• Govt announces 3-day national mourning
  • BNP calls hartal in city for Sunday
  • No agreement unless BNP leaves Jamaat: Qamrul
  • Two more blockade victims die
  • JCD president held
  • Nelson Mandela dies
  • Hasan, a bus assistant, while undergoing treatment at Dhaka Medical College Hospital Burn Unit, died after being severely injured in an arson attack at Jatrabari in Dhaka on Thursday. — Sony Ramany

  • Sadek Hossain Khoka waves to his supporters as he is being produced before the court in Dhaka on Thursday. — New Age photo


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2 die in blockade violence

Hasan, a bus assistant, while undergoing treatment at Dhaka Medical College Hospital Burn Unit, died after being severely injured in an arson attack at Jatrabari in Dhaka on Thursday. — Sony Ramany
The opposition alliance on Thursday announced another spell of countrywide 72-hour blockade of roads, railway and waterways beginning Saturday morning. The alliance made the announcement... Full story

JP ministers hand Ershad resignation letters

Four Jatiya Party ministers of the election-time government on Thursday said that they had handed over their resignation letters to the party̢۪s chairman HM Ershad a day after the party had asked... Full story

Life-term was inadequate, says SC full verdict

The Appellate Division which earlier sentenced Jamaat leader Abdul Quader Molla to death in its full verdict released Thursday with the observation the life-term awarded to him by the International Crimes Tribunal-2 was inadequate... Full story

Govt estimates 1,700MW power demand for boro irrigation

The Power Division has estimated the demand of 1,700MW of power for boro irrigation in the coming season which would begin in January next year. In last year̢۪s boro season about 3.09 lakh electricity driven... Full story

WP, JSD-Inu, Tariqat want 38 seats from AL

The Workers Party of Bangladesh, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal lead by Hasanul Haq Inu and the Bangladesh Tariqat Federation, partners in the Awami League-led alliance, sought 38 parliamentary seats to contest the next general elections scheduled for January 5. Full story

Govt created Afghan-like situation: BNP

The opposition BNP on Thursday alleged that the government has created a volatile situation like Afghanistan in the country by resorting to repressive acts and imposing a ban on political activities. ‘The opposition’s constitutional and... Full story

Sadeque remanded in custody

Sadek Hossain Khoka waves to his supporters as he is being produced before the court in Dhaka on Thursday. 
— New Age photo
A metropolitan magistrate̢۪s court in Dhaka on Thursday allowed the BNP̢۪s vice-chairman Sadeque Hossain, also a former Dhaka mayor, to be remanded in police custody for two days for interrogation in connection of an arson attack on a bus in the capital on November 28. Full story

AL has no intention to snatch voting rights of people: PM

Mentioning the long struggle of Bangladesh Awami League for ensuring democratic and voting rights for the people, the prime minister on Thursday said her party has no intention to snatch these fundamental rights. Full story

ACC appeals against Tarique̢۪s acquittal

The Anti-Corruption Commission on Thursday filed an appeal in the High Court against the acquittal of BNP leader Tarique Rahman of the charges of siphoning Tk 20.41 crore to Singapore. ACC lawyer Md Khurshid Alam Khan told reporters that he would... Full story

Routed Maoists still hold key to Nepal future: analysts

Nepal̢۪s second post-war polls were unexpectedly peaceful and decisive, but the chances of an elusive agreement on a constitution now depends on how former Maoist rebels react to their electoral mauling, say analysts. While unrest in the build-up to... Full story

Defence ministry attack kills 25 in Yemen

A suicide bomber rammed an explosives-packed car into Yemen̢۪s defence ministry Thursday, allowing gunmen to launch an assault on the complex which left 25 people including three foreign doctors dead, officials said. Full story

JP to lend strength to current movement

Kazi Zafar Ahmed, chairman of a faction of the Jatiya Party, on Thursday told the BNP chairperson, Khaleda Zia, that they would lend all their strength to the current movement for a non-party, election-time government. Full story

Jamdani listed as UNESCO intangible heritage

Jamdani, the exquisitely patterned hand woven traditional cotton sarees were among 14 new entries the UNESCO on Wednesday added to its Representative List of the Intangible Heritage of Humanity. The weavers start mastering the skills early in life as apprentices. Full story

Bleak outlook for WTO deal as rifts widen over food subsidies

Divisions over food subsidies widened among members of the World Trade Organisation on Thursday, making it unlikely a landmark trade deal could be reached with just a day left to the end of talks. After 12 years of fruitless negotiation, diplomats... Full story

Tarikat urges PM to deploy army

Bangladesh Tarikat Federation has urged the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, to immediately take steps to deploy army aiming to maintain law and order and combat violence being created by the opposition BNP and its key ally Jamaat-e-Islami. Full story

AL candidate attacked

Abdul Mazid Mandol nominated by Awami League as its candidate for Sirajganj-5 constituency (Belkuchi-Chouhali) was attacked allegedly by the relatives of former fisheries minister Abdul Latif Biswas at Belkuchi in Sirajganj on Thursday. Full story

Indonesia jails 14 Rohingya for deadly brawl

An Indonesian court sentenced 14 Rohingya asylum seekers from Myanmar to nine months in jail for their role in a deadly brawl at an detention centre that left eight Buddhist fishermen from their country dead, prosecutors and lawyers said Thursday. Full story

NU postpones Dec 7-9 exams

The National University on Thursday postponed its all examinations scheduled to be held on December 7-9 due to unavoidable circumstances. The new schedule for the postponed examinations will be announced later, said a press release. Full story

UN official due on Dec 7

The UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Oscar Fernández-Taranco, will be visiting Dhaka from December 7 to 10 on a four-day tour aimed at encouraging dialogue and conditions conducive for parliamentary elections scheduled for January 5. Full story

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