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Convicted BCL leader Rony gets bail in one case but remains in jail in connection with another

Bangladesh Chhatra League’s (BCL) Chittagong City unit General Secretary Nurul Azim Rony, who was sentenced to two years in prison earlier this month, has been given bail.

Vote count in municipal elections begins

The counting of votes in the third phase of municipal polls held on Wednesday has begun.

ICC finds no basis to accusations by BNP, Jamaat, says minister

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has rejected the BNP and Jamaate-e-Islami’s complaints of abuse against the Bangladesh government, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali has said. 

Tonu’s father serves legal notice to doctors for ‘delaying’ autopsy report

The father of murdered college girl Sohagi Jahan Tonu has sent legal notices to three doctors for ‘intentionally’ delaying the report of the second autopsy conducted on her body.

Three get death for Chhatra Dal leader’s murder at Nilphamari

A court has sentenced three to death for murdering a leader of the BNP’s student wing at Nilphamari.

Hugo Swire, the UK Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Office, says they are in constant touch with the Bangladesh government over the recent killings.

UK ‘disagrees’ with Bangladesh government’s explanation on recent killings

The UK says it does not agree with the Bangladesh government’s explanation over the recent killings of secular writers, bloggers, rights activists and members of religious minorities.

HC tells State to pay damages to man convicted under ‘inappropriate law

The High Court has ordered the State to pay Tk 5 million in damages to a man convicted of rape, noting that ‘inappropriate legal provisions’ were used against him 15 years ago.

At least 10 injured in Munhsignaj clash ahead of UP polls

A clash between supporters of two UP chairman candidates in Munshiganj left at least 10 people injured.

Assailants hack Gaibandha man to death inside his shop

A businessman has been murdered inside his shop in Gaibandha’s Gobindaganj Upazila.

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President’s Chittagong trip cancelled due to bad weather

President Md Abdul Hamid’s visit to Chittagong has been cancelled due to inclement weather.

Supporters of Awami League renegade UP chairman candidates killed in Chittagong, Pabna

One supporter each of two Awami League rebel chairman candidates have been murdered in Chittagong and Pabna ahead of the fifth phase of the Union Parishad election.

14-Party ruling coalition assures BCL of ‘working’ for release of its jailed leader

The leaders of the 14-Party ruling coalition led by Awami League have assured Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) that they are ‘working’ to see to the release of the organisation’s Chittagong City unit l.....

Head of forensic team that conducted autopsy on murdered Comilla student Tonu gets ‘death threat’

The leader of a forensic team did the post-mortem of murdered Comilla college student Sohagi Jahan Tonu has reportedly been threatened with death in a letter.

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Steps on CrPC Sections 54, 167 after getting Supreme Court guideline: Minister Kamal

The government will take steps on Sections 54 and 167 of Criminal Procedure Code after publication of the Supreme Court guideline on applying the laws, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has said.

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Police want to question BNP leader Aslam in two cases of violence

Police want to take BNP leader Aslam Chowdhury into custody again to question him in two cases.

Former Sonali Bank branch AGM, two jailed for life in Tk 36bn loan scam

A Dhaka court has sentenced to life in prison for loan fraud three persons, including a former assistant general manager of a Sonali Bank Limited branch.

Narayanganj 7-murder prime accused Nur Hossain feels dizzy, collapses in the dock during hearing

Nur Hossain, the prime accused in the Narayanganj seven-murder cases, felt dizzy and collapsed in court during the recording of witnesses’ statements.

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British envoy Blake remembers poet Nazrul, says recent attacks are assault on Bangladesh’s freedom

The British High Commissioner in Dhaka has said the recent attacks on bloggers, foreigners, human-rights activists, civil society figures, and religious and other minorities are assaults on the “hard-.....

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Hard to call Section 54 bad: Law Minister Anisul Huq

The government will follow the court’s direction on Section-54 but it is difficult to call the provision bad, the Law Minister Anisul Huq has said.

Hike in excise duty on tobacco products demanded

Anti-tobacco groups have demanded imposition of 70 percent supplementary duty on all kinds of tobacco products. 

BUET Vice-Chancellor Prof Khaleda Ekram’s body to be flown in Wednesday

Prof Khaleda Ekram’s body will reach at Shahjalal International Airport on Wednesday.

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May 22’s HSC, equivalent tests pushed back again to Jun 12 due to UP polls

The HSC and equivalent examinations that were scheduled for May 22 have been pushed back for a second time to Jun 12.

India gifts two ambulances to National Freedom Fighters Foundation

India has gifted two ambulances to Bangladesh’s National Freedom Fighters Foundation that works for the welfare of ‘Muktijoddhas’.

Chinese Defence Minister Chang Wanquan delivers a speech as he attends the 5th Moscow Conference on International Security (MCIS) in Moscow, Russia on April 27, 2016. REUTERS

India ‘watching’ Chinese defence minister's Dhaka visit closely

India says it will closely watch the Dhaka visit of Chinese defence minister Chang Wanquan to Dhaka later this month.

Why no damages for detention even after acquittal, asks High Court

The High Court has asked why a man detained for 13 years after his acquittal by court shall not be paid Tk 2 million in compensation as the detention ‘has violated his fundament rights’.

President, prime minister mourn death of BUET vice-chancellor

President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have expressed their grief at the death of BUET Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Khaleda Ekram.

Supreme Court rejects State’s appeal on CrPC Sections 54, 167

The Supreme Court has turned down the appeal of the State against a High Court verdict on the application of Sections 54 and 167 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

First female VC of BUET Khaleda Ekram passes away

The first female vice-chancellor of Bangladesh’s top engineering university, BUET, has died.

Shooting at UP polls camp leaves one dead, several injured

Shooting at a union council election camp has left a man dead and several others injured in Munshiganj’s Gajaria.

Bangladesh girl ‘raped’ in Dhaka by ‘Facebook friend’

A student from Keraniganj has allegedly been raped in Dhaka by a person she got in touch with on Facebook.

Dhaka court jail a den of harassment for women inmates for lack of separate cell

The lack of separate facilities for women in Dhaka court jail makes it an easy den for harassment of female inmates on a regular basis.

Teenage worker hit by bus, dies while ‘escaping assault by Ansar man’ in Dhaka

A teenage factory worker has died after being hit by a bus while escaping an alleged assault by an Ansar member in Dhaka.

Twin girls found in Bangladesh swamp

Two infant girls have been found dumped in a swamp in Labanchara Police Station area in Khulna.

Banshkhali and Anwara Upazila in Bangladesh get aid three days after cyclone Roanu plunders them

Cyclone Roanu’s worst affected areas in Banshkhali and Anwara Upazila finally received relief material three days after the calamity wreaked havoc on them.

Bangladesh child aged 4 appears ancient with swollen face, sagging skin

He is only 4 years old, but suffers from a rare skin condition that leaves him looking many years older.

Protestors in Bangladesh burn Jatiya Party MP Salim Osman’s effigy in Shahbagh

Artists, activists and cultural enthusiasts have organized a solidarity meet at Shahbagh and burnt the effigy of Jatiya Party MP Salim Osman protesting his participation in the Narayanganj school teac.....

Journalists, media professionals demand Ninth Wage Board before Eid

Journalists and media professionals have demanded the formation of the Ninth Wage Board before the Eid-ul-Fitr.

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BSF reportedly shoots Bangladesh youth dead at Panchagarh border

A Bangladeshi has been shot dead purportedly by India’s Border Security Force (BSF) on the Panchagarh border.

Weekly ‘Begum’ was Nurjahan Begum’s life’s passion

It was an extraordinary journey. Nurjahan Begum became the editor of the magazine ‘Begum’ at the age of 22 soon after finishing her studies, and was with it for 69 years.

Man allegedly beaten to death in Chittagong over land dispute

A man has been allegedly beaten to death in Chittagong’s Lohagarha Upazila over a land dispute.

Three killed in truck-pickup collision in Munshiganj

A head-on collision between a truck and a pickup van carrying a group of teenagers has killed three and injured at least 14 others in Munshiganj’s Sirajdikhan Upazila, police say.

‘Begum’ Editor Nurjahan Begum passes away at 91

Nurjahan Begum, the Editor of the Indian subcontinent’s first women’s weekly magazine ‘Begum’, has died. She was 91.

Four private medical colleges get ultimatum

The health and family welfare ministry has given four private medical colleges 15 days to submit documents for registration of land for their campuses in adherence to the rules.

‘Biometrically registered Robi SIMs’ used in fraud, money stolen from bKash accounts: Chittagong police

Police in Chittagong have arrested two men on charges of stealing ‘a huge amount of money’ from bKash accounts of ‘hundreds of people’ after fraudulently collecting their mobile-phone SIM cards regist.....

Minister Maya says ‘fragile’ dams caused deaths, damage in storm Roanu

The disaster management and relief minister has said breach of “brittle” dams by storm surge has caused losses of lives and properties in cyclone Roanu.

Jamaat hand in targeted murders: FM tells EU

The foreign minister has told European diplomats that the Jamaat-e-Islami and its associate groups were involved in the recent targeted murders to “tarnish” the image of Bangladesh and to “discredit” .....

Man sentenced for life for raping teen at Netrokona

A man who raped and impregnated a teenager after abducting her at Netrokona’s Durgapur Upazila seven years ago has been given a life sentence.

Recent attacks can undermine Bangladesh’s international reputation, warns EU

The heads of European missions in Dhaka have urged the government to break the cycle of recent attacks, warning that these could “undermine” Bangladesh’s international reputation.

First autopsy on Tonu’s body faulty, says Industries Minister Amu

Industries Minister Amir Hussain Amu has said that the first autopsy of college student Sohagi Jahan Tonu, who was found dead inside the Comilla Cantonment, was flawed.

Publicly humiliated Bangladesh teacher now threatened with death on Facebook

Death threats have been made on Facebook against a Hindu schoolteacher who was recently assaulted and shamed on the flimsy grounds of blasphemy.

MP Salim Osman should stay away from Parliament, says Health Minister Nasim

MP Salim Osman, who recently publicly shamed a school teacher, should never come to Parliament, the health minister has said.

Inu's car in a minor collision in Secretariat

A government vehicle carrying Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu has been in an accident inside the Secretariat.

Gazipur court orders death sentences for four in 2006 murder of businessman

Four men have been sentenced to death in Gazipur for killing a businessman to extort money.

Police said they were collecting evidence to charge BNP Joint Secretary General Aslam Chowdhury with treason. File Photo

BNP leader Aslam Chowdhury’s remand challenged in High Court

A petition has been filed with the High Court challenging a trial court’s order remanding BNP leader Aslam Chowdhury, arrested for allegedly ‘plotting with Israel’ to topple the Bangladesh government.

War crimes charges levelled against six persons from Netrokona

The war crimes tribunal prosecutors have levelled seven specific charges against six persons for atrocities committed in Netrokona during the 1971 war.

Man shot dead in Pabna while putting up posters for UP polls

A man is said to have been shot dead in the northern district of Pabna while putting up posters for the upcoming Union Parishad (UP) polls.

The future of Bangladesh is indeed bright, says PM Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has awarded the winners of the 2015 and 2016 school and college talent hunt programme held across Bangladesh.

Flights from the Chittagong airport were suspended since Saturday morning as cyclone Roanu approached the Bangladesh coast. File photo

Flight operations at Chittagong airport resumes after 22-hour suspension due to cyclone Roanu

Flights operations resumed at Chittagong’s Shah Amanat International Airport after being suspended for 22 hours due to cyclone Roanu.

Cyclonic storm Roanu ravages, inundates Bangladesh coastal districts, dozens killed

A cyclonic storm has devastated the coastal districts of Barisal and Chittagong in Bangladesh, killing at least 24 people, mostly washed away in the storm surge.

Govt resumes large launch operations as cyclone Roanu passes over

Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) has cleared large launches for operations after cyclone Roanu has passed over the Bangladesh coastal areas.

Rain may continue for 2 more days under the influence of Roanu

The cyclonic storm Roanu, which crossed the Bangladesh coast on Saturday evening, may cause rainfall across the country for two more days.

Cases filed in homeopath attack, bomb blast incident

Cases have been filed in the incident of the hacking of a homeopath and a separate incident of a bomb blast that left a boy dead in Kushtia, police say. 

Roanu weakens into land depression, signals at seaports drop

The cyclonic storm Roanu moved northeastwards further crossing the Barisal-Chittagong coast and weakened into a land depression through precipitation, the Met office says.

Cyclone Roanu claims 24 lives in seven Bangladesh districts

At least 24 people have died in cyclonic storm Roanu that has weakened causing heavy rains after crossing Chittagong coast in Bangladesh.

Sunday’s HSC, equivalent exams deferred to May 27 after Roanu hits coastal areas

Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and equivalent examinations scheduled for May 22 across the country have been deferred to May 27 after cyclonic storm Roanu struck Bangladesh’s coastal areas. 

Breach in embankments inundates 4 Chittagong Upazilas

Four Upazilas in Chittagong have been inundated after embankments were damaged in the cyclone Roanu which crossed the Bangladesh coast on Saturday afternoon.

Narsingdi textile factory fire kills three

A fire at a textile factory in Narsingdi has killed three people, including a Pakistani national.

Six killed in destructions caused by strong winds triggered by cyclone Roanu

Destructions caused by strong winds ahead of Cyclone Roanu have left at least six people dead in coastal Bangladesh.

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina condoles Sri Lanka flood deaths

Bangladesh has extended its condolences to Sri Lanka after devastating floods and landslides killed more than 200 people and left thousands homeless in the island nation.

Mother, son killed after uprooted tree falls on house in Chittagong

A mother and son died in Chittagong after an uprooted tree fell on their house as cyclone Roanu hit coast of Bangladesh.

Cyclone Roanu makes landfall at Chittagong coast

Cyclonic storm Roanu has made a landfall and crossed the Chittagong coast of Bangladesh with a wind speed of 62 km per hour, says the Met office.

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Government all set to tackle cyclone Roanu fallout, says disaster management minister

The government has taken ‘all kind of preparations’ to handle the fallout of cyclone Roanu, says Disaster Management Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury.

Latest on cyclone Roanu

Cyclonic storm Roanu has weakened to a low causing heavy rains after crossing Chittagong coast in Bangladesh.

Islamic State reportedly claims responsibility for Kushtia homeopath’s murder

Islamic State (IS) has reportedly claimed responsibility for Friday’s murder of a homeopath in Kushtia, SITE Intelligence Group says.

One killed in pre-poll clash in Savar, at least 20 others injured

A clash between supporters of the ruling Awami League’s UP chairman candidate and a renegade aspirant of the party has left one person dead at Dhaka’s Savar Upazila.

Three dead after strong winds cause destruction as cyclone Roanu approaches Bangladesh

Gusty winds caused by an approaching cyclone Roanu has uprooted trees and destroy houses leaving three people dead in the coastal Bangladesh districts of Bhola and Patuakhali.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina back in country after Bulgaria visit

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has returned to Dhaka after a four-day visit to London and Sofia.

Bangladesh braces for cyclone Roanu as it nears the coast

A ceaseless drizzle coupled with gusty winds have been reported from across the country as cyclone Roanu neared the coastal Bangladesh on Saturday.

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Bangladesh FM greets Assam chief minister-designate Sarbananda Sonowal

Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali has felicitated Assam chief minister-designate Sarbananda Sonowal on the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) victory in the state assembly elections.

Hasina urged to decide on Osman family after MP Salim humiliates teacher

Protests continue against the Narayanganj schoolteacher’s public shaming by MP AKM Salim Osman after assault by locals a week ago.

Cyclone Roanu nears Bangladesh coastal areas

The Met Office bulletin for the midnight of Friday predicted that cyclone Roanu could strike coastal Bangladesh on Saturday.

Harassed Narayanganj schoolteacher shifted to Dhaka for treatment

Harassed and manhandled Narayanganj schoolteacher Shyamal Kanti Bhakta has been shifted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital for better treatment, but he is worried for the safety of his family back home.....

Prime Minister Hasina on her way home after 5 days in Europe

After spending altogether five days in London and Bulgaria, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is on her way back to Dhaka.

Bangladesh, Jordan look to bolster ties as Amman sends foreign secretary on first-ever visit

Bangladesh and Jordan have discussed a range of issues to strengthen their relations in official talks.

Met predicts surging tides, cyclonic winds to sweep across Chittagong, Barisal on Saturday

Chittagong-Barisal tract is likely to experience the fury of Roanu on Saturday as the cyclone is slated to pass over the region in the afternoon that day, a Met bulletin has confirmed.

Bangladesh hopes to make new beginning with Bulgaria

Bangladesh has scripted a fresh chapter in its bilateral relations with Bulgaria four decades after the initiative for cultural cooperation with this Eastern European country failed to take off.

Bangladesh, Bulgaria sign 3 MoUs, 1 agreement to enhance cooperation

Bangladesh and Bulgaria have signed three MoUs to bolster cooperation between the two countries.

Bangladesh relocating 2.15 million coastal people to cyclone shelters as ‘Roanu’ closes in

The government is relocating over 2.15 million people in 18 coastal districts to cyclone shelters in an effort to avert casualties and minimise damage of storm ‘Roanu’.

Bangladesh ports raise danger alerts as cyclone ‘Roanu’ gets closer to shores

The Met office has asked Chittagong port to hoist danger signal number 7, Cox’s Bazar 6, Payra and Mongla 5 as the cyclone ‘Roanu’ has got closer to the Bangladesh coast.

Red alert issued to prevent 6 militants from fleeing Bangladesh

‘Red alert’ has been issued to prevent six militants identified to have been involved in the murders of bloggers and writers from fleeing the country, the home minister has said.

Assets of MP Rana, brothers attached in case over Faruk Ahmed murder

Police have confiscated the assets of ruling Awami League MP in Tangail Amanur Rahman Khan Rana and his three brothers in a case over murder of Faruk Ahmed.

Denmark Awami League observes Sheikh Hasina’s homecoming day

The Denmark Awami League has observed Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s homecoming day, recalling their leader’s contribution to Bangladesh’s development.

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Lawmaker’s son detained with revolver in Satkhira

Police have detained the son of a ruling Awami League lawmaker at Shyamnagar, under Satkhira, with a gun.

Homeopath hacked to death, youth dies in explosion in Kushtia

Unidentified assailants have hacked a homeopathy practitioner to death and injured his friend, a teacher of Islamic University in Kushtia.

Homeopath hacked to death in Kushtia, another injured

A homeopathy practitioner has been hacked to death in the Kushtia Sadar Upazila.

Recent murders aim to foil war crimes trials, says Prime Minister Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said a spate of recent ‘murders’ had been planned to foil the trials of war crimes committed Bangladesh’s Liberation War in 1971.

Bogra teachers demonstrate against trainer who made them hold their ears as punishment

A trainer of temple-based mass education programme in Bogra has been facing protests from teachers of the project for making 40 of them hold their ears as punishment during a training session.

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New Bangladesh embassy gears up to bolster ties with Denmark

Denmark was one of the first European countries to recognise independent Bangladesh and open a mission in Dhaka in 1972. It took 43 years for Dhaka to open an embassy in Copenhagen. A mission was esta.....

Met Office says cyclone ‘Roanu’ likely to intensify and move further north

Cyclone 'Roanu' over the West Central and South East Bay is heading north towards Bangladesh and could further intensify, the Met Office has warned.

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Ganajagaran Mancha Spokesperson Imran terms Shibir leader’s death extrajudicial killing

Ganajagaran Mancha Spokesperson Imran H Sarker has termed the death of an Islami Chhatra Shibir leader undergoing treatment in the Rajshahi Medical College prison cell an extrajudicial killing.