The Fire in Bashundhara city shopping mall at Dhaka

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The fire that broke out at Bashundhra Shopping mall at Panthapath in the capital has been tamed to much extent. 29 units of fire servie are engaged to extinguish the blaze. According to eye witnesses, the fire originated from Jenny Shoes in the 5th floor of the mall at about 11 in the morning. Smoke instantly engulfed the adjacent shops. The news of the fire sparked panic forcing customers and shop owners to run away from the complex. The fire fighters used cranes to rescue the trapped people. The main thoroughfare in front of the Bashundhara shopping mall was closed down as a safety measure. Meanwhile, Dhaka North city mayor Anisul Huq rushed to the spot on receiving news of the fire. Talking to newsmen, he said, fire broke out at the mall several times before with a number of casualties. It would be examined why this has been happening again and again. On 13th March 2009 seven persons were killed in a devastating fire at Bashundhara shopping mall

BIWTC announced to suspend movement of all kinds of vessels including launches and ferries on Daulatdia-Paturia and Shimulia-Kawrakandi river routes owing to inclement weather. As a result several hundred vehicles remained stranded on both sides of the river causing immense sufferings to the passengers. BIWTC officials informed that the movement of vessels have been suspended to avoid accidents due to strong current in river Padma and navigability crisis. Movement of vessels in the internal routes of Barisal was also suspended due to the same reason.

ATN Bangla Chairman Dr. Mahfuzur Rahman has expressed his firm determination to make better standard programmes in future to win the hearts of the viewers. Distributing awards among winners of Eidul Azha quiz competition at ATN Bangla studio at the FDC he said that since inception the TV channel has been telecasting enthralling and diverse pogrammes to attract the audience. Thanking the competiters in the quiz programme based on ATN Banglaa programmes on Eidul Fitr Dr. Mahfuzur Rahman exhalted the viewers to give their opinions by participating more in such quiz programmes.

The first Hajj flight this year left Dhaka for Saudi Arabia with 401 pilgrims. Religious Affairs Minister Professor Motiur Rahman and Civil Aviation Minister Rashed Khan Menon inaugurated the Hajj flight at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport this morning. The two ministers bade farewell to the pilgrims from inside the aircraft. They also talked with the pilgrims and enquired about their welfare. The ministers informed that extra measures have been taken this year for the pilgrims for their smooth journey and performance of Hajj. One lac one thousand 758 Bangladeshi pilgrims are expected to perform Hajj this year.

Energy experts have termed the proposal of 83 percent rise in the CNG price as unjustified. If the government decision is implemented they apprehend that fare of public transports would be doubled. They made the assertion at a round table organised jointly by the Public Transport Rights Association and CNG Filling Station and Conversion Owners Association at the CIRDAP auditorium in the capital. They also said the government has been pushing the people towards sufferings again and again to meet unplanned expenditures resulting from bureaucratic tangles

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