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4 burnt as buses torched in Dhaka

4 burnt as buses torched in Dhaka

A bus was set afire by unidentified miscreants at Tantibazar in Old Dhaka this morning. The arson attack took place amid the nationwide blockade enforced by the BNP-led 20-party alliance.

Road crashes in 4 districts kill 15

Road crashes in 4 districts kill 15

At least 15 people were killed and nine injured in separate road accidents in Mymensingh, Jhenidah, Munshiganj and Narayanganj districts today. In Mymensingh, five people including two women were killed as a passenger bus collided head-on with a CNG-run auto-rickshaw in the Sadar upazila this evening. The identities of the deceased could not be known...

26 killed as attacks rock Egypt’s Sinai

26 killed as attacks rock Egypt’s Sinai

Militants fired a barrage of rockets and set off a car bomb late on Thursday killing at least 26 people, mostly soldiers, in Egypt’s North Sinai province. The deadly assaults were swiftly claimed by the Egyptian affiliate of the Daesh group that has captured chunks of territory in Syria and Iraq. Jihadists have regularly attacked...

53 held in Chandpur, Satkhira

Law enforcers in overnight drives detained at least 53 people from different parts of Chandpur and Satkhira districts on Friday for their suspected plans to commit criminal offences in the areas. Police detained 23 people from different parts of Chandpur district during separate overnight raids from Thursday night to Friday morning, reports our Chandpur correspondent.  Of them, 15 people belong to BNP while 8 to Jamaat-e-Islami politics said Md Amir Zafar, superintendent of police in Chandpur. The arrestees were also accused...

Saudi King Salman reshuffles cabinet

Saudi King Salman reshuffles cabinet

King Salman of Saudi Arabia has announced a major cabinet reshuffle, a week after he acceded to the throne. The chief of intelligence and the head of the national security council have both been replaced. Other top officials, including the ministers of defence, oil, and foreign affairs, have kept their jobs. The governor of Mecca and...

3 ‘JCD’ men held for Keraniganj arson

3 ‘JCD’ men held for Keraniganj arson

Detectives today claimed to arrest three activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), student wing of BNP, who were involved in arson attack in Dhaka that burnt two people last week. Those arrested were identified as Fazal Mia, 22, Khairul Islam 26, and Shawkat Islam, 24, held from South Keraniganj in the outskirts of the...

8 bodies pulled out from capsized Bay trawler

8 bodies pulled out from capsized Bay trawler

The members of Coast Guard today recovered eight bodies of the overseas jobseekers from inside the Malaysia bound trawler that sank off the Kutubdia coast in the Bay with 100 people on board on Thursday. Tarek Mostafa, contingent commander of Kutubdia Coast Guard said that they recovered the eight bodies from the bottom layer...

Excessive force not answer to violence: Amnesty

Excessive force not answer to violence: Amnesty

Amnesty International has condemned Bangladesh government’s move to use “excessive police force” tackling ongoing violence during the BNP-led 20-party alliance blockade. The global rights watchdog also has called upon the BNP to “exhort their members and supporters to stop politically-motivated criminal acts” in a report published yesterday. Pulling up reference to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s...

ICC declares umpires for World Cup 2015

ICC declares umpires for World Cup 2015

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the umpire and match referee for the pool stage matches of the World Cup 2015, a press release issued today said. Marais Erasmus and Nigel Llong will be the on-field umpires for the tournament opener between New Zealand and Sri Lanka in Christchurch on 14 February. S...

14-party holds gayebana janazas for arson victims

14-party holds gayebana janazas for arson victims

The ruling Awami League-led 14-party alliance today held a gayebana janaza for the innocent victims of the violence in the BNP-led 20-party alliance’s countrywide blockade. Scores of people including senior leaders and activists of the ruling Awami League and its political allies attended the janaza held at the national mosque Baitul Mukarram after Juma...

Daughter of Ittefaq’s ex-acting editor found dead in Dhaka

The daughter of late Akhtarul Alam, former acting editor of daily Ittefaq, was found dead at her Rampura residence in Dhaka today. The body of Fahmida Akhtar, 50, was found with her hands and legs tied up with rope, an official of the Rampura Police Station told The Daily Star seeking anonymity. The motive of the murder could not be ascertained but police place the time of murder sometime last night. An investigation into the incident is underway. Further detail in this...

20-party to continue with blockade: Rizvi

20-party to continue with blockade: Rizvi

The BNP-led 20-party alliance will continue with its nationwide indefinite blockade, said BNP Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi today.   The statement came a day after the education minister called upon the alliance to withdraw their agitation programme during the upcoming SSC examinations beginning Monday. “The blockade which has been gradually taken to its momentum should have to be continued,” Rizvi said in a statement this afternoon.   Nazrul Islam Khan, a standing committee member of BNP, last night said the liaison committee of the alliance will take the decision on whether the blockade will be continue or withdrawn. However, he did not mention any date for the meeting of the committee....

Pakistan mosque blast kills 54

Pakistan mosque blast kills 54

At least 54 people were killed and 55 others were injured in an explosion inside a central imambargah (mosque affiliated with Shia Muslims) in Sindh province's Shikarpur district on Friday, reports The Dawn. Civil Hospital Shikarpur issued a list of 49 victims out of whom 46 bodies had been identified whereas the identity of...

Cattle trader beaten dead by BSF in Benapole

Cattle trader beaten dead by BSF in Benapole

A Bangladeshi cattle trader was beaten to death by members of Indian Border Force (BSF) on Putkhali frontier here early Friday. The deceased was identified as Alim Khandker, 30, son of Yusuf Khandker, a resident of the Kashiani upazila of Gopalganj district. BSF troops of Angrail camp of India took him to the camp and...

72-hr hartal from Sunday

72-hr hartal from Sunday

The BNP-led 20-party alliance has called a countrywide 72-hour hartal from Sunday protesting threats by Awami League leaders to arrest Khaleda Zia. In a press release this evening, BNP Joint Secretary General Rizvi Ahmed said they will enforce the shutdown across the country from 6:00am the day after tomorrow. The hartal also meant to protest...

Why Modi was unhappy with Sujatha

Why Modi was unhappy with Sujatha

Over the past six months, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is learnt to have been repeatedly unhappy with the MEA and particularly with former foreign secretary Sujatha Singh's leadership, which failed to keep pace with his bigger interests, reports The Times of India. Where Sujatha Singh and the PMO diverged was her inability —...

Threat to cut off water, power lines to Khaleda’s office

Threat to cut off water, power lines to Khaleda’s office

Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan today threatened BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia that electricity and gas connections to her office will be cut off and food supply will be barred if she does not withdraw blockade by February 2. "If you do not withdraw the blockade and hartal by February 2, you will be confined in...

England beat India to reach final

England beat India to reach final

England reached the final of the one-day tri-series courtesy of a three-wicket victory over India in Perth. India batted first and collapsed from 83-0 to 200 all out, with Steven Finn taking 3-36 and Ajinkya Rahane top-scoring with a patient 73. England were in deep trouble at 66-5 but were rescued by a sixth-wicket partnership of 125 between James Taylor (82) and Jos Buttler (67). England will play Australia in the final at the same venue on Sunday. Eoin Morgan's side have lost both of their games against the hosts in the tournament. The final will be England's last one-day international before the World Cup starts on 14 February, although they also have warm-ups against West Indies and Pakistan. Reigning world champions India, who failed to register a win in the tri-series, have warm-up games against Australia and Afghanistan.

Jayanthi Natarajan quits Congress

Jayanthi Natarajan quits Congress

Former Union Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan on Friday quit from the primary membership of the Congress citing “humiliating treatment” in the manner in which she was shunted out of the Ministry in 2013 and the refusal of the high command for over a year to hear her defence, reports The Hindu. She also welcomed the comment of Union Environment Minister Prakash Javedekar in New Delhi that all the files relating to projects she had mentioned in a letter to Sonia Gandhi, for which “inputs” of Rahul Gandhi were factored in to make the final decision, would be reviewed. Addressing a press conference in Chennai, a visibly emotional Natarajan said the reporting...

No decision yet on SSC exam deferment: Nahid

No decision yet on SSC exam deferment: Nahid

The education ministry is yet to come up with any decision on whether the SSC examinations will be deferred or not following the BNP-led alliance’s call for a 72-hour countrywide hartal from Sunday. “We still believe that the human values will prevail in their minds and they will call off their programme considering the...

4 injured in Dhaka bomb blasts

4 injured in Dhaka bomb blasts

Four people suffered splinter injuries in crude bomb blasts at Palashi and Mirpur in Dhaka this evening.  Jibon, 30, and Monir, 35, were rushed to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), said Assistant Sub-Inspector Sentu Das of DMCH Police Camp. The incident took place around 9:30pm when some unidentified miscreants hurled crude bombs at Mirpur-11,...

Ex-DCC ward councillor held from Wari

Ex-DCC ward councillor held from Wari

Police picked up a BNP leader and former ward councillor of the unified Dhaka City Corporation from Wari in the capital this evening. Mozzamel Hossain Mukta was detained in front of his residence in the area around 6:00pm. Tapan Chandra Saha, officer-in-charge of Wari Police Station, told The Daily Star that there were allegations of Mukta’s involvement with carrying out subversive activities in the capital.