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  • MPs demand new law to prevent petrol bomb

    Some senior lawmakers also urge the government to hold the SSC examinations on timeLawmakers in parliament yesterday demanded a fresh law with a provision for capital punishment to prevent petrol bomb attack, numerous incidents of which has been seen across the country during the BNP-led 20-party alliance’s transport blockade and hartal.

    “They [the BNP-led alliance] are playing with the lives of the general people in the name of politics. To protect the people we need to go for passing an act with capital punishment,” ruling party lawmaker Dr Hasan Mahmud told parliament during an unscheduled discussion.

  • Khaleda not to be arrested right now

    The decisions came at an emergency meeting of the Awami League Parliamentary PartyThe government will not arrest BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia right now, but it is set on taking tough position against the subversive acts carried out during the ongoing blockade and hartal programmes.

    Also, the joint forces' drives will continue across the country, as well as the mass arrest of BNP-led 20-party alliance activists.

    The decisions came at an emergency meeting of the Awami League Parliamentary Party (ALPP) held at the conference room in Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban last night. The meeting was presided over by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

  • KSA labour market opens after six years

    Saudi Arabia, the biggest labour market for Bangladesh, stopped hiring Bangladeshi workers in 2008Saudi Arabia has officially lifted the ban on recruitment of workers from Bangladesh, thus opening the Bangladeshi labour market in the realm after six years.

    The Saudi Arabian authorities have confirmed that the Royal Court of the country has approved the decision to remove the ban yesterday, according to a Foreign Ministry press release issued.

    A high-level Saudi delegation comprised of representatives from the ministries concerned is expected to visit Bangladesh shortly to have a discussion on formulating the modalities of recruitment, the release added.

  • Over-zealous cop might have cut Khaleda’s power

    Desco restored power apprehending sabotage at power installationsInspired by a senior minister’s speech and instigated by several ruling party leaders, a sub-inspector of the Gulshan police station might have put pressure on Desco staff to disconnect power supply to Khaleda Zia’s office on Saturday, a Dhaka Tribune investigation
    has found.

    Competent sources said the government high command is unlikely to have any connection with the power cut.

    The over-enthusiastic SI from Gulshan police station was a student of the Jahangirnagar University and his home district is Gopalganj.

  • BNP: Hartal, blockade to go on until govt steps down

    BNP demanded immediate restoration of internet, telephone and cable lines in the office of Khaleda ZiaIssuing a note of warning, the BNP yesterday said the ongoing hartal and blockade would continue until the present government steps down.

    BNP joint Secretary Salahuddin Ahmed in a press release said the ongoing movement would continue till the “illegal” government steps down and free and fair election is held.

    The party demanded immediate restoration of internet, telephone and cable lines in the office of party Chairperson Khaleda Zia

  • Two Mirpur plastic factory fire victims still to be identified

    Relatives of eleven fire victims, who died in Saturday’s inferno at a Styrofoam package factory –APCCO Bangladesh Ltd – at  Mirpur 1 in the capital, identified their charred bodies yesterday.

    The remaining two bodies were beyond recognition as they were burnt badly. The Dhaka Medical College authorities have decided to run a DNA test to ascertain their identities.

  • No SSC exam on hartal days

    No SSC exam on hartal days

    The government has decided not to hold Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and equivalent examinations on hartal days and postponed the first exam scheduled for today.

    The Bangla paper I exam has been now scheduled at 9am on Friday.

    Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday announced the decisions made at an emergency meeting at the secretariat.

    Today is the second day of the ongoing 72-hour nationwide general strike enforced by the BNP-led 20-party alliance.

  • Four-tier security, cross patrolling for SSC takers

    The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has decided to apply maximum strength to ensure security at the SSC examination venues in the capital.

    “Initiatives have already been taken to ensure security for the examinees on their way to and from the examination centres. A four-tier security system will be put in place alongside regular arrangements. There will also be a cross-patrolling system,” DMP Commissioner Asaduzzaman Miah said yesterday. 

  • Parts of Gulshan 2 still dead zones

    ‘I failed to connect with my relatives living abroad even after several attempts’Gulshan 2 and the nearby diplomatic area were dead zones yesterday following an order from the country’s telecom regulator to block connectivity to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s office.

    Residents have been enduring a suspension of mobile and wimax services for more than 36 hours.

    All six mobile and three wimax operators blocked their networks early Saturday following a government order aimed at disconnecting the BNP chief’s office.

  • Khaleda’s adviser Falu detained

    Khaleda’s adviser Falu detained

    Police yesterday held Mosaddek Ali Falu, adviser to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.

    The police picked up Falu at 7:55pm as he was coming out from Khaleda’s Gulshan office in Dhaka, Shamsuddin Didar, an official of BNP chief’s press wing, told the Dhaka Tribune.

    Falu, a former lawmaker, was being taken to the Minto Road office of the Detective Branch of police, said Sheikh Nazmul Alam,  DC of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (North Division).

    Additional police have been deployed in front of Khaleda’s office following the arrest. 

  • Dhaka-Tokyo first foreign office consultation Thursday

    The first ever formal foreign secretary-level talks between Bangladesh and Japan will be held this month to discuss bilateral, regional, and international issues which are of interest to both nations.

    “Last year Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina visited Tokyo, and her Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe came to Dhaka. We will review the progress of the decisions taken in those visits,” said a senior Foreign Ministry official.

    Shahidul will meet Japanese Deputy Minister Shinsuke Sugiyama for the foreign office consultation on February 5.

  • Quamrul: Tarique, not Khaleda, steering BNP

    Food Minister Quamrul Islam yesterday said the ongoing movement of BNP was steered by Tarique Rahman and not by party chairperson Khaleda Zia.

    “Although BNP chief Khaleda Zia was elected prime minister of Bangladesh for two terms, it is clear that the ongoing movement is now controlled by Tarique Rahman as his instructions from London are being implemented here,” he said while speaking at a discussion titled “Militancy in politics and responsibilities of the freedom fighters”.

  • Prize bonds worth Tk10, Tk50 obsolete

    Bangladesh Bank has declared prize bonds valued Tk10 and Tk50 obsolete with effect from January 31.

    Subscribers have been asked to encash their bonds from scheduled banks and post offices by February 26, said a circular issued by the central bank yesterday.

  • The world’s problems enter Japan’s psyche, again

    The world’s problems enter Japan’s psyche, again

    The Japanese, who inhabit one of the safest countries in the world, have been brutally reminded that the world is a dangerous place.

    In a shock to a country that can feel insulated from distant geopolitical problems, two of its own have reportedly been killed by Islamic radicals in Syria, the latest apparently beheaded in a video posted online this weekend by militant websites.

  • US working to confirm authenticity of Islamic State video

    The United States is working to confirm the authenticity of an Islamic State video purporting to show the execution of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto, the White House said on Saturday, adding Washington “strongly condemns” the militant group’s actions.

    “We have seen the video purporting to show that Japanese citizen Kenji Goto has been murdered by the terrorist group ISIL,” White House National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said in a statement, using an acronym for the group.

  • Natarajan sat on 350 files that had clearances

    By the time the Congress leadership realised implications of keeping projects pending, it was too lateIssue of green clearance was indeed a major irritant during Jayanthi Natarajan’s tenure (2011-13) as environment minister, not only for private industries but also for public projects and defence infrastructure.

    No one would have probably complained had it been for adhering to green laws and procedures. If one looks at the 350-odd files Natarajan and her office sat over at the time of her resignation in December, 2013, it may be clear that the files mainly related to those projects which had approval of expert appraisal committees.

  • Islamic State admits defeat in Syrian town of Kobani

    The Islamic State group has acknowledged for the first time that its fighters have been defeated in the Syrian town of Kobani and vowed to attack the town again.

    In a video released by the pro-IS Aamaq News Agency late Friday, two fighters said the airstrikes by the US-led coalition were the main reason why IS fighters were forced to withdraw from Kobani. One fighter vowed to defeat the main Kurdish militia in Syria, the People’s Protection Units known as the YPG.

  • Unrest acts as catalyst for security product boom

    With no end in sight to the ongoing spate of political violence, the demand for security products – such as CCTV, metal detecting archways and surveillance devices – are on the rise.

    Traders of security products said their sales numbers had been steadily growing over the last one and a half years, but the recent string of escalated violence had significantly boosted the demand for security products.

  • Blockade death toll tops 40

    The death of Nur-e-Alam, 60, at Dhaka Medical College Hospital yesterday took the blockade violence death toll past 40. The sexagenarian suffered burn injuries in a petrol bomb attack in Jatrabari in the capital on January 23.

    Stray arson and vandalism marked the first day of a 72-hour nationwide hartal called in a press statement by BNP Joint Secretary General Rizvi Ahmed, who was arrested soon after making the call. The hartal began on day 26 of the BNP alliance’s transport blockade.

  • ‘Instigator’ Rizvi remanded

    A Dhaka court yesterday granted police three days to interrogate BNP Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi Ahmed in an arson case.

    Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Md Alamgir Kabir Raj passed the order after Sub-Inspector Md Mosharraf Hossain of Badda police, also investigation officer of the case, produced Rizvi before it seeking 10 days’ remand.

    The case was filed for torching a bus during the BNP-led 20-party blockade on January 26.

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