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Education to make human resources

Despite the recent success of Bangladesh in terms of GDP growth, exports earnings, etc , the question remains if the country could have done much better in these and other indicators of economic progress. Most experts would agree that Bangladesh’s economic development could be more stable and sustained if it were built on a solid […]

Hindutva at hustings

In refusing to revisit Justice J.S. Verma’s judgments in the ‘Hindutva cases’, the Supreme Court is missing an opportunity to strengthen integrity in India’s political process On Tuesday, a seven-judge Bench of the Supreme Court, which is currently hearing oral arguments in two cases – Abhiram Singh v. C.D. Commachen and Narayan Singh v. Sunderlal […]

Defeating Trump isn’t enough

It is a message Democrats will be sending in suburban precincts all over the United States during the 2016 campaign’s final days: Defeating Donald Trump isn’t enough. Fully rejecting Trumpism also means routing Republican House and Senate candidates who showed any ambivalence in pushing back against a nominee that so many upscale voters regard with […]

Ali Imam Majumder made TIB Trustee Board member

DHAKA : Former cabinet secretary Ali Imam Majumder has joined the Board of Trustees of the Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) as its new member, reports UNB. He joined the 89th meeting of the board on Wednesday, said a TIB press release on Thursday. Majumder was elected board member on June 22, 2016. Majumder was appointed […]

Dhaka expects positive outcome over Teesta issue in Dec

DHAKA : Bangladesh expects a positive outcome on the long pending Teesta water sharing deal with India during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s forthcoming bilateral visit to New Delhi in December next, report sUNB. Newly elected Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader said this while talking to reporters after his meeting with Indian High Commissioner in […]

Cyclone ‘Kyant’ weakens, moves west-southwestwards

DHAKA : The cyclonic storm ‘Kyant’ over west-central bay and adjoining area moved west-southwestwards and weakens into a deep depression over the same area on Thursday, reports UNB. It centred at 9 am on Thursday about 975 km southwest of Chittagong port, 930 km southwest of Cox’s Bazar port, 855 km southwest of Mongla port […]

Coal to generate 50pc electricity by 2022: Hamid

DHAKA : State minister for energy Nasrul Hamid yesterday said coal was expected to be used to generate 50 percent of electricity by 2022, reports BSS. “Under the Power System Master Plan, coal would be the primary fuel for power generation,” he told a roundtable titled ‘Mega Project Debate, staged by Energy and Power, a […]


BNP slams Qauder for ‘no dialogue remark’

DHAKA : Criticising the new Awami League general secretary for his comment that there is no need to hold any dialogue with BNP, its secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Thursday said engaging in talks is essential for the sake of a credible and inclusive election, reports UNB. “There’s no other potion, but to […]


PM opens Mongla silo, Mongla-Ghoshiakhali channel & Child Helpline

DHAKA : Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday inaugurated a 50,000-mt capacity silo at Joymonirghol around 17 kilometers downstream of Mongla Port, the re-excavated Mongla Ghoshiakhali River channel and ‘Child Helpline – 1098’. The Prime Minister inaugurated the three important projects through separate videoconferences from her official residence Ganobhaban. The aim of constructing the silo […]

BNP now devastated party : Quader

DHAKA : Terming BNP a frustrated and devastated party, Awami League secretary general Obaidul Quader on Thursday said the activities of BNP are now limited to holding press conferences, reports UNB. “Their (BNP’s) activities are now limited to holding press conferences sitting at home. They’ve no relation to the country’s people,” he said. Quader, also […]

Fallen peacekeepers remembered at UN Secretariat

DHAKA : The annual ceremony to mark the “Memorial Service” to honour the UN personnel, who lost their lives in service of peace was held at the Trusteeship Council of United Nations Secretariat on Wednesday, reports BSS. During the period between January 2015 and June 2016, a total of 211 peacekeepers both military and civilians […]

Dhaka seeks Tajuddin’s extradition from SA

DHAKA : Bangladesh yesterday sought extradition of a key-accused of deadly August 21, 2004 grenade attack as he reportedly took refuge in South Africa to evade justice at home, reports BSS. According to a foreign office statement State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam made a request to SA Deputy Minister of Int’l Relations and […]

Dhaka, Delhi agree to enhance info for disaster management

DHAKA : Bangladesh and India yesterday agreed to enhance exchanging information for disaster management, reports BSS. This agreement was reached when Indian High Commissioner Harshavardhana Sringala called on Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya at Bangladesh Secretariat office in the city, said an official release. They exchanged views on Asian minister level […]

IORA Leaders’ Summit in Jakarta March 7

DHAKA : The first ever heads of government level of IORA Leaders’ Summit would be held in Jakarta, Indonesia on March 7 next year to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of establishment of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), reports BSS. The decision was taken at the 16th Council of Ministers Meeting of IORA held in […]

England Cricket team hear BD acid survivors

DHAKA : England National Cricket team, now in city, on Tuesday evening listened to stories of horrific acid attacks on girls and women, their fight for returning to normal life and awareness against such heinous acts, reports UNB. The entire England cricket team attended a roundtable at the British High Commission in Dhaka to learn […]

Nur Chy’ deportation

Effective mechanism sought

DHAKA : Bangladesh has proposed Canada to devise an ‘effective mechanism’ to move forward with the deportation of Nur Chowdhury, the self-confessed and convicted killer of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family members in 1975, reports UNB. Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali made the proposal at a bilateral meeting held […]

Bangladesh leads S Asia in gender equity with ranking 72; India 87

DHAKA : Bangladesh has top-ranked in gender equity in South Asia having closed its overall gender gap just under 70 percent, reports UNB. Bangladesh has ranked 72 among 144 countries in the world in the Global Gender Gap Index 2016 prepared by World Economic Forum. India, which stands 87 in the index, follows Bangladesh having […]

Innocent people being punished, offenders spared : BNP

DHAKA : BNP on Wednesday accused the government of implicating its leader MA Qaiyum in the Italian citizen Cesare Tavella murder case with a political motive, and said innocent people are now getting punished while offenders spared as there is no rule of law in the country, reports UNB. In a statement, BNP secretary general […]


Serve people with sincerity, PM asks physicians

DHAKA : Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday asked physicians to discharge their duties with honesty and a serving attitude as they are in a noble profession, reports UNB. “You’re in a noble profession…we hope you’ll engage in this profession with an attitude of honesty…keep it in mind to serve people, that’s what we want […]

AL expects Joy as future leader : Quader

DHAKA : Newly elected Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader yesterday said the party attaches high importance to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s son Sajeeb Wazed Joy to become the future leader of Awami League, reports BSS. “We have high hopes and dreams involving him,” Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, told journalists after […]

Bangladesh’s warming up with China will not affect relations with others: Inu

DHAKA : Information Minister Hasanul Huq Inu, MP, said yesterday that Bangladesh’s increasing engagement with China would not affect Bangladesh’s relationship with other countries including India, USA and Europe, reports BSS. The minister was speaking as the chief guest at a seminar on the implications of Bangladesh’s growing relationship with China at the city’s CIRDAP […]

UN’s Wild for Life campaign goes live on Indonesian social media

DHAKA : The United Nations “Wild for Life” campaign to raise awareness about endangered wildlife went live on one of the most popular social media platforms in Indonesia on Wednesday, reports UNB. The launch of the “Wild for Life” is aimed at rallying public support to end the demand that is driving illegal trade in […]

Speedy trial tribunal to dispose of child assault, rape cases: Anisul

DHAKA : Urging the prosecution to be more active in ensuring maximum punishment within quickest of time for the people guilty of assaulting and raping children, Law Minister Anisul Huq today said such trials will be conducted by the speedy trial tribunals for swift disposal of cases, reports BSS. “Such heinous crimes will not occur […]