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March towards PMO Thursday against Rampal power project

DHAKA : The National Committee to Protect Oil-Gas-Natural Resources and Power-Port will march towards the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on Thursday in protest against the signing of a contract for implementing the Rampal Power Plant project near the Sundarbans, reports UNB. Prior to the protest procession, a rally will be held in front of the […]

British Council in BD temporarily closed

DHAKA : The British Council has temporarily closed its offices in Bangladesh in order to review its security procedures, reports UNB. The British Council made the announcement on Wednesday in a press release. The organisation hopes to reopen its offices and resume normal services to the public once new security measures are in place, the […]

BNP briefs foreign diplomats about country’s situation

DHAKA : BNP on Wednesday briefed some foreign diplomats stationed in Dhaka about the country’s latest situation following the recent terror attacks and the High Court verdict convicting its senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman, reports UNB. Diplomats from some countries, including the USA, the UK, Germany, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Singapore, Pakistan, Norway, and Nepal […]

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Bangladesh’s Ismat Jahan new OIC envoy to EU mission

DHAKA : Ismat Jahan, currently Bangladesh Ambassador to Belgium and the European Union (EU), has been appointed envoy of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) at its Permanent Observer Mission to the EU in Brussels, reports UNB. The OIC, an influential bloc of 57 Muslim countries, officially inaugurated the Permanent Observer Mission to the EU […]

Dhaka to join forces to fight terrorists in line with UN charter

DHAKA : Bangladesh has reaffirmed its commitment to join forces to fight those responsible for the recent terrorist attacks perpetrated in various parts of the world in accordance with the UN Charter and other international law, reports UNB. Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali conveyed Bangladesh’s position condemning all the recent terrorist attacks in the world […]

5 to die for killing schoolboy in Narsingdi

NARSINGDI : A tribunal here on Wednesday convicted five people and sentenced them to death for killing a schoolboy in 2013, reports UNB. The condemned convicts are Sajib Khan, 22, son of Yasin Khan, Emran, 20, son of Hazrat Ali, Shamim Osman, 19, son of Aftab Uddin Bhuiya, Rubel, 18, son of Ruhul Amin and […]

3-yr jail term against OC Helal upheld

DHAKA : A court here on Wednesday upheld a lower court verdict that had sentenced former Khilgaon thana OC Helal Uddin to three years of imprisonment for torturing a Dhaka University student in police custody, reports UNB. Judge of the 5th Additional District and Sessions Judge’s Court Md Jahidul Kabir passed the order. Earlier on […]

Writ seeks directives to cancel JSC as public exam

DHAKA : A writ petition was filed with the High Court seeking directives to cancel the Junior School Certificate (JSC) of class VIII citing the examination as illegal, reports UNB. Eunus Ali Akond, a Supreme Court lawyer, filed the writ petition with the HC bench concerned on Wednesday. Secretaries to the Ministries of Education, Primary […]

Minister asks DCs to reduce harassment of people at land offices

DHAKA : Land Minister Shamsur Rahman Sherif on Wednesday asked the Deputy Commissioners (DCs) of all the districts to give earnest efforts to reduce the harassment of the people at local land offices. The minister came up with the call while talking to reporters after addressing the 1st session of the 2nd day of the […]

Inu calls on citizens to join war against militancy

DHAKA : Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu, MP, yesterday said “there is no scope for neutrality in a war-like situation and that is what we are going through now, reports BSS” He asked all citizens to join the war against militancy that aims to topple the government in the short-run and destabilize the nation in […]

Govt takes strong steps to curb militancy: Muhith

DHAKA : Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday said the government has taken strong measures to curb terrorism and militancy as a vested quarter has been trying to hamper the country’s progress and prosperity by carrying out militant attacks, reports BSS. Mentioning the police operations against militants in Kallyanpur, he said those who are trying to […]

NGOs to help run down extremism

DHAKA : Two non-government organisations (NGOs) will implement various projects in three particular districts to raise awareness against extremism and mobilise youths to create alternatives, reports BSS. The NGOs – Young Power in Social Action and Rupantar – will implement the projects with support from Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF), according to an […]

Darul Ihsan students can claim compensation, says Nahid

DHAKA : Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid on Wednesday said the affected students of Darul Ihsan University, which was closed by the government, can claim Tk 5 lakh each from the university as compensation, reports UNB. “As their education has been affected due to the closure of the university, its authorities will have to take […]

Slain militant Jubayer missing for over 2 months: Family

NOAKHALI : Jubayer Hossain, one of the nine suspected militants killed in Kalyanpur operation here on Tuesday, had been missing along with two neighbouring youths for over two months, said his family, reports UNB. Seeing photographs of the slain militants in newspapers and also on Facebook, family members identified Jubayer, 20, son of Abdul Qaiyum […]

Kalyanpur building owner’s wife remanded

DHAKA : A court here on Wednesday placed Mamtaz Parveen, wife of the owner of Taj Manzil in Kalyanpur, where nine suspected militants were killed in a police operation on Tuesday, on a two-day remand, reports UNB. Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Nurunnahar Yesmin passed the order when police produced Mamtaz Parveen before the court with a […]

Feedback for national unity huge, claims BNP

DHAKA : BNP senior leader Abdullah Al Noman on Wednesday claimed that their party is getting huge response from different stakeholders for forming a ‘greater platform’ to tackle militancy, reports UNB. “We’re in touch with different political parties and civil society members for forging a national unity. We’re drawing huge response from them,” he said. […]

Ctg AL leader’s son among 9 slain militants

CHITTAGONG : One of the nine suspected militants killed in Tuesday’s police operation in the city’s Kalyanpur area has been identified as a Chittagong’s Anwara upazila Awami League leader’ s son, Sabbirul Hoque alias Konik, reports UNB. Former president of Baramchhara union unit of Awami League in Anwara upazila, Azizul Haque Chowdhury confirmed police on […]

Dhaka, Beijing defence ties reach unprecedented height: China

DHAKA : The defence relations between Bangladesh and China have reached an ‘unprecedented height’ in recent times and the two countries have maintained close defence ties over the past four decades, reports UNB. China not only is a reliable and affordable source of weapons and equipment for Bangladesh armed forces, but also provides military technology […]

Kalyanpur ‘militants’ killed by bullets: Autopsies

DHAKA : All the nine suspected militants, who were killed during a police operation in the city’s Kalyanpur area early Tuesday, died from bullet injuries, said Dr Sohel Mahmud, an assistant professor at the Forensic Department of Dhaka Medical College (DMCH), reports UNB. The physician came up with the information on Wednesday while talking to […]

Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) on July 27, 2016 releases photos and identities of seven of the nine alleged militants killed in an anti-terror drive in Dhaka’s Kalyanpur area on July 26. They are Abdullah, Abu Hakim Nayeem, Taj-ul-Haque Rashiq, Atiquzzaman Khan, Shahzad Rouf Arko, Md Motiar Rahman, and Md Jubayer Hossain respectively. Photo: DMP

7 militants’ identities confirmed through NID cards : Police

DHAKA : The identities of seven militants among the nine suspected ones, who were killed in Tuesday’s overnight operation at Kalyanpur, were confirmed on Wednesday evening, reports UNB. Their identities were confirmed after the fingerprint samples of their bodies matched with that of the corresponding NID cards, said Masudur Rahman, Deputy Commissioner (Media) of Dhaka […]

Expedite construction work on 100 economic zones: PM

DHAKA : Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday asked the Bangladesh Economic Zone Authority (BEZA) to accelerate the work of establishing 100 economic zones across the country as those are aimed at attracting more local and foreign investment, reports UNB. “Ensuring overall development of the country is the main goal of our government and that’s […]

Right policy environment for the private sector

The private sector has emerged as the main driver of economic growth in the country following the gradual unbundling of the state operated sectors, privatization and greater stimulus given to private entrepreneurs . Thus, the private sector generates a lion’s shares of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) and employment in the country today. With […]

Time to turn the page in South China Sea

The South China Sea disputes, after so much fanfare, seem to be heading toward the right direction of peaceful settlement through bilateral negotiations. The latest development appears encouraging, with US Secretary of State John Kerry saying, during a meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Monday, that Washington “is not taking sides on the […]

Not all of Donald Trump’s foreign policy positions are crazy

At a recent campaign rally, Donald Trump defended former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s record on terrorism, noting that Hussein was a “bad guy” who was nevertheless very efficient at “killing terrorists.” House Speaker Paul Ryan immediately distanced himself from Trump’s remarks, and leading Republican donors jumped in with criticism as well. Throughout his campaign, Trump […]

Mobilisation of public opinion to protect rivers urged

DHAKA : Water experts and activists on Wednesday called for mobilising public opinion in favour of the protecting rivers which are basic to life and livelihood to 160 million people of Bangladesh, says a press release. They made the call at an opinion exchange meeting organised by the International Farakka Committee (IFC), a water rights […]