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BNP backs Nat’l committee’s Jan 26 half-day hartal

DHAKA : BNP on Sunday extended its support to a half-day hartal to be enforced by the National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports on January 26 demanding cancellation of Rampal power plant project near the Sundarbans, reports UNB. BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi came up with the […]

Dhaka, KL find one voice on atrocities against Rohingyas

DHAKA : Bangladesh and Malaysia have agreed on the need for a greater role for multilateral bodies such as ASEAN, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the United Nations (UN), in finding a durable solution to the Rohingya crisis, that is spilling out of Myanmar, reports UNB. State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar […]

AL must win hearts of people: Quader

DHAKA : Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader yesterday said the party leaders and workers must win hearts of the people through their good deeds as none would be allowed to tarnish the image of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, reports BSS. “Rectify yourselves . . . We won’t allow anybody to ruin the achievements of […]

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India Andhra Pradesh train crash kills 36

At least 36 people have been killed and many others injured after a train derailed in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, officials say, reports BBC. Nine coaches and the engine left the tracks near Kuneru station in Vizianagaram district, the head of East Coast Railway, JP Mishra, said. Many people are still trapped in […]

JS goes into 14th session today

DHAKA : The fourteenth session of the 10th Jatiya Sangsad (JS) will begin at 4 pm today, said a release of the Parliament Secretariat. President Abdul Hamid summoned the parliament session exercising his power bestowed upon him in line with the Article 72 (1) of the Constitution. The session will begin at 4 pm and […]

Huge mobile sets with fake IMEI number seized

DHAKA : Customs intelligence yesterday seized 14,900 mobile phone sets with IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) from Shahjalal International Airport in the city, reports BSS. The cell phone sets were seized at the time of releasing those, said a customs intelligence official. Legal action was taken to this end.

UK firm keen to invest in mobile phone production

DHAKA : A promising British business entity has expressed willingness to invest in mobile set production in Bangladesh as officials try to woo more foreign investments from the United Kingdom, according to a message received yesterday. The Eurofoods Group, a Wales-based food distribution company and has several fish and food processing plants in Bangladesh now, […]

Digital Centre directors’ plight risks ‘Digital Bangladesh’

DHAKA : Directors (Entrepreneur) of Bangladesh Digital Centres, a key driver in the effort to establish ‘Digital Bangladesh’, formerly known as Union Parishad Information Centre, are demonstrating for nationalization of their positions, reports UNB. Under the banner of Bangladesh Digital Centre Entrepreneurs Forum (BDCF), they are organizing a ‘demonstration until death’ programme at the Central […]

Tofail urges India to lift anti-dumping tax on Bangladeshi jute goods

DHAKA : Commerce minister Tofail Ahmed yesterday called upon India to lift anti-dumping duty on Bangladeshi jute goods, reports UNB. “India should consider the issue with sympathy,” he said speaking as the chief guest at a discussion meeting on ‘Unity in Diversity in India’ in the city. Bangladesh-India Friendship Association (BIFA) organized the discussion meeting […]

Lawyers are not for protecting offenders: CJ

CHITTAGONG : Chief Justice (CJ) Surendra Kumar Sinha yesterday said professional obligations require lawyers to protect rule of law and not to protect offenders, reports UNB. “You are the souls of the judges who cannot write a single line without your cooperation . . . it is the lawyers who play the pioneering role in […]

President for united resistance against terrorism, communalism

DHAKA : President Abdul Hamid urged all to build united resistance against terrorism and communalism, saying that terrorists have no religion, reports BSS. “We all have to remember that terrorists have no religion. Terrorism is their only identity and we should remain united against them,” the President said while addressing the silver jubilee and seventh […]

5 lakh people to be given skill training to eradicate poverty

DHAKA : The government has initiated to provide skills training and gainful employment to five lakh people of poor families by 2020 to supplement the efforts of eliminating poverty in the country. Under the Skills for Employment Investment Program (SEIP), the people of underprivileged group will be given training facilities to create skilled manpower, this […]

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PM for greater transboundary water collaboration

DAVOS, Switzerland : Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday underlined the importance of greater collaboration on development and utilizing transboundary freshwater resources for economic development. “Water is wealth. For us, water is about everyday sustenance – in cities, across villages – over the ages. So we need to understand the ‘value’ of water,” she said while […]

Trump’s early declaration to quit TPP to benefit BD: Tofail

DHAKA : Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed on Tuesday said US President-elect Donald Trump’s declaration to quit Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal helped Bangladesh a lot as the country was excluded from the bloc, reports UNB. ‘Before taking oath, his declaration not to remain with TPP helped us. That’s a good sign. Bangladesh will be benefited […]

President for united efforts to keep democratic process unhurt

DHAKA : Terming the democracy and development as complementary to each other, President Abdul Hamid urged all to put united efforts so that the hard-earned democracy is not hampered in anyway. “I believe that all will put efforts to uphold the hard-earned independence and the spirit of Liberation War. All will have to play role […]

Hearing on Kader Siddique’s leave-to-appeal today

DHAKA : The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court is set to hear on today the leave-to-appeal petition filed by Krishak Sramik Janata League president Kader Siddique against the High Court verdict rejecting his plea for participating in the Tangail-4 by-election, reports UNB. The full bench comprising all judges of the Appellate Division, led by […]

Mobile phone operators asked to submit call-drop lists

DHAKA : State Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Tarana Halim on Monday asked all the mobile phone operators to submit monthly call-drop lists to the BTRC to ensure compensation for the affected customers, reports UNB. The mobile phone operators have to pay compensation for more than one call drops every day, and this will be […]

CHT sanitation coverage remarkable despite challenges

DHAKA : Despite challenges posed mostly by the rugged topography bigger population in the three Hill districts of Rangmati, Khagrachhari and Bandarbans was brought under hygienic sanitation system through sustainable sanitation coverage programme, reports BSS. According to the Public Health Engineering Department ninety percent people in Rangamati, 74.59 percent people in Khagrachhari district while 60 […]

PM arrives in Zurich to attend WEF meeting

ZURICH : Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived yesterday morning on a five-day official visit to Switzerland to join the 47th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF), reports BSS. Executive Chairman of the WEF Prof Klaus Schwab invited her to attend the Forum who would be the first elected Bangladeshi leader to attend the […]

Police clearance certificate goes online

DHAKA : Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Sunday said Bangladesh has moved one more step towards building digital Bangladesh with the inauguration of the online police clearance certificate service, reports UNB. Service seekers will face no harassment while the process will ensure transparency and accountability’ he said while addressing a programme marking the inauguration of […]

Pre-registration of hajj pilgrims begins

DHAKA : The pre-registration of interested hajj pilgrims for the year of 2017 under the government management began on Sunday, said Religious Affairs Minister Principal Motiur Rahman, reports BSS. The Religious Affairs Minister came up with the information while talking to reporters after inaugurating the online service at his office. Principal Motiur Rahman said an […]

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40 out of 91 commitments implemented

DHAKA : Forty commitments, out of 91 related to the Home Ministry, have so far been implemented fully, while 13 others have implemented partially and the process to implement the remaining 28 commitments is now underway, reports BSS. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan made a total of 91 commitments related to […]

Produce 2 accused children on Jan 29: HC

DHAKA : The High Court on Sunday asked the authorities concerned to produce two children, arrested for their suspected involvement in a murder from Kamrangirchar, before the court on January 29, reports UNB. The HC bench of Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Justice Mohammad Ullah asked the Metropolitan Police Commissioner to produce the children before […]

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Bangladesh Tour of New Zealand, 1st Test

NZ still 303 runs behind

New Zealand finished the third day of the opening Test against Bangladesh at 292-3, still 303 runs behind the Tigers’ imposing first innings total of 595-8 declared at the Basin Reserve in Wellington yesterday. Tom Latham was unbeaten on 119 and Henry Nicholls on 35 when the stumps were drawn for the day. It was […]