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‘24 dead’ off Turkey as boat sinks

‘24 dead’ off Turkey as boat sinks

At least 24 migrants have died off the Turkish coast trying to reach the Greek island of Lesbos, Turkish media say. The victims, including children, drowned when their boat capsized after setting off from Balikesir province. About 400 people have died crossing into Europe in 2016, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) says. Most were […]

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Aggrieved JCD men attack BNP central office

DHAKA : A group of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal men, ‘deprived of posts’ in its newly formed 736-member mega committee, attacked BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, torching the student body’s office and two motorcycles, reports UNB. Police and witnesses said some ‘post-deprived’ JCD leaders and their supporters gathered in front of the BNP’s central office and demonstrated […]

Cabinet nods MoU with KL for sending 1.5m workers

DHAKA : The Cabinet on Monday approved the draft of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Malaysia with a target of sending 15 lakh (1.5 million) Bangladeshi workers there in three years, reports UNB. The approval came at the regular weekly meeting of the Cabinet held at Bangladesh Secretariat with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in […]

DB assigned to investigate

DHAKA : The case filed in connection with the death of Mirpur tea-seller Babul Mattabbar has been transferred to Detective Branch (DB) of police on Monday, reports UNB. Victim’s eldest daughter Rokhsana filed the case with Shah Ali Police station against seven people, including ‘drug peddler’ Parul and police informant Delwar, in connection with the […]

Islamabad summons BD High Commissioner

DHAKA : Amid diplomatic row between Bangladesh and Pakistan, Bangladesh High Commissioner in Islamabad Suhrab Hossain was summoned on Monday afternoon, reports UNB. Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque confirmed UNB about the latest development but said he is yet to know about further details. It seemed to be an act of ‘retaliation’ as the Bangladesh […]

Chief Justice trying to implement BNP’s agenda says, Shamsuddin Chy

DHAKA : Former Supreme Court Judge AHM Shamsuddin Choudhury on Monday alleged that Chief Justice SK Sinha is trying to implement BNP’s agenda being a ‘spokesman of BNP chairperson Khaledia Zia’, reports UNB. “Long time ago, Khaledia Zia had said retired judges couldn’t write judgments. He (CJ) is saying it to implement the BNP’s agenda […]

Rajuk inspector lands in jail in Rana Plaza case

DHAKA : A court on Monday rejected a bail plea by a Rajuk building inspector and sent him to jail, pending further legal procedures, involving a murder case filed over the collapse of Rana Plaza, the country’s worst industrial disaster, reports UNB. Dhaka senior Judicial Magistrate Shahjadi Tahmida passed the order against inspector Awlad Hossain […]

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Changes in leadership made JP vibrant: Ershad

Changes in leadership made JP vibrant: Ershad DHAKA : Jatiya Party Chairman and former president Hussain Muhammad Ershad yesterday said refurbishment in leadership level made his party vibrant, reports UNB. “Some changes in the party leadership, particularly the replacement in the position of the secretary addressing a Jatiya Party meeting at Immanuel’s Convention Centre at […]

Return extra fees or face music, Nahid reminds schools, colleges

DHAKA : Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid on Monday warned of stern action against those private educational institutions that will fail to return by Tuesday the extra tuition, examination and admission fees they have charged from their students beyond the officially fixed ones, reports UNB. “Following a direction of the High Court, we, on February […]

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3 new judges of SC sworn in

DHAKA : Three new judges of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court were sworn-in on Monday, reports UNB. The newly appointed judges are: Justice Mirza Hussain Haider, Justice Nizamul Huq and Justice Mohammad Bazlur Rahman. Chief Justice SK Sinha administered the oath around 10:00 am at Supreme Court Judges’ Lounge. Judges of both divisions […]

Measures to stop ‘boat people’ in full force: Australia

DHAKA : The Australian government has said its strict border protection measures to stop smuggling of people illegally still remain in ‘full force, reports UNB’ Processing and resettlement in Australia will never be an option for such people who attempt to enter Australia using an illegal way, a media statement by the Australian High Commission […]

Thai team in city to discuss direct coastal shipping link

DHAKA : A high profile 12-member delegation from the Port Authority of Thailand arrived in Dhaka on Monday afternoon on a three-day visit to assess the feasibility of direct coastal shipping between Chittagong seaport and Ranong Port of Thailand, reports UNB. The Thai delegation will hold official talks with the officials of the Ministry of […]

ACC will quiz 13 for Sonali Bank scam

DHAKA : The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) will interrogate 13 people in connection with the non-funded part of the much-talked-about Sonali Bank loan scam, reports UNB. ACC Director Mir Zainul Abedin Shebly on Monday served notices upon them asking to be present at the ACC head office in the capital on February 14-15, the commission’s […]

Export earnings in July-Jan see 8.26pc growth

DHAKA : Country’s export earnings in the first seven months (July-Jan) of the current fiscal year witnessed an 8.26 percent growth totalling $ 19269.53 million due to the moderate performance of knitwear, woven garment, jute and jute-made goods, agricultural and leather products, reports UNB. The single-month export performance for January was also 10.41 percent higher […]

‘President Medal’ for top meritorious public servants

DHAKA : Public Service Commission (PSC) authorities have decided to award top meritorious public servants with ‘President Medal’ from this year, aiming to encourage bureaucrats to give meritorious service to the nation, reports UNB. The award will be given on ‘Public Service Commission Day’ to be observed on April 8 this year for the first […]

Arrest warrants for 2 Netrakona war crimes suspects

DHAKA : The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) on Monday issued arrest warrants against two war crimes suspects of Atpara upazila in Netrakona district for their alleged involvement in crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971, reports UNB. But the names of the suspects were not disclosed to media so that they cannot flee. […]

Tourism and Hospitality Management dept of DIU signs MoU BPC

“To generate tourism and hospitality leaders as well as to flourish tourism in Bangladesh, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on February 08, 2016 at DIU Conference Room between Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC) and Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management of Daffodil International University (DIU), reports UNB. Under this agreement Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation will […]

CU clash left 4 BCL activists injured

CU Correspondent Four activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) Chittagong University unit received injuries in a fictional clash between two rival groups of the organization in CU campus on Monday. The injured were identified as Md. Enam Ahmed, Md. Arafat Hossion, students of History department (academic session 2011-2012), Md Masum, (2008-2009) and Mirja Kabir (2014-15). […]

‘PSC Day’ on April 8 every year

DHAKA : Top meritorious public servants will be given “President Medal” on “PSC Day” to be observed on April 8 for the first time by Bangladesh Public Service Commission (PSC). PSC Chairman Ekram Ahmed informed President Abdul Hamid about it during a courtesy call on him at Bangabhaban yesterday, President’s Press Secretary Joynal Abedin told […]

Four operators seek equilibrium for subscribers, spectrum ratio

DHAKA : Showing affirmatory feeling towards the merger of Robi and Airtel, four other cell phone operators have requested the telecom regulator to keep equilibrium between subscribers and spectrum ratio for ensuring steady market competition in Bangladesh, reports BSS. The four operators made the plea fearing that the merger of the two operators-Robi and Airtel-may […]

Trust drives UAE, India partnership

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the UAE last year covered all aspects of the relationship, which resulted in the elevation of ties to a ‘comprehensive and strategic partnership’. Confidence and trust. Two words that best describe current ties between the UAE and India that are rooted in a history. Yes, trade thrived between […]

Is America ready for a socialist president?

Socialist. Revolution! What on earth is happening in the land of the free capitalist and the home of the brave citizen? The answer is not complicated. The young are happening once again, and they are tired of a financial system that is loaded in favour of an one-percent elite that is shoveling off an indiscriminate […]

Nothing happens

CHAND BIBI has confirmed the rumours of 2009 that the events in the video of her flogging in Swat did not happen so the courts have declared the video to be fake. There were also rumours around then that she didn’t exist. I am sure she would have confirmed those too. Did the courts expect […]

World disorder

MUNIR AKRAM HENRY Kissinger’s last book World Order could more aptly have been entitled ‘World Disorder’. As he observes, there has never been a ‘world order’. Today, in a globalised world, as disparate civilisations meet in the midst of a historic transition from Western domination to multipolarity, constructing a world order has become an existential […]

Plus points for organic farming

Ever since the idea of organically raised crops caught the attention of knowledgeable people and policy makers in Bangladesh, there has been noted a slow but steady rise towards organic farming. However, only a small part of the total farm output in this country is raised organically while preponderantly the crops are raised through chemical […]