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  • BNP’s tenacity shadowed by supporters’ doubts

    While the BNP leadership continues to reiterate their determination of holding a January 5 rally in Dhaka “at any cost,” the party’s field-level activists have said they were still unsure whether their top leaders would join them on the streets on the day.

  • AL man shot dead in Chittagong

    The attackers indiscriminately opened fire at him and fled the sceneAn activist of Awami League (AL) was shot dead by unidentified assailants at Satkania upazila in Chittagong yesterday night.

    Officer-in-Charge of Satkania police station Mohammad Khaled Hossain said about five unidentified people, wearing masks, boarding on a CNG-run auto-rickshaw, attacked on Jamal Uddin, 32, son of Bodi Alam at Fultola Bazar under Kanchana union of the upazila around 7:30pm when he was chatting with some of his friends.

    The attackers indiscriminately opened fire at him and fled the scene. He died on the spot, the OC said.

  • Kamal: No rally if subversion planned

    The alliance has already sought permission from Dhaka Metropolitan Police to hold a rally either at Suhrawardy Udyan or outside the Nayapaltan office, but a reply is still awaitedState Minister for Home Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal yesterday said the BNP-led 20-party alliance would not be permitted to hold any rally on January 5 if there was apprehension that the party’s activists might get involved in subversion.

    Talking to reporters after inaugurating the Hajj and Umrah Fair at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre, he said there was still time to decide whether the permission would be granted.

  • Separate desk for providing MRP to Hajj pilgrims

    MRP has been made mandatory Prospective hajj pilgrims will be able to secure a Machine Readable Passport (MRP) in the shortest time possible as there will be a dedicated desk at the passport offices for them. They will also enjoy an expedited police verification service. 

    Asaduzzaman Khan, the state minister for home affairs, made this disclosure yesterday while inaugurating the four-day Hajj and Umrah Fair organised by Hajj Agencies Association of Bangladesh (HAAB) at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC).

  • The bridge to nowhere

    While the government hopes to inaugurate the much-awaited Padma Multipurpose Bridge by 2018, it is yet to construct a railway from Dhaka to Faridpur that would connect to the bridge.

    The word “multipurpose” in its name refers to the road and railway link it is supposed to offer across the Padma River. An Australian firm has completed a feasibility study of the railway on the bridge but if tracks are not laid from Dhaka to Faridpur, the tracks on the bridge will be of no use.

  • Robberies at gunpoint commonplace in 2014

    Victims lost interest in their cases because the stolen goods will likely never be foundRobberies using firearms were a permanent fixture in 2014 despite police claims that gun crimes had declined, with experts saying improper policing, the sheltering of criminals, and drug addiction were fuelling the crime wave.

    Take the shooting robbery of a private car on December 8. Like a Hollywood action film, muggers riding on seven motorbikes, two per bike, stopped a car belonging to Monadik Enterprise in front of the Proshika building in Mirpur, shot its driver Jahid Hossain, and made off with Tk87 lakh.

  • BCL faction enforces strike on CU

    A faction of Chittagong University (CU) unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League has called an infinite strike on the CU campus from today to press home their six-point demand.

    Their demand include removal of officer-in-charge (OC) of Hathazari Police Station; withdrawal of  “false” cases filed against their leaders and activists over Taposh murder; immediate arrest of the main culprits of the murder, and ensuring securities at CU the dormitories.

  • Man held from Sabujbagh put on four-day remand

    A court yesterday granted police four days to interrogate a man who was arrested along with three firearms and 1,000 bullets from Sabujbagh in the capital.

    Metropolitan Magistrate Nuru Miah passed the order in response to a seven-day plea to interrogate Saifullah Khan.

    The Detective Branch of Police arrested him from the office of the Mobile Servicing Engineers Association of Bangladesh on Thursday.

    DB Sub-Inspector Md Wahidur Rahman filed a case with Sabujbagh police in this connection. 

  • Another Chhatra League man held over SUST violence

    One more Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activist has been held in connection with the organisation’s infighting at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) that left one dead.

    Police picked up Ramim Ibn Jahan, a third year student of Computer Science and Engineering Department and son of Shahjahan of Dhunkipara village in Katiadi upazila of Kishoreganj, from Surma Residential Area in Akhalia of the city early yesterday.

  • BNP hits back at JaPa chief Ershad for remarks on Khaleda

    Ershad claimed Khaleda is now suffering due to the misdeeds she had committed during her stay in officeIn a scathing attack on Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad for making “offensive” remarks against their party Chairperson Khaleda Zia, BNP yesterday branded the former military ruler as a “cruel Razakar”.

    “Another offender has joined the illegal government’s false campaign. He is Ershad who is an expert in telling lies and champion of spreading rumours. This autocrat is making various unguarded remarks in the interest of the illegal Awami League regime,” said BNP Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.

  • Crude bomb hurled at former Sylhet City Corporation mayor’s vehicle

    A crude bomb was hurled targeting the vehicle of former Sylhet City Corporation mayor and city Awami League President Badar Uddin Ahmed Kamran at Pathantula here yesterday afternoon.

    However, he escaped the attack unhurt as the bomb missed his vehicle narrowly and instead it exploded on the street.

    Kamran said a group of several youths threw the bomb at his vehicle at Pathantula Point on his way to Ambarkhana after attending a marriage ceremony at a community centre.

  • Burnt-out ferry towed to Italy

    The fire broke out on one of the lower garage levels and left the vessel drifting without power in stormy seasTug boats hauled the burnt-out hulk of the ferry that caught fire on Sunday off the coast of Greece to a southern Italian port yesterday, opening the way for an investigation into the cause of the blaze that killed at least 11 people.

    Listing visibly to starboard, the Norman Atlantic multi-deck car-and-truck ferry was held outside the port of Brindisi as officials decided where it should be moored.

  • Doctor declared Ebola-free in Rome

    Doctor declared Ebola-free in Rome

    An Italian doctor who contracted Ebola in November while working in Sierra Leone has been declared cured and been discharged from a Rome hospital.

    Fabrizio Pulvirenti said at Spallanzani hospital yesterday that while he was gravely ill, he tried to mentally analyse his symptoms as a way to keep himself sharp.

    The doctor, who worked with the Italy-based Emergency aid group, was given the same experimental drugs used in the US and other European countries to treat people infected with the virus, according to officials at the hospital.

  • Officials: Libya extinguishes fire at biggest oil terminal

    Libya has extinguished a fire at oil storage tanks at the country’s biggest oil port, Es Sider, that had been raging for a week, officials said yesterday.

    Es Sider and its adjacent Ras Lanuf terminal have been closed since a group allied to a rival government in Tripoli moved three weeks ago to try and take them, part of a struggle between former rebels who helped topple Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 but are now fighting for power and a share of oil reserves.

    A week ago, a rocket hit Es Sider’s storage area, setting it on fire.

  • Rescue teams battling monsoon rains

    After nearly a week of searching for the victims of AirAsia Flight 8501, rescue teams battling monsoon rains had their most successful day yet yesterday, more than tripling
    the number of bodies pulled from the Java Sea so far. An Indonesian navy official said some of the dead were still strapped to
    their seats.

    Of the 30 corpses recovered in total, 22 were found yesterday, many of them by a US Navy ship, according to officials.

  • Probe bodies miss report submission deadlines

    ‘It is nothing but the negligence of police which is delaying the investigation. I fear that the accused might never be arrested’The authorities concerned are dawdling in investigating the death of Shahjahanpur Railway Colony boy Jihad as the probe bodies have missed deadlines for submitting reports.

    The Railways Ministry and Bangladesh Railway formed two separate probe committees after the four-year-old boy accidentally fell into a 500-foot abandoned pipe while playing with his playmates on December 26 last year. Some volunteers lifted out his body almost 23 hours later when the rescue operation was officially called off.

  • BNP: Journey to democracy from January 5

    The 10th national election was held on January 5, 2013 with the BNP-led alliances boycotting itBNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s adviser Khandakar Mahbub Hossain said a new journey to restore the democracy in the country would start from January 5.

    He said: “This January 5 will be different from the one in previous year as a new journey to restore democracy will commence on the day.”

    He made the statement while addressing a discussion programme at the National Press Club yesterday.

  • Heightened awareness needed to halt human trafficking

    The ‘Prevention of Women and Child Repression Act-2003’ says traffickers were liable to be punished by death. The minimum punishment is 10 years Rigorous Imprisonment (RI)Amina was studying in class IX with financial assistance from the government. The oldest among four sisters and brothers she could felt her parent’s hardship, acutely. Therefore, she wanted to do something to reduce the burden of her day laborer father’s household. But she was unable to find anything. Her mother used to sew mats but income was very meager.

  • BFF in dilemma over start date

    Bangladesh Football Federation’s long aspired Bangabandhu Gold Cup International Football is all set to defer once again as the fate of the proposed six-team event is likely to be decided at the Extra Ordinary Congress of the Asian Football Confederation on January 9.

  • Abahani perish as Primes set final showdown

    Abahani perish as Primes set final showdown

    Nasir and Maruf smash hundreds in contrasting results, Farhad Reza stars for table toppers Prime Bank A combined effort from Kalabagan CA’s Sabbir Rahman and Mahmudul Hasan overshadowed Nasir Hossain’s hundred and pushed Abahani Limited out of the Dhaka Premier League title race while Prime Bank CC and Prime Doleshwar claimed crucial wins to take the excitement to the last day of the league.

    A scintillating century from Mehedi Maruf not only ensured an easy eight-wicket win for Doleshwar against Legends of Rupganj, but also increased their net run-rate which might eventually decide the league winners tomorrow.

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