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  • Rizvi: Countrywide blockade will continue

    The BNP leader briefed journos after covertly leaving hospitalBNP Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi yesterday said the ongoing countrywide blockade would continue until further notice.

    After leaving Apollo Hospitals on the sly early yesterday morning, he went to an unknown location to avoid police harassment. He was taken to hospital after police picked him up from the Nayapaltan office on Saturday night.

    Messages were sent to some journalists yesterday, asking them to come to a specific place where Rizvi would be explaining why he left the hospital in a covert fashion and would talk about the ongoing agitations. 

  • Where is the BNP blockade headed?

    Where is the BNP blockade headed?

    Despite the BNP’s determination to continue its countrywide rail, road and waterway blockade, senior and mid-ranking leaders were conspicuous by their absenceThe invisibility of BNP leadership during blockade, poor showing of the party’s rank and file in the streets, and the symbolically significant scheduling conundrum centring on the Bishwa Ijtema tomorrow, all beg the question: Where is this movement going?

    Despite the BNP’s determination to continue its countrywide rail, road and waterway blockade, senior and mid-ranking leaders were conspicuous by their absence, not even venturing out to meet party chief Khaleda Zia, who has been confined to her office.

  • Court slaps ban on fugitive Tarique’s speech in media

    The High Court has banned publishing, broadcasting or reproducing speeches and statements of BNP’s Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman in print, electronic and social media as long as he remains absconding.

    The bench of Justice Kazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Justice Abu Taher Md Saifur Rahman passed the order yesterday upon a writ petition filed by a Supreme Court lawyer Nasrin Siddique Lina.

  • BNP leader Rizvi ‘flees’ hospital

    Soon after Rizvi left the hospital unnoticedEvading the eyes of hospital authorities and law enforcers, BNP Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi “fled” from the Apollo Hospitals in Dhaka in the early hours of yesterday.

    Soon after Rizvi left the hospital unnoticed, hospital authorities lodged a general diary (GD) with Bhatara police station accusing the BNP leader of not paying his bills for treatment and a four-day stay there.

  • People opt for trains, face immense suffering

    People opt for trains, face immense suffering

    ‘Most of the trains reaching and leaving the station are overcrowded. The demand for tickets is much higher than any other normal days’People are facing immense suffering in traveling long distances as the roads and waterways connectivity have almost been paralyzed by the BNP-led 20 party alliance enforced blockade in the country. 

    All trains leaving and reaching Dhaka are packed like sardines as passengers are opting for trains with a view to enjoy risk-free travel. 

    During a visit to the Komalapur Railway Station around 3:30pm yesterday, it was found that many people were trying to get on an already-overcrowded train, even on its rooftop risking their lives.

  • Kibria murder accused mayors Ariful and Gaus suspended

    The government has suspended BNP-backed Sylhet City Mayor Ariful Haque Chowdhury who was recently named in the supplementary charge sheet as an accused in the former Awami League Shah AMS Kibria murder case.

    Now in jail upon his surrender on December 30, Arif is the first city corporation mayor to face suspension in the history of Bangladesh.

    The LGRD and Cooperatives Ministry issued the order yesterday with immediate effect. In another order, the government also suspended Habiganj Municipality Mayor GK Gaus.

  • No remand, Fakhrul to be quizzed at jail gate

    ‘The government arrested him to foil the political movement’A Dhaka court yesterday sent BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir to jail in connection with a case filed on charge of provoking party supporters towards vandalism and arson.

    Metropolitan Magistrate Muhammad Tareque Mainul Islam Bhuiyan directed the investigation officer of the case to interrogate the BNP leader, detained on Tuesday, at jail gate within 10 working days.

  • Fast-track projects committee happy with progress

    A government monitoring committee has decided to closely observe the implementation of  the seven fast-track priority projects to ensure transparency in tender processes under 11 modalities.

    Following their third meeting yesterday at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), one of member of the committee told the Dhaka Tribune that they had approved the monitoring modalities in a meeting presided over by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

  • ‘11th national poll on scheduled time’

    All the political parties on the national poll will be held at that time if needed; before that, there is no scope for talksMahbub-ul-Alam Hanif, joint general secretary of ruling Awami League, yesterday said the 11th parliamentary election will be held on schedule in accordance with the constitution.

    He also claimed that talks with all the political parties on the national poll will be held at that time if needed; before that, there is no scope for talks.

    Talking to reporters at the Suhrawardy Udyan, Hanif urged the BNP chief to call off the blockade for the convenience of Ijtema-bound Muslims.

  • ‘BNP seeks India’s intervention’

    Failure of democracy in Bangladesh will push this country towards extremism, says KhanA report emerged in Indian media claiming that Bangladesh's second largest political party BNP has sought New Delhi's intervention to "restore democracy" in the country.

    Times of India carried the story on Wednesday, fourth day of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's confinement to her Gulshan office in Dhaka, quoting BNP’s standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan.

    He was quoted as saying "India as a neighbour and a friendly country should stand by the people of Bangladesh to restore democracy,”

  • Teacher suspended for scorning BCL

    A primary school teacher was arrested and later temporarily suspended from job for allegedly making indecent comment over the ruling party’s student wing, Chhatra League, on social networking site Facebook.

    On Sunday he reportedly put up a Facebook status where he called Chhatra League “kutta league” (league of dogs) and “chhagol league” (league of goats). Following complaints from locals, police arrested Enayet the same night and filed a case against him with Kaliakair police station the next day.

  • Court hears partial deposition

    Court hears partial deposition

    ‘Khaleda is not confined and she is free, but is unwilling to appear before the court to face the trial’A special Dhaka court yesterday recorded partial deposition against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, her eldest son Tarique Rahman and the other accused in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.

    Abu Ahmed Jamadar, the newly appointed judge of Special Judge Court 3, recorded the partial deposition of complainant Harun-or-Rashid, who is also a deputy director of Anti-Corruption Commission, during yesterday’s hearing at a makeshift courtroom in the city’s Bakhshibazar.

  • Titas Gas manager under ACC scanner

    The ACC in a recent regular meeting decided to run the probe against Titas gas Manager Maksudul HasanThe Anti- Corruption Commission (ACC) has decided to launch an investigation into an allegation of  accumulating wealth illegally against an official of the Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Limited, said a source at the ACC. 

    The ACC in a recent regular meeting decided to run the probe against Titas gas Manager Maksudul Hasan, a highly placed ACC official told the Dhaka Tribune on condition of anonymity.

    That official said Maksudul has allegedly accumulated huge assets by abusing his power.

  • Crude bombs exploded outside Sonargaon hotel

    Miscreants have exploded some crude bombs near Pan Pacific Sonargaon Dhaka Hotel in the capital on Wednesday night.

    Witnesses said unidentified miscreants exploded some crude bombs around 9:30pm while a procession of Awami League activists was passing through the area.

    Ramna police station duty officer Shafiul Basar said: "Being informed, we sent a patrol team to the spot. However, we could not capture anyone from the spot. No report of injury or any kind of damage has been filed.”

  • Report reaffirms Syria chemical weapons use

    Witnesses reported hearing helicopters before the attacksAl Jazeera has obtained a leaked copy of a report by a chemical weapons watchdog that offers further evidence about the use of chemical weapons
    in Syria.

    The report by a fact-finding mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which deals with investigating the use of chemical weapons, includes eyewitness accounts of helicopters dropping barrel bombs with toxic chemicals.

    Witnesses reported hearing helicopters before the attacks.

  • Amu: BNP’s movement to save war criminals

    PM Sheikh Hasina had offered several ministries including the Home Ministry to Khelada Zia in the pre-election government in last yearIndustries Minister Amir Hossain Amu has opined that the nationwide violent movement being run by BNP is not for an election, only to thwart the war crimes trial.

  • Syrians largest refugee group after Palestinians

    Syrians have overtaken Afghans as the largest refugee population aside from Palestinians, fleeing to more than 100 countries to escape war in their homeland, the United Nations said yesterday.

    At more than 3 million as of mid-2014, Syrians accounted for nearly one in four of the 13 million refugees worldwide being assisted by the UN refugee agency, the highest figure since 1996, it said in a report. Some 5 million Palestinians refugees are cared for by a separate agency, UNRWA.

  • UK, Greek election anxiety may see Brexit feed Grexit

    British elections in May could arguably have as much impact on euro zone stability as this month’s snap poll in Greece, making for an anxious period of up to six months for European investors.

    Two new themes for 2015 are already in play on financial markets: an echo of the 2011/12 euro crisis via Greek political upheaval and fears that the country might leave the currency union; and UK political risk and what the election there might say about the chances for a referendum on Britain’s European Union membership.

  • Hearing on gas price hike proposals begins Feb 2

    It will also hold a hearing on gas transmission tariffBangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) will begin a four-day public hearing from February 2 on the gas price hike proposals submitted by six state-owned gas distribution companies.

    It will also hold a hearing on gas transmission tariff.

    The hearing will take place at the TCB Bhaban in the capital’s Karwan Bazar.

    Gas Transmission Company Limited (GTCL) has proposed that the BERC raises gas transmission tariff.

  • AirAsia jet tail found underwater, black box may be close

    The tail of a crashed AirAsia jet has been found upturned on the sea bed about 30 km (20 miles) from the plane’s last known location, Indonesia’s search and rescue agency said on Wednesday, indicating the crucial black box recorders may be nearby.

    Flight QZ8501 vanished from radar screens over the northern Java Sea on Dec. 28, less than half-way into a two-hour flight from Indonesia’s second-biggest city of Surabaya to Singapore. There were no survivors among the 162 people on board.

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