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  • BNP softens, AL sets conditions

    Hanif asks BNP to cut off ties with Jamaat, withdraw blockade, stop all kinds of attack before any talksAfter the recent move of the diplomats in Dhaka, the BNP apparently seems to have softened its stance while the Awami League is still sticking to its hard-line view over a dialogue with the opposition.

    The United States, the United Kingdom and the European Union last week separately expressed deep shock at the loss of lives and injuries during recent protests and called for an immediate dialogue between the two major
    parties.

  • BNP will talk if poll is on the agenda

    Senior leaders of the BNP warned that a toughening of the government’s stance would be met with an intensified movementAmid international pressure to hold a dialogue, the BNP said it would consider holding talks with the ruling AL provided they offered a meaningful discussion on holding fresh elections, party insiders said.

    “We are calling upon the government to hold an effective dialogue to hold a meaningful election. Stop repression, killing and the open shooting of opposition leaders and activists. Free Khaleda Zia from confinement,” Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, joint secretary general of the party, said at a press release yesterday.

  • UN calls political parties to end violence

    The UN rights body also called on the authorities to ensure prompt, impartial and effective investigation into all killings committedExpressing concerns over the prevailing violent political situation in Bangladesh, the UN Human Rights Commission yesterday called for restraint by all political parties and an end to violence immediately.

    The UN rights body also called on the authorities to ensure prompt, impartial and effective investigation into all killings committed.

  • Day 11 of blockade sees less violence

    Following days of escalating arson attacks and loss of lives, the BNP-led 20-party alliance’s countrywide blockade experienced relatively fewer violent incidents on its eleventh day yesterday.

  • ‘Chhatra Dal activist’ killed in RAB ‘gunfight’

    One person, who the local Chhatra Dal claimed to be one of their leaders, was killed yesterday in an alleged “gunfight” with the Rapid Action Battalion in Chapainawabganj’s Kansat.

    Protesting the death, the BNP-led 20-party alliance has called a 48-hour hartal starting from 6am on Sunday across all districts of Rajshahi division.

    The deceased was Motiur Rahman, son of Montu Ali from Shibganj upazila’s Bajitpur Guhipara village. The RAB claimed that some weapons and crude bombs were also recovered following the incident.

  • IGP: People will be involved to uproot terrorism, anarchy

    Inspector General of Police (IGP) AKM Shahidul Hoque yesterday said all sorts of anarchy and terrorism would be uprooted involving the common people to restore peace and tranquility in the society.

    He said the anti-liberation Jamaat-Shibir forces have become active in Mithapukur and nearby Polashbari and Gobindaganj areas turning these places for carrying out terrorist activities.

  • B Chowdhury: Hold talks with opposition parties to end political crisis

    Bikalpadhara Bangladesh President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday said the government should hold talks with the opposition parties immediately to resolve the political crisis in the country.

    “It is alarming that the crisis has been deepening day by day. There is no way other than hold talks with the opposition parties to resolve this,” he said.

  • Kazi Sarwar Hossain new Bangladesh envoy to Maldives

    The government decided to appoint Rear Admiral Kazi Sarwar Hossain as the new High Commissioner of Bangladesh to the Maldives.

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs unveiled the information at a media release yesterday.

    Rear Admiral Kazi Sarwar Hossain joined Bangladesh Navy in 1980.

    Throughout his distinguished career in Navy, he served in different capacities with reputation.

    Previously Sarwar Hossain served as the Director General of Bangladesh Coast Guard. He also served in the UN Peacekeeping Mission in Ivory Coast.

  • Female varsity student killed in city road crash

    A female student of a private university was crushed under the wheels of a bus in the capital’s Shahjadpur area yesterday night.

    The dead was Jannatul Ferdous Mou, 22, a student of East West University hailing from Sadar upazila of Khulna district. She used to live at a women’s hostel in Merul Badda.

    Inspector Mozammel Haque, in-charge of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) police camp, said Mou suddenly fell off a rickshaw in front of Suvasta Nazar Valley around 8pm on her way to Merul with her friend Jaj Rahman.

  • France cracks down on hate speech, sends aircraft carrier to Mideast

    France cracks down on hate speech, sends aircraft carrier to Mideast

    France ordered prosecutors around the country to crack down on hate speech, anti-Semitism and those glorifying terrorism and announced Wednesday it was sending an aircraft carrier to the Middle East to work more closely with the US-led coalition fighting IS militants.

  • US general: Russia could soon run multiple Ukraine-sized operations

    Russia is working to develop within a few years the capability to threaten several neighbors at once on the scale of its present operation in Ukraine, a senior American general said.

    Lieutenant-General Ben Hodges, commander of US Army forces in Europe, told Reuters an attack on another neighbor does not seem like an immediate threat because Moscow appears to have its hands full in Ukraine
    for now.

  • Protesters clash with Pakistan police near French consulate

    Pakistan police fired tear gas and water cannon at about 200 protesters outside the French consulate in the southern port city of Karachi yesterday when a demonstration against the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo turned violent.

    It was the first time people’s anger over the cartoons lampooning Islam’s Prophet Mohammad spilled into violence in deeply conservative
    Pakistan.

  • Tigers resume training camp today

    Tigers resume training camp today

    Tamim Iqbal is expected to attend the practice sessions today. The opening batsman will undergo light training The Bangladesh cricket team will resume practice today at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium following a two-day break due to strike. Mashrafe bin Mortaza and Co will be training in two sessions at the home of cricket.

    Opener Tamim Iqbal, who returned to the country last Wednesday after a successful surgery and two-week rehabilitation programme in Melbourne, Australia, missed the start of the national camp. The 25-year old left-hander is expected to attend the training sessions today. 

  • BFF wants Maradona in Bangladesh

    BFF wants Maradona in Bangladesh

    The Bangladesh Football Federation yesterday agreed in principle to the proposal of hosting the franchise-based professional football league but provided a clause – bring Argentine legend Diego Maradona in Bangladesh before the mega event.

  • 12 sub-committees formed to oversee Bangabandhu Gold Cup

    Ahead of the Bangabandhu Gold Cup 2015 which is scheduled to kick off on January 29, the Bangladesh Football Federation has decided to form 12 sub-committees, who will be responsible for overseeing the successful hosting of the international competition.

    The decision was taken yesterday in an emergency meeting of the BFF’s executive committee, led by president Kazi Salahuddin.

  • Beginning of the end of Razzak?

    I am hopeful as the national league is starting soon. I would like to perform well and the selectors will decide if I playThings are not going well for veteran spinner Abdur Razzak in recent times. After being overlooked for the Tigers’ 15-man squad for the 2015 ICC World Cup, Razzak has now been excluded from the Bangladesh Cricket Board’s central contracts for this year. A total of 14 cricketers were offered central contracts last Thursday. 

  • Bangladesh face Japan today in opener

    The Bangladesh hockey team will begin their Hockey World League Round 2 campaign today against Japan.

    The Red and Green outfit will then face Mexico a day later before rounding off their Pool B campaign against Poland this Tuesday.

    As part of their preparation for the tournament, Bangladesh played three warm-up matches where they recorded two defeats and a victory. Bangladesh lost their opening practice match against Malaysia Under-21 3-1 before winning the next one against Malaysia U-23 5-1. Bangladesh lost their final warm-up against the Ukraine 2-1.

  • Mir Group reach Bowl final in Corporate Football

    Mir Group reach Bowl final in Corporate Football

    Mir Group powered their way to the Bowl final in the Mir Corporate Football Fiesta, powered by International Turkish Hope School. Mir Group defeated Spell-Bound 3-0 yesterday. Man-of-the-match Shohag scored a hat-trick for the winners. Later, the second semifinal between HSBC and Vizrt went to the tie breakers with the latter narrowly winning 2-1. The score was tied at 1-1 following stipulated time.

    Earlier, Mamun and Yavuj grabbed a brace each for Bando Design and ITHS respectively as the two bug guns
    of the tournament drew 2-2 against each other.

  • Japan edge out Iraq at Asian Cup

    Japan edge out Iraq at Asian Cup

    Keisuke Honda converted a penalty to make amends for hitting the post three times as a wasteful Japan held on to beat Iraq 1-0 in their Asian Cup Group D match on Friday.

    Honda made no mistake with his spot kick, however, sending Iraqi goalkeeper Jalal Hassan the wrong way to score the only goal of the match in the 23rd minute at Lang Park.

  • ‘New BNP leader’ issues ultimatum to Khaleda

    ‘We will lay a siege to Khaleda Zia’s residence with 1700 leaders to force her to resign and an initiative will be taken to revamp Zia’s BNP’Self-proclaimed “real BNP leader” Kamrul Hasan Nasim yesterday issued an ultimatum for Khaleda Zia to step down as BNP chairperson and dissolve all committees by February 2.

    Issuing a note of warning, Nasim, spokesperson of Sahed Obayed’s Gorbo Bangladesh, said if Khaleda Zia does not resign within the time frame they would lay a siege to her residence.

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