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Bandarban

Against all odds

Against all odds

They were evicted from their ancestral homes. No steps were taken for their rehabilitation. Most of their farmlands were taken away and no alternative livelihood was provided. They now live in shacks on the roadsides, eking out a miserable existence. But despite all the hardship, some 750 Mro families of Bandarban's Thanchi are trying to...

Ever-changing, never-ending idylls

Ever-changing, never-ending idylls

As monsoon is in the air, we decided to celebrate this Eid-ul-fitr on the peaks of Keokradang, the second highest peak of Bangladesh. The hilly landscape welcomed us on July 28, morning, as we, including a music band from Rangamati, hired a jeep from Bandarban to Ruma Bazar. We soon set off for Boga...

Attack on CHT commission car in Rangamati

Attack on CHT commission car in Rangamati

Three people including a member of CHT (Chittagong Hill Tracts) commission were injured as its vehicle came under an attack by Bangalee settlers, who have been protesting the visit of the commission members in Rangamati today. Commission member Dr Iftekharuzzaman, also executive director of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB), Monu Sohel Imtiaz, officer-in-charge of Rangamati...

Risky living on hill slopes

Risky living on hill slopes

Around 30,000 people in the hill district are vulnerable to landslides in the rainy season due to massive hill cutting and building houses on hill slopes. A large number of unplanned houses have sprung up on hill slopes and at the foot of the hills in the tourist district, thanks to the negligence of...

BGB warns Myanmar

BGB warns Myanmar

A day after receiving the body of Nayek Mizanur Rahman, Border Guard Bangladesh yesterday warned Myanmar of instant “befitting response” if such incidents of firing and killing take place in future. Tension is still running high at Bangladesh-Myanmar border at Painchhari of Naikkhangchhari in Bandarban since the attack on a BGB team on Wednesday. “We...

Myanmar to withdraw army from border soon: Minister

Myanmar to withdraw army from border soon: Minister

Myanmar will withdraw its troops deployed along the Naikkhangchhari border soon, State Minister for Home Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said today following escalation of tension between the neighbouring countries following firing on Bangladesh border guards. The minister said the killing of a Bangladesh Border Guard (BGB) nayek on Wednesday and firing on BGB men on...

HEAVY FIRING IN BORDER

Addl BGB deployed at Myanmar border

Addl BGB deployed at Myanmar border

Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) has deployed additional forces along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Nykhangchhari of Bandarban as tension mounted in the area after Myanmar Border Guard Police fired on a BGB patrol team and detained one of its members on Wednesday. The BGB member, Nayek Mizanur Rahman, remained captive till Thursday night, acting deputy...

Indigenous fest in Bandarban

Indigenous fest in Bandarban

To highlight the traditional cultural diversity of indigenous communities from Bandarban, a one-day “Khudra Nri-Gosthir Loko Sangskriti Utsab" was held by Khudra Nri-Gosthi Sangskritik Institute (KNGSI) at the institute on Saturday evening. Chief guest Cultural Affairs Secretary Dr. Ranajit Kumar Biswas inaugurated the fair. Kwe Shwe Hla, chairman of Bandarban Hill District Council (BHDC),...

AL suffers from inertia

Incomplete district-level councils and slow pace in recruitment of new members, among other issues, show how the ruling Awami League has been suffering from organisational inertia. In the last five years, the party could hold councils to only 11 of its 73 organisational districts. Interestingly, it held two central councils during that time. After the triennial central council on July 24, 2009, the AL had decided to hold councils to all the 73 organisational districts immediately. But even after the central...

Editorial

Closure of schools in CHT impending?

IT is disheartening to see that the hundreds of educational institutions supported by the respective communities in the hill districts of Rangamati, Bandarban and Khagrachari are facing an uncertain future. That they have been left out of the nationalisation process due to a technicality with regards to land ownership is not an acceptable proposition. Now that uncertainly reigns supreme as to whether the UNDP will continue to fund these schools where 16,000 students of rural communities study – most...

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