He set himself on fire on the sixth anniversary of Rana Plaza tragedyA 27-year-old man, who had volunteered during Rana Plaza collapse in 2013, has died after setting himself on fire in Savar. Nawshad Hasan Himu, son of Abul Hossain from Barisal, set himself on fire on Wednesday night, on the sixth anniversary of Rana Plaza tragedy. The doctors declared him dead when taken to Suhrawardy Medical College Hospital. Nawshad lived alone in a house in Birulia, Savar. Savar Model Police Station Sub-Inspector Asgar Ali confirmed the incident to Dhaka Tribune.
April 25, 2019 06:33 UTC
On Wednesday, hundreds of Pakistani Muslims fled the multi-ethnic port an hour north of the capital, Colombo. The fallout from Sunday's attacks appears set to render them homeless once more. Pakistan refugees rest inside a mosque in Negombo, Sri Lanka, Apr 25, 2019. Two kilometres away, makeshift wooden crosses marked the new graves at the sandy cemetery of St Sebastian's Church, as the latest funerals on Wednesday took the number buried there to 40. Channa Repunjaya, 49, was at home when he heard about the blast at St Sebastian's.
April 25, 2019 06:11 UTC
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurates a non-stop Dhaka-Rajshahi intercity train service through video conferencing from her official residence, Ganabhaban, in Dhaka on April 25, 2019 Focus BanglaThe 927-seat modern train started its maiden trip this morningPrime Minister Sheikh Hasina has launched the first-ever non-stop intercity train service on Dhaka-Rajshahi route. With the launch of the non-stop intercity train service, the prime minister fulfilled the long-cherished demand of the people of Rajshahi region. Bonolota Express is the third non-stop intercity train in Bangladesh. Railways Minister Nurul Islam Sujan delivered the congratulatory speech joining the inaugural ceremony from Rajshahi Railways Station. Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman conducted the inaugural event at Ganobhaban, while Railways Secretary Md Mofazzel Hossain made a presentation over the non-stop train service as well as the activities and successes of Bangladesh Railways.
April 25, 2019 05:51 UTC
However, Sri Lankan and international authorities have also focused their investigations on international links to domestic Islamist groups - National Thawheed Jama'ut and Jammiyathul Millathu Ibrahim - they believed carried out the attacks. Foreigners caught up as Sri Lanka searches for clues to Easter Sunday bombings https://t.co/TmrsMyyoAh pic.twitter.com/8Ph9ADJRuB — Fábio (@Fabiolucv) April 25, 2019More people detainedPolice said on Thursday 16 more people were detained for questioning overnight, taking the number detained since Sunday to at least 76. A police statement said one of those detained overnight was linked to a "terrorist organization" but gave no other details. The man taught Arabic in a school about 70 km from the capital, Colombo, and had been living in Sri Lanka for more than seven years. Most of the Easter Sunday victims were Sri Lankans, although authorities have confirmed at least 38 foreigners were also killed.
April 25, 2019 05:37 UTC
A seven-member bench headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain rejected five review pleas over its earlier decision on Thursday ending the project’s chances of gaining legal approval in the process. According to the verdict, builders Metro Makers must repay buyers double the amount they paid for plots under the project. The court has also directed the developers to restore the wetlands in Belamalia and Beilpur which were filled up to develop the project within six months. Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA) challenged the project in the High Court on Aug 14, 2004 and the court on July 27, 2005 declared the project at Amin bazar unauthorised, illegal and against public interest.The Appellate Division subsequently upheld the High Court’s decision on Aug 7, 2012.Later, Metro Makers and plot buyers filed a total of five review petitions with the top court in the space of two years.The Appellate Division scrapped the pleas after a hearing on Thursday.
April 25, 2019 05:26 UTC
A highway in Panchagarh during an indefinite transportation strike called by eight transport workers unions on Thursday, April 25, 2019 Dhaka TribuneStrike was also called in Thakurgaon, Nilphamari and DinajpurAn indefinite transportation strike is underway in Panchagarh district. Eight transport workers unions from Panchagarh called for the strike which began on Thursday morning. The strike was also called in Thakurgaon, Nilphamari and Dinajpur districts. Workers called the strike protesting an incident where a Shyamoli Paribahan bus driver, Jalaluddin, was beaten up by an alleged member of Detective Branch (DB) of Police. Panchagarh Motor Transport Workers Union President Md Mosharraf Hossain said: “We will continue our protest and strike till the culprit is arrested and punishment.”
April 25, 2019 05:26 UTC
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday at a summit designed to show that Washington is not the only power able to set the agenda on Pyongyang’s nuclear program. Putin and Kim, in their first ever face-to-face encounter, smiled broadly and shook hands outside the summit venue, a university campus. Putin’s last summit with a North Korean leader was in 2002 when his counterpart was Kim Jong Il, Kim Jong Un’s father and predecessor. Kim Jong Il also met in 2011 with Dmitry Medvedev, the Putin lieutenant who was then Russian president. Buildings were decked out with the Russian and North Korean flags.
April 25, 2019 05:26 UTC
File photo of Bangladesh Supreme Court Dhaka TribuneThe court dismissed all five review petitions filed against its previous orderThe Supreme Court has upheld its previous order, directing Modhumoti Model Town authorities to restore wetlands of Savar, where the private company had developed its housing project. Earlier on August 7, 2012, the Supreme Court in its verdict asked Modhumoti Model Town owner, Metro Makers and Developer Limited, to restore the wetlands to its previous condition, within six months. The court also asked the owner to pay back double the registration fee to those who had bought lands in the model town. Metro Makers and Developer Limited started working on Modhumoti Model Town housing project, without obtaining permission from Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk), and a clearance certificate from the Department of Environment. Later on July 27, 2005, after completing the hearing of the rule, the High Court declared the Modhumoti Town illegal.
April 25, 2019 05:22 UTC
The accident occurred in Rangunia’s Gabtoli around 4am on Thursday, said Rangunia Police OC Imtiaz Bhuiyan. The truck carrying logs was headed to Chattogram when the driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a roadside workers’ camp, said OC Imtiaz. Police and fire service personnel later recovered four bodies from the scene. Two others were admitted to a hospital. The victims could not be identified immediately, said the OC.
April 25, 2019 04:41 UTC
Spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said police were investigating the blast on empty land behind the magistrate’s court in Pugoda, 40 km (25 miles). “There was an explosion behind the court, we are investigating,” he said, adding it was not a controlled explosion like other blasts in recent days. The blast came at a time of high tension in Sri Lanka following the Easter Sunday suicide bomber attacks on the island state that killed 359 people and wounded about 500.
April 25, 2019 04:41 UTC
She said she wakes up in the middle of the night thinking about the Mueller report. “Congress should hold substantive hearings that build on the Mueller report and fill in its gaps, not jump straight to an up-or-down vote on impeachment,” she wrote. Congress undertook months of hearings on Watergate, beginning in May 1973, before threatening Nixon with impeachment in the summer of 1974. “Impeachment is designed as an extraordinary constitutional remedy and it puts members of Congress in an extraordinary situation,” Raskin said. “If that president cannot face impeachment, then part of our constitutional responsibility is just a bunch of dead words,” Huffman said.
April 25, 2019 04:07 UTC
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April 25, 2019 03:56 UTC
Abrar Ahmed Chowdhury's university ID card after the accident that killed him on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 CollectedAbrar was run over by a Suprobhat Paribahan bus on March 19Detective Branch (DB) of Police has submitted a charge sheet in the case filed over the death of Abrar Ahmed Chowdhury, who was run over by a Suprabhat Paribahan bus. DB police Inspector Kazi Shariful Islam, also the investigation officer of the case, submitted the charge sheet before Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court on Wednesday. Also Read- Report on Abrar Chowdhury's case due May 21Sheikh Rokibur Rahman, general recording officer of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court, confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune. Four people-- Suprobhat Paribahan bus conductor Yasin Arafat, bus owner Gopal Sarkar, route president Alauddin and route managing director Ashraf Uddin—were named in the charge sheet. Also Read- Bus conductor, helper give confessional statement over Abrar’s deathBangladesh University of Professionals (BUP) student Abrar was run over by a Suprobhat Paribahan bus on March 19, as he was trying to cross the road in front of Jamuna Future Park in Dhaka.
April 25, 2019 03:45 UTC
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences announced its 214 new members on April 17, an honor distinguishing leaders across disciplines. Members on the list include former First Lady Michelle Obama and author Jonathan Franzen, as well as two Cornellians — Prof. Stephen Ceci, human development, and Prof. Kelly Zamudio, ecology and evolutionary biology.
April 25, 2019 03:22 UTC