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Coco’s body on way

A plane carrying Arafat Rahman Coco’s body has left Kuala Lumpur and is expected to arrive around midday Tuesday.

Another case charging Khaleda with 'instigating arson' lodged in Comilla

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, who called the nationwide transport blockade earlier this month, has been accused in another case in Comilla for 'instigating arson'.

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Suspected blockade supporters torch two buses in Dhaka

Suspected blockade supporters have torched two buses in capital Dhaka.

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Parliament passes Dhaka Metrorail making insurance mandatory

Parliament has passed the Metrorail Bill-2015 making insurances for the rail and the passengers mandatory.

Bangladesh to get $375 mln WB loan for building shelters during disaster

Bangladesh has signed a $375 million financing agreement with the World Bank for a multipurpose disaster shelter project.

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SSC exams will run through blockade, says education minister

Students will sit the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations during the BNP-sponsored indefinite transport blockade, says Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid.

Tangail 'extremist leader' hacked to death

A regional leader of extremist group ‘Purbo Bangla Communist Party’ has been hacked to death in Tangail Sadar Upazila, police say.

Husband gets life sentence for killing wife’s lover

A Netrokona court has sentenced a person to life in prison for killing his wife’s lover around 10 years ago.

International Criminal Court appreciates Bangladesh’s commitment to rule of law

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has “highly appreciated” Bangladesh's commitment to the court as well as to the concept of rule of law, the foreign ministry says.

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UPDF member killed in Khagrachharhi

United Peoples’ Democratic Front (UPDF) has claimed that one of its young members have been killed at Manikchharhi in Khagrachharhi district of Chittagong Hill Tracts.

22 nabbed from Dhaka

Dhaka Metropolitan Police have arrested 22 activists of the BNP and its ally Jamaat-e-Islami during a ‘special drive’ in the capital.

New stamps released

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has released new postal stamps and envelopes on the International Customs Day.

Gazipur factory fire put out

A fire that raged through a factory in Gazipur, owned by Formosa Poly Cotton Textiles BD Ltd, has been extinguished.

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BSF, BGB exchange sweets

As goodwill gesture on the occasion of India’s 66th Republic Day celebration, troops of paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF), stationed along the India-Bangladesh border at Akhaura gave away sweet.....

New Envoy to South Korea

The government has decided to appoint Md Zulfiqur Rahman as the new ambassador to South Korea, the foreign ministry says.

Police announce reward for citizens helping to nab troublemakers

After the government and the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), now the police have come up with rewards for citizens, who help catch troublemakers.

Cabinet okays ‘Mymensingh Division’

The government has cleared a proposal to declare Mymensingh as Bangladesh’s eighth administrative division.

Convoy under attack

Student leaders and activists of the Jamaat-e-Islami have attacked a convoy of vehicles near Shonamasjid area on the last day of the 36-hour general strike.

Bus emptied, torched in Ashulia

Miscreants have forced passengers out of a bus at Savar’s Ashulia before setting it on fire on Sunday night.

Indian Republic Day celebration in Dhaka

The Indian High Commission in Dhaka has begun celebrating the country's 66th Republic Day.

Police Sergeant dies in Sitakunda crash

A police sergeant has died after a van carrying him rammed into a covered van at Chittagong’s Sitakunda.

7 suspected robbers lynched by mob in Narsinghdi

An angry mob from a village in Narsinghdi Sadar has beaten to death seven persons they suspected to be robbers.

Seven die, eight injured in road crashes in four districts

Seven people have been killed and eight others injured in separate road accidents in four districts.

Dhaka’s rail links with Sylhet, Chittagong restored

Dhaka’s railway communications with Sylhet and Chittagong have been restored around nine hours after a train accident threw travel plans of thousands of passengers in disarray.

US airmen impressed by Bangladeshi paratroopers’ jumping techniques

Jumping techniques of Bangladeshi paratroopers have pleasantly surprised the US Air Force officers during a joint exercise.

Blockade hits Bangladesh stocks as prices, indices fall

Bangladesh’s stock market has started the week with downward indices and falling prices of shares as the political crisis deepens.

Authorities trying to resume Dhaka’s rail links with Chittagong, Sylhet

Authorities are trying to restore Dhaka’s railway communications with Sylhet and Chittagong.

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BNP warns of dire consequences if case against Khaleda not withdrawn

The BNP has warned the government of 'dire consequences' if the case accusing Khaleda Zia of 'instigating an arson attack' is not withdrawn right away.

Security beefed up in Tripura for Republic Day

Security has been beefed up in Tripura as the union home ministry has directed the north-eastern states to maintain strict vigil in the run-up to the Republic Day and foil any attempt by separatist ou.....

President returns from Saudi Arabia

President Md Abdul Hamid has returned home after attending the funeral of Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz.

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RAB chief terms extralegal killing allegations ‘cheap propaganda’

New RAB Director General Benazir Ahmed has 'defended' his force over the allegations of extrajudicial killings, terming the accusations 'cheap propaganda'.

BKMEA pays ‘insurance money’ to 81 workers' family

Bangladesh knitwear factory owners have handed over insurance cheques to the families of 81 workers who died at work.

US President Barack Obama and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) shake hands after giving opening statements during a at Hyderabad House in New Delhi January 25, 2015. Reuters

Obama announces nuclear 'breakthrough' on landmark India trip

In a glow of bonhomie, US President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a breakthrough on nuclear trade on Sunday, a step that both sides hope will help establish an endurin.....

New US Ambassador Bernicat arrives in Bangladesh

New US Ambassador in Bangladesh Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat has arrived in Dhaka amid a media frenzy.

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Coco's body arriving home from Malaysia Tuesday

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's youngest son Arafat Rahman Coco’s body will be brought from Malaysia on Tuesday, the party says.

EC abuzz with DCC elections preparations

The Election Commission (EC) is abuzz with preparations for holding elections to Dhaka’s two city corporations by June.

Noted plasma physicist Prof Mofiz Uddin dies

Noted Plasma Physicist Prof Mofiz Uddin Ahmed has passed away.

BNP leader Minu, Rajshahi Mayor Bulbul charged with instigating arson

Police have charged BNP Joint Secretary General Mizanur Rahman Minu and Rajshahi Mayor Mosaddeque Hossain Bulbul with instigating arson attacks on vehicles.

Awami League condolences for Coco

Ruling Awami League has officially mourned the death of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s son Arafat Rahman Coco.

Editors advise govt to open talks to end political crisis

Print and online media editors in Bangladesh have advised the government to open dialogues to end political turmoil.

Tk 20,000 to work in Saudi Arabia: Minister

Bangladeshis will need anything between Tk 15,000 to Tk 20,000 to work in Saudi Arabia, the Expatriates’ Welfare Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain has said.

Dhaka's rail links with east snapped

Dhaka's rail communication with Chittagong and Sylhet has been cut off after a passenger train derailed at Brahmanbarhia.

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Sabotage in Dhaka

Police have arrested at least 30 people who were allegedly involved in sabotage from Dhaka.

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Gold hidden in hard disks!

Customs officials have found 20 gold bars inside 10 computers at Dhaka’s Shahjalal International Airport.

Awami League will join Coco's funeral prayers: Maya

Ruling party leaders will join Coco's funeral prayers, though Prime Minister Shiekh Hasina was turned away on Saturday when she went to console a grieving Khaleda Zia.

Coco’s Janaza held at Malaysia’s national mosque

The first Namaz-e-Janaza of Arafat Rahman Coco has been held at Malaysia’s national mosque.

PM for 3 divisions in Dhaka

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has stressed on administrative decentralisation and said she prefers breaking down Dhaka into three separate divisions.

3 held for ‘planning violence’

Police have detained three persons including two student activists of Jamaat-e-Islami in two separate raids in Dhaka.

Trade fair extended by 10 days

The government has extended the Dhaka International Trade Fair-2015 by 10 days following persistent demands by businessmen for a longer run, despite an ongoing nationwide BNP-sponsored blockade.

12 'robbers' arrested in Jessore

Police have arrested 12 suspected robbers from a Dhaka-bound bus in Jessore.

US President Obama hugs Prime Minister Modi as he arrives at Air Force Station Palam in New Delhi Jan 25, 2015. Reuters

Bear hug with Modi gets Obama's India trip off to warm start

Signalling his determination to take relations with the United States to a higher level, Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke with protocol to meet and bear-hug US President Barack Obama as he landed in.....

Khaleda's younger brother goes to Malaysia to bring Coco's body home

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's younger brother Shamim Eskander has gone to Malaysia to bring back the body of his nephew Arafat Rahman Coco.

Two buses torched in Naogaon

Miscreants have set fire to two buses in Naogaon amid the BNP's countrywide blockade.

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Khaleda charged with 'instigating arson'

Police have started a criminal case, accusing BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia of 'instigating arson' at Dhaka's Jatrabarhi.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to the media at his official residence in Tokyo in this Jan 25, 2015 photo by Kyodo. Reuters

Japan condemns apparent IS execution, demands hostage release

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday called the apparent killing of a Japanese captive by Islamic State militants "outrageous and impermissible," and again called for the release of a Japanese jo.....

Two die in RAB 'encounter'

Two unidentified men have been killed in an alleged encounter with the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in Dhaka.

PM hopes Khaleda will call off deadly agitations

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has laid the blame squarely on Khaleda Zia for all the violence during the blockade and hoped the BNP chief will call off deadly agitations.

Please don’t play ‘petty politics’ over Coco mourning, says Khaleda’s aide

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Special Assistant Shamsur Rahman Shimul Biswas has urged all sides not to politicise the mourning of her son Arafat Rahman Coco.

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Khaleda Zia thanks Sheikh Hasina for sharing grief at son Coco’s death

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has thanked Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for expressing her sympathy at the sudden death of her younger son.

Turning prime minister away from Khaleda’s office gate was discourteous: Adviser

Turning away Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina from the gate of Khaleda Zia’s office was ‘discourteous’, her Media Affairs Adviser Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury said.

Hasina waits for eight minutes in front of the main entrance of Khaleda's office

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina returned from BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's office on Saturday, where she had gone to console the former prime minister over her son's death.

Security forces stand guard in front of BNP's Naya Paltan headquarters during the party's general strike Jan 21, 2015.

Police bar Doa-Mahfil at Naya Paltan office: BNP

The BNP has alleged that police have refused permission for Doa-Mahfil at its Naya Paltan headquarters in connection with party Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s son Arafat Rahman Coco's death in Malaysia.

Police announces Tk 500,000 for Jatrabarhi arsonist tip-off

Bangladesh Police have announced Tk 500,000 reward for anyone helping to catch the arsonists who torched a bus on Friday evening in capital Dhaka’s Jatrabarhi.

Arson in launch at Sadarghat during blockade

Miscreants have set fire to a launch at Sadarghat in Dhaka during the BNP-sponsored blockade of roads, waterways and railways.

Hasina turned away from office gate, fails to meet grieving Khaleda

Setting aside a seething rivalry, Sheikh Hasina went to the Gulshan office of Khaleda Zia to be at the side of the mother who was grieving the loss of her son.

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Khaleda office fortified as Hasina decides to meet her

The political office of Khaleda Zia at Gulshan has been fortified after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina decided to meet the grieving BNP chief who lost her youngest son earlier in the day.

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‘Unwell’ Khaleda on sedatives, will not meet Hasina, says aide

Khaleda Zia will not see Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina who was planning to be at her side after the death of the BNP chairperson’s younger son.

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A truck that took 22 years to buy is destroyed in minutes

Abdul Mannan from Natore bought a truck three months ago with the money he earned working as a driver in the Middle East.

Carry on with the movement: Khaleda Zia

Khaleda Zia has instructed BNP leaders and supporters to carry on with the countrywide transport blockade, which she announced on Jan 5.

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Khaleda breaks down after hearing about Coco

Khaleda Zia was in her room on the first floor of her Gulshan office, reading a newspaper after the BNP-led coalition called a nationwide 36-hour shutdown, when she learnt of her son's death.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to visit bereaving BNP chief Khaleda Zia

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will visit grieving BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia whose son Arafat Rahman Coco died earlier on Saturday.

Former Dhaka University VC Emajuddin Ahamed speaking to reporters in front of BNP Chairperson's Gulshan office

Coco’s body being brought ‘the soonest’

The body of Arafat Rahman Coco, son of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, is being brought to Bangladesh 'the soonest'.

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Blockade, strike worry hawkers

Visitors to the Dhaka Shishu Park are main customers of Chatpati-Fuchka seller Manik Mia, the only breadwinner of his family.

Pro-BNP teacher held

Police have arrested Selim Bhuyian, the leader of a pro-BNP professionals' group while a party-backed transport blockade is on.

BNP office burnt in Jamalpur

Miscreants have burnt the BNP office in Jamalpur.

Narayanganj locals catch, beat 3 Shibir arsonists

People of Fatulla, in Narayanganj, have caught, beaten up and handed over to police three Islami Chhatra Shibir activists, who torched a bus with a firebomb.

Khaleda deserves to be in jail: Inu

Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu has said the only way to put an end to the ongoing violence, in which people are being burnt to death, is to "exile BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia from politics".

RAB announces rewards for information on saboteurs

The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has announced cash rewards of up to Tk 100,000 for information on saboteurs to encourage the citizens to come forward to help in nabbing trouble makers.

Obama to cut short India visit, fly to Saudi Arabia: sources

US President Barack Obama will cut short his visit to India on Tuesday to fly to Saudi Arabia following the death of King Abdullah, sources in the capital familiar with the matter said on Saturday.

Gazipur fire controlled after 7 hours

The fire in a thread factory at Gazipur’s Konabari has been doused after around seven hours.

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Khaleda Zia's son Arafat Rahman Coco dies

Khaleda Zia's youngest son Arafat Rahman Coco, carrying a six-year jail term on his head for smuggling millions of taka out of the country, has died of heart failure in Malaysia, the BNP says.

Fire guts 200 shops in Rangamati

A fire has gutted at least 200 shops in a market in Rangamati’s Baghaicharhi Upazila.

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USAF, BAF exercise in Dhaka

The US and Bangladesh Air Forces have started their week-long joint annual exercise at Bangabandhu Air Base in Dhaka on Saturday.

Goods pile up at Benapole

Violence on Bangladesh's highways amid the BNP's blockade is discouraging businessmen to take delivery of imported goods at the Benapole land port.

President Hamid off to Saudi Arabia to condole Abdullah's death

President Md Abdul Hamid has flown off to Saudi Arabia to join the official mourning of its late King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz.

BNP calls 36-hour shutdown

The BNP-led 20-Party Alliance has decided to impose another general strike across Bangladesh amid its ongoing violent blockade campaign.

'Leader of Violence'

Health Minister Mohammed Nasim has held BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia responsible for continuous violence leading to large number of deaths during the blockade.

Santals looted after Dinajpur clash

A man has died during a clash between Santal tribespeople and Bengalis in a land dispute in Dinajpur’s Parbatipur.

Fire at Gazipur factory

A fire has broken out in a thread factory in Gazipur’s Konabari.

Blockade supporters burn 40 people in a single day in Bangladesh as three more die

At least 40 people have burned in a single day in a string of arson attacks carried out by BNP-sponsored blockade supporters across Bangladesh.

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Khaleda Zia ‘adamant about continuing with blockade until election called’

Khaleda Zia again has purportedly urged her supporters to continue with the nationwide transport blockade until the demands of the BNP and its allies are met.

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Bangladesh HR agency demands tough legal actions against anarchists

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has asked the government to take tough legal measures against those responsible for the violence unleashed amid the countrywide blockade.

Khaleda mourns Saudi King Abdullah's death

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has mourned the demise of Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al Saud.

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Arson attack in Dhaka leaves at least 27 people burned

At least 27 people have been burned in yet another arson attack on a bus by suspected blockade supporters in capital Dhaka, police say.

Free Fakhrul, Shamsher Mobin: AI

Amnesty International has called for unconditional release of Ekushey TV Chairman Abdus Salam and two BNP leaders Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury.

Arson attacks leave 11 burnt in Rajshahi and Bogra

Eleven people have been burned and several others injured in arson attacks on three vehicles in Rajshahi and Bogra.

Bangladesh protesters tear down posters of Bollywood movie ‘Wanted’

Bangladesh movie industry actors, directors and other stakeholders have protested the release of Bollywood movie ‘Wanted’ in the country by tearing down its posters and banners at four cinemas in Dhak.....

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BNP leader Hannan Shah hospitalised with respiratory problem

BNP Standing Committee Member ASM Hannan Shah has been admitted to Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Dhaka with respiratory problems.

Bangladesh wants India to lead South Asia to emerge as a global player

Bangladesh expects India to play “leadership role” in South Asia so that the region can emerge as “a global player on all fronts”, the foreign minister says.

US pitches for Myanmar citizenship for Rohingya refugees

The US sees the “real solution” to the Rohingya refugee issue lies in their going back to Myanmar when the situation changes in the Rakhine state.