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Bangladesh ex-PM Khaleda Zia guilty of corruption

Asianbarta : Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda Zia has been sentenced to five years in jail for corruption. The verdict was read out in a court in Dhaka after police used tear gas to disperse thousands of her supporters. Ms Zia, 72, denies misusing international funds donated to a charitable children’s trust. The sentence means she is barred from parliamentary polls ... Read More »

14 more fall sick as hunger strike enters day 5

Asianbarta : Fourteen more fell sick as the hunger strike for enlistment of teachers into Monthly Payment Order (MPO) entered fifth day today, taking the sick tally of the demonstration to 85. Imran Bin Solaiman, organising secretary of Non-MPO Shikhya Pratishthan Shikhyak Karmachari Federation, confirmed of the development to The Daily Star this morning. What was a demonstration of about ... Read More »

The date-crushing peak season in Baneshwar

Md. Mehedi Hasan, Puthia (Rajshahi) correspondent: From the beginning of the winter, the trees of different villages of Puthia upazila of Rajshahi are now busy  collecting the juice from date palms. Work has already been completed in different villages. Gurn and Patali started to grow in the market. Paddy molasses in the area are found to be very good in ... Read More »

Voting begins at Rangpur city polls

Asianbarta : Voting in the Rangpur City Corporation (RCC) elections began on Thursday morning amid a four-tier security measure having the presence of over 5,500 security personnel. The balloting in 193 polling stations started at 8:00am and will continue till 4:00pm without any break. Meanwhile, the mayoral candidates of three leading political parties have cast their votes in different polling stations. ... Read More »

15 die in stampede at Mohiuddin’s kulkhwani

Asianbarta : Fifeen persons died and about 40 others were injured in a stampede at the kulkhwani of former Chittagong mayor Mohiuddin Chowdhury this afternoon. Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) Commissioner Iqbal Bahar told reporters after visiting Chittagong Medical College Hospital, reports our local staff correspondent. Many of the injured were attending treatment at the hospital, the commissioner said. The incident ... Read More »

DNCC mayor polls last week of February: EC

Asianbarta :The by-polls to the mayoral post of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) will be held in the last week of February next year, Acting Secretary of Election Commission Helal Uddin Ahmed said today. The EC will announce the polls schedule in the second week of January, the EC official told reporters at Nirbachon Bhaban in Agargaon area of Dhaka. ... Read More »

Bangladesh draws global attention to Rohingya issue

Asianbarta : Bangladesh has reiterated its support to the Rome Statute as it urges the world to bring an end to the culture of impunity and to work towards full implementation of the Statute. Bangladesh Ambassador to the Netherlands Sheikh Mohammed Belal made this statement at the 16th Assembly of States Parties of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in New ... Read More »

Khaleda should apologise for Aug 21 grenade attack: Hasina

Asianbarta : Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today asked her political archrival BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to apologise before the nation for “her many crimes including August 21 grenade attack”. “Khaleda should apologise before the nation as she committed crime like August 21 grenade attack,” Hasina told a questioner while addressing a press conference at Gono Bhaban in Dhaka this afternoon. ... Read More »

4 ‘JMB militants’ including northern unit chief held in Bogra

Asianbarta : A joint team of police arrested four suspected members of banned militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), including its Northern region’s military unit chief, from Mokamtola area in Shibganj upazila of Bogra early today. Tipped-off, district police and a team of police headquarters jointly conducted a drive in Mokamtola area around 1:00 am and arrested the four JMB ... Read More »