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Govt to preserve 20000 graves of freedom fighters in first phase

DHAKA : The government will preserve graves of all martyred and general freedom fighters (FFs) in view of their great sacrifices during the War of Liberation in 1971, reports BSS. “In the first phase, the government has taken a project involving Taka 348 crore to preserve 20,000 graves of the martyred and general freedom fighters […]

5 ‘Neo JMB men’ held in city

DHAKA : Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested five suspected members of Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) (Sarwar-Tamim group), including its two engineers of IT section, from different areas in the city on Monday night, reports UNB. The identities of the arrestees are yet to be disclosed. Tipped off, a team of the elite force […]

ICT finalises probe report against Pak army

DHAKA : The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) finalised its investigation report against war crimes accused retired Pakistani army captain Mohammad Shahidullah, reports UNB. Mohammad Abdul Hannan Khan, chief coordinator of the agency, disclosed this while addressing a press briefing at its office in the city’s Dhanmondi area on Tuesday morning. Shahidullah is now in jail, […]

4 secretaries among 11 face contempt rule

DHAKA : The High Court on Tuesday issued a contempt of court rule against 11 people, including four secretaries, for not complying with its earlier order to demolish illegal structures constructed at Saint Martin’s Island without environmental clearance, reports UNB. The HC bench of Justice Md Ashfaqul Islam and Justice Ashish Ranjan Das passed the […]

Norway happiest country, Bangladesh 110th : Report

Norway has been named the world’s happiest country for the first time, taking the title from Scandinavian neighbor Denmark, reports AP. Ranked fourth in each of the last two years and second in 2013, Norway has leaped to the top of the social happiness list. Scores are calculated by measuring factors such as levels of […]

RAB arrests ‘main killer’ of ‘Pir’ from Bhurungamari

RANGPUR : Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) yesterday arrested the suspected ‘main killer’ of a ‘Pir’ of Bochaganj upazila in Dinajpur district and his adopted daughter, reports UNB. The alleged killer Shafikul Islam alias Babu, 28, arrested from Joymonirhat Bazar under Bhurungamari upazila of Kurigram district yesterday. In a press briefing held yesterday at the headquarters […]

‘Myanmar working to resolve Rohingya crisis’

“The government does not condone rights abuses against innocent civilians. Legal action will be taken in response to any substantiated claim,” Rear Admiral Myint Nwe said, reports The Hindu. Myanmar’s deputy defence chief today urged the world to give his government “time and space” to solve a crisis involving the Rohingya Muslim minority amid concerns […]

BNP seeks explanation over Hanif Mridha’s death

DHAKA : BNP on Monday urged the Home Minister to explain the death of militant suspect Hanif Mridha in Rab custody as his family members and law enforcers are making contradictory remarks about his detention, reports UNB. Speaking at a discussion, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir also demanded the government carry out a […]

Shahanaj Parvin becomes one of world’s best teachers

DHAKA : A Bangladesh female primary school teacher has been recognized as one of the best teachers in the world in a global forum held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) this week, according to a handout of the Ministry of Education available yesterday, reports BSS. Shahanaj Parvin’s name was put in the world’s best […]

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Police cordon off 2 ‘militant hideouts’ in Ctg

CHITTAGONG : Police on Monday cordoned off two houses, said to be the hideouts of militants, at Colonel Haat in the city on Monday evening, reports UNB. Nazmul Ahsan, additional deputy commissioner of Chittagong Metropolitan Police (West zone), said a team of police, including a bomb disposal unit, and Special Weapon and Tactic Team (SWAT) […]

HC wants report on Padma Bridge conspiracy by May 9

DHAKA : The High Court (HC) yesterday asked the government to submit a progress report by May 9, on its action to form a probe committee to identify and bring the people, to justice, who had made stories of corruption over Padma Bridge Project, reports BSS. “A High Court division bench comprising Justice Quazi Reza-Ul […]

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Tigers mark 100th Test by conquering Lanka

DHAKA : Bangladesh’s cricketers have responded to all the attention surrounding their 100th Test match by earning a hard-fought victory by four wickets- only their 9th overall, of which just four have come away from home, reports UNB. Given that the first two came against a severely depleted West Indies side in the middle of […]

BNP seeks national unity to eliminate militancy

THAKURGAON : BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Sunday urged the government to create a congenial atmosphere for forging a national unity to eliminate militancy, reports UNB. “Though our leader Khaleda Zia has called for a national unity to curb militancy, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina didn’t respond to it. She (Hasina) is now […]

Muhith likely to visit New Delhi ahead of PM

DHAKA : Finance Minister AMA Muhith is likely to visit New Delhi on April 2-4 which is seen as ‘significant’ one ahead of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s much-talked about tour, reports UNB. It is usual to have ministerial-level visits from both sides ahead of such magnitude of Prime Minister-level visit but this ministerial-level visit carries […]

SC stays HC order asking tanners to pay Tk 30.65cr fine

DHAKA : The Supreme Court on Sunday stayed until March 23 a High Court order that directed 154 Hazaribagh tannery owners to pay Tk 30.65 crore fine for not relocating their factories to the Tannery Estate in Savar within the given time, reports UNB. Following a petition filed by Bangladesh Tanners Association and Bangladesh Finished […]

Small rivers’ must be preserved for augmented flow: Mahmud

DHAKA : Water Resources Minister Anisul Islam Mahmud yesterday described as crucial small rivers’ protection for augmented flows as experts joined here in an interaction for saving streams ensuring their normal flow in lean period for ecology and economy, reports BSS. “Our small and big rivers are dying due intervention in upstream countries . . […]

SC upholds death penalty of Mufti Hannan

DHAKA : The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of Sunday upheld the death sentence of Harkat-ul-Jihad (Huji) chief Mufti Abdul Hannan and two others in a case filed over the grenade attack on ex-British envoy to Bangladesh Anwar Choudhury in 2004, reports UNB. A three-member HC bench, led by Chief Justice SK Sinha, passed […]

Dhaka, Moscow okay draft deal on nuke plant’s spent fuel management

DHAKA : Bangladesh and Russia have initialed a draft agreement on spent fuel management of Rooppur nuclear power plant (RNPP) project, reports UNB. According to a press statement, issued by Russian contractor Rosatom, both sides-Dhaka and Moscow-singed the initial draft on March 15 in Dhaka. “The two sides agreed to prepare the final documents for […]

Take vow to make developed Bangladesh: PM

DHAKA : Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged Awami League leaders and workers to take a fresh vow to build Bangladesh as a developed and peaceful country in South Asia. “Bangabandhu dreamt of establishing Bangladesh as Switzerland of the East. We want to materialize the dream of Bangabandhu when the nation would celebrate the birth […]

Khilgaon Rab checkpost ‘attack attempter’ gunned down

DHAKA : An unidentified miscreant was shot dead during his ‘attempt to attack’ a Rab checkpost in the city’s Khilgaon area early Saturday, reports UNB. Mufti Mahmud Khan, director of legal and media wing of Rab headquarters, said the miscreant riding a motorcycle made the attempt to attack the checkpost of Rab-3 around 4:35am with […]

RAB lodges case over Ashkona barrack attack

DHAKA : Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) Friday night lodged a case with airport police station over the suicidal blast in its Ashkona barrack that killed the lone attacker around 12:30 pm on the day. “Sub-inspector (SI) Rasheduzzaman of RAB headquarters filed the case under Anti-Terrorism Act against seven to eight unidentified persons,” officer in-charge Nur-e […]

15 bombs recovered from Sitakundu

CHITTAGONG : Police recovered 15 bombs and some explosive substances from a ‘militant hideout’ at Premtala in Sitakunda upazila on Saturday noon, reports UNB. Superintendent of police of Chittagong Nure Alam Minar said a bomb disposal team of Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) and Chittagong district police jointly recovered the bombs, weighing 3kg each, and five […]

Attacks on RAB isolated incidents: DMP Commissioner

DHAKA : Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Md Asaduzzamman Mian yesterday said the attacks targeting members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in city’s Ashkona and Khilgaon are isolated incidents, reports BSS. “We have nothing to be panicked over these isolated attacks on RAB. The members of law enforcement agencies are alert to save lives of […]