Intolerable suffering due to blockade in Dhaka city

Published at : 10 July 2024, 07:59 pm
Intolerable suffering due to blockade in Dhaka city
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A large part of the capital, including different main intersections, came to a standstill due to the road blockade by students over the quota systems in the government jobs despite a status quo on the matter by the country’s highest court today. 

The protesters took positions on important roads including Purana Paltan, Gulistan, Jatiya Press Club, Shahbagh, Karwan Bazar, Farmgate, Science Lab and other places halting the movement of vehicles since the morning. 

Thousands of people were stranded in different places for several hours as the protesters, many of them carrying sticks, were found blocking road intersections and some of them prevented even pedestrians from going to their destinations. 

The protesters assaulted some school going kids in the city’s Mohakhali area this morning as they refused to join the blockade programmes. 

Even, some people alleged that the agitators did not allow patient-carrying ambulance or other vehicles to go to hospitals though the patients showed their necessary medical documents. 

A group of students blocked the Science Lab intersections in the morning causing severe sufferings to patients and people on their way to various hospitals in Green Road and Dhanmondi areas. 

Some people in front of Jatiya Press Club alleged that the protesters did not allow passengers to enter metro stations. As a result, hundreds of people were forced to walk to their destinations due to the blockade. 

A driver of an ambulance said the protesters did not allow him to go to hospitals when a critical patient was on his vehicle. 

The protesters were stopping cars, checking emergency papers and forbidding anyone from using the road. 

Rahim Mia came to Dhaka from Patuakhali along with his family as his six-year-old boy Mahiuddin is sick. The family reached Karwan Bazar from Uttara this morning. 

Rahim Mia said, “We will go to Postogola. We hired a rickshaw from Mohakhali to Gulistan for Taka 200. But the protesters are not allowing us to go to Gulistan. Now we are waiting at Karwan Bazar. 

There is no way to move ahead along with my family, specially my sick child.” 

Like Rahim Mia, hundreds of people were forced to walk to their destinations due to the blockade. 

Syed Mohammad Hossain was caught in the blockade while riding his motorbike from Old Dhaka to Labaid Hospital in Dhanmondi with his ailing mother Tahamina Akther. 

“My mother and I were heading to the hospital for her chemotherapy,” Hossain said, adding, "No one let us go even though I showed the students the medical papers”. 

"I don't have any problem with the students' protest. However, how long the people will suffer? Who is going to hear about our pain?" he lamented. 

Students of different public universities and colleges and jobseekers have been demonstrating for the last seven days demanding reinstatement of a 2018 circular that abolished the quota system in government jobs. 

 

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PM reaches Washington DC from New York

Published at : 24 September 2023, 02:30 pm
PM reaches Washington DC from New York
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived in Washington DC, the USA capital city, this afternoon after joining the 78th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session and other high-level side and bilateral events in New York.

 

She reached Washington DC from New York by road at 6pm.

On her arrival in Washington DC, Bangladesh Ambassador to the USA Muhammad Imran received the premier with a flower bouquet, reports BSS.

Earlier, she left her Place of Residence, Lotte New York for Washington DC at 12:30pm.

She arrived in New York on September 17.

The prime minister will leave Washington DC for London, the capital city of the United Kingdom, on September 29.

She will stay in London till October 3.

After wrapping up her visit, the prime minister will leave London for home and scheduled to reach Dhaka on October 4.

 

Bangladesh-US Ticfa meeting begins in Dhaka

Published at : 20 September 2023, 02:41 pm
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Deal to ease trade in taka-rupee to be signed as Hasina

Published at : 08 September 2023, 01:43 am
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"An MoU will be signed between the National Payments Corporation of India and the Bangladesh Bank to make transactions in rupees and taka between Bangladesh and India easier," said the foreign minister in a press conference at the Foreign Service Academy in the capital on Thursday.

Besides, the neighbouring countries are likely to sign two more memorandums of understanding regarding cooperation in agricultural researches, and extension of the existing cultural exchange programme for two years, said the foreign minister.

Fair Technology launches car exchange programme

Published at : 07 September 2023, 02:29 pm
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