Khaleda Zia jailed for five years in corruption case

Asianbarta : A court in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, has sentenced former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to five years in jail in a corruption case. Judge Md Akhtaruzzaman of the Special Court-5 on Thursday sentenced the two-time former prime minister to rigorous imprisonment, according to the Daily Star newspaper. Zia, the chairperson of the country’s main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), along with five ... Read More »

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 »

Once again AL, BNP plan big showdown for Jan 5

Asianbarta : Ruling Awami League and its political arch-rival BNP are getting prepared to stage a massive showdown tomorrow (January 5), the fourth anniversary of the last parliamentary election, in differing views. Both the parties have called for rallies tomorrow. Awami League will herald the day as “Victory Day for Democracy” and hold two separate central rallies at Banani field ... Read More »

Money laundering: AB Bank ex-chairman M Wahidul Haque at ACC

Asianbarta : The Anti-Corruption Commission started interrogating former chairman of AB Bank M Wahidul Haque this morning over “laundering Tk 165 crore” to UAE. The interrogation started at ACC headquarters around 9:00am, commission’s Press Relations Officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya told The Daily Star. Wahidul Haque, along with AB Bank’s vice chairman and a director, resigned from the bank’s board of ... 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 »

Baby falls off mother’s lap during mugging, dies

Asianbarta :A five-month-old baby fell off his mother’s lap and died when snatchers tried to grab a purse off a moving rickshaw in Dhaka’s Doyaganj area early this morning. The mother, Akhlima, told journalists that she was heading to her sister’s house on a rickshaw around 6:00am when two-to-three snatchers grabbed her purse and tugged. The baby, Arafat, fell off ... 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 »

Winter warmer, delayed due to depression in Bay of Bengal

Asianbarta : Winter temperatures continue to feel warmer and warmer in Bangladesh. Compared to last year, this day is almost one degree warmer.   On this day last year, the country’s lowest temperature was 10.3 degree Celsius in Tetulia while today’s lowest is recorded 11.5 degree Celsius in Satkhira, Md Shaheenul Islam, meteorologist at the Bangladesh Meteorological Department, told The Daily ... Read More »