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Odhikar made false claims, govt tells US

Bangladesh has sent an aide-memoire to the US government clarifying its position on the arrest of Odhikar secretary Adilur Rahman Khan and asserting that the rights group had made false claims of 61 deaths in the police action against Hefajat-e-Islam activists in Dhaka on May 5. Odhikar is giving a biased and false impression of the human rights situation in […]

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Rony sued in two more cases

Local Awami League leaders filed two more cases with Galachipa police station Sunday night against Golam Maula Rony, AL lawmaker from Patuakhali-3 constituency. In the cases, Rony and his 28 associates were accused of attacks, attempt to murder, ransacking property, toll collection and hijacking. The anti-Rony AL leaders of Galachipa also came under attack by masked attackers after the cases […]

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US hopes two major parties to hold dialogue

US ambassador Dan Mozena on Monday night said the American government wanted the two major political parties to hold dialogue to find a way for holding a free, fair and credible election. He said he thought Bangladesh did not need an outsider in the process. He said Bangladeshis themselves would find out a mutually agreed way forward for holding a fair […]

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Govt appeals seeking death sentence for Ghulam Azam

Chief war crimes prosecutor Gholam Arief Tipoo on Monday filed an appeal petition in the Appellate Division against ‘inadequate sentence’ handed to former Jamaat chief Ghulam Azam for his 1971 crimes against humanity. In the petition, the prosecution pleaded for Ghulam Azam’s death sentence. Ghulam Azam was handed 90-year prison term for his superior responsibility in 1971 crimes against humanity […]

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Jamaat’s 48-hour hartal begins today

The activists of the Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir clashed with the police and hurled crude bombs at places on Monday ahead of the 48-hour general strike the Islamist party called for today and Wednesday. The Jamaat on August 1 had called the countrywide general strike for Monday and Tuesday protesting against a High Court verdict pronounced on the […]

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Felani murder: Trial begins in India today

Over two and half years into the incident, the trial of the murder of Bangladeshi girl Felani will begin today at a special court constituted by the Border Security Force in Cooch Behar of India. Felani, a 15-year-old girl, was shot dead by the BSF men while she was entering Bangladesh over the barbed-wire fences along Anantapur border point in […]

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Research left to die in DU centres

Three research centres of the University of Dhaka University have to do any research for 25 to 33 years, officials said. The centres are Dev Centre for Philosophical Studies, the Centre for Advanced Research in Humanities and Nazrul Research Centre. At least 10 other centres have failed to carry out any research for nine to five years. A senior teacher […]

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Adilur taken into 5-day remand after arrest

A Dhaka court on Sunday granted police five days’ remand to interrogate detained Odhikar secretary Adilurur Rahman Khan and also allowed them to conduct search at his home and office. Judge of the Metropolitan magistrate’s court, Amit Kumar Dey, passed the order after police produced Adilurur before the court after arresting him under Section 54 on Saturday night and sought […]

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Adilur’s arrest condemned

International and local human rights groups as well as different political parties on Sunday condemned the arbitrary arrest of rights watchdog Odhikar secretary Adilur Rahman Khan. The National Human Rights Commission expressing concern at the arrest and remand of Adilur said it was not acceptable that human rights activists would be made victims of harassment for carrying out their duties. […]

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Eid-ul-Fitr celebrated

Eid-ul-Fitr was celebrated throughout the country on Friday with traditional fervour and festivity ending a month of fasting. In the capital, the main Eid congregation was held at the National Eidgah under tight security. The Khatib of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque Maulana Muhammad Salahuddin led the prayer. President Abdul Hamid, ministers, MPs, Supreme Court judges, politicians, the city elite, diplomats […]

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Capital still in holiday mood

A holiday mood still gripped people in the capital as most government and private offices had little activities on Sunday, the first working day after Eid. Officials at different ministries said about 60 per cent of the staff were present as many were still on leave on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitar celebrated on August 9. The three-day Eid holiday ended […]

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No significant progress in Hefazat violence cases

There has been no significant progress in the investigation of the cases filed against several thousand Hefazat-e-Islam activists three months after the violence during their siege of Dhaka on May 5 with the police still trying to unearth the masterminds. The inspector general of police, Hassan Mahmood Khandker, told New Age that they were yet to ‘unearth’ the masterminds of […]

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US seeks govt explanation of Adil’s arrest

The United States expressed its deep concern over the arrest of Odhikar secretary Adilur Rahman Khan by the police. ’We have reached out to the government for an explanation of Adil’s detention, noting that the human rights activist’s detention is reverberating negatively around the world, where the work of Odhikar and other human rights organisations is widely appreciated,’ a spokesperson for […]

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Nafis jailed for 30 years

The 30-year prison term handed down to Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis by a US court on Thursday shocked his family members in Bangladesh who called the sentence ‘too harsh.’ ‘We heard the verdict over BBC and the parents of Nafis fell sick on hearing the news,’ said Tawfiq Alam, brother-in-law of Nafis. ‘We’re shocked because we expected a lighter […]

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Mojaheed appeals against death conviction

Death-row war crimes prisoner Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed on Sunday appealed against his conviction handed down by an international war crimes tribunal on July 17 for killing intellectuals in Dhaka during the 1971 liberation war. Supreme Court’s lawyer Jainul Abedin, on behalf of Mojaheed, filed the appeal with the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court. The International Crimes Tribunal-2 sentenced […]

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Rony sued over embezzlement

A case was filed against Golam Maula Rony, ruling AL lawmaker for Patuakhali-3 constituency, and 20 of his associates Sunday for misappropriating development funds worth Tk 79 crore. Zamal Hossain, a resident of Dashmina upazila, field the case with Patuakhali district and session judge’s court. Advocate Abdul Khalek, advocate of the complainant, AL leader and former president of Patuakhali District Bar […]

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Khaleda asks govt to pass ‘neutral govt’ bill in parliament

Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson, Khaleda Zia, has asked the ruling Awami League to ‘immediately’ pass a bill in parliament for election-time ‘neutral government’ to oversee the coming general election for continuation of democracy. She criticised the government for carrying out campaign about its development activities through billboards by spending money from the government exchequer. Khaleda, also leader of the opposition, […]

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Patients suffer as hospital doctors on leave

Patients were passing days unattended in hospitals in the capital as most of the physicians and nurses were on leave on the occasion of Eid. Patients both in public and private hospitals all over the country were referred to Dhaka Medical College Hospital because of shortage of physicians. The DMCH emergency unit officials said they had received 397 emergency patients […]

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Stay alert to grabbing power by undemocratic forces: PM

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Sunday called upon the people to stay alert so that the undemocratic force does not come to power and play ducks and drakes with the fate of the people by taking advantage of differences of parties and opinions. ‘It is natural that there will be differences of parties and opinions in multiparty democracy. But […]

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Brickbats at running train kill engineer

A civil engineer killed as miscreants hurled brickbats at a Dhaka-bound express train at Vatiari of Sitakunda upazila in Chittagong on Saturday night. The victim Prithi Das, 24, was returning to Dhaka along with her husband MIntu Das, a human resource official at a private bank in Dhaka. Completing her bachelor of science in civil engineering from Chittagong University of […]

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