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Dhaka cafe attack 'mastermind' Tamim led all recent terror attacks, police chief says

Alleged Gulshan cafe carnage mastermind Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury, killed in Narayanganj raid, had led all the recent terror attacks in Bangladesh, police chief AKM Shahidul Hoque says.

Kerry promised Bangladesh to look into the repatriation of Bangabandhu’s killer: Foreign ministry

US Secretary of State John Kerry has assured Bangladesh of looking into the issue of repatriating the Bangabandhu’s killer, the foreign ministry says.

This File Photo of May 11, 2016 shows police guarding the central jail in Old Dhaka during the execution of Jamaat chief Motiur Rahmnan Nizami.

Jamaat-e-Islami war criminal Mir Quasem’s hanging in Kashimpur or Keraniganj prison?

Five war criminals have hanged to date and all of them in the Dhaka Central Jail in Old Dhaka's Nazimuddin Road.

Kurmitola General Hospital in Dhaka Cantonment catches fire

Fire-fighters have brought the flames at Kurmitola General Hospital in Dhaka Cantonment under control.

Khaleda should also face trial for making war criminals ministers, Hasina says

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia should be brought to justice for sharing power with war criminals, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has suggested.

India upgrades Bangladesh’s organisation for visually impaired people

India has upgraded the Blind Education and Rehabilitation Development Organization (BERDO) in Dhaka.

Law minister says president's absence will not be a problem if Mir Quasem files mercy petition

Law Minister Anisul Huq has said the president's being out of the country on health grounds will not delay the outcome of the mercy petition if Mir Quasem Ali files it.

Bangladesh, Britain must work together to fight extremist violence, says Stewart

A British minister has commended Bangladesh’s development successes and said the country is not alone in facing the scourge of extremist violence.

Kolkata-Khulna bus service begins

Bangladesh and India have begun a new bus service connecting Khulna and Kolkata.

Risha's family say Obayed had been ‘harassing’ the 14-year-old girl over phone for some months.

Police detain relatives of suspect Obayed over murder of Willes Little Flower student Risha

Police in the northern district of Dinajpur have detained the sister and her husband of ‘Obayed’, the suspect in the murder of Dhaka’s Willes Little Flower School student Suraiya Akter Risha.

Mahbubul Sourav (right) and his wife Safina Sourav was holidaying in Texas. Photo taken from family album.

Bangladesh couple killed in Texas highway crash

A Bangladeshi couple living in New York have died while their son was admitted to the hospital with critical injuries following a car crash in the US state of Texas.

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End to all worries, says attorney general after death penalty upheld for Mir Quasem

The review verdict that upheld death penalty for 1971 war criminal Mir Quasem Ali has put an ‘end to worries’, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam has said.

Supreme Court releases full verdict rejecting Mir Quasem's review petition

The full verdict rejecting Mir Quasem Ali's petition to review his death penalty for war crimes has reached Kashimpur prison in Gazipur.

War criminal Mir Quasem appeared 'nervous' hearing review verdict, says prison official

War crimes convict Mir Quasem Ali has heard the news of the Supreme Court dismissing the petition to review his death sentence on radio in his cell at Gazipur's Kashimpur prison, say jail officials.

BNP chief Khaleda sued over celebrating birthday on Aug 15, ordered to appear in court

A Dhaka court has summoned BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia after taking cognisance of a case filed over celebrating her birthday on Aug 15, the day Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was killed in 1975.

Ganajagaran Mancha hails Mir Quasem review verdict confirming death

The Ganajagaran Mancha has hailed the Supreme Court quashing Mir Quasem Ali's death sentence review plea and termed it a victory of justice over the might of money.

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Court delivered verdict based on false witnesses and evidences, says Mir Quasem’s lawyer

The charges against war crimes convict Mir Quasem Ali and the witnesses produced were ‘fake and fabricated’, says his counsel Khandker Mahbub Hossain adding the court was ‘helpless’ before it.

Shahid Qadri’s body to reach Dhaka on Wednesday morning

The mortal remains of celebrated Bangladeshi poet Shahid Qadri is on way to Dhaka.

Jamaat-e-Islami calls for shutdown on Wednesday over Mir Quasem’s war crimes verdict

The Jamaat-e-Islami, which had actively opposed Bangladesh’s independence in 1971, has called for a dawn-to-dusk shutdown across the country on Wednesday after the Supreme Court turned down its leader.....

Martyr Jashim's sister calls for war criminal Mir Quasem's swift execution

Hasina Khatun, a sister of young freedom fighter Jashim Uddin Ahmed who was tortured to death by Mir Quasem Ali at Chittagong's Dalim Hotel, has expressed happiness at the rejection of the former Al-B.....

Jagannath University to sign deal with Thermax group after Eid for new dormitory

Construction of a new hall for the students of Jagannath University (JnU) will start in January in Keraniganj, university authorities have said.

Lakshmipur court sentences 11 to death for 2003 murder

A Lakshmipur court has sentenced 11 people to death for murdering a man at Sadar Upazila 13 years ago.

Seeking presidential pardon last option for war criminal Mir Quasem to avoid death penalty

Mir Quasem Ali, known as the financier of the Jamaat-e-Islami, has lost his last legal battle to avoid the death sentence on him for 1971 war-time atrocities through the Supreme Court's rejection of h.....

Eid revellers spend sleepless nights at Kamalapur station

Hundreds of people have spent sleepless nights at the Kamalapur Railway Station to avail a ticket for their desired destinations ahead of Eid-ul-Azha.

Attorney General Mahbubey Alam. File photo.

Attorney general expresses satisfaction, says nation relieved after Mir Quasem's review verdict

The Supreme Court’s rejection of the petition by war criminal Mir Quasem Ali to review his death sentence has brought a sense of relief to the whole nation, says a 'happy' Attorney General Mahbubey Al.....

Bangladesh remembers former German President Walter Scheel

Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali has expressed “deep shock” at the death of former German President Walter Scheel and remembered his role in shaping the future of Germany.

PM Hasina to launch smart National ID cards on Oct 2

The process of providing smart citizens' identity cards, replacing the existing laminated ones will start on Oct 2 with a formal launch by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Election Commission (EC) offici.....

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Jamaat-e-Islami tycoon Mir Quasem loses final battle to dodge death penalty for war crimes

The Supreme Court has sounded the death knell for Jamaat-e-Islami business baron Mir Quasem Ali by refusing to review the death penalty it had handed down for his 1971 war-time atrocities.

Willes Little Flower students give authorities one more day to arrest Risha's killer

The students of Willes Little Flower School and College have extended the deadline for the authorities to arrest the killer of their fellow Suraiya Akter Risha.

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BBIN cargo vehicle on trial run to reach New Delhi Thursday

The cargo vehicle that left Dhaka as part of a trial run under the Bangladesh- Bhutan-India-Nepal (BBIN) motor vehicle agreement will reach New Delhi on Thursday, the High Commission of India says.

Bangladesh is a nursery of innovation, British minister Stewart tells Hasina

Visiting British Minister of State for International Development (DFID) Rory Stewart has praised Bangladesh successes on the social and economic fronts and said the country has become a “nursery of in.....

Bangladesh FM Mahmood Ali hosts lunch for Kerry

The US State Department says Secretary John Kerry has attended a lunch hosted by Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali during his Dhaka visit.

Kerry tweets about meeting with Hasina, cooperation to tackle terrorism, climate change

US Secretary of State John Kerry has taken to Twitter to express his delight on his first visit to Bangladesh.

Bangladesh awaits final court decision on Jamaat’s Mir Quasem Ali over 1971 war crimes

Whether war crimes convict Mir Quasem Ali can save his neck or will have to walk the gallows for the atrocities he committed in 1971 will be decided on Tuesday.

British investments in Bangladesh will remain unaffected despite Dhaka terror attack: Stewart

British Minister of State at the Department for International Development Rory Stewart has allayed fears of any decline in British investment in Bangladesh and has said his country believes "in good f.....

John Kerry says he supported Bangladesh’s independence in 1971 as US government opposed

Former US Senator Edward Kennedy is widely known for supporting Bangladesh’s independence struggle in 1971 against his government that sided with Pakistan.

Attorney General Alam worried over Mir Quasem review verdict

Hours before the Supreme Court delivers its verdict on Jamaat-e-Islami financier Mir Quasem Ali's petition to review his death penalty for war crimes, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam has spoken of his .....

The citizen organisation told Monday's press briefing that any kind of alliance with the BNP was 'out of the question.'

Oil, Gas Committee rules out alliance with BNP on Rampal power plant protests

The National Committee for the Protection of Oil, Gas and Mineral Resources, Power and Ports has trashed allegations that their anti-Rampal power plant demonstrations are being patronised by the BNP.

USAID official and LGBT rights activist Xulhaz Mannan was hacked to death inside his Dhaka apartment earlier this year by suspected Islamist militants. File photo

Kerry remembers gay rights activist Xulhaz, speaks of new challenges to US embassy colleagues in Dhaka

US Secretary of State John Kerry has met his colleagues at the embassy before leaving Dhaka and said this is a “complicated” world.

US will have ‘more engagements, presence’ in Bangladesh against terrorism, extremism, says Kerry in Dhaka

Secretary of State John Kerry has termed his short visit in Dhaka “good”, and said Bangladesh will see more US engagements in countering terrorism and violent extremism as a result of his visit.

US Secretary of State Kerry leaves Dhaka for New Delhi

US Secretary of State John Kerry has left Dhaka for New Delhi ending his whirlwind maiden visit when he vowed to stand by Bangladesh in the fight against terrorism.

Electrical short-circuit caused Bashundhara City shopping mall fire, says Fire Service

The fire that burnt down several shops at Dhaka's Bashundhara City shopping mall may have been caused by an electrical malfunction, says the Fire Service.

US wants to cooperate with Bangladesh on combating terrorism

The United States wants to join forces with Bangladesh in the fight against terrorism, Secretary of State John Kerry has told Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Cabinet clears draft of District Council (Amendment) Act-2016 to allow suspension of tainted chairman, members

The Cabinet has given the go-ahead to the draft of the District Council (Amendment) Act-2016, empowering the government to suspend council chairman and members if they are charged in court with crimin.....

Hundreds of students demonstrate demanding arrest of Risha's murderer

Hundreds of students of Willes Little Flower School and College have demonstrated at the Kakrail intersection in Dhaka demanding arrest of the killer of Suraiya Akter Risha.

Eid ticket hope draws huge crowds to Dhaka's Kamalapur Railway Station

The railways have thrown open counters for sale of advance tickets for Eid-ul-Azha holidaymakers at all major stations throughout Bangladesh.

John Kerry calls on Bangladesh PM Hasina

US Secretary of State John Kerry, on his maiden visit to Bangladesh, has met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

New deputy commissioners appointed in Brahmanbarhia, Thakurgaon

The government has appointed new deputy commissioners (DC) for Brahmanbarhia and Thakurgaon districts.

Bangladesh growing with Bangabandhu’s vision: John Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry has visited the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi 32 in Dhaka and paid his respects to the Bangladesh’s founding father.

Expatriates pay last respects to Bangladeshi poet Shahid Qadri in New York

Bangladeshi expatriates have paid their last respects to Ekushey Padak winning poet Shahid Qadri in New York.

John Kerry visits Bangabandhu Memorial Museum in Dhanmondi

US Secretary of State John Kerry has reached the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi 32 to pay respects to Bangladesh’s founding father.

2 suspected JMB activists killed in 'shootout' with Bogra police

Two suspected operatives of the Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) have been shot dead in a 'shootout' with police in Bogra's Sherpur Upazila.

US Secretary of State John Kerry waves as he steps off his plane at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Aug 29, 2016.

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Dhaka

US Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Dhaka on his maiden visit to the country.

Two injured in bomb blast near Dhaka airport

A traffic policeman and a street child have been injured in an explosion of a crude bomb near Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka.

Willes Little Flower students demand arrest of Risha's murderer within a day

The students of Willes Little Flower School and College have demanded arrest of the murderer of Suriya Akter Risha within 24 hours.

Arrest warrant for Mir Quasem Ali

Defence brings Mir Quasem’s riches into play at hearing for review of death penalty

Mir Quasem Ali’s defence has brought up the riches of the top financier of the Jamaat-e-Islami at the final hearing in the Supreme Court for a review of his death penalty for war crimes.

Police accuse Khaleda of encouraging militants by questioning killings of suspects

Police see a hidden reason in BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia questioning the killings of suspected militants in anti-terror operations.

Bangladesh ministers differ on impact of India’s Farakka Barrage on floods

As the swelling Padma river is flooding parts of Bangladesh, two ministers are poles apart in their opinions on India's Farakka Barrage.

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John Kerry flies into Bangladesh Monday with US counterterrorism offers on table

US Secretary of State John Kerry will come to Dhaka on Monday on his maiden visit to, what the State Department says, focus on strengthening partnership with Bangladesh.

Fuel crunch hits Bangladesh consumers as petrol pump, tank, lorry operators strike

Owners and workers of filling stations, and oil tanks and lorries have enforced a nine-hour strike throughout Bangladesh, putting brakes on business and travel.

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Dhaka cafe siege suspect Tahmid denied bail

Tahmid Hasib Khan, arrested on suspicion over the Gulshan terror attack, has been denied bail.

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Six arrested, remanded over murders of four Awami League activists in Dhaka

A Dhaka court has granted police three days to interrogate six people arrested in connection with last year’s murders of four activists of the Awami League and its affiliated bodies at Badda.

Three militants were shot in the head during Narayanganj raid: Forensic expert

The three terror suspects killed during a police operation at Narayanganj were shot in the head, the doctor who autopsied the bodies has said.

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Advance train tickets for Eid holidayers go on sale from Monday

Bangladesh Railway will begin selling advance tickets for intercity trains to Eid-ul-Azha holidaymakers from Monday.

Shahid Qadri, leading contemporary Bengali poet, dies at 74

Shahid Qadri, who is considered one of the leading contemporary Bengali poets, has died in New York at the age of 74.

Teenage boy dies of burns after air-conditioner explodes at Dhaka home

A teenage boy, who was severely burnt when his home's air conditioner exploded, has died of his injuries.  

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Barisal City Panel Mayor Shahidullah suspended after police charge him in criminal case

Barisal City Corporation’s Panel Mayor KM Shahidullah has been suspended after a court accepted charges in a criminal case against him.

India, Bangladesh sign agreement for Friendship Building at Sardah Police Academy 

Bangladesh and India have signed financing agreement for the construction of ‘India-Bangladesh Friendship Building’ at the Bangladesh Police Academy in Sardah.

Supreme Court wants action against incompetent prosecutors involved with Mir Quasem trial

The Supreme Court is upset about the lack of action against incompetent prosecutors involved with the trial of war criminal Mir Quasem Ali.

President Hamid leaves to for London for eye treatment, medical check-up

President Md Abdul Hamid has left Dhaka for the United Kingdom on a seven-day visit for eye treatment and medical check-up.

Police file case against three militants killed in Narayanganj raid, several others

Police have started a case against three suspected militants killed during Saturday’s raid at a hideout in Narayanganj and several others over the incident.

Cyber Tribunal again defers judgment on Salauddin Quader war crimes verdict leak case

The delivery of judgment in the case over the leak of the war crimes verdict has been deferred again by more than two weeks.

Petrol pump, tank-lorry owners, workers go on strike across Bangladesh

Owners and workers of petrol pumps, tanks and lorries have started a nationwide strike to press for a 12-point of charter of demands which includes cancellation of a hike in lease charges.

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Six arrested over murders of four Awami League activists in Dhaka

Police have arrested six people in connection with last year’s murders of four activists of Awami League and its affiliated bodies in Dhaka’s Badda.

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Verdict on war criminal Mir Quasem’s review petition on Tuesday

The Supreme Court on Tuesday will pronounce its verdict on war crimes convict and Jamaat-e-Islami leader Mir Quasem Ali’s petition seeking review of his death sentence.

Suspected robber killed in ‘shootout’ with RAB in Kushtia

A suspected robber has been killed in a 'shootout' with the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) at Kushtia’s Mirpur.

Willes Little Flower student Risha dies three days after knifed by miscreant

Willes Little Flower School student Suraiya Akter Risha has died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) three days after being knifed by a miscreant.

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Appellate Division resumes hearing war criminal Mir Quasem's review petition

The Appellate Division has resumed the hearing of war crimes convict and Jamaat-e-Islami leader Mir Quasem Ali's petition seeking a review of his death sentence after a three-day break.

Appellate Division upholds death penalty of JMB militant Arif in Jhalakathi judge murder case

​JMB militant Asadul Islam Arif's review petition in the case of murder of two Jhalakathi judges has been rejected by the Appellate Division.

Ambassador Ziauddin meets US Congressman Jeffries, briefs him on Bangladesh

Bangladesh’s Ambassador to the United States, Mohammad Ziauddin, has met Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, and briefed him on bilateral ties between the US and Bangladesh and the priorities of the present .....

British minister arrives in Dhaka to strengthen bonds with Bangladesh

British Minister of State for International Development Rory Stewart has arrived in Dhaka on a three-day visit for what he said strengthening the UK’s bonds with Bangladesh further.

Police identify another 'militant' killed in Narayanganj raid

Police have identified a suspected militant killed along with Neo-JMB leader Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury and another 'militant' in Narayanganj raid.

Cabinet committee decides to take back Gen Zia's Independence Award

The Cabinet Committee on National Awards has decided to withdraw the Swadhinata Padak posthumously conferred on Liberation War Sector Commander and BNP founder Maj Gen Ziaur Rahman.

Water transport workers call off strike after assurance of hike in wages 

Water transport workers have called off their five-day long strike on being reassured by vessel owners of their wages being enhanced.

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Oil-gas committee alleges wrong information, exaggeration in PM's speech on Rampal

There is 'much wrong information and exaggeration' in Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's brief on the Rampal power plant, Professor Anu Muhammad has said.

Cambodia keen to reinvigorate ties with Bangladesh: Embassy

Phnom Penh is eager to “reinvigorate” its ties with Dhaka, the Bangladesh embassy has said after the ambassador’s meeting with some Cambodian ministers.

What Washington says about US-Bangladesh relations before John Kerry's visit

The US embassy in Dhaka has issued a factsheet on Dhaka-Washington relations just before Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit on Aug 29.

Four suspected members of Ansarullah Bangla Team arrested in Faridpur

Police have arrested four suspected members of Ansarullah Bangla Team in raids on different places in Faridpur.

Police said they found firearms, bombs, meat cleavers, jihadi books inside the apartment.

Two others killed with cafe attack 'plotter' Tamim include his close aide, police suspect

Police are yet to identify the two other suspected militants killed with Dhaka cafe attack 'mastermind' Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury, but suspect at least one of them to be a 'key figure' of the group.

Hasina rebuts propaganda by anti-Rampal power plant campaign

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has issued a strong rebuttal of the "propaganda" and "politically-motivated rhetoric" by the anti-Rampal campaign, saying those who failed to deliver even one megawatt of .....

Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury. Photo: Police handout

Tamim Chowdhury, the Dhaka cafe carnage 'mastermind'

Born to a Bangladeshi family, who immigrated to Canada in the early 1970s, Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury is the one who had orchestrated the terror attack at a cafe in capital Dhaka, according to police in Ba.....

Police said Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury was killed during a raid at this building in Narayanganj.

Tamim attacked police ignoring calls to surrender during Narayanganj raid, home minister says

The militants, holed up in a house at Narayanganj, hurled bombs and opened fire ignoring police's calls to surrender, says Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal.

Tamim Chowdhury, the Dhaka café massacre mastermind, is killed in raid: Police

Gulshan café attack 'mastermind' Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury and two other suspected militants have been killed during a gunfight at a militant hideout in Narayanganj, police say.

Gulshan cafe attack 'mastermind' Tamim Chowdhury killed in Narayanganj raid: Police

Gulshan cafe attack 'mastermind' Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury and two other suspected militants have been killed during a gunfight at a militant hideout in Narayanganj, police say.

Gunshots heard as police raid suspected militant hide out in Narayanganj

Police are raiding a suspected militant hideout in Narayanganj town.

Five die, 'child missing' as microbus falls into ditch in Comilla's Laksam

A microbus has skidded off the bridge into a ditch, killing five persons in Comilla's Laksam.

Nazrul Institute threatens legal action against distortion of songs of Bangladesh’s National Poet

National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam's disciples had 'distorted' his songs at different levels after his death, Nazrul Institute Trustee Board Chairman Professor Emeritus Rafiqul Islam has said.

This June 23, 2015 foreign ministry photo shows Margarita Mamun's family with Shahriar Alam in Russia.

Gold medallist Russian-Bangladeshi gymnast Margarita Mamun’s father dies

Rio Olympics gold medallist rhythmic gymnast Margarita Mamun’s father has died of cancer at his home in Moscow, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam has confirmed to

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Bangladesh police chief questions patriotism of fatal militancy raid critics

Police chief AKM Shahidul Hoque has his doubts about the patriotism of those criticising the killing of nine suspected militants in Kalyanpur raid.

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Van hits, kills JU Chhatra Dal leader after he falls from bus in Savar

A covered van has hit and killed a Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader of Jahangirnagar University after he fell from a bus in Savar, police say.