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  • Leaders of several organisations on Wednesday place wreaths at the memorial of Matiur and Kader who were shot dead by police in 1973 during a Vietnam solidarity procession. — New Age photo

  • Prime minister Sheikh Hasina and education minister Nurul Islam Nahid inaugurate the free distribution of textbooks among children at Gana Bhaban in Dhaka on Wednesday. — Focusbangla photo

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Uncollected wastes causing public health hazards in city

Solid municipal wastes left uncollected here and there in the city almost throughout the day increased public health and environmental hazards. The city’s taxpayers blamed growing indifference and inefficiency of the two city corporations for the problem. Full story

Cabinet Div ready to welcome new AL-led govt

The Cabinet Division is busy laying the red carpet to receive the Awami League –led government all set to continue in office after the ceremonial poll set for January 5. Even before the polling could take place, the ruling alliance... Full story

Mandatory Jute Packaging Act comes into effect

The jute and textile ministry on Wednesday decided that the Mandatory Jute Packaging Act-2010 would be effective from the day and its violation would be considered a punishable offence under the mobile court law, senior officials... Full story

Indo-Bangla ties may get complex

Indian daily ‘The Hindu’ in a New Year editorial has suggested that post-election Bangladesh appears headed for ‘more volatility’ and New Delhi’s relations with the new government ‘will only get more complicated’. Full story

Independent candidate accuses Mannujan of violating election code of conduct

Md Moniruzzaman Khan Khokan, independent candidate contesting from Khulna 3 constituency, alleged that his main rival Awami League candidate and state minister Begum Mannujan Sufian was violating electoral code of conduct... Full story

AL election office burnt

Miscreants on Wednesday torched the election office of Awami League-nominated candidate for Jhenaidah-3 Nabi Newaj. The Awami League leaders blamed the BNP-Jamaat men for setting the office on fire, but the opposition alliance... Full story

DMP launches news portal

Dhaka Metropolitan Police on Wednesday launched its online news portal ‘dmpnews.org’ aimed at disseminating information to the city dwellers. DMP commissioner Benazir Ahmed inaugurated the news portal at a ceremony... Full story

Mozena meets Shamsher

US ambassador Dan W Mozena on Wednesday met BNP vice-chairman Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury at his residence in the city. They had nearly an hour-long meeting from 10:00am at Shamsher Mobin’s Banani DOHS residence... Full story

Bomb attack on TV car

A microbus of Somoy TV came under bomb attack in Chittagong City on the first day of Opposition’s nonstop countrywide blockade. Driver of the vehicle, Abul Hakim, was injured in the attack carried out on Wednesday evening. Full story

Dry weather likely

Weather may remain dry with temporary partly cloudy sky over the country till 6:00pm today. Mild cold wave is sweeping over the regions of Mymensingh, Tangail, Madaripur, Rajshahi, Kushtia, Pabna, Comilla and Srimangal, Met Office said. Full story

Opposition lawyers ignore CJ’s call, hold demonstration

Lawyers leaning to the opposition on Wednesday held a demonstration on the Supreme Court premises ignoring Tuesday’s call from the chief justice. The opposition lawyers in the Supreme Court Bar Association announced that... Full story

Quader urges Khaleda to respond to Hasina’s proposal

Awami League presidium member Obaidul Quader on Wednesday urged Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia to respond positively to a fresh proposal of prime minister Sheikh Hasina for holding a participatory... Full story

Fund for protecting Asia’s urban poor from climate extremes

The Asian Development Bank, the United Kingdom, and the Rockefeller Foundation are teaming up to help Asia’s fast growing secondary cities protect their urban poor from the ravages of climate change. Full story

Khaleda has confined herself, says Hasan

Environment and forest minister Hasan Mahmud Chowdhury on Wednesday said the government did not confine Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia; rather she kept herself confined. Full story

Man found dead in N’ganj

The body of a man was recovered at village Fatehpur under the Soanrgoan police station Wednesday evening. The deceased was Rafikul Islam, 35, son of Shafiuddin of village Madanpur, and an auto-rickshaw driver. Full story

Man killed in city

A man was killed in the capital’s Hazaribagh early Wednesday. The victim was Saidur Rahman Nayon, 38, a leather trader of the area. Hazaribagh police subinspector Rezaul Karim, quoting the victim’s family, said Nayon... Full story

Body recovered in Khulna

The police recovered the stabbed body of a man on Wednesday from Goalkhali graveyard under the Khalishpur police station. The deceased was Mohsin Sheikh, 20, son of Maharaj Sheikh of Nayabati. The Khalishpur police... Full story

15 injured in Noakhali clash

At least 15 people were injured in a clash between Awami League candidate’s men and supporters of independent candidate at Nijumdip under Hatiya upazila on Wednesday. Witnesses said supporters of Awami League candidate... Full story

Youth killed in Jessore

A youth died at Jessore Medical Hospital on Wednesday after he was stabbed by miscreants on December 27. The deceased was Humayun Kabir Dipu, 20, son of Abdul Wahab Khan from Nilganj. On December 27, Dipu locked in a clash... Full story

Birth anniv of Jasimuddin observed

The 111th birth anniversary of poet Jasimuddin, popularly known as pollikabi, was observed Wednesday morning in Faridpur at his ancestral home in village Gobindapur located in the outskirts of the town where his grave... Full story

Prisoner dies in central jail

A prisoner died at the Dhaka central jail on Wednesday morning. The deceased was identified as Shah Alam, 24. Senior jail super Farman Ali said that Alam was suffering from back pain. Full story

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Siraj Sikder’s death anniversary today

Siraj Sikdar
The 39th death anniversary of Siraj Sikdar will be observed today, his followers said. He was shot to death on January 2, 1975 by the police in their custody on his way from Dhaka airport to the Rakshmi Bahini camp at Savar after he was arrested at Hali... Full story

BNP condemns killing of AL leader

The Chapainawabganj district unit president of Bangladesh Nationalist Party, M Shahjahan Mia, on Tuesday condemned the killing of Awami League leader Enamul Haque in the district. Full story

Army Welfare Trust wants change in taxi cab policy

The Army Welfare Trust has urged the government to change a clause in the taxi cab policy 2010 to pave the way for its entry into transport business, officials said. The trust in a letter in the past week asked the communications ministry... Full story

CPB, SPB blame AL for creating political crisis

Leaders of several organisations on Wednesday place wreaths at the memorial of Matiur and Kader who were shot dead by police in 1973 during a Vietnam solidarity procession. — New Age photo
Left leaders at a protest rally in the capital on Wednesday alleged that ruling Awami League created the current political crisis in the country with its move to hold a unilateral national election. The main opposition BNP-led alliance had also created anarchy in... Full story

JSD faction unveils election manifesto

A faction of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal led by Hasanul Haq Inu, an ally of the Awami League-led alliance, on Wednesday unveiled its manifesto, pledging a non-communal democratic Bangladesh. Full story

Five held with 134 gold bars

Members of the Rapid Action Battalion on Wednesday arrested five people and seized 134 gold bars worth Tk 5 crore from their possession at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the capital Dhaka. Full story

BIWTC plans to lease out water buses to cut down losses

Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation is planning to lease out its six water buses, a source of continuous loss ever since it launched the service on the Dhaka circular waterway on August 28, 2010, said officials. Full story

India border to be sealed Jan 4-6

Close neighbour India has decided to keep its border sealed for three days from January 4, a day ahead of Bangladesh’s 10th national election billed for January 5. India has also taken additional security measures to avert any negative impact... Full story

EC meets president today

The Election Commission is scheduled for today to meet the president, Abdul Hamid, to apprise him of the commission’s preparations for the 10th parliamentary polls slated for January 5. Full story

Menon for more DPRK investment

Post and telecommunications minister Rashed Khan Menon on Wednesday urged North Korea to come up with more investment in Bangladesh, as the country is a suitable place for investment due to the congenial policies... Full story

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Textbook Festival today

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina and education minister Nurul Islam Nahid inaugurate the free distribution of textbooks among children at Gana Bhaban in Dhaka on Wednesday. — Focusbangla photo
The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Wednesday inaugurated the Textbook Festival to be celebrated today pledging to provide students with notebook computers in future. The festival would be celebrated today, for the fourth consecutive year, in all schools... Full story

Khaleda not under house arrest: Inu

BNP chief Khaleda Zia is not under house arrest, information minister Hasanul Haq Inu has said. ‘Khaleda Zia is not under house arrest. A circular is needed to put someone under house arrest. Full story

Over 100 held in joint force drives

The joint force drives continued ahead of the January 5 parliamentary elections as over 100 opposition activists were held in different districts from Tuesday night to Wednesday. The joint force of RAB, BGB and police in separate... Full story

Living cost in city rose by 11pc in 2013: CAB

The living cost in the capital witnessed a 11 per cent rise in 2013 hitting hard the poorer section of the city’s over 1 crore population, according to an annual report released by the Consumers Association of Bangladesh. Full story

Six parties get chance to address nation on BTV

Chiefs of six out of 12 political parties participating in the January 5 polls have got the chance to address the nation over state-run Bangladesh television as part of their electioneering. Full story

Protest held against attack on DU teachers

Pro-BNP-Jamaat teachers of Dhaka University formed a human chain on the campus on Wednesday demanding exemplary punishment of those who were involved in the attack on the university teachers at Kadam Fountain... Full story

Two held with VoIP equipment

The Rapid Action Battalion early on Wednesday night arrested two persons and recovered a huge quantity of illegal Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) equipment from a house in the capital’s Rayer Bazar. Full story

BARC gets new exec chairman

Md Khalequzzaman Akand Chowdhury, a renowned agricultural scientist, has joined the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council as executive chairman, replacing Wais Kabir. Full story

2 killed in Kishoreganj, Magura

Two people were killed in separate incidents in Kishoreganj and Magura on Wednesday. A man was killed and 10 people were injured in a clash between two groups of villagers over land dispute at village Ram... Full story

4,777 women victims of repression in 2013: report

A total of 245 women were killed in dowry-related violence and 94 were killed after rape in 2013, said a report released on Wednesday. Last year 4,777 women were victim of repression and violence, said the yearly statistical report... Full story

Another defamation complaint against Khaleda dismissed

A metropolitan magistrate in Dhaka on Wednesday dismissed another defamation complaint lodged against Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia for her comment on changing the name of Gopalganj district. Full story


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