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Khaleda without power for 19 hrs

Khaleda without power for 19 hrs

Stealthily they cut off the electricity line to Khaleda Zia's Gulshan office early yesterday and stealthily they restored it later at night, leaving the BNP chief without power over 19 hours.  A team of Dhaka Electricity Supply Company (Desco) Limited snapped the supply at 2:42am apparently in a government move to mount pressure on the BNP chief to leave the office and call off the ongoing blockade. Cable and internet, land/mobile phone connections were also disconnected in phases between 8:00am and 3:38pm yesterday, triggering huge criticism. An infuriated Khaleda, who has...

10,000 people put to suffer

Around 10,000 people of Gulshan-2 area were affected by the suspension of mobile services at BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia's office yesterday, according to industry officials. There was no network coverage within a half-kilometre radius of the BNP chief's office, an official of a mobile operator said around 3:00pm yesterday. All modes of wired and wireless communication -- mobile, internet and land phone lines -- were snapped at the BNP chairperson's Gulshan office sometime between 8:00am and 3:30pm yesterday. The action affected users...

Hartal underway peacefully

Hartal underway peacefully

BNP-led 20-party’s 72-hour countrywide hartal (shutdown) began today without any major untoward incident reported from anywhere. The hartal began from 6:00am today, on the 27th day of a prevailing spell of countrywide blockade sponsored by the 20-party, and will continue till 6:00am on Wednesday. Two buses were set on fire in Burichong upazila of Comilla...

Internet, cable, phone still down at Khaleda’s office

Internet, cable, phone still down at Khaleda’s office

Cut off from yesterday, the internet, cable television and phone connections to the Gulshan office of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia are still down since last reported today. It has been over 24-hours that connections are down in the house located in road-86 of Gulshan-2, Syrul Kabir Khan, a staff of BNP chief’s media wing,...

If anyone needs to change, it's us

I had been to many village households in the last three months. They were mostly poor people. I expected them to ask for financial help but not one family asked for help from me. Rather, they made me feel welcomed whenever I visited. The level of hospitality is unbelievable. They have no guarantee whether they would have enough food to feed their families the next day, but yet they want to feed any guest who comes to their house. There...

Understanding youth's involvement in violence

Understanding youth's involvement in violence

THE death toll in the ongoing political ruckus has climbed to at least 34, half of which were the result of targeted arson attacks on buses and trucks. Mass arrests of around 7,500 opposition activists have been reported as civilians continue to be attacked indiscriminately by petrol bombs and torching of vehicles. On...

Power supply to Khaleda’s office stopped

Power supply to Khaleda’s office stopped

Dhaka Electric Supply Company Limited (Desco) has stopped power supply to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s office at Gulshan in Dhaka in the early hours of today. Almost simultaneously, Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested BNP’s joint secretary general Rizvi Ahmed from a Baridhara residence at 2:45am. Rizvi has been playing vital role in the BNP-led 20-party...

It’s unprecedented: Khaleda

It’s unprecedented: Khaleda

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has strongly condemned the authorities’ move to stop the utility services to her Gulshan office, terming it “cruel and the worst behaviour of the government”. “I am shocked … I have no words to react,” Khaleda said about severing the electricity, cable, internet, land and mobile phone connections at her...

18 women activists held near Khaleda’s office

18 women activists held near Khaleda’s office

Police this evening detained at least 18 female leaders and activists of BNP in front of Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office. The latest police action came immediate after law enforcement agencies beefed up their vigilance around the office from 6:40pm. More than 100 members of law enforcers including policewomen were deployed in different phases in an...

‘Snapping of utilities only will escalate situation’

‘Snapping of utilities only will escalate situation’

A widespread condemnation and criticism poured in over social media on today’s snapping of power, cable and internet to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s office in Dhaka by the authorities. In the wake of ongoing political violence, it has become quite evident that the government is desperate to make the opposition to somehow withdraw...

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