• Thursday, July 31, 2014

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Sylhet

9 killed in road crashes

9 killed in road crashes

Nine people were killed and 53 injured in separate road accidents in three districts across the country today. Of the deceased, four were killed in Sylhet, three killed in Sirajganj and two in Thakurgaon, report our districts correspondents. In Sylhet, a bus skidded off the Dhaka-Sylhet highway when driver of a passenger bus lost control...

Stone Extraction

Labourer killed in firing

A day labourer employed by some illegal stone extractors was shot dead by the members of Railway Nirapotta Bahini (RNB) at Bholaganj Ropeway site in Sylhet's Companiganj upazila early yesterday. Johur Ahmed, 40, a resident of Biswambharpur upazila in Sunamganj, was one of about a hundred workers, who had been collecting stones illegally at the site violating Section 144, said Nur E Alam Mina, Superintendent of Police of Sylhet. The railway security men initially fired 13 blank shots to disperse...

Sylhet quarry worker killed in Ansar members firing

Sylhet quarry worker killed in Ansar members firing

A worker of a stone quarry was killed in firing by Ansar members in Companiganj upazila in Sylhet on Thursday midnight. The deceased was identified as Jahur Ahmed,40, son of Faizur Rahman of Biswambharpur of Sunamganj district. Companiganj thana sub-inspector Rezaul Haq said when Jahur went to thr restricted ropeway area of Bangladesh Railway in...

Derailment halts Sylhet-Dhaka-Ctg train service

Derailment halts Sylhet-Dhaka-Ctg train service

An oil-laden train derailed in Dakshin Surma upazila of Sylhet, snapping its rail communication with Dhaka and Chittagong since this morning. Muhibur Rahman, stationmaster of Sylhet Railway Station, said a wagon of a Sylhet-bound train from Chittagong veered off the tracks near Moglabazar Rail Station around 9:30am. Train service of Sylhet with Dhaka and Chittagong...

Sust teachers confine VC

Sust teachers confine VC

A group of teachers today confined the vice-chancellor of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (Sust) to his office for around one-and-a-half hours. The teachers of Bangla department at the university staged the sit-in confining VC Prof Md Aminul Haque Bhuiyan to press home their demand for providing sufficient seating arrangements. The protesters locked the...

Murder of 2 JCD Leaders in Sylhet

Most accused still at large

Most of the accused in the two cases filed for killing two Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leaders in Sylhet have yet been arrested, though police claim that they have been conducting drives to nab the murderers.   In the JCD leader Touhidul murder case, police arrested Shoumen Dey, Bangladesh Chhatra League president of Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College unit, on June 7 at Sylhet Railway Station while fleeing. On June 5, the case was filed with Sylhet Kotwali Police Station accusing...

Manpower Shortage

Ctg, Sylhet airports shut for 6-hr a day

Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh is keeping the international airports in Chittagong and Sylhet virtually closed for around six hours a day due to a shortage of manpower. The officers and staff at the airports had been working between 18 and 22 hours a day for years, an unsafe practice considering possible disaster due to human error from fatigue and exhaustion. But Caab has had enough and it is putting its foot down. During the closure, there is no one at...

Five Upazilas in Sylhet

Flood control project limping for 12yrs

Flood control project limping for 12yrs

Although over 12 years have passed, the much talked-about five-year long flood control and irrigation project to be implemented in Sylhet is still incomplete mainly due to repeated revisions of project works.     Only 75 percent of the work is done, officials admitted. Numerous canals and reservoirs are to be dug up in five upazilas--Zakiganj,...

Sylhet JCD leader stabbed dead

Sylhet JCD leader stabbed dead

A Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader was stabbed to death allegedly by his rivals in the student body in Sylhet this evening. Zillur Rahman, 25, was a former president of the Gobindaganj college unit of JCD, reports our Sylhet correspondent. Police arrested two suspected killers immediately after the incident. Locals said six JCD activists of a...

Tangents

Morning Candy

Morning Candy

One of the fondest memories of my childhood was stretching out on a chair in the lawn of our Sylhet home on a winter's morning and opening the daily newspaper. The crisp feel and smell of the paper enhanced the experience. I had waited eagerly for the hawker to throw the bundled paper over the gate. While I usually encountered many unknown words – for example, thinking “ratio” was a mis-spelling of “radio” – that never diluted my enjoyment of reading the news. My childhood days - late 1960s - were days of global volatility. Wars were major news, often reported with large, melodramatic headlines. I was too young to...

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