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Knife attack at Japan bus stop wounds 19, kills at least 1

Tokyo, May 28 (AP/UNB) — A man swinging a knife attacked commuters waiting at a crowded bus stop just outside Tokyo during Tuesday morning’s rush hour, wounding at least 19 people, including 13 children, Japanese authorities said. Media reports said that two people were killed, though the local fire department reported one death. The victims were lined up at a ... Read More »

Charge sheet against actress Nawshaba in ICT Act case

Dhaka, May 27 – A charge sheet was issued on Monday against actress Kazi Nawshaba Ahmed in a case filed against her under the Information and Communication Technology Act. Police Inspector Shawkat Ali Sarker of the Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime, who is also the Investigation Officer of the case submitted the charge sheet to the court while the court fixed ... Read More »

Khaleda’s writ against makeshift court- ACC to be party: HC

Dhaka, May 27 – The High Court yesterday allowed the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to become a party in the writ petition filed by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia challenging the legality of the government’s move to shift her trial in the Niko graft case to the Central Jail in Keraniganj from the now-defunct jailhouse in Old Dhaka. In response to a ... Read More »

IS owns Sunday’s bomb attack injuring 2 including woman cop

Dhaka, May 27 – Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for Sunday’s attack on police members that injured two people, according to a twitter post by global terrorism monitoring network SITE Intelligence. In a Twitter message of the ‘Site Intel Group’, the monitor wrote: “IS Claims Bombing Bangladeshi Police Vehicle in Dhaka.” Bangladesh Police, however, said they are still not ... Read More »

Arrest warrant against ex-Sonagazi OC in Nushrat murder case

Dhaka, May 27 – A Dhaka court yesterday issued an arrest warrant against Moazzem Hossain, the former Sonagazi officer-in-charge (OC), for spreading a video of murdered Feni madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi on social media. Dhaka Cyber Tribunal Judge Ash-Shams Jaglul Hussein passed the order following a report submitted by the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) before the court seeking ... Read More »

Speedy trial law to remain valid until 2024, Bill approved

Dhaka, May 27 (UNB) – The Cabinet on Monday approved the draft of the Law and Order Disruption (Speedy Trial) (Amendment) Bill, 2019 for extending its validity till 2024. The approval came at the Cabinet meeting held here with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. “The duration of the Law and Order Disruption (Speedy Trial) Act, 2002 expired in ... Read More »

PM urges people’s representatives to win their trust

Dhaka, May 27 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday asked the public representatives to win the hearts of people as well as attain their trust and confidence to have the opportunity to serve them repeatedly. “You’re the public representatives as people cast their votes. You have to win their trust and confidence…you’ve responsibilities and duties to them,” she ... Read More »

Eight establishments fined Tk 83,000 in Rajshahi

Eight business establishments including a food factory were fined Tk 83,000 here yesterday on charges of manufacturing, possessing and selling of consumer products. A team of Department of National Consumer Rights Protection (DNCRP) realised fine conducting raids in different shopping malls and market places in the city yesterday afternoon, Syed Mustaque Hassan, Deputy Director ofDNCRP here said yesterday. The team ... Read More »

Europe-wide vote fragments centre as far right, Greens gain

Brussels, May 27 (AP/UNB) — The European Union’s traditional center splintered in the hardest-fought European Parliament elections in decades, with the far right and pro-environment Greens gaining ground on Sunday after four days of a polarized vote. Turnout was at a two-decade high over the balloting across the 28 European Union countries. The elections were seen as a test of ... Read More »

Case filed for newborn murder by throwing from 4th floor

Dhaka, May 25 – A murder case was filed on yesterday in connection with the death of a newborn in the city’s Mirpur area on Saturday. The newborn girl was found dead in Rupnagar residential area, after reportedly being thrown from the ventilator of a washroom on the fourth floor of a building on road-10 around 11:30am on Saturday. The ... Read More »

Khaleda challenges new makeshift court in Keraniganj

Dhaka, May 26 – BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has filed a petition challenging the legality of the government’s move to shift trial against her in the Niko graft case to the central jail in Keraniganj from the now defunct jailhouse in Old Dhaka. Barrister Kayser Kamal, counsel for the BNP chief, filed the petition with the related branch of the ... Read More »

Woman cop, rickshaw-puller hurt in Dhaka crude bomb blast

Dhaka, May 26 – Two people, including a female traffic police officer, were injured in a crude bomb explosion in the city’s Malibagh area on Sunday night. The injured are Rasheda Akhter Lovely, 28, an assistant sub-inspector of traffic police, and Lal Miah, 50, a rickshaw-puller. Traffic sergeant Enamul Haque said miscreants threw a crude bomb at Malibagh crossing around ... Read More »

Over 1,000 journos demand Khaleda’s release before eid

Dhaka, May 26 (UNB) – Over a thousand pro-BNP journalists on Sunday demanded the release of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail before the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr. “We urge the government to immediately free the three-time elected former Prime Minister and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia. We demand the government ensure the end of her incarceration before the forthcoming Eid-ul-Fitr,” said a ... Read More »

‘Standards of Weights and Measures Bill’ placed in JS

Dhaka, Sept 12 (UNB) – The ‘Standards of Weights and Measures Bill, 2018’, was placed in Parliament on Wednesday, aiming to achieve international standard in maintaining weight and measurement of products. Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu placed the Bill and it was sent to the respective Parliamentary Standing Committee for further scrutiny. The Committee was asked to submit its report ... Read More »

BD Schoolgirl beaten with hammer for refusing love proposal

Narail, May 25 (UNB) – A Class-VIII girl was beaten with a hammer by two youths at Jhamarghop village in Lohagara upazila on Saturday reportedly for refusing a love proposal. The victim is Suborna, daughter of Liakat Mollah of the village and a student of Hazi Mozammel Swarani High School. Police arrested one of the ‘perpetrators’, Kabul Jomaddar, 21, son ... Read More »

Learn from India how to hold unquestionable election: BNP

Dhaka, May 25 (UNB) – BNP senior leader Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain on Saturday urged the government, the Election Commission and the ruling Awami League to take lessons from India’s Lok Sabha elections. “People in India could cast their ballots in favour of the party of their choice in the Lok Sabha elections. I would like to urge the Bangladesh government, ... Read More »

Don’t want to continue as CM, Mamata of West Bengal tells party

Kolkata, May 25(UNB) – Mamata Banerjee, addressing her first press conference after her party’s national election setback in Bengal, said she did not want to continue as Chief Minister and had told her Trinamool Congress that, acoording to NDTV. “I have told my party, for six months I have been unable to work. I was a powerless Chief Minister. I ... Read More »

Four Bangladeshis arrested in Libya on charge of abduction

Dhaka, May 24 (UNB) – Libyan police on Friday arrested four Bangladesh nationals from Tajoura district of Libyan capital of Tripoli for their alleged involvement in abducting five Bangladeshi migrants, says an official. Talking to UNB, ASM Ashraful Islam, labour counsellor of Bangladesh Embassy to Libya, said the arrestees demanded a ransom of $32,500 for their release. “We’re still trying ... Read More »

UN honours 12 fallen peacekeepers from Bangladesh

Dhaka, May 25 (UNB) – The United Nations (UN) has honoured 12 fallen peacekeepers from Bangladesh who lost their lives on duty in 2018 in various parts of the world to ensure global peace under the aegis of the UN peace operations. The UN awarded ‘Dag Hammarskjold Medal’ to 119 fallen peacekeepers from 27 member states to honour their supreme ... Read More »

NDA’s second term: What it means for India’s environment?

by Mayank Aggarwal • Since 2014, the National Democratic Alliance government has carried out a series of changes in India’s environmental laws aiming to simplify them and promote ease of business. Many of such changes were marred by controversies as well. • As the NDA government returns to power with a mandate bigger than 2014, activists fear dilutions of the ... Read More »

India’s ruling party takes 303 of 542 seats in election win

New Delhi, May 25 (AP/UNB) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with leaders of his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday following his thunderous victory in national elections. Modi met with his outgoing Cabinet ministers and later presented his resignation along with theirs to President Ram Nath Kovind. The president asked the officials to continue to serve until ... Read More »

The world made promise to women, Girls; we must fulfill them

By Monica Juma NAIROBI, Kenya, May 24 2019 (IPS) – In 1994 the International Conference and Population and Development (ICPD) was hosted in Cairo by the Government of Egypt. Twenty-five years later, Kenya is ready to convene the ICPD “Nairobi Summit” in November 2019. The Programme of Action endorsed and adopted at the historic Conference in Cairo has had a ... Read More »

38 held over primary teacher recruitment question paper leak

Dhaka, May 24 – Thirty-eight people were detained on Friday in Satkhira, Pabna and Laxmipur for their alleged involvement in leaking question paper of primary teacher recruitment test. In Satkhira, Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) detained 29 suspected members of a gang from Kalaroa Upazila in the morning. A Rab-6 team raided Sonali Super Market where candidates gathered on Thursday night ... Read More »

Maradona arrested at home over ex-girlfriend’s lawsuit

Dhaka, May 24 (UNB)- Diego Maradona, an Argentinian football legend now training the Mexican club Dorados de Sinaloa, was detained at a Buenos Aires airport after his ex-girlfriend Rocio Oliva sued him for a $6.3 million pay-out, reports The Nation.  It is believed that Oliva, who had dated Maradona for six years before they broke up last December, has filed ... Read More »

Let’s work for peace- Pak PM. Peace my primacy- India PM

Dhaka, May 24, – Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday congratulated his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi after the BJP swept the national election in trends released by the Election Commission, reports NDTV. “I congratulate Prime Minister Modi on the electoral victory of BJP and allies. Look forward to working with him for peace, progress and prosperity in South Asia,” ... Read More »

It’s time for feminism at the European elections

by Carmen Calvo, Helena Dalli and Franziska Giffey As the polls open for the European Parliament elections, three gender-equality ministers and state secretaries put feminism at the top of the electoral agenda. The European election campaign has been in full swing. A lot is at stake—not just the composition of the European Parliament, but the soul of Europe. Socialists and ... Read More »

Modi surges to victory in India on Hindu-first platform

New Delhi, May 24 (AP/UNB) — Narendra Modi, India’s charismatic but polarizing prime minister, was headed Friday for a landslide election victory, propelling his Hindu nationalist party to back-to-back majorities in parliament for the first time in decades. With most of the votes counted, Modi’s stunning re-election mirrored a global trend of right-wing populists sweeping to victory, from the United ... Read More »

Welfare gap: Scraping together pennies for a loaf of bread

Welfare changes made by the UK government over the past decade have led to thousands of poor families in England not having enough food. Parents report skipping meals and living off tea so their children can eat, and teachers talk of pupils arriving at school too hungry to learn. Why are people in a country with the world’s fifth largest ... Read More »

India’s Modi paints image of Hindu ascetic called to power

New Delhi, May 24 (AP/UNB) — The man in the saffron robe sat cross-legged with his eyes closed, back to the wall of a cave framed by the Himalayas. This was India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s latest production, traveling to a remote mountain temple with a preferred TV news crew to show the world India’s leader meditating days before the ... Read More »

Rahul Gandhi Concedes Defeat In Amethi, welcomes Irani

Dhaka, May 23 (UNB)- Rahul Gandhi, president of the Congress party, congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi this evening for his spectacular re-election and asked him to “take care of the interests of the country”; the 48-year-old also conceded defeat in Amethi, asking political opponent and BJP leader Smriti Irani to “nurture with love” the constituency that has been his family ... Read More »