A charred motor bike is seen in the rubble of Chawkbazar fire. Photo: Prothom AloOne-third of the bodies burnt in Chawkbazar fire would require DNA test for identification as they have been charred beyond recognition, Dhaka Medical College Hospital’s forensic department said.“The corpses have turned into skeletons. Some are burnt beyond recognition. DNA test is needed to identify those bodies,” DMCH’s National Burn and Plastic Surgery Unit chief coordinator Samanta Lal Sen told Prothom Alo.Thirty of the bodies could be identified, said DMCH’s forensic department chief Sohel Mahmud.The hospital authorities will now do autopsies following police permission, he added.DMCH sources said they have received 67 bodies as of Thursday noon along with parts of three other bodies. There are 70 bodies kept in the hospital.The relatives of the victims were seen frantically searching for bodies of their dear ones in DMCH morgue area.
gaibandhaThree people died and two others went missing when a boat capsized in the Brahmaputra River at Gidari in Sadar upazila of Gaibandha on Tuesday morning, reports UNB.The deceased are Rokeya Begum, 45, wife of Insar Ali of Dhutichora village, Firoza Bewa, 40, wife of Aijol Munshi of South Gidari village, and Shanta Khatun, 10, daughter of Saju Mia of the upazila.Harun-Or-Rashid, chairman of Gidari union parishad, said the boat with 50 workers sank in the middle of the river around 9:50am while going to a maize field.Five people went missing while others managed to swim ashore, he said.On information, divers from Rangpur Fire Service went to the spot and recovered the bodies of three people while the others remained missing.Bakhtiar Uddin, station manager of Gaibandha Fire Service, said the boat sank due to overloading.
Amanur Rahman Khan RanaThe High Court on Wednesday granted permanent bail to former Awami League MP from Tangail-3 (Ghatail) Amanur Rahman Khan Rana in a case filed over the killing of two Jubo League leaders.The High Court bench of justice AKM Asaduzzaman and justice SM Mozibur Rahman passed the order after hearing a rule in the case.Earlier, the HC granted a six-month bail to Rana in the case.It also issued a rule asking the government to explain as to why Rana should not be granted permanent bail in the case.Advocate Monsurul Haque Chowdhury stood for the accused.Baghil union Jubo League leaders Mohammad Shamim and Mohammad Mamun went missing on 16 July 2012 in the district town.The following day, Shamim’s mother filed a general diary with Tangail Sadar police station.Later, police arrested several suspects over the incident when two of the arrested – Shahadat Hossain, 16 and Hiron Mia, 27 — revealed that both of the Jubo League leaders were murdered as per the order of MP Amanur.Rana surrendered to the Tangail additional district and session’s judge court on 18 September 2016 ending his 22-month fugitive run in the freedom fighter murder case.The AL leader went into ‘hiding’ after he was accused of killing freedom fighter and member of district unit AL Faruk Ahmed.On 18 January 2013, the Awami League leader was shot dead in front of his residence in the district town.Later, Faruk’s wife Nahar Ahmed filed a case in this connection.Fourteen people, including four brothers of Tangail’s influential Khan family, were made accused in the murder case. Read more:MP Amanur lives it up in hospitalAL MP Amanur ‘falls ill’ just before hearing dateEx-MP Amanur gets bail in Faruk murder case
Governor Greg Abbott declared a state disaster declaration for the following 31 Texas counties on Wednesday. “As our state continues to face waves of severe weather and potential flooding, it is crucial that Texans remain vigilant and heed warnings and any evacuation notices from local officials in their areas,” said Governor Greg Abbott in a media release. “I would like to thank the first responders who have rescued residents from rising waters and ask all Texans to keep those affected in their thoughts and prayers.”The counties include the following: Austin, Bandera, Bastrop, Brazoria, Brazos, Burleson, Coleman, Colorado, Erath, Fayette, Fort Bend, Grimes, Hidalgo, Hood, Jasper, Kleberg, Lee, Leon, Liberty, Lubbock, Montgomery, Palo Pinto, Parker, Polk, Robertson, San Jacinto, Tyler, Walker, Waller, Washington and Wharton. A declaration at the state level is a step towards enabling President Obama to sign a national disaster declaration. Share
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Listen X Gail DelaughterBike Houston’s Mary Blitzer cycled to her interview at Houston Public Media.Houston’s bike plan would create new routes all over the city, with the goal of helping riders feel safer on busy streets. It also features millions of dollars of suggested infrastructure improvements. The plan was drafted with the help of numerous stakeholder groups. It was expected to go before City Council this fall, but now it looks like there won’t be a vote until January or February. So where is the bike plan headed next? Bike Houston’s Mary Blitzer joined us in the studio with an update and you can click the button above to hear the full interview. More information:Houston’s Bike Plan 00:00 /03:28
Listen X 00:00 /01:12 Share Free ImagesThe Texas Senate has held its first hearing on the “sermon safeguard” bill (SB 24). The bill would make it illegal for Texas or local governments to subpoena a sermon from a religious leader, or to compel testimony about a sermon’s contents.The measure stems in large part from the fight over the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance or HERO. Supporters argue the bill is necessary, in light of former Houston Mayor Annise Parker’s 2014 attempt to subpoena the sermons of five pastors seeking HERO’s repeal.“Most people of faith are not going to know what to do in these situations,” said Jonathan Saenz, president of the religious advocacy group Texas Values, who testified in favor of the bill. “And as I’ve seen in my work for close to two decades in law and public policy, that if you don’t have something specific in law, some people are going to use that, to intimidate and make people believe that they have to follow their view on this issue.”Legal scholars argue the bill would do little to protect religious liberty beyond what is already guaranteed by the First Amendment.“[Mayor Parker’s] subpoena requests were obviously overbroad and overburdensome and violated principles of religious freedom,” said Charles “Rocky” Rhodes, a professor of constitutional law at South Texas College of Law Houston. “But that kind of overbroad request is both very, very rare and can be taken care of under existing doctrines.” Even when such requests are made, he said, they’re typically quashed by the court.The now-defunct HERO aimed to prevent discrimination against LGBT individuals in public accommodations. The Texas Senate is now considering SB 6, often referred to as the “bathroom bill,” to prevent local governments from adopting such ordinances. Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick has identified both bills among his top priorities for the current legislative session. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:
738 am Tue – #GOES16 ?️ infrared channel 7 capturing the heat from the #NorthBayFires, including the #TubbsFire, #NunsFire, & #AtlasFire. #CAfires pic.twitter.com/dxDaGe46Sj— NWS Bay Area (@NWSBayArea) October 10, 2017 #santarosafires pic.twitter.com/BRiLTW9QK7— ?John Sepulvado? (@JohnLGC) October 9, 2017 #santarosafire pic.twitter.com/WKWpndrbAD— ?John Sepulvado? (@JohnLGC) October 9, 2017 Nick Giblin/APAn aerial image from Tuesday shows a neighborhood that was destroyed by an intense and fast-moving wildfire in Santa Rosa, Calif., this week. Newly homeless residents of California wine country are beginning to get details about the damages.The 17 large wildfires that have burned more than 115,000 acres in California since Sunday have now been blamed for at least 17 deaths. The fast-moving blazes have destroyed at least 2,000 buildings, many of them in the wine country region of Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties.At least two of the fires have each burned more than 25,000 acres, propelled by strong winds Sunday night. Conditions eased somewhat Tuesday — but the National Weather Service says high winds could return to the area beginning late Wednesday night, with gusts over 50 mph. The North Bay is under a critical fire alert, the agency says.The fires produced shocking scenes of destruction in the tourist-friendly stretch north of San Francisco, where many green landscapes have now been replaced by charred trees, cinders and thick smoke. The ferocity of the flames was captured in a video released by the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office, showing a deputy driving through Franz Valley Road, near where a raging fire entered from Napa County. In the brief footage, glowing cinders litter the road as flames consume trees and structures lining the street.In posting the video, the sheriff’s department told residents, “This is but one moment in a series of moments that will end up defining the strength of our community through what will be a pinnacle moment in Sonoma County history.”With heavy smoke posing a health risk, people have been rushing to buy face masks. As member station KQED’s Mina Kim reports, “North Napa Target sold out of face masks” on Monday. Federal officials also warn that dust masks aren’t sufficient to protect against fine particles from wildfire smoke.The intense fires are being described as unlike anything fire officials recall seeing in the area.“One of the fires moved more than 16 miles in less than than six hours,” says Jonathan Cox, a battalion chief with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, “all the way from the Napa Valley over to Santa Rosa. Jumped a six-lane highway and was indiscriminate in its destruction of residential and commercial structures.”Speaking to NPR’s David Greene, Cox said, “Late season fires are always difficult, because you’re contending with very dry fuel moistures. And along with that, you have the wind event that came through on Sunday through Northern California. For some perspective, it was 50- to 70-mile an hour winds that were in the fire area.”Describing the fight against a multidimensional event, Cox laid out firefighters’ priorities: “To protect people’s lives and get them out of harm’s way, to protect the structures and also to build containment lines where we do have the opportunities of engagement.”The McClellan Reload Base, an airstrip that is used to support aerial firefighting efforts, “pumped over 266,000 gallons of fire retardant Monday. Shattering the previous record,” says Cal Fire — the shortened name for the state of Forestry and Fire Protection agency.Here’s a rundown of some of the largest fires, as of Wednesday morning: In Sonoma and Napa counties, the Tubbs Fire was at 28,000 acres with no containment level cited. In Napa and Solano counties, the Atlas Fire was at 26,000 acres and was only 3 percent contained. In Mendocino County, the Redwood Complex Fire was at 21,000 acres with no containment level. In Yuba County, the Cascade Fire was at 11,685 acres and was 20 percent contained.#GOES16 CH7 short-wave IR imagery of #northbayfires. High clouds obscure view at end of loop, not a decrease in fire activity. GOES16 imgry is preliminary, non-operational. #cawx pic.twitter.com/IEZ0sQyKiU— NWS Bay Area (@NWSBayArea) October 11, 2017As of Tuesday evening, Pacific Gas and Electric Company said that some 75,000 customers were without power, including 50,000 in Santa Rosa and 15,000 in the Napa area. In some cases, the utility has purposefully cut power to prevent lines from endangering first responders. It also cut gas service to more than 44,000 customers, because of the quick-spreading fires.Officials are telling residents who are under mandatory evacuation orders to stay away until an all-clear order is given. In Santa Rosa, which saw neighborhoods and swaths of land overrun by fire, a curfew remains in effect from 6:45 p.m. to 7:15 a.m.California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared an emergency in eight counties: Napa, Sonoma, Yuba, Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Nevada and Orange. President Trump has issued a major disaster declaration; the Federal Emergency Management Agency is providing federal disaster assistance to California to bolster state, tribal and local recovery efforts.The fires have affected thousands of people, forcing evacuation orders for more than 20,000 residents and obliterating homes — in some cases leaving structures on one side of the street intact, while reducing those on the other side to heaps of ash and rubble.Among those who lost their homes in Santa Rosa: Paula McCallister, who had moved to the area along with her husband less than a year ago. They’re safe — but as seen in photos McCallister shared on Facebook, fire destroyed their house. Her husband snapped the pictures after walking 2 miles to check on their house, beyond security barricades.McCallister tells NPR’s Morning Edition that she posted the images in part because it has been hard to find details about damage in specific neighborhoods.“They’re not reporting anything. They’re not telling us, your street from here to here is gone,” she said. “And so I wanted all my neighbors that know me on Facebook to see what happened, and what was gone and what wasn’t gone so that they have some kind of idea what to do next.”McCallister said that some of those neighbors are the reason she and her husband were able to grab necessities and get out. She says they fled their new house after neighbors walked the streets and knocked on doors, telling people the fire was coming. Share
Share Twitter User @ReutersFrom the photo archives: a look at Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria wreaked havoc on the island. The Senate is pushing ahead on a $36.5 billion hurricane relief package that would give Puerto Rico a much-needed infusion of cash.The measure also would replenish rapidly dwindling emergency disaster accounts and provide $16 billion to permit the financially troubled federal flood insurance program to pay an influx of Harvey-related claims. But it rejects requests from the powerful Texas and Florida congressional delegations for additional money to rebuild after hurricanes Harvey and Irma.The measure was certain to sail through Monday’s procedural vote and a final vote was expected no later than Tuesday. That would send the measure to President Donald Trump for his signature.There is urgency to move the measure swiftly — rather than add more money to it at this time — because the government’s flood insurance reserves are running out.Still, members of the Texas and Florida delegations in Congress are unhappy because the measure failed to address extensive requests for additional hurricane rebuilding funds. Texas, inundated by Harvey in August, requested $19 billion, while Florida sought $27 billion.“I’m pretty disappointed with what the House sent over,” Texas GOP Sen. John Cornyn said Thursday. But later, after speaking to both Trump and White House budget director Mick Mulvaney, Cornyn said he was promised that the White House would issue another disaster aid measure next month that would provide much-needed help for Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. A fourth, and perhaps final, measure is likely to anchor a year-end spending bill.The measure currently before the Senate contains $577 million for wildfires out West that forced agencies to tap other reserves for firefighting accounts and FEMA money for the disastrous fires in northern California.Republicans dragged their feet last year on modest requests by former President Barack Obama to combat the Zika virus and help Flint, Michigan, repair its lead-tainted water system.But they are moving quickly to take care of this year’s alarming series of disasters, quickly passing a $15.3 billion relief measure last month and signaling that another installment is coming next month.
Quilts, Inc. spokesperson Rhianna Griffin gives an overview of the annual International Quilt Festival Houston. This year’s fest is the biggest ever, featuring over 1500 quilts, garments and works of textile art. It runs through November 5 at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Share
With information from Todd J. Gillman Washington Bureau Chief Dallas Morning News (Pool journalist) Vice President Pence is to arrive by Marine 2 at Joint Base Andrews Wednesday, heading for San Antonio and Sutherland Springs, Texas.Traveling with him are Reps. Will Hurd, R-San Antonio, and Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo. Cuellar’s district includes Sutherland Springs and he spoke with pool before boarding Air Force 2.“It’s hard. This is a community that has never seen anything like this before, of course. A lot of communities haven’t seen anything like this before. Everybody knows everybody that got killed. Everybody knows everybody that got hurt. It’s very emotional,” Cuellar said.He called Pence “very compassionate. This is a time when the people need the hugs and the kind words, because right now there’s a lot of tears falling on the streets of Sutherland Springs, and it means a lot for him to be there.”Cuellar said he’s working with Appropriations Committee subcommittee chairs Culberson to add $10 million to an account to defray local overtime costs for police etc. Working with Sen. Cornyn on beefing up background checks. Cuellar met Tuesday with Air Force chief of staff and came away dismayed that the shooter wasn’t reported to the background database.“There were three different opportunities when they should have sent that information,” he said.Cuellar sees no change in opinion about gun rights locally after this tragedy. He’s represented Wilson County for 13 years.“The Second Amendment is very strong and will remain strong there,” he said. Share Associated PressVice President Mike Pence speaks to the 13th annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)