Twenty-four people including top leaders were killed in the grenade attack which left several hundreds injured at Dhaka’s Bangabandhu Avenue. Liton Munshi was a leader of the Jubo League, Awami League’s youth front, from Chanpatti village of Rajoir Upazila’s Hosenpur Union. Nasiruddin was leader of the Sramik League, the Awami League’s labour wing, from Rampol village of Kalkini Upazila’s Koyaria Union. Mostak Ahammed Sentu was a Jubo League leader from the Kalkini Upazila’s Krokirchor village. I went to many party leaders, but still failed.”Kabir Hossain, of Kalkini’s Krishnanagar village, was also maimed in the attack.
August 21, 2017 14:48 UTC
They prayed for the actor and extended sympathies to his bereaved family in separate condolence messages on Monday. "Nayak Raj Razzak's contribution to making Bangla films popular to the viewers will be remembered forever," Hamid said in the message, according to the President's Press Secretary Joynal Abedin. Hasina said, "Bangladesh's film industry and the cultural arena have lost a legend which has created a void that will remain unfilled." The prime minister remembered Razzak's role in taking Bangladesh's film industry forward after independence. He received Bangladesh’s highest civilian honour, Independence Award, in 2015 for his contribution to the cultural arena.
August 21, 2017 14:26 UTC
Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Annisul Huq is now breathing normally after doctors at the London hospital he is in took off the ventilator, says his aide. But they have cut down on his sedatives today,” the mayor’s Assistant Personal Secretary Mizanur Rahman told the Bangla Tribune on Monday afternoon. “Annisul Huq used to breathe only 10% via ventilator. The mayor had received treatment at the London hospital earlier. This article was first published on Bangla Tribune
August 21, 2017 14:26 UTC
I worked with him for so long,” Kabori said in her instant reaction to Razzak’s death on Monday. Kabori said she was not much in touch with Razzak lately. “I was thinking of visiting him at his place but could not manage time. It’s been long since we met,” said Kabori, also an Awami League MP. In her memoir published in this year’s Ekushey Book Fair, the actress wrote: “The cinema lovers used to imagine themselves as Razzak and Kabori, don’t they?”
August 21, 2017 14:15 UTC
We have a new vision in the relations between EU and Bangladesh. Its relations between partners,” Pierre Mayaudon said in an exclusive interview with bdnews24.com on Monday as he prepares to leave his Dhaka post shortly. The ambassador joined Dhaka office in October, 2014 amid volatile political situation in the wake of general elections which major opposition BNP sat out. Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque in the farewell meeting had lauded Mayaudon’s role, saying that he played “constructive role” in taking EU-Bangladesh relations to a “newer height”. Ambassador Mayaudon said their dialogue with the government is on “all aspects of migration management” and added they do not have the exact number of illegal Bangladeshis staying in Europe.
August 21, 2017 14:15 UTC
London landmark Big Ben fell silent for four years starting Monday, as a political outcry mounted over renovations that will rob Britain of a cherished symbol at a time of national uncertainty. Westminster’s Elizabeth Tower, which looms over the Houses of Parliament and is one of Britain’s most popular tourist attractions, is due for conservation work. The famous clock’s bell has been stopped over health and safety concerns, silencing an emblem of continuity as Britain grapples with Brexit negotiations. The decision will protect builders working on the site, amid fears that prolonged exposure to the 118-decibel bongs from the 13.7-tonne Big Ben bell, which chimes out the hour, could damage hearing. A YouGov poll published Saturday found that 44% of Britons believe Big Ben should be silenced during the renovations, except for special occasions, while 41% said it should operate as normal.
August 21, 2017 14:15 UTC
Bangladesh has massively improved in its efforts to counter terrorism financing and money laundering according to a press release published by Bangladesh Bank on Monday. Citing Basel Anti Money Laundering (AML) Index-2017, the press release said Bangladesh has beaten 28 countries and ranked 82nd among 146 countries. Bangladesh has also secured the fourth position among the 10 fastest developing countries in the index. According to the AML’s findings, 10 countries with the highest AML risk are Iran, Afghanistan, Guinea-Bissau, Tajikistan, Laos, Mozambique, Mali, Uganda, Cambodia and Tanzania. The three lowest risk countries are the same as last year – Finland, followed by Lithuania and Estonia.
August 21, 2017 14:03 UTC
The head of Germany’s Christian Social Union said that the party will no longer make an upper limit on refugee numbers a condition for continuing its coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union. In the CSU’s election manifesto for the upcoming parliamentary elections next month, the Bavarian-based conservative party had called for an upper limit of 200,000 refugees annually into Germany. Ultimately, “neither the CDU/CSU nor us wants a continuation of the grand coalition,” Gabriel told reporters. In August, the Vice Chancellor had distanced himself from a new coalition in clearer terms, telling magazine Stern the parties would part ways. Recent polls show that Merkel’s conservative bloc remains the favourite to win next month’s national election.
August 21, 2017 13:30 UTC
Police say he may have crossed the border into France, amid fragments of evidence that appear to link the Barcelona attack's plotters to the country. They will be taken to the high court in Madrid, which has jurisdiction over terrorism mattersAbouyaaqoub lived in Ripoll, a town north of Barcelona, close to French border. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the Barcelona attack as well as a separate deadly attack hours later in the coastal resort town of Cambrils, south of Barcelona. In Cambrils, a car crashed into passers-by and its occupants got out and tried to stab people. Abouyaaqoub's brother El Houssaine and first cousins Mohamed and Omar Hychami were among those killed by police in Cambrils.
August 21, 2017 13:18 UTC
After 13 long years, justice still eludes the perpetrators of the heinous August 21 grenade attack. The attack, the intended target of which was Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, was responsible for injuring hundreds others, and took the lives of 18 more. These stories carry the scars of the immeasurable suffering of those who were the victims. It is high time our judiciary sped up the process, and sent a strong message to all militants out there. And the victims of the attack who have waited 14 years — they deserve closure.
Migrant workers contribute an immeasurable amount to the prosperity of our nation. But we have not done the best job of protecting them from harm. What was worse is that she was recruited by a government sanctioned agency. But the problem is not limited to human trafficking alone. Other countries do a better job of protecting their workers and their rights, no matter where they are.
Legendary film star Razzak no moreAbdur Razzak, fondly known as Nayak Raj for his legendary film roles, has died at the age of 77.He died at Dhaka’s United Hospital on Monday evening, said Mushfikur Rahman, president of the directors association, reports bdnews24.com.He was suffering from pneumonia and old-age complications, he said.The matinee idol of yesteryear had started his career in television before making it to the silver screen in the 1960s.He received Bangladesh’s highest civilian honour, Independence Award, in 2015 for his role in the cultural arena.Razzak was brought to the hospital at 5:20pm after suffering a cardiac arrest, said Ujjwal, a customer care representative at United Hospital.“We couldn’t get a pulse. The duty doctor tried to revive him. He was declared dead at 6:15pm,” the hospital official said.
August 21, 2017 12:56 UTC
These changes have great potential, but we also face many uncertainties about the future of work. Rather than adopting a wait-and-see approach, we must think seriously about the future of work that we want and how to get there. To generate ideas and solutions for addressing these fundamental work-related challenges, we have agreed to co-chair the new Global Commission on the Future of Work launched Monday by the International Labour Organisation (ILO). This Commission, which is part of the ILO’s Future of Work initiative, brings together eminent thinkers and practitioners from around the world. We are committed to leading this Global Commission in that spirit, and to focus on concrete solutions, policy advice, and best practises, with the goal of making the future of work, a future that includes everyone.
From Charlottesville to Nice to Barcelona, the devil has driven his chaotic car through the roads paved with hurt bodies and lost souls. DonkephantIs the devil scared or is the devil, multi-faceted, multi-faced, sprouting heads out of the innocent shoulders of unenlightened citizens in an all-out declaration of war? Be it Republican or Democrat, the head of a donkey or an elephant, what different does it make? How can you drive the devil away when the devil has been driving you all along? And who really was the devil, who drove that car over the bodies of the ones you loved?
August 21, 2017 12:45 UTC
Razzak breathed his last at Dhaka’s United Hospital on Monday evening, Mushfiqur Rahman Gulzar, president of Bangladesh Film Directors Association, told bdnews24.com. Razzak’s son Samrat spoke to reporters who were crowding the entrance of the hospital in Gulshan. Several movie stars including Alamgir, Anjana Rahman, Aruna Biswas, Shakib Khan, Mousumi and Ferdous were also seen entering the hospital. Razzak was brought to the hospital at 5:20pm after he suffered a cardiac arrest, said Ujjwal, a customer care representative at United Hospital. In his career of five decades as an artist, Razzak starred in more than 500 films and directed 16.
August 21, 2017 12:33 UTC