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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina pays tribute to Bangabandhu at his grave

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has paid homage to Bangladesh’s founding father after she reached Gopalganj.

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Fire at Sundarbans Chandpai Range controlled after three days

The fire in eastern Sundarban that had raged from Wednesday afternoon, has now been put out completely.

Ahsanullah University suspend teacher over sexual abuse allegations

A teacher of a private university in Dhaka has been suspended over allegations of sexual abuse.

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Eldest son of murdered Bangladesh-origin couple admits killing father: Police

Police in California say that 59-year old Golam Rabbi was killed by his eldest son.

Machete-wielding assailants killed Gay rights activist Xulhaz Mannan inside his Dhaka apartment along with his theatre activist friend Mahbub Rabbi Tonoy.

Situation in Bangladesh is very complex, says US State Department

The situation in Bangladesh is "very complex," says the US state department, after the Islamic State and al Qaeda reportedly claimed responsibility for recent murders in the country.

UP chairman drives Hindu families out of Bangladesh to grab land; bounty for him

Police have announced reward to catch a union council chairman wanted for allegedly forcing at least 30 Hindu families out of Bangladesh through intimidation to occupy their land.

Troubles mount as biometric re-registration of mobile-phone SIM cards ends Saturday

The re-registration of mobile-phone SIM cards with biometric data has entered the final hours with the huge rush triggering trouble for operators and subscribers alike.

Police detain father, brother of RU student over Prof Rezaul Karim murder

Police have detained the father and brother of a student of Rajshahi University’s English department for questioning as the law enforcers suspect his involvement in the murder of the department’s prof.....

RAB detains six including former staffers of army, police over appointment fraud

Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has detained six former personnel of army, BGB and police on charges of taking money from some youths looking for jobs in Bangladesh Army and forging appointment letters.

Tarana ‘unhappy’ with operators for ignoring her requests for biometric SIM registration

State Minister for Post and Telecommunications Tarana Halim has expressed displeasure over certain cases of noncompliance by telecom operators in installing their devices in the regional offices of th.....

Tarana says no problem in NID server amid complaints over biometric registration 

State Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Tarana Halim has says there is no problem in national ID server despite complaints by the people re-registering their SIMs with biometric details. 

Malaysia to decide about hiring foreign workers soon: Report

The Malaysian government will soon make an announcement about hiring foreign workers, according to local media.

Last-minute rush for biometric SIM re-registration spells user trouble

Mobile-phone subscribers are sweating it out to re-register their SIM cards with biometric details at the last minute.

Xulhaz Mannan and Mahbub Rabbi Tonoy

Home minister says gay-rights activist Xulhaz murder investigation going in right direction

Police investigation into the murders of gay-rights activist Xulhaz Mannan and his friend Mahbub Rabbi Tonoy is going in the right direction, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has said.

Government to hold talks with stakeholders on transport fees Monday

The government will meet stakeholders from the transport sector on Monday for revising commuter fees now that it has lowered fuel oil prices, Road Transport Minister Obaidul Quader has said.

Entry barred at Sundarbans' Sarankhola range due to recurring fires  

The Forest Department has stopped issuing entry permits to the Sarankhola Range a day after it suspended passes for the Chandpai Range following a series of fires in the Sundarbans blamed on miscreant.....

Bangladesh government receives account information from Facebook for the first time

Facebook authorities supplied, for the first time, user account information to the Bangladesh government on requests made during the June-July period last year.

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Secondary schools can hold morning classes during heat wave

Secondary schools can hold morning classes because of the prevailing heat wave, the government has said.

Man hacks wife, 3 in-laws in Lakshmipur

A man has hacked his wife and three in-laws following a family feud at Lakshmipur’s Raipur.

28 Armed Police Battalion members injured in bus-truck collision in Barisal

Twenty-eight members of an Armed Police Battalion have been injured in a road crash in Barisal.

Sons of Bangladeshi couple murdered in US sent to jail

Two Bangladeshi-Americans arrested for their suspected involvement in the murder of their parents at San Jose, in California, have been sent to jail.

Two shot dead in Lakshmipur

Two persons have been shot dead in Lakshmipur Sadar Upazila.

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San Jose police arrest both sons over murder of Bangladeshi-American parents at US home

Police in San Jose, California have arrested Hasib Bin Golam Rabbi and his 17-year old brother suspecting their involvement in the murder of their Bangladeshi-American parents.

Dialogue is the only panacea for peace, Bangladesh tells Asia meet

The state minister for foreign affairs has said that dialogue is the “only panacea for peace” for development and progress.

Increase in savings certificate sales increases Bangladesh government debt burden

The sales of savings certificate have increased phenomenally, adding to the government's debt burden, Finance minister AMA Muhit has told Parliament.

Kerry calls Hasina, demands justice for slain gay-rights activist Xulhaz

US Secretary of State John Kerry has phoned up Prime Minister Sheikih Hasina and asked her to arrest the killers of USAID official and gay-rights activist Xulhaz Mannan.

Climate change fund received Tk 30 billion in 7 years, says minister

Minister of Environment and Forests Anwar Hossain has told Parliament that a total of Tk 30 billion was sanctioned for the Climate Change Trust Fund over the past seven years.

Ministers, MPs’ absence mars question hour in Parliament

The question hour in the parliament has witnessed a logjam due to the absence of at least three ministers and several MPs.

Python devours deer before onlookers in Bangladesh’s national park 

A 20-feet python has swallowed a deer weighing 18 kg at Lawachharha National Park in Moulvibazar. 

Killing innocent people is violative of prophetic tradition, HC observes in verdict of attack on British envoy

Killing innocent people is violative of the injunctions of the Qur’an and Prophet Muhammad’s (SM) tradition, the High Court has observed in the full verdict on the attack on former British high commis.....

Bangladesh Navy’s Somudra Avijan returns home

‘Somudra Avijan’, one of Bangladesh Navy’s largest frigates, has returned to Chittagong port after participating in naval exercises in Indonesia.

Supreme Court schedules re-hearings for 168 resolved cases

Re-hearings have been scheduled for more than a hundred cases just a few months after the chief justice said it was unconstitutional for judges to write verdicts once they retire.

Elder son arrested as suspect in Bangladeshi-American couple murder in San Jose

The elder son of the Bangladeshi-American couple who were found murdered in their San Jose home at California in the United States earlier this week has been arrested.

Tarana firm on deactivating biometric-unregistered SIM cards on May 1

State Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Tarana Halim is not going to budge from her decision to deactivate unregistered SIM cards on May 1 for a few hours.

RAB ADG Ziaul Ahsan promoted, made director of National Security Intelligence

RAB’s additional director general Ziaul Ahsan has been made a director of National Security Intelligence (NSI).

Don’t wait for humanitarian parole, this is rare: US to Bangladeshis

The humanitarian parole is being used “sparingly” to bring someone who is otherwise inadmissible into the US for a temporary period of time due to a compelling emergency, diplomats say.

But, where is Islamic State, asks Bangladesh home minister

Extremists cannot establish their views in Bangladesh by killing ‘one or two people’, the home minister has said amid torrents of protests following a series of murders by suspected Islamic radicals.

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Fire triggers special warning for the Sundarbans

The Forest Department has issued a ‘special warning’ for the Sundarbans’ Chadpai Range after a series of fire incidents.

PM Hasina launches national helpline for free legal aid

A national helpline has been opened to offer free legal assistance to disadvantaged people.

Underage girl married off to policeman who assaulted her

An underage girl, who just sat for this year’s SSC exams, has been married off to a policeman who allegedly assaulted her earlier for turning down his marriage proposal.

European Parliament delegation urges Bangladesh to 'stand together' against extremists

The European Parliament’s South Asia delegation has urged the government authorities, political parties and civil society in Bangladesh to “stand together” against the acts of violence committed by ex.....

85,000 Yaba pills found in abandoned sack in Chittagong

Police have found 85,000 contraband Yaba tablets in a sack abandoned by drug dealers at Chittagong’s Chandanaish.

One killed, 10 injured in Kushtia pre-poll violence

One person has been killed and 10 others injured in a clash between the supporters of an Awami League-nominated chairman aspirant and a rebel candidate ahead of the union council polls in Kushtia.

Driver’s assistant killed as truck overturns in Gopalganj

The assistant of a truck driver has died after the vehicle overturned in Gopalganj.

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Fire fighters struggle to douse Sundarbans blaze

The fire that broke out in Tulatala area of the Sundarbans on Wednesday afternoon could not be brought under ‘total control’ until Thursday morning, fire service officials say.

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Shafik Rehman in Kashimpur jail after 10 days of remands

A court in Dhaka has sent editor Shafik Rehman to jail after 10 days of grilling in two rounds of police custody.

Police reportedly breach law, produce teens with handcuffs on

Police in Dhaka have presented before a court three teenagers reportedly with handcuffs on at the hearing of an explosives case.

Detectives hunt for four killers of Xulhaz, Tonoy with ‘clear’ images

Detectives have launched a manhunt for four youths whose ‘clear images’ have been obtained from a video footage of the killers of gay rights activist Xulhaz Mannan and his friend Mahbub Rabbi Tonoy fl.....

Detective Branch given charge of cases over murders of Xulhaz, Tonoy

The Detective Branch has been given the cases over the murders of gay-rights activist Xulhaz Mannan and his theatre activist friend Mahbub Rabbi Tonoy after police’s failure to arrest any suspect with.....

France, Switzerland condemn series of killings in Bangladesh

France and Switzerland have condemned the recent killings of online, cultural and rights activists in Bangladesh.

US expects Bangladesh to speak out forcefully against violent extremists: Ambassador Bernicat

The United States expects that the Bangladesh government will speak out “forcefully” to condemn the ongoing acts of violent extremism, Ambassador Marcia Bernicat has said.

Police say 3 men attacked Rajshahi University teacher Rezaul Karim Siddiquee 

Three assailants took part in the attack on Rajshahi University teacher AFM Rezaul Karim Siddiquee, police have said.

Security situation normal in Bangladesh, PM Hasina says after killings of three in a week

While the BNP claims the country is in ‘danger’ in the wake of the murders of a number of writers, a publisher and online activists by suspected militants over the past one year, Prime Minister Sheikh.....

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Government can’t handle situation alone, says US envoy Bernicat

The security situation in Bangladesh is too intense for the government to handle alone, US Ambassador Marcia Bernicat has said in a remark about the rise in killings of secular activists and minoritie.....

Local government expert questions acceptability of union council election

A local government expert has questioned the acceptability of ongoing union council election, saying a fair poll was a pipe dream in the absence of the government’s sincerity.

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Fire breaks out in Sundarbans’s Chandpai Range for the fourth time in a month

A fire has broken out in the eastern part of the Sundarbans for the fourth time since late March.

PM Hasina says ‘covert killings’ work of anti-government campaigners

Those who had killed ordinary people for the sake of their campaigns are responsible for the recent ‘covert killings’, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said.

Gay rights activist Xulhaz Mannan and his theatre activist friend Mahbub Rabbi Tonoy were killed inside an apartment of this building.

Police claim to find more leads on murders of LGBT activist Xulhaz, friend Tonoy

Police have claimed to have obtained ‘more leads’ on Monday’s murders of USAID official Xulhaz Mannan and his theatre activist friend Mahbub Rabbi Tonoy in Dhaka.

Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia says it is about time that these killings needed ‘special attention’. File photo

Some killers of Avijit Roy, Faisal Arefin Dipan left country: DMP chief

Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia has claimed that there have been ‘significant progresses’ in the investigations into the recent murders of writer, bloggers-online activist.....

1,300 Yaba tablets seized at Kamalapur Railway Station

Police have seized 1,300 pieces of contraband Yaba tablets from two passengers at Kamalapur Railway Station in the capital.

ACC accuses former deputy secretary’s wife of concealing assets info

The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) has prosecuted a former public servant’s spouse over possessing assets disproportionate to her known sources of income.

Leftist students enforce strike at JU to press for proctor’s resignation

Leftist students have enforced a strike at Jahangirnagar University to press for resignation of Proctor Tapan Kumar Saha over Monday’s police action on agitating students.

Hasina, Obama institutionalised Dhaka-Washington ties, says Ambassador Ziauddin

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the US President Barack Obama have “institutionalised” Dhaka-Washington ties, Bangladesh’s Ambassador to the US Mohammad Ziauddin has said.

Can’t confirm AQIS claim of killing Bangladeshi gay-rights activist and his friend: US

The United States has stated that at this moment it cannot confirm Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS)’s claim of killing Bangladeshi gay-rights activist Xulhaz Mannan and his friend Mahbub Rab.....

Consumers face myriad problems in biometric SIM registration

Following the court order to make a biometric re-registration of all SIM cards mandatory, consumers have made a beeline for completing the process.

Five Bangladeshi workers killed in Qatar road crash

Five Bangladeshi workers have been killed and three others injured in a road accident in Qatar’s capital Doha.

Second victim of Kushita stabbing succumbs to injuries

The second victim of a stabbing incident at Kushita’s Bherhamara has died.

Body of ethnic minority youth found in Dhaka

The body of an ethnic minority youth has been found at Kalyanpur in the capital.

1 killed in ‘encounter’ with police in Kushtia

A man, accused in several cases, has been killed in an ‘encounter’ with police at Kushtia town.

Three suspected robbers lynched in Chittagong

Locals have lynched three people in Uttar Kattoli area of Chittagong city suspecting them to be robbers.

Striking waterways workers lift strike

The nearly weeklong strike by waterways workers demanding a pay hike has been withdrawn following a mammoth tripartite meeting between Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan, representatives of the workers' .....

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Killings over religious, ideological differences heinous: Chief Justice SK Sinha

The world will cease to be habitable if people are to be killed because of their religions or beliefs, Chief Justice SK Sinha has said.

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Friends discover Bangladesh couple dead at San Jose home in US

Golam Rabbi and his wife Shamima Rabbi have been found dead at their San Jose home in the United States by their friends, reports ABC News.

Bangladesh, Germany discuss refugee, terrorism issues in political talk

In a political dialogue, known as Foreign Office Consultation (FOC), Bangladesh and Germany have discussed a wide-range of bilateral issues including refugees, migration and the scourge of global terr.....

Security camera catches assassins of LGBT rights activist, his friend fleeing

Images of the killers of gay-rights activist Xulhaz Mannan and his friend Mahbub Rabbi Tonoy were captured by a nearby security camera while they were fleeing the murder scene in Dhaka’s Kalabagan.

Foreign Minister visits King Abdullah Foundation in Saudi Arabia, meets Prince Turki

Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali has visited the King Abdullah International Foundation for Humanitarian Activities in Riyadh. He has met the foundation’s Chief Executive Officer Prince Turki .....

EU wants Bangladesh government to probe the twin murders of gay activist and his friend   

The European Union has sought a thorough probe into the murder of a LGBT rights activist and that of his friend in Dhaka.

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Rain in Sylhet, heat wave plays extra time in rest of Bangladesh

Sylhet is soaking in rain but the rest of Bangladesh is sweltering under a blistering heat wave showing no sign of relenting anytime soon. 

Mitsubishi Motors says cheated on mileage tests for 25 years

Japanese car maker Mitsubishi Motors Corp said on Tuesday it used fuel economy testing methods that did not comply with Japanese regulations for 25 years, much longer than previously known.

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Home minister does a turnaround, says recent murders are target killings

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, who had earlier described the killings of a Rajshahi University teacher and a prison guard as ‘stray incidents’, has now changed his stand.

Court sets report submission date for Xulhaz, Tonoy murder investigation   

A court has ordered police to submit investigation reports for two cases filed over the murder of gay-rights activist Xulhaz Mannan and theatre actor Mahbub Rabbi Tonoy.

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BNP chief Khaleda sees more danger in Bangladesh than ever before

The state of affairs in Bangladesh is more dangerous than ever before, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has said.

Police recover body of former air hostess from house in capital’s Razabazar

Police have recovered the body of a former Qatar Airways air hostess from a house in Dhaka’s Rajabazar.

Cable and IP TV licences to be issued after preparing policy, says Minister Inu

Cable TV licenses will be issued after the government finalises a policy, Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu has said.

Three brothers get life imprisonment for murder

A Jhalokati court has sentenced three brothers to life imprisonment in a murder case filed seven years ago.

MPs voting against party to impeach judge is not unconstitutional, says Law Commission chief

Law Commission Chairman ABM Khairul Haque says there is ‘no constitutional bar’ to MPs voting against their party decisions in Parliament to impeach any Supreme Court judge for misconduct.

Denmark asks Bangladesh government to take strong position against killers

Denmark has asked the government to take a “strong position” to bring the perpetrators of the recent killings in Bangladesh to justice.

Imam, madrasa teacher nabbed over murder of Rajshahi University’s Prof Rezaul

Two more people have been arrested over the murder of Rajshahi University teacher Prof AFM Rezaul Karim Siddiquee.

AQIS claims it killed Bangladesh LGBT activist Xulhaz Mannan and his friend, says SITE 

Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) has reportedly taken responsibility for killing Bangladeshi gay-rights activist Xulhaz Mannan and his friend Mahbub Rabbi Tonoy. 

Bodies of two missing friends found floating on Brahmaputra river 

Police have found the bodies of two friends floating on Brahmaputra river in Mymensingh a day after they went missing.

Intolerance-related violence increasing in Bangladesh: UN

UN Resident Coordinator Robert Watkins has condemned the murders of right activists in Dhaka and said intolerance-related violence is "increasing" in Bangladesh.

University student arrested over killing of former prison guard at Gazipur

Police have arrested a university student in connection with the killing of a retired prison guard of Kashimpur jail.

IGP AKM Shahidul Hoque says it's not possible for the police to provide security at every home. File photo

Citizens too need to be conscious about security measures, says Bangladesh Police chief

Amid law-enforcers’ failure to make any headway in the cases over recent killings, Bangladesh Police chief has said that citizens also need to be conscious about security measures.

 Four members of a family electrocuted in Sunamganj

Four members of a family have been electrocuted to death in Sunamganj.

Assailants of LGBT rights activist Xulhaz, his friend were well-trained to kill, says forensic expert

The killers of gay-rights activist Xulhaz Mannan and his theatre activist friend Mahbub Rabbi Tonoy were trained to target specific areas of the body to cause immediate death, says the forensic doctor.....

Assailants of Xulhaz Mannan targeted head to ensure immediate death, say officials

Gay-rights activist Xulhaz Mannan and his friend theatre activist Mahbub Rabbi Tonoy have been murdered in the same manner secular bloggers and online activists were killed in the recent past in Bangl.....

Bangladesh’s first LGBT magazine editor Xulhaz Mannan, 35, was killed inside his apartment in Dhaka’s Kalabagan along with one of his friends. File photo

German ambassador condemns murder of 'brave' Xulhaz

German Ambassador to Bangladesh Thomas Prinz has condemned the killing of Xulhaz Mannan and his friend Mahbub Tonoy.

UK saddened by recent spate of killings in Bangladesh, demands perpetrators’ arrest

UK’s Minister of State at the Foreign and Common Wealth Office Hugo Swire has demanded that the perpetrators of the recent murders in Bangladesh be brought to justice.

Bangladesh calls Muslim Ummah to denounce use of religion to justify violent extremist acts

Bangladesh has once again called upon the Muslim Ummah “to denounce the use of religion to justify violent extremist acts”.

Cases filed over murder of Bangladesh LGBT rights activist Xulhaz Mannan and his friend

Two cases have been filed over the murders of an LGBT rights activist and his friend in Bangladesh.