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Bangladesh to be freed from filarial disease by 2021: Nasim

DHAKA,  – Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammad Nasim today said that Bangladesh would be recognized as filarial disease free country by 2021, reports BSS. “The disease would be driven out from all districts of Bangladesh within this period,” he told the inaugural ceremony of a 3-day conference on “elimination of tropical diseases: keeping pledges” […]

Dhaka proposes convening world cultural conference at UNESCO

DHAKA,  – Bangladesh today tabled a proposal at the UNESCO for convening ‘Annual World Cultural Conference’ aimed at bringing the cultural activists, religious leaders, writers, poets and artists from around the world to discuss the ways and means to foster peace and harmony, reports BSS. Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister’s Office Dr Kamal Abdul […]

Central Chile hit by 6.9-magnitude quake: USGS

SANTIAGO, – A strong 6.9-magnitude earthquake rattled central Chile on Monday, US geologists said, reports BSS. The quake, which struck at 6:30 pm (2130 GMT), was centered about 38 kilometers (60 miles) off the coast of the resort city of Valparaiso. It had a depth of 9.8 kilometers (six miles), according to the US Geological […]

Four killed in Comilla road accident

COMILLA, -At least four people, including a couple, were killed and two others injured as a bus crashed into a CNG-run auto-rickshaw carrying them on Comilla-Laksam-Noakhali roads in Sadar Dakkhin upazila of the district last night, reports BSS. The deceased were identified as Abdur Razzak, 35, his wife Zharna Akter, 28, and mother-in-law Joynob Nesa, […]

ECNEC clears 13 projects involving Tk 20,402.75cr

DHAKA,  – The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) today approved a project for construction of 560 model mosques and Islamic Cultural Centres in every district and upazila involving Tk 9,062.41 crore, reports BSS. The meeting was held at the NEC Conference Room with ECNEC Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the […]

David Cameron arrives in city tomorrow

DHAKA,  – Former British Prime Minister David Cameron arrives here tomorrow on a very brief visit, reports BSS. During his less than 24-hour maiden visit, the former Prime Minister of Britain is scheduled to pay call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday morning. He will also join a roundtable discussion of International Growth Centre […]

High-tech parks to be set up in 12 districts

DHAKA,  – The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) today approved setting up high-tech parks in 12 districts in the country, reports BSS. The ECNEC gave the approval at a meeting at the NEC conference room in city’s Sher-e-Banglanagar with Prime Minister and ECNEC Chairperson Sheikh Hasina in the chair, said an official […]

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N. Korea marks military anniversary with firing drill

SEOUL, – Nuclear-armed North Korea on Tuesday marked a military anniversary with a conventional firing drill, reports said, as the South announced joint naval exercises with a US aircraft carrier in the flashpoint region, reports BSS. Speculation had mounted that Pyongyang could carry out a sixth nuclear test or another missile launch to mark 85 […]

Rights group urges China to release N. Korean refugees

SEOUL,  – China should immediately reveal the whereabouts of eight North Koreans it detained last month, Human Rights Watch said Monday, adding they risk severe torture if they were returned to the North, reports BSS. Most North Korean refugees begin their escape by crossing into China and then try to make it to third countries […]

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Freight train connects Russia with China’s revolutionary heartland

NANCHANG,  – A freight train connecting Russia with Ganzhou, Jiangxi Province, arrived in the inland city Sunday, bringing Russian goods to the former revolutionary heartland of the Communist Party of China, reports BSS. The journey started from Kansk, where buses first transported 38 containers more than 260 km to Bazaiha, followed by a train journey […]

Cabinet Okays draft Fisheries Quarantine Act

DHAKA, – The Cabinet today approved the draft of a new law, Fisheries Quarantine Act, 2017, restricting import of any fish, fish goods, related microorganisms or packaging of fish items without license and prior government permission, reports BSS. “The new law will control the contraband fish species and damaging or pernicious bacteria which accompany the […]

China based Himalaya Energy buys Chevron Bangladesh

DHAKA,  – Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX), an US oil giant today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Chevron Global Ventures, Ltd., has entered into an agreement to sell the shares of its wholly-owned indirect subsidiaries operating in Bangladesh to a Chinese company named ‘Himalaya Energy Co. Ltd’, reports BSS. According to a Chevron press release, Chevron […]

Prosecution seeks AG’s opinion on Rana plaza trail

DHAKA,  – The prosecution today sought the attorney general’s opinion in initiating the virtually stalled Rana Plaza disaster trial as seven of 41 accused of the murder case obtained a High Court order to skip the proceedings until settlement of their indictment order, reports BSS. “We have sent a letter to the Attorney General (AG) […]


Malaria cases decrease sharply

DHAKA,  – Bangladesh has made a significant progress for preventing malaria cases in the past three years and it has set a target of eliminating the mosquito-borne infectious diseases by 2030, reports BSS. In 2014, the number of malaria cases in the country was 57,480 while the figure of the disease stood at 39,719 in […]


PM seeks to ensure educational support for every child

DHAKA, – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today asked officials concerned to ensure that the educational supports offered by the government reach properly to all deserving children to build a modern educated nation as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, reports BSS. “The government has attached highest importance to education as it […]

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France on edge as presidential vote looms

PARIS,  – France was on edge Saturday on the eve of its most unpredictable presidential election in decades, which will take place under heightened security after the jihadist killing of a policeman, reports BSS. The shooting on Paris’s world-renowned Champs Elysees avenue on Thursday, claimed by the Islamic State group, thrust questions of security to […]

China bowled out for 28 in World League qualifier

BANGKOK,  – China were humiliated as they were bowled out for 28 by Saudi Arabia and crashed to a 390-run defeat in a World Cricket League regional qualifier in Thailand on Saturday, reports BSS. Saudi Arabia piled up 418 all out off their 50 overs before China’s outclassed batsmen collapsed in just 12.4 overs as […]


Neymar ban dispute rages ahead of Clasico

MADRID, – Neymar looks set to travel with the Barcelona squad for Sunday’s El Clasico against Real Madrid as the Catalans continue to fight his suspension for the potentially title deciding clash, reports BSS. The Brazilian is in the midst of a three-game suspension for his red card and subsequent sarcastic applause of the officials […]

Ctg port to have Bay Container Terminal

DHAKA : The government has initiated a move to construct a Bay Container Terminal with Indian credit to enhance the capacity of Chittagong Port which will reduce ship congestion at the port, officials said.He said another plan is there to construct a terminal at the proposed Payra Deep Sea Port, modernise Mongla Port and construct […]

Quader asks leaders not to use BCL for personal interests

CHITTAGONG : Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader yesterday directed the Awami League (AL) leaders not to use the activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) as tools for fulfilling their personal interests, reports BSS “Don’t use BCL as sentinel for personal gains as this will harm both you and BCL. Don’t build houses within […]

Next general election to be held under Sheikh Hasina: Tofail

DHAKA : Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed yesterday said that all political parties, including the BNP, would take part in the next general election by 2019 under the present government. “Sheikh Hasina would head as the prime minister the election-hour government and there is no scope to go beyond this,” he told a memorial meeting on […]

Afghan casualties in Taliban Mazar-e Sharif attack pass 100

More than 100 Afghan soldiers were killed or wounded in a Taliban attack on an army base on Friday, the defence ministry has confirmed, reports BBC. Fighting lasted for several hours near the city of Mazar-e Sharif in northern Balkh province. Insurgents targeted those leaving Friday prayers at the base’s mosque and others in a […]

Shakib named Tigers’ T20I captain

DHAKA : Shakab Al Hasan, the current world number one all-rounder in all formats of cricket, has been chosen as the Tigers’ new T20I captain to replace Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, reports BSS. Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hasan Papon on Saturday announced Shakib’s name as captain for the shortest format of cricket after their […]