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PM to Award Top Students of Pry Terminal Exam PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina will hand over awards to the three students who secured top positions in the new primary education terminal examination, an official of the primary and mass education ministry said Wednesday.

The ministry published the results on Tuesday with overall pass rate at 88.84 percent.
The examination was held on Nov 21, 22 and 23.

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New Chief Justice Sworn In PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 December 2009

New chief justice Mohammed Tafazzul Islam was sworn in to office on Wednesday.

The prime minister, attorney general and Supreme Court judges were present as President Zillur Rahman administered the oath at Bangabhaban at 9:30am, Md Shawkat Hossain, registrar of the Supreme Court told bdnews24.com.

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JMB, Other Islamist Outfits Use Small Arms PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Use of small arms, rather than bombs, is becoming more popular among extremists, including cadres of the Islamist outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), RAB sources believe.

The elite force's assumption is based on the recovered arms and information from the recently arrested JMB members.

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BNP Reinstates Babar After 2008 Expulsion PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 19 December 2009

Opposition BNP has withdrawn its expulsion order for former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar, his assistant said on Saturday.

Haidar Ali told bdnews24.com that a letter containing the withdrawal of his expulsion order had been received at Babar's residence.

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V-Day Celebrations On PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 December 2009

V-Day Celebrations On

Bangladesh celebrates Victory Day anew this year, following two successive years of muted celebrations under emergency rule.

A 21-gun salute at dawn will herald the day, followed by laying of wreaths at the National Memorial in Savar, led by the president, to commemorate those who gave their lives for independence.

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New BNP Committee By 'Next Week' PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 December 2009

The new BNP committee will be announced by next week, a senior BNP leader said on Thursday.

"The party chairperson will nominate the right person as secretary general," BNP vice-president Tariqul Islam told reporters at the party headquarters at Naya Paltan in Dhaka.

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Sajeda Calls It 'Mother-Son' Council PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 December 2009

Deputy leader of parliament Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury has criticised BNP's national conference as a "mother-son council". Sajeda said Thursday that compared to Awami League's council the nation got nothing remarkable from the opposition's.

Speaking as chief guest at the launch of a Victory Month Fair on Thursday in Chittagong, she declared that trials of 1971 war criminals and of the 1975 Jail Killings of four national leaders would begin soon.

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HC Adjourns Zia Trust Case Hearing PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 December 2009

The High Court on Monday adjourned hearing until Jan 4 on the petition for quashing the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case against former prime minister Khaleda Zia and her son Tarique Rahman.

The bench of Justice Syed Muhammad Dastagir Husain and Justice Md Rais Uddin passed the order on a time prayer moved by attorney general Mahbubey Alam.

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Satkhira Court Hears Mutiny Charges PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 December 2009

The trial of suspected BDR mutineers in Satkhira region began Monday in a special court at the border force's district headquarters.

The court adjourn for the day after the charges were read out against 61 members of 7 Rifles Battalion. Proceedings will resume on Tuesday in presence of the accused BDR mutineers in the dock.

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S'pore co signs $3bn Mongla port deal PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 December 2009

Mongla Port Authority has signed a memorandum of understanding with a Singaporean company looking to invest Tk 21,000 crore ($3 billion) to develop the second largest seaport of the country.

Shipping minister Shahjahan Khan, who was present at the MoU signing on Wednesday, said: "This is one of the biggest foreign direct investments in Bangladesh."

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Khaleda Faces No Challenge In Party PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 December 2009

Khaleda Zia is set to retain the post of chairperson of her Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) as none other sought to contest Wednesday, the last day for filing nomination paper.

No one collected nomination papers other than Khaleda Zia for BNP's 'Chairperson Election – 2009' , said RA Gani, BNP election commission returning officer, at the party's Naya Paltan office.

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Galloway Demands Int'l Probe PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 December 2009

Visiting British parliamentarian George Galloway on Wednesday demanded international enquiry into the proposed Tipaimukh dam by India. Galloway made the remark at a press conference at Dhaka Reporters Unity auditorium.

The MP said an international investigation was required on whether the dam has any negative effect on a section of both Bangladesh and Indian population.

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Tarique, Coco Being Sued PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 December 2009

Shipping minister Shahjahan Khan has said that Tarique Rahman, Giasuddin Al Mamun and Arafat Rahman Coco will be charged for the deaths in the launch disaster at Bhola.

He said Khaleda Zia's two sons are on the board of the launch company Rahman Shippers Bangladesh Ltd that owns the MV Coco-4.

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Indo-Bangla Talks Draft 3 Deals PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 December 2009

Amid signs of growing tacit cooperation against terrorists, insurgents and criminals, Bangladesh and India have finalised the drafts of three major agreements to enhance formal bilateral collaboration against law-breakers of either country.

Home secretary Abdus Sobhan Sikder and his Indian counterpart G K Pillai finalised the drafts of Agreements on Mutual Legal Assistance on Criminal Matters, Transfer of Sentenced Persons and Combating International Terrorism, Organized Crime and Illicit Drug Trafficking.

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Another alleged LeT terrorist nabbed in Dhaka PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 22 November 2009

Police arrested another alleged member of Lashkar-e-Taiba in the capital's Motijheel area on Saturday on suspicion of plotting to attack the Indian and US embassies in Dhaka.

Detective Branch of Police assistant commissioner S M Rafiqul Islam told bdnews24.com on Sunday Abu Motaleb was arrested on Saturday following the information given by the three LeT members arrested on November 13.

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No Immediate Relief PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 22 November 2009

There was no immediate improvement noticed on Dhaka roads following the launch of automated traffic lights in the capital on Sunday.

Drivers complained that it took them even longer than usual to reach their destinations after automated signals replaced traffic police at many key intersections.

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14 'Allahr Dal' men arrested in Jhenaidah PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 21 November 2009

Police arrested 14 members of the blacklisted extremist group Allahr Dal, suspected of having links to outlawed terrorist outfit JMB, in Jhenaidah on Saturday.

The men were arrested at a private residence in the Kanchanpur area of the district town, Jhenaidah police superintendent Rezaul Karim told bdnews24.com.

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2 Million Primary School Children Sit New Exams PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 21 November 2009

Two million children countrywide began taking primary level exams under a new system Saturday.

The Class 5 students were sitting the newly introduced Primary Education Terminal Examinations, in the biggest round of public exams in the country.

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War Heroes Honoured PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 21 November 2009

President Zillur Rahman and prime minister Sheikh Hasina honoured the nation's fallen war heroes on Saturday, placing wreaths at the Shikha Anirban (Eternal Flame) in Dhaka Cantonment to mark Armed Forces Day.

The day pays tribute to members of the armed forces who fought and lost their lives for Bangladesh's liberation in 1971.

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FACTBOX: Road to Final Verdict PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 November 2009

The following is a chronology of the key events since the assassination of Bangladesh's independence hero Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Aug 15, 1975: President Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, his wife, three sons, relatives and close associates are killed in the family's Dhanmondi home in Dhaka by renegade army officers. His daughters, Sheikh Hasina, now the prime minister, and Sheikh Rehana survive the carnage as they were abroad.

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FACTBOX: Aug 15 victims PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 November 2009

Begum Fazilatunnesa (Birth: Tungipara, Gopalganj., Aug 8, 1930) – Begum Fazilatunnesa was the wife of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, mother of prime minister Sheikh Hasina. Hasina says her mother was actively involved in forwarding the cause of Bangladesh's independence and bent on making her husband's dream come true.

Sheikh Kamal (Birth: Gopalganj, Aug 5, 1949) – Sheikh Kamal was the eldest son of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. He was a freedom fighter. He was the founder of Abahani Krira Chakra. He also played significant roles in the 1966 movement for self-determination, and the 1969 mass uprising.

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