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Rain thwarts SL’s chances after Mendis ton

The second ODI between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh was called off due to incessant rain in Dambulla. Play was called off at 8.45pm, an hour and 15 minutes before the cut-off time after the umpires felt it may have not been enough for the ground staff to complete their duties of removing the covers and […]

Tight security at airport ahead of IPU assembly

DHAKA : Security at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport has been tightened ahead of the 136th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), which will formally begin here on April 2, reports UNB. As part of the tight security measures, the entry of visitors to the arrivals and departure concourse halls of the airport has been banned. […]

Bangabandhu sacrificed life for people’s freedom: PM

DHAKA : Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said Bangabandhu had sacrificed his life for bringing freedom of the people and now it’s the responsibility of the countrymen to protect this freedom. “Bangabandhu chose his struggling life for and dedicated his life to bringing freedom of the people and now it’s the responsibility of the countrymen […]

Ecnec okays UGIIP-3 involving Tk 4,046 cr

DHAKA : The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) on Tuesday approved the 3rd Urban Governance and Infrastructure Improvement (Sector) Project (UGIIP-3) involving Tk 4,046.17 crore to improve the physical infrastructure and urban servicesof 36 municipalities under the country’s seven divisions, reports UNB. The approval came at the regular Ecnec meeting held at […]

Prepare report on mobile phone tower radiation risks : HC

DHAKA : The High Court on Tuesday ordered the Health Ministry to prepare a detailed report with the help of experts of three international organisations over the health risks of radiation emitting from the country’s mobile phone towers, reports UNB. A two-member High Court bench, comprising Justice Syed Refaat Ahmed and Justice Md Salim, passed […]

BNP smells govt’s ‘evil plan’ behind Comilla city polls

DHAKA : BNP on Tuesday feared that the government has an ‘evil plan’ over the Comilla City Corporation election to be held on Thursday, reports UNB. Speaking at a press conference at party’s Nayapaltan central office, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi again demanded the Election Commission install CCTV cameras at least at […]

Bodies of 2 militants charred beyond recognition: Physician

SYLHET : The bodies of two militants, said to be of Morjina and Kawser Ali who were found dead at militant hideout Atia Mahal in Dakkhin Surma upazila, were charred beyond recognition, said a physician on Tuesday, reports UNB. Wishing anonymity, the physician at the Forensic Department of MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital who conducted […]

‘Operation Twilight’ called off

SYLHET : Bangladesh Army called off the ‘Operation Twilight’ at ‘Atia Mahal’ in Dakkhin Surma upazila on Tuesday night, 83 hours after its Para Commandos launched the raid on the militant den on Saturday morning, reports UNB. Army’s Military Intelligence Director Brig Gen Fakhrul Ahsan made the announcement at a press conference at Jalalabad Cantonment […]

Dhaka-London for global fight to uproot terrorism

DHAKA : Bangladesh and the United Kingdom on Tuesday agreed that countering terrorism requires global collaboration to address the root causes and uphold respect for the rule of law and international human rights commitments, reports UNB. Both sides, at the first-ever Bangladesh-UK Strategic Dialogue, condemned the recent terrorist acts in the two countries and expressed […]

European parliamentary delegation meets Speaker

DHAKA : An European parliamentary delegation on Tuesday called on Speaker of the Jatiya Sangsad and CPA Executive Committee’s chairperson Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury at the latter’s office in Parliament, reports UNB. European Parliament member Arne Lietz led the visiting four-member delegation, said a Parliament Secretariat handout. During the meeting, they discussed various issues, including […]

Violence sends little girl Moumita to hospital

DHAKA : Moumita Dey, an 11-year-old girl, is now groaning of pain at a hospital bed since she was physically tortured by her stepfather few days back due to a trivial matter, reports BSS. Moumita’s stepfather beat her mercilessly when she had her meal without mthe consent of other family members. Moumita took some rice […]

Populist drift of the French election

So far, the French electoral season has offered nothing more than a sorry display of politics. Instead of being presented with an educated debate on policy options and electoral programmes, the French population has been forced to watch its politicians wade around in the mud of legal troubles. After weeks of French media obsessing about […]

Managing human resources

There are irrefutable examples to show why of all economic resources, human resources needs to be counted as one that can be of the greatest value for a country to climb up the ladder of economic growth and development. Japan is a very prominent example of this reality. A country without significant mineral and other […]

Fall of Sangin

BY seizing the strategically located Sangin district, with a population of less than 100,000, Taliban insurgents have gained control of more than 50 per cent of southern Helmand province. The town has literally been a major killing field for British, US and Afghan soldiers over the past 16 years of war in Afghanistan. A vital […]

Stay alert overseas, resist evil forces of terrorism: Envoy

DHAKA : Bangladesh Ambassador to Thailand Saida Muna Tasneem has called on expatriate Bangladeshis to forge a unity to stay alert overseas and resist the evil forces of terrorism, violent extremism and radicalization, reports UNB. “Let’s renew our pledge to combat terrorism, violent extremism and radical forces that threaten the values of 1971 and our […]

SC asks govt to ensure security at courts

DHAKA : The Supreme Court administration has asked the authorities concerned to ensure security of the judges, court staff, court premises, courtrooms and the residences of justices across the country. It made the directives in a letter in the wake of militant attacks across the country, reports UNB. Copies of the letter, signed by High […]

IPU Assembly to deal with economic, political, social inequalities

DHAKA : Taking decisive actions to end economic, political and social inequalities will be the focus of deliberations for over 650 MPs from 132 countries meeting here on April 1-5, reports UNB. Parliamentarians, including 53 Parliament Speakers, will make concrete proposals on a range of issues, from ending rising inequalities to promoting women’s access to […]

Dhaka-London talks Today

DHAKA : Bangladesh and the United Kingdom will have an ‘inclusive discussion’ on Tuesday covering all the aspects of ‘multidimensional’ relationship between the two countries, reports UNB. Economic cooperation, security and issues related to shared-values like democratic values and respect for human rights are likely to be discussed in the discussion titled ‘Strategic Dialogue’, diplomatic […]

4 militants’ bodies found at Atia Mahal : Army

SYLHET : Army Para Commandos found the bodies of four militants, including that of a female one, at militant den Atia Mahal at Shibbari of Dakkhin Surma upazila on Monday, reports UNB. Brig Gen Fakhrul Ahsan, spokesperson of the operation, ‘Operation Twilight,’ came up with the disclosure at a press conference near Aita Mahal around […]

6 months’ jail or Tk 50,000 fine for driving vehicles without licence

DHAKA : The Cabinet on Monday approved in principle the draft of the ‘Road Transport Bill, 2017′ with provisions of harsher punishments, including 6 months’ jail or Tk 50,000 fine or both for driving any vehicle without having any driving licence, reports UNB. The approval came from the regular weekly meeting of the Cabinet held […]

PM blasts BNP for not observing ‘Genocide Day’

DHAKA : Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday blasted BNP-Jamaat clique for not observing the ‘Genocide Day’ commemorating Pakistan’s brutality on Bangalees in 1971. “BNP-Jamaat clique’s refusal to abide by the parliamentary and cabinet decision to observe Genocide Day on March 25 made it clear that they don’t believe in country’s independence and still consider the […]

BNP slams AL for ‘violating’ election code in Comilla

DHAKA : Accusing the ruling party men of violating the election code of conduct ahead of Comilla City Corporation polls, BNP on Monday alleged that the Election Commission (EC) and the local administration are taking no action against it, reports UNB. ‘The ruling party’ is increasingly violating the election code of conduct and indulging in […]

Ershad asks JCS members to take preparations for next polls

DHAKA : Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman Hussain Muhammad Ershad yesterday expressed his optimism to go to power by independently participating in the next election, asking the members of the Jatiya Chatra Samaj (JCS), a student wing of JP, to take preparation for the hustings, reports BSS. “I would like to see the Jatiya Party in […]

Gulshan attack mastermind Rajib ‘confesses’ to 3 murders

GAIBANDHA : Jahangir Alam alias Rajib Gandhi, a top Neo JMB leader and the mastermind of the Gulshan terror attack, reportedly confessed to his part in the killing of three people before a court here on Monday, reports UNB. Senior Judicial Magistrate Joynal Abedin recorded his statement when he told the court about his involvement […]

Muslim anxieties and India’s future

A couple of weeks ago, Narendra Modi was celebrating his biggest electoral triumph since becoming India’s prime minister in 2014. His Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had swept into power in Uttar Pradesh, India’s largest state and one of its poorest. The scale of the victory left the BJP’s opponents shell-shocked, and seemed to indicate that […]