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Biman announces new local routes

Biman Bangladesh Airlines will begin flights to five additional destinations in the country from April 06, the national carrier said in a statement yesterday. The airline will now operate six flights a week to Cox's Bazar, five to Jessore, three to both Rajshahi and Syedpur, and two to Barisal, it said. Also, Biman will increase the frequency on existing local services, with 25 additional flights on the Chittagong and Sylhet routes, it said. The additional destinations will be served with the recently...

3 killed in Barisal firebombing, 2 held

3 killed in Barisal firebombing, 2 held

Three people including a trucker and his father-in-law were killed after alleged blockaders firebombed a truck in Gournadi upazila of Barisal early today. This firebombing took place hours after the grisly arson attack on a passenger bus in Gaibandha where five people were burnt to death and 30 others were injured. Pro-blockaders allegedly hurled a...

Dhaka to be split in 2 divisions soon: PM

Dhaka to be split in 2 divisions soon: PM

The government will split Dhaka division in two and form a new Mymensingh division to boost services to the citizen, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said today. “We will introduce two divisions Dhaka and Mymensingh considering the existing size and density of population in the capital and to ensure people's overall services,” she said while...

6 hurt in Barisal petrol bomb attack

At least six passengers including a woman were injured as pro-blockaders hurled a petrol bomb at a bus in Barisal Sadar Upazila early today. Identities of the victims could not be known immediately. Witnesses said miscreants threw the bomb on a Kuakata-bound bus of Abdullah Paribahan on the Barisal-Patuakhali highway in Khairabad River Bridge area adjacent to Barisal University around 1:15am. Three firefighting units rushed to the spot and doused the blaze, said Rezaul Islam, officer-in-charge (OC) of Barisal Bandar Police Station. The...

Residential art exchange programme ends

Residential art exchange programme ends

A week-long residential art exchange programme of visual and performing artists, painters, photographers, writers, musicians and designers  from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh ended at the historical Lakhutia Zamindar House premises in Barisal on Friday afternoon. The prominent personalities  who took part in the exchange programme were Aditi Gupta(architect and art history researcher), Sisir Thapa...

No let-up in arson

No let-up in arson

Fear of arson attacks that have been the ugliest aspect of the ongoing blockade grips long-route travellers and city commuters alike. Showing no sign of abating, petrol bomb attacks on vehicles by suspected blockaders continued yesterday, the 13th day of the BNP-led alliance's non-stop blockade across the country. A truck helper was burnt to death...

Truck helper killed in Barisal petrol bomb attack

Truck helper killed in Barisal petrol bomb attack

A truck helper was burnt to death as pickets allegedly hurled a petrol bomb at the vehicle in Uzirpur upazila of Barisal this morning during the daylong hartal of BNP-led 20-party alliance. The victim was identified as Sohag, 18, hailed from Nagarkanda upazila of Faridpur, reports our Barisal correspondent. The truck caught fire due to...

3 killed in launch collision in Meghna

3 killed in launch collision in Meghna

At least three people, including a minor boy, were killed and nine others injured in a collision between two launches in Meghna river in Chandpur Sadar upazila early yesterday. The dead are Shahana Begum, 56, Rupa, 27, and Abrahar Shakil, 6. All of them hail from Barisal. Dhaka-bound MV Sundarban-8 from Barisal collided with Barisal-bound...

Stranded launch resumes operation after 10 hrs in Meghna

Stranded launch resumes operation after 10 hrs in Meghna

The launch, Parabat-9, which ran aground in the Meghna River with 1500 passengers on board after hitting a hidden shoal early today resumed its operation after 10 hours. The launch hit an underwater shoal in the river around 3:00am while heading towards Barisal from Dhaka, said Md Selim, supervisor of the lunch. The launch started...

Editorial

Police brutality against Barisal students

WE are outraged at the uncalled-for police brutality against a peaceful demonstration by Diploma Medical Technology and Pharmacy students in front of the Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital on Wednesday. We are at one with various civil society and rights bodies in condemning the unprovoked and unapologetic violence by the male police, especially against female protestors. They clubbed the demonstrators indiscriminately irrespective of their sex, and continued to beat them even when they were shrieking in agony on the ground, leaving...

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