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Key suspect arrested

Avijit Murder

Key suspect arrested

Shafiur Rahman Farabi, who had issued repeated death threats to writer-blogger Avijit Roy, was arrested by the Rab in the capital's Jatrabari area early yesterday. Known in the social media and blogsphere for his vitriolic campaigns against progressive and free-thinking bloggers, Farabi is the key suspect in the Avijit murder, the elite-crime buster said.   Avijit's father too alleged that Farabi had been threatening his son for the last one and a half years, said Rab officials. A Rab team arrested the 29-year-old around 5:30am at Jatrabari Bus Terminal when he was...

Face of a hate campaigner

Face of a hate campaigner

Shafiur Rahman Farabi is a religious extremist who has been rather open about his business. His numerous postings online show his main mission is to identify free-thinking bloggers and hound them on social media platforms.    This is exactly what happened in the case of slain writer-blogger Avijit Roy. Farabi became a Facebook friend of...

Sudden attacks raise alarm

Sudden attacks raise alarm

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked ministers to remain alert to the sudden rise in subversive activities and vandalism. Hasina said this during an unscheduled discussion following the formal cabinet meeting when ministers expressed their concern over the marked increase in arson attacks and violence over the last three days across the country. The ministers...

Modi 'eagerly waiting' to visit Dhaka

Modi 'eagerly waiting' to visit Dhaka

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has written to his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina that he is “eagerly waiting” to visit Dhaka. In her instant reply, Hasina said she was “keenly waiting” to welcome Modi, Hasina's Press Secretary AKM Shameem Chowdhuri told reporters yesterday.  Indian Foreign Secretary Dr Subramanyam Jaishankar, who arrived in Dhaka yesterday morning...

Khaleda may not appear before court tomorrow

Although there is a warrant out for her arrest from a Dhaka court, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia is unlikely to appear before it tomorrow to seek bail in Zia orphanage and Zia charitable trust fund graft cases. “The BNP chief won't appear before the Dhaka court for security reasons. Earlier, Awami League men had attacked her motorcade on her way to the court. How will she go to the court as there is no security there?” Khaleda's panel lawyer advocate Sanaullah...

HC questions legality of calling blockade

The High Court yesterday issued a rule upon the government and all the 41 registered political parties including the Awami League and the BNP to explain in four weeks why calling blockade should not be declared illegal and unconstitutional. Following a writ petition filed by the country's top business bodies, the HC in its rule also asked the government to explain why its inaction to impose reasonable restrictions on calling hartal and blockade should not be declared unlawful. It ordered the...

Arsonists become desperate

Arsonists become desperate

  Incidents of vandalism and arson increased in the last few days across the country, with attackers in groups pouncing on vehicles in broad daylight and disappearing fast. The capital saw two such incidents yesterday, the second day of the BNP-led alliance's 72-hour countrywide hartal and the 58th day of indefinite blockade. A group of about...

9 officials promoted to secretary

The government has promoted nine additional secretaries to the rank of secretary. The public administration ministry yesterday issued a gazette notification in this regard. The officers were posted to different ministries and divisions as acting secretary before their promotion. According to the gazette notification, MA Hannan, acting secretary to the liberation war affairs ministry, has been made secretary to the ministry while Nazrul Islam, acting secretary to the Cabinet Division, and Shyam Sundor Shikdar, acting secretary to the ICT Division, have...

Top Quote!

Top Quote!

  “If political games are played with the law, it causes uncertainty and instability. This is the biggest hurdle to freeing [ourselves] from this abnormal situation.”   Dr Kamal Hossain At a discussion yesterday

Published Date: March 2, 2015
Cops now can search office of Khaleda

Cops now can search office of Khaleda

A Dhaka court yesterday issued a warrant allowing police to search Khaleda Zia's Gulshan office for communication devices allegedly being used for carrying out subversive activities across the country. The warrant also authorises police to look for suspects in a case filed for carrying out a crude bomb attack on a procession led by Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan on February 16 in Gulshan. Labour leader Ismail Hossain Bachchu filed the case with Gulshan Police Station on February 17 accusing Khaleda and 13 other BNP leaders and activists of attacking the procession.  The procession was against the blockade and hartals being enforced by the BNP-led 20-party alliance. The BNP chief was accused of masterminding...