• ‘JP ministers submit their resignation to Ershad’
  • Two-day remand granted to quiz Khoka
  • Sleeping bus helper burnt to death
  • Compromise good for all: CEC
  • Another 3-day blockade from Saturday
  • Stop violence: HRW
  • Three JP ministers now at Ershad’s residence
  • ACC appeals against Tarique’s acquittal
  • Sadek Hossain to be produced before court today
  • SC releases full text of Quader Molla verdict
  • Azhar’s trial begins
  • Teenager burnt in arson attack
  • Bullet-wounded rickshaw puller dies today in CMCH
  • Auto-rickshaw arson burns driver in Ctg
  • OPEC alert to risk of lower oil prices in 2014
  • Biden says 'significant apprehension' over China air zone
  • Tense Thailand celebrates revered king's birthday
  • Fire fighters recover the body of a passenger after a train derailed in Gaibandha early Wednesday because of the removal of fishplates by blockade supporters. — Focusbangla photo

  • Members of the Rapid Action Battalion stand guard at the residence of Jatiya Party chairman Hossain Mohammad Ershad on Wednesday. — New Age photo

  • Visiting Indian foreign secretary Sujatha Singh, accompanied by Indian high commissioner in Dhaka Pankaj Saran, addresses a press conference in the capital on Wednesday. — New Age photo

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4 dead in rly sabotage

Fire fighters recover the body of a passenger after a train derailed in Gaibandha early Wednesday because of the removal of fishplates by 
blockade supporters. 
— Focusbangla photo
At least six people died in violence on Wednesday as a train derailed after blockaders had removed rails, clashed with the police, and chased and attacked vehicles in places. Another man, who was... Full story

JP ministers may resign today

Members of the Rapid Action Battalion stand guard at the residence of Jatiya Party chairman Hossain Mohammad Ershad on Wednesday. — New Age photo
All the seven ministers and an adviser to the prime minister from the Jatiya Party will resign from the election-time government today. The party̢۪s secretary general Ruhul Amin Hawlader on... Full story

India hopes Bangladesh̢۪s polls to be peaceful, acceptable

Visiting Indian foreign secretary Sujatha Singh, accompanied by Indian high commissioner in Dhaka Pankaj Saran, addresses a press conference in the capital on Wednesday. — New Age photo
Visiting Indian foreign secretary Sujatha Singh on Wednesday said New Delhi hoped that Bangladesh̢۪s coming election would be free, fair and peaceful and find wide acceptability. She met with... Full story

Injection of fresh funds into SOBs this month

The scam-hit state-owned banks are likely to receive fresh funds this month from the public exchequer as economic experts warned that the present government should refrain from implementing such major and controversial policy decision. Full story

BR loses passengers due to political unrest

Bangladesh Railway has been virtually paralysed in recent months with fewer passengers opting for train journeys due to countrywide political unrest. In the peak season for travels, spanning November and February, the railway communication... Full story

Scrap poll schedules by today: BNP

The main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Wednesday threatened the government that it would go for even tougher agitation programme if the election scheduled was not cancelled by 5:00pm today. In a video message, BNP joint secretary general... Full story

No change in poll schedules: AL

The ruling Awami League on Wednesday decided unanimously the 10th parliamentary polls must be held under the present ‘election-time’ government led by Sheikh Hasina and the party would not accept any change in the... Full story

Death stops Ohidur from going home

The last words that Ohidur Rahman Babu told his mother on Monday were, ‘Mother! Do not cry. My wounds will be healed. I will return home soon. Just pray for me.’ Saleha Begum, mother of Ohidur, 22, a first-year political science... Full story

Sadeque Hossain arrested

The police on Wednesday night arrested BNP vice-chairman Sadeque Hossain Khoka, also a former Dhaka mayor, at his house at Uttara in the capital. SM Shiblee Noman, Ramna zone assistant commissioner of the Dhaka... Full story

Nisha urges parties to restrain violence in B̢۪desh

U.S. assistant secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal has again called on all sides in Bangladesh to restrain violence and find ways for credible and violence-free elections. ‘Violence has no place in the democratic... Full story

BPC seeks to curb BERC regulatory power

The Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation has sought to restore its legal authority over the regulation of public and private companies involved in the production, processing, storing and marketing of petroleum products, which... Full story

Mahmudur taken in DB custody

Bangla daily Amar Desh acting editor Mahmudur Rahman was taken into custody of the Detective Branch of Dhaka Metropolitan Police on Wednesday, said rights organisation Odhikar quoting his family. Quoting Mahmudur̢۪s wife Pervin Mahmud, the rights... Full story

Hope fades for WTO deal in Bali

India said on Wednesday it could not accept a World Trade Organisation proposal on food security, casting a cloud over a conference tasked with reviving faltering efforts to liberalise world trade. A proposal that New Delhi feels could endanger... Full story

Americans see US power on the wane

For the first time in nearly 40 years, most Americans believe their country̢۪s influence is on the decline and that the United States wields less global power than it did a decade ago. A majority also believes for the first time that America... Full story

Nepali Congress says it will form next government

The Nepali Congress party said on Wednesday it plans to lead a broad-based coalition after winning the most votes in last month̢۪s election, with agreement on a new constitution its top priority. The Nepali Congress, one of the country̢۪s oldest... Full story

C̢۪wealth to weigh situation before sending polls observers, says C̢۪wealth official

Visiting head of the Democracy Section of Commonwealth Martin Kasirye said on Wednesday the Commonwealth would take a decision whether it would send polls observers during the ensuing election only after weighing the evolving political developments. Full story

26kg gold seized in city

The customs authorities and customs intelligence recovered 130 gold bars and ornaments weighing around 26 kilograms from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the capital early Wednesday. The customs assistant commissioner, Shamsul Arefin... Full story

Tremor jolts N region

A light tremor jolted the country̢۪s northern region on Wednesday afternoon. According to Met Office, the 4.5-magnitude quake shook the region, including Panchagarh, Rangpur, Dinajpur and Nilphamari districts, at 7:05pm. Full story

Saudi women in new drive to get behind the wheel

Saudi women activists have relaunched a campaign for the right to drive in the ultra-conservative kingdom, urging women to get behind the wheel on December 28. The call for action is a ‘reminder of the right so it is not forgotten,’ activist Nasima al-Sada... Full story


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