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  • Japan hopeful of ‘all-inclusive’ election in Bangladesh
  • Syed Ashraf's motorcade attacked
  • 1 killed in AL-oppn clash in C’nawabganj
  • Drivers march towards Khaleda residence to protest blockade
  • Arson, blast mark opposition’s blockade in capital
  • Commerce Minister’s house in Lalmonirhat bomb attacked
  • UN resident coordinator meets CEC
  • Court grants bail to two TV journalists
  • Oppn’s 3rd day blockade in progress amid violence
  • IMF approves disbursement of US$140.4mn for Bangladesh
  • Juba Dal leader shot dead in Bogra
  • ICT declines Azhar’s privileged communication with lawyers
  • Juba Dal leader stabbed to death in Comilla
  • BNP activist shot dead in Natore
  • New protest clashes shake Thai capital
  • Firefighters put out fire in a bus set ablaze at Dhanmondi in Dhaka on Sunday, the second day of the 72-hour countrywide opposition blockade. — New Age photo

  • A vegetable vendor at Jatrabari kitchen market in Dhaka shows rotten cauliflowers as the ongoing blockade causes the perishable items to rot amid disruption in transportation. — Sourav Lasker

  • An anti-government protester throws back a tear gas canister fired by riot police in Bangkok on Sunday.— AP photo

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Rly sabotage marks blockade

Firefighters put out fire in a bus set ablaze at Dhanmondi in Dhaka on Sunday, the second day of the 72-hour countrywide opposition blockade. 
— New Age photo
Buses were burnt and railway lines sabotaged as clashes between demonstrators and the police were reported from different places across the country on Sunday, the second day of the fresh spell of rail-road-waterway blockade enforced... Full story

Deprived aspirants vent anger

Rivalries among Awami League leaders over nomination have come into the open in many constituencies after the announcement of the names of party candidates on Friday for the 10th parliamentary elections. Full story

UN rights chief slams political leaders for death in violence

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has warned politicians in Bangladesh that they risk facing prosecution at the International Criminal Court based in the Hague for election time violence. Full story

EU to support only credible and inclusive elections

The European Union̢۪s ambassador to Bangladesh William Hanna on Sunday said that the EU had not yet decided whether it would deploy observers to monitor the forthcoming 10th parliamentary polls scheduled for January 5. Full story

Supply chain strained

A vegetable vendor at Jatrabari kitchen market in Dhaka shows rotten cauliflowers as the ongoing blockade causes the perishable items to rot amid disruption in transportation. — Sourav Lasker
Vegetable farmers who send their produces to Dhaka and other cities from outlying areas have been badly affected by the opposition̢۪s blockade programmes which have gone on since November 26 for six days with a day̢۪s break. Full story

High-powered body set up

The government on Sunday set up a high-powered committee to investigate the fire in a complaint factory at Konabari in Gazipur on November 28, officials said. The labour ministry has made the decision amid continued protest... Full story

Thai protests turn deadly

An anti-government protester throws back a tear gas canister fired by riot police in Bangkok on Sunday.— AP photo
The police in Thailand fought off mobs of rock-throwing protesters armed with petrol bombs who tried to battle their way into the government̢۪s heavily-fortified headquarters Sunday, as gunshots rang out in Bangkok and the prime minister fled a police... Full story

BNP asks PM to resign to end crisis

Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Sunday asked prime minister Sheikh Hasina to resign to resolve the current political crisis over polls-time government. ‘The prime minister should resign respectfully to resolve the... Full story

Last date of submission of nomination papers today

The time for the submission of nomination papers for the 10th parliamentary election expires today amidst the nationwide blockade called by the opposition. The Election Commission is unlikely to extend the time for... Full story

Khaleda carrying out ‘genocide’, says PM

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Sunday, accused the opposition leader, Khaleda Zia of committing genocide saying that the BNP chief was instructing arsonists to kill people in the name of agitation. ‘She [Khaleda] lives a luxurious life... Full story

Police besiege BNP headquarters

The central office of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party remained locked and confined by the police on Sunday after the police had stormed into the office breaking open the door on first floor, vandalised office equipments including computers... Full story

India concerned over Bangladesh violence

Indian foreign minister Salman Khurshid has said India is worried over polls-related violence in Bangladesh. ‘I think there’re some developments that are worrisome. We’re all hopeful that Bangladesh democracy in transition will be as strong as it is in between... Full story

HRW urges S Arabia to probe violence in illegals crackdown

Human Rights Watch on Sunday urged Saudi authorities to launch a probe into violence that accompanied a crackdown launched last month against illegal migrant workers. It also warned of a ‘humanitarian disaster’ if the workers remain... Full story

Govt defers contract signing amid political unrest

The government has deferred the signing of contracts with US oil company ConocoPhillips and Indian ONGC Videsh for oil and gas exploration in three shallow sea blocks for indefinite period due to ongoing political unrest, officials said. Full story

BPC signs import deals

Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation struck fresh deals with eight Singapore based companies for importing 5.1 million metric tonnes of petroleum products from January to December 2014, officials said. Under the deals BPC would import 3.8 million tones of refined oil and 1.3 million... Full story

Four killed in Italy garment factory fire

Four people were killed and two others seriously injured Sunday in a fire in a Chinese-run garment factory in Italy̢۪s Tuscany region, media reports said. Firefighters were called to the scene after a passer-by spotted the blaze at around 0600... Full story

Imam holds ‘unofficial’ meeting at secretariat

The prime minister’s former adviser on public administration affairs HT Imam on Sunday held an ‘unofficial meeting’ at the secretariat saying goodbye to ministry officials and employees five days after his resignation. Full story

RTV journalists beaten by JL men remanded in custody

A Dhaka court on Sunday remanded in police custody two journalists of a private television, who were beaten by Awami Juba League and handed over to the police, for four days for interrogation. Witnesses said that RTV staff correspondent... Full story

Juba Dal activist killed in Ctg

Miscreants killed a Juba Dal activist at Kali Bari under Patiya upazila in Chittagong early Sunday. The deceased was identified as Abdul Gafur, 38, son of the late Abdus Salam from Suvondondi union of the same upazila. Full story

Speaker not to contest polls to keep office above controversy

Jatiya Sangsad speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury on Sunday said that she had to drop the plan to contest the tenth national elections as the ruling Awami League wanted to keep the office of the speaker above controversy. Full story

Four killed as NY commuter train derails

At least four people were killed and 63 injured on Sunday when a commuter train derailed in New York, with at least five cars from a Metro-North train sliding off the tracks, officials said. The train derailed on a large curved section of track... Full story


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