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Public transport crisis causing great suffering in the capital

Publish: 04:21 PM, 06 Aug, 2022


The government has increased the price of all types of fuel oil. The Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources announced the increase in the prices of diesel, petrol, kerosene and octane on Friday (05 August) night. After that, there has been a severe public transport crisis in the capital since the morning of Saturday (06 August).

After visiting various parts of the capital it is seen that, hundreds of people are standing on the streets waiting for buses. Even if a bus arrives on some route after a long wait, many people rush to board it. Many buses were also seen moving with the gate locked after seeing this situation. As a result, people are not getting public transport in most cases.

Meanwhile, it has been raining in the capital since Saturday morning. As a result, people have suffered more due to rain. Especially office goers and school going students have suffered. Some left on foot after not getting any public transport. Such scene was seen in Mirpur, Technical, Kalyanpur, Shyamoli areas of the capital since morning.

Many passengers standing on the road waiting for the bus said that they have never seen such a crisis in public transport on any Saturday.

A person named Russell who was waiting for the bus said to the reporters, I work in a private company. I have to go to office even on Saturday. I have been standing since morning. I can't get any bus. Meanwhile, it's office time.

Meanwhile, the drivers and assistants of the buses plying on the road say that the transport owners are not plying their vehicles on the road due to the sudden increase in fuel prices on Friday night. They are looking forward to the government's decision to increase transport fares.

Many passengers expressed their anger and said that due to the increase in the price of fuel, not only in the public transport sector, but also in the transportation of goods, the fare will increase, which will have an impact on the price of goods. Unprecedented crisis may arise in these areas also due to lack of coordination.

The new price of fuel oil came into effect after 12 pm on Friday. The price of diesel and kerosene has been increased by Tk 34 to Tk 114 per litre, the price of petrol has been increased by Tk 44 to Tk 130 and the price of octane has been increased by Tk 46 to Tk 135. Earlier, the retail price of diesel at the consumer level was Tk 80 per liter, Tk 80 of kerosene, Tk 89 of octane and Tk 86 of petrol. 


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Fire in a polythene factory in Chawkbazar area

Publish: 12:38 PM, 15 Aug, 2022


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US Embassy pays tributes to Bangabandhu

Publish: 12:16 PM, 15 Aug, 2022


The US Embassy in Dhaka on Monday paid tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. 

"On the 47th anniversary of the assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Father of the Nation, the U.S. Embassy remembers his extraordinary life," said the Embassy. 

Bangabandhu was one of the very first Bangladeshis to travel to the United States on the prestigious International Visitor Leadership Program. 

"We mourn this great loss," said the Embassy.


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Dhaka-Gazipur rail communication route restored after 11 hours

Publish: 11:08 AM, 15 Aug, 2022


Rail communications between Dhaka and northern parts of the country resumed on Monday after 11 and a half hours of suspension following derailment of several bogies in Dhirashram area of Gazipur district, UNB reports.

A five-member committee has been formed to probe the incident. The committee has been asked to submit its report within seven days.

Qudrat-e-Khuda, chief mechanical engineer of Railway West Zone, said the rail communication between Dhaka and northern parts of the district came to halt around 9:00 pm as a number of bogies of Dhaka-bound ‘Drutojan Express’ from Panchagarh veered off the tracks.

A number of trains got stranded due to the derailment.

Later, a relief train came to the spot and salvaged the train around 8 am on Monday, he said.


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Tiktoker held under DSA for making ‘derogatory remarks’ on PM, police

Publish: 10:45 AM, 15 Aug, 2022


Police arrested a young man from Beanibazar upazila of Sylhet Sunday night, allegedly for making derogatory comments on the prime minister and police on short-form video hosting platform TikTok, reports UNB.

The arrestee is Mohi Uddin Manna, 25, son of Manik Mia of Muchegul village under Baralekha Upazila of Moulvibazar. He used to live as a tenant at a house in Mallapur village.

On Sunday night, police conducted a drive at Dakshin Bazar of Sylhet's Beanibazar and arrested him from his tea stall, said police Inspector (Investigation) of Biyanibazar police station Mehdi Hasan.

Manna made derogatory remarks and spread propaganda against the prime minister and police on his Tiktok ID over the recent fuel price hike, added the official.

Chhatra League leader Zahidul Haque Tahmid lodged a complaint against him under the Digital Security Act with Beanibazar police station. He is supposed to be produced before the court today (Monday).


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PM pays homage to Bangabandhu on his martyrdom anniversary

Publish: 09:35 AM, 15 Aug, 2022


Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today paid rich tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, marking his 47th martyrdom anniversary and the National Mourning Day.

As part of the state program, the prime minister paid homage to the architect of the country’s independence by placing wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi Road No 32 in the capital.

After placing the wreath, she stood in solemn silence for some time to show profound respect to the great leader.

A smartly turned out contingent of Bangladesh Armed Forces gave a state salute at that time, while the bugle played a tune of grief and somber to the last post.

A munajat was also offered seeking eternal peace of the departed souls of the martyrs of August 15 carnage.

After paying tributes to Bangabandhu, the prime minister visited the historic residence of the Father of the Nation at Dhanmondi Road No. 32 which witnessed the world’s most barbaric carnage on this day 47 years back.

She stayed in the house, which has now been turned into Bangabandhu Memorial Museum, for a while.

Later, flanked by senior Awami League (AL) leaders, Sheikh Hasina, also AL President, placed a wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu on behalf of the party.

The day is being observed across the country as the National Mourning Day.

Bangabandhu, his spouse Bangamata Begum Fazilatun Nesa Mujib, his three sons– Sheikh Kamal, Sheikh Jamal, and Sheikh Russel– and most of the family members of Bangabandhu and his three close relatives were assassinated in cold blood on the fateful night of August 15, 1975 by a group of disgruntled army men.

Two daughters of Bangabandhu -- incumbent Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her sister Sheikh Rehana -- could escape the carnage as they stayed abroad at that time.

From Dhanmondi, the premier later went to the Banani Graveyard where her mother Bangamata Begum Fazilatun Nesa Mujib, brothers Sheikh Kamal, Sheikh Jamal, and Sheikh Russel and other martyrs of August 15, 1975 were laid to eternal rest.

She placed wreaths and spread flower petals on their graves.

Sheikh Hasina also offered Fateha and prayed for eternal peace of the departed souls of the martyrs of August 15.

A smartly turned out contingent of Bangladesh Armed Forces gave a state salute at that time.