** Fire at building in Dhaka’s Wari doused ** People rush to village homes to spend Eid holidays with their near and dear ones. This photo was taken from Sadarghat Launch Terminal on Tuesday. NN photo ** Surge in cases of dehydration, diarrhoea amid summer heat wave ** Dozens injured as Sonar Bangla Express hits goods train in Cumilla ** Bus, pickup van collision in Dinajpur leaves 2 drivers dead, 12 injured ** Fardin’s death: Dhaka court orders further investigation by CID ** When shall these private univs move to permanent campuses? ** Bus-three wheeler collision kills 5 in Ctg’s Boalkhali ** People pay last respects to Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury at Shaheed Minar ** Tarique, Zubaida indicted in graft case ** Bangladesh’s literacy rate rises to 74 percent, poverty down by 5.6 percent: Survey ** People to pay tribute to Dr Zafrullah at Shaheed Minar tomorrow ** IMF team due in Dhaka on April 25 to discuss 2nd tranche of $4.7b loan ** Dr. Zafrullah the warrior stops, his battles will go on ** Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury no more ** We are living like the poor, paying like the rich ** US wants Bangladesh sets up strong example of free, fair elections ** Govt raises fertiliser prices by Tk 5 per kg ** US can topple govt in any country: Sheikh Hasina ** Nafiz Alam sent to jail in narcotics case ** Traders affected by the massive fire in Bangabazar in the capital set up shops on footpaths with the high hope of recouping their losses ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr. This photo was taken on Sunday. NN photo ** Temperatures feared to hit 40°C this week ** 579 people killed in motorcycle accidents in 3 months: SCRF ** 3 dead in Jamalpur after truck collides with pickup van ** Industry owners paying increased gas price, but not getting promised supply **

Readers’ Voice

16 April 2023

Saudi-Iran relations

The conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran from the last seven years has not only affected the Middle East but also destroyed peace in world politics. Two major oil producers are looking forward to restore diplomatic relations and the reopening of their embassies within next two months. China brokered the talks and played the role of host.
The tensions between Riyadh and Tehran escalated in 2016 and cut ties, when Riyadh executed Saudi Shia cleric Sheikh Baqir al-Nimr. Thereafter, Saudi's diplomatic mission was attacked by Iranian protestors.
However, in recent 4 days of talks in Beijing, representatives of both countries have come to a solution not to interfere in each other's internal affairs and also respect states' sovereignty. This deal can lead to the creation of a better security situation in the region and in the Islamic world. This agreement can boost the economy of the Middle East and South Asian countries. Trade and diplomatic relations will give significant importance to the region.

Shah Zaman

Safe road must be ensured
The dream of Padma Bridge has come true. Now communication is much easier for southern part of Bangladesh with its capital Dhaka. It now takes only 3 hours from Barishal to Dhaka by bus. After opening of Padma Bridge, road accident also increased.
Last week almost 10 people died in two different accidents in Dhaka-Barishal-Kuakata highway. As communication is now easy by bus, pressure on highway has been increased. But road from Vanga to Kuakata is inadequately wide. Express way of 6 lanes road from Dhaka to Vanga has been completed but road from Vanga to Kuakata remains as usual like previous. So, this issue should be taken in consideration and the authority should take the necessary steps to prevent road accident.

K. M. Masum Billah
Dumki, Patuakhali

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