Nation this week

Thursday, December 14th, 2017


A Bangladeshi man with a homemade bomb strapped to his body set off an explosion at a New York commuter hub during rush hour on December 11, wounding himself and three others in what New York Mayor Bill de Blasio called an attempted terrorist attack. The suspect in the incident at the Port Authority Bus Terminal, a block from Times Square, was identified as Akayed Ullah, the New York Police Department commissioner said. The suspect had burns and lacerations while three other people, including a police officer, sustained minor injuries, according to a report by Reuters. Ullah is from Chittagong and is a US resident, said the country’s police chief. He had no criminal record there and last visited Bangladesh on September 8, the chief said.


After more than a month of high-octane, if at times mismanaged, cricket the Bangladesh Premier League’s fifth edition will come to a close on December 12 with the final played between defending champions Dhaka Dynamites and Rangpur Riders, who beat Comilla Victorians yesterday in Qualifier 2 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur. The Dynamites, led by Shakib Al Hasan, finished the group stage in second place and earned themselves a one-way ticket to the title match by beating Comilla in Qualifier-1 on Friday. Rangpur’s place in the final has some controversy associated with it as, according to the tournament bylaws, the higher ranked team would progress in a playoff situation if at least five overs of both innings could not be completed because of weather interruptions and a Super Over could not be played for the same reason.


Onion prices shot up to Tk 120 per kg in the kitchen markets of the city, an average rise of 28 percent from last week. On December 9, locally-grown onions were selling for Tk 110-Tk 120 per kg at retail in kitchen markets while the same quantity sold for Tk 85-95 a week ago. Prices of imported onions also rose and were being sold for Tk 80- Tk 90 per kg yesterday, up from Tk 75- Tk 85 a week ago, according to data from the Trading Corporation of Bangladesh.


The Anti-Corruption Commission has asked former BASIC Bank chairman Sheikh Abdul Hye Bacchu not to leave the country so that his interrogation continues without any interruption. On December 7, ACC investigators quizzed Bacchu in at least 10 out of 57 cases filed over the embezzlement of Tk 2,044 crore from the state-run bank. “At one stage of the grilling, we asked him not to leave the country. We also asked him to produce a copy of his passport,” an ACC investigator told reporters.

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