Secularists and Islamists stand face to face in Bangladesh

Secularists and Islamists stand face to face in Bangladesh

Debates over statue on Supreme Court premises get momentum after Prime Minister’s speech Pulack Ghatack: The debates over the statue of Lady Justice set up on the premises of Bangladesh Supreme Court  have got momentum after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina reported disliking and intention to remove it. Hardliner Islamist groups, which had been demanding of

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Students in Bangladesh rally to back war crimes trials

Thousands of students have rallied in Bangladesh’s capital demanding death to several Islamic political party leaders who are on trial for alleged war crimes

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Another Rohingya boat capsizes, 17 bodies recovered   

Another Rohingya boat capsizes, 17 bodies recovered   

At least 17 more bodies were recovered from the Bay of Bengal after a boat carrying Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar trying to enter Bangladesh capsized Wednesday night. In a combined search of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), Coast Guard and Bangladesh police, 17 other bodies were recovered in the wee hours Thursday, Officer-in-Charge of Teknaf Police

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ACC initiates probe against 18 hajj agencies

ACC initiates probe against 18 hajj agencies

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) of Bangladesh on Thursday started investigation into irregularities against 18 hajj agencies, which were allegedly responsible for deceiving hundreds of intended pilgrims. “We have received complaints of irregularities against 18 hajj agencies. The commission has already started investigation into the matter,” deputy director (public relations) Pronab Kumar Bhattacharya told journalists on

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Eminent singer Abdul Jabbar passes away

Eminent singer Abdul Jabbar passes away

Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra singer Abdur Jabbar died of multi-organ failure at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) in Dhaka on Wednesday. He was 79. Dr Debabrata Banik, in-charge of Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of BSMMU, said the legendary singer was declared dead at 9:20 am. Jabbar was suffering from chronic kidney and heart diseases. He

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Tigers script historic Test win against Aussies

Tigers script historic Test win against Aussies

Tigers walked into history with a 20-run victory over Australia in the first test win over the cricketing powerhouses Australia held on Wednesday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium at Mirpur. Set an imposing 265 to win, the visitors were bowled out for 244 shortly after lunch on Wednesday’s fourth day, with star allrounder Shakib Al

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Dhaka, Moscow sign deal on return of nuclear waste

Dhaka, Moscow sign deal on return of nuclear waste

Bangladesh on Wednesday signed a crucial deal with Russia in Moscow on return of highly hazardous nuclear waste to be discharged from Rooppur Nuclear Plant being constructed with Russian assistance, state run news agency Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha reports. “Science and Technology Minister Architect Yeafesh Osman signed the agreement on Bangladesh’s behalf . . . on

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Bangladesh weary of speculative  debates on defence deal with India

Bangladesh weary of speculative debates on defence deal with India

Pulack Ghatack: Former Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni is weary of the speculative reports on a proposed Bangladesh-India defence deal, while political debates amid a culture of anti-India rhetoric mounting in the country. The opposition party BNP has vowed to resist any defence agreement with India even by shedding blood as they believe that the

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Suicide blast inside RAB camp kills one in Dhaka

Suicide blast inside RAB camp kills one in Dhaka

IS claims responsibility, Govt denies IS involvement A suicide blast, purportedly carried out by an Islamic State (IS) militant, rocked the campus of Bangladesh’s elite force Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) near Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka on Friday. “The terrorist blew himself up also leaving two RAB men wounded,” RAB spokesman Commander Mufti Mahmud Khan

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Court orders govt to return Tk 615cr seized from businessmen during emergency rule

Court orders govt to return Tk 615cr seized from businessmen during emergency rule

The Supreme Court (SC) of Bangladesh on Thursday upheld a High Court (HC) verdict asking the government to return some Tk 615 crore, seized during the emergency rule after the controversial “One-Eleven” takeover in 2007, to 16 companies. A four-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha delivered the verdict

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