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Canadian court describes BNP again as “Terror Organization”

DHAKA : A Canadian Federal Court has described BNP again as a terror organization as it denied asylum prayer of a BNP leader for the party’s role in triggering violence and vandalism to enforce a protracted nationwide hartal in Bangladesh, according to Canada based media, reports BSS. Federal Court Judge Justice Fothergill made the remark […]

Women abuse in rural Bangladesh still remains high : Study

DHAKA : icddr,b scientists and their partners, in a qualitative study conducted in rural Bangladesh, have found that women abuse still remains very high regardless of changing gender roles that allows women to have a greater access to education, mobility and employment, reports UNB. Further exploration revealed such changes in gender roles, women-focused NGO programmes, […]

Shyamal Kanti lands in jail in bribery case

DHAKA : A court here on Wednesday sent Shyamal Kanti Bhakta, the headmaster of Piyar Sattar Latif High School in Bandar area, to jail in a case filed for taking bribe from a teacher of his school, reports UNB. Senior Judicial Magistrate Ashok Kumar Dutta passed the order when the teacher surrendered before his court […]

Bangladesh has Taka 8000-crore mango market in world : expert

DHAKA : Bangladesh has huge potentialities in exporting mangos as the country has a huge market of about Taka 8000 crore for this summer fruit, said an expert at a dialogue in the city yesterday, reports BSS. “Bangladesh is the seventh largest mango producing country in the world. To produce safe and quality mangoes, ‘global […]

Israel keeps quiet on Iran’s elections

For a country which almost regards Iran as its main enemy, the virtually subdued reaction to its presidential elections by Israeli officials has been rather surprising. For nearly two decades, Iran is perceived by Israel as its main strategic threat, and is repeatedly portrayed as an existential threat to the Jewish state. Prime Minister Netanyahu […]

What Nato needs from Trump

As Donald Trump’s first foreign trip as president proceeds, the turmoil generated by his firing of FBI Director James Comey and the ongoing inquiry into his election campaign’s ties with Russia are following him. In none of the places he will visit will the events in Washington weigh more heavily than in Brussels, where he […]

Ensuring availability of water from common rivers

The rivers are life-giving to the still largely pastoral or agrarian economy of Bangladesh. But most of these rivers, their tributaries and distributaries present a sorrowful spectacle today compared to their previous state. The rivers are common to both India and Bangladesh but have been unilaterally regulated on the Indian side through dams and other […]

Rab raids on C’nawabganj ‘militant dens’ end

CHAPAINAWABGANJ : Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) conducted raids on four suspected militant dens in as many villages in Gomostapur and Nachole upazilas on Wednesday morning, reports UNB. During the drives that were called off after six hours, three firearms, nine bullets and two magazines were recovered from one of the houses. However, no […]

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BD resolved CHT problems without third-party mediation : PM

DHAKA : Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said her government successfully resolved the ethnic problems in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) through talks without any third-party mediation. She made the remarks when former Sri Lankan President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga met her at her official residence Ganobhaban, reports UNB. PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed […]

BTRC to run 900 addl buses during Eid, says Quader

DHAKA : Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) will run 900 additional buses across the country to ensure smooth journeys of the homebound people during the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr, reports UNB. While talking to reporters after a meeting at the BRTC Kamalapur Bus Depot in the city, […]

Delhi wants Dhaka to tap sea resources together : Shringla

DHAKA : India wants to work very closely with Bangladesh to exploit sea resources in the best possible way for enormous economic benefits of the two countries and create a ‘secure and sustainable’ Bay of Bengal and beyond, reports UNB. “Certainly, I think, that is a sort of cooperation we want to see,” said Indian […]

BNP’s Gulshan office symbol of killing: Hasan

DHAKA : Awami League Publicity and Publication Secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud yesterday said the BNP activists had killed general people throwing petrol bombs as they got directives from party Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office, reports BSS. “The government should have searched the (Gulshan) office much earlier as it has become the symbol of killing […]

No quick deals for Trump in Israel-Palestine

Halfway between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, the 9-ton presidential limousine, commonly referred to as “The Beast,” broke down. It had been filled with gas, not diesel. This was during then-President Barack Obama’s trip in 2013, when like his car, his efforts at peace stalled and ultimately got nowhere. Donald Trump loves to go full throttle. […]

The Rouhani factor: A winning referendum on reform in Iran

Iran’s presidential election on May 19 was paradoxical and potentially pivotal. It began as a sleepy affair – a likely victory for the incumbent, Hassan Rouhani, running against a motley crew of conservative has-beens or upstarts. Moreover, a two-term presidency has been the default in the Islamic Republic since 1981. Early attacks on Rouhani were […]

Highly deserved supports by the real estate sector

Despite its present rather stressed conditions, the real estate sector continues to be a major economic sector that can fairly soon much expand its activities provided adequate governmental supports are lent to it. Therefore, the suggestions conveyed to the government by the representatives of the Real Estate and Housing Association of Bangladesh (REHAB)–recently– merit an […]

BNP criticizes PM’s Saudi visit finding no other issue: Quader

DHAKA,  – Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader today said BNP is now talking against Prime Minister’s visit to Saudi Arab as the party has no other issue for criticizing the government, reports BSS. “Fifty Muslim countries have joined the meeting held in Saudi Arab…There is no reason to raise any controversy over the […]

New era of US-Arab partnership inaugurated by Trump

The red, white and blue (and of course the Saudi green) were on full display as President Donald Trump made his maiden trip to the land of Islam’s two holiest cities in a watershed moment in US relations with the Islamic world. The grand welcome he received by King Salman is front-page news all over […]

What Trump’s first foreign tour tells us

Any American president’s first foreign foray attracts attention. Who will be honored with the first visit? Who will be implicitly snubbed? Given the interest in Donald Trump’s idiosyncratic, troubled presidency, interest is even greater than usual as we struggle to make sense of an administration seemingly in permanent crisis. The fact that US President Donald […]

The economy’s management

Finance Minister M A Muhith frequently reminds everybody about the need to collect greater revenues to fill the government’s coffers. But there are obviously difficulties in pushing taxation measures, specially direct taxes, far, because one danger of such stepped up taxation in any setting is its likely adverse effects on investment and entrepreneurial activities. Steep […]

BNP getting ready for Wednesday’s Suhrawardy Udyan rally

DHAKA : BNP is preparing for holding a rally at Suhrawardy Udyan in the city on Wednesday protesting the police raid on its Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office, reports UNB. Talking to UNB on Monday, party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said they have already sought permission from the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) […]

Country now under one person’s rule, alleges BNP

DHAKA : BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Monday alleged that Bangladesh is now in the grip of one person’s rule under the cover of democracy, reports UNB. “The country’s people are now passing through their worst-ever time as there’s no democracy here. Those who are running the country have worn the masks […]

Hearing on death references, appeals begin

DHAKA : The High Court on Monday started hearing the death reference and appeals of 26 death-row convicts in connection with Narayanganj seven-murder cases, reports UNB. An HC bench of Justice Bhabani Prasad Singha and Justice Mustafa Zaman Islam started hearing the death references and appeals. Deputy Attorney General MA Mannan Mohon presented the paper […]

Quader for not to give AL membership to any communal element

DHAKA : Awami League (AL) General Secretary Obaidul Quader yesterday asked the party leaders and workers to remain alert so that no communal evil force can intrude into the party during the member collection campaign of AL, reports BSS. “None should give membership to any communal evil force to increase the number of leader and […]

Hope to visit Bangladesh, Trump tells Hasina

RIYADH (SAUDI ARABIA) : US President Donald Trump has expressed his hope to visit Bangladesh as he exchanged greetings with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina during the Arab Islamic-American (AIA) Summit in the Saudi capital on Sunday, reports UNB. “Yes, I would come (to Bangladesh),” Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque quoted the US President as saying […]

Electricity supply to be normal in 4-5 days: Nasrul

DHAKA : State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid yesterday said the unstable power situation in the country would return to normalcy to some extent within 4-5 days, reports BSS. “It’s an unexpected disruption of power supply due to the collapse of Ashuganj-Sirajganj tower having 400-kv capacity for south-western and northern areas […]