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Chehlum for Khaleda’s son Coco Wednesday

The Chehlum for Khaleda Zia’s youngest son Arafat Rahman Coco will be held at the BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office in Dhaka on Wednesday.

18.5 kg gold bars found in a plane’s toilet after landing at Dhaka airport

Customs authorities at Shahjalal International Airport have seized around 18.5 kilograms of gold bars from a toilet in a Regent Airways aircraft.

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee condemns writer Avijit Roy’s murder

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has strongly condemned the brutal murder of the Avijit Roy.

Six members of US Congress want murderers of writer Avijit Roy brought to justice

Six US congressmen and women have written to the Secretary of State John Kerry to make sure that the murderers of the Bangladeshi-American writer-blogger Avijit Roy are brought to justice.

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Bangladesh lacks facilities for testing energy drinks, says industries minister

Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu has said Bangladesh lacks facilities to control quality of ‘energy drinks produced locally’.

Stop violence, western diplomats urge after meeting with Khaleda Zia

Several Western diplomats including the new US ambassador have called for an end to ongoing violence after a meeting with BNP chief Khaleda Zia at her Gulshan office where she has lodged herself since.....

Calculators banned in BCS preliminary exams

Candidates of the 35th BCS examinations will not be able to use calculators during the preliminary examinations. 

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BNP statement extends ongoing shutdown until Friday morning

A statement, believed to be issued by the BNP, has extended the 20-Party alliance’s ongoing shutdown until Friday 6am.

Student’s death lead to vandalism near Agargaon 

Angry students have smashed vehicles around Dhaka’s Agargaon after a student of the Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University (SAU) was run over by a bus. 

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Avijit’s wife leaves for US for treatment

Rafida Ahmed Bonya has left for the United States for treatment after suffering a terror attack in Dhaka that claimed the life of her husband Avijit Roy.

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Wednesday’s SSC exams pushed back as BNP-led coalition extends shutdown

The SSC and equivalent examinations slated for Wednesday have been postponed.

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Chittagong lawyers agree to attend court during shutdowns

Lawyers of Chittagong have finally decided to attend court during shutdowns, ending a 26-year-old tradition.

Dhaka court grants police 10 days to grill Farabi

A Dhaka court has granted the police 10 days to grill extremist blogger Farabi Shafiur Rahman, key suspect in the Avijit Roy murder case.

FBI team coming to Dhaka ‘shortly’

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will “shortly” send a “small team” to Dhaka to assist Bangladeshi law-enforcing agencies investigate the brutal murder of the writer-blogger Avijit Roy.

Policeman injured by muggers dies in DMCH

A police constable, who was injured after being hit by a microbus driven by muggers, has died at the Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH).

Two trucks and a bus torched in Joypurhat

Blockade supporters have torched two trucks and a bus in Joypurhat.

Indian Foreign Secretary Jaishankar flies to Pakistan

Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar has flown to Islamabad from Dhaka to hold talks with his Pakistani counterpart Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhary.

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Avijit’s wife to leave for US

Rafida Ahmed Bonya is returning to the United States for treatment after suffering a terror attack in Dhaka that claimed the life of her husband Avijit Roy.

A bus and a truck torched in Noakhali

A truck and a bus have been set on fire in Noakhali amid the BNP-led alliance’s ongoing blockade and shutdown.

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Pak men who killed two Bangladeshis caught in Saudi 

Two Pakistani men have been arrested in Saudi Arabia for murdering two Bangladeshis and two Indians.

Ansarullah Bangla Team member held after Farabi

Police have arrested a member of the Ansarullah Bangla Team and six of the BNP after nabbing Farabi Shafiur Rahman in connection with the murder of writer-blogger Avijit Roy.

Driver killed, helper badly injured in Chapainawabganj arson

Suspected blockade supporters have torched a covered van at Shibganj in Chapainawabganj, killing the driver and critically injuring his helper.

Blockade campaigners torch five vehicles in Dhaka, Chittagong and Gazipur

Blockade supporters have torched at least five vehicles in Dhaka, Chittagong and Gazipur, leaving several people injured.

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Phullgazi Chairman Ekram murder prime suspect Minar secures bail again

BNP leader Mahatab Uddin Ahmmed Chowdhury Minar, the prime accused in the murder of Feni Awami League leader Ekramul Haq, has yet again secured bail from the High Court.

New Ansar draft law keeps provision for punishment for mutiny

A new draft law for the Ansar has kept provision, like that of the BGB, for punishment in case of mutiny. 

Indian PM Modi writes to Hasina, says looking forward to Bangladesh visit

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi would like to visit Dhaka "soon", he said in a letter written to his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina.

When will peace return? Asks MP in parliament

An independent lawmaker has sought to know in parliament about the possible return of normalcy in the country.

War crimes: Netrokona’s Taher, Noni’s trial starts

A special tribunal has ordered the commencement of trial of Netrokona’s Md Obaidul Haq alias Abu Taher and Ataur Rahman Noni facing war crimes charges.

Two get death for raping, killing minor girl in Bogra in 2006

Two men have been sentenced to death for the rape and murder of a six-year-old girl in Bogra nine years ago.

Expelled BNP leaders meet CEC

Two expelled BNP leaders have met the chief election commissioner over the upcoming polls to the bifurcated Dhaka City Corporation.

Two cars torched after bomb attack in Dhaka 

Masked assailants have exploded crude bombs at Dhaka’s Bijoynagar before setting fire to two cars amid the BNP-led alliance’s ongoing agitation.

Bangladesh sees major change in Indian policy

Bangladesh sees “a major change” in Indian foreign policy with New Delhi now focussed on resolving bilateral problems with its neighbours “quickly”.

Nine additional secretaries promoted to secretary

The government has promoted nine additional secretaries to the position of secretary.

AL offices and two buses set on fire in Panchagarh

Two offices of Awami League’s (AL) Panchagarh unit and two buses have been set on fire in Panchagarh Sadar amid the BNP-led alliance’s ongoing blockade and shutdown.

Bus torched in Gazipur by ‘gunpowder’

A bus has been set on fire in Sreepur of Gazipur using ‘gun powder’.

HC rule on govt’s ‘inaction’ on imposing restrictions on blockade, shutdown

The High Court has issued a rule asking why the government’s ‘lack of action’ to impose ‘reasonable restrictions’ on blockade and shutdowns would not be declared ‘illegal’.

4 blockade supporters nabbed after attacking police in Lakshmipur

Police have nabbed four blockade supporters after they blocked the highway with a log, hurled bombs and fired at a police patrol in Lakshmipur.

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RAB arrests Farabi over Avijit murder

The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has arrested one Farabi Shafiur Rahman over the murder of writer and blogger Avijit Roy.

Indian Foreign Secretary Jaishankar arrives in Dhaka

New Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar has arrived in Dhaka on a special flight from Bhutan.

One dead in gas cylinder explosion in Dhaka

A gas cylinder explosion at a house in Dhaka has left one dead, said police.

Derailment disrupts Sylhet's rail links with Dhaka and Chittagong

Sylhet’s train links with Dhaka and Chittagong has resumed after being suspended for more than five hours.

Derailment disrupts Sylhet's rail links with Dhaka and Chittagong

Sylhet’s train links with Dhaka and Chittagong has been disrupted after a goods train derailed at Habiganj on Monday.

Juba League worker lynched

A Juba League worker has been beaten to death for opposing gambling at Noakhali's Maijodi.

Dhaka-based diplomats want an end to the current violence in Bangladesh

A group of Dhaka-based diplomats, mostly from the West, has called for an end to the ongoing violence in Bangladesh that has left more than 100 people killed, mostly by fire-bombings.

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4 burnt in Dhaka firebombing

Firebombing on a bus at Dhaka's Banasree has left four persons badly burnt.

Why I do not agree with Editors Council

I disagree with the Editors Council – the small group of chief executives and editors of Bangladesh’s few print newspapers based mostly in Dhaka. Its latest statement, signed by its general secretary,.....

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Police leave Khaleda’s home

Police deputed at the house of the BNP chairperson have been withdrawn as Khaleda Zia continues to live in her office.

Mourners ask govt, people to be alert against militancy

People have paid their last respects to Avijit Roy at Aparajeyo Bangla on the Dhaka University campus where the writer and blogger spent his childhood.

Switzerland, Bangladesh agree to work together in global forums

Bangladesh and Switzerland have agreed to work together in the global forums including the UN.

Avijit murder: Law enforcers criticised in Parliament

Independent lawmaker Tahzib Alam Siddiqui has criticised law enforcing agencies for failing to prevent the murder of writer-blogger Avijit Roy.

Agartala protest Avijit Roy murder

Hundreds of protestors took to the streets of Agartala on Sunday to raise their voice against the murder of US-based Bangladeshi writer-blogger Avijit Roy in Dhaka.

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EC looking for right time for Dhaka, Chittagong city corporations polls

The Election Commission (EC) is still looking for a ‘suitable date’ to hold the elections to the city corporations of Dhaka (North and South) and Chittagong.

Indian Foreign Secretary Jaishankar arriving in Dhaka Monday

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is sending down his new Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar to Dhaka on Monday to reach out to the neighbours to strengthen bilateral ties.

Two BNP leaders arrested in Cox’s Bazar war crimes case

Two BNP leaders have been arrested over a war crimes case in Cox’s Bazar, police say.

Bangladesh to engage FBI in writer-blogger Avijit murder investigations

Bangladesh has taken up the US offer to engage its Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to probe the brutal murder of the writer-blogger Avijit Roy.

Bill passed for maritime resources research

Parliament has passed a bill to set up a research facility to ensure proper use of maritime resources.

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Court issues search warrant for Khaleda’s office

A Dhaka court has executed a warrant to search the Gulshan office of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia after police said there could be explosives and fugitives there.

Irfan bounces Zimbabwe out as Pakistan claim first win

Mohammad Irfan extracted steep bounce from the Gabba pitch to pick up four wickets as Pakistan secured their first victory at the World Cup by beating Zimbabwe by 20 runs in their Pool B match on Sund.....

 Robert Watkins new UN Resident Coordinator in Dhaka

Newly appointed UN Resident Coordinator in Dhaka Robert Watkins has presented his credentials to Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali at his office.

ICC to work with Bangladesh

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has shown interest to work together with Bangladesh in sensitising young people about its activities.

Remain alert against terrorism and militancy: PM to army

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has asked the army to remain alert against terrorism and militancy .

Bangladesh businesses move HC over shutdowns, blockades

Trade lobby FBCCI and three export-focused organisations have moved the High Court over blockades and shutdowns that have left the businesses bleeding for the past one and a half months.

Pro BNP-Jamaat lawyers in Chittagong prevent judges from holding hearings

Two judges in Chittagong were forced to leave the courtroom when lawyers supporting  BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami raised a hullabaloo over attempts to resume proceedings. 

1 arrested and 25 petrol bombs found in Faridpur

RAB (Rapid Action Battalion) personnel have arrested one person and recovered 25 petrol bombs after raiding a house in Faridpur Sadar.

Death for one, 14-years in jail for 2 others for rape and murder

A man has been sentenced to death for raping and killing his sister-in-law nine years ago.

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Demonstration held at Avijit murder site demanding killers’ arrest

Avijit Roy’s remains have been taken to the Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) mortuary after people paid their respects to the slain writer-blogger at Dhaka University.

3 nabbed after hurling petrol bomb in Rajshahi

Three people, suspected to be BNP activists, have been nabbed while trying to flee after hurling petrol bombs in Rajshahi.

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People pay their last respects to writer-blogger Avijit Roy

People have paid their last respects to assassinated writer-blogger Avijit Roy.

Another transport worker suffers burns in Joypurhat

A transport worker has been burnt while asleep when two parked buses were torched in Joypurhat during a shutdown being enforced by the BNP-led alliance.

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2 buses torched in Dhaka amid shutdown

Miscreants have set fire to two buses in capital Dhaka during a shutdown being enforced by the BNP-Jamaat-e-Islami alliance.

Buffett looks at succession, signals future growth problem

In his 50 years at the helm of Berkshire Hathaway Inc, Warren Buffett has transformed a failing textile company into a sprawling conglomerate that has vastly outperformed most of the rest of corporate.....

Police in Germany's Bremen heighten security citing possible Islamist threat

Police in the north German city of Bremen warned on Saturday of a heightened danger from Islamist militants and said they had increased their presence in the city centre and stepped up protection of t.....

Thirimanne, Sangakkara score tons to thrash England

Sri Lankan opener Lahiru Thirimanne and the classy Kumar Sangakkara hit fabulous unbeaten centuries to power Sri Lanka to a comfortable nine-wicket win over England in Pool A on Sunday.

Huge cache of explosives recovered from Chittagong, 4 arrested

A huge cache of explosives, bomb making material and crude bombs have been recovered from a house in Chittagong amid the BNP-led alliance’s ongoing violent blockade.

Strikers burn six vehicles in Dhaka amid blockade

Strikers have set  fire to six vehicles in Dhaka , ahead of another 72-hour shutdown called by the BNP-led 20 party alliance.

Indian foreign secretary’s ‘SAARC Yatra’ begins Sunday

New Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar will begin his ‘SAARC Yatra’ from Sunday by first landing in Bhutan.

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Former Chief Justice Khairul Haque blames judicial inaction for radical terror

Former chief justice ABM Khairul Haque says the judiciary has to take its fair share of blame for the culture of impunity that led to Avijit Roy's murder.

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‘Proper’ Avijit murder probe needed: BNP

The BNP, in a statement ascribed to them, has demanded a proper investigation into the murder of writer-blogger Avijit Roy.

BSMMU convocation on Sunday

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) is going to hold its convocation on Sunday, the second in its 17 years history.

EU development support up

The European Union has increased its grant assistance to Bangladesh for 2014-2020, by more than 70 percent.

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron gestures as he delivers a speech in Hastings, southern England February 23, 2015. 

British PM Cameron vows to hunt down 'Jihadi John'

British Prime Minister David Cameron vowed on Friday to use all means at his disposal to hunt down militants such as "Jihadi John" after the killer was identified as a Kuwaiti-born computer programmin.....

CPJ demands 'swift' Avijit probe

US-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has blamed the murder of writer-blogger Avijit Roy on a 'culture of impunity' persisting in Bangladesh and called for a swift and effective probe to bri.....

Monday strike in DU to protest Avijit Roy murder

Pragatishil Chhatra Jote, a platform  of Leftist student organisations, has called for a strike at Dhaka University for Monday to protest the brutal murder of writer-blogger Avijit Roy.

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Latif Siddique suffers heart attack

Former minister Abdul Latif Siddique has suffered a heart attack.

EU wants troublemakers punished

The EU delegation in Dhaka wants the government to identify the perpetrators of the recent violence and bring them to justice.

India cruise to easy win over UAE in Perth

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin claimed four wickets to lead a strong Indian bowling performance as the defending champions eased to a nine-wicket victory over the United Arab Emirates in a World Cup .....

Shibir man loses wrist in Gazipur blast

The wrist of an Islami Chhatra Shibir member has been blown off in an explosion in Gazipur. 

Sunday, Tuesday’s SSC tests deferred

The government has rescheduled Sunday and Tuesday’s SSC and equivalent examinations.

India to give visa on arrival for 150 countries 

India will provide visa on arrival (VoA) to people from 150 countries, a sharp rise from the 43 countries now, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced Saturday.

UN condemns Avijit killing

The United Nations has joined the world community in condemning the killing of writer and blog activist Avijit Roy.

India’s Jaitley goes for growth, delays cut in fiscal deficit

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday announced a budget aimed at high growth, saying the pace of cutting the fiscal deficit would slow as he seeks to boost investment and ensure that ordinary peo.....

BNP-Jamaat-backed lawyers sweep Dhaka Bar Association elections

Pro-government lawyers have suffered defeat in the election to the most important district legal community, the Dhaka Bar Association.

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Govt bans hilsa fishing in Meghna for two months

The government has embargoed fishing in a 100km stretch of the Meghna River for two months starting Mar 1 in Chandpur and Lakshmipur to protect the juvenile and brood hilsa.

Family meets Kamaruzzaman

Family members of war criminal Mohammad Kamaruzzaman, who is awaiting execution, have visited him in the jail.

New Zealand made to work hard for Australia win

New Zealand pace bowler Trent Boult destroyed a powerful Australia batting lineup with an astonishing display of left-arm swing bowling to set up a one-wicket World Cup victory with more than 26 overs.....

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Two more arson victims die at DMCH

Two people, both victims of arson during the BNP-led alliance’s blockade, have died at the Dhaka Medial College and Hospital (DMCH).

Explosives, bomb making materials recovered from Chittagong

A huge cache of explosives, bomb making material and crude bombs have been recovered from a house in Chittagong amid the BNP-led alliance’s ongoing violent blockade.

Avijit epitomises spirit of humanity

Avijit Roy is an icon who transgressed religious and racial differences to epitomise the spirit of humanity.

Russian opposition leader Nemtsov shot dead in Moscow

Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin and Russia's involvement in the war in Ukraine, was shot dead steps from the Kremlin in central Moscow late.....

Fire in Paltan building kills 1, injures 3

At least one person has been killed and three others injured in a fire at a multi-storeyed building in Dhaka.