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2 killed as bus rams three-wheeler at Shahbagh

2 killed as bus rams three-wheeler at Shahbagh

Two women of a family were killed and two others injured when a bus rammed into a CNG-driven auto-rickshaw in Shahbagh area of Dhaka during the Jamaat-enforced countrywide hartal (shutdown) today. The deceased were identified as Firoza Begum, 50, and her sister-in-law, Chanburu, 35, said Inspector Mozammel Haque, police camp in-charge of Dhaka Medical...

Slack hartal across the country

Slack hartal across the country

The 24-hour countrywide hartal enforced by Jamaat-e-Islami demanding release of their leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee is progressing across the country in a relaxed way. Appalled by the Supreme Court verdict that sentenced war criminal Sayedee to imprisonment until death, Jamaat called two 24-hour hartals for today and Sunday. In Dhaka, police detained two pickets from...

Australia launches anti-terror raids over IS plot to kill

Australia launches anti-terror raids over IS plot to kill

Australian police have carried out major anti-terror raids triggered by a call from a senior Islamic State militant for "demonstration killings", Prime Minister Tony Abbott says. The raids, involving at least 800 heavily-armed officers, took place in Brisbane and Sydney. Fifteen people were arrested and one person has been charged with conspiracy to prepare a...

Apple earns more than many countries

Apple earns more than many countries

Apple is one of the biggest companies in the world, and with the release of the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus it is only going to get bigger. With a forecasted 100m iPhones to be sold in the second half of 2014 alone and profits continuing to rise, the technology company’s revenue...

Indian territory won't be used against Bangladesh, Dhaka to seek assurance from Delhi

Indian territory won't be used against Bangladesh, Dhaka to seek assurance from Delhi

Bangladesh will seek reassurance from India that its territory will not be used against Bangladesh during the third Bangladesh-India Joint Consultative Commission (JCC) meeting to be held in New Delhi on Saturday. “Surely, India will also have to give us this assurance. We’ll surely seek it. Let me go there and discuss. I’ll tell you more once I get back home,” Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali said. Before leaving for New Delhi this morning, the foreign minister was addressing a pre-departure press conference at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka this morning. Bangladesh also expects that India would not allow their soil against Bangladesh as the country cleared its position regarding the...

Voting begins in Scottish referendum

Voting begins in Scottish referendum

People in Scotland have begun voting on whether the country should stay in the UK or become an independent nation. Voters will answer "Yes" or "No" to the referendum question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?" With 4,285,323 people - 97% of the electorate - registered to vote, a historically high turnout is expected. Votes will...

2 Chapainawabganj 'Razakars' to face tribunal Sept 23

2 Chapainawabganj 'Razakars' to face tribunal Sept 23

A tribunal in Dhaka today asked the jail authorities to produce two war crimes suspect of Chapainawabganj before it on September 23. Chapainawabganj police arrested Mahidur Rahman, 84, of Dadanchak village and Afsar Hossain alias Chutu, 65, of Satrosia village in Shibganj upazila on Tuesday in a bomb blast and killing case. The International Crimes...

IS crisis: US House approves Obama Syria plan

IS crisis: US House approves Obama Syria plan

The US House of Representatives has approved President Barack Obama's plan to train and arm the moderate Syrian opposition taking on Islamic State. The vote passed by a large majority in the Republican-controlled House and is expected to be adopted in the Senate. The endorsement came after President Obama repeated that he would not be...

WAR CRIMES TRIAL

Azharul verdict any day

Azharul verdict any day

A tribunal in Dhaka today concluded hearing arguments in a war crimes case against Jamaat leader ATM Azharul Islam and will deliver its verdict any day. The 62-year-old Jamaat-e-Islami assistant secretary general faces six charges including murder, genocide and crimes against humanity committed during the Liberation War in 1971. Alleged Al-Badr commander of Rangpur, Azharul...

Indian villagers shave their heads to mourn dead monkey

Indian villagers shave their heads to mourn dead monkey

Nearly 200 Indian villagers have shaved their heads to mourn the death of a monkey from their local temple. The macaque drowned when it fell into a pond after being chased by dogs. Afraid that its death may bring them bad luck, the villagers held a funeral procession and cremated the animal according to Hindu...

Fakhrul gets bail in Kadamtali violence case

Fakhrul gets bail in Kadamtali violence case

A Dhaka court today granted bail to BNP acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in a case filed for assaulting police and torching vehicles during an opposition blockade in 2012. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Alamgir Kabir Raj passed the order this afternoon after Fakhrul surrendered before the court and pleaded for bail. Earlier on...

Murtaja Baseer: an artist extraordinaire!

Murtaja Baseer: an artist extraordinaire!

Wondering what you can do this Friday? Here's an idea: go to an art exhibition of Murtaja Baseer tomorrow. Known for his unique, individual artistic style, Baseer is considered one of the foremost Bengal painters and a versatile genius. Throughout his illustrious career, Baseer has gradually transformed his style into abstract realism. Baseer is still actively exploring the diverse world of art. He has done a series of works articulating contemporary life and issues. Hope, aspiration and strange visions are evoked with passion in his images. The exhibition is a must see for art lovers. Date: 12-25 September. Time: 11am to 8pm. Venue: Galleri Kaya, House 20, Road 16, Sector 4,...

India China sign $20bn landmarks deals

India China sign $20bn landmarks deals

India and China have signed 12 agreements in Delhi, one of which will see China investing $20bn (£12.2bn) in India's infrastructure over five years. At a news conference with Chinese President Xi Jinping, India's PM Narendra Modi said "peace on the border" was important for progress. Talks came as India accused China of fresh territorial...

Submit report on Patukahali river encroachers: HC

Submit report on Patukahali river encroachers: HC

The High Court today directed the government to submit a report before it by November 5 on encroachers who grabbed land of the Shibbaria river in Kalapara upazila of Patuakhali. Following the HC directive, the deputy commissioner of Patuakhali and Upazila Nirbahi Officer of Kalapara will have to submit the report including a name...

SCBA protests 16th amendment

SCBA protests 16th amendment

The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) today strongly protested the latest amendment to the constitution and demanded its immediate abolition. The protest came a day after lawmakers unanimously passed the 16th amendment to the constitution empowering the parliament to impeach judges. “This change has been brought to put the independence of the judiciary under threat,”...

Nigeria 'uses torture officers to extract confessions'

Nigeria 'uses torture officers to extract confessions'

Torture has become such an integral part of policing in Nigeria that many stations have an informal torture officer, Amnesty International says. Both the military and police use a wide range of torture methods including beatings, nail and teeth extractions and other sexual violence, it says. One woman accused of theft said she was sexually...

Rab asked to gear up Sagar-Runi murder probe

Rab asked to gear up Sagar-Runi murder probe

Irked by slow progress in probing the murder of journalist couple -- Sagar Sarowar and Meherun Runi -- a Dhaka court today directed Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) to gear up the investigation. It asked the investigating agency to immediately record the statements of Mahir Sarowar Megh, only son of the slain couple, Runi’s mother...

Gulshan Tower catches fire

Gulshan Tower catches fire

A fire broke out on the ground floor of a 12-storey building in Gulshan-2 of the capital city of Dhaka this evening. Firemen brought the blaze under control with their half-an hour efforts. According to fire service officials, the fire originated at a clothes store on the ground floor of Gulshan Tower around 6:00pm. On information,...

End Rab’s impunity

End Rab’s impunity

The European Parliament (EP) in a resolution today called on the Bangladeshi authorities to put an end to Rab's impunity. The Members of European Parliament (MEPs) also said human rights violations by the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), an emergency force created 10 years ago comprising both military and police officers, should stop. The MEPs also...

Video of British hostage released

Video of British hostage released

A new video has been released showing a British man believed to be held hostage by Islamic State (IS) militants. IS has already killed three hostages and, in its video showing the death of UK aid worker David Haines, threatened to kill British man Alan Henning next. The latest video, which does not feature a...

POROSHENKO IN KEY US VISIT

Ukraine president urges US support

Ukraine president urges US support

  Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has urged the US to provide military assistance to his country to counter pro-Russian eastern separatists. In an address to a joint session of Congress, he said ill-equipped young Ukrainian servicemen were fighting a "war for the free world". President Obama - along with many other Western leaders - has condemned...

Scottish independence: Voting under way in referendum

Scottish independence: Voting under way in referendum

People in Scotland are voting on whether the country should stay in the UK or become an independent nation. Voters will answer "Yes" or "No" to the referendum question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?" With 4,285,323 people - 97 percent of the electorate - registered to vote, it is expected to be the busiest...

Raushan blasts PM

Raushan blasts PM

Opposition Leader Raushan Ershad today in parliament lambasted Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her failure to stop misuse of formalin and food adulteration causing serious threats to public health. Raushan, also a Jatiya Party presidium member, came down heavily on the premier for frequent load shedding and battered condition of roads in the capital city of Dhaka. “Your government [Hasina] has failed to ensure safe foods for people. Formalin is being used desperately in almost all food items. Then how you [Hasina] claim yourself to be the daughter of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,” a lamented Raushan questioned Hasina in her winding up speech in parliament. Addressing Hasina, Raushan...

Ruet closed after Shibir-BCL clash

Ruet closed after Shibir-BCL clash

Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (Ruet) have been closed for an indefinite period following a clash between the activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League and Islami Chhatra Shibir. The university authorities have asked residential students to vacate their halls by 10:00am tomorrow, reports our Rajshahi University correspondent. The closure decision was taken at an emergency meeting...