Khaleda will be able to contest elections even if she is convicted: Moudud

Many BNP leaders expressed concern as existing law bars convicts from contesting in elections. BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia gestures as she appearers before Dhaka's Third Special Judge's Court in Old Dhaka's Bakshibazar on Thursday to deliver her unfinished defence statement in Zia Charitable Trust corruption case. Former law minister Moudud shed light on the plan in case of Khaleda's conviction at a discussion at Dhaka Reporters' Unity on Saturday. Moudud also said: "She will not only be able to contest the election, but she will also be able to lead the party and the alliance. The BNP leader thinks the conviction of Khaleda will raise her popularity.

February 25, 2017 21:32 UTC

One dead as man drives into crowd in German town

A 73-year-old German man died in hospital after being seriously injured when the man drove into the crowd on Saturday, police and prosecutors said in a joint statement. "There are no indications of a terrorist background," spokesman David Faulhaber said, adding that he could not comment on the possible motives for the attack. Police earlier said in a statement that one of the injured was seriously hurt. He is now in a hospital in Heidelberg having been shot by police while being arrested, leaving him seriously injured, police said. Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung cited police as saying the suspect was a young German man.

February 25, 2017 21:22 UTC

Jacquie Kellogg: From campground home to selling homes

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February 25, 2017 21:00 UTC

Longtime Houston Astros executive Jamie Hildreth dies at 72

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February 25, 2017 20:37 UTC

PHOTOS: ‘Heart for the House’ — 5K/1 Mile benefits House of Refuge

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February 25, 2017 20:26 UTC

BNP nominates Monirul Haque Sakku for Comilla City Corporation election

BNP Standing Committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain told that party chief Khaleda Zia selected Monirul as the party’s candidate for the Comilla City election after interviewing the aspirants for nominations. “He was earlier elected as city mayor. Party Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and Mosharraf himself were present at the meeting. The newly installed Election Commission announced the schedule after taking office earlier in the middle of this month. The election is being held with party tickets after the amendment of local government election laws.

February 25, 2017 20:26 UTC

Actress Kabori's memoirs draw huge crowd at Ekushey Book Fair

Kabori's debut as a writer through the launch of the book published by bdnews24 publishing house (bpl) took place on Saturday. Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon surprised the launch ceremony with his presence. After getting Kabori's autograph on the book, Moudud and the writer conversed for some time. Kabori came to the Suhrawardy Udyan section of the fair after 4pm and walked to the book launch ceremony, with a huge crowd of fans following her. After the launch ceremony, Kabori visited the bpl stall.

February 25, 2017 20:22 UTC

PDB proposes bulk power price hike from April

PDB’s proposal says it is necessary to raise power tariff to Tk5.59 from Tk4.87 in current fiscal year to bridge the loss gap. An official of the PDB told the Dhaka Tribune requesting anonymity: “The government is providing a lot of power connections in rural areas. The PDB in its proposal said it purchases power from rental and IPP power plants, Electricity Generation Company of Bangladesh (EGCB) Ltd, Rural Power Company Limited (RPCL), Ashuganj Power Station Company Ltd (APSCL) and North-West Power Generation Company Limited (NWPGCL). It sells power to its bulk consumers – Dhaka Power Distribution Company Ltd (DPDC), Dhaka Electric Supply Company Ltd (Desco), Rural Electrification Board (REB), West Zone Power Distribution Company Limited (WZPDCL), North West Zone Power Distribution Company Limited (NWZPDC) and to its retail consumers in its own distribution regions – at the price fixed by the BERC. The PDB should reduce the electricity price rather than raise it.”The simaltenous gas and electricity price hike would have a severe impact on household costs, he said.

February 25, 2017 20:03 UTC

Chandpur college teacher accused of blackmailing female students

They also met with the district’s superintendent of police on Wednesday, alleging that the accused had been threatening them for filing complaints. One of the victims in her complaint said that Mishu tried to violate her after she had been forced to go to his house. She also accused the teacher of using abusive words, and making indecent proposals repeatedly through Facebook. As soon as she entered the house, Mishu shut the door and proposed her right away to make physical relation. The teacher threatened her not to disclose the matter to anybody.

February 25, 2017 19:55 UTC

BNP backs Feb 28 half-day shutdown of left parties

After participating in the Akheri Munajat of a Thakurgaon Ijtema on Saturday, Mirza Fakhrul said the BNP had already strongly condemned the astronomical hike in gas prices imposed by the government. The BNP officially endorses the programme of the leftist parties,” he said. On Friday, the Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) and Bangladesh Samajtantrik Dal (BSD) announced the shutdown. Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) announced the hike on Thursday that would impose a 50% increase in household gas prices over two phases by end of June this year. Transportation sector would be hit with a 33% increase in prices.

February 25, 2017 19:54 UTC

Democrats: GOP Medicaid reform plan is really about tax cuts

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February 25, 2017 19:40 UTC

Highway an asset for Northridge development

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February 25, 2017 19:38 UTC

Live Blog: Men’s Hockey vs. Union in Season Finale

With a first-round bye in the ECAC playoffs locked up, Cornell men’s hockey will end its regular season with No. 7/8 Union in town. The two played once before, and the Red escaped with a 5-3 victory over the Dutchmen. Cornell will also honor its eight-member senior class following the final buzzer. Men’s hockey v. Union – Curated tweets by DailySunSports

February 25, 2017 19:30 UTC

Nine trafficking victims return home from India

Five of them – all teenagers – were handed over to the Hili Immigration Centre officials around 11:30am Saturday. They went to India illegally for better job, but were arrested by Delhi police and kept in jail through the court, our Benapole correspondent reports. Benapole police OC Iqbal Ahmed said that the four people would be handed over to their families after completing formalities. Meanwhile, Border Guard Bangladesh members detained 18 people including nine children and five women from Benapole’s Putkhali border area for trying to enter India without valid documents. Benapole port police OC Apurba Hassan said that the detainees had been handed over to the police station.

February 25, 2017 19:25 UTC

Kabori at Book Fair with memoirs

'Kabori was the heartthrob of our time' said Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon while speaking at the unveiling of book cover of the memoirs of Sarah Begum Kabori, known as the ‘sweet damsel’ of Bangla cinema, at the Ekushey Book Fair on Saturday. bpl, a sister concern of is the publisher of the book.

February 25, 2017 19:02 UTC

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