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Update : 17 Feb 2016, 02:00 PM

PM bins claims of IS presence in Bangladesh

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has once again ruled out the claims of the presence of militant outfit Islamic State (IS) in Bangladesh.

“Probes into some recent incidents revealed that the motives of those who were involved in recent terrorist activities in the name of the religion, were primarily domestic. But, there is no organisational existence of IS in Bangladesh,” she told the parliament on Wednesday.

PEN concerned over Mahfuz Anam cases

PEN International and PEN Bangladesh have expressed deep concern over the cases filed against The Daily Star Editor Mahfuz Anam for carrying “confusing” and “defamatory” reports in his daily about Awami League President Sheikh Hasina during the 2007-08 military-backed caretaker regime.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the international association of prominent literary writers and editors, stated: “PEN International and PEN Bangladesh are deeply concerned by reports that The Daily Star editor Mahfuz Anam is currently facing some 38 lawsuits on charges of criminal defamation and sedition.”

Hallmark chairman, MD indicted in 2 cases

A Dhaka court has indicted 19 people, including Hallmark Chairman Jasmine Islam and Managing Director Tanvir Mahmud, in two out of 11 cases filed for swindling over Tk437 crore out of Sonali Bank.

Dhaka Metropolitan Session Judge Md Kamrul Hossain Mollah on Wednesday framed the charges for the first time after rejecting discharge petitions filed by seven of the accused.

Bodies of 4 missing children found in Habiganj

Police have recovered the bodies of four children from a ditch at Shundratiki village in Habiganj, five days after they went missing.

The deceased are Jakaria Ahmed Shuvo, 8, son of Md Wahid Mia, Tajel Mia, 10, son of Abdul Aziz, Monir Mia, 7, son of Abdal Mia and Ismail Hossain, son of Abdul Kader.

Counter Terrorism unit probing ATM booth forgery

The Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit is analyzing the CCTV footages of ATM booths to identify four to five people involved in card forgery.

Of them, one is suspected to be a citizen of east Europe, said DIG Monirul Islam.

Trump will not be US president, says Obama

Republican Donald Trump will not be president because it's a "serious job", President Barack Obama has said.

"I continue to believe that Trump will not be president. And the reason is because I have a lot of faith in the American people," said Obama.

6 suspected Huji militants held

Law enforcement agencies have arrested six suspects of the banned militant outfit Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami (Huji) from Zindabahar Park under Kotwali police station of the capital.

Acting on a tip-off, Detective Branch of Police and DMP's Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit made the arrest on Tuesday evening while they were holding a secret meeting in the park.

DB arrests 6 alleged criminals in Dhaka

Detectives have claimed detention of six people from different areas of the capital city.

DMP DC Media Maruf Hossain Sardar told the Dhaka Tribune that a team of DB police held six persons during the drive that started on Tuesday night and ended on Wednesday morning.

Multi-storied building catches fire in Shantinagar

A fire has broken out at a high-rise apartment building in Shantinagar area in Dhaka.

The fire broke out a a flat on the 10th floor of the 22-storey building around 1am Wednesday, reports UNB.

Buet student killed by train in Dhaka

A student of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) has been killed as a train knocked him down in Mohakhali in Dhaka.

The deceased is Tanvir Gohar Topu, 23, son of Mohammad Ali Gohar of Mohakhali area and a third year student of Civil Engineering Department at Buet.

One killed in Cox's Bazar 'gunfight'

A person has been killed in a “gunfight” between two groups of robbers over establishing supremacy in Moheshkhali upazila of Cox's Bazar district.

The deceased is Murad, 32, son of Sadek Ali, of Matarbari Shikdar Para area.

China 'has missiles on disputed island'

China appears to have deployed surface-to-air missiles on a disputed island in the South China Sea, say reports.

Civilian satellite images taken on 14 February and published reported by Fox News appear to show two batteries of eight missile launchers and a radar system on Woody Island in the Paracels.

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