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17,000 Rohingyas off updated voters list

In 2010, the EC had prevented at least 50,000 Rohingyas from getting enrolled in the voters list in these three districts where these refugees from Myanmar mostly live. The EC identified the 13 bordering upazilas as “sensitive” and planned detailed scrutiny for updating the voters list to prevent the Rohingya refugees from getting registered as voters. Nearly half a million ... Read More »

Aminbazar Killing Case: Arrest warrant against 36 fugitives

A Dhaka court took into cognizance the charges brought against 60 persons in connection with the much-talked-about killing of six students at capital’s outskirts Aminbazar in Savar in 2011. Senior Judicial Magistrate of Chief Judicial Magistrate’s Court in Dhaka Kazi Shahidul Islam on Wednesday also issued arrest warrants against 36 fugitives in connection of the killing. The court also cancelled ... Read More »

Pak cricketers not to play

He told a news conference at Mirpur Cricket Stadium that the Pakistani cricketers had failed to get clearence from their national board within the deadline set by the Bangladesh Cricket Board. The deadline expired at 10am Wednesday and the organisers said they were ready to let 2nd edition of Bangladesh Premier League go ahead without the Pakistani players. Read More »

Padma Bridge graft case: Ex-Secy Mosharraf suspended

Bridge Division’s former secretary Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan, main accused in Padma Bridge graft case, was suspended finally. The public administration affairs ministry issued a circular to this effect on Wednesday and on December 29 in 2012, he was made OSD. On December 26 last year, Mosharraf Hossain and Superintendent Engineer of Bangladesh Bridge Authority Kazi Mohammad Ferdous were arrested for ... Read More »

Nuke plant funding deal signed

Deputy Finance Minister of Russia Sergey Storchak and Economic Relations Division (ERD) Secretary Abul Kalam Azad have signed an agreement on the Extension of State Export Credit for Financing the Preparatory Stage Work of Nuclear Power Plant in Rooppur in Pabna. Read More »

Padma Bridge project: WB’s final decision by January

World Bank (WB) country director Allen Goldstein stated that WB would give final decision over funding Padma Bridge project by this January. She came up with the observation in reply to the query of journalists after attending a workshop at city’s Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel Tuesday. Over a news report of a newspaper titled “World Bank dissatisfied over Padma Bridge”, ... Read More »

Pakistan in turmoil after PM’s arrest ordered

The move came as a populist cleric, who is believed to be backed by the military, demanded the resignation of the government in protests attended by thousands of followers in the heart of the capital Islamabad. The Supreme Court gave authorities 24 hours to arrest Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and 16 others. Pakistan’s stock exchange fell by nearly three ... Read More »

Fakhrul to stay in jail

Judge Zahurul Haque of Metropolitan Sessions Court rejected the bail petition of the BNP Acting Secretary General in a case filed by the Motijheel police, in which Fakhrul is blamed for bomb explosions during the opposition road blockade. Earlier the day, the same court granted him bail in a case filed by the Sutrapur police for his alleged role in ... Read More »

Zia Charitable Trust graft case: Charges taken into contingence

A Dhaka court on Tuesday took the charges brought against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia into contingence and issued an arrest warrant against her former political secretary Harris Chowdhury. Judge of Metropolitan Sessions Judge Court M Zahirul Haque passed the order after taking depositions from both the prosecution and defense for one hour and 25 minutes in presence of Khaleda. Earlier ... Read More »

Purchasing laptop for MPs uncertain!

The decision of purchasing laptop computers for the Members of Parliament before the next winter session has become uncertain as the laptop supplying organization is not finalized. Parliament Secretariat sources said a decision was taken to buy laptop computers for the lawmakers involving Tk 2.28 crore and the project began in September, 2012. Sources also said it was decided to ... Read More »

Prime Minister reaches the Russian capital on a three day visit

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Vladimirovich Margulov received Hasina at the airport, in presence of. Bangladesh Ambassador to Russia SM Saiful Hoque. The Prime Minister was then driven to the President Hotel in a motorcade amidst full-proof security. She will stay at the hotel throughout the tour. Several MoUs and agreements are expected to be signed during this visit. An ... Read More »

Abul Hossain, Abul Hasan to be sued finally

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has decided to sue former Communication Minister Syed Abul Hossain and former State Minister for Foreign Affairs Abul Hasan on next Monday for their alleged involvement in appointing consultation farm for Padma Bridge Project. Prior to this, the ACC decided to file the case against seven people excluding the accused ministers on Thursday. But, later the ACC ... Read More »

‘Not minus two but plus three’

He said no new conspiracy aimed at removing the chiefs of the two major political parties would be successful now. “Some of the people are saying that another 1/11-like situation may happen (in the country). But I would say that this will not come.” The eminent lawyer was speaking at a discussion organised by the Mukto Chinta Forum, a rights ... Read More »

Khaleda forgets torture of CG govt: Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said the opposition leader might have forgotten the torture and repression of the past caretaker government. “The people of the country people did not forget it. How is Khaleda Zia so sure that the next caretaker government will not send her two sons abroad by giving a good beating,” she said putting question. The ... Read More »

India, BD to sign liberalized visa pact

India and Bangladesh may sign a liberalized visa agreement and extradition treaty later this month when home minister Sushilkumar Shinde visits Dhaka for three-day home minister-level talks between the two countries, beginning on January 28. The new visa agreement, called revised travel arrangements, will remove some restrictions on visit of each other`s businesspersons, senior citizens above 65 years of age ... Read More »

All roads lead to Tongi

Hundreds of thousands of devotees flooded the sandy banks of river Turag on Friday as Biswa Ijtema – the world congregation of Muslims, known as the second-largest annual Islamic gathering after the Hajj – began. This time, the Ijtema is being held in two phases. Tight security arrangements have been made to ensure a smooth passage of the event. Muslims ... Read More »

Cold to bite 2 more days

The third spell of cold wave this winter that swept through the week will last another two days, according to the meteorological department. However, the weatherman said temperature had already started rising all through the country. On Friday morning, the lowest 4 degrees Celsius was recorded at Syedpur, while Dhaka experienced 8 degrees Celsius. On Thursday, Syedpur had recorded 3 ... Read More »

‘Be alert, give us antoher chance’

In a televised address to the nation in the evening marking four years of the Awami League-led coalition government, she asked people to be vigilant about their Constitutional rights and asked the opposition to reject the path of confrontation. “The world is now saying that the present government’s massive development works are taking Bangladesh towards progress. “To achieve our goals, ... Read More »