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Sri Lanka arrests 40 suspects after bombings, toll up to 310

Colombo, Apr 23 (AP/UNB) — As a state of emergency took effect Tuesday giving the Sri Lankan military war-time powers, police arrested 40 suspects, including the driver of a van allegedly used by suicide bombers involved in deadly Easter bombings and the owner of a house where some of them lived, officials said. Sri Lanka’s president gave the military a ... Read More »

Body of Sheikh Selim’s grandson to arrive from Lanka Tuesday

Dhaka, April 22 – The body of the ruling Awami League veteran leader Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim’s grandson Zayan Chowdhury, 8, will be brought home on Tuesday noon. Zayan was killed in the Sri Lanka attacks that claimed at least 290 lives and wounded more than 500 people. Talking to the media, Information minister Hasan Mahmud on Monday said, “His ... Read More »

Sri Lanka attacks: Death toll soars to 290

Dhaka, Apr 22 (UNB) – The death toll in Sri Lanka has soared to 290 after a wave of blasts hit churches and luxury hotels across the country on Easter Sunday, reports BBC. Police said that 24 arrests have now been made, but the government has not yet identified who carried out the attacks. About 500 people are injured and ... Read More »

Explosions kill at least 207 in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday

Colombo, Apr 21 (AP/UNB) — At least 207 people were killed and hundreds more injured in eight blasts that rocked churches and hotels in and just outside Sri Lanka’s capital on Easter Sunday, officials said, pitching the South Asian island nation into the worst chaos it has seen since a bloody civil war ended a decade ago. Defense Minister Ruwan ... Read More »

3 school-going first drown while taking bath in Padma River

Rajshahi, Apr 21 (UNB) – Three girls drowned in the Padma river in Bagha upazila on Sunday. The deceased were identified as Jeam, 17, a class XI student of Mirganj College, Esha Khatun, 9, a student of Bagha Government Primary school–two daughters of Zillur Rahman and Shipra, 12, a class  VI student of Mirganj Girls’ High School and daughter of Shahidul ... Read More »

Thunderstorm kills 3, injures 1 in Myanmar’s Kachin state

Yangon, April 21 (Xinhua/UNB)- Three men were killed and one injured by strong wind in Myanmar’s Kachin state, the Myanmar Police Force said on Sunday. The gale-force wind which was accompanied by rainfall swept Hpakant township in Kachin state, destroying residential buildings late Thursday. The Meteorology and Hydrology Department warned residents of strong wind coupled with hails, thunder and lightning. ... Read More »

Gunmen shoot 13 people dead at eastern Mexico family party

Mexico City, April 20 (Xinhua/UNB) — Gunmen shot dead 13 people at a party on Friday night in the city of Minatitlan in the eastern Mexican state of Veracruz, local media reported. Seven men, five women, and a child were killed, according to local officials, and four others were injured in the attack. Unidentified assailants arrived at a family reunion ... Read More »

Suspected arms trader killed in Gazipur ‘gunfight’

Gazipur, Apr 19 – A suspected arms trader was killed in a reported gunfight between his cohorts and members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Salna area here early Friday. The deceased could not be identified yet. Acting on a tip-off, a team of the elite force conducted a drive in the area around 2:30 am, said Rab-1 Company ... Read More »

Mining: ‘A Question of Life or Death’

STOCKHOLM, Apr 18 2019 (IPS) – The mining industry is one of the world’s most dangerous industries. Globally, the death toll is at least 14,000 workers per year. But how many lives are actually lost is something that neither trade unions, national governments or the United Nations know. The men were sitting down for lunch in the canteen. January was about ... Read More »

Probe over Titumir student Rajib killing deferred

Dhaka, April 18 – A Dhaka court Thursday directed Shahbagh Police Station to submit probe report by May 22 in the case filed over the death of Titumir College student Rajib Hossain in April last year. Magistrate Md Sarafuzzaman Ansary of the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Court of Dhaka passed the order after Sub-Inspector (SI) Edrish Ali, the Investigation Officer ... Read More »

Housewife burnt to death in Chattogram

Chattogram, Apr 18 (UNB) – A housewife was burnt to death in a fire that broke out a dwelling house at Maijpara in city’s Patenga area on Thursday. The deceased was identified as Shahina Akter, 32, wife of Md Musa of the area. A fire broke out at a house at Razarpukur Par around 10am and spread soon, said Jashim ... Read More »

Timely action could have averted Nusrat murder: NHRC

Dhaka, Apr 16 – Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Kazi Reazul Hoque on Tuesday said the murder of the Feni madrasa girl could have been averted had the local administration and the madrasa managing committee took necessary measures in time. “The Commission also thinks police officials concerned showed negligence and committed a crime. There’s also negligence on ... Read More »

BNP Bogra Sadar Upazila GS hacked to death

Bogura, Apr 15 – A local BNP leader was hacked to death by some miscreants in Nishindara Housing Estate area of the town on Sunday night. The deceased was identified as Mahbub Alam Shahin, 55, general secretary of sadar upazila BNP, a resident of Jhopgari area. Sanatan Chakrabarty, additional superintendent of police and also media wing chief of district police, ... Read More »

Missing Swecchasebok League leader found dead in Savar

Savar, Apr 14 (UNB) –The body of a local Swecchasebok League leader was recovered from the Dhaleshwari river in Panpara area here on Sunday morning three days after he had gone missing. The deceased was identified as Humayun Kabir Sarker, 40, son of Golam Mostafa, and vice-president of Tetuljhora union Swecchasebok League. Liton Ahmed, station officer of Savar Fire Service ... Read More »

Suspected drug trader killed in Chuadanga ‘gunfight’

Chuadanga, Apr 13 – A suspected drug trader was killed in a reported gunfight with police at Ukto village in Sadar Upazila early Saturday. The deceased was identified as Ruhul Amin, 48, son of late Mofiz Uddin, a resident of Sadar Municipal area and also accused in 16 drug-related cases. Being tipped off that a consignment of the drug would ... Read More »

8 people killed in Joypurhat bus plunge

Joypurhat, Apr 12 (UNB) – At least eight people, including three children, were killed and over 30 others injured as a bus plunged into a ditch on Bogura-Jashore road at Baniapara in Sadar upazila on Friday. The deceased could not be identified immediately. Sadar thana officer-in-charge Mominul Islam said the Joupurhat-bound bus from Bogura fell into a roadside ditch as ... Read More »

Those responsible for Nusrat murder to face punishment: PM

Dhaka, Apr 12 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday said every person involved in the killing of Feni madrasa girl Nusrat Jahan Rafi will be booked and given exemplary punishment so that no one dares to commit such heinous act.“We’ve already arrested some culprits and others will be arrested. No one will be spared. We won’t allow anyone ... Read More »

8 people killed in Joypurhat bus plunge

Joypurhat, Apr 12 (UNB) – At least eight people, including three children, were killed and over 30 others injured as a bus plunged into a ditch on Bogura-Jashore road at Baniapara in Sadar upazila on Friday. The deceased could not be identified immediately. Sadar thana officer-in-charge Mominul Islam said the Joupurhat-bound bus from Bogura fell into a roadside ditch as ... Read More »

People do not ‘deserve to die’: Why death penalty persists

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 11 2019 (IPS) – While figures have dropped, the “inhuman” use of the death penalty still remains too common worldwide, a human rights group said. In a new report, Amnesty International found that global executions fell by almost one-third last year, making it the lowest rate in at least a decade. “The dramatic global fall in executions proves that even ... Read More »

Tearful adieu to Feni madrasa girl Nusrat

Feni, Apr 11 (UNB) – Madrasa girl Nusrat Jahan Rafi who died after being set on fire was laid to eternal rest at her village home in Sonagazi upazila on Thursday evening. She was buried at their family graveyard at Char Chandia village following a namaz-e-janaza at Mohammad Saber Pilot High School ground around 5:50pm. Nusrat’s father Maulana KM Musa, ... Read More »

4 alleged drug traders killed in ‘gunfights’ in 4 districts

Dhaka, Apr 11 – Four people including three alleged drug traders were killed in separate ‘gunfights’ with law enforcers in Dhaka, Cox’s Bazar, Meherpur and Chattogram districts early Thursday. Nabi Hossain, 48, a ‘drug trader’ from Teknaf, was killed in a reported gunfight with members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in city’s Mohammadpur area early Thursday. Tipped off that a ... Read More »

The Sabarmati, Gandhi once chose to live by, now dry, nasty

Significant stretches of Gujarat’s Sabarmati river have gone dry or are plagued with pollution, says a latest report by a team of activists and environmentalists. The river in the Ahmedabad city stretch, before the Sabarmati Riverfront, is dry while the stretch along the Sabarmati Riverfront, is brimming with stagnant water, the investigation found.   The report, by non-governmental organisation Paryavaran Suraksha Samiti ... Read More »

Two sons of Wahed Mansion owner on remand

Dhaka, April 8 – A Dhaka court on Monday granted seven days’ remand to two sons of Wahed Mansion’s owner in a case lodged by a local resident over the deadly fire in the Old Dhaka’s Chawkbazar area. Magistrate Rajesh Chowdhury of the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Court of Dhaka passed the order on Monday. Earlier, Chawkbazar Police Station Inspector ... Read More »

Dhaka highrise fire: Injured firefighter dies in Singapore

Dhaka, Apr 8 (UNB) – Firefighter Sohel Rana, who sustained severe injuries during Banani FR Tower fire rescue operation, died at Singapore General Hospital early Monday. He succumbed to his injuries at 4:17 am ( Singapore time), said Mahfuz Riven, duty officer of Fire Service and Civil Defence headquarters. Rana was flown to Singapore from Combined Military Hospital (CMH) on ... Read More »

2 RU students die after ‘taking excessive liquor’

Rajshahi (Rajshahi University), Apr 7 (UNB) – Two students of Rajshahi University died at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital on Sunday reportedly after taking excessive liquor. The deceased were identified as Muhtasim Rafid Khan, a 3rd-year student of Law department, and Turzo Roy, another 3rd-year student of Economics department. Proctor Prof Lutfor Rahman said the two students used to live at ... Read More »

Bangladesh film comedy star Tele Samad passes away

Dhaka, Apr 6 (UNB) – Renowned actor and comedian Tele Samad died at a city hospital on Saturday. He was 74. Tele Samad breathed his last in the city’s Square Hospital in the noon, said Zayed Khan, general secretary of Bangladesh Film Artiste’ Association. The actor was admitted to the hospital on December 4 with difficulty in food ingestion due ... Read More »

Bus overturns killing 5 in northern BD district of Gaibandha

Gaibandha, Apr 6 (UNB) – At least five bus people were killed and 15 others  injured as a bus overturned on Dhaka-Rangpur highway in Jummar Ghar area in Gobindaganj upazila early Saturday. Three of the deceased were identified as Riaz Uddin, hailing from Mithapukur in Rangpur, Mahabul Islam, hailing from Patgram in Lalmonirhat and Sunil Kumar, hailing from Tangail. Akeruzzaman, ... Read More »

Police seek 10-day remand for Wahed Mansion owner

Dhaka, April 04 – City’s Chawkbazar Police on Thursday sought a 10-day remand for quizzing two owners of the Wahed Mansion, the centre of devastating Chawkbazar fire, in a case filed about the death of 70 persons. Officer-in-Charge (Investigation) of Chawkbazar Police Station Md Muradul Islam and also the Investigation Officer of the case submitted the remand prayer for questioning ... Read More »

Air pollution killed 123 thousand in BD in 2017: Report

Dhaka, April 4 (UNB) – At least 1.23 lakh people were killed in Bangladesh in 2017 due to indoor and outdoor air pollution, said a new study on global air pollution. Two US based institutes Health Effects Institute (HEI) and Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) on Wednesday released a detailed report on quality of the global air with ... Read More »