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Bangladesh needs 20-30pc power connection growth to achieve SDGs: UNCTAD

Bangladesh needs 20-30pc power connection growth to achieve SDGs: UNCTAD

DHAKA, – Bangladesh will require some 20-30 percent new electricity connections every year to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, said UNCTAD in its report of 2017 on the least developed countries (LDCs), reports BSS. Along with it, Bangladesh needs to ensure uninterrupted, environment-friendly and affordable renewable energy for all, said Centre for […]

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2 lakh more Rohingyas to enter BD in coming weeks: IRC

DHAKA : The International Rescue Committee (IRC) has said it expects a further 200,000 new arrivals in Bangladesh from Myanmar in coming weeks- bringing the total Rohingya population to over one million – only exacerbating an already unimaginable humanitarian crisis, reports UNB. A recent nutrition survey conducted by humanitarian agencies in Cox’s Bazar, led by […]

Google Doodle celebrates Humayun Ahmed’s 70th birthday

DHAKA : Search engine giant Google has created a new Doodle on its homepage, celebrating the life of prolific Bangla writer Humayun Ahmed on the occasion of his 70th birth anniversary, reports UNB. Humayun Ahmed (13 November 1948 – 19 July 2012) was a Bangladeshi writer, dramatist, screenwriter, filmmaker, song writer, scholar, lecturer. His breakthrough […]

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Bidi labor federation threatens hunger strike till death

‘To save bidi industry’, Bidi Labourer Federation president Amin Uddin threatened hunger strike till death in front of National Press Club. He declared this recently in a demonstration organized by federation at Hosenabad Kindergarten School field, a press release said. Amin Uddin said we demand that government decrease the tax on bidi and increase the […]

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NCTB changes textbook contents under ‘communal pressure’: TIB

Dhaka – The National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB) arbitrarily changes the contents of textbooks at primary and secondary levels after facing political and communal pressures, says a new study of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB), reports UNB. “The process of NCTB’s textbook formulation is unclear — its manuscripts are not written properly while political and […]

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Rohingya women gang-raped by Myanmar army : UN

DHAKA : United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict Pramila Patten on Sunday said they consistently heard about sexual violence from survivors, including gang-rape of women by multiple soldiers, reports UNB. “One survivor described being held in captivity by the Myanmar armed forces for 45 days when she was raped […]

Hostile terrain slows aid delivery to Rohingyas: IOM

COX’S BAZAR : As an estimated 613,000 Rohingya people have arrived in Cox’s Bazar, fleeing violence in Myanmar, since August 25, the total Rohingya population in the area is now over 826,000, an IOM press release said yesterday. “The makeshift sites where the Rohingyas have settled are desperately overcrowded and located on inhospitable, hilly terrain […]

Novo Nordisk calls Massive awareness campaign on diabetes

Novo Nordisk in partnership with Diabetic Association of Bangladesh (DAB) and Padma Textiles Ltd has launched a countrywide massive awareness building activity leading to the World Diabetes Day (WDD) on 14 November. Novo Nordisk in association with key stakeholders will organise 150 rallies across the country on WDD, screen more than 15,000 pregnant women and […]

BRAC Vice Chairperson awarded ‘Medical Award of Excellence 2017’

Dr Mushtaque Raza Chowdhury, Vice Chairperson of BRAC, was nominated by the American non-profit Ronald McDonald House Charities for its ‘Medical Award of Excellence 2017’ along with a grant of USD 100,000. The award was given in recognition of Dr Chowdhury’s outstanding contributions in the field of primary health care and community-based education across developing […]

24 Bangladeshis held at Benapole border

BENAPOLE : Members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) detained 24 Bangladeshi nationals, who were trafficked to India eight years back, while they were entering the country through Sadipur border in Benapole early Sunday. The detainees, including 15 women and nine men, hail from different areas of Faridpur, Narail and Khulna districts, reports UNB. Lt Col […]

Bidi Labourer declares a massive rally in Dhaka

Bangladesh Bidi Sramik Federation President Amin Uddin BSC announced a massive rally in capital Dhaka in December. On Wednesday (November 8th), he announced this at a rally organized by Bangladesh Bidi Workers Federation Pabna Zone in front of Pabna Press Club, says a press release. Amin Uddin said, to reduce the tax on the bidi […]

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Chief Justice Sinha finally quits

DHAKA : Amid various speculations and row over the Supreme Court’s 16th amendment verdict, Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, now abroad, has finally stepped down, reports UNB. President Abdul Hamid received his resignation letter, said his press secretary Joynal Abedin on Saturday. Earlier in the day, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said the […]

Biman’s move to induct 2 aircraft gets ‘good response’

DHAKA : National airliner Biman has received a ‘good response’ in its move to induct two more aircraft for a short time, aiming to fill up the shortage after the early termination of the two aircraft taken from Egypt Air, reports UNB. “We’ve received a good response…eight companies from various countries responded to our tender […]

60 lakh people employed in country’s poultry industry

DHAKA : Around 60 lakh people, of whom 40 percent women, are currently employed in the country’s poultry industry directly or indirectly. The investment in the industry is above Taka 30,000 crore while it contributed about 2 percent in the GDP (Gross Domestic Product), Bangladesh Poultry Industries Central Council (BPICC) President Mashiur Rahman told BSS. […]

23 conditions for BNP to hold rally

DHAKA : BNP on Saturday said it got a conditional permission from the authorities concerned to hold its public rally at Suhrawardy Udyan here on Sunday, reports UNB. Speaking at a press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan central office, party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said they were allowed to stage the rally on […]

Dhaka needs strong diplomacy to solve Rohingya crisis: CPD

DHAKA : The government of Bangladesh needs to continue energetic diplomacy, particularly with regional partners, to solve the Rohingya problem “Platforms such as Bimstec and BCIM which aim to deepen regional and sub-regional trade, investment and transport connectivity should be used for arriving at a solution,” said CPD Executive Director Dr Fahmida Khatun. She was […]

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