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On a wet May morning I was travelling east on a Sylhet road, past Charkhai and Barhal, heading towards Zakiganj. To my right, as far as the eye could see, fields of freshly planted rice dripped with monsoon's vibrant green. There were rice fields to my left, too, and as the eye traversed...

Joyless Eid awaits Rana Plaza victims

Joyless Eid awaits Rana Plaza victims

Hundreds of survivors of the Rana Plaza collapse and relatives of the deceased and missing victims continued their demonstrations at the building site in Savar for the third day yesterday, demanding compensation which has been eluding them for the last 15 months. The protesters again declared that they would observe the upcoming Eid-u-Fitr at...

Rally Protesting Attacks on Gaza

UN, OIC failed to play due roles

Protesting the death of innocent civilians in Israel's ongoing military offensive in Gaza, Bangladesh Nari Mukti Sangsad, a woman front of the Workers Party of Bangladesh, yesterday came down hard on the United Nations (UN) and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) for failing to play due roles. At a protest rally in front of the Jatiya Press Club in the capital around 3:30pm, the speakers censured the “US support for Israel” despite world-wide protest against the Israel's brutality and...

Eid vacation brings boon for thugs at RU

Eid vacation brings boon for thugs at RU

With the majority of resident students having left for home ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr, a nearly deserted Rajshahi University campus is now a safe haven for mugging, extortion and thievery. Police and victims said at least six incidents of mugging, four of theft, and two of extortion had taken place in the space of last two weeks. For the alarming rise in the crimes, students and teachers have blamed the inaction of police and the university authorities. Seeking anonymity, some police officials told The Daily Star that most of the mugging and extortion activities were committed by the local miscreants with close links to Bangladesh Chhatra League leaders of the university. "The proctor's...

Adivasi war hero UK Ching no more

Adivasi war hero UK Ching no more

UK Ching, the only freedom fighter from the indigenous communities who was given the gallantry award Bir Bikram, passed away yesterday. He was 86. Ching's daughter Renu Marma said he had breathed his last at Chittagong Medical College Hospital at 6:30am. She said her father had fallen sick on Wednesday at his residence at Langipara of Bandardban sadar upazila and was taken to the district general hospital first and then to CMCH. District Civil Surgeon Dr Maung Te Zaw said Ching had suffered a brain stroke and was having old-age complications. He is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter. Ching was given state honour near his residence yesterday afternoon. His funeral...

E-commerce at upazilas mulled

The government is planning to create entrepreneurs in the upazilas to expand e-commerce and create employment for the computer and IT literate youths, official sources said. They said the entrepreneurs now being developed under the  Freelancers to Entrepreneurs Development Programme (FEDP) in 64 districts will provide training for creating entrepreneurs in the country's 480 upazilas. “Initially we want at least five entrepreneurs in each upazila to work forming a group of freelancers for outsourcing job and run e-commerce,” Information and Communication...

Addict tortures wife for dowry

A Jamalpur housewife has landed in a hospital with severe injuries, as her drug-addict husband beat her for dowry in Dewanganj upazila Tuesday afternoon.    The victim is Munmun Jahan Irani, wife of Ahsan Mullah Abedin alias Ujjal of Charbhabapur Mullapara village in the upazila. The victim's mother, Sanjida Yasmin, said drug-addict Ujjal used to torture her daughter for dowry soon after the marriage in 2005.   Munmun said she had altogether given Tk 2 lakh to her husband from her parents'...

Road crashes kill 11

Countrywide road accidents killed 11 people and injured 59 others yesterday. Our Mymensingh correspondent reports, two people were killed and 11 others injured when a bus collided head-on with a car in Kashiganj area on Mymensingh-Netrokona road in Tarakanda upazila. The deceased were car driver Md Shaheen, 25, of Chittagong and passenger Md Kawsar, 26, of Netrokona. Our Pirojpur correspondent reports, a person died when a bus hit him in Zianagar upazila. The deceased, Hafizur Rahman Babu, 40, of Nesarabad upazila, was a...

Three hurt in clash over boat fare

Three persons were injured yesterday in a clash that ensued between boatmen and passengers over charging extra boat fare to cross the Dharla river. Two injured passengers and a boatman took primary treatment in a local clinic. Passengers said they have to pay Tk 15 instead of Tk 5 for a single trip by an engine-run boat, and Tk 10 to 100 extra for each motorcycle, bicycle and other light vehicles. Boatmen admitted that they are charging the passengers more as the...

Youth Drowned in Lake

Family wants proper probe

Family members of Abu Kahar, who drowned in Crescent Lake at Chandrima Udyan of the capital Thursday night, demanded a proper investigation into the death. Jahidul Islam, a cousin of Kahar, said, “We have come to know from media reports that he was chased by two people. We want this matter to be probed.” He told The Daily Star that police could not explain why he jumped into the water. Kahar, 20, came to the capital around two months back, Jahidul added. He...

Foreigners under NBR scanner for tax dodging

The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has decided to launch a drive for realising taxes from the foreign nationals working in Bangladesh, but not paying the due taxes against their incomes. The NBR has directed its field offices to be tougher against the evasion of taxes by foreigners, according to sources at the tax regulatory body. As per the estimated data of the NBR and the Ministry of Home Affairs, the number of foreign nationals working in Bangladesh with different kinds...

RMG worker 'denied maternity leave'

A female worker of Fashion Craft Knitwear Ltd, a readymade garment factory at Beron of Ashulia, on the outskirts of the capital, yesterday lodged a general diary with police, saying she was denied maternity leave and forced into signing a white paper on Thursday. Sathi, 26, a finishing operator, is eight months pregnant and was advised by a nurse at the factory health centre on July 14 to take leave, and she had been at home since that day, the...

News in Brief

Harinakunda Jamaat ameer held Our Correspondent,  Jhenidah Police arrested a Jamaat leader in a case from near the district prison in Jhenidah on Thursday hours after he got bail in some other cases filed for vandalism and arson attack during anti-government demonstrations last year. Motahar Hossain, former chairman of Harinakunda upazila and Jamaat ameer, was the prime accused in the case filed for killing an on-duty police constable, Omar Faruque, at the upazila parishad complex during hartal hours on February 3.   bKash agent...

Death anniversary

Death anniversary

Today is the 15th death anniversary of Alhaj MA Chaklader, founder chairman of Maxwell Group. On this occasion, a doa mahfil and Qurankhwani will be held in his apartment and in family graveyard. Alhaj MA Chaklader Foundation has also distributed clothes among the poor in the southern area of the country.