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  • Politics in 2014: Violence parenthesises peace

    A one-sided election was held on January 5 and BNP,which boycotted the election, was thrown out of parliament for the first time in 23 yearsThe year began with a blockade of the streets. Bangladesh was gripped in a long drawn political unrest with months of general strikes and shutdown. The main opposition BNP was out to foil the elections that the ruling Awami League had planned to hold despite clear indication from the opposition that it would not take part.

  • Rangpur al-Badr leader Azhar to hang

    Rangpur al-Badr leader Azhar to hang

    Tribunal asks government to include Birangonas’ sacrifices in school, college curriculaThe International Crimes Tribunal 1 yesterday sentenced to death war criminal ATM Azharul Islam in its last verdict of the outgoing year on charges of committing genocide and crimes against humanity in Rangpur during the nine-month-long bloody Liberation War of 1971.

    Azhar, currently an assistant secretary general of anti-liberation and communal party Jamaat-e-Islami, was a top leader of its student wing Islami Chhatra Sangha (now Islami Chhatra Shibir) in Rangpur during the war.

  • They raped her and killed the baby in her womb

    They kept her confined there for 18 days and raped and tortured her everydayIn 1971, she was a 17-year-old pregnant mother who was carrying a six-month-old foetus in her womb. Her husband had gone to India for getting trained up to take part in the Liberation War.

    The then al-Badr leader ATM Azharul Islam and three other Pakistani soldiers did not spare her. They chased and then raped her by turn in a house near her in-laws’.

  • Pass rate up, GPA5 down in PSC, JSC

    Pass rate up, GPA5 down in PSC, JSC

    The pass rate for JSC and JDC this time stands at 90.41% which was 89.85% in 2013Junior School Certificate (JSC) and Junior Dakhil Certificate (JDC) examinations witnessed a slight rise in the pass rate while the number of GPA 5 achievers came down.

    The pass rate for JSC and JDC this time stands at 90.41% which was 89.85% in 2013.

    This year the number of GPA 5 – the highest grade-point average – holders in JSC and JDC is 1,56,235 JSC while it was 1,72,208 in 2003.

  • A life lost, a family destroyed

    A life lost, a family destroyed

    The couple with their two sons were on their way to Lakshmipur from Dhaka in a covered van that dayMonday may have been just another hartal day for the people of the country, but for the family of late schoolteacher Shamsun Nahar, it was the day of living nightmare.

    Nahar, who was a teacher at Agargaon Tawhid Laboratory School in the capital, died from severe injuries when pickets hurled brick chunks at her during the hartal. Her husband Shahjahan Siraj, who was with her, was injured as well.

    The couple with their two sons were on their way to Lakshmipur from Dhaka in a covered van that day.

  • Ecnec okays modernization of fire service

    The approval came at a meeting of the Ecnec, with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) yesterday approved a Tk199cr project to upgrade the Fire Service and Civil Defence Department.

    The approval came at a meeting of the Ecnec, with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair, four days after fire service and civil defence rescuers failed to bring four-year old Jihad, trapped in an abandoned well, out alive.

    The rescue effort sparked widespread criticism from the public who watched live coverage of the failed operation on television.

  • Jamaat calls hartal protesting Azhar verdict

    Jamaat’s acting ameer Moqbul Ahmad called the hartal yesterday afternoon Jamaat-e-Islami has called a two-day countrywide shutdown for today and tomorrow, protesting the death penalty to its leader ATM Azharul Islam for war crimes during the 1971 Liberation War.

    Jamaat’s acting ameer Moqbul Ahmad called the hartal yesterday afternoon in a statement issued immediately after the verdict. Jamaat will observe the strike from 6am to 5:30pm today and tomorrow respectively.

  • Khaleda Zia’s press conference today

    BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will hold a press conference today on the current political situation of the country.

    The conference will be held at her Gulshan office at 6:30pm, said a press release signed by Maruf Kamal Khan, press secretary to the BNP chairperson.

    Insiders said the BNP chief might talk about the movement programmes which are going to start in January.

    A senior BNP leader, seeking anonymity, said Khaleda might give an ultimatum to the government.

  • Tofail: BNP cannot face Chhatra League

    ‘The BNP chairperson did not even try to attend her party’s rally in Gazipur. The party called for a hartal on Monday, but they were absent from the field on the day’Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed at an event yesterday said the BNP did not have enough capability to counter Bangladesh Chhatra League’s programmes.

    Speaking at the triennial conference of Awami League’s Brahmanbaria district unit, the minister said: “The BNP chairperson did not even try to attend her party’s rally in Gazipur. The party called for a hartal on Monday, but they were absent from the field on the day.”

  • Myanmar’s Suu Kyi says ‘too early’ to commit to 2015 election

    Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi called on the government on Tuesday to hold a transparent election next year and said her party was waiting for a poll date to be set before deciding whether to run.

    The Nobel laureate said it was “too early” to commit, when asked at a news conference if her party would contest the ballot scheduled for the end of 2015.

  • ‘Grand alliance without BJP will be betrayal of mandate’

    A grand alliance comprising PDP, National Conference and Congress will be a betrayal with the people of Jammu & Kashmir, BJP said on Tuesday.

  • Fakhrul, 42 others sued for arson

    No injuries were reported in the arson attack on the Public Administration Ministry staff bus in the Purana Paltan area of the capital on SundayPolice yesterday sued BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and 42 other BNP-led 20-party alliance leaders for torching a bus of a ministry on the eve of a nationwide alliance hartal.

    No injuries were reported in the arson attack on the Public Administration Ministry staff bus in the Purana Paltan area of the capital on Sunday.

  • AirAsia plane with 159 aboard overshoots Philippine runway

    Crew members launched emergency slides to help passengers disembark from the Airbus A320-200 An AirAsia Zest plane carrying 159 people overshot the runway and got stuck in a muddy field Tuesday at an international airport in the central Philippines after landing from Manila in windy weather, officials said. There were no reports of injuries.

    Crew members launched emergency slides to help passengers disembark from the Airbus A320-200 after it skidded off the runway in the resort town of Kalibo in Aklan province before nightfall, Giovanni Hontomin, who is in charge of AirAsia Zest’s operations, said by phone.

  • JSC, PSC students show lower pass rate than last year

    In terms of GAP-5 scoring, Kotwali thana topped the list with 2104 GPA-5sStudents on percentage have passed less than last year in the Junior School Certificate (JSC) and Primary School Certificate (PSC) examinations under Chittagong Education Board.

    The JSC pass percentage is 84.29 this year against 86.13 percent last year while the PSC pass rate is 97.87 percent against 98.33 percent last year.

    Boys lagged behind girls in terms of performance in the examination since 86.16 percent of the girls and 82.74 percent of the boys passed this year.

  • Malan heroics sinks Abahani

    Prime Bank CC cruised to top of the Dhaka Premier League after registering a comfortable six-wicket win over Kalabagan CA yesterday. Their position was helped by Abahani Limited’s failure to keep up with them after going down against Prime Doleshwar, who joined the Sky Blues in second place with the win. Elsewhere, Mohammedan SC handed Legends of Rupganj a seven-wicket drubbing.

    Prime Bank v Kalabagan CA, Fatullah

  • Nasir-Asif heats up chilly day in DPL

    Nasir-Asif heats up chilly day in DPL

    The verbal war between Nasir and Asif sparked off in the 23rd over of Doleshwar’s inningsThe heated conversation involving Abahani middle-order batsman Nasir Hossain and Prime Doleshwar all-rounder Asif Ahmed during their crucial Super League encounter of the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League in Mirpur yesterday once again displayed one of the ugly sides of the game.

  • Girls do better than boys in Rajshahi board

    Girls do better than boys in Rajshahi board

    23,606 students, including 12,122 girls bagged GPA-5 in the board this year and the previous year’s figure was 20,523, including 10,436 girlsThe Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Rajshahi yesterday published the results of this year’s Junior School Certificate examinations.

    The percentage of pass is 95.32 while the previous year’s figure was 93.88.

    A total of 1,91,130 out of total 2,00,513 appeared students came out successful.

    Of them, 23,606 students, including 12,122 girls bagged GPA-5 in the board this year and the previous year’s figure was 20,523, including 10,436 girls.

  • More pass rate, less GPA 5 in Barisal board

    Last year, a total of 42,710 female students passed in the examinationResults of Junior School Certificate examination 2014 held in 124 centres under the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Barisal was better than previous years with more percentages, but less number of GPA 5 achievers.

    According to the Barisal Education Board (BEB), a total of 94,466 (97.92%) out of 96,468 students passed the JSC examination this year. Of the students, a total of 10,282 got GPA 5 while the number was 10,763 the previous year.

  • An unexpected year of greatness

    Bangladesh Football Federation struggled to maintain the flow of the Bangladesh Premier Football League Frequent opportunities, evocative events and promising achievements recapitulated the last 12 months of Bangladesh football and at the same time produced intensifying hopes for the coming year.

    If the Bangladesh football arena in 2014 is metaphorically compared to a football, then it kicked off without air inside but landed fully-inflated. The calendar indicated that Bangladesh had no international assignments – with the exception of the Incheon Asian Games – yet the federation’s strive and ambition saw the national team play 10 international matches. 

  • The year that was anything but boring

    It has been an eventful 2014 for Bangladesh cricket both on- and off-the-field. Headlines were created, albeit mostly for the wrong reasons.

    With the new year knocking at the door, Dhaka Tribune takes a look back at some of these controversies that took place throughout 2014.

    Concerns over security prior to the Asia Cup and the ICC World Twenty20

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