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‘I was tortured in custody’

Probir tells court before being placed on 3-day remand Journalists form a human chain in front of the Jatiya Press Club yesterday demanding unconditional release of Probir Sikdar. A Faridpur court yesterday placed the newsman on three-day remand in a case filed under the ICT Act. Some top cops in Faridpur threatened journalist Probir Sikdar, […]

Press briefing at BNP’s Naya Paltan headquarters The BNP has demanded a fresh investigation into the assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman which has been tried. Five persons had already been executed over the killing of Bangladesh’s founding father. BNP spokesperson Asaduzzaman Ripon raised the demand on Tuesday following the comments of Sheikh Mujib’s nephew […]

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RAB produced before media three suspected militants of Ansarullah Bangla Team arrested from Dhaka on Tuesday. It says the mastermind in the killings of secular bloggers Avijit Roy and Ananta Bijoy Das is among the arrestees. RAB says a team of five assailants hacked to death writer-blogger Avijit Roy at the Ekushey Book Fair and […]

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 Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith on Tuesday said it is difficult for the microcredit receivers to make profit taking loan with 27 percent service charge. “The financial service charge of the microcredit institutions is still high. The loan receivers face difficulties to bear the charge. It’s difficult for them to make margin on the […]

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A Bangladesh Chhatra League leader was killed in a “gunfight” between his associates and Rab members early yesterday, around 12 hours after he and his friends allegedly beat a teenage boy to death in the capital’s Hazaribagh area. In Magura, former BCL leader Mehedi Hasan Ajibor, an accused in a case over the July 23 […]

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Former minister Suranjit Sengupta now heads the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs. Aggrieved over journalist Probir Sikdar’s arrest and remand, senior Awami League leader Suranjit Sengupta has said a conscious human being cannot just act normal over the incident. Sikdar stands accused in a case under the ICT […]

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Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu said the incident of arresting journalist Probir Sikdar was ‘unfortunate’ and the LGRD Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain claimed they were left with ‘no other choice but to arrest the journalist’. Minister Inu said the incident of Probir’s arrest would not hamper the freedom of media and said that the government […]

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Bangladesh have won the SAFF Under-16 Championship for the first time by beating defending champions India in a penalty shootout. The hosts prevailed over their neighbours 4-2 after remaining deadlocked one-all in 90 minutes of normal time at the Sylhet District Stadium on Tuesday. Having won all their group matches, Bangladesh became the undefeated champions […]

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Detectives yesterday arrested BNP chairperson’s Adviser Shawkat Mahmud in the city’s Panthapath area. Dhaka Metropolitan Police Deputy Commissioner (media) Muntasirul Islam said Shawkat was arrested in three cases related to arson attacks on vehicles, vandalising vehicles and crude bomb blasts in the city’s Jatrabari area in January. Plainclothes police obstructed Shawkat, also president of a […]

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will travel to New Delhi on Wednesday to attend the funeral of President Pranab Mukherjee’s wife Suvra Mukherjee, her press secretary says. Mukherjee’s wife died on Tuesday morning at the age of 74. Suvra Mukherjee’s ancestral home is in Bhadrabila village in Narhail district. She was suffering from respiratory problems and […]

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A Comilla court has sent BNP Standing Committee Member MK Anwar to prison after turning down his bail plea in two mayhem cases. Judge Shuhudullah Kaiser of Comilla’s Fifth Cognisance Court gave the order on Tuesday after Anwar appeared before him in the morning. The senior BNP leader was represented at the hearing by 50 […]

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Syed Badrul Ahsan* There was the urbane in Mohammad Ali Jinnah. Steeped in modernity as he was, he could have been a prominent figure in the politics of the West, with which he liked to identify himself. And yet there were in him all those little instances of behavior and outlook which rendered him petty. […]

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