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  • Clockwise from top left, Bangladesh Hindu, Buddhist and Christian Unity Council and Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad hold a press conference at the Dhaka Reporter’s Unity; Bangladesh Manabadhikar Bastabayan Sangstha forms a human chain; Manusher Janya Foundation forms a human chain; and Peshajibi Samanway Parishad forms a human chain in front of the National Press on Thursday to protest at violence against religious minorities. — New Age photo

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Dhaka to press Yangon to sign investment promotion deal

Dhaka is keen to expedite the process for signing an investment promotion treaty with Yangon during the upcoming trade talks of Bangladesh-Myanmar joint trade commission in Myanmar’s capital Naypyidaw on January 14-15. Full story

Blitz editor handed 7 years in jail

Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury
A sessions court in Dhaka on Thursday sentenced Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury, editor of weekly Blitz, to seven years in prison for harming national security over ten year ago when he had tried to travel to Israel to speak about Islamic militancy in Bangladesh. Full story

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Mujib’s Homecoming Day today

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
The historic Homecoming Day of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founding president of Bangladesh, will be observed throughout the country today. Sheikh Mujib returned to the independent Bangladesh this day in 1972 after his release from a solitary confinement... Full story

Jamaat ties not permanent

Khaleda Zia
Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia has said she could reconsider her party’s electoral ties with Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami. In an interview with the New York Times, Khaleda is reported to have described her electoral alliance with... Full story

3 firms submit Padma Bridge bids

Three foreign firms, one each from China, South Korea and India submitted bids for the Padma Bridge construction which became uncertain after World Bank withdrew a $1.2 billion credit over bribery scandal, officials said Thursday. Full story

Missing trader found dead

A trader who had been missing since Sunday was found dead at Bhuipara in Bera upazila of Pabna Wednesday evening. The deceased was identified as Abdul Munnaf, 50, a resident of Bhuiyagati village in the upazila. Full story

Remand, bail petitions of 8 BNP leaders rejected

Two metropolitan magistrate courts in Dhaka on Thursday rejected bail petitions of eight senior Bangladesh Nationalist Party leaders, including Maudud Ahmed and MK Anwar, in several cases in the capital but allowed the police to... Full story

BNP man found dead

A BNP activist was found dead at Ranobirbala village in Sherpur upazila in Bogra on Thursday morning. The police recovered the body of Al Mamun, 18, son of Mohammad Ali of the village, from a canal in the morning and sent... Full story

Speedy trial of Zubair killing demanded at JU

The teachers and students of Jahangirnagar University held a grand rally on the central Shaheed Minar premises on the campus in Savar on Thursday demanding speedy trial of Zubair killing. Full story

Newspaper holiday Jan 14

The Newspaper Owners’ Association of Bangladesh will observe holiday on January 14 (Tuesday) on the occasion of Eid-e-Miladunnabi. The decision came at a meeting of the executive... Full story

Dry weather likely

Weather may remain dry with temporary partly cloudy sky over the country in next 24 hours till 6:00pm today. Moderate to thick fog may occur over Rajshahi, Rangpur, Dhaka, Barisal and Sylhet divisions and light to moderate fog... Full story

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Violence against religious minorities slated

Clockwise from top left, Bangladesh Hindu, Buddhist and Christian Unity Council and Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad hold a press conference at the Dhaka Reporter’s Unity; Bangladesh Manabadhikar Bastabayan Sangstha forms a human chain; Manusher Janya Foundation forms a human chain; and Peshajibi Samanway Parishad forms a human chain in front of the National Press on Thursday to protest at violence against religious minorities. — New Age photo
Different political, rights and socio-cultural organisations in Dhaka and elsewhere held protests on Thursday condemning attacks on minority communities, especially the Hindus, after the national elections held on January 5 amid the boycott by the BNP-led alliance. Full story

Joint forces detain 300, including 2 women

The joint forces continued their drives in several districts with about 300 opposition activists being detained on Wednesday night and Thursday while the government is prosecuting thousands in the districts. Full story

Stop random arrest of opposition leaders, HRW asks government

New York-based international human rights watchdog, Human Rights Watch, in a statement urged the Bangladesh authorities to immediately end arbitrary arrest of opposition party members. Full story

Political instability impedes training of Hong Kong-bound female workers

Unabated political turmoil in the country impeded training of Hong Kong-bound female workers and delayed their recruitment process, according to Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training. Full story

Campaigner for independence was killed on Yusuf’s order: witness

A prosecution witness testified on Thursday that Liberation War campaigner Abdus Salam Khan was killed in July 1971 on orders from war crimes accused AKM Yusuf. Yusuf, a Jamaat leader, was on the dock. Full story

Call to implement Vested Property (Return) Act

Human rights and citizens’ organisations on Thursday expressed concern over non-implementation of Vested Property Return (Amendment) Act-2013. Nine organisations under the banner of ‘Arpita Sampatti Pratyarpan Ain Bastabayan... Full story

Immediate legal steps against attackers demanded

Guests at a programme on Thursday demanded legal steps against the attackers on the Hindu minorities. Pointing out the special tribunal for war criminals, they laid their emphasis on framing another special tribunal to ensure exemplary... Full story

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Death anniv of Abul Hashem today

Abul Hashem
Today is the 6th anniversary of death of educationist Abul Hashem. He was the founder principal of Shinghakhali School and College and headmaster of Bhandaria Girls High School. Abul Hashem was well-known during his professional life throughout... Full story

Hasina asks party MPs to stay away from corruption

The Awami League president and prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Thursday asked the party lawmakers not to indulge into self-complacency being elected unopposed since lots of challenges were ahead. Full story

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Abdul Latif Chy dies

Abdul Latif Chowdhury
Abdul Latif Chowdhury, former senior assistant secretary of home ministry, breathed his last on Monday last at the age of 95. He is survived by two sons, two daughters and grandchildren. He also served as finance secretary of Anjuman-e-Mofidul Islam... Full story

Rawshan elected opposition leader

Jatiya Party Parliamentary Party at a meeting held at Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban on Thursday unanimously elected Rawshan Ershad as the leader of the opposition in parliament. The JP won 33 seats... Full story

HC questions Kazi Zafar’s bail

The High Court on Thursday raised question on whether Jatiya Party’s faction chairman Kazi Zafar remained on bail or not as it had found no record in support of extension of his bail order granted in 2010 for a year. Full story

8 burnt to death in road accident

Eight people were burnt to death as two vehicles caught fire following a traffic accident at Konabari in Kamarkhand upazila of Sirajganj on Thursday night. The identities of the deceased could not be known yet. Full story

Mahbub’s remand stayed

The High Court on Thursday stayed for seven days the order of a magistrate’s court that had remanded Bangladesh Bar Council vice chairman Khandker Mahbub Hossain in police custody for two days for interrogation in a case of explosions at the office... Full story

Govt to scrutinise cases for speedy trial

The home ministry on Thursday proposed setting up of a special tribunal for the speedy and exclusive trial of cases relating to attacks on religious minorities. A copy of the proposal signed by deputy... Full story

AL men attacked Hindus: discussion

Politicians and rights activists on Thursday accused the ruling Awami League of carrying out the attacks on religious minorities in different parts of the country soon after the January 5 ‘farcical’ elections. They made the... Full story

Two expats killed in US road mishaps

Tahsin Tanjil Malek Sijan, a 26-year old Bangladeshi, died when his car fell in a ditch in Florida’s West Palm Beach area in Florida on Monday and Mosammat Khatun, a 38-year... Full story

ASK denounces attacks on religious minorities

Rights watchdog Ain o Salish Kendra on Thursday condemned the attacks on religious minorities which took place in different places of the country soon after the 10th general election. In a press statement, ASK... Full story

BSF detain two Bangladeshis

Indian Border Security Force members detained two Bangladeshi citizens from Jogdol frontier under Ranisankoil upzila early Thursday. The victims were Alam, 22, and Shamsul Haque, 30. Border Guard Bangladesh officials said BSF Kukhrahdoho... Full story

Man stabbed to death in Kurigram

A man was stabbed to death by unidentified miscreants at village Tograimali under Rajarhat upazila early Thursday. The deceased was Satis Chandra, 65, of the village. The police, quoting local people, said miscreants attacked the victim while he was... Full story

Two sentenced for possessing illegal arms

A trial court in Barisal sentenced two people on Thursday for possessing illegal arms. The accused Mizan Shikdar, 31, was sentenced for 17 years and Liton Haoladar, 35, was sentenced to 14 years in prison under arms act. Special Tribunal-2 judge Matiar Full story

Schoolgirl found dead in Comilla

The body of a schoolgirl was recovered from a pond in Comilla city’s Nurpur area early Thursday. The deceased was Zarin Mushaiba Phul, 8, daughter of Jahangir Alam of South Shindia under Comilla Sadar Dakkshin upazila. Full story

Rajshahi Popular Lab fined Tk 2.20 lakh

A mobile court in Rajshahi on Wednesday has fined Popular Diagnostic Center Tk 2.20 lakh on charge of keeping date expired chemicals and empty wine bottle. Executive magistrate Ashraf Ahmed Russel conducted a mobile court in the diagnostic centre... Full story

2 houses burnt in Ctg

Two houses were gutted in a fire at Enayetpur under Doloipur union in Hathazari upazila early Thursday. Hathazari Fire Service Station officer Jahirul Islam said that the fire broke out from an electric short circuit... Full story


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