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Not ready to tackle Ebola

Not ready to tackle Ebola

Bangladesh is at low risk of being hit by the deadly Ebola outbreak, but if any infected traveller enters the country undetected, the consequences might be devastating because of the highly dense population and poorly equipped hospitals, say medical experts. Officials of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said there is no need...

Coping with Ebola crisis

Coping with Ebola crisis

Sergeant KM Mehedi Hasan of Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police was elated to learn that he had been selected to participate in a United Nations peacekeeping mission. Little could the father of one from Khulna imagine that the success would land him in the midst of West Africa's ebola epidemic. Thirty-two-year-old Hasan was one of only eight officers offered a UN Police Adviser position in Liberia this year. On 9 June 2014 they arrived in Monrovia, raising the total number of Bangladeshi officers in Liberia to 12. “I first heard of ebola during induction … It worried me, but it's not the only disease here,” says Hasan. Hasan was...

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BNP: a party for the supremo

BNP: a party for the supremo

The BNP was formed in 1978 with the aim of giving military ruler Gen Ziaur Rahman institutional support. At the beginning, therefore, the party's charter gave the military ruler absolute power to run it at will, without keeping any room for the practice of intra-party democracy. The party's current chief enjoys almost the same absolute...

36th founding anniversary of BNP today

Bangladesh Nationalist Party celebrates its 36th founding anniversary today. On this very day in 1978, late president Ziaur Rahman floated the party. To mark the day, BNP has scheduled elaborate programmes including discussion meetings, hoisting party flags at its offices across the country, and placing wreaths on the grave of the BNP founder. This is the first time since the restoration of democracy in 1991 that BNP is observing its founding anniversary when it is neither in power nor in parliament. BNP...

Migration keeps poverty at bay

International migration plays a significant role in poverty reduction, a recent study by the Refugee and Migratory Movement Research Unit (RMMRU) found. The policy advocacy institution at Dhaka University came to the conclusion after conducting an exhaustive household survey in 17 districts of the country, representing all seven divisions, over the past one and a half years. Some 5,084 individuals were interviewed. The survey found that only 13 percent of the households where at least one member had taken up international...

JP may quit govt

The parliamentary party of the main opposition Jatiya Party has decided in principle that it will quit the government to turn the party into a “real opposition”, said JP insiders. The decision came yesterday at a meeting of the JP parliamentary party where JP lawmakers observed that people don't consider the party a “real opposition” as it is in the government and the opposition. The party, however, didn't decide on when it would quit the cabinet, said the sources. When several JP...

'Tortured by BSF', man dies in Satkhira

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) allegedly tortured a Bangladeshi citizen to death along Boikari border in the district's Sadar upazila early yesterday. Deceased Ahad Ali, 40, was son of Ujir Ali in Chhaygharia village. Ujir said Ahad along with seven to eight Bangladeshis entered India through the border on Saturday evening. Ahad's employer, who is a cattle trader, sent him to India to bring cattle. BSF members of Koijuri camp in Basirhat detained Ahad when he was returning home with the cattle...

Violence Near BNP Office

Charges pressed against 130 leaders, activists

Police have recently pressed charges against 130 BNP-led alliance leaders and activists in a case filed in connection with violence near the BNP central office on March 11 last year. Among the accused are BNP leaders Joynal Abdin Farroque, Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, Amanullah Aman and Jatiya Gonotantrik Party chief Shafiul Alam Pradhan. All the 130 accused in the case are on bail. On August 3, Paltan Police Station Sub-Inspector Abu Zafar, also the case's investigation officer, submitted two charge sheets to...

Pak protests turn deadly; 3 killed

Pak protests turn deadly; 3 killed

Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan ordered his supporters yesterday to take to the streets and stand up against security forces after at least three people were killed in clashes between protesters and police in the capital overnight. Pakistan's army commanders, meanwhile, expressed "serious concern" over the violent turn of events in Islamabad. After a lengthy...

Published Date: August 31, 2014
WHY?

WHY?

"Law enforcement agencies are run with taxpayers' money. Why won't they be answerable to us? Why won't there be any accountability?" Sanjida Islam raised these questions during a conference at the Jatiya Press Club auditorium, where about 100 families of victims gathered to observe the UN's International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances...