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  • Khaleda key accused in blast case

    Khaleda key accused in blast case

    Khaleda named in a case filed over a crude bomb attack on shipping minister’s rallyBNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has been named the prime accused in a case filed over a crude bomb attack on a street rally Monday led by Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan in the capital’s up-market Gulshan neighbourhood.

    Although Khaleda has been tagged in two other violence-related cases over the last month, she had previously only been named an abettor.

    This is the first time that Khaleda has been named a prime accused in a violence-related case.

  • VIP cells at Kashimpur jail’s female section getting a facelift

    The two-storey buildings get new paint, furniture and repaired utility connectionsFor about a week now, the authorities at the Kashimpur high security jail in Gazipur are renovating and repairing the two VIP buildings in the female section of the prison.

    These two special blocks – Rajanigandha 1 and Rajanigandha 2 – each comprising six rooms are generally used for housing high profile political prisoners.

    Although authorities said it was just routine work, the matter has been fuelling a rumour that BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, who has been holed up in her Gulshan office for a month and a half, might be arrested at any time.

  • Bernicat eager to work with government opposition

    Bernicat eager to work with government opposition

    ‘The US views on Bangladesh election are well known’The newly appointed US Ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat has set her tone to improve the bilateral relation between Dhaka and Washington, DC.

    She said both President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry had given her a guideline to do everything in her power to help strengthen, broaden and deepen the bilateral relationship between the two countries.

    “I pledged to you that I would do that,” she said yesterday at her first press conference in Bangladesh, at the American Club in the capital.

  • Bangladesh brace for Afghan challenge

    Bangladesh will begin their 2015 ICC World Cup campaign today against Afghanistan at Manuka Oval in Canberra. Star Sports 1 will transmit the Pool A game live from 9:30am.

    The Tigers will be desperate for a winning start although it will be anything but easy against the dangerous Associate side. The two sides have met each other only once before with the Afghans beating their illustrious opponents by 32 runs in the 2014 Asia Cup in Fatullah.

  • Subhan’s war crimes case verdict today

    The war crimes tribunal is set to pronounce its verdict today in the case against Maulana Abdus Subhan, a senior leader of Jamaat-e-Islami, more than two months after the case proceedings ended.

    Subhan was made accused in 1972 by a special tribunal for collaborating with the Pakistani occupation forces and summoned. But he had already fled to Pakistan with former Jamaat chief Ghulam Azam, according to the prosecution.

    The three-member International Crimes Tribunal 2, led by its Chairman Justice Obaidul Hasan, yesterday fixed the date.

  • Bangladesh’s self-esteem at stake

    The last thing a Bangladeshi fan needed was a demoralizing statement from the leader of the pack after the team went down to lowly rated Ireland in a warm up match. Whenever a captain publicly expresses his dissatisfaction over the lackadaisical attitude of some of his players, it is an indication that all is not well in the camp.

    The team’s think tank on the tour could have easily spun this feeling of dejection and presented it to the public in a much more positive manner.

  • Death toll now at 73

    After six days another petrol bomb victim died at the Burn and Plastic Surgery unit of Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) yesterday.

    The death toll in political violence since January 5 now stands at 73.

    The victim Idris,18, died in the afternoon with 30% burn injuries in his face, chest and two hands, confirmed Mrinal Chowdhury, a doctor of the burn unit. Idris was from Pekua upazila, Cox’s Bazar.

  • Amu: Law and order in country normal

    Industries Minister and Cabinet Committee on Law and Order President Amir Hossain Amu has claimed the law and order situation in Bangladesh is now normal, adding that the government is also satisfied with the present atmosphere.

    He said: “The law and order situation in the country is now normal, as law enforcers managed to stop the further deterioration of the situation.”

    “Although criminal activities are still being conducted in some places, the government is satisfied with the present law and order situation,” Amu added.

  • 14 parties: Dialogue initiators want to save killers

    The Awami League-led 14-party alliance has said those who continue asking the government to sit with the BNP-Jamaat alliance for a dialogue are trying to protect terrorists and militants.

    The 14-party leaders made the statements at a press conference following a discussion with notable personalities of different professions at Awami League’s politicsit in al office in the capital’s Dhanmondi area yesterday.

  • US-Norway deep sea oil, gas hunt awaits approval

    A proposal to sign on a joint venture of US-based ConocoPhillips and Norwegian Statoil ASA to carry out oil and gas exploration will go before a cabinet committee today.

    The Energy and Mineral Resources Division (EMRD) will place the proposal to contract the joint venture to explore three deep-sea blocks in the Bay of Bengal before a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs to get approval to sign production sharing contracts (PSCs) with the international oil companies.

  • Hasina: Stand up against BNP and Jamaat’s terrorism

    I ask those, who requested the government to sit with BNP-Jamaat alliance, to tell the BNP leader to stop burning and killing peoplePrime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged all to be united against mindless violence unleashed by the BNP-led 20-party alliance.

    “I urge all conscious people, especially those who believe in the country’s Liberation War and independence, to get united against BNP-Jamaat’s terrorism and militant acts.”

    The premier was speaking at an exhibition on countrywide violence at the National Museum in the capital.

  • EC: Logistic preparations done for split DCC polls

    The Election Commission has already taken the necessary logistic preparations to hold the long-overdue elections for the bifurcated Dhaka City Corporation, which have remained pending due to complications over demarcation.

    “It is a big election. There are over four million voters in the two city corporations. So, we need to take better and greater logistic preparations, and we have already taken it,” said Election Commission Secretary Sirajul Islam.

  • Govt to take up new plan for environmental developments

    The government plans to take up the Country Investment Plan (CIP) for environmental, forestry and climate change sectors in order to initiate development measures in an integrated way for the best output, Dr Kamal Uddin Ahmed, secretary in-charge of the Ministry of Environment and Forest, said yesterday.

    “The country has many policies on the issue but the enforcing agencies often feel there lies gap in their implementation,” he said, adding that introducing an integration plan such as CIP could address these gaps.

  • Khaleda in defamation suit for calling AL atheists

    A Dhaka court yesterday fixed May 18 for the submission of a probe report against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, in a defamation case filed for alleging the Awami League is a “party of atheists.”

    “Khaleda’s remarks, in which she said secularism is the Awami League’s mask, and that it is a party of atheists, has hurt the religious sentiment of the people of the country,” the complainant claimed.

  • Indo-German-BD venture likely to be hired as consultants

    A joint venture of consultancy firms based in India, Germany and Bangladesh is likely to be awarded the job for consulting for the construction of the proposed 1,200MW Matarbari power plant, Power Division sources have said.

    A proposal in this regard by the Power Division, signed by Power Division Secretary Monowar Islam, is scheduled to be placed today before the Cabinet Committee on Public Purchase.

  • Ecnec okays project for 2 lakh prepaid gas meters in Dhaka

    Another project for stipend to 4.24 million poor schoolgoers approvedThe government will install 200,000 prepaid gas meters for home users in 12 areas of Dhaka with an aim to reducing wastage of the scarce natural resource.

    The areas are Badda, Gulshan, Tejgaon, Cantonment, Mirpur, Kafrul, Khilkhet, Uttar Khan, Dakkhin Khan, Uttara, Purbachal and Jhilmeel.

    The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) approved the Tk719 crore project titled “Installation of Prepaid Gas Meter for TGTDCL” at a meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair at the NEC conference room yesterday.

  • Publishers, writers protest shutting down of Rodela stall

    Publishers, writers protest shutting down of Rodela stall

    A number of writers, publishers, and readers staged a protest rally in the capital yesterday demanding immediate reopening of Rodela Prokashani’s stall at Amar Ekushey Boi Mela 2015, shut down by the book fair authorities on Monday.

    Speaking at the protest rally in front of the fair entrance at TSC in Dhaka University, they said the step was a blow on the freedom of speech and expression, and the country’s progressive and free thinkers would not accept it.

  • Fewer translations at fair

    While a good number of new arrivals have hit this year’s fair, there are far fewer translations than in the two previous fairs.

    Visitors tend to look for translations of classic literary works, as well as current ones, but publishers haven’t fulfilled their need.

    Visitors said, if classic literary works are not translated en masse, they feel deprived of reading and understanding the works in their own language, which they can understand.

    The number of translations available is seven, thus far, according to data provided by Bangla Academy.

  • Two killed, one injured in ‘gunfights’ with lawmen

    At least two men have been killed and another injured in separate incidents of alleged gunfights between law enforcers and miscreants in Gaibandha, Jhenaidah and Satkhira.

    Our correspondent in Gaibandha reports that a Shibir activist was shot and killed during what the local RAB claimed as a gunfight in the early hours of the day near Burirghar in Palashbari upazila.

    The deceased was Mostafa Manzil, 32, who local police confirmed as an active Shibir member.

  • Hartal extended by 48 hours

    BNP-led 20-party alliance has extended its ongoing 72-hour hartal by 48 more hours.

    Salahuddin Ahmed, joint secretary general of BNP yesterday in a press release announced that the countrywide general strike would now continue until 6am on Friday.

    The alliance is observing the strike protesting what it said killings, mass arrests and torture on party activists. 

    Salahuddin, on behalf of party Chairperson Khaleda Zia, called upon the party leaders and activists to enforce the hartal peacefully.

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