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Bidi laborers leaders warned of harsh movement

Bidi laborers leaders warned of harsh movement

The leaders of Bangladesh Bidi Sramik Federation said that due to discriminatory taxation, the Bidi industry of Bangladesh is dying. The factories are closing one by one. Millions of poor people became unemployed. Leaders demanded withdrawal of discriminatory taxation policy including arranging human work, a press release said. They said this in front of Patuakhali […]

(From left) Joe Hyun-Gue, Country Director of KOICA,  Swapan Kumar Sarker, Executive Director, Bangladesh Computer Council, Zunaid Ahmed Palak, State Minister, ICT Division,  Ahn Seong-doo, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Bangladesh and  Susanta Kumar Saha, Additional Secretary (ICT Wing), ICT Division. Photo : Courtesy

Seminar on e-Government Master Plan for Digital Bangladesh held

Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) and KOICA have jointly organized a seminar on “e-Government Master Plan for Digital Bangladesh” at Digital World-2017 on Friday at Windy Town (First Floor), Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC), Dhaka. State Minister of ICT Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak attended as a chief guest, Ahn Seong-doo, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea […]

The killing of Yemen's ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh by the country's Shiite rebels as their alliance crumbled has thrown the nearly three-year civil war into unpredictable new chaos. Photo : Fox News

Yemen’s chaos deepens after rebels killed ex-president Saleh

  SANAA : The killing of Yemen’s longtime strongman and ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh by the country’s Shiite rebels as their alliance crumbled amid street clashes in the capital, Sanaa, has thrown the nearly three-year civil war into unpredictable new chaos, reports UNB. A video circulating online on Monday showed Saleh’s body with a gaping […]

The development puts pressure the GCC, a group of American-allied Gulf Arab nations formed in part in 1981 as a counterbalance to Shiite power Iran. (Photo: AP)

UAE, Saudi Arabia forming new group, separate from GCC

KUWAIT CITY : The United Arab Emirates on Tuesday announced it has formed a new economic and partnership group with Saudi Arabia, separate from the Gulf Cooperation Council – a move that could undermine the council amid a diplomatic crisis with member state Qatar, reports UNB. The Emirati Foreign Ministry announcement, just hours ahead of […]

BNP activists on Tuesday set fire to a motorbike and vandalised a number of vehicles as police obstructed their procession in Bakshibazar area of Dhaka. Photo : TBT

Cops lob tear shells to disperse BNP demo

  DHAKA : Law enforcers dispersed a demonstration of BNP leaders and activists with tear gas near Doel intersection as they tried to bring a procession from the main entrance of High Court on Tuesday afternoon, reports UNB. Witnesses said police intercepted the BNP procession near Doel intersection and dispersed them by lobbying tear shells. […]

BNP activists on Tuesday set fire to a motorbike and vandalised a number of vehicles as police obstructed their procession in Bakshibazar area of Dhaka. Photo : TBT

Maximum 15 SIM cards allowed for one user

DHAKA : Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) secretary Sarwar Alam on Tuesday said that a user will now be allowed to use maximum 15 SIM cards with his/her national identity (NID) card, reports UNB. This is a three-time increase from the government’s last decision of allowing up to five SIM cards for each user. Earlier […]

On the last day (Tuesday) of Prime Minister's state visit in Cambodia, Prince Norodom Raanarid met with the her at Nompen Hotel Sofitel. Photo : Star Mail

PM for increasing connectivity among Asian nations

  PHNOM PENH (CAMBODIA) : Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday stressed the importance of increasing connectivity and cooperation among Asian nations in the interest of the people of this region. The Prime Minister came up with the views when former Cambodian Prime Minister and President of Funcinpec, a Cambodian royal party, Norodom Ranariddh met […]


Khaleda gets bail in 2 graft cases

DHAKA : A special court granted bail to BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in the two graft cases – Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable Trust- here on Tuesday morning, reports UNB. Dhaka Special Court-5 Judge Md Akhtaruzzaman passed the order in response to bail petitions. Khaleda Zia yesterday surrendered before the makeshift court of Special […]


Barisal bidi labourers stand for the industry

Leaders of Bangladesh Bidi Labourer Federation on Tuesday protested the decision of extra taxation on bidi to shut down the industry, says a press release. Labourers organised a rally in front of Ashwini Kumar twon hall in Barisal to place their demand. Federation General Secretary MK Bangalee, Joint Secretary General Abdur Rahman, Organising Secretary Herik […]

The DeSHARI consortium, led by Action Against Hunger (ACF) in partnership with Christian Aid, DanChurchAid and Muslim Aid and being funded by European Union Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO), organized a workshop at Spectra Convention Centre at Gulshan in the capital yesterday. Photo : TBT

Victims’ resilience imperative to cope with water logging 

Speakers at a sharing workshop on Monday called for strengthening resilience of the most vulnerable communities to cope with water logging in the country, a press release said. Water logging has become a chronic problem in south-west Bangladesh. Livelihoods of the marginal farmers are affected most by frequent and long term inundation, they said while […]

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Female military pilots join UN mission for the first time

DHAKA : For the first time in the history of Bangladesh two female military pilots are joining the United Nations Peacekeeping mission in Congo. Flight Lieutenant Nayma Haque and Flight Lieutenant Tamanna-E-Lutfi will leave here for Congo UN Mission on Thursday for one year, said an ISPR press release. Before their departure they spoke to […]


BTRC invites applications for 4G licence

DHAKA : Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) on Monday invited applications for the licence of the fourth generation (4G) mobile phone services in the country, reports UNB. Interested operators can submit their applications till January 14 next to have the licence. The proposals were sought following a decision made in a special meeting of the […]

Iranian scholar urges BD to promote own culture

DHAKA : Eminent Iranian scholar Seyed Javad Mazloumi said reflection of own culture in books, films and anything that convey the message will represent a different and positive Bangladesh, reports UNB. The Iranian scholar, who came to Bangladesh to give keynote speech at a discussion titled ‘Present Crises of Muslim Ummah and Islamic Unity’ held […]


Bollywood veteran actor Shashi Kapoor dies at 79

Dhaka :Veteran actor Shashi Kapoor passed away in Mumbai on Monday. He was 79, reports UNB The Bollywood legend was admitted to Kokilaben Ambani Hospital in Andheri on Sunday night, reportedly for a chest infection treatment. The actor struggled with the condition even in 2014, post his bypass surgery, reports The Indian Express. Actor and […]

North Korea released an image of the Nov. 29 launch of its most powerful ballistic missile yet.  Photo : AP

Cathay Pacific crew saw North Korea missile test   

  HONG KONG : A second airline has reported seeing North Korea’s latest missile test during a flight last week, reports UNB Cathay Pacific says the crew on a San Francisco-to-Hong Kong flight reported witnessing the apparent re-entry of the ICBM that North Korea launched before dawn Wednesday. The Hong Kong-based airline said in a […]

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, right, greets British Prime Minister Theresa May prior to a meeting at EU headquarters in Brussels on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. British Prime Minister Theresa May and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will hold a power lunch on Monday, seeking a breakthrough in the Brexit negotiations ahead of a key EU summit the week after. Photo : AP

Theresa May makes diplomatic push to unlock Brexit talks   

  BRUSSELS : British Prime Minister Theresa May is making a diplomatic blitz to Brussels, where she will meet top European Union officials Monday in an effort to reach a belated breakthrough in the negotiations on Britain’s exit from the bloc, reports UNB. May is to meet with EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and EU […]

Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Harsh Vardhan Shringla. File Photo

India implemented 24 projects in BD in 5 yrs: Envoy

  PIROJPUR : Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Harsh Vardhan Shringla on Sunday said the Indian government has completed a total of 24 projects in Bangladesh, worth Tk 110 crore, over the last five years, reports UNB. “India has undertaken several developmental projects in Bangladesh, which is one of the most valuable and significant facets […]

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Wanted to visit Rohingya camps: Pope

DHAKA : Pope Francis on Saturday held his traditional in-flight press conference en route to Rome following his visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh, saying he had wanted to visit Rohingya camps in Bangladesh, reports UNB. “I would have liked to go. I would have liked to go, but it wasn’t possible. The things are studied […]


524 cases filed against unfit, unlicensed vehicles in city

DHAKA : A total of 524 cases were filed during a drive launched by Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) against unfit and unlicensed vehicles from November 19 to 30, reports BSS “The DSCC filed 524 cases during the drive against unfit and unlicensed vehicles from November 19 to November 30. An amount of Taka 14, […]

The charge sheet in Gulshan café attack case will be submitted by this month, Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit Chief Monirul Islam tells reporters on Sunday. Photo : Internet

Charge sheet in café attack case by this month: Monirul

DHAKA : Chief of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime Unit (CTTC) Monirul Islam on Sunday said that the charge sheet in Holey Artisan café attack case will be submitted by this month, reports UNB. A total of five accused in the case have already been arrested and all of them gave confessional statement, he said […]

A Cambodian girl presented a bouquet to the Prime Minister when she alighted from the aircraft. Photo : Star Mail

Warm welcome to Hasina as she arrives in Phnom Penh

  PHNOM PENH (CAMBODIA) : A red carpet was rolled out as Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived here on Sunday afternoon on a three-day official visit to Cambodia at the invitation of her Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen, reports UNB. A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the prime minister and her entourage landed […]