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RMG workers stage demo blocking Rampura road

DHAKA : The workers of a garment factory staged demonstrations in front of their factory near Rampura TV Center in the city to press home their various demands, including halting relocation of their factory on Thursday, reports UNB. Police said around 100 workers of the factory took to the streets around 8 am and staged […]

Corruption Prevention Week from March 26

DHAKA : The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) will observe Corruption Prevention Week 2017 from March 26 next aiming to create mass awareness and sensitise people to raise their united voice against graft, reports UNB. With the slogan ‘Stop Corruption – Save Person, Save Nation’, the national anti-graft agency has taken various programmes marking the week. ACC […]

Muhith opens online VAT registration formally

DHAKA : Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday inaugurated the online VAT registration formally expressing the hope that the people would now pay Value Added Tax (VAT) online for the development of the country, reports BSS. “Online VAT registration began formally from today and I hope the people will now pay VAT online,” the finance minister […]

Rajuk fines bank, hospital in residential area

DHAKA : Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) on Thursday removed several unauthorised business establishments from the residential area in Uttara in the city, reports UNB. A Rajuk mobile court team, led by Rajuk Executive Magistrate Md Nasir Uddin, also fined a private and a hospital Tk 2 lakh for running their activities in the residential area. […]

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Bangladesh, Indian army jointly launch cross-country cycling expedition

DHAKA : Bangladesh and Indian army yesterday jointly launched a 14-day cross-country cycling expedition with General Officer Commanding of Indian military’s Gajraj Corps Lieutenant General AS Bedi flagging off the event at Agartala of Tripura, reports UNB. According to an Indian High Commission press release 15 members each from both sides are taking part in […]

Quader asks party men to make party more disciplined, modern

SYLHET : Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader yesterday asked party leaders and workers to work for making the party more disciplined and modern keeping in mind the next general election. “Speak less, work more . . .Be more disciplined and modern to present Sheikh Hasina the victory in next general polls which is only […]

Spending on education biggest investment: PM

DHAKA : Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said spending on education sector is the biggest investment to build the nation and attain the capability to have a place in this competitive world, reports UNB. “I don’t think expenditure on the education sector as expenditure at all, I think this is investment, the biggest investment […]

ICT-1 sets May 31 for formal charge against ex-Pak captain

DHAKA : The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT)-1 yesterday set May 31 for submitting formal charge in the crimes against humanity case against former Pakistani army captain Md Shahidullah of Comilla. “We have received the investigation report in the case last afternoon and need three months time to submit the formal charge,” prosecutor Abul Kalam pleaded […]

Dhaka gears up drive to have UN recognition for Mass Killing Day

CHITTAGONG : Bangladesh has intensified its diplomatic efforts to get UN recognition for March 25 as Mass Killing Day commemorating the atrocities and mass killing committed by Pakistani occupation forces in 1971, reports UNB. “Though it’s a time-consuming process but it’s not impossible,” State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam told UNB here on […]

HC summons 2 cops for detaining 2 women

DHAKA : The High Court on Tuesday summoned two policemen, including the officer-in-charge of Madaripur Sadar Police Station, to appear before it on March 29 over keeping two women detained for long after detaching their children on breast milk, reports UNB.An HC bench of Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Justice Mohammad Ullah asked OC Ziaul […]

Ecnec okays Tk 1.1 5 lakh cr health project

DHAKA : The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) on Tuesday approved Tk 1.15 lakh crore 4th Health, Population and Nutrition Sector Programme, aiming to improve equity, quality and efficiency for gradually moving towards Universal Health Coverage and achieving health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), reports UNB. The approval came at a meeting of […]

Saudi announces 90-day amnesty for visa violators

Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry has launched a 90-day amnesty campaign for foreign workers in violation of residency and labour laws. The amnesty, which comes into effect from March 29, is designed to allow those with expired residency permits or who have switched jobs illegally to rectify their status or leave the country without paying penalty […]

Mijarul Quayes’ 1st janaza held at MoFA

DHAKA : The first namaz-e-janaza of former Foreign Secretary and Bangladesh Ambassador to Brazil Mohamed Mijarul Quayes was held at the Foreign Ministry on Monday morning, reports UNB. Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam, State Minister for Finance MA Mannan, Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque and current and […]

Some youths might have been killed branding as militants: BNP

DHAKA : BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Monday aired a suspicion that some youths might have been killed branding them as militants after their detention by law enforcers to prove the emergence of militancy in the country, reports UNB. ‘Many youths are now being killed suspecting their involvement in militant acts, and […]

Govt drums up militancy issue to perpetuate power: BNP

DHAKA : BNP on Sunday alleged that the government is bringing the militancy issue in the forefront for implementing its anti-state hidden agenda to cling to power, reports UNB. ‘The IGP and Rab DG are making contradictory remarks over militancy issue while opposition is being blamed after any incident. These things are giving an impression […]

EC orders withdrawal of Comilla OC

COMILLA : The Election Commission (EC) has ordered the withdrawal of the officer-in-charge of Sadar Dakkhin Police Station, Nazrul Islam, ahead of the polls to Comilla City Corporation, reports UNB. Rakib Uddin Mondal, returning officer of the city election billed for March 30, said an order reached the Comilla regional election office on Sunday afternoon […]

PM for modernizing weaving industry, multipurpose use of products

DHAKA : Putting emphasis on modernization of weaving industry and multipurpose use of its products, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday assured of extending all kinds of cooperation for further expansion of the industry, reports BSS. “Weaving is a high quality art and our aim is to expand and modernize the industry … we are ready […]

Gaibandha bus plunge kills 5

Rafiqul Islam, Gaibandha correspondent Five people, including a child, were killed and 16 injured as a bus plunged into a roadside ditch at Jumarghar on Dhaka-Rangpur Highway in Gobindaganj upazila on Sunday. Officer-in-charge of Gobindhaganj Highway Police Station Abul Bashar said a Dhaka-bound bus of ‘Shakil Paribahan’ skidded off the road and fell into the […]

Delisting of ‘fake’ Hilsa fishermen demanded

DHAKA : Several rights organizations yesterday urged the government to provide identity cards to genuine Hilsa fishermen only and delist the fake ones enjoying government aid unethically during temporary bans over off-season fishing of the delicious fish in major rivers and along the coast, reports BSS. They said the people who were never fishermen under […]

Govt plans to observe March 19 as Armed Resistance Day

DHAKA : Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque yesterday said the government would take necessary steps to observe March 19 as the First Armed Resistance Day and consider making ‘Joy Bangla’ the national slogan, reports BSS. “The present government, responding to the people’s demand, will take necessary step to observe the First Armed Resistance […]

Wage board for print, electronic media to be declared soon: Iqbal Sobhan

CHITTAGONG : Prime Minister’s media adviser Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury yesterday said the wage board for print and electronic media was expected to be declared soon as he joined an interaction with newsmen at the port city, reports BSS. “Different stakeholders nominated their representatives for the wage board committee . . . the 9th wage board […]

Mayor Annisul Huq calls on city dwellers to keep Dhaka clean

DHAKA : Dhaka North City Corporation Mayor Annisul Huq on Saturday sought cooperation from the city dwellers to keep the ‘world’s most densely populated city’ clean and green, reports UNB.“It’s not possible for only the mayor and his workforce to maintain cleanliness of Dhaka North city which is the world’s most densely populated city,” the […]

Militants to be eliminated with iron hand: IGP

DHAKA : The law enforcement agencies have been instructed to eliminate militants, terrorists and the neo-Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh along with their networks with an iron hand in the country. “We have already identified masterminds of militants and their networks alongside the neo-JMB (Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh). The law enforcement agencies are working to arrest militants and […]

Extremism main obstacle to stability: Quader

DHAKA : Describing extremism as the main obstacle to the country’s stability, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader yesterday urged all irrespective of political ideologies to be united to fight the menace, reports BSS. “Communal extremism and militancy are a threat to our national existence … so we irrespective of party affiliation will have […]

BRTA official, cop among 5 facing ACC charge-sheet

DHAKA : The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has approved a charge-sheet against five people, including an official of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA), in a graft case, reports UNB. The Commission at its regular meeting on Thursday approved a proposal for submitting a charge-sheet against them, ACC public relations officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya told UNB. He […]