Over 1,000 soldiers sued over rebellion

Staff Correspondent
Over 1,000 BDR soldiers were sued on Sunday for rising up against their officers, from the army, in the Bangladesh Rifles Headquarters in Dhaka in February 25–26.
Several score officers and some soldiers and civilians were killed in the rebellion, which broke out Wednesday morning and ended with the surrender of the soldiers after 35 hours late Thursday.
The Lalbagh police officer-in-charge, Nabajyoti Khisha, lodged the case against the soldiers, accused of taking up arms led by four junior BDR officials against their officers.
The plaintiff in the first information report named four junior BDR officials — deputy assistant directors Tahidul Alam, Nasir Uddin Khan, Mirza Habibur Rahman and Abdul Jalil and soldiers Abdur Rahim and Mohammad Selim to

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JS debates BDR carnage

UNB, Dhaka
Lawmakers Sunday spent much time on what could be the better option-political or military-to end the mutiny at the BDR headquarters as parliament condoled on the death of army officers in the carnage.
Treasury-bench members appreciated Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for choosing the path of peaceful political solution of the February 25-26 mutiny to avert more casualties.
Opposition BNP members, however, felt that negotiated resolution was a delayed process causing the casualties to go up.
The difference of opinion came during emotive discussions on an obituary reference to the army officers in BDR command killed

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Bypolls to 7 JS seats, 45 reserved seats for women rescheduled

BSS, Dhaka
The Election Commission (EC) yesterday announced reschedules for by-elections to seven vacant general seats and 45 reserved seats for women of the Jatiya Sangsad (JS).
Election Commissioner Muh-ammad Sohul Hussain said, as per the new schedules, the by-elections to seven JS constituencies will be held on April 2, which was originally scheduled for March 30.
He said the voting for the 45 reserved seats for women will take place on March 30, which was earlier scheduled for March 29.
Sohul Hussain said the EC felt the need to bring some changes to the poll schedules in view of the current situation in the country.
As per the new schedule, the last date for submission of nomination papers for the bypolls to seven JS seats is March 9 while the

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Supermarket pioneer reveals findings

COMMODITY SUPPLY MESS
Supermarket pioneer reveals findings
Kazi Azizul Islam
If middlemen are eliminated and agro-produces from growers reach directly to retailers, prices will remain low — it is not only a public perception, also many economists subscribe to this idea.
But, from his experience of running the operations of the country’s premier superstore chain Agora for the past eight years, Niaz Rahim does not agree to that. ‘Supply chain here is not so simple,’ he says.
In an exclusive interview the managing director of the Tk 1,400-crore Rahimafrooz Group described to New Age how farmers and small traders occasionally even abandon truckloads of vegetables unclaimed in Dhaka’s wholesale markets when they are unable to get the right prices of their produces.
In his opinion, due to the existing disorganised supply-chain, a coconut that costs Tk 7 in the coastal districts sells at Tk 25 in Dhaka.
Niaz also touched issues spanning from the government’s pledge to cut essential prices to the necessity of corporate management practice and corporate

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Becoming one with Romena

Sadya Afreen Mallick

Babita speaks on her roles in Liberation War movies (left), a scene from “Orunuddoyer Agnishakhkhi”.
Babita speaks on her roles in Liberation War movies (left), a scene from “Orunuddoyer Agnishakhkhi”.

“To date, I don’t know what horrified me more. The fact that this was too close to reality or that during the shoot, I could sometimes sense the presence of the faceless Romena,”–Babita
“Even after 37 years, it still unnerves me when I think of the role I played in a movie on our Liberation War in 1972. The nation had

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Curtains drawn on Ekushey book fair

2,941 titles hit the fair
Staff Correspondent

Visitors crowd a stall at the Amar Ekushey Book Fair at the Bangla Academy in Dhaka on Saturday. — New Age photo
Visitors crowd a stall at the Amar Ekushey Book Fair at the Bangla Academy in Dhaka on Saturday. — New Age photo

Curtains were drawn on the month-long Amar Ekushey book fair at Bangla Academy on Saturday with a large number of book lovers crowding the fair on the concluding day. A total of 2,941 titles hit this year’s book fair with

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