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ICT awards AK Azad death penalty

Many called the verdict historic , as this may be the prelude to similar judgements against other Islamist leaders who sided with Pakistan in 1971 and may be found guilty of involvement and for abetting  “crimes against humanity”. Read More »

Padma bridge case meeting WB terms likely

The Anti-Corruption Commission will file cases on any day next week against persons involved in the corruption conspiracy in the Padma Multipurpose Bridge project, according to highly placed source in the ACC. “The Commission is now thinking about as to how it will deal with the matter under which law,” said the source. Read More »

Laws of military regimes to be retained

The cabinet on Monday on principle approved two proposals for keeping effective the ‘important’ ordinances promulgated during the martial law regimes. Read More »

Biodiversity loss, disease cut incomes

Luís Amorim, Science and Development Network via ENN Tropical countries’ per capita incomes could more than double if they managed to reduce their health burden from vector-borne and parasitic diseases (VBPDs) to that seen in temperate countries, a study has found. Read More »

‘National interest to be ensured’

The Chairman of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), Ghulam Rahman has said that “national interest” will be ensured in its response to the World Bank, which is expected take place within the next 24 hours. Rahman’s comments came after the contents of the latest communication from the WB to the ACC over alleged corruption in the Padma bridge project was published ... Read More »

Communications minister says: Padma fund to be ensured by Feb

Communications Minister Obaidul Quader categorically said fund for Padma Bridge construction would be ensured by February at any cost. He came up with the determination while talking to journalists during a visit at an under-construction bridge on Surma River in the district on Saturday morning. The minister also expressed his hope regarding World Bank funding in the much-talked project. Read More »

‘No local polls before JS vote’

BNP on Saturday objected to holding City Corporation and Upazila Council elections before the parliamentary polls, alleging it was a “plot” the government was trying. Citing media reports, BNP Standing Committee member Tariqul Islam alleged it was a move to “confuse the people and drive their attention towards elections”. “These plots will never see the light of day… They will ... Read More »

Dreamliner crisis: Boeing halts 787 jet delivery

Boeing has suspended deliveries of its new 787 Dreamliner aircraft until a battery problem is resolved. An email from the US aerospace giant said it would continue to build the plane, but not deliver any until US safety officials gave their backing. The Federal Aviation Administration has joined the Dreamliner investigation. All 50 of Boeing`s 787s have been suspended from ... Read More »

Criminal attack injures 10 students in city

At least 10 students were injured as criminals attacked Dhaka Dental College’s hostel in city’s Mirpur area on Friday night. Amongst the injured, seven were admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital in critical condition. College students told banglanews miscreants harassed a female student of the college around 7pm and also beat up two boys for protesting against the deed. Later, ... Read More »

‘Pepper spray instead of baton use’

Talking to the media, he claimed that pepper spray was being used in different countries of the world. The Dhaka city police chief said the use of the spray had no serious impact on human body. Replying to a query, Ahmed said that no expert opinion was taken in this regard due to lack of expertise on pepper spray in ... Read More »

AL leader shot dead in Tangail

A local Awami League leader was shot to death by some unidentified criminals in College Para area on Friday night. The deceased was identified as Faruk Ahmed, 60, Tangail BRDB chairman and Tangail Red Crescent society’s acting chairman. He was also a freedom fighter. Local sources said municipal ward-6 councillor found bullet wounded Faruk in College Para area around 11:30pm. ... Read More »

BNP observes Zia birth anniversary

The party flag was hoisted at the BNP headquarters early in the morning. The leader of the 18-Party Alliance and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia placed a wreath at the grave of her late husband in the capital’s Chandrima Udyan at 11:45am. She then prayed for the salvation of the soul of the deceased leader. Members of the BNP Standing Committee ... Read More »

`I will be remembered`

The World Bank’s Country Director for Bangladesh, Ellen Goldstein on Saturday said she will be ‘remembered’ for the Padma Bridge project, which is currently caught up over alleged graft-related complexities. The outgoing WB official, whose term expires in January this year, acknowledged Bangladesh’s discontent over the failure to launch the much awaited project. She said it was a top priority ... Read More »

Minor raped on Mumbai school bus

A four-year-old nursery student has been raped in a school bus that was taking her home in Mumbai. The suspect is the 35-year-old bus conductor; he has been arrested. The girl, who is from one of Mumbai`s top schools, was sexually assaulted on Tuesday afternoon. Being the last to be dropped home, she was the only student in the bus ... Read More »

Chevron product vessel probe

Chittagong Port Authority has formed a five-member panel to investigate into the unloading of a lightering vessel, laden with Chevron products, at the port without clearance. The port’s sub-keeper Captain Nazmul Haque has been made head of the panel. The lightering vehicle has been kept under watch of the Bangladesh Coast Guard at jetty number 15. The Secretary of the ... Read More »

Zaheer new WB acting country director

Salman Zaheer, cooperation director of the World Bank`s (WB) South Asian Region, has been made new acting country director to Bangladesh. The disclosure came from a WB press release on Saturday. Zaheer, an India citizen, will take up his new assignment from February 1 and continue till the appointment of the next Country Director, due this year. Read More »

BAU closed after 10-year-old dies in BCL battle

Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) in Mymensingh was closed for an indefinite period on Saturday hours after a minor boy was killed in a gunfight between rival factions of the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), the student wing of the ruling Awami League, in the campus. The Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) in Mymensingh was closed for an indefinite period on Saturday hours ... Read More »

Prices of essentials rise further

Anisul Islam Noor The prices of vegetables, ginger, garlic fish, egg and rice increased further in the city’s kitchen markets last week to the dismay of the consumers. The retailers have blamed the wholesalers for increase of price while the wholesalers shift the responsibility on the mill owners, who say that crushing of rice has been largely hampered due to ... Read More »

Bangladeshi bats ‘found to have Ebola antibodies’

Newly published research shows that a percentage of fruit bats in Bangladesh were found to have Ebola virus antibodies, suggesting that they are a reservoir for Ebola or an Ebola-like virus. The study by EcoHealth Alliance, a global, nonprofit organisation dedicated to protecting wildlife and safeguarding human health from the emergence of disease, extends the range of this lethal disease ... Read More »

48 hours in Kathmandu

Ringed by rolling hills, the city has many satellite towns, of which Patan and Bhaktapur are popular with tourists. The area has seven old monuments that are listed by the UNESCO as World Heritage sites, all within less than two hours’ drive. Read More »

Petrol pump owners call strike from Sunday

Petrol pump and tank-lorry owners and workers on Friday have reiterated their plan for an indefinite strike from Jan 20 as the government is yet to concede their eight-point charter of demands, including a hike in commission on sales of fuel oil, within their stipulated deadline. Nazmul Haque, Convener of Bangladesh Petrol Pump Owners and Tank-Lorry Owners-Workers Unity Council, announced ... Read More »

BNP blames govt for inflation

Senior BNP leader Tariqul Islam on Friday blamed the government’s recent decision to hike fuel oil prices as being responsible for the rising inflation in the country and called for a rollback. “The inflation is going up. The World Bank’s report has also said the inflation will rise more because of the government’s decision to hike the fuel oil prices,” ... Read More »

Movement for MPO postponed

Agitating teachers and employees of non-government educational institutions postponed their agitation for three month following assurance from Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid Friday. A 10-member delegation of the agitators sat with Nahid at 3:00 pm at his residence at Mintu Road. Meeting sources said Nahid pleased the teachers of resolving the issue after consultation with the Prime Minister and Finance ... Read More »

Bangladesh second to Sri Lanka

Bangladesh is second in South Asia, just behind Sri Lanka which tops the region in economic growth during 2012, an UN report says. The report “World Economic Situation and Prospects 2013” says that growth in South Asia in 2012 was the slowest in the region in the last ten years – due to inflation, political uncertainity, energy crisis and weakening ... Read More »

‘Russia deals for commission’

The BNP on Friday claimed that the government signed Tk 120 billion credit deals with Russia in a bid to misappropriate public money. The main opposition party also commented that the deals ran contrary to national interest. “The government has unilaterally signed Tk 120 billion credit deals with Russia without any discussion in Parliament,” Standing Committee Member Moudud Ahmed said ... Read More »