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Death shrouded in questions

Nine Days Ago at DMCH

Death shrouded in questions

  Bruises, cuts and blisters on Asma's body have led her family and neighbours to believe that she was tortured to death at Dhaka Medical College Hospital. The shocking account of injury marks, given by the women who washed her body before the burial, brings to light telltale signs of torture. The body bore bruises of...

Asma was strong, healthy

Asma had worked from dawn to dusk even on the day of Eid-ul-Azha when she was merely five days away from a caesarean section that she would undergo at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital on October 11. Running from door to door on the eid day, she collected quite a pile of meat given away by affluent people in Tongi's Arizpur. Born to parents who are given to begging, she worked as a cleaner at a local insurance company as well...

Road Accidents Too Frequent

Thanks to lax law enforcement

Thanks to lax law enforcement

Reckless driving and risky overtaking manoeuvres continue on the highways with impunity, thanks to lax enforcement of traffic rules, constantly putting users' lives at stake. Every year, several thousand lives are cut short in accidents on the roads and highways mainly due to these ill practices, but the authorities are doing little to check the menace. Road safety laws are there but not much effective due to lenient punishment for culprits and lengthy legal process. Monday's tragedy in Natore once again brought forth the issue, as at least 33 people perished when a speeding bus overtook a truck and collided head-on with another bus coming from the opposite direction on Bonpara-Hatikumrul...

Good infrastructure key to higher growth

Good infrastructure key to higher growth

It will not be possible for Bangladesh to achieve seven percent GDP growth without upgrading the road network and other infrastructure, according to a World Bank report. If Bangladesh wants to get out of the six-percent growth trap, it has to implement quickly key projects like Dhaka-Chittagong and Dhaka-Mymensingh highways, Zahid Hussain, lead economist at the WB's Dhaka office, said at the launching of Bangladesh Development Update yesterday. He also stressed the need for quick implementation of other protects such as upgrading of Dhaka-Chittagong railway line into double track, Dhaka Metro Rail, the Padma Bridge project and two power plants at Bibiyana. Mentioning the sorry state of highways and roads, the WB...

Natore Accident

Only sister left to mourn 6 deaths

Only sister left to mourn 6 deaths

No one and nothing could soothe Anwara Begum. Her loss is unspeakable. The only sister of seven brothers, she lost her six brothers in Monday's road accident in Natore. The other brother, who narrowly escaped death, is now in a hospital with injuries. "My six dearest brothers went into eternal sleep... How can I forget those sweet memories?” Anwara, aged about 50, wailed as she struggled for words. The six brothers, all day labourers, lived in a small village called Shidhuli in Gurudaspur of Natore. They are Atahar, 57, Raihan, 55, Rabbel, 48, Sohrab, 45, Sohir, 42, and Kohir, 40. They died on the spot while their other brother Rahman is undergoing...

Passenger Screening at Airports

Measures limited to 3 countries

The authorities yesterday decided to screen passengers coming only from the three Ebola-affected African countries at all international airports. The decision came at the national technical committee meeting on Ebola a day after Nigeria was declared free of the deadly virus. “We'll only screen passengers from those countries from where there is a chance of transmission of Ebola virus,” said Dr Be-Nazir Ahmed, member secretary of the inter-ministerial monitoring committee dealing with Ebola issues. Now the passengers whose journeys have begun or...

Prosecute Rab men

Bangladesh government should prosecute the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members responsible for the 2011 attack on Limon Hossain that caused him to lose a leg, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said. The authorities have finally dropped politically-motivated charges against Limon, but have not taken action against his attackers, said the New York-based rights body in a report posted on its website. HRW has also urged the government to order an independent investigation into the attack on Limon. “The Bangladesh government needs to take...

Fighting in Syria

Another 'British-Bangladeshi' jihadist killed

A third “British-Bangladeshi” jihadist from Portsmouth has reportedly been killed fighting in Syria, according to religious authorities in the city. Manunur Roshid, 24, was known to be one of a group of six men from Portsmouth who went to Syria in 2013, writes The Guardian. Reports of his death follow that of Ifthekar Jaman, 23, last December and Muhammad Hamidur Rahman, 25. A former leader of Portsmouth Bangladesh Association told the BBC Bangla that a youth named “Mamunur Rashid” has been...

Published Date: October 21, 2014
Southwest may turn wasteland

Southwest may turn wasteland

India's decision to build 16 barrages, one in every 100 kilometres of the Ganges, would ultimately kill the river and spell disaster for ecology in Bangladesh, say green campaigners. The Indian government plans to construct the barrages under the Ganges waterway Project to ensure three-metre navigability for plying of vessels in 1,620 kilometres of...

Published Date: October 21, 2014
33 killed as 2 buses collide

33 killed as 2 buses collide

In one of the country's deadliest-ever road crashes, at least 33 people were killed and scores injured in Natore yesterday. The accident occurred around 3:30pm at Rijur Intersection on Bonpara-Hatikumrul highway when a Rajshahi-bound Keya Paribahan bus from Dhaka overtook a truck and rammed a Gurudaspur-bound local bus of Othoi Paribahan coming from the...