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Farmers underpaid, shortchanged by traders

FRUIT and vegetable growers, given their limited staying power with perishables, are among the hardest-hit in the economy .The  blockade and shut-downs over a long period have put the farmers in double jeopardy. In the first place, gluts of   perishable  produces have been left to wither in the fields  or just dumped to rot. As it is, the farmers have had to resort to distress sales of whatever they could manage to dispose of locally. In addition to the blow,...

HC questions legality of calling blockade

The High Court yesterday issued a rule upon the government and all the 41 registered political parties including the Awami League and the BNP to explain in four weeks why calling blockade should not be declared illegal and unconstitutional. Following a writ petition filed by the country's top business bodies, the HC in its rule also asked the government to explain why its inaction to impose reasonable restrictions on calling hartal and blockade should not be declared unlawful. It ordered the...

7 BNP, Ansarullah Bangla men held in Dhaka

7 BNP, Ansarullah Bangla men held in Dhaka

Dhaka Metropolitan Police said they have detained seven activists of BNP and Ansarullah Bangla Team from different parts in Dhaka. Police conducted drives in the capital in last 24 hours till 9:00am today and picked up six activists of BNP and a member of Ansarullah Bangla Team, according to a text message sent by...

Pickets torch 5 vehicles in Noakhali, Joypurhat

Pickets torch 5 vehicles in Noakhali, Joypurhat

Hartal supporters allegedly torched at least five vehicles in Noakhali and Joypurhat on the third day of the 72-hour hartal (shutdown) enforced by the BNP-led 20-party alliance. A bus helper was injured when pickets hurled brick chips at the vehicle before the arson attack in Noakhali. Apart from this, no unexpected incident was reported from...

Hartal extended till 6am Friday

Hartal extended till 6am Friday

The BNP-led 20-party alliance has extended its countrywide hartal till 6:00am Friday to press home their demand for a fresh election under a non-party administration. The announcement was made this afternoon through a press statement issued by BNP Joint Secretary General Salahuddin Ahmed. This is for the fifth time the alliance has extended its 72-hour...

Diplomats for de-escalating political conflict

Diplomats for de-escalating political conflict

A group of foreign diplomats including US and EU ambassadors has emphasised on the de-escalation of political conflict for the sake of human rights and democracy in Bangladesh. Australian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Greg Wilcock made the comment while briefing journalists on behalf of the envoys after their meeting with BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia...

Trucker burnt in Noakhali arson attack

Trucker burnt in Noakhali arson attack

A truck driver suffered burn injuries and his wheat-laden truck was gutted in an arson attack in Noakhali Sadar Upazila this evening. Ismail Hossain was admitted to Noakhali Abdul Maleque Medical College Hospital with 60 percent burn injuries, Anwar Hossain, officer–in-charge of Sudharam Police Station, told our correspondent. A group of alleged pickets hurled a...

Loss Due To Hartal, Blockade

Businesses go to HC for remedy

Four leading business bodies yesterday filed a writ petition with the High Court seeking its direction on the government to impose reasonable restrictions on hartals and blockade in an attempt to save business from financial loss. Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association, Bangladesh Textiles Manufacturers and Exporters Association and Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association collectively submitted the petition. In the petition, they requested to the HC to order the government and political...

7 vehicles torched; 3 injured

7 vehicles torched; 3 injured

Miscreants torched at least seven vehicles in Dhaka and elsewhere across the country leaving at least three people injured today, the second day of the fresh spell of 72-hour hartal enforced by the BNP-led 20-party alliance. Three passengers of a bus carrying Janata Bank staff were injured as pro-hartal activists hurled a crude bomb...

Why blockade should not be declared unconstitutional, HC asks govt to explain

Why blockade should not be declared unconstitutional, HC asks govt to explain

The High Court today issued a rule upon the government and political parties in the country to explain in four weeks why blockade should not be declared unconstitutional. In the rule, the court also asked the government to show cause why its inaction in imposing reasonable restriction on enforcement in hartal and blockade should...

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