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Pilot Abid’s wife passes away

DHAKA – Afsana Khanom, wife of pilot Abid Sultan who died in the US-Bangla aircraft crash in Kathmandu, passed away at the National Institute of Neurosciences & Hospital here today, reports BSS. She was admitted to the hospital on Sunday following a stroke and kept on life support after physicians conducting a surgery. Her condition […]

War crimes tribunal disposes of 31 cases in eight years

DHAKA – The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) of Bangladesh has disposed of 31 cases of crimes against humanity and war crimes since its inception on March 25, 2010, bringing killers of 1971 to justice, reports BSS. Attorney General Mahbubey Alam found the progress made by the ICT satisfactory, saying, “where numerous cases were kept pending […]

Preparations on to face post-LDC challenges: Muhith

DHAKA – Finance Minister AMA Muhith today said Bangladesh is taking all preparations to face the challenges after graduation from Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in 2024, reports BSS. “We have already started preparing ourselves for overcoming the challenges after graduation from LDCs . . . we are freeing up space for the other countries as […]

Bangladesh calls for strengthening BIMSTEC, BBIN

DHAKA – Bangladesh today called for strengthening BIMSTEC and BBIN for transforming the region into a natural hub of economic development, reports BSS. “Time has come for us to seriously re-look at how we want BIMSTEC to be more effective and result-oriented” and draw synergies with other groupings, said Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed […]

Foreign ministry’s special Consular Service Week begins tomorrow

DHAKA – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will observe special “Consular Service Week” from for achieving eligibility of Bangladesh to a middle-income country from the least developed one, reports BSS. In observing the country’s achievement, consular and other services will be provided from the ministry to the service seekers through direct interaction and steps will […]

Scanners to stop drug menace in jails

DHAKA : Inspector General (IG) of Prison Brigadier General Syed Eftekhar Uddin on Sunday said that the jail authority has taken initiative to set up luggage and body scanners inside jails across the country to prevent entering illegal drugs inside the prisons, reports BSS. “Despite strict security, illegal drug is being entering inside the jails. […]

Pilot Abid’s wife suffers brain stroke

DHAKA : Afsana Khanom, wife of pilot Abid Sultan who died in the US-Bangla aircraft crash in Kathmandu, suffered a brain stroke on Sunday morning, reports UNB. Afsana was admitted to the National Institute of Neurosciences & Hospital where doctors conducted a surgery on her, said Dr Shiraji Shafiqul Islam, assistant professor of the institute. […]

BNP to wait to get rally permission

DHAKA : Though the party has all-out preparations for holding a rally in the city’s Suhrawardy Udyan on Monday, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on Sunday said they have not yet received permission for the programme, reports UNB. “Though we’re ready to hold our rally, we’ve not yet been given nod for […]

BD-India meeting on transit protocol next month

DHAKA : Bangladesh and India have agreed on the extension of Protocol on Inland Water Transit and Trade (PIWTT) which was signed in 1972, reports UNB. The proposed high-level meeting on the Protocol on Inland Water Transit and Trade (PIWTT) between Bangladesh and India next month is expected to finalise its Standard Operating Procedures (SoP), […]

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7 JMB men to die for killing Rangpur Khadem; 6 acquitted

RANGPUR : A court here on Sunday sentenced seven members of banned militant outfit Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) to death in a case filed over the killing a Khadem (caretaker) of a shrine in Kaunia Upazila in 2015, reports UNB. The condemned convicts are- JMB Rangpur region commander Masud Rana, members Isahq Ali, Liton Mia […]

DSCC mayor visits cleanliness drives in city

DHAKA : Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Mohammad Sayeed Khokan today visited the cleanliness and mosquito killing activities in the city as part of a week-long ‘Swaccha Dhaka’ (clean Dhaka) programme. DSCC has taken the programme marking the 99th birthday of Father on the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The mayor visited different sites […]

Bangladesh to get GSP facility till 2027: Tofail

DHAKA : Bangladesh will enjoy GSP facility till 2017 although it has turned into a developing nation, commerce minister Tofail Ahmed said yesterday, reports BSS. The minister revealed it while expressing his reaction on Bangladesh’s graduation from the least developed countries (LDCs) to a developing one at his ministry office. “We will fully graduate from […]

Five killed in Sylhet fire caused by lightning

SYLHET : At least five people, including a woman and her son, were killed and 20 others injured in a devastating fire that caused by lightning strike on a gas riser at a colony in Golapganj upazila early Sunday, reports UNB. The deceased were identified as Taskima Begum, 32, wife of Fazlu Miah, hailing from […]

IOM appeals for US$ 182 mn to help Rohingyas, local community

COX’S BAZAR : IOM, the UN Migration Agency, is appealing for USD 182.1 million to assist 900,000 Rohingya refugees and local community members in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, reports UNB. IOM’s appeal is part of a broader USD 951 million UN Joint Response Plan for the Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis covering the same March – December 2018 […]

Bodies of plane crash victims arrive today

DHAKA : The identified bodies of Bangladeshi passengers of crashed US-Bangla aircraft will arrive here today from Kathmandu by a cargo aircraft of Bangladesh Air force. “One of the air force cargo aircraft carrying the identified bodies of the Bangladeshi nationals is schedule to land at BFF Bangabandhu Base at Kurmitola in the capital at […]

Trump’s foreign policy enters new uncertain phase

Who is the real Mike Pompeo and what does he really think about Russia, Iran, Afghanistan or Syria? Moscow has been noticeably reticent about US President Donald Trump’s dismissal last week of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his replacement with Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) chief Pompeo. This is curious considering how often Trump’s perceived […]

Trade for development

US President Trump’s unilateral tariffs on steel and aluminium imports threaten to unleash a trade war with America’s friends and foes. The move may appease Trump’s ‘rust belt’ constituency but is unlikely to end America’s trade deficits or bring back manufacturing jobs. Emerging from the Second World War as the dominant economic power, the US […]

Hawking’s great achievement: Making sense of time

Stephen Hawking’s ideas on the nature of black holes and the big bang might seem far removed from earthly life, but they stem from the kinds of questions that children and curious adults contemplate: Why can’t we move around in time the way we do in space? Why do we seem to be stuck on […]

Promoting technical education

The government has taken an initiative to set up 100 technical schools and colleges in the country to supplement the ongoing efforts of promoting technical education, according to a news report in this paper on Friday. “These 100 schools and colleges will be established as part of the government’s plan for setting up 389 more […]