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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...

About hilsa and Teesta

About hilsa and Teesta

  As our reporter was denied access to the Gono Bhaban  without being given any reason, this report is based on information from secondary sources.   They joked, they laughed. Witty one-liners might have been the highlights of their meeting, but those were not without serious undertones. When Mamata Banerjee jokingly complained about not getting enough hilsa...

MAD politics

POLITICS seems to have gone mad! It has ruthlessly been harming future nation-builders by shattering their academic life alongside killing innocent people and destroying the country's economic backbone. Yet, both the ruling Awami League and the opposition BNP seem to have remained nonchalant even after 30 days of non-stop blockade. They have kept on taking excessive measures to counter each other by setting more bizarre precedents. Those precedents, as noted by political analysts, have been worsening further the confrontational culture...

Modi talks cricket with Hasina

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday phoned Sheikh Hasina to wish Bangladesh success in the 2015 Cricket World Cup beginning today in Australia and New Zealand. Though the diplomatic sources in Dhaka and New Delhi described Modi's move as "cricket diplomacy”, they believe the two premiers reviewed the status of Indo-Bangla ties. Modi is understood to have told Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina that India was committed to resolving the longstanding bilateral issues including the Land Boundary Agreement and the Teesta...

Trial, not talks

Trial, not talks

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the government would sue BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia for "instigating, patronising and financing" the ongoing violence that left around 70 people dead in the country. She also warned that actions would be taken against civil society members who would make provocative comments in television talk-shows. Replying to a lawmaker's...

In pain, yet they smile

Victims of recent arson attacks have heaved a sigh of relief at the financial assistance provided by the prime minister. They have said it will dispel their current financial worries. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, during her visit at the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital yesterday, promised each burn victim savings certificates worth Tk 10 lakh, said Dr Partha Shankar Paul, resident surgeon at the unit. The victims, however, have stressed that nothing can make up for the pain and...

No end to crisis without polls

No end to crisis without polls

Opposition leader Khaleda insisted yesterday that there could be no resolution of the growing political crisis unless Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina agreed to stand down and allow new elections. "Every conscious and conscientious person in Bangladesh knows that the only way to resolve the current political crisis is to hold an inclusive, competitive and meaningful election," Khaleda told AFP by phone. "The more quickly it can be arranged, the better it is for everyone. If it is delayed, the crisis could become even more complex," she said in her first interview with Western media since she was confined to her office more than a month ago. Khaleda, leader of the BNP, said...

Crude, petrol bombs seized in city, dists

Crude, petrol bombs seized in city, dists

Law enforcers yesterday detained six people with 15 petrol bombs in the capital and recovered several dozen petrol and crudes bombs from different districts, while arson attacks on vehicles continued across the country on the 37th day of the indefinite blockade enforced by the BNP-led alliance. At least 9 people, including four policemen, were...

Nagorik Samaj pushes for talks

Nagorik Samaj, a platform of civil society members, yesterday sent three letters to the president, the prime minister and the BNP chairperson, requesting them to take initiatives for holding a national dialogue to resolve the ongoing political crisis. The letters were signed by former chief election commissioner ATM Shamsul Huda on behalf of the platform. The letters mentioned that a views-exchange meeting of people from different professions was held at the Engineers' Institute on February 7, where the participants unanimously adopted...

Extremists may gain

Extremists may gain

Political crisis is fast approaching the point of no return and could gravely destabilise the country unless the ruling Awami League and the BNP take practical steps to reduce political tensions, says Brussels-based thinktank the International Crisis Group. As political battle lines become ever more entrenched, the opportunities for political reconciliation are fast...

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