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Salahuddin return depends on Indian decision: Kamal

State minister for home affairs Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has said they are awaiting the Indian government’s decision regarding the repatriation of Salahuddin Ahmed, joint secretary general of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), from Shillong, India. The BNP leader is currently undergoing treatment at a local Shillong hospital. “The Indian government is yet to inform us about Salauddin’s arrest in Shillong. ...

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Taranco meets Tarique

United Nations Assistant Secretary-General Oscar Fernandez-Taranco has recently met with BNP Senior Vice Chairman Tarique Rahman, highly-placed sources told The Independent yesterday. Tarique, also the elder son of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, has been living in the United Kingdom since 2008. The meeting between Taranco and Tarique took place in London before the elections to Dhaka North, Dhaka South and ...

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Khaleda charged with Jatrabari arson attack

Detectives press charges against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and 37 others for the January 23 arson attack at Jatrabari that left one killed and 31 burnt. Detectives today pressed charges against Khaleda and 37 others, mostly her party men, allegedly for carrying out subversive activities by petrol bomb attack on a passenger bus in the capital’s Jatrabari in January. The ...

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Salahuddin’s wife reaches Kolkata, several BNP leaders already in Shillong

Senior BNP leader Salahuddin Ahmed’s wife Hasina Ahmed has reached Kolkata and will travel to Shillong through Guwahati on Monday. Ahmed, who was recently arrested in the Indian state of Meghalaya, continues to receive treatment at the Shillong Civil Hospital with no improvement in his health condition. Hasina arrived in Kolkata on Sunday evening on an Air India flight. Tabith ...

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Salahuddin probe stalled

BNP leader Salahuddin Ahmed could not be produced in court on Saturday by Meghalaya police in view of his ‘failing health’. Doctors at Shillong Civil Hospital are continuing his treatment based on his heart and kidney test reports. They did not see an immediate possibility of Ahmed’s release in the next few days. East Khasi Hills police superintendent M Kharkrang ...

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Another earthquake shakes parts of Bangladesh

A moderate tremor has hit Nepal, sending shockwaves across Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka and parts of the country. The 5.7 magnitude quake’s epicentre was at Ramechhap, some 76 km from capital Kathmandu, the USGS said. It followed a mild 4.8 magnitude tremor in the morning. There was no immediate report of damage after Saturday evening’s earthquake. A major 7.8 magnitude quake ...

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CBI says not involved in Salahuddin case yet

India’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is closely monitoring the developments on the Salahuddin Ahmed case, even as it says that the department is not yet involved in the case. “We have not taken any action. Neither we have filed any case in this (Salalhuddin Ahmed case)…the entire episode is being handled by the Meghalaya police and the Ministry of ...

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Sheikh Hasina inaugurates bridge named after her in Chapainawabganjt

A bridge, named after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, has been opened by her in Chapainawabganj connecting half a million residents of seven Upazilas with the town. The prime minister inaugurated the ‘Sheikh Hasina Bridge’ on Mahananda River at Sadar Upazila on Saturday during a visit there. “Seven Upazilas of Chapainawabganj were cut off from the town hampering communication and economic ...

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Govt ill-treating jailed BNP leaders: Khaleda

STAFF REPORTER : Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Chairperson Khaleda Zia has expressed deep concern over reports that many of the party leaders and activists, including the party’s acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, are seriously ill in jail. In a press statement issued yesterday, Khaleda called upon the government to restore political coexistence and an environment for healthy competitive ...

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Muhith hints at reducing tax rates in next budget

The government is planning to bring the largest possible number of people within the tax net this year by reducing the tax rates. Finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith confirmed this at the 36th consultative meeting on the upcoming budget, organised by the National Board of Revenue (NBR) and the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI), at ...

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