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Bangladesh Chhatra League factions fight in Rajshahi, one dead

A local leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) has been killed in a factional clash in Rajshahi City, police say.

Anti-tobacco campaigners Progga, ATMA award four journalists

Anti-tobacco campaigners Progga and ATMA have awarded four journalists ahead of the ‘World No Tobacco Day’ on May 31.

Fresh land subsides near NBL Twin Tower site; builders, owners blamed

The government has leapt to defence of Dhaka’s development agency RAJUK after more parts of a street caved in near a hotel in the capital.

Prime Minister Hasina expects greater involvement of army in development efforts

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina wants the army to get widely involved in development efforts.

Narsinghdi boat capsize: 3 children dead

Bodies of three children have been recovered after a boat capsized during storm in the Meghna River in Narsinghdi, police say.

Gang-raped Garo girl demands ‘highest punishment’ for rapists

The woman, who was gang-raped on a moving microbus in Dhaka streets, is still traumatised, her lawyers say.

Khulna’s rail links with rest of Bangladesh back on

Khulna’s rail links with the rest of Bangladesh have been restored four hours after three coaches of a freight train derailed.

Mamata Banerjee to accompany Narendra Modi on Bangladesh visit

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will join Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his two-day official visit to Bangladesh beginning on June 6, a state minister has said.

This photo of migrants rescued in Indonesia has been circulating on Facebook. The red pointer suggests that the man lying on the ground is Sabbir Hasan.

‘Drowned’ student Sabbir Hasan spotted among migrants rescued in Indonesia, family says

Sabbir Hasan, who reportedly drowned at sea a year ago while vacationing at Saint Martin’s Island, has been spotted among migrants rescued from people smugglers in Indonesia, his family claims.

Mayor Annisul to seek army’s help to save Hotel Sundarban and adjacent area

Dhaka North City Corporation Mayor Annisul Huq says he will seek the army’s help to prevent any further damage following the cave-in of a street at Karwan Bazar.

Four SAARC countries to sign agreement for seamless transit of passenger vehicles on June 15

Road Transport Minister Obaidul Quader has said that Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Bhutan will soon be signing an agreement for seamless transit of passenger vehicles between these four SAARC countries.....

Official of Indian High Commission in Dhaka mugged

An official of Indian High Commission in Bangladesh has been mugged in the capital.

Police detain four suspected people smugglers from different places of Cox’s Bazar

Police have detained four suspected people smugglers after raiding several areas in Cox’s Bazar.

National Press Club gets executive committee of 'compromise' without election

Amid constitutional complicacies over its election, a group of National Press Club members has constituted the executive committee in a sudden meeting.

Case against Rangunia OC, SI over destroying rape evidence dismissed

A court in Chittagong has dismissed a case against Rangunia Police Station OC and a sub-inspector for allegedly destroying evidence in a rape case.

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SOFI report hails achievement of MDG goal of halving undernourished

Bangladesh has reduced the number of chronically undernourished people by half during the last 25 years.

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Police get 10 days to grill Garo girl 'rapists'

Police have 10 days to question the two men who allegedly gang-raped a tribal woman on a moving microbus in Dhaka.

EC holds mock polling to check casting time ahead of Magura bypolls

After allegations of widespread rigging during the city polls, the Election Commission (EC) has held a mock voting exercise to find out the frequency of voting in an hour.

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Salahuddin not safe in Bangladesh: Hasina Ahmed

Police in India's Meghalaya state has taken BNP leader Salahuddin Ahmed to a hospital for medical checks again.

Appellate Division fixes Bar council poll date on Aug 13

The Appellate Division has asked the Bangladesh Bar Council to review their voters list, publish the updated version by July 12 and hold the polls on Aug 13.

RAB kills ‘drugs and weapons trader’ killed in Motijheel ‘shootout’

A ‘drugs and weapons trader’ has been killed in a ‘shootout’ with the Rapid Action Battalion in Motijheel.

Bangladesh fears Rohingya radicalisation

Bangladesh is apprehensive that the systematic persecution faced by the Muslim minorities in Myanmar, specially the Rohingyas in the country's Rakhine province, may radicalise them dangerously.

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Deadline for Mir Quasem appeal summary extended by four weeks

The Appellate Division has given another four weeks to the defence counsels of death row war criminal Mir Quasem Ali to submit summary of their appeal in the war crimes case against him.

Foreign Minister Mahmood Ali for greater OIC role in counter-terrorism

Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali has called for mobilising all possible resources available with the OIC to fight terrorism.

Teachers in Bangladesh to be taught how to write question papers after Holy Cross fiasco

The education boards are drafting guidelines for schools to take extra care in making question papers.

Bangladesh relocating Rohingya camps from Cox’s Bazaar to a shoal at Hatia in Noakhali

With Rohingya refugees getting increasingly involved in crimes, Bangladesh government is relocating the ethnic Myanmar people from the camps in Cox’s Bazaar to the island Upazila of Hatia in Noakhali.

Dhaka mayors, MP fault RAJUK’s ‘negligence’, contractor’s ‘irregularities’ for Karwan Bazar street collapse

Dhaka mayors and the local MP have blamed negligence of RAJUK and irregularities of a contractor firm for the collapse of Sundarban Hotel boundary wall, an alley and a part of the CR Dutta Road in the.....

Customs seizes drugs worth Tk 25 million from Emirates Airlines flight at Dhaka airport

Customs officials have seized drugs worth Tk 25 million from the Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka.

Rape victim’s mother sues Rangunia police OC, SI for destroying evidence

After the High Court ordered arrest of the suspected rapists, the mother of the victim has brought charges of destroying evidence against the Rangunia Police Station OC and a sub-inspector.

Hotel Sundarban says it warned NBL Twin Tower about construction flaws

Officials of Dhaka’s Hotel Sundarban say they had warned the National Bank Ltd Twin Tower authorities about construction flaws. 

RAB says only two men raped the tribal woman on moving microbus

The two men arrested over the gang-rape of a woman on a microbus have said none except them was involved, the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has said.

Salahuddin to remain in judicial custody for 14 days, Meghalaya police make no remand move

The chief judicial magistrate in Shillong has sent BNP leader Salahuddin Ahmed to judicial custody.

Holy Cross ‘sorry’ for test question that said girls in 'indecent clothes' invite molestation

The headmistress of Holy Cross Girls’ High School has ‘apologised’ for a test question that suggested girls could avoid sexual harassment by not wearing ‘indecent’ clothes.

PM reminds Air Force personnel of their responsibilities towards civilians during natural disaster

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called upon the Air Force personnel to act as friends of people during natural disaster besides being the protector of Bangladesh airspace.

Anti-people smuggling tribunal at seven divisional headquarters: Law minister

In an effort to curb the menace of smuggling of people, the government has decided to set up special courts.

Foreign Minister meets OIC Secretary General in Kuwait

Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali has met the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) Secretary General Iyad Ameen Madani in Kuwait.

One held over Chittagong double murder

Police have arrested a man alleged to be involved in the murder of a woman and her daughter in Chittagong’s Nalaparha area.

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War crimes convict Ali Ahsan Md Mujahid’s appeal verdict on Jun 16

The verdict on an appeal by Jamaat-e-Islami leader Ali Ahsan Muhammad Mujahid against his death sentence awarded by a war crimes tribunal will be out on June 16.

Sundarban Hotel at risk after road subsidence

A six-storey building in capital Dhaka’s Karwan Bazar has been evacuated after a street beside it suffered sudden subsidence.

Boundary wall of building at Dhaka’s Karwan Bazar collapses

A portion of the boundary wall of the Hotel Sundarbans at Dhaka’s Karwan Bazar has collapsed on Wednesday.

Two arrested over gang rape of Garo girl

Six days after the gang rape of a Garo girl in a microbus, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has arrested two persons they accuse of masterminding the crime.

BCL groups fight over tender at Jahangirnagar University, teacher assaulted

Two groups of Bangladesh Chhatra League activists have fought over a tender in Jahangirnagar University.

Shohagh Paribahan driver, assistant released on bail a day after transport strike ends

A Faridpur court has granted bail to a bus driver and his assistant, whose arrest in a robbery case led to a transport strike in the southern districts.

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Helicopter pilot dies in Singapore two weeks after crash in Chittagong

Squadron Leader Shafayet Sarwar, who was injured in a chopper crash in Chittagong two weeks ago, has died during treatment in Singapore.

Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina on Forbes’ list of 100 most powerful women in the world

Business magazine Forbes has put Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on a list of 100 most powerful women in the world this year.

Question paper blames it on women’s clothes

Do clothes women wear make them targets of harassment? Well, that is what a question paper in a well-known Dhaka school seems to suggest.

Military drills ‘Ferocious Falcon’ end in Qatar with a strategic seminar

The 2015 Doha military exercise ‘Ferocious Falcon’ has come to a close with a ‘senior leaders’ seminar.

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State begins making argument against war crimes convict Mujaheed’s death sentence appeal

The state has started presenting its argument against death-row war crimes convict Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujaheed’s appeal after the defence completed theirs.

a2i project gets WSIS award for second straight year

The government’s Access to Information (a2i) project has won the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) award for the second consecutive year.

Khulna-Mongla rail project overshoots budget 121% in five years

The estimated cost of Khulna-Mongla rail project, to be financed by the Indian government, has more than doubled in last five years.

PM Hasina meets President Hamid, enquires about his health

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has visited President Md Abdul Hamid and asked him how his health was holding up.

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Trinamool attacks Rajnath over Teesta, law and order comments

Reacting sharply to union Home Minister Rajnath Singh's statement that the Teesta river water sharing deal with Bangladesh would be finalised soon, West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress on Tuesday s.....

Lawyer’s wife killed at Khilkhet’s Nikunja in Dhaka

A housewife has been found killed in her house at Nikunja of Khilkhet in Dhaka.

SUST student detained for ‘harassing, assaulting’ female student

A Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) student has been detained for allegedly harassing and assaulting a female student.

Bangladesh government mulling over curbing smoking at factories

The government is mulling over curbs on smoking in factories across Bangladesh.

Heat wave kills 90 more in Andhra, Telangana, toll crosses 800

The heat wave sweeping through Telangana and Andhra Pradesh claimed 90 more lives in the two states, taking the toll to over 800.

Teesta deal with Bangladesh will be finalised soon, says Indian home minister

Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's likely visit to Bangladesh in June, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday asserted the Teesta water sharing accord with the neighbouring country would be.....

Bangladesh-origin EU migrants accused of being involved in housing scam in Britain 

 A UK-based charity has been charged with a housing benefits fraud offence involving several Bangladeshi migrants with European Union passports.

Summer scorchers near end: Met office

The scorching summer heat seems finally on its way out with the Met office forecasts pointing to showers across the country. 

Policemen monitor as forensic experts dig out human remains near the abandoned human trafficking camp in the jungle close the Thailand border at Bukit Wang Burma in northern Malaysia May 26, 2015. Reuters

Malaysian police reveal grim secrets of jungle trafficking camps

Malaysian police forensic teams, digging with hoes and shovels, began pulling out the remains of dozens of suspected victims of human traffickers on Tuesday from shallow graves discovered at a jungle .....

Jute mill workers threaten to block road, railway

Workers of state-owned jute factories have threatened to go on strike and block roads and railways.

Rangpur lychees, a delicacy of the northern district, have flooded Dhaka’s Karwan Bazar fruit market.

Karwan Bazar teeming with seasonal fruits, traders more careful

Karwan Bazar fruit traders, with the bitter experience of the anti-formalin drives last year still fresh in their minds, are treading cautiously this time while trying to cover previous losses.

High Court orders Prothom Alo to pay Tk 100,000 for false reporting

The High Court has ordered Prothom Alo newspaper to pay a female worker Tk 100,000 for wrong news that she gave birth in the toilet of a factory in Gazipur. 

Hasina meets President Hamid

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has paid a courtesy call on President Md Abdul Hamid.

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High Court grants bail to Latif Siddique, stays proceedings in seven cases

The High Court has granted former minister Abdul Latif Siddique bail in seven cases for ‘hurting religious sentiments’ and halted proceedings in those cases. 

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India Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit Dhaka Jun 6-7

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive in Dhaka on a two-day state visit on June 6 after paving the way for implementation of the Land Boundary Agreement.

BNP leader Rafiqul Islam Miah secures anticipatory bail in seven cases

The High Court has granted anticipatory bail to BNP Standing Committee Member Rafiqul Islam Miah over seven criminal cases that accuse him of violence.

Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana at the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum in 2011.

Tighter security for Bangabandhu family

The government will provide round the clock security for members of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s family.

Dhaka teacher sentenced to life in prison for raping 5-year-old student

A Dhaka court has sentenced 24-year-old Md Minhaz Uddin, a teacher of Holy Crescent School in Shewrapara, to life in prison for raping a five-year-old student.

Trader murdered inside Dinajpur hotel room

A trader has been killed when his throat was slit inside his room in a hotel in Dinajpur’s Parbatipur Upazila early on Tuesday.

13 suspected robbers arrested in Dhaka

Police have arrested 13 suspected robbers from Dhaka’s Motijheel and Mohammadpur area and seized some weapons and ammunition from them.

Man hacked to death in Dhaka’s Sutrapur area

A man has been hacked to death allegedly by his cousin following a family feud in Dhaka’s Sutrapur area.

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Bangladeshi UN peacekeeper shot dead in Mali

A Bangladesh soldier on UN peacekeeping mission in Africa's Mali has been killed and another was injured when  militants fired at them.

Police accused of negligence of duty in gang-rape case

Turag police have been accused of neglecting their duty in extending support to the Garo girl who was gang-raped in Dhaka on Thursday.

38 dead in China rest home fire

Thirty-eight people were killed and six others injured after a fire broke out in a rest home in central China's Henan Province late Monday, said authorities on Tuesday.

Interest on previously-bought saving certificates to remain unchanged

The government’s decision to cut interest on saving certificates will not apply to earlier purchases.

DCCI wants use of whitened black money limited to productive sectors

The Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) has urged the government to allow undisclosed money to be legalised by paying fines only for utilisation in productive sectors.

Gazipur leguna crash, Sreepur OC withdrawn

Sreepur Police Station OC Abdul Motalib has been withdrawn after a head-on collision between a covered van and four-wheeler human hauler hired by police killed six, including suspected criminals, in G.....

Garo girl gang-rape in Dhaka: Police still examining CCTV footage

Police are yet to track down the criminals who gang-raped a Garo girl on a moving microbus in Dhaka last week.

CID to investigate Sylhet blogger Ananta’s murder

Police have ordered its Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to look into the killing of Sylhet blogger Ananta Bijoy Das after local police failed to make headway in two weeks.

Garo students to escort working women from their community to home at night

Garo Student Union (GaSU) has announced a security plan to escort the women from their community when they will return home from work in the capital at night during the upcoming month of Ramadan.

Transporters call off strike in Khulna region to end commuter woes

Bus owners and workers have withdrawn their strike in Khulna region to give a respite to commuters in the South who suffered for six days.

A lot to learn from Bangladesh: Chinese vice premier tells the speaker

Chinese Vice Premier Lio Yandong has said China has a lot to learn from Bangladesh, especially in meeting economic and social sector challenges.

HC orders to arrest Rangunia rape accused

High Court has issued an order to arrest a local resident Shah Alam and others accused of raping a girl at Chittagong’s Rangunia Upazila.

Bangladesh outlaws Islamist militant group Ansarullah Bangla Team

Bangladesh has banned militant group Ansarullah Bangla Team that detectives believe has links with terrorist outfit al-Qaeda.

Dhaka Stock Exchange sitting with vendor NASDAQ over software glitch

Dhaka Stock Exchange will be sitting with the vendor of the software that runs its trading floor and other software companies over an apparent glitch in its servers.

Heat wave toll crosses 500 in India’s Andhra, Telangana

Soaring temperatures have gripped parts of southern and northern India in an extreme heat wave which has killed more than 500 people and looks set to continue this week, officials said on Monday.

Seven, including policeman, killed in Gazipur highway crash

Six suspected criminals and a policeman have been killed in a highway accident in Gazipur, police say.

Matlub Ahmad is new President of FBCCI

Nitol Niloy Group Chairman Abdul Matlub Ahmad has been elected President of the apex business body FBCCI.

SUST student faces accusations of harassing, assaulting female co-student

A student of the Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) has been accused of harassing and physically assaulting a female co-student in Sylhet.

DU Fine Arts student injured, students block road

Students of Dhaka University’s Faculty of Fine Arts blocked the road in front of the faculty and agitated after a fellow student was injured in a road accident.

Bangladesh cabinet ratifies LBA protocol

The Cabinet has ratified the Land Border Agreement Protocol signed four years ago for the exchange of enclaves with India.

Court scraps Khaleda plea to cancel plaintiff’s deposition in graft cases

A Dhaka court has turned down a petition by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s defence to scrap testimonies by the plaintiff of Zia Charitable Trust and Zia Orphanage Trust graft cases.

DSE trading delayed for the second day

Trading at the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) has been delayed for the second day due to technical problems at its server.

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HC demands police explanation on Garo girl rape case

The High Court has demanded explanation from police for their delay in processing the case over Thursday’s gang rape of a Garo girl.

Hasina's development model Bangladesh's unique contribution: Muhith

In the best of moods before placing a national budget, Finance MInister AMA Muhith is offering the world a new model for economic growth and development.

A forensic policeman transports body bags with human remains found at the site of human trafficking camps in the jungle close the Thailand border after bringing them to a police camp near Wang Kelian in northern Malaysia May 25, 2015. Reuters

Malaysia finds 139 graves at ‘cruel’ jungle trafficking camps

Malaysia has found 139 graves, and signs of torture, in more than two dozen squalid human trafficking camps suspected to have been used by gangs smuggling migrants across the border with Thailand, the.....

Two suspected Islamic State activists held in Dhaka

Police have nabbed two suspected activists of Middle East-based radical group Islamic State (IS) in Dhaka.

Khaleda Zia in court to attend graft cases hearing

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has appeared in a Dhaka court for hearings of graft cases involving her.

Man shot dead while fleeing after hurling bomb on patrol car: Police

A young man has died while another was injured in Dhaka after police fired at them.