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Violence against Adivasi women increasing

Increasing incidents of violence against indigenous females has raised serious concerns over their security, rights activists said yesterday, demanding that the government take steps to bring the perpetrators to book. In 2012, there were 75 incidents of violence against indigenous women and children but the number rose to 117 in 2014, said officials of Bangladesh Adivasi Women Network (BAWN).  Rape, murder, attempted murder, abduction, physical and sexual harassment and trafficking are some of the violence to have been committed, they said. “Already...

Road crashes in 4 districts kill 15

Road crashes in 4 districts kill 15

At least 15 people were killed and nine injured in separate road accidents in Mymensingh, Jhenidah, Munshiganj and Narayanganj districts today. In Mymensingh, five people including two women were killed as a passenger bus collided head-on with a CNG-run auto-rickshaw in the Sadar upazila this evening. The identities of the deceased could not be known...

Garment makers to form human chain Wednesday to demand security

The apparel and textile businesses will form a human chain in Dhaka on Wednesday demanding security as the ongoing political violence is disrupting smooth operation of their business. The decision was taken yesterday at an emergency meeting of the leaders of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association, Bangladesh Textile Mills Association, and Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association at the BGMEA office in Dhaka. “Buyers are continuously making queries about the political situation in the country,” BGMEA President Atiqul Islam told...

BGB chief reiterates threat to use firearms

BGB chief reiterates threat to use firearms

Chief of the paramilitary force Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), Maj Gen Aziz Ahmed, today reiterated the warning to use firearms to counter subversive activities during the BNP-led 20-party alliance’s prevailing spell of countrywide blockade. “We will try our best to protect the lives and properties of the people. If we are attacked, we will...

Viber, four other apps unblocked

The telecom operators have unblocked five popular online voice and messaging services days after they were shut down temporarily on security grounds. The services are Viber, WhatsApp, Tango, Mypeople and Line. Intelligence agencies asked the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) to block the services of these applications temporarily until the midnight of January 21. The applications have been unblocked since the order was not renewed, said a senior official of the regulator yesterday. Zahir Ahmed, managing director of BDLink, an international terrestrial cable...

‘Criminal’ killed in Comilla ‘gunfight’ with Rab

‘Criminal’ killed in Comilla ‘gunfight’ with Rab

An alleged criminal was killed in a “gunfight” with members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Daudkandi upazila of Comilla early today, police said. Rab alleged Soleman Uddin Jisan, 32, son of late Abu Bakar from Laxmipur Sadar upazila, died in the gunfight around 4:00am, our Comilla correspondent reports quoting Anamul Haque, a sub-inspector...

3 die under trains in Dhaka, Tongi

3 die under trains in Dhaka, Tongi

Three people died under the wheels of separate trains in Dhaka’s Kuril Biswaroad area and Tongi today on the last day of the Biswa Ijtema. Only one of the deceased could be primarily identified as Harun, 40. He was on his way to attend the Akheri Munazat of Ijtema, police said. Two persons were crushed...

2 die in Belgian anti-terror raid

2 die in Belgian anti-terror raid

Two suspected jihadists have been killed in an anti-terror operation in eastern Belgium, officials say. A third person had been arrested in the raid in Verviers and weapons are reported to have been recovered. Prosecutor Eric Van Der Sypt told reporters police had targeted a group returning from Syria who had been about to launch...

Paris attacks: France to deploy 10,000 troops

Paris attacks: France to deploy 10,000 troops

France is mobilising 10,000 troops to boost security after last week's deadly attacks, and will send thousands of police to protect Jewish schools. Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said troops would be in place from Tuesday evening in sensitive areas. It is the first time troops have been deployed within France on such a scale. Seventeen...

5 Ijtema devotees killed in Dhamrai crash

5 Ijtema devotees killed in Dhamrai crash

At least five people including four Ijtema devotees were killed and five others were injured when a bus and a private car made a head-on collision on Dhaka-Aricha highway in Dhamrai, on the outskirts of the capital, today. The deceased were identified Rahis Uddin, 36, Nasir Uddin, 40, Nazim Uddin, 40, Abdur Rahim, 40, and the private car driver Rezuan Rahman, 30, said Mohammad Rasel Sheikh, assistant superintendent of police (ASP) in Savar Circle. All the deceased were in the private car which was on its way to Tongi from Jessore to attend the inaugural day of Biswa Ijtema, the ASP also said. “A bus of Shuvojatra Paribahan rammed the private car...

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