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Court rejects Khaleda’s petition, adjourned till Apr 25

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Dhaka Special Judge’s Court 3 on Sunday rejected a petition filed by Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia to cross examine again the investigation officer of Zia Charitable Trust graft case. The court also adjourned the court’s activities till April 25 asking the Khaleda’s lawyers to get an order from the High Court after they said they would file appeal ... Read More »

PM meets President

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday paid a courtesy call on President Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban. During the meeting, the President and the Prime Minister exchanged Bangla New Year greetings. They also greeted the people of the country on the occasion and expressed satisfaction over the observance of Pahela Baishakh peacefully amid festivity across the country.President's press secretary Joynal Abedin ... Read More »

Ban on visitors’ entry at Dhaka airport lifted

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The Civil Aviation Authorities lifted restriction on entry of visitors to concourse hall at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport today, six months into imposing it over security grounds. On October 26, 2015, the airport authorities banned entry of visitors there as UK’s Department for Transport (DfT) said it had security lapses. ALSO READ: Bangladesh beefs up security at international airports The DfT made ... Read More »

Joy asks Imran Sarkar to apologise

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Prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s son Sajeeb Wazed Joy on Sunday asked Ganajagaran Mancha spokesman Imran H Sarkar to apologise to the government for his statement protesting at the arrest and remand of journalist Shafik Rehman. Joy came up with the suggestion in a facebook post a day after Imran had posted a statement regarding the matter on his facebook account. ... Read More »

Study: Bangladesh to be 23rd largest economy by 2050

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Kayes Sohel UK-based PwC warns political instability, natural disasters to act as headwinds Bangladesh is projected to become 23rd biggest economy in the world in next 35 years, joining for the first time a list of newly emerging and established emerging economies, said a study. The country, now in 31st in the ranking, is seen to move up to 29th ... Read More »

Nine Yemenis arrive in Saudi Arabia from Guantanamo Bay 

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JEDDAH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has approved a request from Yemen’s President Abdu Rabbo Mansour Hadi to received 9 Yemeni detainees from the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. The relatives of the Yemenis, who are residents in Saudi Arabia, have requested from Saudi authorities to receive the freed men, the Security Spokesman of the Ministry of Interior ... Read More »

Japan quakes kill 29

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Two powerful earthquakes a day apart shook south-western Japan, killing at least 29 people, injuring 1,500, trapping many beneath flattened homes and sending thousands to seek shelter in gymnasiums and hotel lobbies. The exact number of casualties remained unclear as rescue efforts continued to unfold Saturday. Oncoming rains could further complicate the relief operation and set off more mudslides in ... Read More »

Fakhrul demands Shafik Rehman’s immediate release

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BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has demanded the immediate release of Shafik Rehman, an adviser to the party chief Khaleda Zia, who was picked up by detectives today. “We are very worried and concerned as plain-clothes detectives picked him up around 8:00am,” Fakhrul said while talking to reporters during a visit to Goalpara in Thakurgaon pourasava area. He ... Read More »

DB men posing as TV crew detain Rehman: Wife

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Detectives posed as television crew when they entered the residence of Shafik Rehman in Eskaton to detain him this morning, family claimed. After entering the house around 6:00am, three detectives told the caretaker of the house, named Mollah that they came to take Rehman to Boishakhi Television, a private TV channel, Taleya Rehman, wife of Shafik Rehman, said. Read more: DB ... Read More »

Zia charitable graft: Khaleda to appear before court tomorrow

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BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will appear before a Dhaka court tomorrow in Zia Charitable Trust graft case. She is expected to reach the court by 10:30am tomorrow, her lawyer Sanaullah Miah told The Daily Star. On April 7, the High Court cleared the way for a lower court to continue the trial proceedings against Khaleda in the case after rejecting her petition ... Read More »

No IS in Bangladesh: Home boss

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Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Friday categorically said there is no presence of Middle East-based militant outfit Islamic State (IS) in Bangladesh. "I would like to say unequivocally that IS has no base or organisational existence in Bangladesh," he told reporters at his Dhanmondi residence. The minister came up with the remark replying to a question over the reported interview ... Read More »

Sex trafficking of young Syrian women shocks Lebanon

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BEIRUT — Back in Syria, the young women were told they would get well-paid jobs at restaurants and hotels in Lebanon. But when they arrived, their belongings and mobile phones were taken away, and the women were locked up in two hotels north of Beirut and forced into prostitution. What followed was an ordeal of beatings, torture and abuse — until ... Read More »

OPEC cuts forecast for 2016 demand growth

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LONDON: OPEC has cut its forecast for global oil demand growth in 2016 and warned of further reductions citing concern about Latin America and China, pointing to a larger supply surplus this year. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries also said top exporter Saudi Arabia kept output steady in March — a sign Riyadh is serious about a plan ... Read More »

French government divided on head scarf ban at universities

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PARIS/MADRID: France’s prime minister says he’d favor a ban on Muslim head scarves in universities, prompting criticism from within his own government. In an interview with the daily Liberation, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said France should “protect” French Muslims from extremist ideology. He said the head scarf, when worn for political reasons, oppresses women and is not “an object of ... Read More »

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