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Locked up for seeking asylum

I recently received a phone call from Alabama. It was Samey Honaryar, an Afghan who had worked as an interpreter with the US military and had fled Taliban persecution hoping to find asylum here. Samey is not accused of committing any crime. Yet for nearly a year, he’s been locked up in Etowah County Detention […]

Census & health

DECENNIAL population census is a must in most countries of the world nowadays. Population census is conducted to gather basic information on the total number of people living at a particular point in time in a given country. This information is absolutely essential to plan services, fix budgetary allocations and improve the quality of life […]

Meeting expectations of young people

Out of the over 160 million people of Bangladesh, some 50 million are in the age brackets between 15 and 30 years. Another big segment are children awaiting to join the above category. Thus, the bigger part of this country’s population is made of young or very young persons. This is both a source of […]

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BD girls move to semis in AFC U-14 Rg Champs

DHAKA : Bangladesh reached the semifinals of the AFC U-14 Girls Regional (South and Central) Championship as the Group-B champions after an emphatic 9-0 victory against Nepal at Aviator Stadium in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on Thursday, reports UNB. Defending champion Bangladesh will play the semifinal against Group-A runners-up, to be confirmed, at the same venue on […]

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Legal aid services to be ensured at grassroots level: PM

DHAKA : Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said her government has taken steps to ensure legal aid services at the country’s grassroots level, reports UNB. The Prime Minister said this while addressing the inaugural function of the National Legal Aid Services Day 2016 at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh in the cit. The day […]

SIM re-registration deadline to expire on Apr 30: Tarana

DHAKA : The re-registration of all subscribers’ SIM cards under the biometric method will end at 10m on April 30 as per as the government’s decision, reiterated State Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Tarana Halim on Thursday, reports UNB. “The re-registration of SIMs under biometric method to end at 10pm on Apr 30 and all […]

JS passes Civil Courts (Amendment) Bill-2016

SANGSAD BHABAN : The Jatiya Sangsad yesterday passed the Civil Courts (Amendment) Bill-2016 with the provision for re-fixing the financial jurisdiction of District Judges in hearing the appeal cases and Joint-District Judges, Senior Assistant Judges and Assistant Judges in lodging civil cases. Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Haque moved the bill in the […]

Nasrul says ‘sorry’ for disruption in power supply

DHAKA : State Minister for Power and Energy Nasrul Hamid has said sorry to people for their sufferings at different parts of the country, including the capital city, due to frequent disruptions in power supply over the last one week, reports UNB. The junior minister came up with the apology on Wednesday night through a […]

Uniform 15 pc VAT from next fiscal: Muhith

Dhaka : Finance Minister AMA Muhith on Thursday urged the businessmen to accept the planned uniform structure of value added tax (VAT) at 15 percent applicable for all kinds of goods and services that is going to be introduced from fiscal 2016-17 reports UNB Turing down a demand of different business bodies to continue with […]

No existence of IS in Bangladesh: Home Minister

DHAKA : Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal yesterday said there is no existence of Islamic State (IS) in Bangladesh, reports BSS. “A new conspiracy is being hatched in the name of IS militants,” he said and urged the people of all strata to remain united to resist the conspiracy. The home minister was speaking as […]

EP for bringing perpetrators of recent murders to justice

DHAKA : Jean Lambert, the Chair of the European Parliament Delegation for Relations with the South Asian countries, has urged Bangladesh authorities to swiftly bring the perpetrators of the recent murders to justice, reports UNB. In a statement from Brussels, she said government authorities, political parties and civil society should stand together against the actions […]

HC releases full verdict in Anwar Chy grenade attack case

DHAKA : The High Court (HC) yesterday released its full verdict in the case of grenade attack on former British envoy in Bangladesh Anwar Chowdhury, reports BSS. The High Court released the verdict after Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Amir Hossain signed the 167-page judgment. “After releasing of the full verdict, now there is […]

Charge framing in Rana Plaza murder case on May 15

DHAKA : A court here on Thursday fixed May 15 for framing charges against 42 accused in a murder case filed over Rana Plaza collapse, reports UNB. Dhaka District and Sessions Judge SM Kuddus Jaman set the date taking cognizance of the chargesheet against the accused. Of the total 42 accused, the four arrestees-Rana Plaza […]

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Birds chirp over the trees at Doyarabazar

Nestles getting disturbed in lack of care, nurture Md. Habibullah Helali, from Doyarabazar, Sunamganj: The Upazila is fully resounded with the chirping of several types of birds. Some of them are now very rare species in the country. Upazila’s Kamar Potti area has become as a safe den for them. Everyday people of this area […]

Biman carries 39,76, 666 passengers since 2015: Menon

SANGSAD BHABAN : Biman Bangladesh Airlines Limited has carried 3976666 passengers on the international and domestic routes from January 2015 to till date, reports BSS. “The national flag carrier has been operating domestic and international flights with its 14 aircraft,” Civil Aviation and Toursim Minister Rashed Khan Menon told this in the Jatiya Sangsad yesterday […]

BNP questions police role as killings going on

DHAKA : BNP on Thursday questioned the role of police over the recent killings, including Kalabagan double murder and Gazipur jail guard, saying what the law enforcers are doing to deal with the situation, reports UNB. Speaking at a milad mahfil, party senior leader Gayeshwar Chandra Roy also criticised the government for what he said […]

6th phase polls to 724 UPs on June 4

DHAKA : The Election Commission on Thursday announced the schedule for the 6th phase of elections to 724 Union Parishads, fixing June 4 for balloting, reports UNB. According to the schedule, the deadline for the submission of nomination paper is May 9, while the nomination papers will be scrutinised on May 11-12, and the last […]

Rescue operation in Shela starts 40 days after cargo sinks

BAGERHAT : Forty days after a coal-laden cargo vessel sank in the Shela River at Harintana point of the Sundarbans in Mongla upazila, the owner of the vessel started the rescue operation on Thursday, reports UNB. Primarily, a 15-member team started removing the coal from inside the cargo with the help of water pumps. Later, […]

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Govt to implement 5-yr HR prog with int’l support

DHAKA : The government on Thursday signed a deal with international partners to implement a new human rights programme in the country, reports UNB. The programme will be technically supported by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) while financially by the governments of Sweden, Denmark, and Switzerland. It will be implemented over the next five years […]

Fakhrul off to Bangkok for treatment

DHAKA : BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Thursday went to Bangkok for medical treatment, reports UNB. Fakhrul along with his wife Rahat Ara Begum left Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport for the Thai capital by a flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines around 12:10pm, said BNP chairperson’s media wing member Sayrul Kabir Khan. Talking […]

President for safety of workers to boost production

DHAKA : Terming the safety and security of the workplace as important for boosting industrial production, President Abdul Hamid yesterday urged all including the workers, owners and the government to work from their respective positions to ensure professional health and safety of workers for building a prosperous country, reports BSS. “It is the legal right […]

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Direct consumers of tobacco, tobacco products now 2.5 cr: Nasim

DHAKA : Health Minister Mohammad Nasim on Thursday said the country’s 2.5 crore people of all ages and classes now directly take tobacco or tobacco-made products, reports UNB. The minister came up with the figure while talking to reporters before inaugurating an anti-tobacco media campaign ahead of World No Tobacco Day on May 31. The […]

Government commits to strengthen human rights

DHAKA : With the support from international development partners, the government is committed to continue improving human rights in the country, reports BSS. A new human rights programme has been signed with an estimated budget of 10.5 million US dollars, which will be implemented in the next five years.  The programme will be technically supported […]

ACC arrest 2 more graft suspects

DHAKA : The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) on Thursday arrested two graft suspects, including a bank official, from Habiganj in separate graft cases, reports UNB. An ACC team of its Habiganj Zila office arrested principal officer of Agrani Bank’s Nabinagar branch Champa Lal Banik and caretaker of the branch Mozakkir Hossain for allegedly swindling out […]

Public university teachers’ work abstention May 2

DHAKA : Amid widespread protest against the killing of Rajshahi University teacher Prof Rezaul Karim Siddiquee, the teachers of all public universities will observe a three-hour work abstention on May 2 demanding immediately bringing the killers to justice, reports UNB. Federation of Bangladesh University Teachers’ Associations (FBUTA) took the decision on Tuesday evening, said a […]