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  • From left, members of Islami Shashantantra Andolan visit arson victims at Dhaka Medical College Hospital and pray for their recovery and peace of the country; schoolboy Belal undergoes treatment at DMCH with injuries after pickets hurled bomb at Pahartali in Chittagong; Lima, a minor, undergoes treatment at Dhaka Orthopaedic Hospital as she sustained injuries from a crude bomb blast at Ibrahimpur in Dhaka on Tuesday during opposition blockade. — New Age/Focusbangla photo

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Blockade violence kills 10

From left, members of Islami Shashantantra Andolan visit arson victims at Dhaka Medical College Hospital and pray for their recovery and peace of the country; schoolboy Belal undergoes treatment at DMCH with injuries after pickets hurled bomb at Pahartali in Chittagong; Lima, a minor, undergoes treatment at Dhaka Orthopaedic Hospital as she sustained injuries from a crude bomb blast at Ibrahimpur in Dhaka on Tuesday during opposition blockade. — New Age/Focusbangla photo
Violence during the blockade of road, railway and waterways enforced by the opposition alliance seeking the cancellation of the national polls schedule left at least 10 people dead on the fourth day of the second spell of the opposition blockade on Tuesday. Full story

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Ershad changes mind again

Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad on Tuesday, a day after the closure of submission of nominations for the 10th parliament elections scheduled for January 5, 2014, announced that his party would boycott the polls. Ershad made the announcement at a press... Full story

Grassroots keep the movement going

Bangladesh Nationalist Party which is leading the current agitations for a polls-time non-party government largely depends on its grassroots activists to carry on the protests as it could not yet build up an effective movement in the capital. Full story

City people go out to work panicked

People in the capital Dhaka are going out to work panicked amid the continued blockade the BNP-led opposition alliance is enforcing centring on the demand for an election-time, non-party government, cancellation of the polls schedule and... Full story

JP ministers, presidium members in dark over poll boycott

Hussain Muhammad Ershad decided to boycott the parliamentary elections scheduled for January 5 keeping in the dark almost all ministers, the party̢۪s presidium members and leaders of his party who submitted their nomination for the polls. Full story

Corruption in Bangladesh still alarming: TI survey

Bangladesh was today ranked 16th from the bottom, among 177 countries, in the global corruption index for the year 2013. Corruption in Bangladesh remains alarming according to Transparency International, a global civil society... Full story

Blockaders may plunge launches, ferries: PM

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Tuesday said she had information that the blockaders have a dirty plan to plunge launches and ferries in their intensified efforts to destabilise the country in the name of movement. Full story

WTO̢۪s global role hangs in the balance

The WTO launches a frantic drive on Tuesday to salvage its floundering efforts to liberalise global trade at a summit laced with potential make-or-break implications for the body̢۪s global influence. WTO chief Roberto Azevedo implored trade... Full story

CEC renews call for consensus

Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad on Tuesday said time for a political consensus was running out fast and renewed his call for the political parties to reach an agreement before it was too late. ‘We had made a clarion call on all to reach... Full story

US, Canada continue to press for credible polls

As the wrangling over the general elections remains muddled, Bangladesh̢۪s friends and development partners including USA and Canada continued to press upon the two major parties to undertake constructive dialogue to end violence and hold free, fair and credible polls. Full story

Thai govt defuses confrontation

Thailand̢۪s government ordered police on Tuesday to stop confronting protesters demanding the resignation of the prime minister, raising hopes that days of political violence may end, but the leader of the campaign said the fight would go on. Full story

FBCCI calls for political consensus

The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry on Tuesday decided to hoist white flags in front of all business institutions across the country in next seven days demanding a business-friendly environment. Full story

Dylan charged with inciting hatred

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Bob Dylan is being asked to apologise for remarks he made in an interview that have ran afoul of French anti-racism laws. The legendary American singer has been charged with inciting hatred by Paris prosecutors after comments made to... Full story

Minor boy hurt in Chittagong bomb blast

A schoolboy was injured when a crude bomb exploded in the city̢۪s Pahartali area on Tuesday, the 4th straight day of the road-rail-waterway blockade enforced by the BNP-led 18-party alliance. Full story

Indian FS due today

Foreign secretary of India Mrs. Sujatha Singh arrives in Dhaka today on a two-day visit to Bangladesh. Apart from bilateral meeting with her counterpart foreign secretary Md. Shahidul Haque, Sujata will call on prime minister Sheikh Hasina... Full story


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