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BNP blames prosecution

The BNP says the ongoing trials at the two war crimes tribunals of Bangladesh were not being conducted properly and blamed the failure to get desired verdicts on ‘inefficient prosecutors’. Read More »

Anti-terror tribunal ‘soon’

The government will set up an Anti-Terror Special Tribunal to try top terrorists and members of the Islamist militant outfits, the Law Minister told Parliament on Wednesday. Shafique Ahmed made the disclosure in response to a supplementary query of Treasury Bench member Shamsul Haque Chowdhury during the question-answer session. Read More »

Nipah stalks new dist, 1 more dies

The bat-borne nipah virus continues to kill people in Bangladesh as it spreads to newer areas this year. Its latest prey turned out to be an 11-month-old baby in Chittagong, where it struck for the first time since its presence in Bangladesh starting 2001. Dr M Mushtuq Husain, Principal Scientific Officer of the government’s disease monitoring arm Institute of Epidemiology, ... Read More »

Injured BCL man dies: Hartal again in Tangail

The district Chhatra League called a half-day hartal for Wednesday in Tangail municipality area in protest against killing of Abdul Kader Bapon, the organizing secretary of district Chhatra League. Injured Bapon, who received serious injury during hartal hours on January 20, succumbed to his injuries at Anam Medical College Hospital of Savar on Tuesday afternoon while he was undergoing treatment. Read More »

Govt to ban Jamaat on ‘consensus’

A national consensus may set off the government to ban Jamaat-e-Islami and its student front Islami Chhatra Shibir from politics, an Awami League leader said on Tuesday. Joint General Secretary Mahbub-Ul Alam Hanif’s comment on the widely discussed topic that the political parties accused of war crimes during 1971 should be banned came during a press conference at his party ... Read More »

Work on to end border killings: Shinde

Shushil Kumar Shinde Indian minister for Home affairs told Foreign Minister Dipu Moni at the latter’s office on the last day of his two-day visit that they were working to end border killings. The two countries on Monday signed extradition treaty to facilitate transfer of criminals and terrorists, and the Revised Travel Arrangement (RTA) to liberalise visa regime. Read More »

BNP won’t allow stage-managed polls

A senior BNP leader on Monday said his party would resist any government move to manipulate the next general election from behind the scenes keeping the opposition away. The statement is a response to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s remarks of Sunday that ‘it is not important who are taking part in the polls and who are not’. Read More »

‘President’s call useless’

he chief opposition party’s MP Moudud Ahmed said the call bore no value. “It’s not consistent with the reality. That’s why we cannot respond to the President’s call.” Zillur made the call during his opening speech at the 16th session of ninth parliament which began on Sunday afternoon. The BNP, however, preferred not to join the session in keeping with ... Read More »

Bangladeshi named for ‘Padma Shri’

India has named a Bangladeshi citizen for one of its highest civilian awards ‘Padma Shri’ on the occasion of its 64th Republic Day, being celebrated Saturday. According to the Indian High Commission in Dhaka, Jharna Dhara Chowdhury, Secretary of the Gandhi Ashram Trust in Noakhali, is possibly the first Bangladeshi citizen to be named for the award. She has been ... Read More »

‘Nation not headed to anarchy’

Home Minister Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir on Saturday rejected the BNP charge that the Awami League-led grand alliance government is leading the country towards instability and political confrontation. “A stable situation and peace is prevailing in the country. Instead, it’s the BNP that is out to push the country towards instability,” he told reporters after a conference of the Kachua upazila ... Read More »

Padma Bridge project: Construction begins by Oct 25: Obaidul

Communications Minister Obaidul Quader on Saturday categorically said construction work of the much-talked-about Padma Bridge would begin by October 25. The communications minister came up with the disclosure while visiting Gorai-Shakhipur road in the district on Saturday. He said, “If World Bank disagrees to provide fund by January, it will be clear in February about who is funding the project.” ... Read More »

5,048MW more power by 2016: PM

Another 5,048 megawatts of electricity will be added to the national grid by 2016, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said on Saturday. Inaugurating the 54th Convention of Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB) on the IEB Chittagong Centre premises, Hasina, also President of the ruling Awami League, said that the country’s total power generation capacity was only 1,700 MW when her party ... Read More »

No mercy for AL ‘war criminals’

Two senior Awami League leaders said on Friday no suspected war criminals, even those from their party, will escape trial. Advisory Council Member Yusuf Hossain Humayun and Presidium Member Satish Chandra Roy made similar statements as they talked to journalists after attending a discussion on what should be the government’s role in foiling the opposition’s ‘attempt to stop war crimes ... Read More »

Bachchu to be brought back: Dipu

Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni categorically said that convicted Abul Kalam Azad alias Bachchu Rajakar would be brought back. “Bachchu Rajakar will be brought back through diplomatic way after tracing wherever he is hiding,” she added. The minister came up with the observation while talking to journalists in Chandpur Friday. Ruling out any international pressure for verdict in war crimes ... Read More »

Politics now a business: Sultana Kamal

Advocate Sultana Kamal categorically said now-a-days politics has become a profession and business. “We should leave everything to done by politicians and we all should lead the country forward being motivated with spirit of 1971,” she added. She came up with the observation while addressing a discussion in Sunamganj Friday. Earlier Sultana Kamal said, “Both political parties are eager to ... Read More »

Yunus destroying GB: Muhith

Finance Minister AMA Muhith on Wednesday said Nobel Laureate Dr Muhammad Yunus is trying to destroy the Grameen Bank (GB). “Dr Yunus established the Grameen Bank and he is trying to destroy the bank himself,” he said. The finance minister came up with the allegation while talking to journalists at his secretariat office in the city in the evening. The ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »