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Bangladesh PM Sheik Hasina hardly escapes blast

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DHAKA —

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheik Hasina on Saturday hardly escaped from a bomb blast which happened in a Dhaka neighborhood minutes after her convoy passed the range, local media reported.

Hasina crossed the area on her way to the capital`s Suhrawardy Udyan to attend a rally organised by the ruling Awami League, which she leads.

The blasts occurred amid a transport blockade across Bangladesh, enforced by the Khaleda Zia-led opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its alliances.

Several crude bombs blasted in Dhaka`s Karwan Bazar area just 10 minutes after the prime minister`s convoy passed, bdnews24.com reported citing a police official.

Former prime minister Khaleda Zia`s 20-party opposition, which boycotted the general election held Jan 5 last year, has enforced a non-stop nationwide blockade since Jan 5 and shutdowns since February last year, demanding fresh parliamentary polls under a non-party caretaker government system.

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Three arrested with tiger hides

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KATHMANDU- The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) on Tuesday arrested three persons in possession of tiger hides.

The CIB said that Man Bahadur Tamang of Shailung Rural Municipality in Dolakha; Lokmaya Gurung of Barpak Sulikot Rural Municipality in Gorkha district and Amar Singh of Tilathi Koiladi Rural Municipality in Saptari district were arrested from Budhanilkantha in the capital city acting on a tip off about their involvement in smuggling of animals’ hides and skeleton.

All three have been sent to the Division Forests Office, Kathmandu for further actions. According to the Superintendent of Police Sudip Giri, the alleged would be booked as per the National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1973 and CITES Convention, 1975.

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