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Jamaat calls half-day hartal in Sylhet today

Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami called a half-day general strike for today in Sylhet as 25 people, including Jamaat-Shibir men, when they clashed with the police in Sylhet town on Saturday. Meanwhile, a 48-hour general strike enforced by the Jamaat in Cox’a Bazar began Saturday as three of its activists were killed a clash with the police on Friday. The Jamaat is also […]

February 17, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

3 killed as Jamaat men clash with police in Cox’s Bazar

At least three Jamaat-Shibir activists were shot dead and 30 people, including pedestrians, sustained bullet injuries in police firing during a fierce clash between Jamaat-Shibir members and law enforcers in Cox’s Bazar on Friday. Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami has called a countrywide dawn-to-dusk general strike for Monday and a daylong shutdown in Cox’s Bazar district for today in protest against the killing. […]

February 16, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

6 more Tazreen fire victims identified

Six more workers who among 53 were burnt to death beyond recognition in the Tazreen Fashions fire and buried unidentified were identified from DNA sampling of their relatives. The National Forensic DNA Profiling Laboratory at Dhaka Medical College Hospital submitted the test reports of four workers to the labour ministry and reports of the rest two would be submitted shortly, […]

February 16, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Shahbagh protests call for ban on Jamaat

Shahbagh protesters late Friday night stepped back from the decision they announced in the afternoon that they would be holding protests for seven hours every day after the killing of a blogger at Mirpur and Jamaat-e-Islami’s call for a general strike for Monday. The decision on rally for seven hours that was announced in the afternoon, however, drew ire from […]

February 16, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Blogger Rajib killed

Blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider was killed by unnamed assailants near his house at Palash Nagar of Mirpur Section 11 in the capital Dhaka on Friday night. The police said that Rajib, hacked in the face and throat, was found dead about 9:30pm in a dark place near his house. Rajib used to blog using the nick of Thaba Baba and […]

February 16, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

One killed in blast at religious gathering

A bomb went off near the venue of a session of religious sermons (waz mahfil) leaving one person killed and another wounded at Shankarpasha under Abhaynagar upazila in Jessore. The incident took place at around 8:30pm on Friday. The deceased was identified as Alamgir Hossain Fakir, 40, a volunteer at the gathering. Ishaq Ali Mollah, another devotee, was wounded in […]

February 16, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

No split in ‘18-party’ alliance, says Fakhrul

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Friday dismissed the speculation about a split in the ‘18-party’ alliance, saying there was no division in the combine rather it would ‘grow stronger’ with the joining of more ‘democratic’ groups. Addressing a joint meeting of Dhaka city BNP and its front and associate organisations, Fakhrul categorically said […]

February 16, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Retroactive law undermines ICT legitimacy: HRW

New York-based Human Rights Watch has said that retroactive legislation that violates fair trial standards undermines the legitimacy of the work of Bangladesh’s International Crimes Tribunal. The amendments were offered to enable an appeals court to overturn a life sentence imposed on Abdul Quader Molla and impose the death penalty. In a statement posted on February 14, the HRW called […]

February 16, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

UAE proposes to invest in infrastructure projects

The United Arab Emirates has offered to invest in the proposed deep-sea port on the Sonadia Island and the inland container depot in Gazipur, officials said. The oil-rich gulf country has already come up with a proposal for investing in the infrastructure projects, said principal secretary Mollah Wahiduzzman. The size and terms of the investment will be set through government-to-government […]

February 16, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Indian troops kill Pakistani soldier near Kashmir border

Indian troops shot dead a Pakistani soldier along the de facto border in the disputed Kashmir region in the first deadly exchange since a truce was agreed a month ago, officials said Friday. An Indian army spokesman said that the soldier had been killed in a firefight, in which one Indian soldier was also wounded, and an AK47 rifle was […]

February 16, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

2 plants to be set up in city for power from waste

Two state-run power distribution agencies are likely to sign deals this week with a joint-venture company to purchase electricity to be produced from waste at about Tk 8 a kilowatt-hour (unit) from 2016 for 17 years, officials said. Dhaka Power Distribution Company and Rural Electrification Board would sign the power purchase agreements this week with a joint-venture of Creed Bangladesh […]

February 16, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Robbery suspect killed in ‘shootout’ with RAB in Maheshkhali

A man was killed in a ‘shootout’ with the Rapid Action Battalion at a village in Maheshkhali upazila of Cox’s Bazar early Friday. RAB-7 that conducted the raid in village Nonacchar said the deceased, Abul Kashem, 33, was the leader of his gang known in the area as ‘Kashem Bahini’. The incident took the toll of deaths from ‘crossfire,’ ‘gunfight’ […]

February 16, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Two bills to legalise all martial law ordinances

The cabinet on Thursday endorsed a proposal for tabling two special provision bills in Parliament to legalise 172 martial law ordinances. The cabinet agreed to the short cut as the ministries consider it impossible to introduce 172 separate bills by February 26. The legislative and parliamentary affairs division placed the proposal in the cabinet meeting chaired by prime minister Sheikh […]

February 15, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

2 hurt in Shibir attacks die

A bank employee and a village policeman who earlier became grievously injured in attacks by Jamaat and Shibir in Dhaka and Chittagong died in hospitals on Thursday. The deceased were Zafar Munshi, 45, lift operator at the Agrani Bank head office at Motijheel in Dhaka and village policeman Mohammed Bahadur, 55, of Amirabad. Zafar died from his injuries in Green […]

February 15, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Shahbagh protests: Hand in hand in candlelight vigil

People joined a candlelight vigil the protesters held in the Shahbagh crossing by lighting candles across the country on Thursday evening symbolically dispelling the darkness war criminals had cast on the nation. Protesters, after the candlelight vigil, said that they would hold a grand rally at Shahbagh at 3:00pm today. The next programmes would be announced at the rally. The […]

February 15, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Registration of Jamaat to be cancelled if govt bans it: CEC

The Election Commission has taken no initiative as yet to scrutinize legal procedures whether or not Jamaat’s registration can be cancelled, chief election commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad said on Thursday. He, however, said tat the EC would immediately cancel Jamaat’s registration if the government banned it. The Representation of the People Order 1972 requires political parties to get registered with […]

February 15, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

ICT law change: JS committee submits report

The proposed amendment to the International Crimes (Tribunals) Act aimed at allowing the government to appeal against tribunal judgements would come into force with a retrospective effect from July 24, 2009, the parliamentary panel assigned to examine the bill before its passage said on Thursday. The retrospective effect will allow the government to appeal against the verdict International Crimes Tribunal […]

February 15, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Young couple killed in Hatirjheel

A young man and his girlfriend riding a motorbike were killed in a road accident on Thursday night at Hatirjheel project site in the city. Sharif Mashiul Bappi, 25, lost his control while speed-driving the motorbike and hit the railing of a bridge in the Hatirjheel project area, leaving his girlfriend Tanjina Anwar Sajan,18, dead on the spot, said witnesses […]

February 15, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

3 suspected transformer thieves killed in ‘encounter’

Three suspected thieves of transformers were killed in an armed encounter with the Detective Branch of police in an area under the Turag police in the capital early Thursday. The police identified the deceased as Selim, 42, leader of the gang, his younger brother Zakir, 27, and Sajid, 30. They were declared dead when brought to Dhaka Medical College Hospital, […]

February 15, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

More women join Shahbagh protests

Thousands of women from all walks of life joined the Shahbagh protests, spearheaded by the youths, passing the ninth consecutive day Wednesday, expressing solidarity with the demand for death penalty for war criminals. Protesters instituted a giant portrait of Jahanara Imam, who led people’s court trying war criminals in 1992, about 7:00pm amid a minute’s silence. Women stood shoulder to […]

February 14, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page