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People obey law, influentials break

People obey law, influentials break

While common people stay stuck in the city's standstill traffic for hours sometimes, those “more equal than others” just take the wrong side of the street and drive by to dodge the tailback, with traffic police unable to do anything.     Flag-bearing huge sport utility vehicles of ministers, cars of lawmakers and top government officials,...

BNP 'legally'-trapped

BNP 'legally'-trapped

Moudud Ahmed, Mirza Abbas, Goyeshwar Chandra Roy and 38 other BNP leaders are scheduled to appear today before a Dhaka court that will hold hearings on charge framing in a case related to political violence last year. The Speedy Trial Court-6 held hearings on August 24 but could not complete them. Along with 23...

Schools now flood shelters

Schools now flood shelters

The ongoing floods are not only causing untold sufferings for over two million people of 19 districts but also hampering educational activities in the affected areas. Many thousands of flood-hit people, after being marooned, have taken shelter in local schools, colleges and madrasas which are yet to be engulfed by the calamity. The natural disaster...

Not in interest of country, people

The way the government is going to amend the constitution to restore parliament's authority to impeach Supreme Court judges is "not right at all" and "not in the interest of the country and the people", eminent jurist Dr Kamal Hossain said yesterday. Public opinion should be solicited in this regard, he said, stressing the need for reaching a consensus through a national dialogue before the House passed any amendment to the charter. He made the observations at a roundtable discussion on...

No deadlines, no solutions

No deadlines, no solutions

The political crisis in Pakistan remains at fever pitch as both the government and the protesting Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) refuse to budge on their respective positions. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif stands firm in the face of growing pressure for his resignation, and the protesting PTI and PAT are adamant...

Fakhrul sued for calling AL 'killer party'

Fakhrul sued for calling AL 'killer party'

A defamation case was filed against BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday for terming the ruling Awami League a “killer party” and its chief Sheikh Hasina a “killer”. Nur-e-Alam Siddique, vice president of Awami Matsyajibi League, a pro-AL organisation, filed the suit against the BNP leader with the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court of Dhaka. Taking cognisance of the case, Metropolitan Magistrate Snigdha Rani Chakraborty yesterday asked Paltan Police Station OC to investigate the matter and submit a report to the court within September 15. "The Awami League is a killer party and its president Sheikh Hasina is a killer too," Fakhrul told a press conference at the BNP Nayapaltan...

Couple found dead in a Banani flat

Police recovered bullet-hit bodies of a couple from a flat in the capital's Banani DOHS area yesterday evening. The dead were identified as Abdur Rouf alias Rob, 55, owner of Afsar Group of Industries, and his wife Roksana Parveen, 45. Atiqur Rahman, officer-in-charge (OC) of Cantonment Police Station, confirmed the recovery of the bodies from a flat on Road-5 of the area. The OC, however, could not say anything about the motive behind the murders. The couple have three sons and a daughter...

Published Date: September 1, 2014
Not ready to tackle Ebola

Not ready to tackle Ebola

Bangladesh is at low risk of being hit by the deadly Ebola outbreak, but if any infected traveller enters the country undetected, the consequences might be devastating because of the highly dense population and poorly equipped hospitals, say medical experts. Officials of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said there is no need...

Published Date: September 1, 2014
Coping with Ebola crisis

Coping with Ebola crisis

Sergeant KM Mehedi Hasan of Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police was elated to learn that he had been selected to participate in a United Nations peacekeeping mission. Little could the father of one from Khulna imagine that the success would land him in the midst of West Africa's ebola epidemic. Thirty-two-year-old Hasan was one of only eight officers offered a UN Police Adviser position in Liberia this year. On 9 June 2014 they arrived in Monrovia, raising the total number of Bangladeshi officers in Liberia to 12. “I first heard of ebola during induction … It worried me, but it's not the only disease here,” says Hasan. Hasan was...

News Analysis

Published Date: September 1, 2014
BNP: a party for the supremo

BNP: a party for the supremo

The BNP was formed in 1978 with the aim of giving military ruler Gen Ziaur Rahman institutional support. At the beginning, therefore, the party's charter gave the military ruler absolute power to run it at will, without keeping any room for the practice of intra-party democracy. The party's current chief enjoys almost the same absolute...