Category: Dhaka

Collapse, cracks in Tejgaon for pilings

Ref: Pilings for construction of a building at Nakhalpara in Tejgaon have caused four tin-roofed houses to collapse and nearby buildings and streets to develop chinks.

The houses crumbled in the small hours of Saturday due to the fault in the pilings of Impulse Medical College and Hospital building near private television station Channel i building.
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State to protect aggrieved family

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The High Court has ordered the police to give protection to the family of Ayesha Akhtar Tumpa.

The bench of justices Shamim Hasnain and Rezaul Hasan on Tuesday gave the order deliberately following Tumpa’s murder after she was kidnapped on Feb 14. Eight months ago Tumpa’s brother also turned up dead after being kidnapped.

The court ruling came in the context of reports published in at least two national daily newspapers on Tuesday. Read more →

3 students injured Bomb blast at Boi Mela gate!

Ref: Three students were injured in a sniper bomb attack at the entrance to the high-security Ekushey Boi Mela near TSC on Dhaka University premises on Sunday afternoon.The deceased were identified as Romana Akter Taslim and Rosy Akhter, both Honours first-year students of Management Department of the Central Women’s College in the city, and Hasib Ahmed of Dhaka University.The injured were rushed to Dhaka Medical College Hospital after the blast.“Immediately after the explosion, police and the elite-force Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) cordoned off the spot,” says a firsthand report by banglanews reporters.Shaheed Chowdhury, on-duty patrol inspector of the university area, told banglanews, “It is not confirmed yet whether it is a bomb or cocktail as its size is so small.”An eyewitness said the bomb was thrown from Suhrawardi Udyan beside the book fair, an annual event arranged under government aegis in commemoration of the 1952 Language Movement martyrs.

2 injured in Rab firing in city

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Two suspected muggers were injured as members of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) fired on them in city’s Rampura area early Thursday.

The injured were identified as Mohammad Sunny, 18, son of Sarwar Hossain, and Rasel, 17, both hailed from Khilgaon. Read more →

No airport against people's will

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Against the backdrop of fierce protest from local residents against construction of an international standard airport in Arial Beel of Munshiganj, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said no airport will be built there against the will of the area’s people.

“Awami League government is people’s government and it won’t do anything going against their will,” she said while justifying the need for a new airport of international standard for the country’s development. Read more →

Changing Dhaka's water supply

Ref: Water supply to Dhaka will undergo a major shift over the next decade, moving from dependence on dwindling groundwater to surface water, officials have said.Speaking to reporters on Monday, Managing Director of Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) Taqsem A Khan said the city faced an urgent need to reduce its dependency on groundwater.”Ecologically it is not viable to rely on groundwater always,” he said.With the current level of extraction, groundwater levels are dropping around 3 metres a year, raising the threat of landslides and disrupting the ecological balance.At present, 87 percent of Dhaka’s total water supply comes from underground sources, Khan said.WASA is planning to reduce this to 30 percent over the next 10 years, increasing the use of surface water to 70 percent, he said.Long-term planning includes bringing the second and third phases of the Sayedabad water treatment plant online, eventually providing more than 800 million litres of water.

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Journalist, his wife killed in their Naya Paltan flat

Ref: An elderly journalist and his wife were slaughtered in their flat in city’s Naya Paltan area sometime Friday, sending shock waves through the community.The slain couple are Farhad Khan, 60, senior sub-editor of Bengali daily Dainik Janata, and his wife Rahima Khatun, 50, a central leader of Jatiya Sramik Party.Their daughter Irin Khan was Women Affairs Secretary of Jatiya Party. She has been living abroad with her husband for last six years, a family source said.When contacted, Abdul Baten, deputy commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (Motijheel Zone), said, “The bodies were found at house no 77 in Naya Paltan Masjid Goli.”Utpal Chandra, sub-editor of the newspaper, told banglanews that Farhad Khan returned home late at night after working at the office. Since then, he could not make further contact with Farhad.

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Fire at Dr Yunus’s Grameen factory in DEPZ

Ref: A devastating fire broke out at a Grameen knitwear factory owned by Noble laureate Prof. Dr Mohammad Yunus in the extended area of Dhaka Export Processing Zone on Friday morning.Witnesses said, “The fire originated from the ground floor of the four- storied factory at around 9:15am.”On information, EZP fire fighters along with Savar and Dhamrai rushed to the spot and continued their frantic effort to put out the blaze, which is still out of control.DEPZ fire service Senior Station Officer Aktaruzzaman Liton said that they are still trying to douse the fire.

3 AL groups fight for one office: 3 hurt

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A clash between three associate organisations of Awami League over taking control of a Jubo League office left three people injured and caused an hour-long traffic congestion at Postagola in the city’s Kadamtali yesterday.

Police seized the office following the violence. Read more →

New Airport Plan: Clashes leave 30 injured

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Clashes between supporters of Arial Beel Rakkha Committee and police left at least 30 people injured, and 20 vehicles and 30 shops vandalised in Dhaka and Munshiganj yesterday.

The flare-up was caused when police tried to prevent the supporters from joining a rally at Muktangon in the capital in protest at the proposed Bangabandhu International Airport over parts of Arial Beel. Read more →