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National Moon Sighting Committee to meet Sunday

DHAKA,  – A meeting of the National Moon Sighting Committee will be held on June 25 (Sunday) to review the news of moon sighting of the holy month of Shawal and fix the date of Eid-ul-Fitr of 1438 Hijri, reports BSS. The meeting will be held at the conference room of Islamic Foundation (IF) at […]

40 held on various charges in Satkhira

SATKHIRA: Police, in special drives from Monday night to this morning, arrested 40 people on various charges from eight upazilas of the district, reports BSS. Sources with the district police said they were picked up from different areas of the district. During the drives, Satkhira Sadar Police

2 robbers held with arms in Kushtia

KUSHTIA : Police detained two robbers along with a homemade shooter gun in Chandagara field area of Kushtia-Rajbari highway in front of the under construction Kushtia Medical College in the small hours of Tuesday, reports UNB . The detainees were identified as Shahid Molla, 40, son of Mojammel Molla, a resident of Shimulia Naudapara village […]


Govt cuts 18pc duty on rice import: Tofail

DHAKA, – Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed said the government has decided to slash import duty on rice by 18 percent to ensure smooth supply and check price, reports BSS. “Now, rice will be imported paying only 10 percent import duty,” said the minister at a workshop at his ministry office today. He hoped the move […]

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Monsoon rains may trigger flood

DHAKA : A strong monsoon set in during the second week of this month that may trigger floods in low-lying areas of the country, experts said. “The country has been witnessing a powerful monsoon from June 12…. Under the influence of monsoon, heavy rainfall occurs in different parts of the country,” Arif Hossain, a meteorologist […]

NGO’s role to check narcotics abuse crucial: speakers

GAIBANDHA,  – Speakers at a function here yesterday said non-government organisation (NGO) can play a vital role to check abuse of narcotics creating much awareness among the people, reports BSS. “As the NGO officials work at grassroots level of the society, they can motivate the people about the adverse impact of narcotics to build a […]

Co-operation must to end trans-boundary water crisis in SA region: Experts

DHAKA : Experts at a discussion here on Monday said strengthening cooperation among the South Asian countries is a must to resolve trans-boundary water problem, reports UNB. Today more than ever, cooperation is needed to meet the water-related needs of South Asia’s growing population in the river basins for food production, energy, industrial and domestic […]

Birth anniversary of Sufia Kamal today

DHAKA :The 106th birth anniversary of late poet Sufia Kamal will be observed across the country today, reports BSS. A pioneer in movement for women emancipation, Sufia Kamal was born on June 20, 1911 in Shayestabad Nawab family in Barisal. Her father was Syed Abdul Bari and mother Nawabjadi Syeda Sabera Khatun. On the occasion, […]

SCCI launches VAT online help desk

SYLHET : Sylhet Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) launched a VAT online help desk on Sunday to provide assistances to the businessmen, reports UNB. M Shafiqul Islam, commissioner of Sylhet Customs, Excise & VAT Commissionerate, inaugurated the service. SCCI president Khandakar Sipar Ahmed presided over the inauguration programme. Shafiqul Islam said the government has […]

Move to make Biman more profitable: Menon

SANGSAD BHABAN : Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon yesterday told the Jatiya Sangsad that the government undertook various steps to make Bangladesh Biman as more profitable airlines, reports BSS “The government took various steps to make Bangladesh Biman as a more profitable organization,” the minister said this while responding to a tabled […]

Common Indians have no reservation in Teesta agreement

DHAKA : State Minister for water resources Lt Col (retd) Muhammad Nazrul Islam yesterday said millions of common people of India have no reservation in signing of Teesta river water sharing agreement with Bangladesh and as per media reports they believed Bangladesh are not getting its right, reports BSS. “People of India don’t have any […]

Four killed, 40 injured in Gopalganj road accident

GOPALGANJ, – At least four people were killed and 40 others injured as two buses collided head-on in Domrakandi area under Maksudpur upazila of the district in the afternoon, reports BSS. Of the deceased, three were identified as bus driver Abul Hossain Shikder, 45, Kausar, 12, son of Jabbar Miah, a resident of Amtoli in […]

One killed in Jessore road accident

JESSORE, – A motorbike rider was killed and another injured in a road accident in Bagherpara intersection area under Bagherpara upazila of the district yesterday evening, reports BSS. The deceased was identified as Abdul Gaffar, 38, son of Rustom Ali, resident of Pantapara village of the upazila. Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Bagherpara Police Station Sheikh Motiur […]

RMG workers to get Eid holidays in phases

DHAKA : Garment workers will go on Eid holidays from June 22 in phases to avoid traffic jams on highways, reports UNB. The decision was taken at a meeting on law and order situation during the upcoming Eid holidays at the Home Ministry with Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan in the chair. “Garment factory owners will […]

Only 3 public sector coal-fired power projects make progress

DHAKA : Only three public sector coal-fired power plants are expected to be able to go into operation by 2021 while the private sector ones look to fall far behind their 2021-2022 schedule, reports UNB. Officials at the Power Division said it will not be possible for the private sector power projects to maintain schedules […]

3 of a family among 4 killed by lightning in Faridpur

FARIDPUR : Four people, including three members of a family, were killed by a lightning strike at Mathabhanga in Charbhadrasan upazila on Sunday, reports UNB. The deceased were identified as Sheikh Arjan, 45, his wife Anwara Begum, 35, and their daughter Bithi Akter, 15, of Kuparam village in Sadarpur upazila, and Billal Molla, 40, son […]

Bus-truck collision leaves two dead in Madaripur

MADARIPUR : At least two people were killed and 20 others injured on Sunday morning in a head-on collision between a truck and a bus in Kalamdi area of Rajoir in the district, reports UNB. The identities of the deceased were not available immediately. Officer-in-charge of Rajoir Police Station Kamrul Hasan.

Separate road accidents kill 2 in Manikganj

Manikganj : Two people were killed in two separate road accidents at Tepra and Arpara in Shibaloy upazila early Sunday. At Tepra, a Dhaka-bound truck hit bicycle rider Afsar Uddin, 55, son of Kafil Uddin, a resident of Bhawalkandi village, around 6:00 am, leaving him dead on the spot, said Amin Uddoula, in-charge of Borongail […]

Solidaridad launches second phase of ‘SaFaL’

After successful completion of Phase-I, Solidaridad, one of the largest sustainability organizations in the world, has launched Phase-2 of ‘Sustainable Agriculture, Food Security and Linkages’ (SaFaL) project. SaFaL Phase-1, implemented with support from the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, developed 1,020 producer group platforms in aquaculture, dairy and horticulture as well as a […]

Banks exceed agricultural loan disbursement target for FY17

DHAKA : Farm and non-farm credit disbursement witnessed a massive 107.89 percent growth in the 11 months of fiscal year 2016-17 (FY17) as banks in public and private sectors, including the specialized and foreign ones, disbursed about Taka 18,900 crore till May against their total target of Taka 17,550 crore during the period, reports BSS. […]

Listing Bangladesh in the world tourist map is important

Listing Bangladesh in the world tourist map is important to boost its tourism industry. If listed on the map, then the country’s tourism industry will be promoted. Global travelers will then know Bangladesh as a tourist country, a press release said. Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of United Nation World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) made this view […]

Water levels of 49 rivers rise, 32 fall

DHAKA,  – Water levels at 49 river stations monitored by Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) have marked rises and 32 stations recorded falls, reports BSS. Among the 90 monitored water level stations, three river stations have been registered steady while water level at five river stations are flowing above danger level, a bulletin issued […]

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$300m loan deal for Chittagong-Cox’s Bazar railway June 21

DHAKA, June 18, 2017 – The government is set to sign two separate loan agreements on June 21 for construction of Chittagong-Cox’s Bazar Railway Line, reports BSS. “A total of two contracts would be signed between Bangladesh government and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) worth of US$ 300 million at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar for Chittagong-Cox’s Bazar […]

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Rice price hike artificial, temporary crisis: Tofail

Dhaka, June 18 – Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed on Sunday termed the rice price hike an “artificial and temporary crisis” and claimed there is an adequate rice stock in the country, reports UNB. “There’s no shortage of rice supply in the market,” he said while addressing a post-budget seminar organised by Bangladesh Krishi Orthonithibid Samiti […]


It’s attack on democracy: Fakhrul

Chittagong, Jun 18 – Accusing the ruling party men of carrying out the attack on his motorcade, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Sunday described it as an attack on democracy and freethinkers, reports UNB. “The incident has exposed the dirty Awami character, and the basic nature of the party… this attack is […]