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Anxious, vexed

Anxious, vexed

Time is ticking away for Sabbir Ahmed and yet he cannot do what he must: concentrate. Worse, his anxiety is growing by the day. An SSC candidate, he now should be busy making his last-minute preparation as his exams start in five days. But Sabbir is restless. He faces extreme difficulties concentrating on his studies. The Monipur High School student of the capital is uncertain if the exams will be held as per the routine. And the thought of reaching the exam hall safely is weighing him down more...

Koko buried

Koko buried

  Family, relatives, friends and BNP leaders and activists yesterday bade a tearful farewell to Arafat Rahman Koko. The younger son of BNP chief Khaleda Zia was laid to rest at Banani graveyard last evening following his family's unsuccessful bid to bury him at the Army Graveyard. Prior to this, thousands of mourners joined the namaz-e-janaza...

Shibir man dies ‘in road crash while fleeing Rab custody’

A leader of Islami Chhatra Shibir was killed after being hit by a speeding truck while fleeing Rab custody in the town early yesterday, claimed Rapid Action Battalion. The victim, 20-year-old Asadullah Tuhin, was an HSC student at City College and president of the college unit Shibir. Refuting Rab's claim, his family members said law enforcers picked up the youth at his home and tortured him to death. Meanwhile, the district unit Shibir, the pro-Jamaat students' platform, has called a 48-hour hartal...

Published Date: January 27, 2015
Blockade raises cost of business

Blockade raises cost of business

Arifur Rahman, a cotton importer and spinner, is in deep trouble. He has been paying Tk 70,000 a day in port demurrage for over a week as he cannot have the imported cotton transported to his factory in Mymensingh from Chittagong port due to the ongoing blockade. Rahman cannot continue production at his factory in...

Published Date: January 27, 2015
7 robbers beaten dead in Narsingdi

7 robbers beaten dead in Narsingdi

Seven alleged robbers died in a mob beating in Narsingdi Sadar upazila early yesterday. The incident happened around 3:30am, after a gang of 14 looted a house and attempted to rob another at Chakshal village in Pachdona union. Police arrested one suspected robber while the others, including ringleader Dulal, managed to flee, said Abul Kashem,...

Published Date: January 27, 2015
Police asked to intensify raid, watch

Police might launch a door-to-door hunt for BNP-led alliance leaders and make more arrests following a home ministry order and recommendation by an intelligence agency. The ministry has asked law enforcers to keep a close watch on opposition leaders engaged in planning and leading the anti-government agitations and make pre-emptive arrests before enforcement of any such programme.  Police have also been directed to monitor phone calls of the alliance high-ups to know the opposition's strategy, ministry sources said. The order was issued...

Published Date: January 27, 2015
BNP to invite PM to Koko's qulkhwani

There seems to be a fresh possibility of Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia meeting as senior BNP leaders have decided to request the BNP chief to invite Hasina to Koko's qulkhwani. On Sunday, a number of senior members of BNP's national standing committee in a meeting agreed that the party had lost some political ground and there was a public outcry after Hasina went to visit Khaleda to console her but had to return without seeing her, meeting sources said. The...

Published Date: January 27, 2015
Commuting in fear

Commuting in fear

Sharmin Akhter has many safety concerns, especially with commuting between her home and office every day. The fear of being burned grips her as soon as she takes her first step out of her Mirpur home. Whatever transport she decides to travel in, a sense of insecurity haunts her all the way to her...

Published Date: January 27, 2015
Another arson case against BNP men

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and 31 other BNP-Jamaat leaders were sued on Sunday night for an arson attack on a covered van in Chauddagram of Comilla. Chauddagram police filed the case accusing Khaleda of masterminding the attack, Uttam Chakrabarty, officer-in-charge of Chauddagram Police Station, told The Daily Star last night. Hartal supporters, said the OC, torched a goods-laden covered van near Haidarpool area in Chauddagram upazila on Sunday morning during the 36-hour hartal enforced by the BNP-led 20-party alliance. Earlier on Saturday,...

Published Date: January 27, 2015
Blockade takes one more life

Blockade takes one more life

One more burn victim in Rangpur died yesterday raising the death toll to 31 in the ongoing political violence since January 5. At least two drivers and a helper were burnt in arson attacks on two vehicles in Rajshahi and Thakurgaon Sunday night and yesterday -- the second day of the 36-hour hartal. Alleged activists...