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Banning Jamaat not possible now: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said it is not possible to ban Jamaat-e-Islami through executive order as a writ petition regarding banning the party remains pending with the High Court. The premier said this when a delegation Kawmi Madrasa called on her at her Gono Bhaban residence in the capital this evening. Hasina assured […]

Police have granted the Hifazat-e-Islam permission to hold their Saturday rally at Motijheel amidst widespread criticism. “The Hifazat-e-Islam has been permitted to hold a peaceful rally on Saturday from 11am to 5pm at Shapla Chattar area,” Dhaka Metropolitan Detective Police Deputy Commissioner Masudur Rahman told bdnews24.com on Thursday. The Hifazat had applied for the permission […]

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About 300 people were killed and 9,800 others injured in clashes between the BNP, Jamaat-Shibir, law enforcers and ruling party men across the country in last one month, according to estimates of opposition parties. A total 12,000 people were arrested following the clashes. Four lakh people  including  leaders and workers of the BNP and Jamaat  […]

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Twenty-seven organisations including Sector Commanders’ Forum, Ekatturer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee and Sammilita Sanghkritik Jote have called a 24-hour shutdown from Friday 6:00pm to prevent the long march of the Hefajat-e Islam and demanding a ban on Jamaat-Shibir politics. The other demand of the organisations includes trial of war criminals who committed crimes against humanity […]

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Voicing deep concern over the attacks on the minorities US Ambassador Dan Mozena on Thursday said attacks on the Bangladeshi minorities are not acceptable and these must stop now. “I’m deeply sad. I’m deeply sad for these attacks. These attacks on Bangladeshi minority communities are not acceptable. These attacks are against spirit of the nation,” […]

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Two hydrological surveys of the Teesta river, one by West Bengal’s Irrigation department and the other by a hydrologist appointed by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, have come up with findings that calls the bluff on her opposition to the water-sharing treaty which India wants to sign with Bangladesh. Contrary to Banerjee’s claim that sharing the […]

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Govt plan to start 14 gas-guzzling power plants faces uncertainty Many gas-based power projects are facing uncertainty as a two-year-old high gas supply projection of Petrobangla has proved wrong. The government is implementing in the next two years 14 large gas-based and three dual-fuel (gas or oil) power projects with close to 6,000 megawatt capacity […]

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 Prime Minster Sheikh Hasina on Thursday sought Chinese investment in Bangladesh for narrowing the trade gap between the two friendly countries. “We’ll welcome Chinese investment in the country, especially in textiles, agro-processing, energy and power, pharmaceuticals, communications and infrastructure development. This will reduce the trade gap between the two countries,” she said when Chinese Ambassador […]

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Accusing the government of trying to foil Hefajat-e-Islam’s long march programme, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Thursday warned that it will be held responsible if any anarchy is created by resisting the Islamic group’s peaceful programme. “Hefajat-e-Islam says it wants to stage their programme peacefully. The government is trying to create a chaos in the […]

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 A delegation of Ulema-Mashaikh (Islamic scholars) met the Prime Minister on Thursday night and placed a six-point demand, including the facebook blocking and the arrest of the bloggers who are reportedly hurting the religious sentiment of people. Their other demands are passing a bill in the next session of Parliament ensuring the respect for the […]

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The ‘Ganajagaran Mancha’ will enforce a nationwide blockade of road, rail and water transports from 6pm on Friday to 4pm on Saturday. The mass protest platform’s spokesperson Imran H Sarker made the announcement from Shahbagh on Thursday evening. The programme has been called in protest at the long march by radical group Hiafzat-e Islam slated […]

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 BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Thursday said the responsibility of any possible trouble during Hefajat-e Islam’s long march towards Dhaka must go to the government. Addressing a press conference after a party meeting at its Nayapaltan central office, the BNP spokesman also said, “The government must be held responsible for any […]

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