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Bangladesh opposition leader arrested for ‘plotting’ with Israeli


DHAKA: Bangladesh police have arrested a senior official from the main opposition party and accused him of plotting against the state following his meeting with an Israeli political adviser, an official said Monday. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government is stepping up a crackdown on political opponents in Muslim-majority Bangladesh, which is also reeling from a wave of killings blamed on ... Read More »

42 UP chairman candidates elected unopposed in 5th phase


Forty-two chairman candidates– all from Awami League– have been elected uncontested in the 5th phase of Union Parishad (UP) election slated for May 28. A total of 3,254 chairman contestants — 1,727 from 15 political parties and 1,527 independent ones– are in the election race to 729 UPs after the withdrawal of candidatures till May 12, UNB reports. Earlier, some ... Read More »

Aslam Chowdhury put on 7-day remand


A Dhaka court today placed BNP joint secretary general Aslam Chowdhury and his personal assistant Asaduzzaman Mia on a seven-day remand each over alleged plot with Israel to topple Bangladesh government. Metropolitan Magistrate Md Sharafatuzzaman Ansari passed the order after DB inspector Golam Rabbani produced them before the court with a 10-day remand petition for interrogation on Monday.On Sunday, Aslam ... Read More »

Militant arrested over murder of Xulhaz


DHAKA: Bangladesh police have arrested a suspected militant over the hacking to death of two gay rights activists, part of a spate of murders of intellectuals, writers and religious minorities, officers said Sunday. Xulhaz Mannan, an editor of a magazine, and fellow activist Mahbub Tonoy were murdered in a Dhaka apartment last month by about six men carrying machetes and ... Read More »

BNP leader Aslam Chy arrested


BNP’s newly appointed Joint Secretary General Aslam Chowdhury was arrested in the capital for his alleged involvement in a oust-government plot this afternoon, hours after police authorities had announced that he would be arrested wherever he is seen. Maruf Hossain Sorder, deputy commissioner (media) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, confirmed The Daily Star about the arrest in Dhaka’s Kuril area, which ... Read More »

Probe body blames SWIFT for Bangladesh Bank heist


Global financial network SWIFT is primarily responsible for the hacking of the Bangladesh Bank reserve, head of a committee probing the sensational heist said today. SWIFT now is telling that its job is to provide solutions and it is the responsibility of the client to ensure the safety of the system, Mohammed Farashuddin added. Malware made by either Pakistani or ... Read More »

Mobile phone users to get call drop compensation from July


Mobile phone operators will give free minutes to its users as compensation for every case of call drop and network failure. The decision came at a meeting between Tarana Halim, state minister for Telecom, and chief executive officers of the mobile phone operators. The meeting was held at the minister’s office today. As per the decision, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission ... Read More »

PM flies to London today


Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina leaves Dhaka for London today en route to Bulgaria on a three-day official visit to Bulgarian capital Sofia to attend the Global Women Leaders Forum. Apart from joining the forum, the PM will hold official talks with her Bulgarian counterpart Boyko Borissov, PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said. A VVIP flight (BG-005) of Biman Bangladesh Airlines ... Read More »

Power, more power


The Jatiya Party boss had no alternative but to appoint his wife Raushan Ershad as the party's senior co-chair to avoid a possible split and to keep his otherwise topsy-turvy organisation in one piece ahead of its eighth national council held in the capital yesterday. Through the council at Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh, HM Ershad has further consolidated his power ... Read More »

Home Minister terms Buddhist monk murder as a stray incident


Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has termed the killing of Bandarban Buddhist monk as a stray incident and pointed finger at the relatives of the victim.The Minister came up with this statement in response of a query by the reporters at the Rajshahi University today, hours into the Buddhist monk murder.“It is an isolated incident and the victim’s relatives are ... Read More »

Lightning takes 17 more lives in 11 districts


At least 17 people were killed after being struck by lightning during the storm at different parts of the country, raising the death toll from such incidents to 49 in two days. Three people were killed in Rajbari while two each in Dhaka, Tangail, Naogaon and Sunamganj, and one each in Chittagong, Joypurhat, Kurigram, Gaibandha, Chandpur, Kishoreganj. A total of ... Read More »

BNP shrugs off allegation of Mossad connection


Dismissing State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam's allegation that BNP is plotting with Mossad to return to power, its secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Friday said their party has no link with the Israeli intelligence agency. "The state minister for foreign affairs has said they've enough evidence that BNP is conspiring with Mossad for which they can ... Read More »

Pakistan to move UN on hanging of war criminals


Pakistan Prime minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz today said the country will raise the issue of the hanging of Jamaat-e-Islami leaders in Bangladesh at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and with other countries. Speaking in the Senate, he regretted the executions of political opponents by the Bangladesh government, saying that the Muslim world and the international community ... Read More »

SWIFT says second bank hit by malware attack


SWIFT, the global financial messaging network that banks use to move billions of dollars every day, warned on Thursday of a second malware attack similar to the one that led to February's $81 million cyberheist at the Bangladesh central bank. The second case targeted a commercial bank, SWIFT spokeswoman Natasha de Teran said, without naming it. SWIFT said in a ... Read More »

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