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Eid exodus from Dhaka begins

People have begun leaving the capital Dhaka for their suburban and village homes to spend the Eid-ul-Fitr holidays with their families.

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No plan to separate RAB from police, says state minister

There is no plan to separate Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) from police, State Minister for Home Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has said.

Govt disowns Mohsin Ali’s remark

Information Minister Hasanul Haque Inu has claimed that a recent statement by the Social Welfare Minister Syed Mohsin Ali about a ‘stringent law’ for the media does not represent the government’s view.....

‘Rundown roads belong to LGED’

Communications Minister Obaidul Quader has said the rickety roads whose images are being published in the media do not come under the purview of his ministry.

Put Bangladesh in peacekeeping offices: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has advocated the inclusion of Bangladesh in the decision-making body of the UN Peacekeeping Mission to increase the coordination between those working on the ground and t.....

Sohel Rana denied bail

The High Court has denied bail to Rana Plaza owner Sohel Rana, accused of violating the building code.

'Cameron suggests looking forward'

British Prime Minister David Cameron has said the Jan 5 national election is now a matter of the 'past' and suggested Bangladesh move ahead, says Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali.

Aftab murder trial next month

The trial in photographer Aftab’s murder case will begin next month, the Third Additional Metropolitan District Judge Imrul Kayes has said.

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PM surprises flight passengers

Passengers of a Biman flight were surprised to have Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in their midst while flying from London to Dhaka.

5 die as boat sinks in Mymensingh

Five have died and five more are missing after an overloaded boat sank in a lake at Mymensingh’s Fulbaria.

ACHR against Bangladesh in UN peace-keeping

The Asian Centre of Human Rights, who campaigned for release of right-wing activist Adilur Rahman Khan and missed no chance to run down Bangladesh, has now started a vicious campaign to reduce the nat.....

Obama thanks Hasina

The US President Barack Obama has thanked Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her felicitation message on the US’s Independence Day.

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Bangladesh goes up the HDI ladder

Bangladesh has progressed on the UNDP’s Human Development Index with significant strides in closing the gap between men and women.

ACC case against AL's Abdullah dropped

The Appellate Division has accepted a plea by the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) to drop a case against Awami League leader Sheikh Md Abdullah for concealing information on his wealth.

HC upholds lower court's verdict on Lalbagh multiple murders

The High Court has upheld a lower court verdict awarding death sentence to two, life in prison for nine and a 10-year jail term for a 12th convict over the 1994 murder of seven people at Dhaka's Lalba.....

2 die in stampede while collecting Zakat clothes

Two elderly females have died in a stampede while they gathered to collect clothes meant for Zakat.

Khaleda hearing deferred for the third time

The Supreme Court once again deferred hearing of two petitions filed by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, questioning the legality of the appointment of a judge who indicted her in two graft cases.

JU expels 3 female students for abusing a fresher

Authorities at Jahangirnagar University have expelled three female students for abusing a fresher.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the Girl Summit 2014 in London

PM returns home from UK

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has returned to Dhaka on Thursday morning after a three-day official visit to the United Kingdom.

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Alliance to work closely with labour groups

The Alliance for Bangladesh Workers' Safety, an initiative of North American retailers and brands, has pledged to work more closely with Bangladesh labour groups.

‘Loot’ in Kuakata embankment project

Accusations of massive irregularities and ‘looting’ in a project of Water Development Board in Kauakata have surfaced.

One dies in Chittagong AL factional clash

A clash between ruling Awami League factions in Chittagong has left one dead and three others injured, locals and police say.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina says her party's 'Vision 2041' aims at making Bangladesh a developed country.

We’ll implement Vision 2021: Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has firmly stated that her government will fully implement the Awami League's campaign pledge 'Vision 2021' announced six years ago before the 2008 general election.

Khaleda performs Umrah

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has performed Umrah.

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Minister admits extortion by police

State Minister for Home Affairs Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has admitted that ‘some members’ of the police force are involved in extortion and said action had been taken against those accused of the misdee.....

Primary teachers' recruitment test results out

Results of the written test to recruit assistant teachers for primary schools have been published.

British MP praises Hasina’s work on women’s development

A senior British Labour Party MP has praised Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s work on women development.

ACC drops case against Awami League’s Abdullah

The Anti Corruption Commission has decided not to continue with its case against Awami League’s Sheikh Md Abdullah on charges of concealing information of his wealth.

Cop wounded and mugged

A police inspector has been mugged and wounded by miscreants at Dhaka’s Turag area. 

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JSC tests start Nov 2

The Junior School Certificate (JSC) and Junior Dakhil Certificate (JDC) examinations will begin on Nov 2.

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SI Jahid’s remand over custodial death extended

Court has extended the remand of two persons, including sub-Inspector of Mirpur Police Jahidur Rahman, by four days in connection with the killing of a scrap-cloth dealer in police custody.

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Kamaruzzaman appeal hearing adjourned

Hearing on an appeal filed by war crimes convict Jamaat-e-Islami leader Mohammad Kamaruzzaman has been adjourned till Sep 2.

1 killed, MP injured in Sirajganj collision

An elderly housemaid travelling with Bogra-7 MP Altaf Hossain was killed when a bus rammed into their microbus at Sirajganj.

3 bodies found in Habiganj

Police have recovered the bodies of three youths besides railway tracks.

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Present justice system invites ‘abuse’: US envoy

US envoy Dan Mozena feels existing justice system in Bangladesh can be misused and so needs change.

3 minors injured in blast

Three minors were injured on Wednesday after an abandoned handmade bomb exploded when they picked it up.

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Bangladesh will progress: Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina says the party that failed to stop the last national elections is now trying to singe the country in frustration for its failure.

Political commitment can end child marriages: Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said a bold and secular political commitment is crucial in facing a socially sensitive challenge like child marriage.

Cameron urges ending early marriage within this generation

Britain will introduce new laws to combat female genital mutilation (FGM) including making it compulsory for teachers and health workers to report cases, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Tuesday.

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Govt is behaving like Israel: BNP

The BNP has alleged the Awami League-led government has resorted to 'Israeli tactics of torture'.

Unicef praises Hasina

Unicef Executive Director Anthony Lake has praised Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for Bangladesh’s initiatives to protect rights of the girl children.

Cameron wishes to visit Bangladesh

British Prime Minister David Cameron has assured her Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina of continued support to her government.

Get tough with private universities, watchdog tells minister

A parliamentary panel has advised the education minister to act tough to ‘rein in’ the private universities.

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Bodies of 2 fishermen recovered

Two bodies of the eleven missing fishermen of 'FB Maa-2' have been recovered from a shoal called Char Nijam in Meghna river.

Ashraful appeals for cut in eight-year ban

Mohammad Ashraful has filed an appeal to the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) disciplinary panel chief, Mohammad Abdur Rashid, for a reduction in his ban from cricket, reports.

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Keeping doctors in rural areas

Doctors’ reluctance to go to rural areas is not just a problem facing Bangladesh -- policymakers in the United States have faced the same problems.

Abducted teen’s body found

Police have found the body of a teenager from Demra's Konaparha 12 days after he was abducted.

Rangpur road crash kills 3 Chhatra Dal leaders

Three motorcycle riders were killed in Rangpur's Mithapukur Upazila on Tuesday evening when a truck ran over the two-wheeler.

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Govt expert suggests formalin levels check first

A government expert has said the authorities should check the levels of formalin in food instead of destroying anything that tests positive for the chemical.

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Social welfare minister threatens to muzzle media

Social Welfare Minister Syed Mohsin Ali has threatened to rein in press freedom even as the prime minister herself has on several occasions asserted her government’s commitment to let the media work f.....

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Panel suggests BCS preliminary test without MCQs

A parliamentary watchdog has recommended dropping multiple choice questions (MCQs) from the preliminary test of Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examinations.

bKash agents mugged in Rangpur

Miscreants have robbed bKash agents of Tk 925,000 at gun point in Kownia, Rangpur. The incident took place around 1:30 pm in Chotopool area,Tuesday.

Workers vandalise CEPZ factory

A readymade garment factory at Chittagong Export Processing Zone (CEPZ) has been shut down following violent protests by its workers.

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Man held with 17,000 Yaba tablets

Police have arrested a man with 17,500 pieces of banned popular club-drug Yaba from Reazuddin Bazar in Chittagong.

Cox’s Bazar DC summoned

The High Court has summoned the deputy commissioner (DC) of Cox’s Bazar for not implementing its earlier order.

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Mobile courts to prevent begging in key areas of Dhaka

The government will deploy mobile courts to make Dhaka’s seven ‘important’ areas free from beggars.

Hasina meets Cameron

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina held a bilateral meeting with her British counterpart David Cameron on Tuesday morning.

Better roads next Eid, says Quader

The Roads and Highways Department will “try its best” to end people’s harrowing home-travel before Eid due to wretched roads, said Communications Minister Obaidul Quader.

3 die as bus rams auto-rickshaw

A bus has rammed into an auto-rickshaw in Sylhet, killing three people.

Adflame director, 2 others get 10 yrs for adulterated drugs

A Dhaka Court has found Adflame Pharmaceuticals guilty of manufacturing adulterated drugs.

16 injured as bus cylinder bursts

At least 16 people have been injured in a bus gas cylinder burst in Chittagong’s Bashkhali Upazila.

Sylhet rail links with Dhk, Ctg restored

Sylhet's rail links with Dhaka and Chittagong resumed after being snapped for six hours due to derailment of an oil-carrying train at South Surma on Tuesday morning.

3 labour leaders sacked for demanding dues

Three labour leaders of the state-owned Crescent Jute Mill in Khulna have been sacked for besieging its administrative office to press for the payment of their dues.

Combined entry test sees no light

Those seeking admission to Bangladesh’s public universities may have to wait a while since a common entry test is not being held this year.

Fire at Dhaka chest hospital

A fire broke out at the National Institute of Diseases of the Chest and Hospital (NIDCH) at Mohakhali in Dhaka on Monday night.

War crimes suspect 'Koshai Siraj' arrested

War crimes suspect Sheikh Sirajul Haque aka Siraj Master, infamously known as 'Koshai Siraj', has been arrested from Bagerhat, police say.

Workers mending the Dhaka-Mymensingh highway with bricks as a quick fix at Gazipur's Rajenrdapur on Monday to cope with the heavy traffic ahead of Eid. Photo: tanvir ahammed/

Hell freezes over Dhaka-Mymensingh highway

The Dhaka-Mymensingh highway still puts the moon to shame with gigantic craters despite the government hastily cobbling together a patchwork ahead of the Eid-ul-Fitr.

RAB asks HRW to think about Gaza

Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has rejected the allegation that Human Rights Watch levelled against it over extrajudicial killings and advised the US rights organisation to turn its focus to murders of .....

Ichli launch route closed

Strong current and whirlpool fed by a rise in water level have forced launch operations from Bada Station Molehead to Ichli to suspend.

PM lands in London for Girl Summit

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has reached London where she is scheduled to attend the Girl Summit, 2014.

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'Dhaka ambassador in Lebanon is a victim of conspiracy'

A staff at the Bangladesh mission in Lebanon has claimed that the ambassador recalled from Beirut has been caught in a 'conspiracy'.

SC stays blogger Rajib murder accused's bail

The Appellate Division has upheld a stay order on the bail for Sadman Yasir Mahmud who is accused of murdering Ganajagaran Mancha activist Ahmed Rajib Haider.

11 go missing as trawler sinks

A heavy storm in the sea has drowned a fishing trawler in the Bay of Bengal.

Court ruling on illegal parking

A Dhaka Court has issued directives to prevent illegal parking of vehicles and mushrooming of unauthorised shops on the roads and footpaths in front of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSM.....

Commuters suffer due to transport strike on Dhaka-Barisal route

The transport owners' strike on the Dhaka-Barisal route has caused immense suffering to commuters.

Govt slates HRW ‘interference’

US group Human Rights Watch (HRW) has interfered in Bangladesh’s internal affairs by calling for disbanding of elite police unit RAB, the government feels.

Convicted BDR man dies in prison

A Bangladesh Rifle’s (BDR) man, who was convicted in the BDR mutiny, has died in Narail prison while serving a three-year term there.

Doubtful freedom-fighters found

The government has revoked the freedom-fighter certificates of 35 public officials, including that of a deputy secretary and a senior railway officer.

Test formalin detector: HC

High Court has ordered that the formalin detectors which are used in Bangladesh should be properly examined.

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Quader asks for more time

Communications Minister Obaidul Quader has said it will take another "one or two days" to fix roads and highways ahead of Eid after his self-imposed deadline expired.

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PM leaves for London to join Girl Summit

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has left Dhaka with a high-level Bangladesh delegation to join the Girl Summit, 2014 in London.

Khaleda hearing deferred again

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court been deferred yet again a hearing on two petitions filed by Khaleda Zia, questioning the legality of the appointment of a judge who indicted the BNP chief i.....

RAB men patrol on the eve of Comilla City Corporation elections, on Wednesday. Photo: Dhaka, Jan 04, 2012

Disband RAB, HRW tells PM

The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) is beyond reform and should therefore be disbanded, Human Rights Watch has said in a letter to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Square Pharma employee killed

Unknown assailants have hacked to death an official of Square Pharmaceuticals in Shalaipur, Pabna and stolen his motorbike.

5 kids rescued from trafficker

Five children have been rescued from being trafficked to India at Jessore’s Sharsha Upazila.

Husband ‘kills’ wife after gang-rape

A husband has allegedly killed his wife after having her gang-raped by friends at Titas Upazila in Comilla.

Kerry wishes Mahmood Ali a happy Eid

The US Secretary of State John Kerry wished his Bangladesh counterpart AH Mahmood Ali a happy Eid-ul-Fitr.

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270 gold bars in Biman toilet

Customs officials have foiled three attempts to smuggle in gold through Shahjalal International Airport in the span of 17 hours.

Night-long wait for tickets

Sale of pre-Eid advance railway tickets has commenced from Sunday. But hundreds of ticket expectants started camping at the capital’s Kamalpur Railway Station, literally spending sleepless night, to g.....

Fire kills 5 in one family

A mother and her four children have died in a fire at their house at Hathazari in Chittagong.

‘No punishment before departmental action, arrest after approval’

The government has drafted the Public Servants Act that prevents punitive actions against a government employee before departmental measures.

Former ambassador to Lebanon to face action, says foreign minister

Former Bangladesh Ambassador to Lebanon AFM Gausul Azam Sarker will face administrative measures, said Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali.

bKash agents mugged in Pabna

Miscreants have snatched away Tk 1.25 million from bKash agents at gun point in Pabna.

Empowering Parliament to impeach judges challenged

The government’s move to empower Parliament to impeach senior judges by amending Article 96 of the Constitution of Bangladesh has been challenged in the Supreme Court.

Man shot beside police station

Miscreants have shot an engineer near the Adabor Police Station to snatch away Tk 250,000 from him.

Don’t undermine agriculture: PM

Young people should be encouraged to take up agriculture to reduce Bangladesh’s dependency on food import, said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

20 injured in Sarail clash

A clash between two groups has left 20 injured in Sarail Upazila, Brahmanbaria.

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Minar told to surrender

Mahatab Uddin Ahmmed Chowdhury Minar, the prime accused in the murder of Phulgazi Chairman Ekramul Haque, has been ordered to surrender in two weeks.

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Ershad 'ill', postpones India tour

HM Ershad’s visit to India has been postponed because of ‘unavoidable circumstances’.

Finally, damages after 20 yrs

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court has upheld a High Court verdict that had ordered a vehicle owner to compensate the victim of a road accident.