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Transport Workers

Transport workers' families in hardship

Transport workers' families in hardship

Shahanara Begum, 35, felt relieved that she could buy a cauliflower on credit from a street vegetable vendor. Her five children will get some vegetable curry in their next few meals instead of potato and pulse over the past four days. "The grocery owner from whom we buy necessaries declined to sell me anything...

Hit By Nonstop Blockade

Transport workers in depths of despair

The countrywide indefinite blockade and repeated hartals have put a severe financial hardship on around half a lakh transport workers and their families in the district. Most of the workers have been sitting idle for nearly two months as they cannot operate their vehicles on roads for fear of arson. Police and transport workers said at least three transport workers were killed and 19 were injured in arson and bomb attacks on vehicles, allegedly by blockaders, in last 40 days. Livelihood of...

Khaleda's office to be dismantled brick by brick

Khaleda's office to be dismantled brick by brick

Transport workers will dismantle Khaleda Zia's office brick by brick if she does not withdraw the blockade and hartal immediately, Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan said yesterday. "Khaleda has confined herself by installing barbwire at her office. We, the workers of Bangladesh, will remove the barbwire and every brick the office has," he said. "...we will...

Youth shot dead in Sylhet BCL men firing

Youth shot dead in Sylhet BCL men firing

A teenage boy was shot dead and seven suffered bullet wounds when the activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League and Jubo League, who went to occupy an auto-rickshaw stand, opened fire in Beanibazar upazila town last night. The deceased is Niju Ahmed, 17, a meat seller hailed from Koshba village in the upazila, reports our...

Editorial

Wanton deaths and vandalism of vehicles

Political violence has been responsible for the untimely deaths of at least 324 passengers and transport workers in two years alone, according to a report by the Passenger Welfare Association of Bangladesh. In addition, over 4.42 lakh passengers and transport workers suffered injuries, with 13,200 of them permanently maimed, while over 30,000 vehicles were vandalised. These statistics are, no doubt, alarming and highlight the severity of people's hardships imposed by wanton political conflict. Given the indefinite nature of the blockade,...

Ongoing Dhaka Blockade

Tangail transport workers in tatters

Road transport workers in Tangail are struggling to eke out a living while the owners of buses and trucks are counting huge losses as the vehicles stay off the road amid the ongoing BNP-led alliance blockade. The district has an estimated 20,000 transport workers and owners whose income has either stopped or gone down significantly after the opposition programme kicked off on January 6, said sources at the Bangladesh Road Transport Workers' Federation. “Transport workers are the most common victim of...

324 die in 2yrs due to party wrath on vehicles

At least 324 passengers and transport workers were killed in political violence in the last two years across the country, the Passenger Welfare Association of Bangladesh revealed in a report yesterday, holding "unhealthy politics" responsible for the deaths.  The period also saw over 4.41 lakh passengers and transport workers suffer injuries, with 13,200 of them becoming  permanently maimed. Addressing a press conference at the Jatiya Press Club where the figures were shared, the association's secretary general, Mozammel Haque Chowdhury, said that...

Dhaka-Ctg highway blocked

Travellers on Dhaka-Chittagong highway were stranded for five hours yesterday after transport workers blocked the road protesting pro-ruling party men's extortion from buses and attack on the workers. Buses were parked blocking the highway at several places in Comilla around noon, creating a 20km-long tailback on the country's busiest highway. “I boarded a bus from Shashongasa Bus Terminal with my ailing father to visit a doctor in Dhaka and we were stuck at Alekhachar for hours. The bus had to return...

Students Clash with Transport Workers

40 hurt in Sylhet

40 hurt in Sylhet

At least 40 people were injured in a clash between students of Shahjalal City College and transport workers at the city's Mendibag intersection yesterday afternoon. Of them, 10 suffered bullet injuries and were sent to Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital. During the hour-long clash, students vandalised 15 microbuses on the micro stand, while the...

Transport strike in Sylhet called off

Transport strike in Sylhet called off

Transport owners and workers in Sylhet have postponed their indefinite strike till November 5 following the assurance of the district administration that it would look into their demands. Sylhet Zila Sarak Paribahan Malik Sramik Oikkya Parishad and Sangram committee yesterday afternoon called the strike for an indefinite period to press home their several demands. Their...

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