• PM hints at JS dissolution for fresh polls in case of compromise
  • Talibans threaten to attack Bangladesh mission in Islamabad, Nation reports
  • 83-hr blockade again from Saturday
  • Buses to ply on three routes from Saturday on trial basis
  • AL-BNP talks suspended: Inu
  • EC’s decision over army deployment Friday: CEC
  • Seven held, 10 injured in Ganajagaran Mancha programme
  • Dhaka sees slack blockade
  • US senate committee expresses grave concern over Bangladesh
  • Maritime boundary with India: Hearing on merits ends
  • Forex reserve crosses record $18bn
  • Bangladesh journos criticise Pak Parliament resolution
  • Khaleda slammed for her ‘silence’
  • Three activists, two police injured in Satkhira
  • Tribunal to order on 2 Bagerhat lawyers on Jan 7
  • Six covered van torched in Sitakunda
  • Oppn men torch over 50 motorbikes in Lalmonirhat
  • Tokyo governor resigns over money scandal
  • US 'regrets' diplomat treatment as India seethes
  • Left, a file photo shows BCL men launching an attack on Biswajit, right, the accused are being taken to jail after Dhaka’s Speedy Trial Tribunal-4 handed down death sentence against eight and life sentence against 13. — Indrajit Ghosh

  • A small number of vehicles ply the road at Mohakhali, one of the busiest areas in the capital, on Wednesday, the second day of the 72-hour opposition sponsored blockade. — Sourav Lasker

  • Police intercept the activists of Ganajagaran Mancha as they demonstrated in front of Pakistan high commission in Dhaka on Wednesday. — Sanaul haque

  • Supporters of right wing Rashtrawadi Shivsena, or nationalist soldiers of Shiva, walk with a handcuffed person representing U.S. President Barack Obama near the U.S Embassy to protest against the alleged mistreatment of New York based Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, in New Delhi, India, Wednesday. — AP Photo

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8 BCL men to die for Bishwajit killing

Left, a file photo shows BCL men launching an attack on Biswajit, right, the accused are being taken to jail after Dhaka’s Speedy Trial Tribunal-4 handed down death sentence against eight and life sentence against 13. — Indrajit Ghosh
A speedy trial tribunal in Dhaka on Wednesday sentenced eight Chhatra League leaders to death and 13 others to life in prison for killing Bishwajit Kumar Das, a tailor, in Old Town of Dhaka... Full story

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Blockade passes 2nd day

A small number of vehicles ply the road at Mohakhali, one of the busiest areas in the capital, on Wednesday, the second day of the 72-hour opposition sponsored blockade. — Sourav Lasker
The capital remained virtually cut off from the rest of the country as vehicles were burnt, railway lines sabotaged as clashes between pickets and the police were reported from places across... Full story

Men stay out at night, people guard houses in places

A large number of villagers in areas of at least seven districts who are not anyhow involved in politics are passing their nights out in fear of attack from their ‘rivals’ or ‘unnamed’ miscreants as law and order sharply... Full story

Operators asked to run passenger buses on highways

The government on Wednesday asked owners to run intercity passenger buses and trucks on highways from Friday, defying political programmes like strikes and blockades if any. Shipping minister... Full story

PM condemns Pak resolution

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Wednesday warned the BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami asking them to get ready to face similar retaliation in reaction to violence they were carrying out in the name of enforcing general strike and blockade. Full story

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Cutting ties with Pakistan demanded

Police intercept the activists of Ganajagaran Mancha as they demonstrated in front of Pakistan high commission in Dhaka on Wednesday. — Sanaul haque
Ganajagaran Mancha on Wednesday issued an ultimatum to the government to severe diplomatic ties and other relations with Pakistan in 20 hours or it would again lay siege to Pakistan high commission in Dhaka. Full story

Manikchari police station set on fire

An arsenal, two barracks, and the custody were gutted as a fire ravaged the Manikchari police station in Khagrachari on Wednesday morning. The fire broke out at about 6:50am as a television set burst... Full story

Discussion on 11th JS polls false : BNP

Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Wednesday termed totally false the ministers̢۪ and ruling party leaders̢۪ claim that dialogue was going on with the opposition on the 11th parliamentary election and said such statements were designed to mislead people. Full story

Hasina, a shrewd politician, Prof Bass tells Newsweek

Gary J Bass, professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University, has said Bangladesh remains a deeply polarized country, and the upcoming elections may heighten tensions in the short term. Asked by the... Full story

2nd worst year for journalists in jail

The number of journalists killed and imprisoned fell in 2013 but it was still the second worst year on record for reporters in prison, a US-based watchdog said Wednesday. So far this year, 52... Full story

India passes anti-graft bill

India’s parliament approved a landmark anti-graft bill on Wednesday that empowers an independent ombudsman to investigate and prosecute cases of corruption by politicians and civil servants. The ‘Lokpal,’ or watchdog, bill was... Full story

BCL leader̢۪s tendons severed in Rajshahi

Assailants cut tendons of a hand and a leg of a Bangladesh Chhagtra League leader at Rajshahi University at about 11:00am on Wednesday. Witnesses said that the assailants attacked Motihar thana Chhatra... Full story

Devyani shifted to India̢۪s UN mission

Supporters of right wing Rashtrawadi Shivsena, or nationalist soldiers of Shiva, walk with a handcuffed person representing U.S. President Barack Obama near the U.S Embassy to protest against the alleged mistreatment of New York based Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, in New Delhi, India, Wednesday. — AP Photo
Devyani Khobragade, who was arrested in New York for alleged visa fraud and underpaying her domestic assistant and had to reportedly undergo humiliating frisking by US marshals last week, has been shifted to the Permanent Mission of India... Full story

Unpaid workers in Qatar running low on food: AI

Migrants who have worked for nearly a year without pay on a Qatar skyscraper are facing ‘severe food shortages’ and cannot leave or seek other employment, Amnesty International said Wednesday. Qatar has come under mounting criticism from... Full story

53 opposition activists held in joint forces drive

Joint forces of police, Rapid Action Battalion and Border Guard Bangladesh in overnight drives arrested 53 opposition activists including four women from Lalmanirhat, Bogra and Feni early on Wednesday. Full story

Charge hearing of Adilur, Elan deferred again

A Cyber Tribunal in Dhaka on Wednesday deferred to December 28 the hearing in the framing of charges against rights organisation Odhikar̢۪s secretary Adilur Rahman Khan and its director AKM Nasiruddin Elan. Full story

ICT defers Subhan̢۪s indictment

Jamaat leader Abdus Subhan̢۪s indictment on crimes against humanity charges was on Wednesday deferred until December 31 by the International Crimes Tribunal-1 on its own motion saying it could not prepare the order. Full story

22 joint secys reshuffled

The government has made effective an administrative reshuffle, assigning new responsibilities to 22 Joint Secretaries merely two weeks before Bangladesh goes to polls on January 5. Two of the joint secretaries have been made officers on... Full story

Khilkhet police OC missing

The officer-in-charge of Dhaka metropolitan police̢۪s Khilkhet station has been missing for the past four days. Shamim Hossain was last seen going out of his workplace on Saturday complaining of sickness. Full story


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