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  • Politics back to square one

    Politics back to square one

    BNP welcomes diplomatic efforts, AL says no talks unless violence stopsThe troubled political situation in the country has come back to square one, following a couple of days of hopes raised by the UN chief’s call for a resolution to the two top political leaders.

    The BNP yesterday officially welcomed the UN chief’s call for political dialogue, because it resonates with the party’s standing demand.

  • Tight security measures for Amar Ekushey

    Tight security measures for Amar Ekushey

    In the face of the ongoing blockade-related violent attacks, the government has taken full-proof security measures on and around the Central Shaheed Minar in Dhaka University to observe International Mother Language Day tomorrow.

    Members of the elite force, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), were deployed in the area yesterday.

    They have already installed a number of CCTV cameras and check posts, and brought in dog squads to prevent subversive acts.

  • Jail authorities get Kamaruzzaman’s death warrant

    Jail authorities get Kamaruzzaman’s death warrant

    The International Crimes Tribunal yesterday issued a death warrant for war criminal Muhammad Kamaruzzaman, a top Jamaat-e-Islami leader.

    Jailer Nesar Ali of the Dhaka Central Jail told the Dhaka Tribune that they had received the death warrant.

    “We will take further steps in line with the directives stated in the death warrant,” he added.

    The judges of Tribunal 2 signed the warrant around 12pm yesterday.

  • Foreign Ministry issues corrective statement

    Foreign Ministry issues corrective statement

    The Foreign Ministry has issued a joint corrective statement regarding the confusion that arose following a statement made by State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam.

    After a meeting with the European Parliament delegation on Wednesday, Shahriar said: “The delegation did not express any concern over the human rights situation.”

    The following day the delegation controverted the comment of the state minister.

  • Mamata’s arrival raises LBA, Teesta hopes

    Mamata’s arrival raises LBA, Teesta hopes

    West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee arrived in Dhaka last night on a three-day visit, when the water flow in the disputed shared river Teesta has been weakening with time.

    However, the Bangladesh leadership hoped that the visit would pave way for resolving two long-pending issues with India – the Land Boundary Agreement (LAB) and sharing of Teesta water.

  • Red and Green – a force to be reckoned with

    In terms of popularity, the Bangladesh cricket team have been more of a weaker prospect, when compared to the other nations, although they made their first World Cup appearance in 1999 and have been present in all three editions – 2003, 2007 and 2011 – since then.

    But this perception has started to change. The world’s number one  all-rounder in all three formats of the game, Shakib al Hasan, along with some dynamically talented cricketers like Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mashrafe Mortaza, has given a new global identity to Bangladesh cricket.

  • 12 burnt in fire at Ashulia gas lighter factory

    A gas cylinder explosion at a gas lighter factory in Ashulia yesterday caused burn injuries to 12 workers, with at least one of them remaining in critical condition.

    The incident took place at the Pall Mall Gas Match Factory Limited in Ashulia’s Charabagh in Savar at around 7pm. Despite the initial injuries, the blaze was put out quickly with fire extinguishers.

    Four of the injured were primarily identified; they are: Hasina Akhtar, Mitu Sarker, Reshma Begum and Surma Akhtar.

  • 111 fishermen jailed in India return

    A total of 111 Bangladeshi fishermen, who were detained in various Indian jail, returned home yesterday.

    The returnees are from different areas of Cox’s Bazar, Barguna and Patuakhali districts.

    A team of Samsar Nagar police station of India’s South Chabbish Pargana district handed over the Bangladeshi fishermen to Shyamnagar police at Zero point along the bordering Kalinchi River in Shyamnagar upazila in Satkhira around 1:45pm, said a BGB release

  • Death toll rises to 74 as another victim dies

    Police detained 30 activists of the BNP and its allies in the last 24 hours in the capitalYet another blockade victim succumbed to burn injuries at the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday, taking the death toll to 74. 

    Md Hossain, 50, who was burnt on February 15, died at 10am, said Dr Samanta Lal Sen, adviser to the DMCH burn unit.

    The deceased, who was a day labourer, received burn injuries in Lalpool, beside the Dhaka-Chittagong highway.

  • Creative pavilion designs attract tourists

    Creative pavilion designs attract tourists

    Some of the book stalls this year are among the biggest attractions at the Amar Ekushey Boi Mela. Not because of the books they are selling, but because of how they have been decorated.

    University Press Limited (UPL) stole the show at the fair this year, with their pavilion made of a mammoth-sized stack of books. Customers literally enter the pages of the books to enter their stall.

  • Arson victim succumbs to injuries in hospital

    The 50-year-old day labourer who died at the ICU of DMCH after losing a 72-hour struggle for life, was the only bread earner in his family.

    A covered van assistant by trade, Md Hossain, 50, was admitted to the ICU at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) early Monday where he succumbed to his injuries around 10am yesterday.

    Dr Partha Shankar Pal, resident surgeon of the burn institute at DMCH, told the Dhaka Tribune that Hossain’s respiratory system was badly damaged by the fire.

  • Excavated Buddhist site could be home to Atish Dipankar

    Excavated Buddhist site could be home to Atish Dipankar

    The remains of an ancient Buddhist town discovered recently at Tongibari upazila in Munshiganj district could be a thousand years old, said a team of Bangladeshi and Chinese archaeologists.

    The discovery was made public at a press conference held at the excavation site in Nateshwar of the area on February 16.

    Researchers said ancient scholar and philosopher Atish Dipankar was born in this part of Bangladesh. So, they hope to find out more about him if they continue the digging.

  • PM hands over Ekushey Padak to 15 eminent personalities

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday handed over Ekushey Padak-2015 to the country’s 15 eminent personalities in recognition of their outstanding contributions to their respective fields.

  • Sudden rain a blessing for farmers

    The sudden spell of rainfall that was reported from across the country since the late hours of Wednesday – has come as a blessing for farmers who were ready to start irrigation for the Boro paddy on the fields.

    Rainfall during this particular time of the year is a welcome break, as most farmers say the rain plays a vital role in providing a natural boost to the irrigation of winter crops such as Boro paddy, wheat and maize.

  • Jubo Dal leader found dead

    Lakshmipur police yesterday recovered the body of a Jubo Dal leader believed to have been shot dead at some point on Wednesday night.

    The deceased, Md Main Uddin Bablu, 25, son of Habib Ullah of Radapur village, was the assistant organising secretary of the Jubo Dal’s Bhangakha union unit.

    His remains were recovered from a canal around 9am.    

    Lakshmipur Sadar police station Officer-in-Charge Iqbal Hossain said Bablu was shot five times.

  • Cyclone Marcia expected to cause havoc

    What can we say, is it a blessing or a curse? This is the prevailing scenario for both Australia and Bangladesh right now as tropical cyclone Marcia is heading towards Queensland and is expected to hit Brisbane by today morning. 

    According to the weather forecast, there is a high chance of rain tomorrow when co-hosts Australia take on high-flying Bangladesh at the Gabba in Brisbane.

  • Is there any light at the end of the tunnel?

    Is there any light at the end of the tunnel?

    Sporadic and indiscriminate acts of violence costing innocent lives serve to neither intimidate the government nor bring the opposition closer to realising its political objectivesThe mounting death toll and horrific burn injuries suffered by the victims of incendiary attacks during the recent oborodhs and hartals called by the BNP-led alliance have rightfully aroused concern and anger not just from within ruling party circles but around the country.

  • Indian Air Force faces risk as rivals modernise

    As China and Pakistan modernise air force at a rapid pace, Indian Air Force (IAF) faces risk without new western warplanes or the lack of local defence contractors ability to keep up with military needs in a timely manner, said a report published on IBN Live.

    According to experts, due to its reliance on a fleet of ageing Russian-made MiG and French Mirage fighters, India was vulnerable in the skies. Furthermore, half of India’s fighters are due to retire in the start of 2015 until 2024.

  • US accuses Israel of inaccurate leaks on Iran nuclear talks

    The United States accused Israel on Wednesday of distorting its position in the Iran nuclear talks through selective leaks, intensifying tensions before a controversial US visit by Israel’s
    prime minister.

    “We see that there is a continued practice of cherry-picking specific pieces of information and using them out of context to distort the negotiating position of the United States,” White House spokesman
    Josh Earnest told reporters.

  • Thailand files charges against former PM Yingluck

    Thailand’s attorney general filed charges against deposed prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra yesterday, in a case that could result in a 10-year jail term if she is found guilty.

    Yingluck, Thailand’s first woman prime minister, was charged with negligence for her role in a rice subsidy scheme that has cost the state billions of dollars. She denies wrongdoing.

    The Supreme Court would decide by March 19 whether or not to pursue the case, court secretary Theerathai
    Charoenwong said.

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