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Hostage to hartal

Another round of 72-hour hartal starts tomorrow morning and it is likely to leave the SSC exam schedule in tatters, inflict further loses to businesses, and hurt the economy and the livelihoods of people. After setting a record of enforcing strikes on every working day in a calendar month (February), the BNP-led 20-party combine announced the fresh hartal yesterday to protest “killing of opposition leaders and activists in the name of crossfire and filing false cases against alliance leaders”. The hartals...

Millers take brunt of blockade

Millers take brunt of blockade

Things may not seem that bad in the capital, but elsewhere the almost two-month-long blockade coupled with frequent hartal has hit every aspect of people's lives very hard. With inter-district communications snapped, businesses have come to a near-halt, education is in tatters, farmers are counting heavy losses and people venture out of their...

AL, BNP reply to UN letter

Both the ruling Awami League and the BNP have replied to the letter of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon calling for a dialogue to resolve the current political crisis and an end to violence that already claimed about a hundred lives.  Sources said the UN secretary general, who wrote to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia separately, received both the letters on Thursday. BNP insiders said the party in its letter said it was ready to sit for...

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...

Due process for Khaleda: US

Due process for Khaleda: US

The United States (US) hopes due process will be followed after an anti-corruption court in Bangladesh issued arrest warrants for former prime minister and opposition leader Khaleda Zia, the top US diplomat for South Asia said on Thursday. The warrants for BNP chief  Khaleda Zia were issued on Wednesday, an action likely to increase tension fuelling anti-government protests in which more than 100 people have been killed in the past month. Nisha Biswal, assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asia, told a news briefing the political tension needed to be addressed internally, but the United States stood ready to help. "We do hope and expect there will be due process...

72-hr hartal again from Sunday

72-hr hartal again from Sunday

The BNP-led 20-party alliance has called for a new spell of 72-hour countrywide hartal from Sunday morning to press home their demands that include fresh elections under a nonparty administration. The shutdown, beginning at 6:00am Sunday, will continue till 6:00am Wednesday, according to a press statement issued by BNP Joint Secretary General Salauddin Ahmed...

Rizvi on remand again

Rizvi on remand again

A Dhaka court today granted a fresh four-day remand for BNP Joint Secretary General Rizvi Ahmed in an arson case filed with Mohammadpur Police Station. Metropolitan Magistrate Hasibul Haque passed the remand order. Rizvi was produced before the court on completion of a three-day remand in another arson case filed with the same police station. Police sought a seven-day remand for him in the case filed for arson attack on a vehicle near Geneva Camp at Mohammadpur on January 26.

Bangladeshis in UK protest firebombing

Bangladeshis in London demonstrated outside the UK parliament Tuesday protesting against the atrocities being carried out by the "BNP in alliance with the Islamist Jamaat-e-Islami" against innocent people of Bangladesh. The protest was arranged by a number of socio-political organisations under the banner of UK All Party Alliance against Violence & Terrorism in Bangladesh. Several British MPs, including Gordon Bristwistle, Steve Reed, Jessica Morden, Sir Alan Meale and shadow minister Stephen Timms, came to speak to the activists to pledge their...

Arrest Order for Khaleda

Continuous court dodging the reason

Continuous court dodging the reason

A Dhaka court yesterday issued arrest warrants against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia for skipping court hearings on four consecutive dates in two graft cases against her and eight others. In her political career spanning over three decades, this is the first time Khaleda faces arrest warrants on charges of raising funds illegally for two charities and embezzling those. She was earlier detained by the joint forces on September 2, 2007 during the caretaker government's tenure and kept behind bars for around a year. While in detention, she was accused in four corruption cases, including Zia Orphanage Trust graft case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission on July 3, 2008.  Yesterday morning, Special Judge's Court-3...

Hartal, blockade caused Tk 1.2 lakh crore loss: PM

Hartal, blockade caused Tk 1.2 lakh crore loss: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the country had incurred a loss of over Tk 1.2 lakh crore in the first 52 days of the BNP-Jamaat's blockade and hartal. Since the indefinite blockade started, 101 people had been killed and 1,173 vehicles torched and vandalised, she told the Jatiya Sangsad replying to a lawmaker's tabled question. The premier said the BNP-Jamaat alliance had been resorting to subversive activities only to stop the ongoing war crimes trial and get rid of the nine cases filed against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and her son Tarique Rahman and the lawsuits against the alliance leaders. In her scheduled question-answer session, Hasina termed these subversive activities grave crimes...

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