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Yunus condoles Musa’s death

Nobel Laureate Prof Dr Muhammad Yunus has expressed his deep shock at the death of veteran journalist ABM Musa. In a condolence message, Yunus said a star of journalism of this subcontinent has fallen at his death. Read More »

MPs’ control makes Zila Parishads dysfunctional: TIB

The rigid control over the local government bodies by MPs and the government officials’ unwillingness to ensure people’s participation in power domains has made the Zila Parishads virtually dysfunctional, says TIB. “Although the Zila Parishad is an important local government institution, it could not be made effectively functional due to poor power structure and lack of elected representatives,” the TIB ... Read More »

Agri Varsity expels 6 students after fellow murder

The Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU), Mymensingh, has expelled six students, including three leaders of the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), for their suspected involvement in the killing of a student. The decision was taken at an emergency meeting of the university syndicate on Wednesday, said Registrar Abdul Khaleque. While the three BCL leaders were expelled for good, the others were turned ... Read More »

Veteran journalist ABM Musa passes away

Veteran Journalist ABM Musa is no more. Put on life support on Tuesday he was declared dead early Wednesday afternoon. He was 83. ABM Musa who underwent heart bypass operation over 5 years ago was put on life support at the Labaid Hospital. “He was declared dead around 1.15pm on Wednesday,” said the hospital’s media officer Zahid Hasan. The veteran ... Read More »

Yet another gold haul in Chittagong

Customs officials have seized 53 gold bars from a passenger on transit at Chittagong’s Shah Amanat Airport. The contraband gold was found on Anis Chowdhury, 34 and it weighed more than 6 kgs, said Airport Customs Assistant Commissioner Moshiur Rahman Mondol. Read More »

22 chairman candidates boycott polls in 9 dists

Twenty-two chairman candidates, mostly BNP-backed ones, boycotted the upazila elections in nine districts on Monday on various allegations. In Barguna, all candidates except the Awami League-backed ones, boycotted polls in three upazilas alleging that the supporters of the ruling party candidates obstructed their supporters from casting votes, forced their agents out of some polling centres and also cast fake votes. Read More »

1 killed in Barisal passenger-transport worker clash

One person was killed and eight people were injured in a clash between transport workers and passengers of a picnic bus over a trivial matter in Bakerganj upazila early Friday. The deceased was identified as Jasimuddin Hawladar, 30, the helper of a ‘Shakura Paribahan’ bus and son of Sekandar Hawladar of Ujirpur upazila in Barisal. Read More »

EC denies giving magistracy power to army in upazila polls

The Election Commission on Thursday denied it has given magistracy power to the army deployed to keep order during the on-going upazila elections. It said some media reports on this issue have not been objective. The commission had rather specially directed the armed forces to take instant action for curbing violence during the elections and to make their presence visible ... Read More »

Tangail-8 by-polls Saturday: Curtain falls on electioneering

The curtain falls on Tangail-8 by-election campaign on Thursday midnight, 32 hours before the voting opens. Five candidates — Anupam Shahjahan of the ruling Awami League, Sadek Siddiqui of JP (Manju) and independent Abdul Malek (AL rebel) and Principal Abu Sayeed (AL rebel) and Liaqat Ali — are contesting the by-polls slated for Saturday. The Tangail-8 seat (Basail-Sakhipur) fell vacant ... Read More »

Army chief Gen Bhuiyan meets President

Chief of Army Staff General Iqbal Karim Bhuiyan on Tuesday paid a courtesy call on President Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban. The Army Chief was accompanied by Vice Chancellor of Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP) Major General Sheikh Mamun Khaled. Read More »

56pc voter turnout in 91 upazilas: EC

Some 56.12 per cent of voters exercised their franchise in the fourth phase election on March 23 (Sunday) in 91 upazila parishads of the country’s 43 districts, according to the Election Commission. The highest 81.48 percent votes were cast in Nalchiti upazila of Jhalakati while the lowest 39.89 percent votes in Begumganj of Noakhali district. Read More »

AO of JU testifies in student murder case

Jahangirnagar University (JU) Administrative Officer Mahtab-ud-Zahid testified on Tuesday to Dhaka’s Speedy Trial Tribunal-4 in the case filed for the killing of JU student Zubair Ahmed. Judge ABM Nizamul Haque of the tribunal recorded the depositions of the witness and fixed April 2 to record the depositions of other witnesses. Read More »

EC ‘complains’ about Amu violating code of conduct

The Election Commission has informed the Prime Minister about alleged violation of code of conduct by Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu during the fourth phase of the Upazila Parishad elections. EC Joint Secretary Jesmin Tuli told journalists on Monday of the development. However, she could not say why the EC went to apprise Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of the issue without ... Read More »

10 candidates boycott UZ polls in 5 dists

A total of 10 chairman candidates, mostly backed by BNP, boycotted the upazila elections in Bhola, Barisal, Chittagong, Pirojpur and Jessore districts on Sunday on various allegations. In Bhola, four candidates — BNP-backed Samsuddin Bachchu Chowdhury in Manpura, Zahurul Islam Khushbu in Daulatkhan upazila and Amirul Islam Based in Tajumuddin upazila, and BNP rebel candidate Golam Mostafa Mintu in Tajumuddin ... Read More »

Couple missing in Kaptai Lake

A couple has been missing since a motorised boat sank during a storm in Rangamati’s Kaptai Lake on Wednesday afternoon. Boatman Biton Chakma, however, had a narrow escape. He has been admitted to the Rangamati General Hospital, said Kotwali Police Station’s OC Sohel Imtiaz told journalists. Couple Alamgir Patoari and his wife Irin Sultana Lina, both hailing from Comilla’s Goalgatha, ... Read More »

Prisoner dies in Kashimpur jail

An inmate of the Kashimpur High Security Jail died of cardiac arrest, authorities have claimed. Doctors pronounced Md Jamal Uddin Mridha, 33, dead after he was rushed to a Gazipur hospital on Monday. Jail Superintendent Abdur Razzak said Mridha was suffering from heart ailments for some time. Read More »

SC Bar Association polls end

The voting in the two-day election of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) ended on Thursday afternoon. The voting was held from 10am to 5pm on Wednesday and Thursday with a one-hour break from 1pm every day. Some 3,143 lawyers, out of total 4,055, of the country’s apex court exercised their franchise in the polls conducted by a seven-member panel, ... Read More »

Bogra Sonali Bank burglary: 3 high-ups suspended

Three high officials of Sonali Bank Ltd have been suspended in connection with the looting of Tk 30.80 lakh from its Adamdighi branch in Bogra district. The action was taken against Sonali Bank General Manager (Head Office) Hasan Iqbal, its Rajshahi Divisional GM ATM Afzal Hossain and Bogra regional Deputy GM Abdus Samad for dereliction of duty, GM (Administration) of ... Read More »

SC cancels bail to SP in bribery case

The Supreme Court on Tuesday overrode a High Court order that granted bail to former senior police official who was sentenced to life imprisonment by a lower court in a bribery case filed in 2003. Following an appeal filed by the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC), a five-member bench of the Appellate Division, headed by Chief Justice M Muzzammel Hossain, asked ... Read More »