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Sunamganj

Stone Extraction

Labourer killed in firing

A day labourer employed by some illegal stone extractors was shot dead by the members of Railway Nirapotta Bahini (RNB) at Bholaganj Ropeway site in Sylhet's Companiganj upazila early yesterday. Johur Ahmed, 40, a resident of Biswambharpur upazila in Sunamganj, was one of about a hundred workers, who had been collecting stones illegally at the site violating Section 144, said Nur E Alam Mina, Superintendent of Police of Sylhet. The railway security men initially fired 13 blank shots to disperse...

Heavy rain triggers flash floods in Sunamganj

Heavy rain coupled with onrush of hillwater has triggered flash flood in vast areas of Sunamganj including the district headquarters. Flood Control Cell of Sunamganj WDB said the Surma was flowing 57cm above the danger level near the district yesterday. Floodwater engulfed low-lying areas of the district town and Sadar and Tahirpur upazilas, rendering 500 families marooned. Besides, three other upazilas- Biswambharpur, Doarabazaar and Jamalganj-were hit five days ago. A big portion of Sunamganj, including Barapara, Pashchim Bazaar, Maachh Bazaar, Shologhar and Nabinagar...

3 drown as engine boat capsizes in Sunamganj

3 drown as engine boat capsizes in Sunamganj

Three people drowned as a sand-laden engine boat capsized in Surma river in Sunamganj Sadar upazila during heavy rain early today. The deceased are: Saimon, 28, Fayez, 27, and Jamir Ali, 26, of Sreepur village in Sadar upazila, reports our Sylhet correspondent. Seven people were sleeping inside the boat when it sank at Mallikpur ghat...

Mujibur Abduction

BNP-enforced hartal in Sunamganj passes off peacefully

BNP-enforced eight-hour hartal in Sunamganj, protesting abduction of Mujibur Rahman and his driver Rezaul Haque Sohel passed off peacefully yesterday. Most of the business establishments in Sunamganj town remained closed while vehicles were off the roads during hartal hours. Police dispersed a procession of the BNP activists soon after they took it out from the town's old bus stand area in the morning. They held a rally in the afternoon. There was no report of any untoward incident from anywhere in...

Abduction Spree

7 still missing

Abduction panic continues to grip the country as law enforcers are yet to find out seven people "abducted" from four districts in the last 11 days. The alleged abductions reported between April 26 and May 5 in Sunamganj, Sylhet, Cox's Bazar and Rangpur districts come at a time when the country is still reeling from the shock of the horrific killings of seven people in Narayanganj last week. The Sunamganj BNP has announced rallies in the district for today demanding that...

Nor’wester kills 11 in two dists

Nor’wester kills 11 in two dists

Eleven people including four of a family were killed and over 35 injured as nor’wester lashed Netrakona and Sunamganj districts last night. Of the deceased, eight were killed in Netrakona while three in Sunamganj. In Netrakona, a mother and her three sons, aged between 3 and 9, died on the spot when their tin-shed house...

Tangents

Jadukata

Jadukata

At 7:30 am one day last week I found myself in Sunamganj town waiting for Biplob, who was going to be the guide on my trip to Jadukata. His familiarity with the area came from his work with several NGOs there. My earlier conversations with him had revealed the motorcycle as the best...

Boat Catches Fire in Surma

11 die, 30 missing

11 die, 30 missing

At least 11 people, including three women and five children, died and 30 others went missing when a boat caught fire and sank in the Surma river in Sunamganj Monday night. The Netrakona-bound boat from Companiganj was ferrying around 100 labourers home from a stone quarry in Chhatak upazila. "Around 8:30pm, a fire originated from...

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