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Massive fire at Dhaka multi-storied building, no casualties reported

A huge fire has broken out at a 14-storey building in capital Dhaka.

Gazette out to enlarge Dhaka

The government has published the gazette officially adding 16 union councils to Dhaka, thus more than doubling the size of Bangladesh’s capital.

Remand sought for two suspects of SP wife murder

Police have sought remand for the two arrested on Tuesday in connection with the murder of police superintendent Babul Akter’s wife Mahmuda Akter Mitu.

New Mongolian ambassador calls on foreign minister

Mongolia’s non-resident ambassador Gonchig Ganbold has called on Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali at his office.

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Government sets up control rooms to monitor hospital services during Eid holidays

The government has decided to set up two control rooms to monitor hospital services during the long Eid vacation, the health ministry has said.

Government recognises Dhaka Ahsania Mission for anti-drug activities

Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) has received the first prize from the government for its contribution to anti-drug movement, treatment and rehabilitation.

Babul Akter not under police watch, says home minister

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has dismissed speculation that police superintendent Babul Akter is being kept ‘under watch’ by law enforcers over the murder of his wife.

Court accepts charge-sheet in a case involving the murder four children in Habibganj

A Habiganj court has accepted the charge-sheet in the case over the murders of four children in the district’s Bahubal.

Shop worker dies in fire at Chittagong’s Central Plaza

A man has died in a fire at a shopping centre in Chittagong.

Bank branches in commercial areas to remain open on Jul 2, 3 and 4

To facilitate businesses ahead of the Eid-ul-Fitr, bank branches at commercial areas will remain open on Jul 2, 3 and 4.

Abu Saleh Mohammad Abdul Aziz Mia is a central committee member of the Jamaat-e-Islami. He was an MP from the Gaibandha-1 constituency between 2001 and 2006. File photo

Six Gaibandha men including former Jamaat MP indicted for 1971 war crimes

The International Crimes Tribunal has ordered trial for six men from Gaibandha, including former Jamaat-e-Islami MP Abu Saleh Mohammad Abdul Aziz Mia aka Ghoramarha Aziz.

Bodies of 32-year-old Md Shariful Islam Sharif (left) and 24-year-old Jumman Mia were recovered from a ditch at Gazipur's Tongi.

RAB arrests five over Tongi double murder

The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has arrested five suspects over the murders of two people in May this year.

Aid worker Cesare Tavella was shot dead at Dhaka's diplomatic zone Gulshan in September last year.

Police press charges on seven people in murder of Italian citizen Cesare Tavella

Police have brought charges against seven people, including former BNP ward commissioner MA Kayum in the murder of Italian national Cesare Tavella in Dhaka last year.

Police said Ehteshamul Haque Bhola (second from left) supplied the firearms used for the killing and told his employee 'Monir' (second from right) to keep those.

Police arrest two more suspects in murder of SP Babul Aktar’s wife

Police in Chittagong say they have arrested two more suspects in the murder of their colleague Superintendent Babul Aktar’s wife.

Signature campaign to raise voice against drug abuse launched in Dhaka

Youths under a UN initiative have launched a signature campaign to raise voice against drug abuse.

Super cop Babul’s  father-in-law wonders if he is under police watch

Six policemen are guarding super cop Babul Aktar – who is currently living in his wife's house ever since her murder on June 5 -- round the clock.

Notice sent to police seeks explanation to Fahim’s custodial death

A pro-BNP lawyer has sent a notice to the police, seeking an explanation to how Uttara College student, Faizullah Fahim, died in its custody.

Bangladesh Cabinet approves loan agreement with Russia on Rooppur power plant

The Bangladesh government has given go-ahead to a loan agreement with Russia for setting up the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant.

IT entrepreneur Mustafa Jabbar to lead new BASIS executives for 2016-19

IT entrepreneur Mostafa Jabbar, best known for creating Bijoy, the first Bengali writing software, will lead Bangladesh’s top trade body for IT and software over the next three years.

SP Babul questioned to crosscheck identities of suspects, says Home Minister Kamal

With a smokescreen being drawn over the ‘questioning’ of SP Babul Aktar concerning his wife’s murder, the home minister has said the police officer had been summoned to crosscheck the identities of su.....

National Telecommunications Policy gets Cabinet nod, targets mobile phones for all by 2021

The government has approved the National Telecommunications Policy, 2016, which hopes to make mobile phones available to everyone by 2021, the golden jubilee of Bangladesh’s independence.

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Bangladesh has 10,347 abandoned houses, 6,406 in Dhaka

There are 10,347 abandoned houses in the country, 6,406 of them in capital Dhaka, Housing and Public Works Minister Mosharraf Hossain has said in Parliament.

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4-lane Dhaka-Ctg Highway opens before Eid

The much-awaited four-lane Dhaka-Chittagong Highway will open before the Eid-ul-Fitr to be celebrated early next month.

Cabinet rejects abolition of fifth grade PEC exam

The Primary Education Completion (PEC) and the Junior School Certificate (JSC) examinations for fifth and eighth graders, respectively, will be held this year too after the Cabinet rejected a proposal.....

Five hospitalised after being drugged and mugged in Dhaka

Five men have been hospitalised in Dhaka after they were drugged and mugged by those locally known as the ‘Ogyan Party.

RAB detains 14 members of a Dhaka fraud gang

The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in Dhaka has detained 14 members of an ‘organised gang’ of fraudsters who fleeced money from job-seekers promising jobs only to dupe them.

Eid-time business hit by flyover construction in Moghbazar-Mouchak

The under-construction flyover in Moghbazar-Mouchak area has hit Eid-time business badly.

Truck runs over three motorcycle riders in Brahmanbarhia 

Three men have died after being run over by a truck at Brahmanbarhia’s Sarail Upazila.

BNP chief Khaleda sends Eid greetings to PM Hasina

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has sent an Eid-ul-Fitr greeting card to Prime Minister and Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina, something she usually does, despite the intense political rivalry.

Police arrest two more ‘Ansarullah members’ in Dhaka

Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s Detective Branch claimed Monday of arresting two more members of banned militant outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) in Dhaka.

4.7 magnitude tremor shakes southern region of Bangladesh

A mild earthquake has shaken southern Bangladesh, including Chittagong City and the districts of Chittagong Hill Tracts.

Chile beat Argentina in shootout to retain Copa America title

Lionel Messi blasted a penalty over the bar in what looks like being his last act in international football as Chile beat Argentina in a shootout to win the Copa America for the second year in a row o.....

Bangladesh lost Tk 184.25 billion to natural disasters from 2009 to 2014: Study

Bangladesh has lost Tk 184.25 billion to natural disasters between 2009 and 2014, according to a report by the country’s statistics bureau.

Police not eager to speak about SP Babul’s ‘questioning’ over his wife’s murder

After informing of the arrests of two ‘killers’ of Mahmuda Aktar Mitu in Chittagong, police are not yet eager to speak about the issues of the ‘discussion’ with her husband SP Babul Aktar.

Sweden urges Bangladesh’s support to candidature in election to UN Security Council

Swedish Prime Minister Kjell Stefan Löfven has phoned Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina seeking Bangladesh's support to Swedish candidature in the election of non-permanent membership of the UN Security Co.....

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We’ll go to PM office by MRT, Japan Ambassador in Bangladesh says

The Japanese Ambassador in Dhaka, Masato Watanabe, says he and the JICA chief in Bangladesh will prefer MRT to cars to go to the Prime Minister’s Office once the project is done.

Panic over rundown lifts in Dhaka court

After the deadly elevator mishap in Uttara, lawyers and litigants at the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court (CMM Court) in Dhaka are in a state of panic owing to repeated disruptions in the operati.....

Two ‘killers’ of SP Babul’s wife ‘confess’ in Chittagong court

Two more suspects arrested in the case over the murder of SP Babul Aktar’s wife have reportedly confessed in a Chittagong court to their involvement in the killing.

Man to walk the gallows for killing Mymensingh couple in 2014

A Mymensingh court has sentenced a man to death for murdering a couple two years ago.

Chief Justice Sinha says misinterpretation of ‘life term’ causing confusion in Bangladesh

Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha says the meaning of the ‘life imprisonment’ sentence is being misinterpreted in Bangladesh, creating confusion.

No scope to misinterpreting SP Babul’s ‘interrogation’, DMP chief says

Dhaka police chief has said the overnight interrogation of SP Babul Aktar in the case over his wife’s murder is ‘nothing but a part of a natural process of investigation’.

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BNP leader Mahbubur Rahman, injured in Dinajpur crash, brought to Dhaka CMH

BNP Standing Committee Member and former army chief Mahbubur Rahman, who was injured in a road accident in Dinajpur, has been admitted to Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Dhaka.

Mahmuda Aktar, the wife of a senior police officer, was stabbed and shot in the head on Jun 5 in the port city of Chittagong. File photo

Police produce two more suspects in court over murder of SP Babul Aktar’s wife

​Police have informed of arresting two more suspects in the murder of Superintendent Babul Aktar’s wife.

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Aug 2 police deadline to file Pohela Baishakh molestation report 

A Dhaka court has granted more time for police to submit the report on fresh investigations over enmasse sexual assault on females during the 2015 Bangla New Year celebrations.

Banks to remain closed on Jul 4

All state-owned and private commercial banks will be remain closed on Jul 4, a day before the official three-day Eid-ul-Fitr holiday starts.

Government not considering power tariffs cut, minister tells House

The government has no plans to reduce power tariffs as cost of production continued to be higher than rates at which it is sold, says State Minister for Energy and Power Nasrul Hamid.

More than 1,700 online newspapers seek registration with government, says information minister

As many as 1,717 online newspapers have applied for registration with the government, says Information Minister Hasanul Huq Inu.

Private universities in Bangladesh don't offer scope for creativity, speakers say

Private Universities in Bangladesh have drawn flak from experts at a roundtable conference at the capital for gagging creativity and for stressing exclusively on market-based curricula.

Grenades, bullets, probably buried during 1971 Liberation War, found in Munshiganj

Police have recovered four grenades and 117 rounds of bullet found buried at Srinagar in Munshiganj.

Bangladesh generates record 8,942MW electricity 

Bangladesh’s power plants have set a new record of power generation.

PM Hasina inaugurates work of Metrorail, Bus Rapid Transit

​Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has inaugurated the work for construction of the Metrorail which aims to ease traffic congestions in Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka.

Tonu's father says he feels threatened to speak the truth

Murdered Comilla college student Sohagi Jahan Tonu's father Yaar Hossain has said he is unable to tell the truth and is concerned about his family's safety.

BGB brings back tribals who sought shelter in Tripura

Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) has brought back the Bangladeshis who went to seek shelter in India's Tripura state.

Bangladeshi tribals, mostly women and children, seek shelter in Tripura

About 168 Bangladeshis, most of them women and children from a minority tribal community, has taken shelter in the Indian state of Tripura, an official has said.

Bangladesh, Slovenia embark on new engagements as Dhaka renews old ties

After Croatia, Bangladesh state minister for foreign affairs is visiting Slovenia in a first-ever ministerial visit as part of Dhaka’s efforts to renew old ties.

BNP leader former army chief Mahbubur Rahman hurt in road traffic accident

BNP Standing Committee member Mahbubur Rahman and his wife have been injured in a road traffic accident in Dinajpur.

All railway coaches built by India under line of credit to arrive by December: High Commission

All passenger coaches for the Bangladesh railway under the Indian line of credit will arrive in Dhaka by December, the Indian High Commission has said.

Superintendent Babul Aktar says he was called to discuss his wife’s murder

Superintendent Babul Aktar firmly dismissed rumours of his arrest over his wife's murder and said Saturday he had been merely called to 'discuss the case.'

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Bangladesh Hindu Grand Alliance demands three-day holidays for Durga Puja

The Bangladesh National Hindu Grand Alliance has demanded a three-day holiday for the Durga Puja, instead of one-day, for celebrating the festival ‘smoothly’.

Dhaka-Chittagong train ‘Sonar Bangla Express’ launched

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has launched a new train service between Dhaka and Chittagong called the ‘Sonar Bangla Express’.

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Twelve percent Bangladeshis at arsenic risk: LGRD Minister

The local government and rural development (LGRD) minister has said that 12 percent Bangladeshis are at risk of arsenic poisoning.

‘Three more bags’ in Dhaka's Uttara canal a week after arms haul

Authorities have reported finding three bags containing electronic devices from a canal in Dhaka, where a huge cache of arms and ammunition was found a week ago.

Suspected drug–peddler in Mymensingh dies in police custody

A man, who was arrested for trading in contraband yaba tablets, has died while being treated at a Mymensingh hospital.

US proud of its partnership with Bangladesh: Under Secy Shannon

US Under Secretary of State Tom Shannon has said that Washington is “proud” of its partnership with Bangladesh.

Death toll in Uttara elevator mishap rises to six

The elevator mishap at a shopping mall in Dhaka has claimed another life, taking the death toll in the incident to six.

Superintendent Babul Aktar's wife Mahmuda Akter was stabbed and shot in the head on the morning of June 5 in the port city of Chittagong.

SP Babul Aktar being questioned, says home minister

A senior Bangladesh police officer, known for leading many counter-terrorism operations and whose wife has been murdered recently, is being questioned by police.

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Four Mumbaikars give rare blood to save Dhaka man

Mumbai is the city of riots and violence, of money and fortune, but these four men and women have made it the city of hope and compassion.

Bangladesh publishers, in show of solidarity, vow not to be cowed down by terror threats

Publishers speaking at an international seminar in Dhaka have vowed not to be daunted by attacks on them by terror outfits.

2 workers die while cleaning tank of floating petrol pump in Narayanganj

Two workers have died while cleaning a storage tank of a floating petrol pump on the Shitalakkhya river at Siddhirganj in Narayanganj, police have said.

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Bangladesh heightens security in prisons

Authorities have heightened security in prisons across the country, including Dhaka Central Jail.

Youth arrested for ‘raping’ woman in hotel

A 35-year-old man has been arrested on charges of raping a woman at a Chittagong hotel, police have said.

A CNG auto erupts in flames in Chittagong of Bangladesh

At least one person has died on the spot and two others sustained serious burns when an autorickshaw they were travelling in went up in flames in Chittagong, police have aid.

Bangladesh Home Minister Kamal is sure Shariful was Avijit killer

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal says slain ‘terrorist’ ‘Shariful’ was the very person who had killed writer-blogger Avijit Roy.

Three die, several injured as elevator falls causing wall collapse, fire in Uttara

At least five persons have died and scores were injured when a wall collapsed on them due to the impact of an elevator fall that also caused fire at a high-rise in Dhaka’s Uttara.

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High-rise catches fire in Uttara, several injured

Fire Service has doused a fire that broke out at a high-rise in Dhaka’s Uttara.

Bangladesh, Washington agree to enhance cooperation on counterterrorism

Bangladesh and the US have agreed “to enhance cooperation” on matters of counterterrorism in the fifth annular ‘partnership dialogue’ that began in Washington on Thursday.

Huge rush for train tickets at Kamalapur station

Determined to reach their ancestral home and celebrate Eid with near and dear ones, thousands turned up at Dhaka's Kamalapur Railway Station on Friday for advanced railway tickets for Jul 3.

‘Robber’ killed in ‘shootout’ with police in Barisal

A suspected robber has been killed in a 'shootout' with police early on Friday at Barisal’s Banarparha Upazila.

3 die as truck, auto-rickshaw collide in Mymensingh

Three persons have been killed and two others injured after a truck and a CNG-run auto-rickshaw collided head-on at Mymensingh’s Muktagachha Upazila.

Professor Serajul Islam Choudhury

Life is all about enjoying work, says Professor Serajul Islam Choudhury

At 80, Professor Serajul Islam Choudhury would like to go on working because that, he says, is how he has enjoyed life.

Former cultural affairs secretary Ranjit Biswas passes away

Former cultural affairs secretary Ranjit Biswas has passed away.

Armed robbers shoot at youth, flee with Tk 0.5 million

An audacious daylight robbery in Dhaka’s Hazaribagh has exposed holes in police preparedness to prevent extortion and violence during Ramadan. 

DMP chief warns against wrong-side driving, other traffic law violations

Dhaka City police chief has promised firm steps against drivers taking wrong lanes and other forms of traffic rule violation.

Tonu's mother Anwara Begum at Monday's rally

ISPR says allegations made by slain Comilla student Tonu’s mother are baseless

The Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) has dubbed as baseless allegations made by slain Comilla college student Sohagi Jahan Tonu’s mother Anwara Begum.

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River cruise from Kolkata to Dhaka via Sundarbans on anvil

Cruise enthusiasts will soon be able to sail in luxury from Kolkata to Dhaka and relish the sights of the celebrated Sundarbans mangrove forests, courtesy a river cruise service between India and Bang.....

India’s BSF detains two with arms near Bangladesh border

The Border Security Force (BSF) of India on Wednesday apprehended two persons including a minor and seized 10 firearms along the Bangladesh border in West Bengal's Malda district.

Faridpur road collision kills two

A head-on collision between a human hauler and a pickup has left two people dead at Faridpur’s Boalmari Upazila.

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Police will open fire to stop muggers, extortionists, DMP commissioner warns ahead of Eid

Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia has warned that police will open fire, if necessary, to prevent crimes such as mugging and extortion ahead of the Eid-ul-Fitr.

Artist Charu Pintu gets death threat, challenges those planning to kill him

Artist and book cover designer Charu Pintu has been threatened with death.

Jessore train-car crash kills four, injures two

A crash between Rajshahi-bound Chitra Express train and a private car has left four passengers dead and two seriously injured in Jessore’s Sadar Upazila.

PM Hasina seeks people’s help to wipe out militancy, maintain peace in Bangladesh

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the people to support her administration eradicate militancy from the country.

Five to die for murdering Gazipur lawyer in 2008

A Gazipur court has sentenced five persons including four of a family to death for murdering a lawyer eight years ago.

Train tickets will not be sold from Dhaka on Jun 25

Sales of tickets from the railway station in Dhaka will be suspended on Jun 25 as a new train service between the capital and Chittagong will be launched that day.

Chile beat Colombia 2-0 to set up final against Argentina

Chile beat Colombia 2-0 in the Copa America semi-final on Wednesday and will face Argentina in Sunday's final after surviving a tumultuous match in Chicago that was halted for more than two hours due .....

Bangladesh ambassador in US accredited to Belize   

Bangladesh Ambassador to the US Mohammad Ziauddin has presented his credentials to Acting Governor-General of Belize Carlos Perdomo.

Ali Hossain Ripon. Photo taken from his Facebook wall

Ekattor TV videographer dies of malaria while covering Thanchi food crisis story

An Ekattor TV videographer has died of cerebral malaria at a Dhaka hospital, the private TV reports.

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Tarana receives leaflet with Mujahid’s photo condemning war crimes trial

State Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Tarana Halim says she has received a parcel carrying a leaflet with a photo of hanged war criminal Jamaat-e-Islami leader Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid by .....

Police grill three ‘friends’ of slain Comilla college student Tonu

The CID have questioned three students of Comilla Victoria Government College in the Sohagi Jahan Tonu murder case.

US eyes ‘constructive’ talk in partnership dialogue with Bangladesh

The US state department says it looks forward to “constructive conversations” with Bangladesh at the annual partnership dialogue beginning in Washingtonon Thursday.

Bangladesh declares lightning strikes a disaster as deaths surge

Bangladesh has seen a near-record number of deaths this year from a phenomenon that appears to be worsening with climate change: lightning strikes.