Why first 72 hours crucial for rescues

Time was running out for survivors buried in the rubble of the earthquake in Turkey and Syria, as search efforts near the crucial 72-hour mark, a rescue response expert said yesterday.

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Jonny’s Custodial Death: ‘Still deprived of final justice’

It’s been nine years since the brutal custodial torture and death of Ishtiaque Hossain Jonny, a garment-waste trader from the capital’s Mirpur, and yet, his family is still waiting for ultimate justice.

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What’s the point of spending public money: Quader

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader yesterday came down heavily on road engineers for poor construction works, which warrant maintenance within a year or two of the projects’ completion.

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Don’t hold programmes on weekdays

DMP Commissioner Khandker Golam Faruq yesterday requested BNP not to hold any programme on weekdays as it leads to city dwellers suffering.

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Fakhrul, Abbas get permanent bail

The High Court yesterday granted permanent bail to BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and standing committee member Mirza Abbas in a case filed over last year’s December 7 clash between police and BNP men in Nayapaltan.

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Sarah Cooke new British envoy

Sarah Cooke has been appointed new British high commissioner to Bangladesh in succession to Robert Chatterton Dickson.

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Bangladesh

Bangladesh

9.4m displaced in seven years

At least 1,053 people were killed and 9.4 million more displaced internally in different climate-related disasters in 58 districts in seven years from 2014, says a recent study.

3h ago

Record subsidy allocation not enough

The record subsidy allocation of Tk 82,745 crore is set to be topped up with another Tk 27,360 crore in the revised budget in the face of demands from ministries even after the notable price hike of gas, electricity and fuel.

4h ago

Never did politics for personal gain: President Hamid

The two-time president referred to himself as a common man born in the remote areas of haor region and raised in the mud of haor, and said that he never did politics with the aim of getting or becoming something

8h ago

HC refuses bail to 17 Biman officials, orders them to surrender

ACC filed a case against the 17 Biman officials for embezzling Tk 1,161 crore by committing irregularities in purchasing aircraft from Egypt

10h ago

US lauds Bangladesh among others participating in Covid Global Action Plan

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen participated in the virtual Covid-19 Global Action Plan (GAP) Foreign Ministerial Meeting convened by US Secretary of State Antony J Blinken on Wednesda

10h ago

MLM scam, in guise of an NGO

Three years back, Mirza Abdul Quader founded “Global Human Rights and Environment Development Society”, an NGO that was supposed to work on human-rights and climate-change issues. However, in the guise of that, he and his cohorts embezzled several millions from hundreds of clients, by turning it into an MLM (multi-level marketing) business.

11h ago

Bangladeshi ‘shot dead by BSF’

A Bangladeshi man was shot dead allegedly by the Border Security Force (BSF) inside Indian territory adjacent to Laraighat border in Jhenidah’s Maheshpur upazila yesterday.

11h ago

Man kills woman, calls 999 to escape mob

“Please save me,” a male panicked voice pleaded after calling 999.  “I have killed a woman. Locals surrounded my house and they will kill me.”

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Asia

Asia

Modi hits back at opposition after Adani furore

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday defended his record after criticism of his close association with tycoon Gautam Adani, whose business empire has been rocked by corporate fraud allegations.

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Modi hits back at opposition after Adani furore

"People know Modi has come to their help in times of crisis, how will they agree with your abuses and allegations?" Modi said.

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Pakistan PM orders Wikipedia website unblocked

Pakistan's Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has ordered the immediate restoration of popular online encyclopedia Wikipedia that was banned by the telecom regulator last week for not "blocking/removing sacrilegious content".

2d ago

Single-use plastic waste rises from 2019-2021

Polluting single-use plastic production rose by 6 million tonnes per year from 2019 to 2021 despite tougher worldwide regulations, with producers making “little progress” to tackle the problem and boost recycling, new research showed yesterday.

2d ago

2nd balloon flying over LatAm is Chinese: Beijing

Beijing yesterday confirmed that a balloon spotted flying over Latin America is Chinese, while the United States worked to recover what it claimed was an unmanned spy craft it shot down at the weekend.

2d ago

Thai protesters weak after three weeks on hunger strike

Two Thai protesters held under the kingdom’s tough royal insult laws are growing extremely weak after nearly three weeks on hunger strike, a hospital statement said yesterday.

2d ago

How China's balloon over US steered its way into spying history

When China's suspected surveillance balloon first passed into US airspace north of Alaska's Aleutian Islands on Jan. 28, American officials believed there was a good chance it would keep traveling on a northern trajectory over sparsely populated areas.

2d ago

Adani to prepay $1.11b loans on shares

India's Adani Group today said shares related to some group companies will be released following the pre-payment of $1.11 billion of loans ahead of their maturity in 2024 while denying media reports that said the conglomerate was planning to cut back its capital spending.

2d ago
World

World

Hope, heartbreak as children pulled from rubble

A photograph of a father holding the hand of his teenage daughter who died trapped under the rubble of a flattened building in the Turkish region of Kahramanmaras conveys the scale of the suffering provoked by Monday’s magnitude 7.8 earthquake and its aftershocks.

11h ago

Nato Fighter Jets: Zelensky wins pledge to train Ukrainian pilots

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited Britain yesterday to drum up aid, winning a pledge to train Ukrainian pilots on advanced Nato fighter jets, a big symbolic step up in Western military support against Russia’s invasion.

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Turkey, Syria Earthquake: Anger grows over rescue effort

Rescuers were still pulling survivors yesterday from the rubble of the earthquake that killed over 12,000 people in Turkey and Syria, even as rescue chances dwindled and victims clamoured for help.

11h ago

One in 3 schoolchildren lacks access to drinking water: UN

One in three children worldwide does not have access to clean drinking water while at school, impacting their health and ability to learn, the United Nations said Wednesday.

18h ago

One in 3 lacks access to drinking water: UN

One in three children worldwide does not have access to clean drinking water while at school, impacting their health and ability to learn, the United Nations said yesterday.

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Rescue Efforts: Bangladesh sends team to Turkey

A 46-member rescue team left Dhaka last night for Turkey to join the search and rescue operation in the aftermath of Monday’s earthquake.

11h ago

Russia suffers ‘deadliest day so far’

Ukraine yesterday said the last 24 hours were the deadliest of the war so far for Russian troops, as Moscow pressed on with an intensifying winter assault in the east bringing tens of thousands of freshly mobilised troops to the battlefield.

1d ago

Turkey-Syria Quake: Race against time to save survivors

Rescuers in Turkey and Syria battled frigid cold yesterday in a race against time to find survivors under buildings flattened by an earthquake that killed more than 7,200 people.

1d ago
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News Multimedia

Bogura: Dr Muhammad Shahidullah in Language Movement

Bogura students erupted in protest. Linguist Dr Muhammad Shahidullah took part in the Language Movement there.

Biman pilot conceals info on engine damage putting 500 lives at risk

In February last year, a Biman Bangladesh Airlines plane's engine got severely damaged.

Archaeology in Bangladesh: Prof Swadhin Sen’s perspective

Despite having a rich history of archaeological sites and monuments, Bangladesh faces challenges in protecting and conserving these resources. Furthermore, institutional limitations hinder the practice of archaeology. Recently, Star Insight had the privilege of speaking with Professor Swadhin Sen, an accomplished archaeologist from Jahangirnagar University's Department of Archaeology, to delve into the current state of archaeological studies in Bangladesh.

Bangladesh ranks 12th most corrupt out of 180 countries

TIB Executive Director Dr Iftekharuzzaman speaks with The Daily Star about the current corruption situation in the country.

Turkey earthquake: How are the Bangladeshis doing in affected areas?

Faisal Mahmud is a Bangladeshi studying at Gaziantep University in Turkey. After the devastating earthquake in that area, The Daily Star talked to Faisal to learn about the condition of the Bangladeshi people living there.