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Here’s hoping next year’s book fair is Covid-19 free

Here’s hoping next year’s book fair is Covid-19 free

Yesterday was the last day of this year’s Ekushey Boimela. Marked by a delayed start and a lockdown announcement midway, the book fair -- originally scheduled to end on April 14 -- ended two days earlier due to the surge in Covid-19 cases across the country.

  • Ekushey Book Fair to close tomorrow

    The government yesterday decided to conclude Amar Ekushey Boi Mela (book fair) tomorrow instead of Wednesday, the scheduled closure date, as another seven-day countrywide lockdown will start from Wednesday.

  • Chattogram Halda River bank

    Man killed in landslide near bank of Halda

    A youth was killed in a landslide yesterday while razing a part of the Halda river bank in Fatikchhari upazila of Chattogram.

  • Whale carcass washes ashore in Cox’s Bazar

    A whale carcass washed ashore at Himchhari beach in Cox’s Bazar yesterday.

  • A hairy business!

    In the villages of Mymensingh’s Muktagachha upazila, a rather unusual profession has bloomed in the last few years: making wigs. What started out as some women trying to create an extra source of income, spread across the community, bringing many into the work.

  • Walls of JU come alive with colours

    Jahangirnagar University (JU) is serene and eye-catching as it is. Surrounded by mother nature, its greenery, open fields, and water bodies are bound to leave one feeling rejuvenated.

  • Bearing witness to atrocities

    “Very often I visit this museum to go back in time, looking at evidence of the Liberation War and reminiscing the days of freedom fighters,” said Bidhan Golder, a freedom fighter and native of Khulna’s Batiaghata upazila. “I had a good relationship with Madhab Chandra’s family. When I come here, I can feel his soul.”

  • Bazas of the World

    In late 2019, while visiting Bandarban with friends, I saw a medium sized brown bird perched on a distant tree. It looked like a bird of prey. After looking through my binoculars for a few seconds, I saw a crest of upright feathers on its head. Instantly I knew it was a Baza, or “Baaj Pakhi” of my childhood.

  • Allow motorbike ride-sharing services back on city streets

    Pathao, a ride-sharing service provider, has submitted a letter to the Cabinet Division, urging the government to allow resumption of motorcycle ride-sharing services.

  • ‘BNP now relies on Hefajat’s activities’

    Road Transport and Bridges Minster Obaidul Quader yesterday said after failing to wage their movements successfully, BNP now depends on activities of Hefajat-e-Islam.

  • NSU holds its 23rd convocation virtually

    The 23rd Convocation Ceremony of North South University (NSU) was organised yesterday through a virtual session. It was broadcas live on NSU’s Facebook page and DBC News.

  • ACC challenges HC verdict on embargo

    The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday filed a leave-to-appeal petition with the Supreme Court, challenging the High Court verdict that emphasised formulation of a specific law or rule regarding imposing embargo on corruption suspects or accused leaving the country.

  • Age group 31-40 the worst-affected

    Covid-19 infection rate in Chattogram is highest among people aged between 31 and 40 while the death rate is highest among those above 60, according to the civil surgeon’s office.

  • Metro rail opening unlikely to meet December deadline

    Authorities are unlikely to meet the deadline for early commissioning of country’s first ever metro rail in December this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • SC clears way to shut down 24 illegal brick kilns in Ctg

    The Supreme Court yesterday stayed the High Court orders that prohibited the authorities concerned from evicting 24 illegal brick kilns having no valid licence in Chattogram, clearing the way for shutting them down.

  • Fresh embargo looming for South Korean visas

    Bangladesh can face a fresh embargo regarding visa issuance for entry to South Korea. Such a concern is looming since many Bangladeshis who entered South Korea in the past two months with Covid-19 negative certificates were later tested positive there.

  • OC withdrawn, case filed, one arrested

    Officer-in-Charge of Dharmapasha Police Station Delwar Hossain was withdrawn and attached to Police Lines on Wednesday night over harassment of a Dhaka University Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leader in Sunamganj.

  • Galib Ahsan passes away

    Dr Galib Ahsan Khan, a retired professor of philo-sophy at Dhaka University died of Covid-19 early yesterday at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University while undergoing treatment. His brother Prof Mahbub Ahsan Khan confirmed the news.

  • Kazi Sirajul Islam no more

    Kazi Sirajul Islam, a renowned social worker of Cumilla Sadar South, breathed his last on Wednesday.

  • Three-way collision injures 10 people in Patuakhali

    At least 10 people were injured in a three-way collision involving a truck, a trolley, and an autorickshaw at Patuakhali’s Amkhola Bazar area yesterday noon.

  • Dhupkhola kitchen market shifted to local playground

    To ensure social distancing, Gandaria police have again shifted the capital’s Dhupkhola kitchen market -- which usually sat by a road -- to Dhupkhola playground again.

  • Ex-Ducsu GS Murshed Ali passes away

    Murshed Ali, a freedom fighter and a Communist Party of Bangladesh leader, died at a city hospital yesterday, aged 76.

  • 13 injured in gas leak blast at Mirkadim mayor’s house

    A gas leakage caused an explosion at the residence of Abdus Salam, mayor of Mirkadim municipality under Munshiganj on Tuesday, injuring 13 people.

  • 260 foreign workers sent to quarantine

    A total of 260 foreign workers of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant who returned from their home countries -- mostly from Russia -- were sent to institutional quarantine yesterday.

  • Loan Defaulters from ILFSL: HC summons PK Halder, 128 others

    The High Court has summoned 129 loan defaulters from International Leasing and Financial Services Limited (ILFSL), including much-talked about Proshanta Kumar Halder known as PK Halder, directing them to appear before it to place their plans about returning around Tk 1,800 crore.

  • Small vendors, floating people fear the worst

    Ramiz Uddin had become jobless during last year’s shutdown. To carry on with his life, he had taken Tk 2 lakh loan from a bank and invested the money in coconut business.

  • 80pc marine fishers don’t have enough safety equipment

    Speakers at a virtual discussion yesterday underscored the need for providing technological, financial and educational support to those working in artisanal marine fisheries to ensure their human rights and enrich their livelihoods.

  • Fire at JU burns 10 acres of greenery

    A fire incident on Jahangirnagar University (JU) campus severely burnt trees and plants on about 10 acres of reserve forest area yesterday.

  • Attack on minorities: ‘Facebook posts insulting religion’ a familiar tactic

    Attack on minorities on the pretext of Facebook post insulting religion has become a familiar tactic, claimed a citizen delegation that visited Noagaon village in Shalla of Sunamganj on March 26 and 27.

  • Field hospitals, isolation centres reopening in Ctg

    With the worsening situation of the Covid-19 pandemic, field hospitals and isolation centres in he port city are opening again, to handle the increasing numbers of patients.

  • Road Accident in Bangladesh

    Auto-rickshaw driver dead after bus hits three-wheeler in Dhaka

    An auto-rickshaw driver died after a bus hit his vehicle in Dhaka’s New Market area this morning.