2016: Major milestones


Jul 2: A military-led commando operation finally ended the overnight siege at the upscale restaurant in Dhaka’s diplomatic district, Gulshan. At least 20 died, including 17 foreign nationals (story on page 8). © bdnews24.com/muhammad mostafigur rahman
Aug 11: The ‘Indian elephant’, lovingly christened ‘Bangabahadur’ by Bangladeshi media, was in the news for nearly a month until it died. © bdnews24.com
Nov 14: Bangladesh’s first two submarines, Chinese-made, are handed over. The military’s PR outfit, ISPR, released this photo to the media
Mar 15: End of an era. Central bank governor Atiur Rahman goes out of office over accusations of his failure to prevent a billion dollar heist. © bdnews24.com/nayan kumar
Jan 8: Devotees block the highway for prayers during Biswa Ijtema – the second largest gathering of Muslims in the world. © bdnews24.com/muhammad mostafigur rahman
Jan 9: Madrassa students stage angry demonstrations in Brahmanbarhia following the death of a classmate in a clash with police. © bdnews24.com
Jan 17: A covered van is engulfed in flames following an internal clash in front of the BNP’s Naya Paltan offices. © bdnews24.com/tanvir ahammed
Feb 8: As rival groups fought inside opposition BNP’s headquarters in Dhaka, the party’s founder Gen Ziaur Rahman’s statue was vandalised. © bdnews24.com
Feb 28: The Tigers celebrate the dismissal of a Sri Lankan batsman during the 2016 Asia Cup (story on page 60). © bdnews24.com/muhammad mostafigur rahman
Mar 6: Bangladesh supporters don flags, costumes and face paint to cheer on their beloved cricket team. © bdnews24.com/muhammad mostafigur rahman
Mar 8: A Ganajagaran Mancha activist celebrates the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the death sentence of Jamaat-e-Islami leader and war criminal Mir Quasem Ali. © bdnews24.com/nayan kumar
Mar 9: Three Russians were killed when a privately-run cargo plane crashed in the Bay of Bengal. © bdnews24.com
Mar 19: BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia walks through a crowd of reporters at the first BNP Council in six years. © bdnews24.com/tanvir ahammed
Mar 25: Madrassa-based organisation Hifazat-e Islam threatened to bring Bangladesh to its knees if the High Court repealed Islam as the state religion. © bdnews24.com/tanvir ahammed
Mar 29: Demonstrators gather at Dhaka’s Shahbagh to demand justice for the murder of college student Sohagi Jahan Tonu. © bdnews24.com/tanvir ahammed
Mar 29: A car carrying the wife of an army officer was stopped by angry protesters in Dhaka. © bdnews24.com/tanvir ahammed
Mar 30: The Mouchak-Moghbazar flyover between Holy Family Hospital and Satrastra was opened to the public. © bdnews24.com/muhammad mostafigur rahman
Apr 7: Jagannath University students stage angry demonstrations to demand justice for the murder of fellow student and online activist Nazimuddin Samad. © bdnews24.com/tanvir ahammed
Apr 10: The family of Jamaat-e Islami chief and war criminal Motiur Rahman Nizami leave after a final meeting before his execution at Dhaka Central Jail. © bdnews24.com
Apr 11: An ambulance carries the body of Jamaat-e Islami chief and war criminal Motiur Rahman Nizami after his death sentence is carried out. © bdnews24.com/tanvir ahammed
Apr 11: A young boy cools down as summer temperatures go up. © bdnews24.com/md asaduzzaman pramanik
Apr 14: The traditional ‘Mangal Shobhajatra’ procession, inducted into UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2016, sets out on the first day of the Bengali New Year. © bdnews24.com/asif mahmud ove
May 1: The marriage of convenience continues. The two, who live in different houses in Dhaka, are chair and co-chair (later made senior co-chair) of the ‘opposition’ Jatiya Party. Gen Ershad and Raushon Ershad have never stopped squabbling but are at the helm of the same party clearly pursuing different agendas. © bdnews24.com/md asaduzzaman pramanik
May 30: Cricketer Mustafizur Rahman returns home to praise and plaudits after helping Sunrisers Hyderabad to the IPL crown. The 20-year-old was also declared Emerging Cricketer of the Year by the ICC. © bdnews24.com/abdul mannan
May 31: A man’s biometric data is recorded for official state records. A recent government drive has attempted to provide ‘smart’ identity cards for every Bangladeshi citizen of voting age. © bdnews24.com/asif mahmud ove
Jun 2: A worker carries a bundle of plastic bottles for recycling. © bdnews24.com/tanvir ahammed
Jun 5: A young boy, an assistant to the driver, hangs off the back of a ‘Laguna’ vehicle. Despite child labour laws the practice remains prevalent in Bangladesh, with many children doing similarly risky work. © bdnews24.com/tanvir ahammed
Jul 26: The people of Bangladesh are no strangers to flash floods. The photo captures the plight of the northern Kurigram region. © bdnews24.com/muhammad mostafigur rahman
Jun 30: A worker crafts a pot at an aluminium utensil factory in Keraniganj. © bdnews24.com/muhammad mostafigur rahman
Jul 2: End of a nightmare. Commandos leave Holey Artisan Bakery after their operation against the militants who had killed 20 hostages in the upscale café at Gulshan’s diplomatic zone. © bdnews24.com/muhammad mostafigur rahman
Jul 2: Firemen carry a patient away from a local medical centre as commandos gear up for a raid on Holey Artisan Bakery. © bdnews24.com/muhammad mostafigur rahman
Jul 3: Mourners sing and light candles in memory of the victims of the Gulshan attack. © bdnews24.com/muhammad mostafigur rahman
Jul 4: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina consoles the Italian ambassador during a mourning programme for the café victims. © PID
Jul 28: The National Committee for the Protection of Oil, Gas and Mineral Resources, Power and Ports spearheaded a series of protests against the coal-based power plant near the Sundarbans throughout the year. © bdnews24.com/nayan kumar
Aug 21: Fire service officials work to contain a blaze at Dhaka’s Bashundhara City shopping mall. © bdnews24.com/abdul mannan
Aug 25: Fish poisoned by chemicals from a tank explosion at a Chittagong factory float to the surface of a local water body. © bdnews24.com/suman babu
Aug 29: US Secretary of State John Kerry paid tribute to Bangladesh’s founding father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman during a visit to the modest home, now a museum, of the late president where he was killed on Aug 15 1975. Kerry, who as a young political activist supported the cause of Bangladesh during its war of independence in 1971, was the highest-ranking US official to visit the museum. © PID
Sep 3: The body of Jamaat-e Islami financier and student wing founder Mir Quasem Ali is carried away from prison in an ambulance after his execution for 1971 war crimes. © bdnews24.com/asif mahmud ove
Sep 10: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina visits ailing writer Syed Shamsul Haque in hospital a few weeks before he succumbed to cancer. © PMO
Sep 16: The wreckage of a private helicopter lies on Cox’s Bazar beach. It crashed soon after it dropped off Bangladeshi cricketer Shakib Al Hasan. © bdnews24.com
Oct 19: World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, who was in Dhaka to mark World Anti-poverty Day, was all praise for Bangladesh’s alleviation efforts and received a pat on the back from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for his understanding of the local issues at stake. © bdnews24.com/muhammad mostafigur rahman
Oct 14: Chinese President Xi Jinping with Bangladesh President Md Abdul Hamid on his arrival in Bangladesh. © PID
Dec 4: A young boy retrieves a tricycle from the remains of a fire at Dhaka’s Karhail slum. © bdnews24.com/muhammad mostafigur rahman
Dec 4: A second fierce fire rages through Dhaka’s Karhail slum, gutting hundreds of shanties less than a month after the previous one. © bdnews24.com/asif mahmud ove
Dec 22: Narayanganj Mayor Selina Hayat Ivy celebrates her victory in the City Corporation elections, one of the least violent polls in recent memory. © bdnews24.com/asif mahmud ove
Feb 15, 2017: The new Election Commission, led by retired civil servant Nurul Huda, pose for the cameras after being sworn in. © bdnews24.com/asif mahmud ove