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Fakhrul among 73 charged with blasts, vandalism

Fakhrul among 73 charged with blasts, vandalism

Paltan police today pressed charges against 73 leaders and activists of the BNP-led 18-party alliance including BNP spokesperson Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in a case filed for bomb blasts and vandalism in December 2012 during a road blockade. Sub-Inspector Abu Zafar of Paltan Police Station, who invested the case, submitted two separate charge sheets – one for vandalism and the other for hurling bombs at policemen – to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court of Dhaka. The officer said though the name of Fakhrul was not in the first information report...

Ending Gaza blockade is goal: Hamas leader

Ending Gaza blockade is goal: Hamas leader

The top Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip signaled Monday that the Islamic militant group will not agree to an unconditional cease-fire with Israel, saying that the aim of the current battle is to break a 7-year-old blockade of the Palestinian territory. Ismail Haniyeh's comments came as UN chief Ban Ki-moon and U.S. Secretary...

Death in road crash sparks protest in Cox’s Bazar

Death in road crash sparks protest in Cox’s Bazar

Vehicular movement on Chittagong-Cox’s Bazar highway remained suspended for one and a half an hours after locals put barricades in Chokoria upazila of Cox’s Bazar protesting a road accident that killed a minor boy this morning. A Chittagong-bound passenger bus from Cox’s Bazar ran over and killed a 10-year-old boy at Medha Kochchhapia area...

Fakhrul gets bail in vandalism case

Fakhrul gets bail in vandalism case

A Dhaka court today granted bail to BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in a vandalism case. Metropolitan Magistrate Waaz Kurni Khan Chowdhury passed the order after Fakhrul surrendered before the court in the morning. The case was filed for vandalising vehicles and preventing police from discharging their duties in the capital's Jatrabari...

Editorial

Shipments show healthy traffic

THE year 2013 will go down in the history of Bangladesh as a tumultuous time politically. The countrywide blockade kept the capital city in isolation from the rest of the country and put serious strain on communications and trade. In spite of that, the port city of Chittagong, principal entrepot for the bulk of imports and exports managed to increase, rather than decrease shipments to the tune of nearly 6 per cent. Credit must be given where it is...

News Analysis

Good realisation in the end

Everyone waited with bated breath as BNP chief Khaleda Zia spoke at a press conference to outline her party's next line of actions. Thirty minutes later, they heaved a sigh of relief as no new wave of hartal and blockade was announced. That is the welcome new realisation that has dawned on the BNP leader. In the last two and a half months, she had waged a most violent agitation which saw fatal clashes, burning of public vehicles that led...

Editorial

End of blockade

THANK heavens and the BNP that it has announced an indefinite end to hartals and blockade from yesterday. We would hope that this will be permanent. We want to believe that the decision stems for the awareness that the idea of blockade is totally destructive for the country and counterproductive for the party. We fully understand the opposition's need to articulate its grievances and express dissent but we cannot concur with the method that has been employed by the BNP...

O- and A-level Examinees

Parents urge suspension of shutdowns on exam days

Parents urge suspension of shutdowns on exam days

Parents of O- and A-level examinees yesterday urged BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia not to enforce hartal and blockade from 6:00pm to 6:00am on the examination days. The authorities will postpone the exams for security concerns if those coincide with the political shutdowns, causing at least a six-month delay in the graduation of their children,...

RMG workers block Dhaka-Aricha highway in Manikganj

RMG workers block Dhaka-Aricha highway in Manikganj

The apparel workers blocked Dhaka-Aricha highway for two hours demanding implementation of their new wage structure in Saturia upazila of Manikganj this morning.

What does blockade mean?

BLOCKADES were imposed by the opposition last November. Having completed five rounds of blockades for a total of twenty days, a non-stop blockade was enforced on January 1 to derail the election of January 5. On January 4, a hartal was superimposed on the blockade. The blockade and the hartal have been continuing even after the election. We are familiar with the term hartal, but what does blockade mean? I looked into an online dictionary. It defines it as “an...

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