Archive for July 26th, 2014

Palestinians try to dig a body out of the rubble of a destroyed house hit by an Israeli strike during a 12-hour cease-fire in Gaza City's Shijaiyah neighborhood on Saturday. - AP photo

In Gaza lull, residents return to destroyed areas

Thousands of Gaza residents who had fled Israel-Hamas fighting streamed back to devastated border areas during a lull Saturday to find large-scale destruction: scores of homes were pulverized, wreckage blocked roads and power cables dangled in the streets.
The 12-hour truce was the only apparent outcome from a high-level mediation mission by US secretary of state John Kerry and UN chief Ban Ki-moon over the past week. They failed to broker a weeklong cease-fire as a precursor to a broader deal, as they had hoped.

July 26, 2014 · 1 comment · International, Middle East
US, Euro ministers press for extension of 12-hour Gaza ceasefire

US, Euro ministers press for extension of 12-hour Gaza ceasefire

Foreign ministers from seven nations on Saturday called for an extension of the 12-hour ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, French foreign minister Laurent Fabius said.

July 26, 2014 · 0 comments · International, Middle East
US evacuates embassy in Libya amid clashes

US evacuates embassy in Libya amid clashes

The state department has shuttered the US embassy in Libya and evacuated American staffers there as the security situation in the capital Tripoli deteriorates amid worsening clashes between rival militias.

We’ll face them on the street: PM

We’ll face them on the street: PM

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said that her party would face the Bangladesh Nationalist Party and its allies on the street over the matter of a movement that the latter warned of the government after the Eid.

July 26, 2014 · 0 comments · National, Politics

BB to contain inflation, projects prices hike at 6.5pc

Bangladesh Bank on Saturday unveiled its half-yearly monetary policy for July-December period in which it wanted to keep inflation below 6.5 per cent for the new fiscal…

July 26, 2014 · 0 comments · Business
2 killed in violent clashes in Uttar Pradesh

2 killed in violent clashes in Uttar Pradesh

Violent clashes between two communities over a land dispute at Saharanpur of Uttar Pradesh in India on Saturday left at least 2 people dead and several others including 5 policemen injured, according to NDTV and other news outlets.

July 26, 2014 · 0 comments · International, South Asia
Crime suspect shots policeman to death

Crime suspect shots policeman to death

A policeman died from bullet injuries at hospital after being shot at by a crime suspect during a drive in Tangail town on Saturday. Tangail police assistant sub-inspector Nurul Islam was shot at by crime suspect Ulka when police went on a drive to arrest him from his house at Purba Adalatpara at around 11:30pm Friday.

July 26, 2014 · 0 comments · National
4 injured in Barisal launch-cargo collision

4 injured in Barisal launch-cargo collision

At least 4 people were injured in a crash between a passenger launch and a cargo vessel laden with goods in the River Kirtankhola at Charmonair under sadar upazila of Barisal early Saturday, the police said.

July 26, 2014 · 0 comments · National
Shadow birds

Shadow birds

THE temporary au pair, Mina, had shifted to Naureen’s house two weeks earlier with a small suitcase, a fake leather handbag and a shy but eager smile. Naureen was a volunteer for the church group that had rescued the maltreated Bangladeshi woman, and she had prepared herself to deal with a broken and depressed person. It had been a relief when it turned out that the girl in shalwar-kameez, though thin and fragile looking, had a serene face and a cheerful air about her despite her unfortunate history.

A family practice

A family practice

‘YOU have to see this!’ the little girl races up to me, a tangle of limbs lengthening out of babyhood with reckless, heartbreaking speed — matched only by the equally reckless sparkle of mischief in those big, dark eyes.

Companion

Companion

ROSEMARY sprang up on her bed as soon as the table clock alarm rang at 7:00am. She hadn’t slept very well. The reasons were twofold: today was Howard’s third death anniversary and, by a cruel irony of fate, it was also her birthday.

Bay window

Bay window

AASHU opens her decorative bay window in her sunroom, when she sees the sunlight peeping through. She discovers her geraniums are in full bloom outside. This is the beauty with the perennials. Only the first two years one has to work hard. Once it takes, one can enjoy the beauty of this toothy foliage for many summers. There are repeat blooms throughout the season. Today Aashu notices the geranium bushes are particularly looking lovely. Aashu smiles as she continues to look out the window. Today is her eighteenth wedding anniversary.

The spider

The spider

RURKI Rahim and Obaidul Odud finally got married. For both, it was their second marriage. Rurki’s husband had been killed in a car crash two years ago. Obaidul’s wife had been in a mental asylum for the past ten years. Obaidul had first met Rurki at a party. He had been alone, wifeless for the past ten years. And Rurki? Her life had become different, with her late husband’s big fat insurance, profit in share business and hefty bank balance; she looked thousand times glamorous than before. As if she had become part of the rich elite overnight. Her body and face looked classy these days — like a glowing scented candle in a dark room.

Lost and found

Lost and found

CHILDHOOD memories are not something I generally visit very often, mostly because I don’t really remember my childhood very well, but also because of what little I remember, everything seems surreal, like a fantasy, as if I was living in a dream. Naive and silly dreams, the kind only a little boy of 5 would have. But there are a few memories that I remember as if they happened just yesterday. Relatively speaking, those events seem far recent than my latest year in university. These memories have become little cautionary stories that guide my judgement and aid my conscience. Overtime, most of these memories have become diluted, abstract, almost mythical, but there is one memory I can recollect better than most others.

In my solitude

In our daily life we come across
so many people. Some of the faces
from them always draw our attention.
A few of them are so pleasant that
you always feel happy about them.

Uninvited guest

Uninvited guest

I WAS startled as I felt something at my back. I was preparing for the professional exam of anatomy late at night with my table lamp on. I shared the room with two other senior girls. As I turned around, I saw Rita with hair spread all around her face. She had a strange look on her face. Her hand was travelling down my spine.

A train leaves Dhaka with crammed compartments and even no room on its roof as the mad rush of homebound people began on Friday with three days to the Eid-ul-Fitr. The photo was taken from Airport railway station in the morning. 
— Sanaul Haque

People streaming out of city

Bus, train and ferry terminals witnessed a mad rush as people started streaming out of Dhaka on Friday defying all hassles of journey to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr with their near and dear ones in outlying districts.
With Sunday being the only working day before the three-day vacation for the biggest festival for Muslims begins on Monday, many home goers left the city on Thursday afternoon…

July 26, 2014 · 0 comments · Front Page, National, TOP STORIES
A Palestinian man hold-up the body of one-year-old baby Noha Mesleh, who died of wounds sustained after a UN school in Beit Hanun was hit by an Israeli tank shell, during her funeral in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza Strip, on Friday. — AFP photo

Death toll hits 815 in Gaza

Israeli fire on Gaza killed a pregnant woman and a senior Islamic Jihad figure Friday, taking the Palestinian death toll from 18 days of violence to 815, emergency services said.
Surgeons saved the life of the 23-year-old woman’s unborn child after the air strike hit a house in the central Gaza town of Deir al-Balah,..

3 senior judges to lose job for corruption, indiscipline

3 senior judges to lose job for corruption, indiscipline

The full court meeting of the High Court has decided to ask for voluntary retirement of three senior judges of the subordinate courts for their involvement in corruption and indiscipline.
Of the three judges—district judge AKM Ishtiaque Hussain is now posted at Chittagong First Labour Court while additional district judge Md Mizanur Rahman is posted at Jessore district and sessions judge’ court. And the third one, joint district judge Salauddin Mohammad Akram, whose posting order to Lalmonirhat district and sessions judge’s court is under process—is now attached to the law ministry, said officials of the Supreme Court present in the meeting on last Monday…

July 26, 2014 · 0 comments · Front Page, National, TOP STORIES
Trial of BDR explosives case to be held ‘inside jail’

Trial of BDR explosives case to be held ‘inside jail’

Breaking tradition, the government is planning to hold the trial of a case filed under the explosives act for the BDR mutiny at another makeshift courtroom inside Dhaka Central Jail instead of existing makeshift court at Bakshibazar in the capital…

July 26, 2014 · 0 comments · Front Page, National, TOP STORIES

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