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Customs sleuths revel at rising seizures

Customs Intelligence Department have seized gold, foreign currency, electrical equipment and drugs worth Tk 5.05 billion and around 27,489 cartons of foreign cigarettes from various entry points into .....

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Rain forecast for Thursday by Met office

The Met office says that the rains might continue on Thursday as well.

PM Hasina inaugurates ICRC 5-nation T20 Cricket Tournament in Dhaka 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has inaugurated the first-ever international disability cricket tournament.

High Court scraps another petition challenging legality of Section 57

A petition challenging legality of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act’s Section 57 has been turned down by the High Court.

Rains again in Dhaka

It started raining in Dhaka early on Wednesday, raising fears of traffic disruptions after the heavy downpour on Tuesday flooded streets.

Police say that Belal Hossain alias Zira Suman was accused in several cases, including robbery and attacking law enforcers

Wanted criminal dies in Comilla ‘shootout’: Police

Police in Comilla claim that a 30-year-old man wanted for robbery and attack on law enforcers has died in a ‘shootout’ early on Wednesday.

The mangled remains of a bus after it skidded off the road and fell into a deep gorge at Nathpa in Kinnaur district on Tuesday, September 1st 2015. Photo: PTI

18 killed in bus crash in Himachal

Eighteen people were killed and 15 others injured on Tuesday when a private bus rolled down 200 metres into a gorge in Kinnaur in Himachal Pradesh, police said.

Tripura border village cut off from dusk to dawn, residents survive on Bangladesh’s mercy

Around 300 families of Rahimpura, a border village in Tripura’s Sepahijala district, are at Bangladesh’s mercy, especially at night, as the habitation has been fenced out of Indian territory.

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Disability campaigner Putul congratulates Bangladesh team, says they make nation proud

Saima Wazed Hossain Putul, who spearheads national disability campaign, has congratulated the Bangladesh team on the eve of the first-ever international disability cricket tournament, saying “they mak.....

Rajib Baroi

Dhaka University expels student on charge of mugging a man 

The Dhaka University (DU) has temporarily expelled a student arrested for allegedly mugging a youth at the capital’s Suhrawardy Udyan by threatening to rape his female friend.

Captains of five physically challenged T20 teams say they are thrilled with cricket carnival

Everyone of them are gunning for the trophy, but the excitement of being part of a tournament is not less satisfying for the captains of the five teams of physically challenged cricketers.

Move to extend project even before smart cards begin reaching citizens 

The Election Commission has proposed an extension of the smart national identity (NID) card project even though those multipurpose cards are yet to be distributed.

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia

Khaleda promises not to be vengeful against Awami League if her party comes to power 

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has promised not to pursue a 'politics of revenge' against the Awami League if her party came to power.

Former Chhatra League leader gunned down in front of his house in Chittagong

A former leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League has been shot dead in Chittagong, police say.

End users of internet will not gain from bandwidth price cut, say operators

There will be no cut in the use of internet costs for the end users because of the conditional drop in bandwidth price in Bangladesh, International Internet Gateway (IIG) operators and Internet Servic.....

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Expelled Awami League leader, ex-minister Latif Siddique resigns from Parliament

Former minister Abdul Latif Siddique has resigned from Parliament.

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Police charge five ‘Ansarullah members’ with blogger Washikur’s murder

Detective police have pressed charges in court against five people over the killing of blogger Washikur Rahman Babu.

High Court asks government why Section 57 of ICT Act does not violate Constitution

The High Court has asked the government why Section 57 of the Information and Communication Technology Act would not declared to be in contravention of the Constitution.

Peruvian national trying to smuggle in 1.8 kg cocaine detained in Dhaka airport

Shahjalal International Airport authorities have seized nearly two kilogrammes of powdered cocaine from a passenger flying in from Peru. 

Traffic torment, massive waterlogging strike Dhaka with two-hour downpour

Lashing rain for two hours has thrown life out of gear in capital Dhaka with inundated roads severely tangling traffic. explains why rape victim was named - because she insisted

There has been talk about the disclosure of the identity of a rape victim in a news report carried by

Iran wants to give new impetus to its relations with Bangladesh

Iran is poised to give a new impetus to its relations with Bangladesh following historic nuclear deal with world powers to lift sanctions.

SUST temporarily expels four Chhatra League activists over assault on teachers

The Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) has temporarily expelled four students affiliated with Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) for allegedly attacking demonstrating teachers earlier .....

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Road Transport Minister Quader says bus fares to be hiked only after  recommendations

Road Transport Minister Obaidul Quader has said bus fares cannot be hiked before the public transport fare coordination panel places its recommendations for evaluation.

High Court clears trial of former BNP minister AKM Mosharraf Hossain

The High Court has cleared the way to try former BNP minister AKM Mosharraf Hossain in the GATCO graft case by the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC).

Dinajpur’s ostracised housewife flees village after ‘threat from rapists’

A woman from Dinajpur’s Chirirbandar, whose family was ostracised on allegations of her appearing in a pornographic video and ‘raped’ for seeking justice against it, has now been ‘forced’ to flee home.....

Court sentences three to death for murder of schoolboy in 2000

A trial court has ordered death for three persons in the murder of a schoolboy.

Garments worker dies of electrocution in Chittagong

A garments worker has died from electrocution on her way to work in Chittagong’s Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) area.

DB detains 6 currency counterfeiters from Mirpur

Police have detained six ‘currency counterfeiters’ with a huge stash of fake notes and equipment from Dhaka’s Mirpur.

Religious radicalism rising in India, Bangladesh: Taslima Nasrin

Drawing parallels between the cold blooded killings of bloggers in Bangladesh and the murder of MM Kalburgi, a writer and rationalist from Karnataka, Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasrin said the inciden.....

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War crimes tribunal calls Zafrullah ‘wrong-headed’, issues stern warning for remarks on judges

The International Crimes Tribunal has issued a stern warning to Gonoshasthaya Kendra founder Zafrullah Chowdhury for his remarks on its judges and described him as ‘wrong-headed’.

Six accomplices of top crime lord Shahadat arrested: RAB

The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has arrested six men in Dhaka, who it claims are accomplices of convicted fugitive crime lord Shahadat.

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Fire in Venezuela prison kills 17 people, prosecutor says

A fire at Venezuela's central Tocuyito prison killed 17 people and injured 11 early on Monday, the state prosecutor said in a statement.

BUET expels student, acts against four others for having ‘militant links’

The Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) has expelled a student on charges of his ties with militants.

Cabinet endorses draft law to form Bangladesh Investment Development Authority

The government has approved a draft legislation aimed at facilitating the merger of the Board of Investment and Privatisation Commission.  

Sabbir Ahmed

Miscreants wielding machetes hack journalist in Dhaka

Several miscreants wielding machetes have attacked and injured a reporter of private TV station ATN News in Dhaka’s Adabor.

Chhatra League leaders and activists at the gate of the SUST administrative building. Those in red circles have been temporarily expelled.

Chhatra League temporarily expels three SUST unit leaders after attack on teachers

Bangladesh Chhatra League has temporarily expelled three leaders of the unit at the Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) in Sylhet for their alleged involvement in the assault on teac.....

Taliban say keeping leader's death secret was a military decision

Key Taliban members decided to keep the death of their leader a secret for more than two years because the war in Afghanistan was entering a critical phase and most foreign troops were preparing to wi.....

Amit Kumar Das (left) and Rajib Baroi

Two students of DU and JnU arrested on charges of mugging by threatening rape

Police have arrested two students of Dhaka University (DU) and Jagannath University (JnU) for allegedly mugging a youth at the capital’s Suhrawardy Udyan by threatening to rape his female friend.

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Bangladesh is ‘very proud’ of its cricket team of people with disability: ICRC delegation chief

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will continue to support cricket for people with disability and is working to have the International Cricket Council on board.

Hasina calls for weeding out destructive elements from Awami League, Chhatra League 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called for purging the Awami League and Bangladesh Chhatra League of “destructive” elements to make them live up to the ideals of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

American people are committed to Bangladesh, says USAID global chief

Bangladesh can count on US support in pursuing its development goals for the next 15 years to promote shared economic prosperity, social development, and environmental protection, the USAID’s global c.....

Awami League delegation submits annual financial report to the EC.

Awami League’s spending in 2014 dropped due to ‘BNP’s agitation’

The governing Awami League earned Tk 90 million last year and spent about Tk 35 million, leaving it with a surplus of Tk 45 million.

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SUST opens inquiry into ‘attack on VC’ after BCL assaults teachers on campus

Authorities at Sylhet’s Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) have opened an investigation into the ‘attack on the vice chancellor’.

SUST teachers’ faction abstains from work in protest against attack by BCL activists

A faction of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) teachers put on black badges and stayed away from work in protest against an attack on them by Chhatra League activists on Sunday. 

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Rajan murder: Court orders advertisement

A Sylhet court has ordered publication of advertisement in newspapers asking absconders of the Rajan murder case to surrender within a week.

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Felani murder: India's National Human Rights Commission recommends compensation

India's National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has recommended a compensation of half a million Indian rupees it wants the Home Ministry to pay to the family of murdered Bangladeshi girl Felani Khatu.....

8-yr-old’s body recovered from Jhalakathi canal

Police says it has recovered the body of an eight-year-old boy , missing for the last three days , from a canal in Jhalakathi’s Kathalia Upazila.

Top court strikes down HC verdict acquitting Joynal Hazari, orders fresh hearing

The Supreme Court has scrapped the High Court verdict, which acquitted former Awami League MP Joynal Hazari in a case of assets disproportionate to the known sources of income.

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‘Robber’ killed in RAB ‘shootout’ in Bagerhat

A 30-year-old man has been killed in a 'shootout' with the Rapid Action Battalion in  Sharankhola range of Sundarbans in Bagerhat.

President Md Abdul Hamid returns

President Md Abdul Hamid has returned to Bangladesh from the UK, where he had gone for medical treatment.

Bus falls into pond in Kuril while coming from the flyover 

A bus lost control while descending from the Kuril Flyover and rammed into a private car before falling into a roadside ditch.

6 killed after tin-laden truck turns turtle in Comilla

Six construction workers have been killed and five others injured after the truck , they were travelling on, turned turtle in Comilla’s Kotbarhi.

Chhatra League activists drag, assault teachers at SUST in Sylhet

Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leaders and activists have dragged and beaten up their teachers who were peacefully demonstrating against the vice-chancellor of the Shahjalal University of Science and.....

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Teacher flees after allegedly raping madrasa girl in Dhaka

A teacher has allegedly raped a girl student of a madrasa in Dhaka’s Dholairparh.

Parliamentary committee for more gas, power prices hike

A parliamentary watchdog feels the latest hikes in electricity and gas prices are justified despite protests against the increase.

Chhatra League denies responsibility for attack on teachers at SUST

Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) has denied responsibility for the attack on teachers at the Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) in Sylhet.

Justice, equality core philosophy of Bangladesh’s development journey, FM tells USAID chief

The foreign minister has told the USAID global chief that “ensuring justice and equality for all” is the core philosophy of the current government’s development journey.

Former PMO secretary Molla Waheeduzzaman’s freedom fighter certificate finally cancelled

The government has finally cancelled the freedom-fighter certificate of former PMO secretary Molla Waheeduzzaman, now Chairman of the Privatization Commission, and the corresponding gazette notificati.....

Chhatra League attack on teachers at SUST sparks social media fury

The attack on the teachers of the Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) by pro-government students has triggered an outpouring of anger in the social media.

SUST VC defends Chhatra League student ‘attackers’ who manhandled agitating teachers

The Vice-Chancellor of the Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Aminul Haque Bhuiyan, has stood firmly behind students who attacked teachers on Sunday.

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ICT verdict on Gonoshasthaya Kendra’s Zafrullah Chowdhury’s remarks on Monday

The International Crimes Tribunal is set to issue its verdict on Monday over Gonoshasthaya Kendra founder Zafrullah Chowdhury’s comments on judges.

Shikalbaha power plant fire brought under control

A fire that broke out at the Shikalbaha 60MW Power Plant in Chittagong has been brought under control, the Fire Service and Civil Defence has said.

Ashud Ahmed appointed Bangladesh’s new ambassador to Qatar

The government has appointed Ashud Ahmed, the foreign ministry’s director general for the South East Asia wing, as the Ambassador to Qatar.

I should hang myself if any of those who attacked teachers are my students: Zafar Iqbal

Shahjalal University of Science and Technology teacher and writer Muhammed Zafar Iqbal has condemned the attack on a group of teachers by Bangladesh Chhatra League activists.

SC clears State to challenge verdict on 1998 custodial murder, orders ex-AC Akram to surrender

The Supreme Court has cleared the State to appeal against the acquittal of a former assistant commissioner of police’s Detective Branch in a case over custodial death of a youth in 1998.

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High Court verdict any day on Khaleda’s pleas seeking to scrap Barapukuria coalmine graft case

The High Court has finished hearing BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s pleas for trashing Barapukuria coalmine graft case against her and will deliver its verdict any day. 

High Court rejects petition to scrap Sections 57 and 86 of ICT Act

The High Court has turned down a petition, which sought to revoke Sections 57 and 86 of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act. 

40 students faint in Meherpur school, authorities claim ‘mass hysteria’

At least 40 students of a girls school in Meherpur have fainted, as a result of what the school management described as 'mass hysteria'.

BSF nab 24 'cattle smugglers', including 7 Bangladeshis, on Malda border

India's Border Security Force (BSF) have nabbed 24 people in West Bengal's Malda district bordering Bangladesh.

Intern doctors at Sylhet’s Osmani Medical College and Hospital agitate for better allowance

Intern doctors at the medical college and hospital in Sylhet have demonstrated on Sunday demanding a raise in their allowance.

Bangladesh Armed Force and US Army Pacific organised a workshop on Pacific Resilience Disaster Response Exercise and Exchange (PRDREE) on Sunday at the Army Golf Club in Dhaka. Photo: asif mahmud ove

US-Bangladesh disaster response exercise begins

The largest annual humanitarian assistance and disaster response exercise involving the Bangladesh government and the US army has begun in Dhaka.

Court orders police custody for three held over Arakan Army-BGB encounter in Bandarban

Police will get five days to question three persons held from Rangamati over the Aug 26 shootout between a border guard patrol and Myanmar separatists in Bandarban.

No handwritten passport for Indian visa from Sept 1

The Indian Visa Application Centre (IVAC) will not accept any handwritten passport from Sep 1 in Bangladesh.

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BNP leader Moudud Ahmed gets more time for appeal in illegal occupation case

The Appellate Division has granted BNP leader Moudud Ahmed until Sep 3 to file an appeal against the High Court’s decision, for trying him in a case involving the illegal occupation of a Dhaka house.

Woman dies after bus collides with autorickshaw in Dhaka

A head-on collision between a bus and an autorickshaw in Dhaka has left one dead.

RAB chief Benazir for overcoming ‘deficiencies’ in ICT Act instead of revoking Section 57

The ‘updated’ ICT law can be changed if it has any ‘shortcomings’ instead of scrapping it altogether, the RAB chief says.

Coordination among agencies stressed to make cyber society safer

All stakeholders at a dialogue have agreed on the need to develop coordination among relevant agencies to ensure personal safety on the internet.

Concerns override measures over internet safety

The discussion on safer internet revolved around personal safety while staying online, the one aspect everyone from researcher to student was worried about.

BRAC official found dead at Gulshan training centre

Police have recovered the body of a BRAC official from the NGO’s training centre at Gulshan’s Niketan in capital city Dhaka.

Land-grabbing allegations against Minister Mosharraf dismissed by owner

The owner of the plot of land, which is alleged to have been grabbed by LGRD Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain, has claimed that the latter purchased it from him.

18 more Bangladeshis feared dead after Europe-bound boats capsize off Libya

Eighteen more Bangladesh nationals are feared dead in two Europe-bound boats capsize in the Mediterranean.

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Govt to spend unused billions in BTRC’s fund  

Two ministers have said the government will use the billions ‘lying idle’ in the BTRC fund for research and an independent institute for upgrading technology.

Personal safety of voters will not be in risk due to sharing parts of NID info: Minister Palak

State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak has said no bank or financial institution will be able to get a person’s “secret information”, provided for the National ID cards.

Final results of the 34th BCS exams

Final results of 34th BCS examination published

The final results of the 34th BCS examination have been published.

Bangladesh government considering establishing ICT research institute, say ministers

Setting up a research institute for information and communication technology is under active consideration of the government, two ministers have told the 'Dialogue on Safer Internet'.

Shima Islam at the dialogue

Unicef’s Shima Islam advises parents to use ‘privacy settings’ to monitor children’s internet use

A senior Unicef official in Dhaka has said making parents and carers aware is key to ensuring that children are safe on the internet.

Call for internet users to be aware of cyber security

A dialogue on ‘Safer Internet’ delved into the question of how many of Bangladesh’s around 48.35 million internet users are actually aware of cyber security.

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Two ministers promise adequate investment for ensuring cyber safety

The government is procuring Internet Safety Solutions (ISS) and will inject a lot more money to promote cyber safety and protect people from online harassment, ministers said on Saturday.

Bus drives into footpath, kills three, injures five at Savar

A bus has veered onto the footpath while attempting an overtake, killing three pedestrians on the spot at Ulail in Savar.

Tarana Halim at the dialogue

Discourage negative use of the internet, says telecoms state minister Tarana Halim at ‘Dialogue on Safer Internet’

State Minister for Post and Telecommunications Tarana Halim has urged all to discourage people from using Internet ‘negatively’.

Nova Ahmed at the dialogue

Awareness about cyberworld hazards needed: Nova Ahmed

Teacher-researcher Nova Ahmed has stressed the need to first identify the hazards of the cyberworld before one gets down to tackle them.

'Safer Internet' dialogue starts

The dialogue on 'Safer Internet' has started.

Five organ traders arrested in Dhaka

Police have arrested five people in Dhaka, who they claim are involved in illegal trade of human organs.

Three of a family killed in Jamalpur mishap

A microbus fell into a pond in Jamalpur after losing control, killing three of a family dead early on Saturday.

Policymakers, stakeholders set to brainstorm at dialogue on safer internet is inspiring an interactive brainstorming session on safer internet to develop an exhaustive view and public awareness of how to move safely and responsibly in cyber society.

Ganajagaran Mancha demands quick execution of Salauddin Quader, Mujahid

The Ganajgaran Mancha has demonstrated for quick execution of death-row war criminals Salauddin Quader Chowdhury and Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid.

BGB troops near the border at Bandarban’s Naikkhangchharhi in May 2014, when a firefight with Myanmar border forces left a BGB trooper killed.

Two more arrested in Rangamati after Myanmar separatists-BGB gunfight in Bandarban

The army has detained two more persons after the recent encounter between Myanmar separatists and BGB along the border in Bandarban.

The two have been nabbed in Kanaighat Upazila

Two brothers remanded after arrest in Sylhet over blogger Ananta’s murder

Police have arrested two more men in Sylhet’s Kanaighat Upazila for their suspected involvement in the murder of blogger Ananta Bijoy Das.

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Housewife gang-raped in Dhaka amidst outcry over rise in crime against women

Another woman has purportedly been raped by a group of youths at Sabujbagh’s Nandiparha in Dhaka amid outcry over a rise of reported incidents in past several months in the capital alone.