• No permission for Hefajat’s Shapla Chattar rally: Quamrul
  • Chargesheet filed against 13 in Tazreen fire case
  • Plenty of time for participatory polls: BNP
  • Khaleda’s only goal is to grab power: Muhith
  • Khaleda's press conference Tuesday
  • Minister asks BRTC to run buses on long-routes from today
  • Shahbagh protesters submit memos to home, foreign ministries
  • Case filed on Gopibagh murders, DB to investigate
  • Blockade underway amid sporadic violence
  • Army gets new SP guns, missiles
  • JCD calls hartal in Chittagong Monday
  • Rangpur-Dhaka rail communications resume
  • Three Bangladeshis held in Mexico
  • Suicide attack near Libya's Benghazi kills seven
  • Cuba to enact new foreign investment law
  • Thai opposition protesters gear up for fresh mass rally
  • A soldier controls traffic while his fellow looks on at Signboard in Dhaka on Dhaka-Chittagong Highway on Saturday as part of the army’s winter exercise. — Indrajit Ghosh

  • Mizanur Rahman Khan Dipu


6 murdered in city flat

Assailants killed a pir, his son and four followers inside his rented house at Gopibagh in the capital Dhaka on Saturday evening, the police said. The police found the six, with their throats slit, hands and legs tied and mouths taped... Full story

Long-distance buses stay off roads

A soldier controls traffic while his fellow looks on at Signboard in Dhaka on Dhaka-Chittagong Highway on Saturday as part of the army’s winter exercise. — Indrajit Ghosh
Almost all passenger buses operating on long routes stayed off the roads on Saturday fearing attacks despite the government̢۪s assurance of security during the opposition̢۪s ongoing rail-road-waterways blockade against the January 5 elections. Full story

No manifestoes, little campaigns

One week into the official electioneering, political parties contesting the 10th parliamentary polls are yet to declare their election manifestoes and are hardly taking part in any kind of electoral campaigns ahead of the polls scheduled... Full story

Greasing palms provides the short cut

An unauthorized system is in place in Dhaka Central Jail that allows visitors to meet inmates without delay by greasing palms. The payments are collected against ‘special slips’. Apparently not authorized by the jail authorities, guards... Full story

Stray violence as fresh blockade begins

Opposition activists clashed with police, torched and vandalised vehicles and removed rail tracks at places on the first day of the fresh 83-hour blockade that began 6:00am Saturday. Full story

Thai opposition party to boycott general election

Thailand̢۪s main opposition Democrat Party said on Saturday that it would boycott February̢۪s general election, deepening a weekslong political crisis over protesters̢۪ efforts to oust the government and force political reforms. Full story

Bappaditya, 3 others injured in bomb attack

Bangladesh Chhatra Maitree president Bappaditya Basu, also a frontline activist of Ganajagaran Mancha, came under bomb attack in the capital on Saturday evening. Witnesses said unidentified assailants hurled two crude bombs... Full story

Khaleda rues not being in polls race, says PM

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said that opposition leader Khaleda Zia was repenting that she was not participating in the 10th parliamentary elections and now trying to find a way for joining the race. Full story

Litigants suffer as judicial function at SC hampered due to blockade

Judicial function at the Supreme Court is hampered as it has heard hardly any case since November 26, when the opposition started enforcing countrywide blockade of roads, railway and waterways, with 3,894 more cases... Full story

Deployment of army unnecessary as people boycott polls: BNP

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Saturday said that army deployment was not required in the elections that do not need polling with people boycotting. The party said that ill attempts were being made to pit army against people by... Full story

Ashraf slams media

Ruling Awami League general secretary Syed Ashraful Islam on Saturday said that as a strong part of democracy the mass media was not playing its due role in Bangladesh rather it was hampering democracy by publishing... Full story

Raushan̢۪s leadership gets more support

Jatiya Party presidium member Mujibul Haque Chunnu on Saturday said he along with others in the party are going to contest the upcoming 10th parliamentary polls under the leadership of party senior presidium member Raushan Ershad. Full story

Intensified combing operation planned ahead of Jan 5 polls

Paramilitary Border Guard Bangladesh together with the police and the Rapid Action Battalion are set to beef up the combined drives across the country to ‘remove possible hurdles’ ahead of the single-party election set for January 5. Full story

Tk 5,334cr advised slashed from current allocation

The finance ministry has drafted a subsidy outlook for the 2014–2015 financial year, slashing Tk 5,334 crore from the current financial year’s allocation, a ranking finance official told New Age. Full story

RMG unrest in Gazipur and Narayanganj

Workers of an apparel factory in Gazipur observed a half-day strike protesting against assault on a fellow while workers of another factory in Narayanganj blocked the Dhaka-Sylhet highway for arrears and compensation. Full story

Tanzanian president sacks 4 ministers over poaching abuses

The Tanzanian president, Jakaya Kikwete, has sacked four government ministers following accusations of abuses committed by security forces during a huge operation against wildlife poaching. Full story

NBR chief may face graft charges

The Anti-Corruption Commission is investigating allegations of corruption against National Board of Revenue chairman Ghulam Hossain, also secretary of internal resources division. Full story

Dhaka-6 lawmaker Dipu dies

Mizanur Rahman Khan Dipu
Awami League lawmaker Mizanur Rahman Khan Dipu of Dhaka-6 constituency died at Apollo Hospitals in the city on Saturday. He was 49. Doctors declared Mizanur Rahman dead after he was brought to the hospital at about 6:59am, said... Full story

Bangladeshi kid run over in New York

An eight-year-old Bangladeshi boy who was walking with his sister to school was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer on Friday at an intersection in Queens, New York, just two blocks from his home, reports The New York Times. Full story

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