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  • Jatiya Kabita Parishad brings out a procession from the Dhaka University central library premises on Saturday marking the National Poetry Festival. — Focus Bangla photo

  • Gono Forum president Dr Kamal Hossain speaks at the extended meeting of the party’s central committee at its office in Dhaka on Saturday. — New Age photo

  • Fire fighters put out the flames after a fire broke out in a soap factory in Dhaka on Saturday— New Age photo


National Poetry Festival begins

Jatiya Kabita Parishad brings out a procession from the Dhaka University central library premises on Saturday marking the National Poetry Festival. — Focus Bangla photo
The 28th National Poetry Festival began on the Dhaka University campus on Saturday with the participation of 300 poets from home and abroad. The National Poetry Council began the two-day festival, with the theme of Kabita Sahena Danab Jatana (poetry... Full story

Present world with best Bangla works: PM

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday urged all concerned to present the best creations of Bangla language in the world arena through their translation in foreign languages. Full story

Debate on Bangladesh polls in UK parliament

There has been yet another debate in the British parliament on the January 5 national election in Bangladesh. In the debate at the House of Commons on Wednesday, one of the ministers said Britain should help Bangladesh... Full story

EC likely to announce schedules Thursday

The Election Commission is likely to announce on Thursday the schedules for the third phase of upazila elections with a plan to hold the polls on March 15, said EC officials. They said the commission would sit in a meeting today to... Full story

Sohel’s wife arrested

The police on Saturday arrested Kishoreganj Sonali Bank burglary prime suspect Sohel alias Yusuf’s wife at Jatrabari in the city and seized Tk 2.5 lakh from her possession. Mahima, wife of Yusuf, was arrested in a drive by... Full story

Dry weather likely

Weather may remain dry with temporary partly cloudy sky over the country till 6:00pm today. Moderate to thick fog may occur over the country during night till morning, Met Office said. Full story

AL to face trial for killing oppn men: BNP

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Saturday said the ruling Awami League would face trial for the ‘killing of opposition activists’ and warned that the people were taking preparations to take ‘revenge’ on the incumbents. Full story

Gana Forum demands fresh JS elections

Gono Forum president Dr Kamal Hossain speaks at the extended meeting of the party’s central committee at its office in Dhaka on Saturday. — New Age photo
Gana Forum on Saturday demanded dissolution of the controversial 10th Parliament and holding a fresh and inclusive election with the participation of all political parties without wasting time. GF president and jurist Kamal Hossain, said after the party’s... Full story

Ershad-Raushan feud holds back selection of JP women MP candidates

The Jatiya Party faction led by HM Ershad is yet to select six candidates for the reserved seats for women in the tenth parliament because of conflict between Ershad and his wife Raushan Ershad, also the leader of the opposition in parliament... Full story

Adopt health in all policies for better results: experts

Experts and environmentalists on Saturday urged the government to adopt health in all policies for better results in the vital sector of public importance. Health in all policies is an approach to policy making in which decision-makers... Full story

WP congress in April

The Workers Party of Bangladesh will hold its ninth congress in Rajshahi from April 24 to 28. The decision was made at the party’s two-day long central committee meeting at its central office on Friday and Saturday. Full story

4 injured as police, Shibir men trade fire

At least four people, including three police officers, were injured in a fierce gun battle between the law enforcers and activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir in Satkania upazila in Chittagong early Saturday, the police said. Full story

Month of language movement welcomed in Sylhet

Sammilita Natya Parishad, Sylhet, on Saturday welcomed the ‘month of language movement’ with a series of cultural programmes in the city. Language movement veteran professor Abul Aziz inaugurated ‘Barnamalar Michhil... Full story

Qul khwani of MA Wadud today

Qul khwani of MA Wadud, husband of a cousin of prime minister Sheikh Hasina, will be held at his Dhanmondi residence in the capital after Asr prayers today. Relatives, friends and well-wishers of MA Wadud have been requested to... Full story

Birth anniv of Prof MU Ahmed observed

The 105th birth anniversary of Professor MU Ahmad, a renewed psychotherapist, was observed here on Saturday. Professor MU Ahmed was principal of Dhaka College and also a member of the Public Service Commission. Full story

AL asks Dhaka city unit to complete local councils by Feb

The Awami League high command has asked leaders of its Dhaka city unit to complete council sessions of all thana, ward and union units by February if they want to have a new city committee soon. Full story

Bishwa Ijtema concludes today

The second phase of Bishwa Ijtema will end on the bank of the river Turag with akheri munajat today. Indian scholar Zobayerul Hasan will conduct the akheri munajat. A large number of people from the country and abroad are expected to... Full story

SCC woman councillor arrested

Sylhet City Corporation woman councillor Diba Rani Dey, also leader of the city unit Mahila Dal, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party-backed women organisation, was arrested in the city on Saturday. Full story

BSF picks up 2 Bangladeshis from Naogaon border

Indian Border Security Force picked two Bangladeshi nationals from Kolmudanga border in Sapahar upazila Saturday morning. The victims were identified as Arif Hossain, 25, son of Daud Ali and Humayun Ahmed, 27, son of... Full story

Ban on foreign travel by suspected ex-ministers, MPs likely

The Anti-Corruption Commission has taken a move to ban foreign travels by seven formers ministers and MPs of the immediate past government and their kin under the scanner for wealth acquisition through corrupt means. Full story

No gazette on dissolution of 9th parliament yet

The parliament secretariat is yet to issue a gazette notification on dissolution of the ninth parliament though the tenth parliament has already gone into session, officials concerned confirmed. Full story

House rent hike adds to people’s sufferings in Sylhet

An abnormal increase in house rent in Sylhet city has added to the burden of city dwellers as there are no designated authorities and no functional regulation for them to enforce. Most of the landlords in the city neither give any receipt... Full story

DMP celebrates 39th raising day

Dhaka Metropolitan Police authorities have planned to procure four helicopters by 2014 for force deployment and emergency evacuation, the officials disclosed this on the occasion of DMP’s 39th raising day on Saturday. Full story

Vested interests working to make Bangladesh failed country: Inu

The minister for information, Hasanul Huq Inu, also president of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal, on Saturday alleged that a vested interest quarter was working to make Bangladesh a failed country like Pakistan and Afghanistan. Full story

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Soap factory gutted in Old Dhaka

Fire fighters put out the flames after a fire broke out in a soap factory in Dhaka on Saturday— New Age photo
A soap factory at Bangshal in the Old Dhaka was gutted on Saturday evening. No casualty was reported. Fire Service and Civil Defence headquarters duty officer Parvin Akhter said that the fire broke out at Poly Plastic Industry and Soap Factory... Full story

BGB seizes clothing at Benapole

The Border Guard Bangladesh seized clothing worth of about Tk 50 lakh from two human haulers on Gatipara-Benapole Road near Benapole frontier in Jessore. 26-BGB commanding officer Lieutenant Colonel Matiur Rahman said... Full story

Man beaten to death

A man was beaten to death over land dispute at village Najirpur under Kushtia sadar upazila Saturday morning. The victim was Abdul Jabbar, 40, son of Shokai Mandal of the village. The police, quoting local people, said Jahurul Islam... Full story

Man found dead in Rangpur

The police recovered the body of a man in Satmatha area of Rangpur city on Friday night. The victim could not be identified immediately. The police said that local people found the body and informed them. Kotowali police officer-in-charge... Full story

2 die in road accidents in Ctg

At least two people were killed in two road accidents in Chittagong city on Saturday. Akbar Shah police subinspector Md Asaduzzaman said Aymon Faisal, 14, son of Hazi Abdus Sabur, and a Class IX student of Victoria Isapahani High School... Full story

2 killed, 1 injured in Tangail accident

Two boys were killed and another was injured in a road accident on Dhaka-Bangabandhu Setu highway at Solla under Kalihati upazila in Tangail on Saturday. The deceased were Rifat, 14, son of Abdul Halim and Imrul, 17, son of Mintu Mian... Full story

Yarn loaded covered van snatched

A yarn loaded covered van was snatched early Saturday at Panchrukhi on Dhaka-Sylhet highway under Araihazar upazila in Narayanganj. Police said the van coming from Chittagong and it was bound to Narsingdi. When the van... Full story

200 shanties gutted in Khulna Sweepers’ Colony fire

At least 12 people were injured and about 200 shanties were gutted in a fire broke out at Harijan Palli (Sweepers’ Colony) at Sonadanga in Khulna city on Friday night. The fire originated from an oven turned several hundred men, women... Full story

22 arrested for attack on AL lawmaker

The police arrested at least 22 people in connection with the attack launched on Awami League lawmaker Abu Reja Muhammad Nadvi at Chunoti under Lohagara upazila in a drive early on Saturday. Full story

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