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Mugabe granted immunity, assured of safety in Zimbabwe: Sources

Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe was granted immunity from prosecution and assured that his safety would be protected in his home country as part of a deal that led to his resignation, sources close to the negotiations said on Thursday.

One to die for farmer’s murder in Netrokona

A Netrokona court has sentenced a man to death for the murder of a farmer.

Bangladesh and Myanmar sign deal for return of Rohingyas: Myanmar official

Bangladesh and Myanmar have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the return of Rohingya refugees who fled across the border in the face of a Myanmar military crackdown.

Price of electricity rises 5.3 percent

The government has raised the cost of electricity at the customers level, leading to higher bills for consumers.

AL leader Shapna murdered over party dispute, believe police

A case has been filed against party opponents over the murder of Brahmanbaria Awami League leader Shapna Akhtar. Police have also taken an autorickshaw driver into custody for questioning.

Gazipur court sentences man to death for wife’s murder

A Gazipur court has sentenced a man to death for the murder of his wife.

ACC summons former BASIC Bank Chairman Bachchu over loan fraud

The Anti-Corruption Commission, or ACC, has summoned former BASIC Bank Chairman Sheikh Abdul Hye Bachchu for questioning over a massive loan fraud.

Uber breach, cover up trigger government probes around the globe

Governments around the globe launched investigations into Uber Technologies Inc after the company disclosed it had covered up a breach that exposed data on millions of customers and drivers, the latest scandal to rock the ride-hailing firm.

Ex-Bosnian Serb commander Mladic convicted of genocide, gets life in prison

A UN tribunal on Wednesday convicted ex-Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic of genocide and crimes against humanity for massacres of Bosnian Muslims and ethnic cleansing campaigns to forge a "Greater Serbia", and jailed him for life.

China tells Myanmar military it wants closer ties

China wants closer ties with Myanmar's military to help protect regional peace and security, a senior Chinese general told the visiting head of the southeast Asian country's army.

PM adviser Iqbal Sobhan behind press briefing on Khaleda convoy attack: Feni AL

The Feni district unit of the Awami League has claimed Prime Minister’s Media Affairs Adviser Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury instigated Azharul Haque Arju to call a media briefing connecting the party with the attack on BNP chief Khaleda Zia’s motorcade.

After JSC, twin blow of question paper leaks, mistakes hits PEC tests

With the recent JSC examinations swirling in chaos and criticism for question leaks and mistakes, many students of grade V and their parents searching the social media for free leaked question papers.

Nuclear strategists call for bold move: scrap ICBM arsenal

Imagine it is 3am, and the president of the United States is asleep in the White House master bedroom. A military officer stationed in an office nearby retrieves an aluminium suitcase - the “football” containing the launch codes for the US nuclear arsenal - and rushes to wake the commander ...

Backstreet Boy Nick Carter denies 2002 rape allegation

Backstreet Boy singer Nick Carter on Wednesday denied an allegation that he raped a teen pop singer 15 years ago, saying he was "shocked and saddened" by the accusation.

Hasina orders Awami League MPs to settle disputes with local leaders

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has ordered the MPs of her party to iron out differences and resolve disputes with local Awami League leaders in their areas before the next parliamentary elections.

Two Chinese nationals accuse landlord of assaulting them in Dhaka

Two Chinese nationals have sought justice for what they have described as an “assault by landlord” in Dhaka.

Inspired by Mugabe exit, Fakhrul calls for agitation to topple govt

Taking heart from the fall of Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir is upbeat about pushing the Awami League from power.

Mayor Annisul’s wife Rubana posts photo of their grandson in Hasina’s lap on Facebook

Dhaka North Mayor Annisul Huq’s wife Rubana Huq has posted a photo of their baby grandson sleeping in Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s lap.

US calls Myanmar operation against Rohingya 'ethnic cleansing'

The United States on Wednesday called the Myanmar military operation against the Rohingya population "ethnic cleansing" and threatened targeted sanctions against those responsible for what it described as "horrendous atrocities."

Shock as survey finds maternal deaths up in Bangladesh

In a startling revelation, a new survey shows more women in Bangladesh are dying from childbirths now than before, despite an increasing trend among women seeking maternal care at health facilities.

The Eisriesenwelt: World’s largest ice cave with natural dynamic air system

Browsing the internet to search adventurous places is my hobby since I had the access to internet, which means long before. I remember early in my school days I had a world map just in front of my reading table, I used to see that map for hours, imagining myself in different portions of the world, ...

Pak’s judicial body orders release of Hafiz Saeed

JuD chief Hafiz Saeed will soon walk free after a Pakistani judicial body today ordered his release from house arrest, in a setback to India’s efforts to bring to justice the perpetrators of the 2008 Mumbai terror attack.

Cabinet asks public servants to celebrate recognition of Bangabandhu speech

The Cabinet has asked senior public servants, both in Dhaka and all other districts, to take part in the procession due on Nov 25 to celebrate the UNESCO recognition of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's historic March 7 speech.

Escape from North Korea: Video shows defector under fire

A North Korean border guard briefly crossed the border with the South in the chase for a defector last week - a violation of the ceasefire accord between Northand South, a video released on Wednesday by the UN Command in Seoul showed.

Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa to be sworn in as president on Friday

Zimbabwe’s former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa will be sworn in as president on Friday marking a new era for a country dominated by Robert Mugabe whose swift downfall this week ended nearly four decades in power.

Prof Anisuzzaman suggests dropping primary-level public exams

Professor Anisuzzaman has suggested including sports and cultural activities in primary education curriculum and dropping the public examinations at this level.

Serb commander Mladic convicted of genocide, war crimes

Ratko Mladic, the former commander of the Bosnian Serb Army, has been sentenced to life imprisonment after being convicted of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity by a UN tribunal here.

Lebanon Prime Minister Saad Al-Hariri Shelves Resignation, Easing Crisis

Lebanon's Saad al-Hariri on Wednesday shelved his decision to resign as prime minister at the request of President Michel Aoun to allow for dialogue, easing a crisis that had deepened tensions around the Middle East.

Pope to meet head of Myanmar army and Rohingya refugees: Vatican

Pope Francis will meet the head of Myanmar's army on a visit to the country and Rohingya refugees while he is in Bangladesh, both late additions to his tour of the two countries next week.

SSC and equivalent examinations for 2018 to begin on Feb 1

The Secondary School Certificate and equivalent examinations under eight general education boards for the year 2018 are going to start from the 1st of February.

Hasina says Bangladesh continues talks with Myanmar to resolve Rohingya crisis

Bangladesh has emphasised bilateral talks to resolve the Rohingya crisis, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina says, a day after Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi said she hopes the talks will yield an understanding as early as this week.

HC rules on Apan Jewellers owners’ bail appeal in money laundering case

The High Court has asked why Apan Jewellers owners Dildar Ahmed and his brothers Gulzar and Azad will not be granted bail in a money laundering case.

Worship centres on grabbed river shores will get plots to shift, says shipping minister

The government has offered separate plots to worship centres in an effort to relocate them from grabbed river shores, Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan has said.

Hariri, back in Beirut, attends national day parade

Saad al-Hariri attended independence day celebrations in Beirut on Wednesday after returning to Lebanon for the first time since declaring his resignation as prime minister in a broadcast from Saudi Arabia.

US Navy plane crashes in Philippine Sea with 11 crew and passengers

A US Navy transport plane carrying 11 people crashed in the Philippines Sea south of Japan on Wednesday as it flew to the aircraft carrier the USS Ronald Reagan, the US Seventh Fleet said.

US sanctions 13 Chinese and N Korean organizations

The United States on Tuesday imposed sanctions on 13 Chinese and North Korean organizations Washington accused of helping evade nuclear restrictions against Pyongyang and supporting the country through trade of commodities like coal.

Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa to return to the country after Mugabe's resignation

Zimbabwe’s Emmerson Mnangagwa is set to return to the country on Wednesday and should be sworn in as president following the resignation of Robert Mugabe after nearly four decades in power, a senior ruling party official said.

One to die, two get life imprisonment for child’s murder in Gazipur

A Gazipur court has sentenced a man to death and two others to life in prison for the murder of a child in Sripur Upazila.

Kushtia Islamic University loses appeal, cannot cancel admission test

The Appellate Division has upheld a High Court decision scrapping Kushtia Islamic University’s choice to cancel F Unit admission tests over allegations of question paper leaks.

Six, including former Jamaat MP Aziz, to die for war crimes

A court has sentenced six people, including former Gaibandha Jamaat MP Abu Saleh Mohammad Abdul Aziz Mia, popularly known as Ghoramara Aziz, to death for war crimes during the 1971 Liberation War.

US FCC chief plans to dump Obama-era 'net neutrality' policy

The head of the US Federal Communications Commission or FCC unveiled plans on Tuesday to scrap landmark 2015 rules intended to ensure a free and open internet, moving to give broadband service providers sweeping power over what content consumers can access.

Four arrested, Tk 3.3m seized over hundi in Jessore

Police have arrested four couriers on charges of carrying hundi money and seized Tk 3.3 million in Jessore’s Sharsha Upazila.

Disney-Pixar animation executive Lasseter takes leave after 'missteps': Memo

Walt Disney Co executive John Lasseter, who heads animation at both Disney and Pixar, told company staff on Tuesday he was taking a six-month leave of absence following what he called "missteps" including unwanted hugs that made employees uncomfortable, according to a memo seen by Reuters.

UNICEF calls for urgent response to Rohingya camp water contamination

The WHO says 62 percent of the water drawn from wells at Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar is contaminated with high levels of bacteria, including E. Coli.

US FCC chief plans to dump Obama-era 'net neutrality' policy

The head of the US Federal Communications Commission unveiled plans on Tuesday to scrap landmark 2015 rules intended to ensure a free and open internet, moving to give broadband service providers sweeping power over what content consumers can access.

Hariri back in Lebanon for first time since quitting as PM

Saad al-Hariri returned to Beirut on Tuesday for the first time since he resigned as prime minister in a statement delivered from Saudi Arabia that plunged Lebanon into crisis.

Australia wants to expand relations with Bangladesh

Australia wants to extend cooperation with Bangladesh in different sectors such as trade and investment, agriculture, sports, and power and energy, climate change, and human resource development, the foreign ministry says.

Uber CEO says company failed to disclose massive breach in 2016

Uber Technologies Inc failed to disclose a massive breach last year that exposed the data of some 57 million users of the ride-sharing service, the company's new chief executive officer said on Tuesday.

Bangladeshi start-ups to roll out ride-hailing auto-rickshaw apps

CNG auto-rickshaws in Bangladesh are being driven into the digital age in a bid to reverse their flagging fortunes.

British embassy cat in Jordan appointed chief mouser

At the British embassy to Jordan, a former rescue cat is settling into his new position as chief mouser - as a tradition well established in the ministries of London goes global.