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The world's first 'Metalhead' President

The world's first 'Metalhead' President

Heavy metal music is often associated with angst, hostility, dark emotions and disruptive cacophony, but Indonesians seem to have placed their faith in a man to run their nation, who is a self-declared 'metalhead' (a term coined by heavy metal fans to describe themselves). 53-year old Joko Widodo, the governor of Jakarta, has just...

7 remanded for attacking AL leader Shameem

7 remanded for attacking AL leader Shameem

A Dhaka court today placed seven persons on a five-day remand each in connection with the gun attack on Awami League central leader AKM Enamul Hoque Shameem. The accused are Monir Hossain alias Monir, Mehedi Hasan alias Saikat, Nazrul Islam alias Jewel, Mohammad Harun, Rana Hawladar, Nazimul Haque, and Nur-e-Alam Siddiki. Metropolitan Magistrate Mostafizur Rahmand passed the order after Motiur Rhaman, officer-in-charge (investigation) of Dhanmondi Police Station, produced them before it with 10-day remand prayer for each. In the remand prayer, Motiur, also the investigation officer of the case, said the seven were directly or indirectly involved in the incident. So, they need to be remanded to find out the motive behind the...

Close Modi aide chosen India's ruling party chief

Close Modi aide chosen India's ruling party chief

A close aide of India's prime minister who is widely credited with his party's spectacular electoral win was appointed Wednesday chief of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. Amit Shah was unanimously chosen as the BJP's new president at a meeting of party leaders in New Delhi. He replaces Rajnath Singh, who recently was sworn...

UN stresses dialogue among political parties

UN stresses dialogue among political parties

In a meeting with President Abdul Hamid last week, the UN chief expressed his regret at the failure of political parties to reach an agreement that would have allowed for inclusive elections in January. Ban Ki-moon emphasised the importance of engaging the extra-parliamentary opposition and encouraged progress in social and political reconciliation. The secretariat of...

Situation very stable now, Hamid tells UN chief

Situation very stable now, Hamid tells UN chief

President Abdul Hamid on Thursday told UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that the situation in Bangladesh is very stable now, especially after the January 5 election. “People have accepted the election results and they are looking forward to a better future,” he said in a meeting with Ban Ki-moon at UN headquarters, according to...

Ukraine president sets out peace plan

Ukraine president sets out peace plan

Petro Poroshenko has been sworn in as president of Ukraine, setting out a plan to bring peace to the conflict-torn east of the country. The 48-year-old tycoon, who won the May 25 election, offered political concessions to people in the east and said he did not want war or revenge. But he also said he...

Sisi declared new Egyptian president

Sisi declared new Egyptian president

Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has urged Egyptians to work to restore stability after being declared the winner of last week's presidential election. The former army chief said he wanted "freedom" and "social justice", echoing the slogan of the 2011 revolution. Sisi spoke after election officials announced that he had received 96.9 per cent of the vote...

BPL Fixing

Verdict delay irks BCB boss

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan Papon expressed his disappointment over the tribunal's delay in submitting the detailed verdict regarding fixing allegations in the second season of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). While a short-verdict -- submitted by the three-member tribunal in February -- found Dhaka Gladiators' co-owner Shihab Chowdhury guilty and discharged six others as not guilty, Papon and the ICC are in pursuit of the complete verdict, which will explain the reasons behind the decisions. “I am very...

Ukrainians vote in presidential elections

Ukrainians vote in presidential elections

Ukrainians are going to the polls to vote in a new president after months of unrest following the ousting of former President Viktor Yanukovych. Eighteen candidates are competing in the contest, which is widely seen as a crucial moment to unite the country. But pro-Russian separatists in the east who oppose the election have threatened...

Papon may not name coach's name today

As promised by Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan Papon three days ago, the name of the new head coach for the Tigers is supposed to be disclosed today. But he may take a little longer before naming the name -- in all probability it will be former Sri Lanka Test batsman Chandika Hathurusingha -- as the board has yet to complete the necessary paper works in this regard. It's now all but confirmed that the BCB has reached...

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