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  • Who on earth are they?

    Who on earth are they?

    The banners contained indecent write-ups against Lutfur Rahman BadalThe impromptu press conference called by Dhaka Premier League Clubs Association, Cricketers Welfare Association of Bangladesh, Bangladesh Cricket Umpires and Scorers Association and former captains in Mirpur yesterday was supposed to be a regular activity.

    However, once entering the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium premises, one would have been mistaken upon thinking that this is the home of cricket. More than 25 banners were seen hanging from the top and around the stadia. The banners contained indecent write-ups against Lutfur Rahman Badal. 

  • PM hints at DCC polls this winter

    Proposal for extending city administrator’s tenure sent backThe long awaited polls for the bifurcated Dhaka City Corporation are likely to take place early next year, following fresh directives from the prime minister to the authorities concerned.

    During the weekly cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina reportedly asked authorities to arrange elections by this winter for the Dhaka North City Corporation and Dhaka South City Corporation – polls that were originally slated for May 24, 2012.

  • Chhatra League linked to yaba trade in DU

    Seized 1,250 yaba pills from their possessionThe police have found links to Chhatra League leaders’ involvement in yaba trading on the Dhaka University campus, after the police – with help of the DU authorities – arrested seven people yesterday near the university’s Mohsin Hall and seized 1,250 yaba pills from their possession.

  • 13 killers of Bishwajit live above the law

    13 killers of Bishwajit live above the law

    13 out of the 21 convicts – all activists of Jagannath University unit Chhatra League – are active on Facebook and in party forumsThey are active on Facebook and attended party programmes recently. But police claim they have no clue about the fugitives convicted for murdering Bishwajit Das, an innocent tailor.

    Two years have passed since Bishwajit was barbarically killed in front of law enforcers and civilians in Old Dhaka and almost a year since the verdict. But 13 out of the 21 convicts – all activists of Jagannath University unit Chhatra League – are still at large.

  • RMG growth to help Bangladesh get middle-income status

    Political stability, value added chains, education and increased labour productivity have been emphasised as the keys to speeding up the growth of Bangladesh’s apparel sector, which can help the country achieve the middle-income status by 2021.

    Other factors such as improving workers’ living condition, flow of investment, infrastructure development, backward integration, research and training, and human resource development are also equally important to keep the RMG growth trend.

  • Foreign Secretary: Dhaka, Thimpu agree to negotiate free trade agreement

    The Bangladesh side agreed to consider Bhutan’s request for sharing internet redundancyBangladesh and Bhutan have agreed to boost trade and negotiate a free trade agreement (FTA) between the two countries apart from strong collaboration in the power sector, especially hydroelectric power.

    Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque said this at a press conference arranged for the members of the Diplomatic Correspondents Association, Bangladesh (DCAB) at the Foreign Ministry yesterday.

    “Bhutanese side has proposed to negotiate an FTA with Bangladesh…our prime minister has agreed on the proposal,” he said.

  • Prime Minister extends support to ailing artistes

    Sheikh Hasina handed over cheques in the form of family savings certificates amounting to Tk20 lakh to each of the recipients at her official residence GanabhabanPrime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday provided financial support to a number of ailing senior and renowned cultural personalities of the country.

    The recipients are ailing film actor Abdus Samad, popularly known as Tele Samad, film director Shahidul Islam Khokan, film actor Abdus Sattar who acted in colour film Rangin Rupban, and flute player Basudev Das.

    Sheikh Hasina handed over cheques in the form of family savings certificates amounting to Tk20 lakh to each of the recipients at her official residence Ganabhaban.

  • PM donates Tk 6cr to DMCH’s Burn Institute

    PM donates Tk 6cr to DMCH’s Burn Institute

    The prime minister handed over a cheque for the donated money to Project Director of the institute
    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday donated Tk6 crore to the National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery (NIBPS) of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) to procure hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) for critically injured patients.

    The prime minister handed over a cheque for the donated money
    to Project Director of the institute at her official residence Ganobhaban
    on Sunday evening, PM’s Press
    Secretary AKM Shameem Chowdhuri said.

  • California police, protesters clash again

    Police fired gas after being targeted by what they called ‘explosives’Angry crowds hurled objects at police who retaliated in a second night of clashes in northern California following the death of a black man who was put in a chokehold by a New York police officer.

    Police fired gas after being targeted by what they called “explosives.” They moved in to clear roadways as protesters swarmed freeway overpasses at two locations in Berkeley, a Reuters reporter saw.

  • US sanctions aimed at changing power, Russian envoy says

    Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told parliamentary deputies that ties between Moscow and Washington were in a very deep chill A senior Russian diplomat accused the United States on Monday of trying to bring down President Vladimir Putin with the sanctions it has imposed on Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine.

    Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told parliamentary deputies that ties between Moscow and Washington were in a very deep chill and were likely to remain so if the sanctions remained for a long time.

  • Crews battle 2 large fires in Los Angeles

    Crews battle 2 large fires in Los Angeles

    Los Angeles Fire Department said more than 250 firefighters were battling the blaze on MondayCrews are at the scene of two massive fires in Los Angeles, including one downtown that closed down portions of two major freeways and blanketed the area in heavy smoke.

    Los Angeles Fire Department said more than 250 firefighters were battling the blaze on Monday.

    David Ortiz, Los Angeles fire department spokesman, told Al Jazeera the fire had affected thousands of people in the city.

    “It is under control, but it did cause extensive damage to two buildings,” Ortiz said.

  • Modi takes political campaign to Kashmir separatist stronghold

    Modi takes political campaign to Kashmir separatist stronghold

    The BJP has long sought to end Kashmir’s special status under the Indian constitutionIndian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday took his political campaign to the troubled northern state of Jammu and Kashmir, promising jobs and water supplies to win support in a region at the heart of nearly seven decades of hostility with Pakistan.

    Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party is making a bold attempt to win power in a state election under way in Muslim-majority Kashmir and bring it closer to the Indian mainstream, a long-running goal of the right-wing party.

  • Afghan students find inspiration in IS

    IS is not believed to have operations in AfghanistanA quiet student at Kabul University, 25-year-old Abdul Rahim has a dream: to join Islamic State in Syria and fight for the establishment of a global caliphate – a new, alarming form of radicalism in war-weary Afghanistan.

    “When hundreds of foreigners, both men and women, leave their comfortable lives and embrace Daish, then why not us?” he asked, using a word for IS common in the region.

    Although IS is not believed to have operations in Afghanistan, its influence is growing in a country already mired in daily bombings and attacks by Taliban insurgents.

  • Scientists open Egyptian mummy coffin

    Scientists open Egyptian mummy coffin

    Wearing blue surgical gloves, they slowly lifted the contraption containing the coffin lid and carefully walked it to a table in a humidity-controlled lab at the museumOnce the lid was off the wood coffin holding the 2,500-year-old mummified remains of a 14-year-old Egyptian boy, scientist JP Brown could relax.

    The conservator at Chicago’s Field Museum and three other scientists had just used clamps and pieces of metal to create a cradle to lift the fragile lid. Wearing blue surgical gloves, they slowly lifted the contraption containing the coffin lid and carefully walked it to a table in a humidity-controlled lab at the museum.

  • Disgruntled premier league clubs demand Badal ban

    Badal’s has a chequered history with the BCB. It got much worse after Badal made disparaging comments against BCB president Nazmul Hasan and a few board directors recentlyDhaka Premier League Clubs Association (DPLCA), Cricketers Welfare Association of Bangladesh (CWAB) and Bangladesh Cricket Umpires and Scorers Association (BCUSA) demanded to the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday that Lutfur Rahman Badal be banned with immediate effect.

    Badal, owner of Premier League side Legends of Rupganj, has a chequered history with the BCB. It got much worse after Badal made disparaging comments against BCB president Nazmul Hasan and a few board directors recently.

  • I will fight all disputes with cricketing law: Badal

    I will fight all disputes with cricketing law: Badal

    The most burning issue of Bangladesh cricket at the moment is the ongoing dispute between Legends of Rupganj owner Lutfur Rahman Badal and the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB). Recent events are refusing to die down as the issue is snowballing with each passing day.

    In a latest twist to events, BCB officials, under the banner of Dhaka Premier League Clubs Association, Cricketers Welfare Association of Bangladesh and Bangladesh Cricket Umpires and Scorers Association, protested against Badal at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday and asked for him to be banned.

  • F4 driver Tushar flies to India tomorrow

    F4 driver Tushar flies to India tomorrow

    The lone Formula 4 racer of Bangladesh, Mahfujur Rahman Tushar, flies off to New Delhi tomorrow to take part in the final round of the 17th JK Tyre Racing Championship, slated for Sunday at Buddha International Circuit in Noyda. Tushar will represent the Avalance Racing Team.

    Last year, Tushar was among the top 15 racers but in this edition, the young driver wants to finish in the top 10.

  • Titu urges team effort

    Bangladesh’s interim football coach Saiful Bari Titu wants his team to play as a team, as opposed to a few brilliant individuals, when they take on the Japan Under-21 side in an international friendly at Bangabandhu National Stadium on December 18.  

    Titu said this during a press conference at BFF House yesterday as all the 23 members of the preliminary squad, with the exception of captain Mamunul Islam, reported. The team will reside at BFF House hostel and practise at Bangabandhu National Stadium.

  • WARMTH   BECKONS

    WARMTH BECKONS

  • Online registration, MRP must for hajj

    Next year 101,758 to be allowed to make the pilgrimage under two packagesThe cabinet has approved the draft of Hajj Package 2015, which makes it mandatory for prospective pilgrims to register online and have machine readable passports (MRPs) to perform hajj.

    The draft was approved at the weekly cabinet meeting presided over by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the secretariat yesterday.

    A total of 101,758 Bangladeshi pilgrims will be allowed to perform hajj next year, which was 98,000 this year. Only 10,000 of them can go on the pilgrimage under government arrangements.

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