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Trucker, helper burnt in Magura arson attack

Trucker, helper burnt in Magura arson attack

A trucker and his helper were burnt as alleged blockaders hurled a petrol bomb at a truck in Shalikha upazila of Magura early today. The arson attack took place at Arpara Bazar of the upazila around 4:30am on the 23rd day of the BNP-led 20-party alliance’s nonstop blockade, reports our Jhenidah correspondent.   The injured are...

Hartal begins peacefully in Rajshahi, Rangpur divs

Hartal begins peacefully in Rajshahi, Rangpur divs

Rajshahi and Rangpur divisions are passing through peaceful spells of 48-hour hartals (shutdown) today morning amid a nonstop blockade of the BNP-led 20-party alliance. In Rajshahi and Rangpur, the hartals were called yesterday protesting the arrest of local leaders of BNP and the Jamaat-e-Islami. Bogra, a district inside Rajshahi division, called a separate hartal...

Rajshahi college teacher killed in ‘shootout’

Rajshahi college teacher killed in ‘shootout’

A college teacher was killed during a “shootout” involving detectives in Rajshahi city early today. Nurul Islam, 45, a teacher of Islamia Degree College, was a “controller” of armed cadres belonging to Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing, Islami Chhatra Shibir, said Iftekhar Alam, assistant commissioner of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police. He was also the owner of...

Khaleda's adviser Dudu on 2-day remand in arson case

Khaleda's adviser Dudu on 2-day remand in arson case

A Dhaka court today placed Shamsuzzaman Dudu, an adviser to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, on a two-day remand in a case filed for torching vehicles in the capital. The case was filed with Mirpur Police Station on December 28, last year for torching vehicles at Rokeya Sarani. Metropolitan Magistrate Md Asaduzzaman Nur passed the order when Mirpur police produced him before the court and sought seven days’ remand for Dudu. Arrested on January 11, Dudu was shown arrested in the case a week later.

14-party to hold gayebana janaza for blockade victims

14-party to hold gayebana janaza for blockade victims

The Awami League-led 14-party alliance will hold a gayebana namaz-e-janaza in Dhaka on January 30 for those who died in violence of the BNP-led 20-party alliance this year. The janaza would be held at national mosque Baitul Mukarram, Mohammad Nasim, convener of the 14-party alliance and a presidium member of the AL, told reporters...

Shun violence for talks, Inu tells BNP

Shun violence for talks, Inu tells BNP

BNP-led 20-party will have to shun violence for talks, Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu said today reiterating the government’s stand over the prevailing political impasse. However, he ruled out any immediate possibility of dialogue, pushed by different quarters of the society, and asserted that the stalemate will be “resolved on the streets”. “Khaleda Zia can...

Koko buried at Banani graveyard

Koko buried at Banani graveyard

Arafat Rahman Koko, younger son of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, was laid to eternal rest at Banani graveyard in Dhaka this evening. He was buried at grave No. 1838/147, lane No. 18 and block-B of Banani civil graveyard around 6:45pm. Earlier in the afternoon, a large number of people participated in Koko’s namaz-e-janaza at the...

Zero-sum politics: Mutually agreed rules of the game

The political space of Bangladesh is bedeviled by extreme forms of disagreements, confrontation and hostilities between the two largest political parties. There are exceptions and variations in degree but, starting from the top to the rank and file, because of endemic mutual mistrust and hatred the dominant sections on both sides are perennially at loggerheads to delegitimise and apparently eliminate each other, if possible. Ironically enough, they also agree a lot with each other, and indeed seem to have a...

Boko Haram assaults Nigerian city

Boko Haram assaults Nigerian city

Nigerian Islamist Boko Haram fighters have attacked the strategically important north-eastern city of Maiduguri, with dozens reported dead. Earlier on Sunday they captured the north-eastern town of Monguno. The BBC's Will Ross in Lagos says that with the insurgents gaining ground, Maiduguri is increasingly at risk. US Secretary of State John Kerry meanwhile has arrived in...

22 BNP, Jamaat, Tahrir men held in Dhaka

At least 22 activists of the BNP, Jamaat-e-Islami and the Hizb ut-Tahrir were detained from Dhaka today during the second day of countrywide hartal of the 20-party alliance amidst blockade. They were all arrested from inside the city over charges of subversive activities, a text message from the Dhaka Metropolitan Police said this morning. Further details are awaited. Otherwise, no major incidents were reported from Dhaka all morning. Traffic inside Dhaka metropolitan was buzzing since morning. Intercity buses of Mirpur, Farmgate, Gulistan,...

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