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Oust-govt movement soon: Khaleda

Oust-govt movement soon: Khaleda

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia today said that they would launch a movement soon to oust the government as it did not pay heed to their demand for holding an election under a non-party administration.  “The backs of the people have been pushed against the wall. The government did not pay heed to our peaceful...

Homage paid to Prof Zillur

Homage paid to Prof Zillur

People of all walks of life paid their last tributes to Prof Zillur Rahman Siddiqui, a leading educationist, at Central Shaheed Minar in the capital yesterday. Queuing up before the coffin, they placed wreaths one after another and stood in silence for sometime to pray for his departed soul when his body was lying...

Prof Zillur's burial today

Prof Zillur's burial today

He was a torchbearer in the path of our liberal democratic dispensation. He devoted his entire life to the cause of education, tirelessly serving the nation with his knowledge, wisdom and thought-provoking writings. Prof Zillur Rahman Siddiqui breathed his last around 11:45pm on Tuesday night. A former adviser to a caretaker government, he was...

Khaleda blames govt for Amar Desh fire

Khaleda blames govt for Amar Desh fire

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia today blamed the government for the fire at BSEC building in the capital's Karwan Bazar that burnt the office of the Bangla daily Amar Desh. She described the fire as a conspiracy to shut the media house. Khaleda was addressing a public rally at NS Government College ground in Natore to...

Khaleda starts 2-day northern dists tour

Khaleda starts 2-day northern dists tour

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia started her journey to Bogra from her Gulshan office for a two-day long programme of 20-party alliance. Khaleda will stay in Bogra Circuit House tonight and start for Nilphamari next afternoon, Shairul Kabir Khan, media wing member of BNP's Gulshan office told The Daily Star. She is scheduled to attend an...

People behind many successes, not govt

People behind many successes, not govt

The heroes behind Bangladesh's many successes in the last 40 years are its ordinary people, not the government, said eminent economist and former adviser to a caretaker government Dr Akbar Ali Khan yesterday. Bangladesh's real achievements are women of villages improving their lives using microcredit, poor girls bringing success in readymade garment exports and illiterate migrant workers sending $18 to 19 billion a year as remittance, he said. Courageous Bangladeshis conquered Mount Everest which made us proud, he told a press conference Bangla Mountaineering and Trekking Club organised in the capital's Jatiya Press Club to announce an expedition its six members are going to embark on. Leaving for Nepal on October 10,...

Doubts over poverty cuts

Doubts over poverty cuts

The poverty rate in Bangladesh would have been 80 percent, not 26 percent, had it been calculated based on $2 a day income, a former finance adviser to a caretaker government said yesterday. Citing a report of World Health Organisation, Akbar Ali Khan said the number of poor people in Bangladesh is higher than...

Veteran journalist Mahbubul Alam passes away

Veteran journalist Mahbubul Alam passes away

Mahbubul Alam, former editor of The Independent and also an adviser to a caretaker government, died at Birdem Hospital in the city on Friday morning. He was 79. The veteran journalist breathed his last at the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital around 9:25 am. Mahbubul Alam, who had been suffering from multiple health complications, was on life support at the hospital for the last three days. Born in Munshiganj district in 1936, the senior journalist started his journalism career in 1953. He was made the information affairs adviser to the 2007 caretaker government. He is survived by wife, three daughters, now living in the United States, and a host of relatives and well-wishers...

Thai army detains ex-PM Yingluck

Thai army detains ex-PM Yingluck

Thailand's military rulers detained former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra yesterday, a senior officer said, after summoning her for talks a day after the army overthrew her caretaker government in a coup. As the army moved to consolidate its grip on the country, its chief, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, set out his plans for the country, saying reforms were needed before an election. But some Thais defied martial law to protest against the takeover. Prayuth launched his coup after rival factions refused to give ground in a struggle for power between the royalist establishment and Yingluck's populist government that had raised fears of serious violence and damaged the economy. "We have detained Yingluck, her...

Thai government warns protesters as power struggle deepens

Thai government warns protesters as power struggle deepens

Thailand's beleaguered government on Sunday warned people to stay away from anti-government protests, saying it had to step up security as the two sides in a lengthy political crisis squared off over who is running the country. The caretaker government loyal to ousted prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra is clinging to power and to the...

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