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Hartal begins peacefully in Rajshahi, Rangpur divs

Hartal begins peacefully in Rajshahi, Rangpur divs

Rajshahi and Rangpur divisions are passing through peaceful spells of 48-hour hartals (shutdown) today morning amid a nonstop blockade of the BNP-led 20-party alliance. In Rajshahi and Rangpur, the hartals were called yesterday protesting the arrest of local leaders of BNP and the Jamaat-e-Islami. Bogra, a district inside Rajshahi division, called a separate hartal...

Koko’s qulkhwani Friday

Koko’s qulkhwani Friday

The qulkhwani of Arafat Rahman Koko, younger son of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, will be held at Gulshan Azad Mosque in Dhaka after Asr prayers on Friday. Maj Gen (Retd) Fazle Elahi Akbar, defence affairs adviser to Khaleda, confirmed it to The Daily Star.  Koko, who had been living in Malaysia, died of cardiac arrest at his rented house in Kuala Lumpur Saturday afternoon. Thousands of mourners joined the namaz-e-janaza of Koko at the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque yesterday afternoon after the body was flown back home in a Malaysia Airlines flight earlier in the day. Then the body was taken to Banani graveyard where he was buried yesterday evening.   

Khaleda thanks all for condolences

Khaleda thanks all for condolences

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has thanked all for expressing their condolences and sympathies following the death of her younger son Arafat Rahman Koko. “I like to thank and express my gratitude to all leaders and activists of different political parties including BNP and its allies, professionals, civil society members, dignitaries, business leaders, sportsmen and...

Koko's body arrives today

Since the two last met in Singapore about one and a half years ago, a heartbroken mother will see her younger son's body for one last time today. The body of Arafat Rahman Koko, younger son of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, will arrive at Shahjalal International Airport at 11:30am. “All the necessary formalities including collecting the death certificate and visas have been completed. A flight of Malaysia Airlines is scheduled to leave Kuala Lumpur for Dhaka at 9:00am [BST] today, carrying...

Army denies permission to bury Koko at its Banani graveyard

Army denies permission to bury Koko at its Banani graveyard

Bangladesh Army today denied permission to bury Arafat Rahman Koko, younger son of former president and BNP founder Ziaur Rahman, at its Banani graveyard in Dhaka. The family is now planning for burial of Koko, who died of cardiac arrest in Kuala Lumpur three days ago, somewhere else but is yet to disclose the...

Khaleda’s tearful adieu to Koko

Khaleda’s tearful adieu to Koko

Khaleda Zia burst into tears seeing her lifeless son Arafat Rahman Koko at her Gulshan office this afternoon. Some family members and close aides were beside the BNP chief as she saw Koko for the first time their last meeting in Singapore one and half years back. “She could not hold back her tears seeing...

Shun violence for talks, Inu tells BNP

Shun violence for talks, Inu tells BNP

BNP-led 20-party will have to shun violence for talks, Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu said today reiterating the government’s stand over the prevailing political impasse. However, he ruled out any immediate possibility of dialogue, pushed by different quarters of the society, and asserted that the stalemate will be “resolved on the streets”. “Khaleda Zia can...

Koko dies of heart attack

Koko dies of heart attack

Arafat Rahman Koko, younger son of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, died of heart failure at his rented house in Kuala Lumpur of Malaysia yesterday. Koko complained of chest pain around 12:00noon and told his brother-in-law Md Shimpu about it, Atiqur Rahman Rummon, a close aide to Koko's elder brother Tarique Rahman, told The Daily Star. Shimpu, who lives with Koko's family in Malaysia, phoned a nearby hospital for an ambulance. A doctor came to the house by an ambulance and announced Koko dead around 1:30pm, said Atiqur after talking to Shimpu over the phone. Koko was 45. He had left the country for Bangkok for treatment in July, 2008 after getting out of...

Koko’s body arrives Tuesday

Koko’s body arrives Tuesday

The body of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s younger son Arafat Rahman Koko will arrive in Bangladesh from Malaysia day after tomorrow. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Bangladesh Mission in Malaysia both confirmed The Daily Star that the body will be flown in at 11:30am (Bangladesh time) on Tuesday. A Malaysian Airlines flight, carrying Koko’s body, will depart Kuala Lumpur around 9:40am (Malaysian time) on that day, insiders said. The Bangladesh mission in Kuala Lumpur has endorsed all the necessary documents – passport, death certificates, and other relevant papers – for the purpose. Charge d’ Affaires of Bangladesh mission in Malaysia, Md Rais Hasan Sarower, cleared the papers instantly after they were...

US, UK, Egypt envoys visit Khaleda’s office

US, UK, Egypt envoys visit Khaleda’s office

Diplomats from the US, UK and Egypt today visited BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office to console her following the death of her younger son Arafat Rahman Koko. The envoys signed on the condolence book kept at the office. They however could not meet Khaleda as she was feeling unwell, BNP sources said. The diplomats...

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