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.

Strict control urged

Discussants at a roundtable yesterday stressed the need for strictly controlling formalin import and its use where food items were sourced to reduce food adulteration.

Effectiveness not ensured due to limitation

Although the enactment of Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Act 2010 is a “milestone” to protect women from domestic violence in the country, effective use of the law has not been ensured due to some limitations in it, said legal experts and rights activists yesterday.

Bangladesh possible tourism destination

Bangladesh, with its various positive aspects including cultural uniqueness and indigenous traditions, has the potential to thrive as a tourism destination, said an Australian travel writer at his photographic book launching.

SSC, equivalent examinations rescheduled

The SSC and its equivalent examinations slated for today and Tuesday (March 5) have been rescheduled for March 9 and March 6 respectively due to a three-day countrywide hartal called by Jamaat-e-Islami and opposition BNP.
Prof Abdus Salam Hawlader, acting chairman of Dhaka Education Board and head of Inter-Education Board Coordination Committee, told the news agency that the examinations slated for today will be held on March 9.
The examination slated for Tuesday will be held on Wednesday.
The Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and its equivalent Dakhil and SSC vocational examinations simultaneously began across the country on February 3.

Three youths killed in capital

Two youths were stabbed to death and another died after falling from the roof of a building in separate incidents in the capital on Friday night and yesterday.

HRW urges govt, Jamaat to end violence

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called upon the government and Jamaat-e-Islami to put an end to the ongoing violence, which sparked off after Jamaat leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee was sentenced to death Thursday.

Jasas leader beaten for sexual harassment

A leader of Rajshahi University unit Jatiyatabadi Samaj Sangskrity Sangstha (Jasas) was beaten up by students of the drama and music department for sexually harassing a female student of the department on the campus yesterday.

Tremor jolts Sylhet, Rangpur

A tremor measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale jolted Sylhet and Rangpur regions yesterday.
The earthquake was felt at 7:30am. However, no casualty or damage has been reported.
Our Sylhet correspondent reports, the quake jolted Sylhet twice within few seconds. While it jolted Rangpur and its nearby areas for once, adds our Rangpur correspondent.
The epicentre of the quake was in Bangladesh-India border, inside Karimganj of Assam, some 195km north-east of Dhaka, said Met office sources.

National Flag hoisted at Shahbagh

As a part of the national flag hoisting programme of Shahbagh
movement yesterday, Imran H Sarker, convener of the Bloggers and Online Activists Network, hoists the national flag at Shahbagh Gonojagoron Mancha in the capital in the morning demanding that war criminals be hanged and Jamaat-Shibir be banned. photo: Focus Bangla

Two boys drown in pond

Two schoolboys drowned in a pond while they were bathing in it at Bangshal in the old part of the capital yesterday afternoon.
The victims identified as Faisal Ahmed, 16, and Mohammad Shaon, 15, were class X students of Nababpur Government High School.
A team of divers from fire service recovered the bodies from the pond around 3:15pm yesterday.
The family members of the deceased took them to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where the doctors pronounced them dead.