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RAB rescues newborn, detains four as they were 'selling' it in Dhaka

RAB has rescued a newborn and detained four people allegedly involved in a ring that sells infants in Dhaka.

British MP Lambert accepts Bangladesh criticism for her call to spare 1971 war criminal Mujahid’s life

Member of European Parliament Jean Lambert says her letter urging the government to review the death sentence of war criminal Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid should not be seen as “a partisan move on behal.....

Business body demands law to make CCTV installation mandatory

A new association of close-circuit television camera (CCTV) dealers has urged the government to make a law making installation of CCTVs compulsory in all commercial and residential buildings for secur.....

‘Freak transactions’ in Eastern Bank Limited force all its ATM booths to close for six hours

Some “freak transactions”, including withdrawal of money from the accounts of customers without their knowledge, have taken place in the Eastern Bank Limited (EBL).

European Parliament will not recommend anything on Bangladesh elections, visiting delegation says

The European Parliament will not make any recommendations on the mechanism of overseeing general elections in Bangladesh, but it believes “the earlier the issue is discussed and agreed the better”.

Home minister still hopeful of unearthing journalist couple murder mystery

Four years after the tragedy, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal remains hopeful about unearthing the mystery behind the murder of the journalist couple Sagar Sarowar and Meherun Nahar Runi.

Dhaka’s rail link with western region snaps after train derails

Rail communications between the capital Dhaka and the country’s western region have snapped after a train coach jumped off the tracks at Pabna’s Chatmohar.

Construction worker dies after falling from building

A construction worker has died after falling from a multi-storied building he was working in at Dhaka’s Madhya Badda.

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to make a stopover in Dhaka on early Sunday

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will make his first stopover in Bangladesh as part of his tour of Asian countries.

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Centralised NID data change services stop Feb 15

The process of centralised National ID card corrections comes to an end in Dhaka on Feb 15, with Upazila-level election offices offering the service from that day onwards.

Body of female worker found in Gazipur

Police have found the body of a female worker at Gazipur’s Sreepur.

Road accident kills cyclist in capital

A cyclist has been killed in a road accident in Dhaka’s Gulshan.

WaterAid launches new five-year strategy for Bangladesh

WaterAid has launched its new five-year strategy for Bangladesh with a focus on reaching everyone with improved water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH).

Disorganised Election Commission prepares for union council polls

The Election Commission has been preparing for the Union Parishad polls for long, but disorder in the preparations is unmistakably clear in its announcement of schedule.

BSMMU professor accuses Square Hospital of administering fake medicine

The High Court has ordered an inquiry into allegations of patients being administered spurious drugs at Dhaka’s Square Hospital.

Conflicting reasons for postponing Kareena Kapoor concert in Dhaka

The police and the organisers of Clean Dhaka Concert have provided conflicting reasons about why it had to be postponed.

Mahfuz Anam admitted in a TV talk show on Feb 3 his ‘big mistake’ in running stories fed by DGFI, the intelligence wing of the armed forces. The stories accused Hasina of taking bribes. File Photo

Daily Star Editor Mahfuz Anam faces two more libel suits seeking Tk 600mn in damages

Two more libel suits have been filed against The Daily Star Editor-Publisher Mahfuz Anam for running DGFI-fed graft stories against Sheikh Hasina during the army-backed 2007-8 caretaker regime.

Calls for government to regulate private hospitals in Bangladesh

An appalling incident at the Japan-Bangladesh Friendship Hospital in Dhaka has underscored the need for a mechanism to regulate the private health sector.

Rare eagle rescued at Magura

An endangered eagle was rescued at Magura’s Mohammadpur Upazila.

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People have fake PhDs from abroad, says Education Minister Nahid

Many in Bangladesh have fake PhD degrees from abroad, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid has said.

BSMMU appoints Abdul Hannan new registrar

Prof ABM Abdul Hannan has been appointed as the new registrar of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University.

Slain Ishrat Jahan was affiliated to LeT, Headley tells Mumbai court

David Coleman Headley, a prime accused in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, said on Thursday that Ishrat Jahan, killed in a 2004 police encounter in Ahmadabad, was affiliated to the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).....

Patenga, Parki sea beaches get modern tourist facilities in one year

The Chittagong district administration will build, on 43 acres of land, infrastructures with modern facilities for tourists at the city’s Patenga and Parki sea beach.

European Parliament delegation meets foreign minister Mahmood Ali

The visiting delegation of the European Parliament (EP) met with Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali at the State Guest House Padma on Thursday afternoon.

Japan Bangladesh Friendship Hospital authorities summoned over treating dead baby

The High Court has summoned the authorities of Japan Bangladesh Friendship Hospital and the health directorate chief to explain why the hospital billed a family even as it kept a dead baby in its Inte.....

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Death penalty won’t be abolished in Bangladesh: Huq

Law Minister Anisul Huq has ruled out abolition of the death penalty in Bangladesh for now but said there could be rethinking while enacting future laws.

Clean Dhaka Concert with Kareena, Ananta postponed

The 'Clean Dhaka Concert' has been postponed due to unknown reasons.

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Perform duties with sincerity and dedication, PM tells Ansar men

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged members of the Ansar and Village Defence Party (VDP) to perform their duties sincerely and courageously to ensure the security of citizens.

Smartphones for instalments of TK 30, says state minister Tarana Halim

Smartphones will become available at instalments as low as Tk 30, State Minister for Post and Telecommunications Tarana Halim has said.

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Law minister wants code of conduct for Supreme Court judges

Law Minister Anisul Huq says there should a code of conduct for Supreme Court judges.

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Union Parishad polls from Mar 22

The Election Commission has announced the schedule for Union Parishad elections to be held in six phases.

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Sedition complaint filed against Mahfuz Anam in Dhaka

A lawyer has filed a complaint with a court accusing The Daily Star Editor Mahfuz Anam of treason for running graft stories against Sheikh Hasina based on unsubstantiated information provided by the D.....

Citizens can update fingerprints for NID at election offices

Citizens, whose fingerprint did not match with those recorded with the National ID database during registration of SIM cards with biometric details, will be able to update it.

Death upheld for three including HuJI leader Mufti Hannan in 2004 grenade attack on British envoy

The High Court has upheld death sentences for three, including Harkat-ul-Jihad (HuJI) leader Mufti Hannan, and life imprisonment for two others in the attack on former British high commissioner Anwar .....

Two ‘extremists’ killed during ‘shootout’ in Kushtia, RAB claims

The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has claimed that two members of an extremist outfit died in a shootout in Kushtia.

Japan Bangladesh Friendship Hospital fined for ‘treating child a day after its death’

Japan Bangladesh Friendship Hospital in Dhaka is accused of claiming to have formed a medical board to treat a baby a full day after it had died.

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Judge on retirement benefits fights for war crimes convict Mir Quasem

A recently retired High Court judge has taken over as counsel for war crimes convict Mir Quasem Ali even as he is currently on post-retirement leave.

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Prime minister says CHT Peace Accord is mostly implemented

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said most of the articles of the Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord has been implemented.

Four years on, journalist couple Sagar-Runi murder probe in uncertain state

Sleuths are still groping in the dark over the murder of journalist couple Sagar Sarowar and Meherun Nahar Runi 48 months on.

Ten including proctor injured in violence at Pabna University

Two factions of the Chattra League, the student body of the ruling Awami League, have clashed at the Pabna University of Science and Technology, leaving at least 10, including a Proctor, injured.

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“Petroleum 2016” Bill seeks to increase quantum of punishment for lawbreakers

In an attempt to provide more teeth to the existing petroleum law in the country, the new “Petroleum 2016” Bill was tabled in Parliament on Wednesday.

Two Gazipur filling stations fined for tampering with gauges

A RAB mobile court has fined two filling-stations in Gazipur Tk 550,000 for tampering with the pump gauges.

Users owe state nearly Tk 54 billion of electricity bills

The State Minister for Power and Electricity, Nasrul Hamid, has informed that users owe the state nearly Tk 54 billion in arrears on electricity bills nationwide.

New concept of generating and selling power launched in a Bangladesh village

Power-starved villagers can now sell the surplus electricity after producing it for their own use by solar-home systems under a new grid concept launched on Wednesday.

Bangladesh Under 19 captain Miraz shrugs off talks of semi-final pressure

Bangladesh Under-19 Captain Mehedi Hasan Miraz says his team is not daunted by the pressure of their semi-final clash against West Indies.

Asadul Islam appointed as new director general of NGO Affairs Bureau

The government has appointed Additional Secretary Md Asadul Islam as the new director general of NGO Affairs Bureau.

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Dhaka’s first elevated expressway will complete in 2019, one year before deadline: Quader

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader has announced works on Dhaka’s first elevated expressway will be completed by 2019, a year earlier than the deadline.

The shop at Adabor where the alleged sexual harassment took place.

Judicial probe confirms Adabor SI sexually harassed woman

In yet another incident pointing to growing cases of malpractices by the police, a judicial probe has found truth in a sexual harassment allegation that the wife of a Juba Dal leader had brought again.....

Bangladesh Home Secretary Md Mozammel Haque Khan visits Agartala

Bangladesh Home Secretary Dr Md Mozammel Haque Khan has reached Tripura’s capital Agartala on his way to Dhaka from New Delhi.

Shibchar mayor’s son among three held with Yaba in Dhaka

A mobile court has sentenced three persons, including a son of Shibchar Municipality mayor, to different prison terms after they were arrested with Yaba pills from Shantinagar in Dhaka.

CU forms committee to find out who were involved in BCL clashes

The Chittagong University authorities have formed a committee to identify those involved in two rounds of clashes between two factions of the Bangladesh Chhatra League on the campus.

House of expatriate living in Spain robbed in Sylhet; one ‘robber’ held

Miscreants have robbed two apartments, including that of an expatriate living in Spain, located in the same building in Sylhet.

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Bangladesh expresses concern over North Korea rocket launch

Bangladesh has expressed its deep concern over the recent rocket launch by North Korea.

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Results of 36th BCS preliminary examination out

The Public Service Commission (PSC) has published the results of the preliminary examination of the 36th edition of Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS).

Charred body of housewife found at Dhaka Geneva Camp

Police have found the charred body of a housewife at Geneva Camp in the capital’s Mohammadpur.

HC asks about Dhaka city corporations’ waste management measures

The High Court has inquired about the measures the two Dhaka city corporations have taken for waste management as per the relevant law.

Dhaka South City Corporation to introduce ‘location tracking system’ to keep tabs on its cleaning staff

Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) will soon put in place a “location tracking system” to keep tabs on its cleaning staff.

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Constable beats tea-seller in Savar over delay in paying interest on loan

A police constable allegedly has beaten up a tea-seller in Savar as the latter failed to pay in time interest on a loan taken from him.

Bangladesh-EU business council soon to coordinate bilateral trade 

Bangladesh and the European Union will form a business council to ‘coordinate’ bilateral trade, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed has said.

Mobile teams to curb subscribers’ harassment during SIM registration: Minister

Mobile teams of the ministry and the telecoms regulator will be deployed to curb harassments during SIM card registrations with biometric details, Minister of State Tarana Halim has said.

FM Mahmood Ali pays final respects to former PM Sushil Koirala

Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali has paid last respects to former Nepalese Prime Minister Sushil Koirala on behalf of Bangladesh.

US body urges State Department to give Bangladeshi writers, bloggers asylum

The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has urged Secretary of State John Kerry to provide humanitarian parole for Bangladeshi writers and bloggers at risk.

Hasina says she is ‘much more careful now’ in running the government

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said she is ‘more careful’ in running the government now than ever before.

Thousands of casuarina trees being felled on Teknaf beach

Thousands of casuarina trees have been felled along the beach at Teknaf in Cox’s Bazar over the past one month.

Hayat Mahmud, Toab Khan, Shaheen Samad among 16 selected for Ekushey Padak

Writer Hayat Mahmud, journalist Toab Khan, singer Shaheen Samad and retired Supreme Court judge Justice Kazi Ebadul Haque are among those selected for this year’s Ekushey Padak.

Wednesday's incident was the second round of clashes in tw0 days after  at least six BCL activists were injured on Monday. File photo

BCL factions at CU clash after university committee suspended

Two factions of pro-government Bangladesh Chhatra League in Chittagong University have clashed.

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Former chief justice Amin Chowdhury supports SK Sinha

Former chief justice Mahmudul Amin Chowdhury has lent support to incumbent top judge SK Sinha who recently drew flak from a retired justice after taking stance against judges’ post-retirement writing .....

Young house-help sues brother-in-law for raping and impregnating her

The young house-help who threw her newborn from a six-storey building in Dhaka’s Bailey Road last week has filed a ‘rape case’ against her brother-in-law who allegedly fathered the baby.

Committee says punish five policemen for Dhaka tea-seller’s death

A probe committee has faulted five policemen for tea-seller Babul Matubbor’s death caused by a stove fire in Dhaka’s Shah Ali area last week, a police officer has said.

Seven-murder case plaintiff Beauty worried for witnesses

The plaintiff of the case on the seven murders in Narayanganj has expressed concerns over the safety of the witnesses and urged the authorities to protect them.

Police officers must be at people’s service or will be taken off the field: IGP

Officers must recast their mindset to serve the people or go off the field, Inspector General of Police AKM Shahidul Hoque has warned.

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European Parliament delegation set to visit Bangladesh

A European Parliament delegation is coming to Dhaka to discuss Bangladesh’s politics, freedom of expression, and labour and human rights issues with politicians, business leaders, NGOs, and media.

Harkatul Jihad man gets 7 years for bomb blast in Moulvibazar

A court has handed down a member of banned extremist outfit Harkat-ul-Jihad (HuJI) seven years in prison for bomb blast at a shrine in Moulvibazar’s Kulaurha.

Pre-eminent leader Sushil Koirala’s death a loss for South Asia, Hasina says

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has recalled the leadership of former Nepalese prime minister Sushil Koirala and said his death will be a loss to the South Asia region.

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Shahriar Alam to represent Bangladesh in special UN meeting for LDCs in New York

State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam has left for New York to represent Bangladesh at a special meeting for the least developed countries (LDCs) on Feb 11.

Salaries ‘to double’ for BTRC chief, commissioners

The chairman, vice-chairman and the commissioners of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) will get nearly twice their old salaries under the new pay scale for government employees.....

BTCL will change 6,000 landline-phone numbers under Uttara Exchange

Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited (BTCL) will change 6,000 landline phone numbers under Uttara Exchange.

49 percent students in Bangladesh victims of cyber harassment: Telenor

Forty-nine percent of school children in Bangladesh are victims of harassment via the internet, a Telenor survey has revealed.  

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Law minister denies troubles in NID information correction

Law Minister Anisul Huq has dismissed complaints that people are facing difficulties to get information on their national identity cards corrected.

Two men get death penalty for murdering 10-year old Maria in 2014

A Gazipur court has handed down death sentence to two men for murdering a 10-year-old schoolgirl.

Transgender person shot while collecting money at Uttara

A transgender person has been shot while she was ‘collecting money’ near a market at Uttara.

New Japanese grant for improving quality of primary education

Japan is providing a new grant for an ongoing primary education project focused on improving quality.

Bhatara OC fined for denying information

The Information Commission has fined the OC of Dhaka’s Bhatara Police Station for refusing to provide information.

Court orders police to take action over Bangabandhu's image distortion

A Chittagong court has ordered police to 'take action' over a complaint, which accuses Awami League lawmaker MA Latif of sedition over the installation of billboards with distorted images of Bangaband.....

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HSC, equivalent exams begin on Apr 3

Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and equivalent examinations will begin on April 3.

Mahfuz Anam admitted in a TV talk show on Feb 3 his ‘big mistake’ in running stories fed by DGFI, the intelligence wing of the armed forces. The stories accused Hasina of taking bribes.

Mahfuz Anam sued in Khulna, Lakshmipur for graft stories against Hasina

Two defamation suits have been filed against Daily Star Editor Mahfuz Anam over graft stories carried by his newspaper against Sheikh Hasina on the basis of unsubstantiated DGFI information during the.....

New Indian high commissioner calls on foreign minister

New Indian High Commissioner Harsh Vardhan Shringla called on Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali at the foreign ministry on Tuesday.

Millions await National ID card in Bangladesh

Jamalpur’s Sultan Faijul was elated when he became a voter on 12 Oct, 2014.

New British envoy assures easing visa for Bangladeshis

New British High Commissioner Alison Blake has assured the foreign minister of her “cooperation” to make visa processing easier for Bangladeshis.

Bangladesh war crimes tribunal’s Prosecutor Mohammad Ali withdrawn

The International Crimes Tribunal’s (ICT) chief prosecutor has withdrawn Prosecutor Mohammad Ali from all kinds of proceedings related to investigation and trials of 1971 war crimes.

Mymensingh man commits suicide after killing daughter: Police

Police in Mymensingh said a man has killed himself after murdering his daughter at the district’s Bhaluka Upazila.

Local collaborators of Pakistan Army let loose a reign of terror to suppress the 1971 Bengali freedom struggle in Chittagong under Mir Quasem Ali's command. File photo

Supreme Court starts hearing Mir Quasem Ali’s appeal against war crimes verdict

The Supreme Court has started hearing the appeal by Jamaat-e-Islami leader Mir Quasem Ali against the war crimes tribunal's verdict.

Road crash in Tangail leaves mother, son dead

A bus hit a rickshaw van in Tangail leaving a mother and her son dead and another person injured.

Wife of minister’s nephew says police tortured her during pregnancy to force murder confession 

Wife of Minister Nurul Islam BSc’s nephew has alleged police have tortured her in their custody to get her confession, despite her being pregnant.

Finance Minister AMA Muhith (File Photo)

Pakistan a rogue state that refuses to recognise its dues to Bangladesh: Muhith

Pakistan is a “rogue state” that refuses to acknowledge its dues to Bangladesh, Finance Minister AMA Muhith has said.

Bangladesh, Thailand mull launching Chittagong-Ranong direct coastal shipping

Bangladesh and Thailand are working on modalities to start direct coastal shipping, connecting the Chittagong Port in the Bay of Bengal with the Ranong Port in the East of the Andaman coast in south-w.....

Govt may consider school plea for fee hike only if cause is reasonable, Nahid says  

The government may let private institutions raise tuition fees only for a justifiable reason, the education minister has said.

Now Pakistan summons Bangladesh High Commissioner in tit-for-tat

In what was a clear act of reprisal, the Pakistani authorities summoned Bangladesh High Commissioner in Islamabad Suhrab Hossain on Monday.

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Justice Shamsuddin Choudhury demands resignation of Chief Justice Sinha

Former Appellate Division judge Justice Shamsuddin Choudhury has accused Chief Justice SK Sinha of working with ‘political motives’ and asked him to stand down.

WaterAid to set up public toilet on Dhaka University’s TSC premises

Dhaka University has signed an MOU with WaterAid Bangladesh for setting up public toilets at the university’s TSC premise.