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Tragedy repeats itself in Old Dhaka

Tragedy repeats itself in Old Dhaka
At least 70 people were killed and over 50 injured as fire and explosions ripped through densely populated apartment buildings packed with unauthorised chemical stores at Chawkbazar in Old Dhaka on Wednesday night. More than 200 firefighters of 39 fire units, along with locals, battled the blaze and brought it under control at 6:30am yesterday, about eight hours after its eruption. The flames were eventually doused at 3pm yesterday. The fire appeared to be the repetition of the 2010 Nimtoli tragedy that had killed 120 people and burnt over 50 while chemical warehouses in crammed neighbourhoods emerged as the culprit in both the cases. The Nimtoli incident at that time sparked a public outcry, demanding the relocation of chemical warehouses…

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Experts rue failure to relocate factories
Experts rue failure to relocate factories
Experts, urban planners and environmentalists have blamed failure of the authorities to relocate storerooms…

‘Recognise Bengali as UN official language’

‘Recognise Bengali as UN official language’

Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader yesterday urged the United Nations (UN) to recognize Bengali as its official language. “We have established February 21 as International Mother Language under the dynamic leadership of Bangabandhu’s daughter…
Insufficient number of books on Language Movement

Insufficient number of books on Language Movement

The number of books on Language Movement in Ekushey Book Fair is insignificant when the fair is organised to recall the movement and those who laid down their lives to establish Bangla as the state language on this day in 1952. Readers have huge demand for books on the language movement and the Liberation…
Chawkbazar tragedy

Chawkbazar tragedy

It is shocking that the nation had to begin paying tribute to the language martyrs this year with a large fire incident, this time also in old part of Dhaka. Eighty-one people were killed and at least 50 others suffered injuries in the tragedy. The number of deaths even may rise. According to locals,…
Some thoughts on education 
policy in Bangladesh

Some thoughts on education policy in Bangladesh

There is an ongoing debate about whether there should be a common stream of education or should there be different streams adhering to different segments of the country. The constitution of this republic quite categorically stresses a common education system for all.  Article 17 of our Constitution…
New digital policy bars majority stake by foreign firms

New digital policy bars majority stake by foreign firms

New digital commerce policy has barred majority stake by foreign firms in e-commerce venture in the country. The commerce ministry on January 31 issued a gazette notification in this regards containing the National Digital Commerce Policy-2018, which does not allow foreign investors to hold over 49…
More MPs could quit Labour and Tories

More MPs could quit Labour and Tories

Labour and the Conservatives could face more resignations, with members of the new Independent Group saying they expect more MPs to join them. Ex-Tory MP Heidi Allen told ITV’s Peston programme “a third” of Tory MPs were fed up with the party’s direction. Tory MP Justine Greening…
‘Golam Mustafa Recitation Award’

‘Golam Mustafa Recitation Award’

Veteran actor, elocutionist and Member of Parliament (MP) Asaduzzaman Noor has been honoured with the ‘Golam Mustafa Recitation Award’ this year for his notable contribution in the field of recitation. As a tribute to the late noted actor and elocutionist, Golam Mustafa, whose inspiring…
Flawed top order cripples Tigers in ODI series

Flawed top order cripples Tigers in ODI series

Hardly any team finds it easier to conquer the New Zealand condition. Over the last 10 years, only three teams—South Africa, England and India won an ODI series here with South Africa making it twice. England and India lost a series of ODI series before conquering the condition on the back of…
Tribute to language heroes

Tribute to language heroes

'Amar Ekushey', the Language Martyrs' Day and International Mother Language Day was observed through many programmes in different districts yesterday paying rich tribute to the Language Movement Martyrs. Our Panchagarh correspondent adds: Amar Ekushey and International Mother Language Day…
Most bldgs in Old
Dhaka vulnerable

Most bldgs in Old Dhaka vulnerable

Most residential and non-residential buildings in Old Dhaka are vulnerable to fire outbreaks. A repetition of Churihatta and Nimtoli tragedies can occur at any time. The failure of the authorities to enforce the building code and relocate warehouses from the congested locality has contributed to the…
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