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PM leaves for Nepal today

Saarc Summit

PM leaves for Nepal today

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina leaves Dhaka for Nepal today to attend the 18th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) Summit on November 26-27 where she is expected to meet all top Saarc leaders. Though there is no proposal for bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the Summit with heads of important member state or government according to the PM's programme schedule book, the foreign ministry officials yesterday said the premier will go to Kathmandu with the intention to hold meaningful dialogues with as many Saarc leaders as possible. So...

Pakistan national held 220 cartons of cigarettes

Pakistan national held 220 cartons of cigarettes

A Pakistani national was apprehended today with 220 cartons of foreign cigarettes at Dhaka’s Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport. The detainee, Md Ismail, 35, landed at the airport in Qatar Airways flight from Doha around 5:00am, said Umme Nahida Akter, assistant director of customs intelligence. “Customs officials challenged him after he was spotted with suspicious behaviour...

HC orders govt to buy new formalin kit

HC orders govt to buy new formalin kit

The High Court today ordered the government to form an expert committee by a week in order to select a new and proper detector kit to determine formalin levels in food items. The order came following reports published in frontline media that the formalin detector Formaldehyde Meter Z-300 was found faulty by the country’s...

Challenged girl killed after rape

A mentally challenged girl was raped before she was strangled to death in Chawkbazar area of Old Dhaka on Friday night. Ten-year-old Moni Akter lay cold on a road near her tin-shed house at Islambagh around 11:00pm. Locals took her to Mitford Hospital where doctors declared her dead, said Azizul Haque, officer-in-charge of Chawkbazar Police Station. The girl was raped before being choked to death, said sources at Sir Salimullah Medical College morgue. Police arrested a mason named Delwar, who lives at a...

Country’s biggest public exam PSC begins

Country’s biggest public exam PSC begins

Primary School Certificate (PSC) and its madrasa equivalent Ebtedayee terminal tests began today with nearly 31 lakh fifth graders expected to appear for the examinations. With a total of 27,88,544 school and 3,05,721 madrasa students registering for the tests, it is the country’s  largest public examination according to education officials. Today, class V students sat...

Minor girl ‘killed after rape’ in Dhaka

Minor girl ‘killed after rape’ in Dhaka

A 10-year-old girl was killed allegedly after rape in Chalkbazar area of Old Dhaka last night. The victim, Moni, was found lying on a road near her tin-shed house at Islambagh in Beribandh area around 11:00pm. She was declared dead when locals rushed her to Mitford Hospital in the capital, said Azizul Haque, officer-in-charge of Chalkbazar Police Station. The doctors suspect that she was raped before killing, the OC told our correspondent. Police are looking into the matter, the police official added. The body was taken to the hospitals’ morgue for autopsy.  

18th Saarc Summit

Dhaka to press for regional connectivity

Dhaka will stress cooperation on regional connectivity, poverty alleviation, youth development and fighting terrorism, among other major issues, during the 18th Saarc Summit in Kathmandu on November 26-27. The meeting of eight South Asian nations is expected to ink Saarc Motor Vehicles Agreement for the Regulation of Passenger and Cargo Vehicular Traffic amongst Saarc member states, Saarc Regional Railways Agreement, and Saarc Framework Agreement for Energy Cooperation (Electricity). The three deals will be a big step towards greater regional integration. The...

Hay Festival Dhaka 2014

Lit fest begins

Lit fest begins

Celebrating cultural diversity, Hay Festival Dhaka 2014 began yesterday morning on the Bangla Academy grounds with the promise to transcend the boundaries of nations through literary and intellectual exchanges. Poets, writers, artists and literature lovers from different parts of the world were welcomed with rendition of Nazrul songs, performed by Bangla Choir, on the...

Hay Festival Dhaka 2014

‘The British didn't conquer India…’

‘The British didn't conquer India…’

“The British didn't conquer India…East India Company did. The company, which was only answerable to shareholders, unleashed a beast on the world. Ten years after the Battle of Plassey, the company was being run by 35 people in London,” British historian and writer William Dalrymple told The Daily Star yesterday. The noted historian is in town to attend the Hay Festival Dhaka 2014. Dalrymple embarked on the literary scene with his travel books – In Xanadu and City of Djinns. But he earned a solid global fandom with his history books – White Mughals and The Last Mughal. His latest book Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan has...

Expat’s body found in Banani flat

Expat’s body found in Banani flat

The blood-smeared body of a Bangladeshi expatriate in the United Kingdom was found from a house in Dhaka’s Banani area today. The deceased was primarily identified as Mejba Uddin, 72. Police was yet to conform whether he was murdered or not, Nurul Alam, assistant commissioner of police in Gulshan zone, told The Daily Star. His body...

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