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No world leaders questioned: PM

Jan 5 Elections

No world leaders questioned: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said no world leaders questioned the January 5 election, which the BNP and most other political parties boycotted. “Rather, everyone congratulated me on my being reelected and appreciated the efforts for taking the country forward,” she told a media briefing at the Gono Bhaban. Hasina said those criticising the polls...

No country endorsed this govt: Khaleda

No country endorsed this govt: Khaleda

Not a single foreign country has recognised the “illegal” Sheikh Hasina government that came to power through a voter less election, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has claimed. Hasina's photo sessions with the heads of foreign nations wouldn't bring recognition for this government, Khaleda, also chief of the BNP-led 20-party alliance, told a rally at...

Almost all secondary schools on track

Almost all secondary schools on track

Amid criticism over abysmal results in the Dhaka University admission tests, a nationwide assessment survey report has drawn a rosy picture of secondary education with findings that nearly half of the secondary schools are performing well. Of the 18,425 institutions surveyed, 1,020 are listed as top-performing, 9,098 as well-performing and 7,319 as moderate-performing in...

Ghulam Azam dies in prison

Ghulam Azam dies in prison

He was the pivot around whom revolved the war crimes in 1971. He led the auxiliary forces that assisted the Pakistan military in committing one of the worst genocide in history. He never repented for his despicable role; on the contrary, he continued his campaign against Bangladesh even after independence.  Finally, a special tribunal...

Spain honours Sir Abed

Spain honours Sir Abed

Brac founder and Chairperson Sir Fazle Hasan Abed has been honoured with the prestigious Spanish Order of Civil Merit in recognition of his outstanding contribution to poverty alleviation and community empowerment. The Spanish ambassador in Dhaka Luis Tejada handed over the award to Abed in a ceremony at a city hotel yesterday.  Receiving the award, Abed said he owes this recognition to all his colleagues at Brac. "I'm extremely happy to receive this award. However, this recognition has been achieved by all of my hardworking colleagues," he said. The Order of Civil Merit award is usually granted to Spanish nationals or foreigners who have carried out civil services of extraordinary value to Spain,...

Editors slate campaign against 3 journalists

Editors' Council yesterday strongly condemned declaring three journalists, including two editors, persona non grata at the Central Shaheed Minar by some organisations. The platform of editors of leading national dailies in a meeting at The Daily Star centre adopted a proposal, said a press release. The council, added the release, has witnessed with grave concern that some organisations have declared Matiur Rahman Chowdhury, editor of Daily Manabzamin; and Nurul Kabir of the New Age unwanted at the Central Shaheed Minar. The two...

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Ebola fear grips Nagra village

Ebola fear grips Nagra village

Ebola fear has gripped Nagra village of Kotalipara following the arrival of a Liberia returnee, who passed through Shahjalal International Airport without being screened earlier this month, there. Worse still, the individual -- Abul Hossain Dulu -- has fled the village in panic. This Ebola epidemic is the worst since the discovery of the virus...

Published Date: October 23, 2014
Influentials on the wrong side

Influentials on the wrong side

Traffic police and even a minister appear helpless in preventing government high-ups from driving on the wrong side of Dhaka streets, making top government officials untouchable by traffic laws.  Traffic policemen on the ground continue to overlook vehicles taking the wrong side of roads saying the rules violators are influential people and they may...

Published Date: October 23, 2014
SI Anwar held

SI Anwar held

Sub-inspector Anwar Hossain of Sher-e-Bangla Nagar Police Station was arrested yesterday for shooting a man in the capital on Sunday. The SI shot Shah Alam, a car driver, in both legs from close range in Taltola area around midnight, and tried to portray him as a mugger and a gunfight victim. Biplob Kumar Sarkar, deputy commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, yesterday said during primary investigation they found Anwar shot Alam over personal enmity. “He [Anwar] shot Alam after picking him up,” Biplob told The Daily Star over the phone. The SI was arrested after Alam's brother Golam Mostafa filed a case with Sher-e-Bangla Nagar police yesterday afternoon. In the case statement, Mostafa said Anwar...

Published Date: October 23, 2014
Gunshots fired inside Canada parliament

Gunshots fired inside Canada parliament

Gunfire echoed through the Gothic halls of the Canadian parliament yesterday as police shot dead a gunman suspected of killing a soldier guarding a nearby war memorial before storming the building. Police said an investigation was continuing, but did not confirm earlier reports that more gunmen were involved. Heavily armed officers backed by armored...