Author Archives: Apurba Dutt

Probe report says 24 involved in Holy Artisan attack

DHAKA : Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CCTC) unit found involvement of 24 operatives of the neo-Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) in the last July attack on Holy artisan bakery at Gulshan. “We have so far found 24 neo-JMB men in the killing of the Holy Artisan attack as the investigation into the matter is now […]

Govt considering change in excise duty rate : Mannan

DHAKA : State minister for finance and planning MA Mannan yesterday said the government is considering bringing change in the proposed excise duty rate on bank accounts, reports BSS “We’re thinking positively to bring change in excise duty rate because many people are raising objection about it,” said the state minister while speaking at a […]

Biman suffers from accountability crisis, says Menon

SANGSAD BHABAN : Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon on Wednesday said Biman Bangladesh Airlines is rife with numerous allegations as it is suffering from both accountability and manpower crises, reports UNB. He came up with the remarks while taking part in the general discussion on the national budget for 2017-18 fiscal year. […]

Govt signs deals with ADB for Ctg-Cox’s Bazar rail line

DHAKA : The government on Wednesday signed agreements with Asian Development Bank (ADB) for $300 million in loans to help build a dual-gauge rail line connecting Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar to promote trade and regional connectivity, reports UNB. Secretary of the Economic Relations Division (ERD) Kazi Shofiqul Azam and Jyotsana Varma, Principal Country Specialist of […]

Power generation still 13,179 MW : PM

DHAKA : Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said some 13,179 MW power is being provided to the national grid despite the retirement of various power plants at different times, reports UNB. “Currently, the country’s power production capacity is 15,351 MW,” she said while responding to a tabled question from M Mamunur Rashid Kiron (Noakhali-3) […]

Hundreds hearing impaired poor get normal life

DHAKA : A life-changing initiative of the government has become a blessing for many hearing impaired poor, with giving them the ability of listening to others and doing all activities like normal ones, reports BSS. Under the initiative, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) alone successfully treated 293 people, mostly the children who had been […]

Malls draw huge Eid shoppers; all look for innovative designs

DHAKA : With less than a week left for Eid-ul-Fitr, shoppers have started crowding shopping malls and makeshift shops in the city bringing smile to the faces of traders, reports UNB. As the land of growing middle and upper-middle classes, Dhaka always witnesses higher spending for any occasion or festival, compared to the other parts […]

70 lakh Eid holidaymakers set to leave capital

DHAKA : Around 70 lakh people will leave the capital city of Dhaka for their village homes to celebrate upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr with their near and dear ones, reports UNB. Eid-ul-Fitr, one of the biggest religious festivals of the Muslims, will be celebrated in the country either on June 26 (Monday) or June 27 (Tuesday) subject […]

North Korea’s real strategy

North Korea’s quest for nuclear weapons is often depicted as a “rational” response to its strategic imperatives of national security and regime survival. After all, the country is surrounded by larger, supposedly hostile states, and it has no allies on which it can rely to come to its defense. It is only logical, on this […]

Child Marriage Restraint Act is no improvement

It appears that sometimes the incumbent government in Bangladesh gets seized by irrational as well as unjustified and adamant frame of mind to ram through initiatives considered expertly as yielding more adverse outcomes than truly beneficial ones. The new Child Marriage Restraint Act is a case in point. It was adopted by our parliament on […]

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Chris Lynn confirms signing for Khulna Titans

DHAKA, June 21, 2017 – Khulna Titans continue their efforts to make a strong side as they roped in hard hitting Australian batsman Chris Lynn for this year’s BPL 2017, reports BSS. Earlier last week Khulna Titans announced that they have signed captain of the Champions Trophy winning Pakistan Cricket team, wicket keeper- batsman Sarfraz […]

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Thompson in dreamland after stunning Murray

LONDON, June 21, 2017 – Jordan Thompson savoured the best moment of his life as the Australian underdog handed world number one Andy Murray a humiliating first round defeat at Queen’s Club, reports AFP/BSS. Thompson had never won a Tour-level grass-court match before and the world number 90 wasn’t even in the tournament when he […]

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Spanish state prosecutor accuses Jose Mourinho of tax fraud

Madrid, Jun 20 – A Spanish state prosecutor accused former Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho of tax fraud worth 3.3 million euros ($3.7 million) in unpaid taxes on Tuesday, reports AP/UNB. A statement issued by the section for economic crimes of Madrid’s provincial state prosecutor’s office said its investigations indicated that Mourinho committed two counts of […]

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Ronaldo summoned to court, Mourinho accused of tax fraud

Barcelona, Jun 21 – Cristiano Ronaldo has been summoned to appear before a Spanish judge, and Jose Mourinho could be next, reports AP/UNB. Ronaldo and Mourinho are the latest members of the soccer elite to be accused of tax fraud in Spain. Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano, among others, have already been convicted. On Tuesday, […]

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Kumble leaves as India cricket coach amid rift with Kohli

Dhaka, Jun 21 – Anil Kumble rejected an offer to continue as India cricket coach and stepped down on Tuesday after a year in charge, blaming a breakdown in his relationship with captain Virat Kohli for his exit, reports AP/UNB. The Board of Control for Cricket in India said it wanted Kumble to remain as […]

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Germany’s rising stars relishing chance to shine

SOCHI, Russia, June 21, 2017 – With their World Cup winners absent in Russia, Germany’s rising stars are relishing their chance to shine at the Confederations Cup, reports BSS/AFP. None of the side that won the 2014 World Cup final in Brazil is present in coach Joachim Loew’s squad in Russia, with some having retired […]

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6 killed after dust storm prompts pileup in New Mexico

Lordsburg, Jun 20 – Six people died in a 25-vehicle pileup caused by a sudden dust storm along an interstate highway in New Mexico where such conditions have caused deadly collisions in the past, authorities said, reports AP/UNB. Those killed in the incident Monday near the Arizona border were a 9-month-old girl and her parents […]

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Int’l Yoga Day marked by millions in India, where it began

Lucknow, Jun 21 – Indians in mass crowds across the country are bending and twisting and posing to celebrate International Yoga Day in the place where it began, reports AP/UNB. Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined 50,000 students and other residents in the northern city of Lucknow for a mass yoga session early Wednesday. Similar yoga […]

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Uber CEO Kalanick resigns under investor pressure

Detroit, Jun 21 – Travis Kalanick, the combative and embattled CEO of ride-hailing giant Uber, has resigned under pressure from investors at a pivotal time for the company, reports AP/UNB. Uber’s board confirmed the move early Wednesday, saying in a statement that Kalanick is taking time to heal from the death of his mother in […]

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4 presumed dead after Greenland tsunami

Copenhagen, Jun 21 – Authorities in Greenland say four people who were reported missing after a tsunami flooded a village on the Arctic island’s west coast are presumed dead, reports AP/UNB. Police spokesman Lars Kirkegaard said Tuesday they are three adults and one child from the settlement of Nuugaatsiaq. Local broadcaster KNR said those missing […]

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Australia to resume airstrikes against IS targets soon

Canberra, Jun 21 – Australia’s defense chief says Australian F/A-18F Super Hornets will soon resume airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria after operations were suspended as precaution because a U.S. fighter jet shot down a Syrian warplane earlier this week, reports AP/UNB. Australian Defense Force Chief Mark Binskin says the six Australian warplanes suspended […]

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Trump likely to reveal this week whether secret tapes exist

Washington, Jun 21 – President Donald Trump is expected to make an announcement in the coming days on whether any recordings exist of his private conversations with former FBI Director James Comey, potentially bringing to an end one of the central mysteries of the ongoing probe that has consumed his White House, reports AP/UNB. White […]

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New York outlaws child marriage under 17

NEW YORK, June 21, 2017 – New York, the fourth most populous state in America, updated antiquated legislation on Tuesday to outlaw children as young as 14 from getting married, reports BSS/AFP. Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, signed legislation raising the age of consent to marry from 14 to 18 years old, with a caveat […]

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Turkey opposition chief accuses Erdogan of influencing courts

CAMLIDERE, Turkey, June 21, 2017 – Turkey’s main opposition leader on Tuesday accused President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of influencing the judiciary, speaking on the trail of his unprecedented protest march in defiance of the Turkish strongman leader, reports AFP/BSS. Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu called the march after former journalist-turned-CHP lawmaker Enis Berberoglu […]

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Melbourne a leading destination for cultural tourism in Australia

MELBOURNE, June 21, 2017 – Melbourne is the top cultural destination in Australia, a report released on Wednesday has found., reports BSS/Xinhua. The Global Cultural Destination report, compiled by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), found that Melbourne was third in the Asia-Pacific region and 12th in the world for arts and culture tourism. Tokyo and Mumbai […]

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