2017 Major milestones

bdnews24 desk
Published : 7 July 2018, 12:09 PM
Updated : 7 July 2018, 12:09 PM

Sep 14: A Rohingya woman comes to register her biometric details at the Kutupalong refugee camp

Sep 30: The first beam between two pillars of the Padma Bridge, one of the largest infrastructure projects in Bangladesh, is installed. The 6.15-kilometre bridge will have 42 pillars, including two on the banks of the river

Oct 13: Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha leaves for a trip abroad amid heavy criticism from the government during his verdict in the case dismissing the 16th amendment. He was later accused of corruption and resigned

Dec 2: Pope Francis visits the Holy Rosary Church graveyard in Dhaka's Tejgaon during his three-day visit to Bangladesh

Jan 3: A portion of the Gulshan DCC market collapses after a fire

Jan 3: A crew frantically tries to douse the fire ravaging the DCC Market in the capital's Gulshan-1

Jan 16: Former Narayanganj City Corporation councillor Nur Hossain, a death-row convict in the 2014 seven-murder case, boards a prison van at a Narayanganj court following the verdict

Jan 26: Police drag a protester away from a water cannon truck during demonstrations against the Rampal power plant project in Dhaka

Mar 7: Train driver Salma Khatun has become a symbol of women's emancipation and progress in Bangladesh. She became the first female train driver in Bangladesh in 2004 and was the only female train driver in the country for seven years. Since then the number of female locomotive drivers has risen to 15. This photo of sub-loco-master Salma is taken at Kamlapur Railway Station the day before the International Women's Day

Mar 12: Bangladesh enters a new naval era: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inspects one of the two China-made 035G diesel-electric submarines – BNS Nabajatra and BNS Joyjatra – inducted and commissioned into the Bangladesh Navy fleet during her visit to the Issa Khan Naval Base in Chittagong

Mar 13: Onlookers throng the site of a construction accident where one person was killed and two others injured after a girder for a flyover collapsed near Dhaka's Malibagh level-crossing

Mar 17: Investigators demarcate the scene of a 'suicide attack' with yellow ribbon at a makeshift RAB camp near the Ashkona Hajj Camp

Mar 19: An ecstatic Bangladesh cricket team celebrates its victory over Sri Lanka in its 100th Test at Colombo's P Sara Oval Stadium

Mar 25: Watermelons await sales at a storehouse in Dhaka's Waiz Ghat. The wholesale prices of the watermelons vary from Tk 25-250 based on size. The retail price of the watermelons is Tk 80-450

Mar 26: Para-commandos carry out a child who was detained at a militant hideout in Sylhet

Mar 26: Army para-commandos rescue a woman from a building near a militant hideout in Sylhet

Apr 2: An oath is taken for the '100 Million for 100 Million' campaign for education at Dhaka's St Joseph's Higher Secondary School

Apr 8: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi uncover the Hindi edition of the unfinished autobiography of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in New Delhi

Apr 10: Actress Apu Biswas reveals her son with actor Shakib Khan. Khan acknowledged the boy's parentage and married Biswas amid controversy only to divorce her soon after

May 1: Garment workers hold a May Day procession in Dhaka

May 4: After winning her battle against child marriage, Sharmin Akhter who won the International Women of Courage Award after passing her SSC exams. She makes a victory sign at the media at Jhalakathi's Rajapur Pilot Girls' High School

May 6: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina takes a stroll along Inani beach after inaugurating a marine drive connecting Cox's Bazar and Teknaf

May 12: The Ganajagaran Mancha organises a mass protest calling for the punishment of the rapists of two college students at a Banani hotel

May 26: A statue of Lady Justice is removed from the front of the Supreme Court following demands from Hifazat-e Islam, Olama League and several other Islamist organisations

Jun 6: BNP leader Moudud Ahmed stands near the main entrance of the Gulshan house from where he was later evicted after a court order

Jun 20: A woman in front of a house demolished by landslides in Rangamati. Over 100 people were killed in landslides in the area

Jul 4: Activist and writer Farhad Mazhar at Adabor Police Station with his wife and family members after he was 'rescued' from a bus in Jessore

Aug 9: Dancers perform at a programme to mark the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples at Dhaka's Central Shaheed Minar

Aug 11: Firefighters and their trucks are seen on the driveway of Dhaka's Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport following a fire

Aug 11: Siddiqur Rahman, a Titumir College student, who was hit in the face by a police teargas canister and lost his eyesight, returns to Dhaka after treatment in Chennai

Aug 27: Previously conjoined twins Tofa and Tohura are doing well a month after the six-hour-long surgery that separated them

Sep 11: One of the many residents of the villages of Maungdaw area in Rakhine watches smoke rise from burning houses after fleeing to Teknaf's Shah Porir Dwip for shelter

Sep 12: A Rohingya man carries an infant to shore from a boat that arrived at Bangladesh's Shah Porir Dwip from Myanmar's Rasidong

Sep 12: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina speaks to Rohingya refugees at the Kutupalong camp in Cox's Bazar

Sep 12: Rohingyas make their way from Teknaf's Hariakhali to the refugee camps

Sep 15: Rohingya refugees scramble for relief materials at Ukhiya's Palongkhali as aid workers throw clothes from a truck

Sep 15: Children eat their meals at a camp for Hindu refugees who fled Myanmar's Rakhine to seek shelter in Cox's Bazar along with hundreds and thousands of Rohingya Muslims

Sep 15: Bina Bala and her two children have been living in a makeshift shelter at a chicken farm in Cox's Bazar after fleeing their home in Maungdaw's Chikachhari in Rakhine, Myanmar alongside other Hindu refugees fifteen days ago

Sep 16: Newly arrived Rohingya refugees are cutting trees on a hill at Palongkhali in Cox's Bazar's Ukhiya to make shelters for themselves

Sep 21: Rohingya women wait for treatment outside a medical centre at the Kutupalong refugee camp

Oct 4: Jessia Islam wears the crown of Miss World Bangladesh during a ceremony at Dhaka's Hotel Westin, after days of controversy surrounding the competition's selection process and the title's former winner Jannatul Nayeem Avril

Oct 12: Heavy machinery at the construction site of Metrorail project in Dhaka. The Japan International Cooperation Agency or JICA is providing Tk 165.95 billion of the Tk 220 billion required for the 20km project between Uttara and Motijheel

Oct 13: A massive crowd descends on Dhaka's Khamarbari to buy eggs during a special sale for World Egg Day. Some hold up crates and buckets, hoping to fill them with eggs up for sale at Tk 3 a piece

Oct 21: Fire Service workers help pedestrians cross the waterlogged street at Karwan Bazar. Most streets in the capital were flooded after two days of heavy rains

Oct 30: BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia holds a baby as she distributes relief among Rohingyas at a refugee camp in Cox's Bazar's Ukhiya

Oct 31: A candlelight vigil was organised in the Karwan Bazar area in the capital for Utpal Das, a news reporter who went missing on Oct 10, 2018. Fellow journalists and colleagues lit 29 candles to commemorate Das's 29th birthday

Oct 31: Two buses burn on the opposite side of the road at Feni's Mohipal as BNP chief Khaleda Zia's motorcade passed the area

Nov 10: Arsonists set Hindu homes on fire at Thakurpara village in Rangpur following an allegedly blasphemous Facebook post

Nov 20: A Rohingya child at the Balukhali refugee camp in Cox's Bazar

Nov 25: People take part in a colourful procession on Dhaka's Mirpur Road during the official celebration of the UNESCO recognition of Bangabandhu's historic March 7 speech in Dhaka

Nov 30: Police use a 'sound stimulator' to drive off demonstrators from Dhaka's Shahbagh intersection during a half-day general strike called by leftist parties to protest the government's decision to raise the price of electricity

Nov 30: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurates the main construction work on the reactor of Bangladesh's first nuclear power plant in Pabna's Rooppur

Dec 1: Over 100 students of Tejgaon Railway Jamia Islamia Madrasa join an inter-religious conference with Pope Francis at St Mary's Cathedral in Dhaka's Kakrail

Dec 4: Former chairman of BASIC Bank Sheikh Abdul Hye Bachchu arrives at the Anti-Corruption Commission offices for questioning in connection with a Tk 35 billion loan scam at the state-owned bank

Dec 5: A craftsman gives a live demonstration on how to make Sheetal Pati (a traditional mat made of materials from murta plants) at a three-day exhibition at the National Museum at Shahabagh in Dhaka

Dec 6: Humanoid robot Sophia and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina shared a moment on stage at the Digital World technology festival. The two then conversed in English

Dec 12: bdnews24.com Editor-in-Chief Toufique Imrose Khalidi receives a special recognition along with two others – Prof Muhammed Zafar Iqbal (not in the piture) and the late Dhaka North City Mayor Annisul Huq. Nine individuals and organisations were awarded by the government for their contributions to the field of information and communication technology in Bangladesh. The awards were presented at the first National ICT Day event

Dec 18: A scene in front of the Rima Community Centre after a stampede in which 10 people were killed during a funeral rite for former Chittagong Mayor Mohiuddin Chowdhury

Toufique Imrose Khalidi
Editor-in-Chief and Publisher