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Bisnakandi

I first heard about Bisnakandi last year on my way to Pantomai, a border village in north Gowainghat Upazila. Md. Foyzul Islam, the local Union Parishad Chairman, was with me. I remarked what a beautiful place Gowainghat was, nestled between the Meghalaya hills and the plains of Sylhet. Foyzul suggested if I wanted...

Star-HSBC Initiative for Kids

41 win climate contest in Sylhet

41 win climate contest in Sylhet

A total of 41 school students yesterday won the Junior Climate Champions 2014 in Sylhet division and were given green cards to take part in the national round of the contest. The premises of Scholarshome in Sylhet city, where the daylong programme took place, wore a festive look with colourful decorations and over 700...

Ruet Violence

300 Shibir men sued

Police yesterday filed two cases against 300 Shibir leaders and activists of Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (Ruet) unit for attacking policemen and blasting crude bombs during Thursday's countrywide hartal enforced by Jamaat. Jamaat-e-Islami called two 24-hour hartals for Thursday and Sunday, demanding release of its leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee who was convicted by the Supreme Court on Wednesday of committing crimes against humanity during the Liberation War and was sentenced to imprisonment until death.   Masudur Rahman, sub-inspector of...

Fortitude breaks all barriers

Fortitude breaks all barriers

After suffering a fall, the boy fractured his backbone and lost the ability to walk. But willpower has brought him a feat only few can achieve surmounting the hurdles like his. Prince Edbor, now 15, secured GPA-5 in the Junior School Certificate examination last year, which took him a great deal of hardship and...

Barisal General Hospital at Night

Popular place for drug addicts, peddlers

Barisal General Hospital, one of the oldest hospitals in Southern Bangladesh, has become a popular site for drug peddlers and addicts at nighttime. This 100-odd years old hospital in Barisal city serves about 500 patients daily. However, due to negligence and lack of care, the hospital premises, during the night, is used by peddlers and addicts for trading drugs, an activity which is facilitated by frequent load shedding and a faulty generator. Patients and hospital staff have to make do with candles...

Obama keen to boost ties with Bangladesh

Obama keen to boost ties with Bangladesh

US President Barack Obama has shown interest to work together with Bangladesh to strengthen bilateral relations and for achieving common goals. He said this to new Ambassador of Bangladesh to the USA, Mohammad Ziauddin, when the latter presented his credentials to Obama on Thursday. The US president welcomed the envoy in the Oval Office of...

Upholding Liberation War Spirit

Proper education for youths stressed

Eminent citizens yesterday urged the youth to uphold the spirit of the Liberation War to build a secular and corruption-free Bangladesh. Mentioning that many university-goers refrain from participating in anti-communal programmes, Prof Emeritus Dr Anisuzzaman stressed the need for appropriate education and environment to inspire the youth to nurture the spirit. Dr Sarwar Ali, trustee of the Liberation War Museum, said it would be tough to revive the spirit as pro-Pakistani people are present everywhere in Bangladesh. They made the observations in...

Resorting to Unfair Means

JnU BCL leader, 14 admission aspirants held

The Jagannath University (JnU) authorities yesterday detained a top Bangladesh Chhatra League leader of the university and at least 14 aspirants for aiding and using cellphones to get the answers to the questions through SMS during the Kha unit admission test. JnU BCL unit Vice President Mehedi Hasan was handed over to Kotwali police for abetting the others in this regard. A case was filed against six people including Mehedi with the police station. Jnu Vice Chancellor Prof Mizanur Rahman said they...

India gives historic aircraft to Bangladesh

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has handed over a Dakota aircraft from the IAF museum to the Bangladesh Air Force at a request from Bangladesh for the plane played a crucial role in the country's Liberation War. Western Air Command Chief Air Marshal SS Soman gifted the plane to Bangladesh Air Force Chief Air Marshal Muhammad Enamul Bari in a ceremony at Air Force Station Palam on Thursday. The aircraft played a major role in the history of the IAF particularly...

Arms traders clash with cops in Ashulia

A gang of arms traders clashed with police at Aukpara Adarsha village in Ashulia outside the capital yesterday, injuring 10 from the both sides. On information that a gang was dealing with selling firearms there, a joint team from Ashulia Police Station and Detective Branch of Police (Dhaka north) raided the area at noon. Sensing presence of the law enforcers, the miscreants opened fire on them  prompting police to fire back, said Sheikh Rasel, assistant superintendent of police (Savar circle). Afterwards, some...

Man kills wife

A woman was stabbed to death allegedly by her husband at their residence in Madhyampara area of Bandarban early yesterday. The deceased was Shahinur Aktar Shanu, 26, wife of Md Helal. Neighbours alleged that Helal and Shanu argued around 5:00am yesterday when Helal wanted to leave her and their children for another woman. At one stage, Helal and rushed to DMCH where doctors pronounced him dead. His three friends traveling in the car were rescued unhurt.a

AL faction attacks rivals, 8 injured

A faction of the ruling Awami League allegedly attacked its rivals over establishing supremacy at Kumiradah village in Shailkupa upazila of Jhenidah yesterday morning, injuring around eight. Shailkupa police Officer-in-Charge Sagir Mia said there had been a long standing dispute between Amjad Hossain, a member of the upazila AL unit and also chairman of Abaipur Union Parishad; and Moktar Mridha, another member of the unit. Around 20 supporters of Amjad equipped with sharp weapons attacked the eight loyal to Moktar, also...

Battery-run rickshaws ply Ctg streets again

Battery-run rickshaws started operating again in Chittagong city yesterday after an 18-day gap. Muhammad Salamat Ali, president of Chattagram City Rickshaw Malik Federation, on Thursday announced that the unlicensed vehicles can now ply Chittagong streets. The announcement came after a High Court bench passed an order on September 11 that extended a status-quo order, granted earlier, by six months. The new order allows battery-run rickshaws under Ali's federation to run on the streets of the port city for the next six months. Ali...

Ghost scares school kids off the class!

It sounds like the perfect plot for a mystery novel. Six students fall unconscious within a short time one day triggering rumours of a ghost taking up residence in a tree next to the school building. Children stop coming to classes prompting the villagers of Hazipur in modern-day Patuakhali to decide on calling in the witch doctor to chase the evil spirit away and set things right. The six say they have been visited by the demon, or “Ramayan” as is...

Room to Read in Sirajganj

Aid helps char girls pass SSC

She was unsure whether she would be able to continue studying after completing primary education for it was discouraged in her remote char village of Khaichala in Sirajganj district inhabited by an indigenous community called Odao. Working in the crop fields even during exams, she had to force her tired self to stay awake at night to study. The pressure had caused her to fall sick while she was taking the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) exams. But the endurance paid off....

Madrasa chief jailed for torturing man in name of treatment

A mobile court in Kurigram yesterday sentenced a madrasa principal to ten months' imprisonment for torturing a man with mental disability in the name of treating him in Jugipara village of Bhogdanga. Maolana Abdul Kader, a principal of Islampur Fazil Madrasa in Bhogdanga, used to shackle or bind such kind of patients and recite incantation for them, said Executive Magistrate MD Mijanur Rahman.

Two killed in road crashes

A man was killed when a car plunged into a ditch in Demra of the capital yesterday. The deceased, Nurul Islam, 35, of Wari, who was driving the vehicle, was a trader of motor parts in Jatrabari, said police. Meanwhile, a motorcyclist was killed and his two other co-riders were injured when a covered van hit their vehicle from behind before the BRTA office in Mirpur last night. The identity of the deceased could not be known, said Kafrul police Officer-in-charge Abdul...

News in Brief

DU Ka unit result published DU Correspondent Result of admission test for 'Ka' unit, under science group, at Dhaka University was published yesterday. Results can be viewed on www.admission.eis.du. ac.bd and also by sending SMS, “DU Ka roll number”, to 16321 from any mobile service operator. Results are also available at the registrar building on the campus. A total of 16,840 passed the exams held for 1,640 seats and the first 10,000 in the merit list will have to fill up "choice forms"...