Railway’s east zone reels from manpower crisis

Authorities of Bangladesh Railway’s (BR) east zone have closed down 46 of the 228 railway stations due to severe workforce shortage. This has resulted in delays of over 30 minutes on different routes of the zone.

Sitakunda Blast: Who started the fire?

The probe committee formed by Chattogram Port Authority (CPA) to investigate the devastating fire and explosion at Sitakunda’s BM Container Depot last month could not ascertain the source or specific reason behind the fire.

Eid joy marred by tragedy

Ashikur Rahman (28) was returning home for Eid after taking treatment at a Dhaka hospital. But little did he know that he’ll never reach his destination.

Boy found dead in Ctg monastery

A boy was found dead in a Buddhist monastery in Abdullahpur South Baruapara in Chattogram yesterday.

Barred from rally, BNP to hold protest tomorrow

BNP will stage protest across the country tomorrow as the party did not to get permission for holding a rally in Dhaka.

2 arrestees Tahrir men

Two among five North South University students arrested over the murder of blogger Ahmed Rajib Haidar admitted to being directly involved with banned Islamist outfit Hizb-ut-Tahrir, Bangladesh, said Detective Branch (DB) sources yesterday.

Lifespan of Bangladeshis increased: Health minister

The average lifespan of Bangladeshi people has increased from 65 years to 69 in the last four years due to improvement in the health sector, said Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr AFM Ruhal Haque yesterday.

Parliament passes silk development bill

“Bangladesh Silk Development Board Bill, 2013” was passed in the Jatiya Sangsad yesterday with a provision to constitute Bangladesh Silk Development Board integrating the Bangladesh Silk Board, Bangladesh Silk Research and Training Institute and Bangladesh Silk Foundation to ensure a quick development of this sector.
Textiles and Jute Minister Abdul Latif Siddique piloted the bill in the House for passage.
Earlier on February 27, the report of the parliamentary standing committee on the bill was placed in the Jatiya Sangsad.
Meanwhile, Water Resources Minister Ramesh Chandra Sen yesterday placed “Bangladesh Water Bill, 2013” in the Jatiya Sangsad to ensure proper use of the water resources.

38 BNP leaders sued for violence on Saturday

Thirty eight BNP leaders, including its acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and standing committee member Moudud Ahmed, were sued yesterday for violence in the capital on Saturday.

Army withdrawn from Bogra

Two platoons of army men deployed in Shahjahanpur upazila of Bogra yesterday morning to help the administration maintain the law and order following escalating violence were withdrawn in the evening.
The army men were withdrawn from Shahjahanpur area near the Bogra Cantonment at 6:00pm as the area returned to normalcy, said an ISPR release.
Earlier, the army personnel were deployed in Shahjahanpur upazila from 9:00am to help the civil administration maintain the law and order.

Dhaka fares better than rest of country

Though far better in Dhaka city, vehicular movement across the country was seriously hampered due to Jamaat-e-Islami's 48-hour countrywide hartal beginning yesterday.

Ctg Gonojagoron Mancha protests hartal

People of the port city yesterday again thronged the sit-in, Gonojagoron Mancha, before Chittagong Press Club protesting the two-day dawn-to-dusk countrywide hartal called by Jamaat-e-Islami.
A mass signature collection campaign was underway at the venue, supporting the six-point demand, including banning of Jamaat and Jamaat backed Islami Chhatra Shibir, and demanding death penalty for all war criminals.
People from all walks of life started joining the demonstration, initiated by Samprodayikota Birodhi Torun Udjog, Chittagong; from 3:00pm and kept it lively with slogans and patriotic songs.

Jamaat-Shibir's ongoing mayhem condemned

Different political parties and human rights organisations have condemned the ongoing mayhem created by the Jamaat-Shibir alliance.

Ex-BCL leader killed in Sylhet

A former leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) was killed and another injured by miscreants in Sylhet city's Akhalia Tapobon Residential area on Saturday night.
The deceased was Jagotjhoty Talukder, former president of Madan Mohon College unit BCL, and resident of Akhaliaghat in the city.
Quoting witnesses, police said a gang of miscreants swooped on Taluker and Sylhet city unit BCL activist Jewel when they were returning home, leaving them injured around 9:30pm.
The attackers also set the victim's private car on fire.
The injured were rushed to Sylhet Osmani Medical College Hospital where Talukder died.

$200m Indian grant to be utilised for Padma Bridge

Finance Minister AMA Muhith calls on Indian President Pranab Mukherjee at Sonargaon Hotel in the capital yesterday. Mukherjee is in Dhaka now on a three-day visit. Story on page 2. Photo: PID