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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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) […]

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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 […]

5-Day Int’l workshop on productivity begins in city tomorrow

DHAKA,  – A five-day international workshop will begin in the city tomorrow with a view to increasing productivity in industry and agriculture sectors in the Asia-Pacific countries, reports BSS. Industries Ministry Senior Secretary M Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan will inaugurate the workshop titled “Emerging Roles of Producers’ Association and Farmers’ Cooperatives” at FARS Hotel and Grand […]

Realistic decision to be taken on trade union at EPZ: Tofail

DHAKA, – Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed today said the government would take realistic decisions on forming trade unions at Export Processing Zones (EPZs), reports BSS. “Labourers have been allowed to form workers’ welfare associations likewise trade unions in EPZs where they are bargaining with owners for their rights and both parties are now satisfied with […]

Amu off to Russia

DHAKA,  – A six-member delegation led by Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu today left here for Russia with a view to gathering experiences for establishing the National Quality and Technical Regulatory Council (BNQTC) in the country, reports BSS. During the tour, the team will visit the Russian Federal Agency on Technical Regulation and Metrology and […]

$74 million deal inked with WB for E-governance, clean air

DHAKA,  – The government today signed with the World Bank (WB) two additional financing agreements totaling US$74 million to improve the e-government services and air quality of Dhaka city, reports BSS. Of the amount, $39 million will be spent for the Leveraging ICT for Growth, Employment and Governance (LICTGEG) Project, which aims to scale-up the […]

Bhutan rolls out red carpet for Sheikh Hasina

THIMPHU, Bhutan,  – Bhutan today rolled out a red carpet as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived here this morning on a three-day state visit when she would also join an international conference on autism, reports BSS. Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay and Bangladesh Ambassador in Thimphu Jishnu Roy Choudhury received the premier at the airport […]

Govt to launch rehab campaign to negate flood onslaughts in haor

DHAKA,  – The government is set to launch a massive rehabilitation campaign to negate onslaughts of recent floods destroying huge standing crops in haor region in six northeastern districts, officials said today, reports BSS. “We will distribute fertilizer and seeds free of cost among the flood affected farmers of the haor region before the next […]

7.4pc GDP growth to be projected in FY18: Muhith

DHAKA,  – Finance Minister AMA Muhith today said 7.4 percent GDP growth will be projected in the new fiscal year 2017-18 (FY18) that will begins on July 1, reports BSS. The minister told journalists after meetings on Financial Coordination Committee and Budget Monitoring Committee at the secretariat in the city. Muhith also said the GDP […]

Bangladesh to achieve 6.8pc GDP growth in FY17: WB

DHAKA,  – Bangladesh will achieve 6.8 percent GDP growth in 2016-17 financial year (FY17), predicts the World Bank (WB), reports BSS. “Growth will be sustained at 6.8 percent in 2017. The economy in Bangladesh has weathered global uncertainties well aided by strengthening investment and a recovery of exports,” the WB said in its twice-a-year report […]

Spontaneous nabobarsha celebration proves nation’s strength: Inu

DHAKA,  – Information Minister Hasanul Haq yesterday said people’s spontaneous participation in the Bangla Nabobarsha celebration is nothing but the demonstration of strength of the Bangalee nation, reports BSS. “Practicing of own culture link people with their roots. It also provides us courage and energy to proceed ahead further,” he said while celebrating the ‘Pahela […]

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