Anwar Ali

Staff Correspondent based in Rajshahi

Sultana’s Death In Rab Custody: ‘Her home was under watch for two weeks’

Sultana Jasmine’s house in the calm and quiet Chalkdeb Janakalyanpara area of Naogaon town was under watch by a group of unidentified men for about two weeks prior to her arrest, said her landlord.

18h ago

RU mayhem leaves Binodpur traders in ruins

Trades of Binodpur Bazar near Rajshahi University are at a loss after their shops were burnt to the ground on Saturday and they have no way of getting compensation

2w ago

Clashes at RU: Small traders suffer Tk 1cr losses

At least 80 small traders of the bazaar have turned destitute suffering an estimated loss of Tk 1 crore, said Shahidul Islam, president of Binodpur Bazar Small Traders Association.

2w ago

Then who shot RU students?

At least 20 students of Rajshahi University suffered pellet wounds during Saturday’s overnight clashes with local traders

2w ago

20th-century politician’s grave demolished

Construction workers demolished many of the preserved graves, including partly that of the early 20th-century politician Madar Baksh at Rajshahi city’s Hetom Khan graveyard last week.

AL never flees

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said Awami League leaders and activists never flee the country. Rather, they stay with the people for their welfare.

Rajshahi gears up to welcome PM after 5 years

Rajshahi is all ready to welcome Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina tomorrow for her first public rally in the district in five years.

16 Northern Districts: Rising input cost worries Boro farmers

Saiful Islam has lately been busy preparing his five bighas of land to grow paddy. But he reckons he will have to spend Tk 25,000 more than he did last season for the cultivation as the cost of just about everything has gone up.

Man stages solo protest against Rajshahi MP

A man staged a solo protest today against "torture and harassment" by Rajshahi-3 lawmaker Md Ayeen Uddin and his aides.

Dil Afroze Khuki hospitalised

Dil Afroze Khuki of Rajshahi has been hospitailsed.

Ghost cases haunting BNP men

Ishaq Islam, president of a union unit of pro-BNP Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal, and 300 others blocked Narayanganj Ring Road on November 20, blasted crude bombs, and vandalised vehicles, according to a case filed against them.

Govt having sleepless nights

The BNP yesterday said the government was in constant “fear” of the party’s December 10 rally in the capital and that it was having sleepless nights.

BNP ready for big show in own backyard

The BNP wants to show its strength by holding a successful event in Rajshahi, the last of its divisional “showdowns” ahead of the much-hyped Dhaka rally on December 10, a senior party leader said yesterday.

Rajshahi BNP alleges police excess

Leaders and activists of BNP have accused law enforcers of harassing them, ahead of the party’s rally on December 3 in Rajshahi’s eight districts.

The hills raise mangoes the fastest

The common perception about mangoes is that they mature early in the country’s north-western districts.

Misuse of industrial plots spotted at Rajshahi BSCIC

Abdul Malek was allocated a plot inside an industrial estate of the Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) in Rajshahi back in the 1970s.

Ashwina mangoes now winning hearts

Ashwina mangoes were seldom seen on dining tables in the past as the fruit bore a sour taste coupled with an unappetising dark exterior that limited their use to the production of processed food items.

‘And he never returned’

During the Liberation War, martyred DIG Mamun Mahmud of Rajshahi police had served as a brave leader and a true patriot. Ever since Bangabandhu’s March 7 speech, he started training almost 10,000 volunteers.

Katimon mango cultivation growing in Rajshahi

Rafiqul Islam, a resident of Rajshahi’s Durgapur upazila, is breaking the mould when it comes to mango farming as he cultivates a non-traditional variety of the fruit called Katimon that grows year-round.

MP beat me up and it was all planned

College Principal Salim Reza admitted to a probe committee that he was indeed assaulted by Rajshahi lawmaker Omor Faruk Chowdhury at the latter’s chamber more than a week ago, according to two individuals who were present when Salim was talking to the committee members.

Tale from a hundred years ago

An ancient stone with inscription on it has been found at Natore’s Madhnagar village recently, bearing the history of a 155-year-old “Rath Jatra” festival.

‘Mango train’ suspended for lack of cargo

A train service from Chapainawabganj to dedicatedly bring the region’s seasonal bounty of mangoes to Dhaka has been cancelled on running for just 11 days this season.  

BRRI Dhan-81 fails to live up to expectations

Production of BRRI Dhan-81 witnessed a sharp decline in Rajshahi during this boro season for bad weather and calamities.

Noted physicist a victim of land grabbing

Due to the negligence of local authorities, a man got the opportunity to occupy a strip of land of his neighbour -- renowned physicist Prof Arun Kumar Basak.

Fruit bags promise high quality mangoes

The special method of growing mangoes inside multi-layered bags with wax on the outer surface may not pose any potential health hazards for end consumers, but the additional cost makes the fruit costlier, according to market players.

Old age allowances grossly inadequate

Shamsul Huda, a beneficiary of the government’s social safety net programmes, lives in a rickety little tin- shack in Noboganga area under Paba upazila of Rajshahi.

Bad weather hampering Boro harvest

Rice yield is likely to dwindle to some extent in eight districts of Rajshahi division during this Boro season due to bad weather during the harvest period, officials and farmers said.

Akib’s fishing baits being exported to Asia and Europe

H Ataur Rahman Akib started fishing when he was four and he was largely focused on his hobby and making baits until 2018.

Soybean oil crisis: Govt cracks down on hoarders

An annoyed Shovon Das was walking home with a five-litre bottle of soybean oil from Shaheb Bazar in Rajshahi city yesterday afternoon. He had paid Tk 985 for it even though the government set the price at Tk 760.

Last of the ‘shokher hari’ potters

What makes “Shokher Hari”, (a decorative clay pot made in rural regions) unique is its colours and presentation. It bears testament to Bangalee craftsmanship and the utilitarian purpose of a pot -- making it one of the most unforgettable earthenwares in our region.

Amodini Paul ‘framed': Some don't want her to be headmistress, sources say

The controversy surrounding a Hindu teacher in Naogaon was an attempt to cover up a long-running corruption by a small section of the school authorities, according to staffers.

Deaths of santals: Complaints of farmers fell on deaf ears

Farmers had been complaining against Sakhawat Hossain, the deep tube-well operator of Issoripur village in Rajshahi’s Godagari, for not supplying irrigation and drinking water over last two years.

Farmers’ suicide: Accused ‘on the run’

The deep tube-well operator, who is being held responsible by the family of Santal farmer Abhinath Mardi for instigating his suicide in Rajshahi’s Godagari Wednesday, has gone into hiding, said police.

Irrigation water crisis in barind: Small farmers in a vicious trap

Amid lax monitoring by the authorities, many deep tube-well operators have been depriving small farmers in Rajshahi, Chapainawabganj and Naogaon of their fair share of water for irrigation.

Irrigation water: Back against wall, Santal farmer dies by suicide

A farmer in Rajshahi’s Godagari upazila died on Wednesday after he and his cousin drank pesticide, police said.

Wall Collapse: Father finds son only to see him die

A 35-year-old man died and four others were critically injured as a wall collapsed at a construction site in Chhoto Bongram area of Godagari, Rajshahi, yesterday morning.

Ingenious indigenous innovation

Fourteen years ago, Kabuljan Begum developed an environment-friendly oven to keep herself and her family safe from air pollution caused by open-fire ovens.

800 litres of soybean oil hoarded!

When a consumer went to buy soybean oil yesterday afternoon, a grocer at Hadi’s intersection in Rajshahi city denied him.

Tales that need to be told

It was a dark summer night of April 2, 1971. Everyone was tucked away in their homes because of the ongoing curfew. On that silent night, a twenty-one year old Shoven Kumar Roy went to bed early, unaware that life, as he knew it, wouldn’t be the same anymore.

An example of religious harmony

For the first time in 47 years, a British-era temple has been reopened for prayers in Rajshahi city’s Khojapur area on Tuesday night.

8,000 books gone in 4.5hrs

A huge crowd of readers gathered at Rajshahi’s Circuit House yesterday, amid a sea of books. The book fair -- Pustak Poth -- did not expect that it would have to welcome so many people.

Forged docs using Rajshahi mayor’s name used to swindle $78,893 from Korean company

Forged Rajshahi City Corporation documents -- with the name of Mayor AHM Khairuzzaman Liton -- were used for signing a deal worth $10.12 million for procuring eight fire trucks from a South Korean company.

RU Student Faruk Hossain Murder: Bruises gone, trauma remains

It has been twelve years since the gruesome murder of Rajshahi University student Faruk Hossain in the early hours of February 9, 2010.

Won’t back down, no matter the cost

An utter tragedy struck 13 years ago. Still only a ninth-grader, Rajshahi’s Sheuli Akter was married off owing to her family’s unimaginable struggle with poverty.

Road-crash tragedies stalk his family

Munira Akter, mother of Rajshahi University student Mahmud Habib Himel, could not shed any tears seeing the coffin of her only son, but her blank eyes made everyone around her choke up.

Buried in borrowings

Fishing expenditures have gone up in Rajshahi due to the recent hike in fuel prices, lowering the daily income of fishers in the division by at least Tk 75 during this season.

Hasan Azizul Huq laid to rest

Eminent writer Hasan Azizul Huq was laid to rest on the premises of Rajshahi University Central Library at 3pm yesterday.

Master storyteller falls silent

He chronicled places, time, and people with a sound understanding of human feelings and struggles. With his art of storytelling, he narrated the lives of characters who fight for survival.

November 12, 2021
November 12, 2021

Don’t you know of my power?

A President’s Gold Medal winning farmer’s paddies were ruined by a Jubo League leader on Monday.

November 11, 2021
November 11, 2021

Diesel Price Hike Fallout in North: Farmers stare at huge losses

The new diesel price is driving up crop production cost by at least 30 percent in Rajshahi region and the farmers are fearing huge losses.

November 8, 2021
November 8, 2021

Muffin, a new contender appears!

After Rani’s demise, it looks like another cow has stepped up to keep the mantle of “world’s shortest cow” inside the country. His name is Muffin, and he stands at just 23.5 inches.

October 31, 2021
October 31, 2021

Kaaoo kaaoo kah-ow!

On October 13, Rajshahi University’s zoology department’s Prof Aminuzzaman Md Saleh Reza went out on a morning walk on the campus.

October 16, 2021
October 16, 2021

Puja mandaps with a point of view

In an effort to symbolically represent its struggles against land grabbing, a temple in Rajshahi has decorated its mandap in the theme of good vs evil.

October 16, 2021
October 16, 2021

Municipality mayor constructs commercial buildings on govt land

Without any governmental approval, two multi-storied commercial buildings are being constructed along the Dhaka-Rajshahi highway, occupying government land and canals.

October 5, 2021
October 5, 2021

Desperation over accommodation

As feared, many admission seekers of Rajshahi University (RU) and their guardians were desperate to find a place to stay yesterday, and the situation was exacerbated by unusually high accommodation rents in the city.

September 29, 2021
September 29, 2021

Where will all the students stay?

Every year, during Rajshahi University’s (RU) admission tests, the institute’s halls welcome thousands of admission seekers from different corners of the country. According to teachers, student leaders and guardians, the dormitories usually house around 50 percent of admission seekers, particularly students from non-affluent families and those from far flung areas.

September 27, 2021
September 27, 2021

Road expansion project in Rajshahi that never ends

Even after eight years, Rajshahi Development Authority (RDA) could not complete a 5km road expansion and construction work of the city’s first ever flyover.

September 16, 2021
September 16, 2021

Development the priority, not nature!

To make space for new administrative and academic buildings, authorities of Rajshahi University of Engineering Technology (Ruet) have felled around 50 trees recently, most of which are over half a century old.