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Political Violence

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Many of us alive have long been dead

THE cultural activists in the country did their bit last Sunday when they accompanied the families of those who had died in political violence and hung a list of 54 victims in front of BNP chairperson's Gulshan office. It was ironically done on the same day 41 people, to the last count of that day, had reportedly died after a launch sank when it was hit by a cargo vessel. The number of victims has risen to 71since then,...

1 more succumbs to mindless arson

1 more succumbs to mindless arson

One more innocent commoner succumbed today to the gruesome firebomb attack, raising the death toll arising from political violence to 76 this year. The deceased, Mohammad Jahangir Alam, 35, from Bogra, died around 6:30am in the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital, Mozammel Haque, inspector of the police camp concerned with the hospital...

UN chief urges de-escalation of Bangladesh situation

UN chief urges de-escalation of Bangladesh situation

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon today urged Bangladesh to find a tangible way for de-escalating the ongoing political situation. The advice came after the UN chief met Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali and discussed cooperation between the UN and the Government of Bangladesh, a UN press release said. Ban encouraged the government to...

Kerry seeks govt’s action to peacefully end violence

Kerry seeks govt’s action to peacefully end violence

United States Secretary of State John Kerry has called for Bangladesh government's action to peacefully end the recent violence in the country and pulled up on political parties for targeting the civilians during agitation. “The Secretary called for government action to peacefully end the recent violence, underscored the government’s role in ensuring peaceful political...

Govt in propaganda against ‘people’s movement’: BNP

Govt in propaganda against ‘people’s movement’: BNP

The government has launched propaganda against the ongoing agitation describing it as a movement of the terrorists and militants, BNP alleged today. "The illegal government has started the propaganda to brand the ongoing people’s movement as a terrorist and militant movement," the party said in a statement this evening. The statement issued by BNP Joint...

Political violence: A threat to national security

Political violence: A threat to national security

POLITICAL violence has plunged the nation into a vortex of uncertainty. As the BNP-JI led 20-party alliance's agitation continues, there is widespread despair in the minds of the ordinary citizen. We never saw the kind of senseless violence that we are witnessing now. A new element introduced this time is petrol bomb. The...

POLITICAL IMPASSE

Solution lies in Bangladesh: US envoy

Solution lies in Bangladesh: US envoy

Saying that solution to the ongoing political crisis exists within Bangladesh, new US envoy Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat today assured that foreign friends would extend help if the country wants. The US ambassador to Bangladesh made the comment during her first conference at the American Club this morning. Regarding a dialogue between Awami League and BNP to resolve the political impasse, she said, “I have every hope that Bangladesh will find a way forward, but I don’t predict.” Bernicat further said the US deplores the attacks including arsons and train derailments that killed and wounded many innocent victims. Condemning the violence for political objectives, she expressed her beliefs that there is simply no...

Editorial

When would enough be enough?

The United Nations has voiced its concern over continuing political violence and fatalities in Bangladesh for more than a month. The former UN Assistant Secretary General, Political Affairs, Oscar Fernandez Taranco has been reportedly assigned to coordinate with Bangladesh government in matters of persuading the contending parties to resolve their differences. From that perspective, it is important to get to the brass-tacks. As fallouts of ruthlessly relentless blockade and hartals reach horrific levels, the BNP-led alliance calls these a political...

Truck helper burnt in Ctg firebomb attack

Truck helper burnt in Ctg firebomb attack

A truck helper suffered burn injuries as miscreants hurled a petrol bomb at his husk-laden vehicle on the Dhaka­-Chittagong highway in Mirsarai upazila of Chittagong early today. The arson attack took place hours before starting the 72-hour nationwide hartal sponsored by BNP-led 20-party alliance amid its nonstop blockade that began from January 6. The motor...

HARTAL-BLOCKADE

Take steps to stop violence, subversive acts, HC tells govt

Take steps to stop violence, subversive acts, HC tells govt

The High Court today directed the government to take steps to stop violence, anarchy and subversive activities that have been prevailing across the country in the name of hartal and blockade since January 6. In response to a writ petition, the HC also asked the government to explain why the violence and anarchy going...

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