Category: Bangladesh

Myanmar separatist group Arakan Army leader Renin Su nabbed in Rangamati

REF: Police in Rangamati in Bangladesh’s Chittagong Hill Tracts say it has nabbed Renin Su, a top leader of the Myanmar separatist group, Arakan Army.


Masked gunmen kill Japanese national in Bangladesh

REF: Three masked gunmen have killed a Japanese man in Bangladesh, the second foreign national to be killed there within a week, raising alarms among the country’s foreign community.


Police said they had detained four suspects in connection with the shooting on Saturday of Kunio Hoshi, 65, in Rangpur district, 335km north of the capital, Dhaka, in an attack similar to the shooting on Tuesday of Italian national Cesare Tavella.

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Hasina surprised over foreign missions’ alert for its citizens in Bangladesh

REF: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has expressed surprise at the UK, US and Australia advising their nationals to limit their movements in Bangladesh. The countries claim to have reliable information that its citizens may be attacked by militants.

“Awami League leader Nazmul was murdered in New York city. Was an alert issued then?” she said while speaking to the media. Read more →

Death toll rises to three in clash with police in Tangail over ‘rape’ of woman before her son

REF: The death toll in the clash between law-enforcing agencies and people protesting against alleged rape of a woman in Tangail has risen to three.


Deputy Commissioner Md Mahbub Hossain said barber Shyamal Das, 15, died when he was taken to Dhaka on Friday.

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BNP leader Khaleda Zia, her son Tarique Rahman reunite in London

REF: In an emotional reunion, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday met all of her family members together after seven years.


It happened in London after she arrived at Heathrow Airport at 12:50pm Bangladesh time by an Emirates flight. Her elder son Tarique Rahman received the former premier with a garland, a UK-based Bangladeshi journalist told The Daily Star.

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Bangladesh will celebrate Eid-ul-Azha on Sep 25

REF:Bangladesh will celebrate the Eid-ul-Azha on Sep 25, as the first moon of Zil Hajj was not sighted on Monday.


Islamic Foundation Director General Shamim Mohammad Afzal made the announcement at a press briefing in the evening after a meeting of the National Moon Sighting Committee.

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Government withdraws 7.5 percent VAT on private university tuition fees Government withdraws 7.5 percent VAT on private university tuition fees

REF: The government has withdrawn VAT on private universities after several days of protests by students who blocked streets in Dhaka and elsewhere, causing mass suffering.

In a statement, the finance ministry said the government was lifting the 7.5 percent VAT that sparked students’ unrest disrupting civic life.

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Muhith hints at rollback of VAT on tuition fees amid continuous protests by students

REF: Finance Minister AMA Muhith has hinted that the government may back down on VAT, saying it was ‘not rigid’ about the decision as protests by students of private universities continue.


“We have not taken a rigid position on complications that have arisen at the private universities over the imposed VAT… We have reviewed many issues in the past six years,” he said on Sunday.

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Formation of ‘pro-government children’s front’, Sishu League, comes to light

REF: An organisation called ‘Bangladesh Awami Sishu (children) League’ has been formed, adding to the long list of over a hundred organisations operating with ‘Awami League’, ‘Bangabandhu’ and ‘Jatir Pita’ in their names.

Md Faisal Ahammad Munshi, General Secretary of Demra unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League, told he formed the organisation two years ago.

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Housewife gang-raped in Dhaka amidst outcry over rise in crime against women

REF: Another woman has purportedly been raped by a group of youths at Sabujbagh’s Nandiparha in Dhaka amid outcry over a rise of reported incidents in past several months in the capital alone.


The housewife, who returned from Oman four months ago, on Thursday night filed a case at Sabujbagh Police Station accusing 10 unidentified people, including a woman, OC Md Rafiqul Islam said.
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