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One Magura arson victim dies, 5 others in critical condition

REF: One of the victims burnt in the fire-bombing of a truck in Magura has died.Five other victims burnt in the incident on Saturday night at Mogirdhal area in Magura Sadar are said to be in critical condition, doctors said.


Resident Surgeon Partha Shankar Pal said that nine victims of the arson were admitted to the burns unit of the Dhaka Medical College & Hospital (DMCH) around 2:30am past midnight.

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Awami League picks Nasir to run for Chittagong mayor

REF: The ruling Awami League has chosen Chittagong metropolitan unit General Secretary AJM Nasir Uddin to run for mayor in the upcoming city corporations polls.The decision was taken at a meeting on Friday chaired by party chief and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in Dhaka, party’s Presidium Member Engineer Mosharraf Hossain said.

“AJM Nasir has been unanimously chosen as the mayoral candidate,” the public works minister told“Our leader [Hasina] has asked everyone to work with him,” he added.
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20 people burnt in Kishoreganj, Chittagong, Chapainawabganj firebombings

REF: At least 20 people have burnt in three incidents of firebombing in Kishoreganj, Chapainawabganj and Chittagong amid a BNP-sponsored nationwide blockade and a shutdown.

All three attacks took place around 11pm on Wednesday, police said.


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‘Blockade supporter’ killed in ‘gunfight’ with Sitakunda police

REF: Police arrested five injured blockade supporters following the gunfight at the Upazila’s Nunachhorha around 9pm on Saturday.
The arrestees, supporters of the BNP-led 20-Party Alliance, had attacked the vehicle of a patrol team with firearms and bombs, Sitakunda Police Station OC Iftekhar Hasan claimed.


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Violence may affect Bangladesh’s credit rating

REF: At present, Moody’s rating for Bangladesh is a stable Ba3.The present violence and the disruptions to trade and economic activity it is causing is described by Moody’s as “credit negative” for Bangladesh.It said in a statement that these disruptions since Jan 5 are adversely impacting on Bangladesh’s export performance, investment activity and economic growth.


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Moody’s made an interesting observation in its statement — it said political violence has ‘historically flared up in the run-up to elections’ and therefore its negative impact on the economy was shortlived.


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British envoy meets Khaleda, urges for confidence-building measures

REF: He made the call in a statement he read out after meeting Khaleda Zia at her office on Wednesday.All eyes were on the Gulshan office as he was the first diplomat to meet the BNP chairperson after Jan 5 when she called non-stop blockade marred by violence.


At least 60 people have died so far since the transport blockade began, most burnt to death in fire-bombings.Gibson had nearly an hour-long one-on-one meeting with the former prime minister.

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Fire bomb attacks burn nine bus riders, two truckers in Bangladesh

REF: Suspected anti-government demonstrators have fire-bombed a bus in Feni and a truck in Netrokona, leaving 11 people burnt.Both arson attacks took place on Tuesday night amid the ongoing nationwide transport blockade and shutdown called by the BNP and its allies.

Nine people were burnt when a bus caught fire after assailants hurled petrol bombs at it at Feni’s Dagonbhuiyan Upazila.The bus was crossing the Upazila’s Amirgaon area when it came under the attack around 9:30pm.


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Long-haul buses will not operate after 9pm across Bangladesh

REF: Long-haul buses will stay off the road after 9pm until further notice amid the ongoing BNP-sponsored blockade in which hundreds of vehicles have been damaged across Bangladesh.Transport owners accepted the government’s decision on the matter on Monday at a meeting presided over by State Minister for Home Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal in Dhaka.

Arson attacks on buses and trucks on highways have killed at least 50 people since Jan 5 when BNP chief Khaleda Zia called the indefinite blockade.


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BNP says PM’s visit to Khaleda’s office was pretentious

REF: BNP leader Ruhul Kabir Rizvi has called Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to Khaleda Zia’s office to console her after the death of her youngest son “pretentious”.In a statement on Sunday, he said the party had taken her visit ‘positively’ but could realise that it was a ‘farce’ after getting the news about the lawsuit against the BNP chairperson.


The prime minister went to Khaleda’s office on Saturday evening following the news of her son Arafat Rahman Coco’s death but was turned away without an audience.
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Latif Siddique loses all for a moment of madness

REF:  Senior politician Abdul Latif Siddique has been stripped of both his Cabinet and Awami League’s Presidium positions over his snide remarks about the Hajj and now he is apparently going to be expelled from the party.


The 77-year old put everything on the line when he decried the Hajj and Tabligh Jamaat as ‘useless activity’ at a programme in New York on Sept 28, sparking a furore.


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