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1 dies, 3 injured as shell explodes during army drill in Cox’s Bazar

A soldier has died and three other personnel have been injured in a shell explosion during the Bangladesh Army’s winter exercise in Cox’s Bazar’s Ukhia Upazila.

Facebook open only after security clearance, says State Minister Palak

State Minister for Information and Communication Technology Zunaid Ahmed Palak has said that Facebook and other social networking sites will be opened as soon as law enforcing agencies give the “green.....

BNP leader hacked to death in Narhail

A local BNP leader has been hacked to death by unknown miscreants in Narhail’s Lohagarha Upazila.

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Bangladesh reiterates solidarity with Palestine

Bangladesh reiterates its “unwavering commitment” to the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people for an independent and viable State of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital.

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Political parties submit names of leaders authorised to recommend mayoral candidates to EC

Twelve parties have confirmed to the Election Commission their participation in the municipal elections slated for Dec 30.

Blood smeared on the floor of the Shia mosque in Haripur of Bogra's Shibganj after Thursday's shooting by unknown gunmen that left one dead and three others injured.

Police to quiz three people arrested over Bogra Shia mosque attack

Two suspects in Thursday’s attack at a Shia mosque in Bogra’s Shibganj have been sent for interrogation to police custody for seven days.

Confusion galore over municipal polls

It was only on Thursday that Election Commissioner Jabed Ali came to know that political parties would be able to field a single candidate for mayor in the municipal polls slated for Dec 30.

Chittagong Hill Tracts situation very sensitive, claims PCJSS chief Santu Larma

The overall situation in the Chittagong Hill Tracts has turned ‘very sensitive’ since the government ‘stalled’ the process of implementing the  peace accord, the Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Sami.....

Sheikh Hasina to recommend Awami League candidates for municipal polls

Mayoral aspirants from the ruling Awami League will need party chief Sheikh Hasina's recommendation when submitting nominations for the municipal elections.

Kunio Hoshi was shot dead in Rangpur on Oct 3.

Kolkata police have launched raids to hunt down Kunio Hoshi's killer

Kolkata police have raided at least two locations in the city's sprawling port area since Friday evening, looking for the suspected killer of Kunio Hoshi.

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Pankaj Saran named India's new ambassador to Russia

Indian Foreign Service officer Pankaj Saran was on Friday named India's new ambassador to Russia, an official statement said.

JMB leader Mithu ‘confesses’ to 2013 murders of six in Gopibagh

Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh leader Tarikul Islam , also known as Tarek and Mithu, has reportedly confessed to killing self-styled saint Lutfor Rahman Faruk and five others in Dhaka’s Gopibagh two .....

Six writers shortlisted for DSC Prize for South Asian literature

Six writers have been shortlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2016.

Sangakkara shines as Dynamites hand Superstars fourth straight defeat

Kumar Sangakkara has smashed a superb half-century to help Dhaka Dynamites rout Sylhet Superstars by 34 runs in the Bangladesh Premier League.

After BNP, Workers Party demands municipal elections pushed back

The Workers Party has demanded of the Election Commission to reschedule the Dec 30 election to the municipalities, hours after the BNP made a similar call.

Prof Zafar Iqbal asks govt to say when users can access Facebook

The government should specifically say when it will lift the bar on Facebook, Professor Muhammad Zafar Iqbal has said.

BJP calls to free Assam from ‘illegal immigration’ 

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has once again raked up the issue of influx of illegal migrants to Assam from Bangladesh, terming it a serious issue, as it sounded the poll bugle in the state.

Two more priests of a church in Khulna receive death threat

Two more priests of a church in Khulna have been threatened with death, after 11 members of the clergy were similarly threatened in Dinajpur and Rangpur in the past three days.

Protesters gather outside the New York residence of Alice Walton, a member of the Walton family that controls Walmart stores in the Manhattan borough of New York, November 27, 2015.

Black Friday crowds thin in subdued start to US holiday shopping

Crowds were thin at US stores and shopping malls in the early hours of Black Friday and on Thanksgiving evening as shoppers responded to early holiday discounts with caution and bad weather hurt turno.....

Commonwealth foreign ministers discuss migration, violent extremism, radicalisation

The foreign ministers of the Commonwealth countries have discussed socio-political issues including migration, violent extremism, and radicalisation in their meeting at Malta, the foreign ministry has.....

Vegetable prices stable, egg costlier in Chittagong

Prices of vegetables in the kitchen markets in Chittagong have dropped on high supply but the price of egg has soared.

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Bangladesh’s counter terrorism efforts lauded by many European Parliament members

Some members of the European Parliament (EP) had highly praised Bangladesh’s socio-economic progresses and fight against terrorism, before the resolution, criticising curbs on freedom of expression an.....

Comilla Victorians sweep past Rangpur Riders to go top of BPL table

Comilla Victorians have blown Rangpur Riders away with a nine-wicket victory to go top of the Bangladesh Premier League table.

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No scope to fulfil BNP condition to defer municipal polls, EC’s Mobarak says

There is no scope for the Election Commission to fulfil the BNP’s ‘condition’ to reschedule the municipality elections, Election Commissioner Mohammad Abdul Mobarak has said.

Australia's Josh Hazlewood (C) appeals successfully with team mates for LBW to dismiss New Zealand's Martin Guptill for one run during the first day of the third cricket test match at the Adelaide Oval, in South Australia, November 27, 2015. Reuters

Australia bowlers shine on day-night Test's debut

New Zealand's pacemen struck back with two late wickets under the floodlights at Adelaide Oval but Australia's bowlers shined in the sun as the inaugural day-night Test opened on Friday.

Bogra's Haripur tense after deadly shooting at Shia mosque

Tension is running high in Shibganj’s Haripur in Bogra as the residents are smarting from the shock and disbelief over Thursday’s shooting at a Shia mosque in the area that left one dead and three inj.....

Members of Magic Movement, a group of young Bangladeshis, are seen in this 2011 Reuters file photo, staging a mock execution scene in front of National Museum in Dhaka to protest Saudi Arabia's beheading of eight Bangladeshi workers.

Saudi Arabia to execute more than 50 convicted of terrorism, local media say

Saudi Arabia plans to execute more than 50 people convicted of terrorism, two Saudi newspapers reported this week, in what appears to be a warning to would-be jihadists at a time of militant attacks o.....

Horse dung, sewage, masonry make Nimtoli-Bangabazar road a terrible passage

With horse dung littered everywhere and stinking effluents spilling out of drains and bins, the Nimtoli-Bangabazar road in Dhaka looks more like an open refuse bin than a thoroughfare used by thousand.....

Work for development of your localities, President Hamid tells people’s groups

President Md Abdul Hamid, saying the government alone cannot ensure all-round progress, has called for local initiative to hasten development.

‘Missing Noakhali’s Moudud Bhai’, says Obaidul Quader

Awami League leader Obaidul Quader laments the absence of senior BNP leader Moudud Ahmed at a programme hosted by Noakhali residents.

Australian citizens advised to leave Bangladesh in light of ISIL activities

The Australian government has authorised the dependants of its “posted staff” in Bangladesh to return to Australia on “a voluntary basis”, as ISIL continues to claim the responsibilities of attacks in.....

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British envoy ‘appalled’ at attack on Shia mosque

British High Commissioner in Dhaka Robert Gibson says he is “appalled” at the savage attack on worshippers at a Shia mosque in Bogra.

Five-year-old girl child killed by abductors in Narayanganj

A five-year-old has been killed in Araihazar of Narayanganj after her abductors failed to realise the ransom they demanded.

‘CSE Carnival’ begins at SUST

The IPvision CSE Carnival 2015, a tech fair for university students, has begun at the Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST).

BNP decides to contest municipal polls

The BNP, which boycotted the last general election, has said it will contest the first municipal polls to be held on party lines.

Police question two over Bogra Shia mosque attack

Police have detained two persons for questioning in connection with Thursday’s shooting in a Shia mosque in Bogra.

Narsinghdi crash kills two

At least two persons have been killed in a head-on collision between two trucks in Narsinghdi, police say.

‘IS claims responsibility’ for attacking Shias in Bogra, says SITE

Jihadist threat monitoring portal SITE Intelligence Group has again reported that the Islamic State (IS) has claimed credit for Thursday’s attack on Shias in Bogra.

BSF shoots dead Bangladeshi in Lalmonirhat

Indian border guards have shot dead a Bangladesh national along the Lalmonirhat border.

Four RMG scrap warehouses gutted by fire in Gazipur

A fire has ravaged four warehouses that stored readymade garment scarp at Gazipur’s Konabarhi.

Attackers fired randomly on devotees during the evening prayers, say witnesses

Survivors and eyewitnesses have said assailants raided a Shia mosque in Bogra’s Shibganj during the Maghrib prayers and killed the muezzin.

Three assailants again; on foot this time at Shia mosque in Bogra

There were three gunmen in the shooting at a Shia mosque in Bogra, witnesses say, in a strikingly similar pattern of attack carried out over the past few months.

Gunmen pump bullets into Shia mosque during prayers in Bogra: Muezzin killed, imam injured

Gunmen have sprayed bullets on a Shia mosque in Bogra during prayers, leaving the muezzin dead and the imam and two others injured.

Secular group asks government to confiscate property of war criminals in Bangladesh

Ekattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee has asked the government to recompense the victims and their families for the atrocities by way of impounding the property of convicted war criminals.

EU envoys optimistic about reaching legally binding climate change deal at Paris summit

The European envoys in Dhaka say they are “confident” that world leaders will reach “an ambitious and legally binding” agreement in the upcoming Paris climate summit, keeping the human reality in mind.....

Those who attack mosques are not ‘true Muslims’, PM Hasina says

Those carrying out attacks on mosques are not ‘true Muslims’, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said.

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Oman declares general amnesty for 25 Bangladeshis

Oman has issued a general amnesty for 25 Bangladesh nationals who are in jail there for various offences.

Don’t refer to Ziaur Rahman as president, Hasina says citing court order

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said BNP founder Gen Ziaur Rahman should not be referred to as ‘president’ because of a court ruling saying he had usurped power.

War crimes suspect arrested in Moulvibazar

A former Madrasa teacher has been arrested in Moulvibazar for his alleged crimes against humanity during the Liberation War.

Muezzin gunned down in shooting at Shia mosque in Bogra

Gunmen have sprayed bullets on a Shia mosque in Bogra during prayers, leaving the muezzin dead and the imam and two others injured.

‘Islamists’ issue death threats to 10 Christian priests in Rangpur

A priest in Rangpur has complained that 10 priests working in various churches in the northern district have received death threats after another member of the clergy being similarly threatened in Dia.....

Wasfia Nazreen says she was held captive for four hours in her conquest of Carstensz Pyramid

Bangladeshi mountaineer Wasfia Nazreen and her companions had to pay $4,000 to superstitious villagers while returning to the base camp after conquering Carstensz Pyramid, the highest mountain of the .....

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European Parliament condemns curbs on freedom of expression, media in Bangladesh

The European Parliament (EP) has adopted a resolution on the state of freedom of expression in Bangladesh and called upon the government to re-open all media houses that have been closed down.

Two JMB men get life terms for serial bombings in Lalmonirhat 10 years ago

Two members of the banned militant outfit JMB have been sentenced to life imprisonment and another to 10 years in jail in a serial blasts case dating back to 2005.

Indian border guards shoot dead two Bangladeshis

The Indian border guards have gunned down two Bangladesh nationals along Satkhira’s Taluigachha border.

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High Court judges hearing Peelkhana trials ask govt for security

Three High Court judges presiding over the 2009 Peelkhana murder trials have asked the government to ensure their security.

Court orders exhumation of Japanese woman’s body

A Dhaka court has ordered the exhumation of Japanese woman Hiyori Miyeta’s body and a fresh post-mortem examination to determine the cause of her death.

Bangladesh protests UN HR Commissioner’s observation on war crimes trials

Bangladesh has vehemently protested the claim of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) that the trials of war criminals at the International Crimes Tribunal were not fair.

EC makes it mandatory for municipal election candidates to submit copies of TIN certificates

Candidates for the upcoming municipality elections will have to submit copies of the certificates of their Tax Identification Numbers (TIN) along with other documents, according to Election Commission.....

Bangladesh to remain LDC until 2024: UN review

A new UN review suggests that Bangladesh will graduate out of the least developed countries (LDCs) list in 2024, if it focuses on human resource development.

Court gives death sentence to four in the 2014 Keraniganj quadruple murders

A Dhaka court has found four persons guilty of the 2014 murders of a couple, their 5-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter in Keraniganj.

Police bust JMB module, arrest five responsible for various acts of violence

Police claim they busted a JMB 'module' on Thursday after killing the outfit's military wing chief in a 'shootout' the night before.

Police to provide detailed briefing on case over Shia gathering blast

The Dhaka Metropolitan Police say it will provide a detailed media briefing on the case over the Oct 24 bomb explosions at the Husseini Dalan in Old Dhaka.

Bangladesh is normal, foreign minister tells British counterpart

Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali has told his British counterpart Philip Hammond that the overall security situation in Bangladesh was normal.

Christian priest in Dinajpur threatened with death by Dec 20 

A week after the shooting of Italian priest Piero Parolari in Dinajpur, another priest in the northern district has been threatened with death.

CRB double murder accused Limon, three associates arrested with arms

RAB has arrested expelled Bangladesh Chhatra League leader Saiful Islam Limon, accused in Chittagong’s double-murder case in the CRB area. 

Opposition alliance suspicious of ‘one party, one candidate’ rule for mayor posts

The Election Commission has introduced a ‘one party, one candidate’ rule to nominate candidates for the post of mayors in the upcoming municipal elections, although it imposes no such restriction in t.....

Bangladesh plans walkout in Paris climate summit to press for fulfilment of demands

Bangladesh plans to walk out of the climate summit with other developing nations to press for the help developed nations had promised to cope with the impact of climate change.

New owners again for Ekushey Television

The ownership of Ekushey Television has changed again.

Court rebukes investigating officers for ‘gross neglect’ in rape case against Viqarunnisa Noon teacher Parimal

A judge has pulled up the investigators who were on a rape case against former Viqarunnisa Noon School and College teacher Parimal Joydhar for ‘gross negligence’.

Over 300,000 raids in first six months to check smuggling: Home minister

The law enforcing agencies have carried out 322,000 raids in the first six months this year to check smuggling, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has said.

UN chief Ban lauds Bangladesh’s development under Hasina’s leadership

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has lauded Bangladesh's socio-economic progresses under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, and hoped that the country will do even better in implementing .....

Mujahid’s son Ali Ahmed Tahkeek resigns from Grameenphone

Ali Ahmed Tahkeek, son of executed war criminal and Jamaat-e-Islami leader Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid, has given up his job with the country’s leading mobile phone operator, Grameenphone.

Home ministry official cites five reasons why 200,000 expatriates are not collecting their MRPs

Over 200,000 expatriate Bangladeshi workers have not yet switched over to machine-readable passports (MRPs), yet handwritten ones are said to be obsolete as of Wednesday.

President Hamid calls for more investment in education

President Md Abdul Hamid has called for more investment in the education sector, noting that the standard of education in the country has not reached the expected level.

Bangladesh will get benefits of Dhaka-Chittagong four-lane Highway from Dec: Quader

Road Transport Minister Obaidul Quader expects that Bangladesh will start getting the economic benefits of the four-lane Dhaka-Chittagong Highway from December itself.

Wasfia Nazreen of Bangladesh conquers seven peaks

Wasfia Nazreen has become the first mountaineer from Bangladesh to conquer seven peaks of the world.

Former Viqarunnisa Noon School teacher Parimal gets life in prison for raping student

A Dhaka court has found former Viqarunnisa Noon School and College teacher Parimal Joydhar guilty of raping a student.

Jamaat-e-Islami supporter arrested for threatening intellectuals’ lives: Police

Police in Dhaka say that a ‘Jamaat-e-Islami supporter’ has been arrested for threatening the lives of writers, teachers and intellectuals.

Man using pseudonym ‘Jihadi John’ arrested in Dhaka for Islamic State propaganda on internet

Detectives have arrested a person in Dhaka for allegedly conducting propaganda supporting Islamic State on the internet using the pseudonym ‘Jihadi John’.

UN wants 'moratorium' on death penalty in Bangladesh

The UN has appealed to the Bangladesh government for an 'immediate moratorium' on the death penalty.

Orange the World campaign to end violence against women, girls begins Wednesday

Sixteen days of multi-pronged programmes begin on Wednesday in Bangladesh and elsewhere in the world to unite people in saying no to violence against women and girls.

High Court seeks explanation over 2003 Bogra arms case

The High Court has sought explanation about why the case filed over a huge seizure of explosives and ammunition in Bogra 12 years ago has not been resolved so far.

No campaign before time in Bangladesh municipal polls, says CEC

All billboards and posters put up by possible municipal election candidates will have to be pulled down, says Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad.

India to continue support Bangladesh in 'blue economy'

Indian Special Secretary for Environment Hem Pande says New Delhi will continue to “cooperate closely” with Dhaka to promote ocean-based ‘blue economy’.

Restore pre-1965 routes with India, says PM Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina wants all land routes used between India and erstwhile East Pakistan before the 1965 Indo-Pak war restored.

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Home minister describes those using Facebook via proxy routes in Bangladesh as ‘very innovative’

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has praised those using Facebook via proxy routes despite the networking site being currently blocked in Bangladesh.

Internet data use in Bangladesh slumps after govt blocks Facebook, other apps

The traffic from Bangladesh to the internet has dropped as much as 30 percent after the government blocked Facebook and several social other media apps, mobile-phone and IIG operators say.

Customs department initiates legal action against Chittagong company for Tk 110m tax evasion

The Customs department has started a case against a Chittagong company for allegedly dodging duties to the tune of Tk 110 million by selling at home imported raw materials meant for export.

Police get four days to grill five in case over Japanese woman’s ‘murder’ in Dhaka

A Dhaka court has placed five people on a four-day police remand in a murder case filed in connection with the ‘mysterious’ death of a Japanese woman in Dhaka.

Bangladesh endorses Tk 80 billion Karnaphuli river tunnel to make Chittagong-Cox’s Bazar commute easy

The government has approved a Tk 80 billion project to connect Chittagong Port and Anowara Upazila through a 3.4-kilometre tunnel under the Karnaphuli River.

Five siblings get life imprisonment for killing a farmer 16 years ago

Five siblings have been sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of the murder of a farmer in Netrokona 16 years ago.

Municipal polls schedule announced, deadline for filing nominations Dec 3

The Election Commission has announced the schedule for polls in 234 municipalities, with voting set for Dec 30.

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US Ambassador Marcia Bernicat meets Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad

US Ambassador in Dhaka Marcia Bernicat has met Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad and discussed Dhaka-Washington relations as well as the “complexities” of addressing extremist threats.

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Rabab Fatima to be Bangladesh’s next Ambassador to Japan, replacing Masud bin Momen

Rabab Fatima has been appointed Bangladesh’s next Ambassador to Japan. She is currently serving as a Director General in the East Asia & Pacific wing of the foreign ministry.

RAB detains ‘missing’ Rangpur BNP leader in Lalmonirhat

A Rangpur BNP leader has been detained in Lalmonirhat by the RAB four days after he purportedly went missing.

Bangladesh court indicts IS ‘coordinator’, three suspected militants under Anti Terrorism Act

A Dhaka court has indicted a suspected coordinator of the Bangladesh chapter of the so-called Islamic State and three other members of the militant group under the Anti Terrorism Act.

Police probe ‘mysterious’ death of Japanese woman in Bangladesh

Police are investigating the death of a Japanese woman in ‘mysterious circumstances’ in Dhaka.

Pakistan's reaction proves Saluddin Quader, Mujahid were its political agents, says rights activist Asma Jahangir

Pakistan’s reaction over the execution of war criminals Salauddin Quader Chowdhury and Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid only confirms that the two were its political agents, says Pakistani rights activist A.....

Bodies of policeman’s wife, child recovered

Bodies of a policeman’s wife and child have been recovered from their house in Sudarganj Upazila of Gaibandha.