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Dhaka

College principal hacked in Pabna

Unidentified assailants beat and hacked a recently suspended college principal in Pabna district town yesterday morning, leaving him critically injured. The victim, Abdul Mannan, 52, was suspended from his post as principal of Shahid M Monsur Ali College on a charge of corruption last year. His younger brother Abdul Khaleque said some eight to 10 criminals attacked Mannan at Joykalibari Mandir, about 30 metres from Pabna Police Station, around 10:30am on his way to a court in Pabna. They beat him...

Public Interest Litigations

HC orders ignored

Five years ago, the High Court ordered the government to dredge and clean the four rivers around Dhaka and remove illegal structures from their banks, in efforts to save these lifelines of the capital. A series of government actions followed, but not for long. The consequences have been terrible -- the rivers continue to be choked by grabbers and their waters have become even more toxic. This is just one example of how HC directives in public interest have been disregarded...

Hot summer brings power cuts again

The country has been left bone dry and hungry for electricity to cool off due to an alarming drop in rainfall and a mild heat wave sweeping through several districts. The first month of Bangla new year Baishakh, beginning on April 14, ushered in no nor'westers or rainfall in Dhaka. The Met office sees very little possibility of rain in the next three-four days in and around Dhaka. Mercury might rise even higher. Meteorologist Abdur Rahman of Bangladesh Meteorological Department said...

Stick to my plan

The first foreign managing director and chief executive officer of Biman, Kevin Steele, leaves Dhaka today with an advice for Biman to stick to his plan and make Biman profitable in 2014-15 fiscal year. Sharing his experience in a recent interview about working in Biman, he had said it was not easy to work for Biman with a civil service unwilling to work. He said, “What is killing Biman is the lack of knowledge among the senior management, like the level...

Rizwana's Husband Abducted

Environment culprits linked?

Armed miscreants yesterday abducted the husband of Syeda Rizwana Hasan, chief executive of Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (Bela), in Narayanganj. The incident happened in the city's Fatulla around 2:30pm, when Abu Bakar Siddique was coming to Dhaka by his car. He is the managing director of Hamid Fashion, a Narayanganj-based garment factory owned by Awami League lawmaker and State Minister for Power Nasrul Hamid Bipu. Recently, Siddique also set up his own garment factory there. The motive for the abduction remains unclear,...

Husband of Bela's Rizwana abducted

Unknown miscreants abducted the husband of Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (Bela) chief executive Syeda Rizwana Hasan in Fatulla area of Narayanganj while he was travelling to Dhaka from Narayanganj by his car. The abductors used a car to take away Abu Bakar Siddique, a lawyer-entrepreneur, Rizwana told The Daily Star. Later in the day, Rizwana filed a case with Fatulla Police Station against seven to eight unidentified people in connection with the abduction. Siddique, who is currently working for Hamid Fashion in...

Torture Of House Help

Son tells of mother's cruelty

The eldest son of the woman, who abused her ten-year-old domestic help so badly that he needed to be hospitalised, said he had asked her mother many a time not to torture Masum but to no avail. “It is true that Masum was often not given his meals and that he used to be made to sleep in the bathroom ... I often told Ammu [mother], even requested her not to treat him like that but she never listened to...

2 killed in Sirajganj train crash

Two people were killed and 40 injured as a train crashed into another waiting at Ullapara Railway Station in Sirajganj early today. Rail communication between Dhaka and at least 30 northern and southern districts was restored at noon, eight hours after its suspension following the accident, reports our Pabna correspondent. Meanwhile, the railway authorities have suspended three staff on charge of negligence in duties and formed two separate probe committee to investigate the incident. Akbar Hossain, officer-in-charge of Sirajganj Government Railway Police...

One killed,10 burnt critically

One person was killed and 10 others were injured as flammable chemicals caught fire and exploded at a shop on the ground floor of a residential building in the capital's Tejgaon yesterday. Most of the victims were pedestrians and at least six of the injured are fighting for life with over 30 percent of their bodies burnt. Two university students and a minor boy are among the injured. The dead is Abdul Latif, 50, a rickshaw van puller. He had been...

Fire at capital plastic factory

A fire broke out at a plastic factory in the capital’s Rahmatganj tonight. Firemen brought the fire that began around 8:00pm on the ground floor of three-storey factory building brought under control around 9:20pm, said fire service and civil defence officials. Seven units of fire services took part in the operation.  Causalities and damages in the incident could not be known immediately.

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