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  • Disaster warning falls on deaf ears

    It is a glaring example of how ineffective measures by the local administration and people's carelessness can lead to loss of lives. Only five weeks ago, rain-induced landslides killed over 170 people in the hill districts, 120 of them in Rangamati alone. Such a high death toll should have been an eye-opener both for the administration as well as for those living precariously in the hill slopes. But yesterday's deaths of five people in a Sitakunda landslide are evidence that last month's warning fell on deaf ears.

  • Congested Dhaka city needs more space

    Development of the eastern part of Dhaka would help reduce population density and traffic congestion in the entire city, allowing it to

  • Case Against UNO: AL suspends Barisal leader

    In the face of severe criticism, the Awami League has suspended a party leader for his "over enthusiasm" to file a case against UNO Tariq Salman, who had published a portrait of Bangabandhu, drawn by a child, on an invitation card.

  • Batons, teargas not enough

    The college students were unarmed while protesting at Shahbagh on Thursday. Nobody saw them damage any vehicles or attack anyone. In fact, police pounced on them with batons and fired teargas shells and rubber bullets.

  • Top Quote!

    To prevent deaths in landslides, permanent eviction of people from risky hill-slope houses is a must. But our administration is not doing

  • Terrorism rose in Bangladesh last year: US

    The US Department of State has said while terrorist attacks in 2016 decreased by 9 percent globally, at the same time Bangladesh

  • JS body blasts Shajahan Khan for 'inaction'

    Members of the parliamentary standing committee on shipping ministry yesterday criticised Shajahan Khan for his ministry's “inaction”

  • Editors want section 57 fully repealed

    The Editors' Council yesterday demanded the government fully repeal section 57 of the Information and Communication Technology

  • Kovind India's new president

    Ram Nath Kovind, the candidate of India's ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, was yesterday elected as the country's 14th president with an overwhelming majority of votes from lawmakers.

  • Rice stocked illegally

    A departmental probe body yesterday said there was 63.1 tonnes of excess rice in Chittagong silos, a day after the regional controller

  • Gulshan Café Attack: 2 suspects killed in raid months ago

    Key “Neo-JMB” militants Basharuzzaman Chocolate and Mizanur Rahman alias Chhoto Mizan were killed during a raid by police on a

  • World Bank ready to help transform Dhaka

    If the government comes up with a clear vision and a new comprehensive plan, the World Bank is ready to support and finance the

  • 4 Dhaka Rivers: Little care to keep them alive

    Blessed with a 110km waterway network of four rivers, Dhaka could have been one of the world's best cities with rich environmental and ecological diversity and great sources of drinking water. The reality, however, is simply the opposite as the rivers are dying a slow death due to years of encroachment and pollution, improper demarcation and inadequate dredging.

  • Ctg, Benapole ports to stay open 24/7

    The government yesterday decided to keep Benapole and Chittagong ports operational 24 hours a day, seven days a week from next

  • Undocumented Bangladeshis to be ‘rehired’

    Malaysia has given assurance to allow all the Bangladeshi workers staying illegally in the country to legalise their status under the

  • When money can buy a proxy inmate

    Is Tk 2 lakh worth 17 months of a man's life? In Manikganj, this question was answered, in a failed attempt to recreate the story from

  • No more unplanned development of city

    A World Bank-sponsored international conference yesterday underscored the need for planned development of the upcoming new city

  • Whose rice is it anyway?

    As many as 155 tonnes of rice seized in the port city while being smuggled out of government depots was packed in jute sacks bearing the insignia of the Directorate General of Food. The directorate, however, claimed the rice seized from seven trucks was not theirs.

  • WB conference to look for dev options for Dhaka

    A daylong international conference on development options for Dhaka towards 2035 opens this morning in the capital featuring urban

  • BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir

    A blueprint for keeping AL in power

    The Election Commission has announced a “blueprint to bring ruling Awami League to power again,” alleged BNP Secretary General

  • Change Maker: The lightbringer

    In the middle of a crowded slum, juxtaposed against towering buildings all around it, stands a broken-down tin-roofed house. At first

  • Death of 9 Sitakunda Kids: ‘Vaccination stopped there 7 years ago’

    Health workers had vaccinated children on a regular basis in Sitakunda's Tripura Para but they stopped visiting the remote hilly area

  • Youths need to be properly equipped

    Bangladesh's large youth population has to be equipped with right set of skills to make them employable in the fast-changing job

  • City Governance: Who’s to blame for failure?

    He once again expressed his utter frustration that the city corporation he has been leading for over two years lacks adequate jurisdiction to better serve the city dwellers. He finds it difficult to develop the city by preparing a master plan because his office has no control over parks, canals, roads and drainage system.

  • Top Quote!

    “You can’t do any good to the state by keeping the judiciary cornered.”

  • Mayhem for money

    If you google Bangladesh Chhatra League, you will find numerous awful images of incidents involving the pro-Awami League student body. Google can aggregate those pictures as they were published in various sites, including that of news outlets. Such incidents have resulted in, according to media reports, over 125 deaths in the last eight years with the latest casualty being a BCL activist in Sylhet yesterday.

  • BCL activist shot dead in classroom

    A Chhatra League activist was shot dead in a classroom of Beanibazar Government College in Sylhet yesterday, around an hour after two factions of the student front clashed on the campus over establishing supremacy.

  • More family members can donate organs

    The cabinet yesterday approved a draft law expanding the list of relatives who could donate organs to a person.

  • Measles, neglect killed the 9 Sitakunda kids

    Medical examinations have confirmed measles as the cause of death of nine children at Tripura Para in Sitakunda upazila of Chittagong.


    “We're hearing the footfall of another flood. Some crops have already got damaged in flashflood but we have enough stock [rice] and we're importing more."