Subhan’s indictment decision now Dec 31

Subhan’s indictment decision now Dec 31

A Dhaka tribunal will decide on December 31 whether it will frame charges against Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdus Subhan for his alleged involvement in crimes against humanity and genocide during the Liberation War in 1971. The tribunal was scheduled to take

This July 15 Focus Bangla photo shows buses set alight by pickets on Dhaka-Chittagong highway in Naryanganj during the hartal enforced by Jamaat-e-Islami.

2 more blockade victims die

Two more victims who suffered burn and bullet injuries in Gazipur and Joypurhat during the BNP-led 18-party opposition alliance-called countrywide blockade programme died today. Al-Amin, 28, a bus driver of Savar died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital this morning.  He

Rangpur hartal progressing peacefully

The 48-hour hartal enforced by the Jatiya Party in Rangpur division is progressing peacefully today. No incident of violence was reported from the division till filing the report around 11:00am, reports our Rangpur correspondent. However, the roads were empty and

Truck torched in Barisal

Miscreants set fire to a goods-laden truck on Dhaka-Barisal highway in Barisal city early today. None was reported hurt in the arson which took place during the second day of the BNP-led 18-party opposition-sponsored countrywide 72-hour blockade of roads, rail

Eminent citizens slam Pakistan

Eminent citizens today lambasted Pakistan for its concern over execution of Jamaat leader Abdul Quader Mollah and described the move as interference in Bangladesh’s internal affairs. “Judiciary across the globe is considered to be independent. None of the nations has

AMA Muhith. File photo

US awaiting explanation on JS polls: Muhith

The United States is waiting for an official explanation of the Bangladesh government on holding January 5 elections, Finance Minister AMA Muhith said this afternoon quoting US Ambassador in Dhaka Dan W Mozena. During a meeting with Muhith at his secretariat office, Mozena

A view of the National Assembly of Pakistan

Dhaka protests Pak resolution

Pak envoy summoned; ''Beyond diplomatic norms,' Inu says about Pak NA action

The government has strongly protested the resolutions adopted by the Pakistan National Assembly and the Punjab Provincial Assembly on the war crimes verdicts. “The government today strongly protested the resolutions adopted by the Pakistan National Assembly and the Punjab Provincial

JP’s 48-hr hartal in Rangpur div from tomorrow

JP’s 48-hr hartal in Rangpur div from tomorrow

The Jatiya Party has called a 48-hour hartal (shutdown) in Rangpur division for tomorrow demanding release of its party chief HM Ershad and protesting blasts at its district party office. The Rangpur city and district units of the JP came

Kazi Nazrul Islam avenue, one of the busiest roads in the capital, seems comparatively empty on Tuesday, first day of opposition's fresh 72-hour blockade programme. Photo: STAR

Slack blockade disrupts Dhaka life

Yet another spell of countrywide blockade is here and the people of the capital find their normal life disrupted as businesses remain shut, public vehicles off the roads, shopping malls padlocked and education hampered. Among the top hardest-hit people, uncertainty

154 set to be elected uncontested

154 set to be elected uncontested

A total of 154 aspirants are set to be elected uncontested in the January 5 parliamentary election as they have no contenders in their respective constituencies. Of the aspirants, 127 are from the ruling Awami League, 20 from Jatiya Party,

Retort in kind after victory day: AL

Awami League Joint General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif today said that after the victory day, any form of violence will be responded in kind. The statement came from other speakers as well in a meeting between Awami League central executive

Bangladeshi killed by compatriot in KSA

A Bangladeshi national was killed by his compatriot in Jeddah of Saudi Arabia after a heated argument about political issues back home, reports a Saudi-based English newspaper today. Saudi Gazette also reported that the identities of the deceased and the

Businessmen holding white flags in their hands during a human chain in the capital demanding an end to ongoing political crisis. Photo: Amran Hossain

Businesses cry for peace

With white flags in their hands, the country’s businessmen today held rallies across the country urging politicians to restore normalcy through a political consensus. “We want peace, political solution to this prevailing crisis. We want business-friendly environment in the country,”

Jamaat, Shibir continue terror

Jamaat-Shibir activists have continued to target the ruling party men and law enforcers to avenge the execution of war criminal Abdul Quader Mollah. The activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing, Islami Chhatra Shibir, today hurled petrol bombs at police

Ershad says won’t budge on polls boycott

Ershad says won’t budge on polls boycott

Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad reiterated through one of his advisers today that he would not step back from his decision to boycott the January 5 parliamentary election. “I and Jatiya Party will not participate in the election as it

Law enforcers and marauding Jamaat-Shibir activists take position on the both ends of a road during a clash in Bashirhat area in Companiganj of Noakhali today. So far six Shibir supporters were dead and 15 others including five policemen were injured in the clash. Photo: Focus Bangla

6 Shibir men killed in Noakhali clash

The activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing, Islami Chhatra Shibir, clashed with law enforcers in Companiganj upazila of Noakhali this afternoon, leaving six Shibir men dead and 15 injured. All the six died on the spot but three deaths

Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir

Ershad picked up for boycotting polls: Fakhrul

BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir today alleged that Jatiya Party chief HM Ershad has been picked up for boycotting “a staged-managed election”. “His detention has proved that there is sign of democracy in the country,” the BNP

Ruhul Amin Howlader. Star file photo

‘Ershad picked up for seeking fair polls’

 Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad has been picked up because of his repeated calls for a fair and transparent parliamentary election, the JP secretary general alleged today. “The way he was taken to hospital…it is normal that the leaders and

HM Ershad sits in a vehicle after law enforcers picked him up from his Baridhara residence. Photo: TV grab

Ershad, Howlader picked up

Law enforcers detained Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad and its Secretary General Ruhul Amin Howlader in the capital tonight, days after Ershad pulled out from the parliamentary polls. A joint team of police, Rab and detectives picked up the former

Jamaat hartal Sunday

Jamaat hartal Sunday

Jamaat-e-Islami has called a countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal for Sunday protesting execution of its leader Abdul Quader Mollah. In a statement this evening, acting Jamaat ameer Maqbul Ahmad termed the execution as murder. The Jamaat assistant secretary general was hanged at

Shibir man killed in Comilla

An activist of Islami Chhatra Shibir was killed and at least 38 including three cops were injured as police opened fire during a clash with Jamaat-Shibir activists in Monohorganj upazila of Comilla this evening. The deceased was identified as Anwar

UK Senior Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Baroness Sayeeda Warsi meets BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia at the latter's Gulshan residence in the capital this evening. Warsi said an inclusive election is necessary in Bangladesh for its stability. Photo: STAR

UK minister for inclusive polls

Visiting UK Senior Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Baroness Sayeeda Warsi today said an inclusive election is necessary in Bangladesh for its stability. In a meeting with BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, she also said the UK

Jamaat challenges registration cancellation

Jamaat-e-Islami today appealed to the Supreme Court against the High Court verdict that declared its registration with the Election Commission illegal making it unfit to contest the parliamentary polls. In the appeal, Jamaat prayed to the apex court to scrap

UN Assistant Secretary General Oscar Fernandez-Taranco addresses a press briefing at capital's Hotel Sonargaon this evening. He expressed hope that solution still possible if political will is there. Photo: Amran Hossain

Parties agree to continue talks: Taranco

UN Assistant Secretary General Oscar Fernandez-Taranco today said both the ruling Awami League and opposition BNP have agreed to continue the dialogue to end the ongoing political deadlock. “At the invitation of the UN Secretary General, senior representatives of Awami

This September file photo shows Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina meets United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York.

UN chief, Kerry call Hasina

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and US Secretary of State John Kerry today phoned Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to express their concern over the prevailing situation and countrywide violence. “Ban Ki-moon told the prime minister that he wants a peaceful election

Blockaders burn dead mother, minor daughter

Blockaders burn dead mother, minor daughter

A woman and her minor daughter were burnt dead and two were injured when activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and its student organisation Islami Chhatra Shibir set fire to a covered van at Bhogra bypass in Gazipur. The van came under attack

Jamaat bombs state minister’s Rajshahi house

The activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing, Islami Chhatra Shibir, set fire to a house of former state minister for industries Omar Faruk Chowdhury in Rajshahi city. They also vandalised 30 houses and hurled petrol bombs at those during

Jamaat warns of dire consequences

Jamaat warns of dire consequences

Jamaat-e-Islami has threatened of dire consequences if the party’s Assistant Secretary General Abdul Quader Mollah is executed. In a press release this evening, Jamaat acting secretary general Shafiqur Rahman termed it a conspiracy to kill Mollah adding: “If the government

Mollah lawyers rush to chamber judge, AG houses

Abdul Quader Mollah’s lawyers this evening rushed to the residences of the Supreme Court chamber judge and the attorney general with a stay petition for stopping his execution. Advocate Khandker Mahbub Hossain, Barrister Abdur Razzaq and Advocate Tajul Islam went

This February 15 photo shows a view of the mass gathering at Shahbagh demanding death penalty to all war criminals.

Hundreds gather at Shahbagh

Several hundred people gathered at Shahbagh Projonmo Chattar this evening after the authorities announced that war criminal Abdul Quader Mollah will be executed after midnight. Law enforcers have instructed the proprietors of roadside shops in the area to shut businesses

Jamaat Abdul Quader Mollah. Star file photo

Mollah prefers not to seek clemency

Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Mollah who has been sentenced to death for wartime offences did not seek president’s clemency. “He had one choice left. He could seek present’s clemency,” State Minister for Law Qamrul Islam said at a press briefing

Jamaat man killed in Naogaon clash

Jamaat man killed in Naogaon clash

A worker of Jamaat-e-Islami was killed and 20 were injured in a clash between the activists of Jamaat and ruling Awami League in Raninagar upazila of Naogaon this afternoon. Shukbar Ali, 60, died on his way to Rajshahi Medical College

Mollah execution stayed

Mollah execution stayed

Late evening move earns stay till 10:30am tomorrow

The execution of war criminal Abdul Quader Mollah has been stayed till 10:30am tomorrow following a late evening move the defence to seek review of the death penalty. “We have handed the stay order to the jail authorities,” Abdur Razzak,

Kabir Hossain Palash. Photo: SATR

JCD leader shot dead in Jessore

A leader of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), student wing of opposition BNP, was shot dead while another injured by miscreants in Jessore town this evening. Kabir Hossain Palash, JCD vice-president of the district, came under attack around 7:00pm while sitting

Visiting UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Oscar Fernández Taranco meets with BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia for the second time in two days this evening. They discussed various issues about the next national election. Photo: STAR

Taranco meets Khaleda again

Visiting UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Oscar Fernández Taranco this evening met with BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia for the second time in two days and discussed various issues about the next national election. “Various issues relating to the election

Picket sets fire to a human hauler in capital’s Jatrabari area on Monday. Amid the ongoing blockade, Jamaat-e-Islami which is a key component in the 18-party alliance called the nationwide daylong shutdown protesting death warrant against its leader Abdul Quader Mollah. Photo: Focus Bangla

Buses torched in capital

Blockaders torched two buses and vandalised a human hauler in the capital’s South Jatrabari and Sobhanbagh today, the third day of the countrywide blockade enforced by the BNP-led 18-party opposition alliance. Hartal picketers torched a bus at Sobhanbagh around 6:30pm,

Smokescreen created over resignation: Ershad

Smokescreen created over resignation: Ershad

Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad today said his party’s ministers tried to submit their resignation letters over the last three days but the prime minister was not available for an appointment. A smokescreen has been created over the resignation, he

This May 13 photo shows Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, the UN assistant secretary general for political affairs, addressing a press conference at a hotel in Dhaka.

Peaceful talks pre-condition for solution: Taranco

UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Oscar Fernández Taranco has expressed optimism about a peaceful solution to the prevailing political impasse. “I do believe that there is possibility of a peaceful solution to this current deadlock if we have a

Law enforcers are seen removing logs which were left by Islami Chhatra Shibir activists to block the Rajshahi-Naogaon highway at Shalbagan in Rajshahi city this morning. The opposition alliance has extended its countrywide blockade to 6:00am Friday to press its demands for rescheduling of the parliamentary election, installation of a non-party polls-time government and release of leaders. Photo: STAR

Blockade extended till 6am Friday

The opposition alliance has extended its countrywide blockade to 6:00am Friday to press its demands for rescheduling of the parliamentary election, installation of a non-party polls-time government and release of leaders. The announcement, which came through a video message, turned

Abdul Quader Mollah. Star file photo

Stop execution till review, Mollah urges

Condemned Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Mollah today served a legal notice asking the authorities not to execute him until disposal of a review petition to be filed challenging his death penalty. Defence counsel Abdul Razzaq sent the notice saying his

Rizvi, Hannan to be interrogated at jail gate

Rizvi, Hannan to be interrogated at jail gate

A Dhaka court today rejected both the bail and remand prayers of BNP leaders Rizvi Ahmed, ASM Hannan Shah and Belal Ahmed and sent them to jail in three cases. The court however allowed the investigators to interrogate the accused

BNP leader shot dead in Kushtia

A BNP leader and union parishad chairman was shot dead by unidentified miscreants in Kumarkhali upazila of Kushtia today. The deceased was identified as Munshi Rashidur Rahman, 45, joint secretary of Kumarkhali upazila unit BNP and chairman of Jagannathpur Union

JP secretary general meets president

Jatiya Party Secretary General Ruhul Amin Howlader this evening met with President Abdul Hamid to inquire about his health condition. They also discussed the country’s latest political situation including holding of a free, fair and inclusive general election, Hawlader told

Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmed speaks with Oscar Fernández Taranco, United Nations assistant secretary general for political affairs, at capital's Election Commission secretariat on Sunday. Photo: Focus Bangla
Demand for rescheduling JS polls

A lot can be done, CEC tells UN officials

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmed today said a lot of things are possible under the framework of law if a consensus is reached among political parties. The CEC said this at a meeting with an UN delegation headed

Hartal in Natore, Narail, Jhenidah Monday

The BNP-led 18-party opposition alliance has called dawn-to-dusk hartals in Natore, Narail and Jhenidah for tomorrow. BNP will enforce the hartal in Natore district while its student body Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) in Narail district and the 18-party combine in

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina met with President Abdul Hamid today at the Bangabhaban. Photo: PID

PM apprises president of ongoing situation

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina this evening apprised President Abdul Hamid of the ongoing situation of the country. She also discussed with the president about the funeral of South Africa’s anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandel where Hamid is going to attend. President’s

Bus torched in capital

Alleged opposition activists set fire to a bus in front of judge’s court in the old part of the capital this evening. The bus of Tanjil Paribahan was torched around 9:00pm ahead of Sunday hartal demanding immediate release of BNP

Oscar Fernández Taranco, UN assistant secretary-general for political affairs, meets with BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia at the latter's Gulshan residence in the capital this evening. Contents of the discussion between then were not available. Photo: Amran Hossain

Taranco meets Khaleda

Oscar Fernández Taranco, UN assistant secretary-general for political affairs, met with BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia this evening but the contents of the discussion were not available. The visiting UN official and the opposition leader had an hour long one-to-one parley

4 hurt in Chapainawabganj bomb blast

At least four people were injured as opposition activists blasted a crude bomb near the Awami League office in Chapainawabganj town this evening. The injured were named as Azizur Rahman Khan Pavel, the district unit vice president of Bangladesh Chhatra

UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Oscar Fernández Taranco meets with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the PM's Gano Bhaban residence in the capital this evening. Hasina told Taranco that deferring the election schedule is the jurisdiction of the Election Commission. Photo: BSS

Taranco urges deferring JS polls schedule

It's EC's jurisdiction, PM replies

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina told visiting Oscar Fernández Taranco, UN assistant secretary-general for political affairs, that deferring the election schedule is the jurisdiction of the Election Commission. Sheikh Hasina said this when Taranco, visiting Dhaka in a move to break