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87 bridges to be built to improve rural road connectivity

DHAKA : The government has planned to construct 87 bridges in important points across the country in a bid to improve rural road connectivity and help boost agricultural production, reports UNB. The Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) under the Local Government Division has submitted a draft project, titled ‘Construction of important bridges in rural roads’, […]

She says flight’s emergency landing in Turkmenistan was for technical glitch

No special aircraft for VVIPs, says PM,

DHAKA : Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday ruled out the possibility of procuring any special aircraft for her safer journeys saying there is no scope in Bangladesh to go for such luxury at this moment, reports UNB. “Any scope of showing luxury of having dedicated aircraft for President and Prime Minister is yet to […]

BNP seeks dialogue for ‘fair’ polls

DHAKA : BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday reiterated their party’s call to the government for engaging in talks forgetting past bitterness to find out an affective way for peaceful handover of power through fair polls, reports UNB. “We once again call upon the government, let’s forget the past. Let’s engage in […]

Govt moves to ‘introduce unified university admission test’

DHAKA : The government has taken an initiative to introduce a unified test system for admission to all universities, aiming to reduce the hassles of admission seekers and their guardians, reports UNB. President Abdul Hamid, also the chancellor of all universities, will hold meetings with vice-chancellors (VCs) of both public and private universities to find […]

Dhaka seeks Tokyo’s continued support to achieve dev goals

DHAKA : Bangladesh has sought Japan’s continued support to achieve its development goals mentioning that Japan has been a ‘trusted and tested friend’ for Bangladesh’s socio-economic development, reports UNB. “I’m confident as in the past, Japan will continue to be a trusted partner in our endeavour to realise or development goals,” Foreign Minister AH Mahmood […]

Mashiur for increasing institutional capacity for boosting investment

DHAKA : Prime Minister’s Economic Affairs Adviser Dr Mashiur Rahman called for raising the institutional capacity of different entities, especially the public ones, to encourage people to invest their small savings. “People feel safe to invest their small savings if institutional capacity of different organizations such as stock markets, their regulators and insurance sector is […]

Trump meets with Taiwanese president

President-elect Donald Trump spoke Friday with Taiwan’s president, a major departure from decades of U.S. policy in Asia and a breach of diplomatic protocol with ramifications for the incoming president’s relations with China. The call is the first known contact between a U.S. president or president-elect with a Taiwanese leader since before the United States […]

PM to meet the press today

DHAKA : Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will address a press conference today afternoon to brief the media about the outcomes of her recent Hungary tour, reports UNB. The press conference will be held at her official residence Ganobhaban at 4 pm, said a media release signed by PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim on Friday. The […]

Int’l Day of Persons with Disabilities today

DHAKA : International Day of Persons with Disabilities and National Disabled Day-2016 will be observed in the country as elsewhere in the world today aiming to create mass awareness to extend supports and provide adequate facilities for the people with differently able, reports BSS. The ministry of Social Welfare and the Social Welfare Department chalked […]

4 hurt in sugar mill boiler blast in Joypurhat

JOYPURHAT : Four staff, including an engineer, of Joypurhat Sugar Mills Limited received burn injuries in a boiler explosion at the mill here on Friday afternoon, reports UNB. The injured are Shahjahan Kibria, 38, deputy assistant engineer, two firemen Nazmul Hossain, 34, and Lutfar Rahman, 46, and fitter Abdul Hannan, 31. Mostafa Kamal, managing director […]

6-mn solar home system bid faces setback

IDCOL-NGOs’ huge money ‘got stuck following REB expansion’

DHAKA : The country’s solar home system (SHS), which is acclaimed as the world’s most successful single largest programme, is now in limbo due to a sharp fall in its installation rate, reports UNB. According to the industry insiders, the monthly installation of SHS has now come down below 15,000 from an over 70,000, making […]


People not to accept relocation of Zia’s grave: Fakhrul

DHAKA : BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Friday warned the government that the country’s people will never accept its ‘imprudent’ move to remove Ziaur Rahman’s grave from parliament area, reports UNB. “Bringing Louis I Kahn’s main design (of parliament) abruptly is a blueprint and the main motive behind is to remove Ziaur […]

Bangladesh set to send more peacekeepers in South Sudan

DHAKA : Bangladesh is set to send an infantry battalion and an engineering company of armed forces to maintain peace in war-torn South Sudan as Dhaka has accepted an offer from the United Nations to this end, reports UNB. According to a press release of Bangladesh Permanent Mission to the UN, the United Nations Department […]

Stand against bill on child marriage, HRW to BD MPs

DHAKA : The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called upon the members of Bangladesh’s parliament to stand against a new bill which’ puts girls at high risk of child marriage, reports UNB.’ Senior researcher of HRW’s Women Rights Division Heather Barr in her article published on it website on Thursday said Bangladesh steps huge backwards […]

19th anniv of CHT Peace Accord observed

DHAKA : The 19th anniversary of the signing of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Peace Accord was observed on Friday with renewed call for full implementation of the landmark deal, reports UNB. Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) and different socio-cultural organisations marked the day with various programmes, including discussion and rally. PCJSS arranged a discussion […]

Youth’s wrist blown off in blast while ‘making’ bomb

JESSORE : A young man got one of his wrists blown off in an explosion reportedly while making bombs at Mohishakura village in Sharsha upazila on Friday noon, reports UNB. The injured was identified as Ashanur, 22, son of Abdur Rashid of the village. Officer-in-charge of Sharsha Police Station Moniruzzaman said the explosion took place […]

Purbachal to be first smart city by 2018

DHAKA : Purbachall new town project will be developed as the first smart city in Bangladesh by 2018, official said, reports BSS. “The government has a plan to build Purbachal new town project a smart city where quality infrastructure and all modern amenities will be set up for ensuring residents a high standard of living,” […]

'SDGs to remain empty promises without proper commitment'

Dev agenda to be at stake unless States honour commitments: UN

DHAKA : Governments must move from rhetoric to action and urgently honour their political and financial commitments to development, said a group of United Nations human rights experts on Friday, reports UNB. They said this in a joint statement marking the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration on the Right to Development by […]

BGB seizes trafficking goods worth Tk 131.77cr in Nov

DHAKA : Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) in separate drives at different border areas seized trafficking goods and various contraband items including yaba tablets, heroin and foreign wines worth over Taka 131.77 crore in last month, reports BSS. Total 341 people were handed over to concerned police stations for their alleged involvement in trafficking goods and […]

Dhaka eyes greater investment, trade ties with KL

KL investment summit to help ‘brand Bangladesh abroad’

DHAKA : The first-ever ‘Bangladesh Trade and Investment Summit 2016’, to be held in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur on December 5, will help brand Bangladesh abroad showcasing huge trade and investment opportunities it offers, said a leading business leader, reports UNB. “Branding Bangladesh abroad is the most important thing at this moment. We’ve […]

Mohiuddin greeted on his 72nd birthday

CHITTAGONG : People of all walks of life greeted the elderly politician and former mayor of Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury on his 72nd birthday on Thursday, reports UNB. Chittagong city unit president of Awami League (AL) and a former CCC mayor for 17 years, Mohiuddin Chowdhury’s Chashma Hill residence turned into a […]

Bangla goes beyond boundary thru’ Beijing Anandi takes lead role

DHAKA : One may hardly find a Bangla-speaking person in China, the world’s most populous country. But you will surely get surprised once you visit the China Radio International’s (CRI’s) headquarters in Beijing, reports UNB. One will find a vibrant team there who are spreading Bangla language beyond the boundary through news, views and other […]

Admission test for MBA course under DU IBA held

DHAKA : The admission test under 2016-17 academic session for MBA course under Institute of Business Administration (IBA) of Dhaka University was held yesterday, reports BSS. Vice-Chancellor Professor AAMS Arefin Siddique visited examination centres at the institute this morning. Pro-Vice Chancellor (administration) Prof Akhtaruzzaman and IBA Director Prof AKM Saiful Majid accompanied the vice-chancellor.

President, PM call for welfare of people with disabilities

DHAKA : President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged the local and foreign organisations and the affluent section of society to come forward for the welfare of the people with disabilities, reports BSS. In separate messages on the eve of the 18th National Day for Disabled and 25th International Day of […]

AL holds nationwide prayers for long life of Sheikh Hasina

DHAKA : Awami League yesterday arranged special prayers at mosques, temples, pagodas and churches across the country for long life and good health of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, reports BSS. As part of the nationwide programme, a special Doa Mahfil was held at Baitul Mukarram National Mosque after Jumma prayers. Awami League General Secretary and […]