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Home-bound people’s rush at rail stations, bus stands

Home-bound people’s rush at rail stations, bus stands

DHAKA : Railway stations, bus and launch terminals in Dhaka are witnessing rush of home-bound people as Eid-ul-Fitr, the biggest religious festival of Muslim community, is knocking at the door. In the second day of Eid journey, the city’s Kamalapur Railway Station, Gabtoli, Sayedabad and Mohakhali Bus Stations and Sadarghat Launch Terminal were seen crowded […]

Global data initiative : making the invisible visible

An estimated two billion people, or roughly 40% of the world’s population, are invisible: no formal proof of their existence, such as a birth certificate, is maintained in the country where they live and they will likely die without an official record as well. Many nations have systems that work well and almost go unnoticed […]

Computer training expediting women empowerment

DHAKA : Many women in 64 district towns and hundreds of villages across the country have become self-reliant after obtaining basic computer training, thanks to a state-funded project, reports BSS. Under the project, thousands of women have completed training on computer and ICT while many of them got jobs in cyber cafes and broadband internet […]

Saudi stock market cheers, but cannot take its eye off the ball

Wednesday was a good day all round for Saudi Arabia’s stock market. The Tadawul index surged to an 18-month high, 5.5 percent up on the day before, as investors reacted to the far-reaching changes in the Kingdom’s power structure, as well as the much-anticipated news that the country was being considered for inclusion on the […]

Rightly observing Eid-ul-Fitr

We are very close to the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Eid-ul-Fitr, the religious festival for Muslims will be observed with joy by those who fasted and carried out the other Koranic dictates faithfully throughout this month. They will also be joined by others who did not fast but would nonetheless like to […]

Destruction of al-Nuri mosque ‘shows IS defeated’

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says the destruction of an ancient mosque in the city of Mosul is “an official declaration of defeat” by so-called Islamic State (IS), reports BBC. Iraqi forces say IS blew up the Great Mosque of al-Nuri and its famous leaning minaret as jihadists battled to stop advancing pro-government troops. IS […]

Eid home-goers face long tailbacks, slow traffic

DHAKA : Home-bound people got stuck on different highways and roads on Thursday due to serious traffic chaos as a large number of vehicles left the capital for many destinations of the country ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr, reports UNB. In Gazipur, the Dhaka-Tangail highway experienced a long tailback, inflicting immeasurable sufferings to the home-bound passengers. Highway […]

Eid without beloved family on DU campus

DHAKA : Eid-Ul-Fitr, the biggest religious festive of the Muslims, brings the community close to each other and cements the relations of friendship and family ties, reports UNB. Everyone wants to enjoy this day with his beloved family members, friends and relatives. But it is not possible all time for various reasons. Dhaka University went […]

AL to stay beside people: PM

DHAKA : Prime Minster and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday greeted the countrymen and paid homage to the party’s founders on the occasion of its 68th founding anniversary saying that AL would always stay beside the people as before, reports BSS. “On this day I recall with respect the greatest Bengali of all […]

Gazette soon to return 1,385.28 acres to land owners in city

DHAKA : The government has decided to issue a gazette soon to return 1385.28 acres of land to their owners in the city’s Badda, Zoar Sahara, Ulun, Bhatara, Bhola and Shuti Bhola, Mohakhali, Karail and Lala Sarail mouzas, reports BSS. Against the backdrop of reports published in media about ordeal of the land owners of […]

Put new VAT law on hold for 1 yr: Inu

SANGSAD BHABAN : Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu on Thursday suggested the government to suspend the new Value Added Tax (VAT) law for one year with a view to removing the confusion over the unified 15 percent VAT, reports UNB. “The new VAT is an epoch-making one but confusion is spreading over it… I would […]

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 […]

Probe report says 24 involved in Holy Artisan attack

DHAKA : Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CCTC) unit found involvement of 24 operatives of the neo-Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) in the last July attack on Holy artisan bakery at Gulshan. “We have so far found 24 neo-JMB men in the killing of the Holy Artisan attack as the investigation into the matter is now […]

Govt considering change in excise duty rate : Mannan

DHAKA : State minister for finance and planning MA Mannan yesterday said the government is considering bringing change in the proposed excise duty rate on bank accounts, reports BSS “We’re thinking positively to bring change in excise duty rate because many people are raising objection about it,” said the state minister while speaking at a […]

Biman suffers from accountability crisis, says Menon

SANGSAD BHABAN : Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon on Wednesday said Biman Bangladesh Airlines is rife with numerous allegations as it is suffering from both accountability and manpower crises, reports UNB. He came up with the remarks while taking part in the general discussion on the national budget for 2017-18 fiscal year. […]

Power generation still 13,179 MW : PM

DHAKA : Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said some 13,179 MW power is being provided to the national grid despite the retirement of various power plants at different times, reports UNB. “Currently, the country’s power production capacity is 15,351 MW,” she said while responding to a tabled question from M Mamunur Rashid Kiron (Noakhali-3) […]

Hundreds hearing impaired poor get normal life

DHAKA : A life-changing initiative of the government has become a blessing for many hearing impaired poor, with giving them the ability of listening to others and doing all activities like normal ones, reports BSS. Under the initiative, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) alone successfully treated 293 people, mostly the children who had been […]

Malls draw huge Eid shoppers; all look for innovative designs

DHAKA : With less than a week left for Eid-ul-Fitr, shoppers have started crowding shopping malls and makeshift shops in the city bringing smile to the faces of traders, reports UNB. As the land of growing middle and upper-middle classes, Dhaka always witnesses higher spending for any occasion or festival, compared to the other parts […]

70 lakh Eid holidaymakers set to leave capital

DHAKA : Around 70 lakh people will leave the capital city of Dhaka for their village homes to celebrate upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr with their near and dear ones, reports UNB. Eid-ul-Fitr, one of the biggest religious festivals of the Muslims, will be celebrated in the country either on June 26 (Monday) or June 27 (Tuesday) subject […]

North Korea’s real strategy

North Korea’s quest for nuclear weapons is often depicted as a “rational” response to its strategic imperatives of national security and regime survival. After all, the country is surrounded by larger, supposedly hostile states, and it has no allies on which it can rely to come to its defense. It is only logical, on this […]

Child Marriage Restraint Act is no improvement

It appears that sometimes the incumbent government in Bangladesh gets seized by irrational as well as unjustified and adamant frame of mind to ram through initiatives considered expertly as yielding more adverse outcomes than truly beneficial ones. The new Child Marriage Restraint Act is a case in point. It was adopted by our parliament on […]

Budget long on hopes, short on measures : WB

DHAKA : Terming the proposed national budget for the fiscal year 2017-18 an ambitious one, the World Bank on Tuesday said it is ‘long on hopes, short on measures’, reports UNB. “The budget has many good hopes and ambitions to increase the country’s GDP by raising huge revenue through implementation of VAT law. But it […]

Nurturing of our culture showing downward trend : Noor

RANGPUR : Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor, MP, here today said nurturing level of our cultural activities is showing continuous downward trend creating an alarming situation for the society, reports BSS. “We prepare routine to engage our children with their studies from morning to night without giving them any chance of nurturing cultural activities now,” […]

Outgoing Afghan ambassador calls on foreign minister

DHAKA : Afghan ambassador to Bangladesh Abdul Rahim Oraz paid a farewell call on Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali at his ministry office this morning, reports BSS. The ambassador expressed his gratitude for the support he received from the foreign minister and the government of Bangladesh during his tenure. The foreign minister appreciated the […]