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4 burnt as buses torched in Dhaka

4 burnt as buses torched in Dhaka

A bus was set afire by unidentified miscreants at Tantibazar in Old Dhaka this morning. The arson attack took place amid the nationwide blockade enforced by the BNP-led 20-party alliance.

Road crashes in 4 districts kill 15

Road crashes in 4 districts kill 15

At least 15 people were killed and nine injured in separate road accidents in Mymensingh, Jhenidah, Munshiganj and Narayanganj districts today. In Mymensingh, five people including two women were killed as a passenger bus collided head-on with a CNG-run auto-rickshaw in the Sadar upazila this evening. The identities of the deceased could not be known...

ICC declares umpires for World Cup 2015

ICC declares umpires for World Cup 2015

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the umpire and match referee for the pool stage matches of the World Cup 2015, a press release issued today said. Marais Erasmus and Nigel Llong will be the on-field umpires for the tournament opener between New Zealand and Sri Lanka in Christchurch on 14 February. S...

America Pivots South, to India

Could Bangladesh be next?

BANGLADESH might not yet be on his agenda, but a much anticipated return visit to India earlier this week by US President Barack Obama could well signify that South Asia is, like Southeast Asia, finally getting some well-deserved US attention as part of the so-called American rebalance -- or what was once known as the “pivot” -- to Asia. That's a welcome change as America and America's policymakers wake up to the obvious, namely that there is more to...

36 madrasa youths held in Dhaka

36 madrasa youths held in Dhaka

Police detained at least 36 youths from a dormitory of a madrasa in Mir Hazaribagh of Dhaka early today ahead of the BNP-led 20-party alliance’s hartal. They are all students of Tamirul Millat Kamil Madrasa, said Dr Abu Eusuf, vice principal of the educational institution. “Twelve among them are candidates of Dakhil tests, equivalent...

Lack of justice fuels serious rights violations: HRW

Lack of justice fuels serious rights violations: HRW

Bangladesh government failed to prosecute security forces for serious abuses including killings, disappearances, and arbitrary arrests, Human Rights Watch said in its World Report 2015 released today. “Government forces committed serious abuses both leading up to and after the January 2014 general election, while opposition parties engaged in violent and indiscriminate attacks to impose...

New monetary policy for 15.5pc private credit growth

New monetary policy for 15.5pc private credit growth

Bangladesh Bank has announced the monetary policy for the first half of 2015 with the “cautiously restrained” monetary policy stance of the latter half of 2014. Private sector credit will have space for 15.5 percent growth, a substancially higher level than that of the 12.7 percent November 2014 level, BB governor Atiur Rahman said...

KNOT SO TRUE

Unless we stop…

“She stayed for 8 minutes!” “No, she stayed for 3!” “They thanked her for her almost-a-visit!” “No, they did not!” While we are incessantly discussing about failure of courtesies and indulging on how many minutes our Prime Minister stood near the gate of the Mrs. Zia's office while digging out past instances of who visited who when someone had died at some point, the rest of the world is moving on. The 'rest' includes our next-door neighbour, India, which has just celebrated its...

‘Robber’ killed in ‘gunfight’ with Satkhira cops

‘Robber’ killed in ‘gunfight’ with Satkhira cops

A suspected robber was killed during a “gunfight” between his cohorts and police in Tala upazila of Satkhira early today. Deceased Rafiqul Islam, 38, was a member of an inter-district robber gang, reports our Satkhira correspondent. Rafiqul, an accused in 10 cases, was detained yesterday in connection with the robbery at a house at Kashemkhlola...

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