Pankag Karmakar

Waterlogging, traffic management top priority

With the Comilla City Corporation polls approaching, two prominent mayoral aspirants promise to address the city problems, if elected.

Comilla City Election: Infighting may cost Awami League victory

Infighting within the district Awami League might make it difficult for mayor candidate Anjum Sultana Shima to win the upcoming Comilla City Corporation polls.

Leading the way in judicial services

Back in 1984, women in judicial services was a rare sighting. But that did not stop Kabita Khanam from joining as a BCS judicial cadre

Who's to blame for public suffering?

With the ongoing transport strike intensifying and spreading across the country, a number of transport workers yesterday said they called the shutdown with full backing of some top leaders of their association.

People suffer in pointless strike

Just because a killer bus driver was sentenced to life, transport workers in 10 southern districts yesterday brought road communications to a grinding halt going on strike for an indefinite period.

A warning for reckless drivers

A Manikganj court yesterday sentenced a bus driver to life imprisonment in a case filed over the road accident that killed noted filmmaker Tareque Masud, media personality Ashfaque Munier Mishuk and three others in 2011.

Elections: EC to ensure participation of all parties

The new Election Commission yesterday discussed how to create an atmosphere conducive to all-party participation in polls -- both at

No old, unfit buses after next month

The authorities concerned will launch a joint drive against over 20-year-old buses, unfit vehicles, and illegal drivers in the capital from March 1 to reduce congestion and the number of accidents on streets.

Huda-led EC set to make debut with local polls

Immediately after taking oath today, the newly appointed Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda and four other commissioners would set about the task of holding some pending local government polls.

EC won't look into informal allegations

The Election Commission will not investigate informal allegations of black money use in the recently held district council polls. Even Awami League lawmakers had made such allegations.

Waterbus Service in Dhaka: Getting worse every day

With luggage in hand, Mehedi Hasan walked towards the city's Gabtoli landing station to catch a waterbus to Sadarghat.

EC wary of polls code violation by MPs

Violating electoral rules, some Awami League lawmakers have been campaigning for their preferred candidates in the zila parishad elections for the last few weeks.

Elected councillors are mostly clean

The people of Narayanganj city have mostly chosen candidates with clean image in the just-concluded elections as majority of the councillors-elect do not have criminal records.

The same old complaints, same answers

Zahidul Islam bought a used motorcycle and went to Bangladesh Road Transport Authority's (BRTA) Mirpur office in September

No voting to Bhola, Feni zila parishads

Twenty-two district council chairman candidates have been declared elected unopposed by the Election Commission.

EC not monitoring ROs' compliance with directives

The Election Commission (EC) is not monitoring the implementation progress of directives it issued to Returning Officers (RO) for a fair Narayanganj City Corporation polls, slated for December 22.

N'ganj City Polls: Election code violation on

A number of mayoral and councillor candidates of Narayanganj City Corporation (NCC) polls are allegedly conducting election

8-LANE ROAD turns 4-lane at some points

It is the main “corridor” through which a huge number of vehicles from Chittagong and Sylhet enter and exit the capital. The 7.2 kilometres stretch of the Jatrabari-Kanchpur road was upgraded to an eight-lane highway to facilitate smooth passage of vehicles.

Lessons on democracy, election in textbooks

The Election Commission wants the education ministry to introduce new chapters on the election system and democracy in the

How to get smart NID card?

The newly introduced smart national identity (NID) card will put an end to forgery as it has 25 security features.

Poor inspection responsible

Taking advantage of the government's poor monitoring, hundreds of unregistered and unfit passenger vessels are plying different waterways across the country, posing a grave risk to public life.

Tight security planned for Durga Puja

In the wake of recent terrorist attacks in the country, law enforcers and Hindu community people are planning to ensure tight security measures before and during the Durga Puja, the biggest religious festival of the Hindus.

Focus on coordinated steps to cut road deaths

The Safety 2016 World Conference has adopted a 13-point Tampere Declaration with a call for promoting stronger coordinated actions

Halving road deaths needs global efforts

With around five million people dying annually due to road traffic crashes, violence, drowning, suicide, and similar

Operators take advantage of no fare chart

The asking price came as a blow to him when he went to a private bus company's counter to buy an AC bus ticket ahead of the Eid holidays.

Year after year, nobody can stop overloading

“When I saw my launch, the scene did not come as a relief.”

Plight all the way

Sanaullah Miah was concerned about getting an advance ticket ahead of Eid.

Rush expected today

Tanjil Ahmed looked fatigued.

Waterbuses fail to gain popularity

Due to irregular schedules and poor management, the much-hyped waterbus of Buriganga and Turag has failed to gain popularity in its

People suffer from strike on waterways

Holding luggage in one hand and his child in another, Nuruzzaman was desperately looking for a launch followed by his wife

BRTC facing fund crisis

Financial crisis is looming in the state-run Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) following implementation of the new pay

Confusion over road crash death count

Statistics by a non-government organisation on causalities in road accidents during Eid holidays contradict with the government data, raising confusion over the accurate number of victims.

Hassle-free return to city

Forgetting the usual hustle-bustle of city life, he played rural games, fished in the pond, planted trees, joined hours-long chitchats with school friends and cousins at his village home.

Launch, bus operators charge higher

With the rush of Eid holidaymakers getting momentum, bus and launch operators like previous years are overcharging passengers.

Home-goers risk their lives

Launch operators are cashing in on the huge rush of passengers and overloading their vessels on Mawa-Kawrakandi route in the Padma river risking lives of thousands ahead of eid.

Dodgy buses returning

Eid offers business opportunities for transport owners and they would never want to miss it. But there are some unscrupulous owners who would compromise with passenger safety just to make that extra profit.

Motorcyclists get on-spot registration service

Rayhan Uddin, a private job holder, bought a motorcycle a few months ago but could not register it due to time constraint.

Bus tickets for Eid trips vanish in few hours

Ashraful Alam had been standing in a queue at the Gabtoli counter of SR Paribahan since 8:00am yesterday to buy two advance tickets for June 4 to go to Dinajpur ahead of Eid.

Launches getting ready for Eid, fear of overcharging exists this year too

Like every year, owners are hectically repairing their launches to catch passengers ahead of Eid.

Reducing economic inequality must for achieving SDGs

Proper management of natural resources, reduction of disparity in property ownership between rich and poor as well as public-private partnership are crucial to achieve the sustainable development goals (SDGs), said discussants at an international conference yesterday.

Final phase of UP polls today

Another 698 union parishads (UPs) go to the polls in the sixth and final phase today, after the electioneering and voting days in all the

EC content just by sending letters to home ministry

The Election Commission's measures to curb violence in the ongoing union parishad polls remain confined to only sending letters to the home ministry, asking for its help.

EC receives scores of complaints

The Election Commission has received scores of complaints over anomalies in the fifth phase of the union parishad polls held on May 28.

Bus fare cut turns out to be farce

The reduced passenger fares announced by the government on May 3 have not been implemented amid slack monitoring by the road transport and bridges ministry.

Independents, rebels lobby for fair polls

As an independent chairman candidate in the ongoing Union Parishad polls, she does not want any extra favour; rather her

EC seeks more action to check polls violence

As violence continued with each phase of the Union Parishad polls gone by, the Election Commission has asked the home ministry to

Ballot stuffing by polling officers ominous

The tendency of polling officials increasingly getting involved in stuffing ballot boxes in the ongoing union parishad (UP) polls has

UP polls: 4th phase of voting today

Another 703 unions of 47 districts go to polls in the fourth phase today amid tension and fear of violence as many ruling Awami

May 4, 2016
May 4, 2016

Long-haul bus fare reduced by 3 paisa

The government yesterday slashed the fare for long-haul buses by 3 paisa per kilometre, drawing criticism from

May 1, 2016
May 1, 2016

Troubles of Bangladesh's transport workers

The usual eight-hour working time a day is not applicable for him. He has to work almost double the time.

April 26, 2016
April 26, 2016

Fuel price cut won't benefit passengers

Bus operators are reluctant to reduce fares despite a cut in fuel prices.

April 23, 2016
April 23, 2016

Third phase of Union Parishad elections today

Around 620 union parishads (UPs) in 46 districts go to polls in the third phase today amid tension and fear of violence, as elections in

April 14, 2016
April 14, 2016

EC, law enforcers praise each other

Though widespread violence and loss of dozens of lives marked the first two phases of union parishad polls, the Election Commission and the law enforcement agencies have praised each other for their respective roles.

March 31, 2016
March 31, 2016

Fear of violence high

Another 639 unions in 47 districts go to the polls today, a week after violence in the first phase of the elections left around two dozen people dead.

March 25, 2016
March 25, 2016

Independents win twice as many as BNP

Independent candidates have won more than double the chairman posts grabbed by BNP-nominated candidates in

March 24, 2016
March 24, 2016

EC decides to sue troublemakers

The Election Commission has decided to ask the returning officers to file cases against those involved in electoral irregularities and violence at all the 65 polling centres where voting was suspended during the union parishad polls on Tuesday.

March 22, 2016
March 22, 2016

Wary of violence, CEC seeks help

Over 700 unions will go to polls today against the backdrop of the deadly violence during electioneering in the last couple of weeks.

March 13, 2016
March 13, 2016

NID card not easy to get

With her one-and-a-half-month-old child in the arms, Umme Kulsum was hurrying from one desk to another at the National Identity Registration Wing (NIDW) office.