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Farmers worried as sluice gate yet to be repaired

Two Years into Damage by Flooding

Published Date: December 19, 2014
Farmers worried as sluice gate yet to be repaired

Farmers of Tengrakhali village in Zianagar upazila under the district are worried about the safety of their crops, especially khesari dal (a kind of pulse), from flooding as a damaged sluice gate there has remained without repair for around two years. The pulse is cultivated on around 1,000 acres of land at the village. Traditionally...

Published Date: December 19, 2014
Poppadums make their life easier

Poppadums make their life easier

Each morning, Dinajpur town's Jogenbabur Math becomes a hive of activity. From an early hour, women from disadvantaged families arrive at the field to start rolling poppadums. Made from lentils and spices, the snack and side dish alternatively named as papad or papar has long been enjoyed across South Asia. Poppadums are also common in the West where they have become a well-established part of South Asian restaurant fare. Given the ease of final preparation, with the finished papars needing only to be fried in oil, the item is also increasingly enjoyed in western homes. At the field, traders supply raw materials, which are powdered and distributed for rolling. The flattened...

Published Date: December 19, 2014
FF Kashem Fakir now fights for a morsel of bread

FF Kashem Fakir now fights for a morsel of bread

A valiant freedom fighter in Sadar upazila now runs his family of five by selling medicines for rat killing. The lone bread earner, FF Abul Kashem Fakir, 64, is facing great trouble to support his family as his earnings have drastically fell. “Days were when I earned Tk 150 to 200 a day by selling...

Published Date: December 19, 2014
20 injured as rival AL men clash in Kushtia

At least 20 people, four with bullets, were injured in a clash between two rival groups of the ruling Awami League in Sadar upazila of the district yesterday. Of the injured, four hit by bullets are Mithun Ali, 22, Bokul Hossain, 35, Sabdar Ali, 40, and Mottleb Ali, 50. They are now undergoing treatments at Kushtia Medical College Hospital. Abdul Khaleq, officer in-charge of Kushtia Model Police Station, said there had been a long standing rivalry between the supporters of two...

Published Date: December 19, 2014
Pabna AL council tomorrow

The district Awami League (AL) will hold its council tomorrow after nine years. Grassroots level activists want to elect their leaders through voting while the senior leaders are in favour of a selection committee from the party high command, said sources. “Internal party feud may take place if we go for voting. To avoid any untoward situation, we want a selection committee from party chief Sheikh Hasina,” said M Saidul Haque Chunnu, senior vice president of district unit AL. Five candidates will...

Published Date: December 19, 2014
College boy abducted in Meherpur

Armed criminals abducted a college student in Gangni upazila of Meherpur district early yesterday. The victim, Rabbi Hossain, 18, son of Jahangir Hossain of Solotaka village of the upazila, is a HSC first-year student at Kushtia Government College. Reazul Islam, officer in-charge of Gangni Police Station, quoting victim's family members said Rabbi along with his paternal uncle Daud Hossai went to guard their fish enclosure at Solotaka Beel (water body) on Wednesday evening. A gang of 8/10 stormed into their makeshift hut,...

Published Date: December 19, 2014
Raj Punnah fest begins today

Raj Punnah, a traditional festival of the Bohmang Circle, will begin today in the district amid  festivity. Seventeenth Bohmong king Bohmongree U Chaw Prue will inaugurate the three-day festival at the Bohmong Rajbari ground in the morning. Hundreds of tourists from home and abroad have already arrived to attend the festival. Besides, people from various communities including Chakma, Marma, Tangchangya, Tripura, Pankhua, Lusai, Khiyang, Bawm, Khumi,Mro, and Chak from three hill districts thronged the Royal House compund to enjoy the traditional festival. Raj...

Published Date: December 19, 2014
Two killed in dredger capsize

Two workers were killed as a sand-laden dredger sank in the Shitalakkha River at Shaorait point of Kaligonj upazila on Wednesday night. The victims were identified as Mohammed Shawkat Ali, 34, son of Ahammed Ali of Jakuapara village under Chilmari upazila in Kurigram district and Mohammed Noab Ali, 40, son of Alim Uddin of Muradpur village of same district. Quoting locals, OC of Kaligonj PS Mohammed Nazmul Haque Bhuyan said, three workers of a dredger owned by one Billal Hossain alias...

Published Date: December 19, 2014
Housewife murdered for dowry

A housewife was hacked to death allegedly by her husband at Kodupur village in Baniarchang upazila of Habiganj district on Wednesday night. She was identified as Jesmin Akter, 28, daughter of Mugol Miah of the village. Jesmin was married to Enayet Miah of the same village ten years ago. Enayet came to the house at night and hacked her over dowry around 8:00pm, relatives of the deceased said. Md Liakat Ali, officer in-charge of Baniarchang Police Station, said Enayet went into hiding...

Cane Crushing Starts in Two Northern Districts

Published Date: December 19, 2014
Loss spirals due to unsold sugar

Loss spirals due to unsold sugar

Two sugar mills in Thakurgaon and Panchagarh districts are going to start their cane crushing season today in spite of large stocks of unsold sugar in their warehouses. Thakurgaon Sugar Mill is burdened with about 12,000 metric tones of unsold sugar of their last three seasons while Panchagarh Sugar Mill has unsold sugar of...

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