and blockades bring us nothing but misery and suffering.” This is what day labourer Jotsna Das said in frustration at the ongoing political crisis that has dealt a heavy blow to poor people like her. The mother of four...

Yet another sabotage on railway

Yet another sabotage on railway

Railway service was again hit yesterday as a train derailed in Brahmanbaria after saboteurs had removed lines on the first day of the BNP-led alliance's 36-hour hartal. The capital's rail link with Chittagong and Sylhet was suspended after six bogies of the Sylhet-bound Joyantika Express derailed in Paghachong of Brahmanbaria at 2:10pm, said Sayedur...

News Analysis

No hope?

Is there really no light at the end of the tunnel?  This vexed question has been raised afresh following the latest political development centring Sheikh Hasina's failed attempt to meet Khaleda Zia.  The death of Koko had suddenly produced a flicker of hope of bringing the two leaders close, setting aside the fierce political rivalry between them.    But the hope disappeared in the darkness of Saturday night. Hasina had to return from the gate of Khaleda's Gulshan office as it was locked from...

'Solution in a week' turns out to be farce

That violence would end in seven to ten days, an arrogant forecast by some ministers last week, turns out to be a joke as that period nears its end. Arsonists continued their terror attacks on public transport, burning innocent people to death just as they did throughout the ongoing blockade called by the 20-party coalition led by the BNP. The all-powerful ruling Awami League leaders, who publicly boasted about containing the violence only to pacify the people, now privately appear highly...

Opening fire to protect lives not rights violation

Opening fire to protect lives not rights violation

Chief of the paramilitary force Border Guard Bangladesh Maj Gen Aziz Ahmed yesterday reiterated that the BGB would retaliate with fire if attacked during the ongoing countrywide blockade. The same comment made on January 15 had irked the BNP, which along with 19 other parties of the alliance has been enforcing an indefinite nationwide...

PM At Khaleda's Office

BNP response under fire at Sangsad

Treasury and opposition bench lawmakers in parliament yesterday lambasted the BNP high-command for “not allowing” Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to meet and console Khaleda Zia following the death of Arafat Rahman Koko. They said all social norms were violated by “denying” the PM's entry to the BNP chief's political office in Gulshan. At the same time, the lawmakers expressed deep shock at the sudden death of Koko, younger son of Khaleda, and prayed for the salvation of his departed soul.  Sheikh Hasina...

Editors for talks to end impasse

Newspaper editors yesterday urged the government to resolve the ongoing political crisis through discussion. In a view-exchange meeting with several ministers at the Secretariat's information ministry, they said the country should no longer go through this impasse that had rendered people helpless. “We made it clear that we stand against violent activities....we don't want any chaos and we want peace,” Golam Sarwar, editor of the daily Samakal, told reporters after the meeting. “This should come to an end. We've proposed that the...

Obama in India

'Breakthrough' in US-India nuclear deal

'Breakthrough' in US-India nuclear deal

Reflecting great bonhomie and personal chemistry, India and the United States yesterday achieved a major breakthrough in operationalising the stalled civil nuclear deal in the biggest outcome of the talks between Barack Obama and Narendra Modi yesterday. Addressing a joint media conference with Indian prime minister at the Hyderabad House, the visiting US president...

2 'criminals' killed in Rab 'shootout'

Allegations of extra-judicial killings against Rab were mere propaganda, claimed Rab Director General Benazir Ahmed yesterday. His comment came barely 11 hours after two alleged criminals were killed in a “shootout” in the capital's Banashree area. He said arms were given to the law enforcers to curb crime not for “playing ha-du-du or danguli [traditional sports]”, reports our Khulna correspondent. “What is judicial killing?” Benazir questioned whilst responding to a reporter's query at a press briefing in Rab-6 Headquarters in Khulna. The...

Published Date: January 25, 2015
Rare gesture, late response

Rare gesture, late response

In a gesture not so common in the country's political culture, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday went to Khaleda Zia's Gulshan office to console the BNP chief grieving the loss of younger son, but she could not meet her archrival. The prime minister returned from the gate as it was locked from inside, and...