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Monday, February 23, 2015, Falgun 11, 1421 BS, Jamadi ul Awwal 3, 1436 Hijr

People reject hartal
Published : Monday, 23 February, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 19

Mamunur Rashid
The first day of the latest spell of 72-hour hartal, enforced by BNP-Jamaat led 20-party alliance from Sunday, was totally ignored by the people as daily life was quite normal in Dhaka and elsewhere in the country. 
A huge traffic jam was seen in the
capital city as people   came out of their houses defying the hartal to do their daily business.
Vehicular movement was found quite normal in the capital on Sunday.
The busiest spots like National Press Club, Purana Paltan, Dainik Bangla Crossing, Gulistan, Shabagh, Banglamotor, Mohakali, Gulshan, Rampura and Farmgate areas experienced gridlock as usual. Defying the shutdown, most city shops, business establishments, factories and markets remained opened, with rush of visitors.
A large number of vehicles plied the streets of Dhaka, Chittagong, Khulna, Barisal, Mymensingh, Rangpur, Noakhali, Thakurgaon, Comilla, Narsingdi, Munshiganj, Jamalpur, Gazipur, Narayanganj, Jessore, Sylhet, Rajshahi, Bogra, Feni and other major cities on Sunday, the 48th day of the blockade enforced by the BNP-led alliance, our correspondents reported.
All long routes passenger buses and cargo vehicles were plying across the highways on day time. However, mid-night traffic movement was discouraged by law enforcers for security reasons.
Train movements across the country were normal and water transportations remain unhindered.
All banks, insurance companies and financial institutions operated normally while attendances in public and private offices were normal. All schools, colleges and universities remained open. 
However, the latest hartal programme, among others, has forced the government to defer two SSC and equivalent public exams slated for Sunday and Tuesday.
Our Chittagong correspondent reported a severe traffic jam in the port city during hartal hours on Sunday. CDA Avenue, Agrabad, Bahaddarhat, Mehedibagh, Saltgola, Jubilee Road, Jamal Khan, Muradpur and Oxygen areas were seen clogged with vehicles. Most shops were open as usual.
In Rajshahi, as our correspondent reports, city dwellers  witnessed traffic jam at Shaheb Bazaar, New Market, Laxmipur, Railgate and Station Road areas during the  fresh spell of 72-hour hartal.
Business activities were also normal during the hartal hours.
Our Khulna correspondent also reported usual traffic congestion in the city during the hartal hours on Sunday.
Our Sylhet Correspondent also reported normal traffic movement in the city during the fresh spell of the 72-hour hartal, enforced by BNP-led 20-party alliance.  Most traffic-clogged areas in the city were Kean Bridge, Zindabazar, Bondarbazar, Lamabazar, Mendibagh, Dargahgate, Amberkhana, Chouhatta, Mirabazar, Shibganj, Sylhet Railway Station, Kotomtoli and Kumargaon bus stand. Most small shops in lanes and by-lanes were found open.

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