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Highschool principal on 14-day remand in Jatrabari arson cases

A highschool principal was placed on a 14-day remand by a Dhaka court yesterday in three cases filed centring Friday's arson attack on a bus in Jatrabari that left 28 people seriously burnt. Meanwhile, 25 people were arrested after Jatrabari, Demra and Kadamtali police raided some 100 houses and establishments centring the attack. The charges were over subversive activities, assault and obstruction on police from discharging duties, and the torching and injuries. Apart from being a teacher at AK High School in...

Motorcyclists can’t carry passengers

Motorcyclists can’t carry passengers

The government today banned motorcyclists from carrying passengers until further notice following arson by drive-by miscreants amid political turmoil in the country. The order from Ministry of Road Transport and Bridges came this afternoon, four days after two Eden College girls were burned in a drive-by arson attack near Jatiya Sangsad in Dhaka during...

News Analysis

Enough, no?

An office is locked, a blockade is called, death and destruction follow. But today we begin with Selina Begum, a blind and widowed mother, who lost her only child in an arson attack on Sunday. We begin with Selina because, we hope, our prime minister and our opposition party leader are mother enough to be able to grasp the pain of losing a child, the only child that is. When Sohagh, just 18, set out for his first day at...

2 Eden girls burnt in Dhaka drive-by arson

2 Eden girls burnt in Dhaka drive-by arson

Two students of Eden College were burnt in another mindless arson attack in Dhaka’s Khejur Bagan near Jatiya Sangsad today during BNP-led 20-party’s countrywide blockade. The victims were Sharmin Akter and Sathi Akter, first-year students of Islamic Studies under National University. They were rushed to Dhaka Medical College Hospital. One Maymuna Akhter, a friend accompanying...

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Free speech for all

Free speech for all

The attack on the French magazine Charlie Hebdo was an assault on democracy, on freedom, and on the ideals that underpin all free societies. As we face the forces of extremism and terror, we must have the courage to speak up for those ideals and to safeguard the right to say what we...

Editorial

Shooting of Khaleda's adviser

We are shocked at the murderous assault on Reaz Rahman, an adviser to BNP chairperson, in the capital on Tuesday night, and strongly condemn the shooting of the adviser and torching of his vehicle. What gives us cause for even more consternation is that the attack, which seems to be premeditated, took place as he was coming out his meeting with Khaleda Zia in her Gulshan office, signalling that attempts are being made from vested quarters to intimidate the...

Hollande hails 'reborn' Charlie Hebdo

Hollande hails 'reborn' Charlie Hebdo

French President Francois Hollande has insisted Charlie Hebdo and its values will survive, after the new edition of the satirical weekly sold out in hours. "Charlie Hebdo is alive and will live on," Hollande said. Millions more copies of the magazine are being printed because of demand. It comes a week after Islamist gunmen murdered 12...

Ctg Shibir man crushed under truck while trying to torch it

Ctg Shibir man crushed under truck while trying to torch it

An activist of Islami Chhatra Shibir has been crushed under the wheels of a truck in Chittagong which he was trying to torch the vehicle while a Jubo League man was beaten to death by blockaders in Feni. Our Chittagong correspondent reports, Zobayer, 21, and a Shibir man, came under the wheels of a...

France faces double hostage crisis

A gunman has seized hostages at a kosher supermarket in Paris as police in northern France cornered the two Charlie Hebdo massacre suspects yesterday. A police officer told the BBC that two people were confirmed dead after a gunman believed to be the killer of a policewoman in Montrouge entered the supermarket near Porte de Vincennes. Armed police have flooded the area. In Dammartin-en-Goele, 35km north-east of Paris, the Charlie Hebdo suspects are also holding a hostage. The Islamist militants are inside...

French forces kill newspaper attack suspects

French forces kill newspaper attack suspects

Two brothers suspected of attacking the offices of French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo were killed when police stormed their hideout on Friday while their hostage was freed, a police official said. #UPDATE Five dead in Paris supermarket hostage siege, says security source http://t.co/VeZabLVWqq — Agence France-Presse (@AFP) January 9, 2015 Four critically wounded in Paris supermarket...

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