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Be wise, not clever: Inu

DHAKA : Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu said yesterday that it was important to be wise rather than being clever, reports BSS. “When I was young I thought it was important to be clever but when I gained in years I realized it was more important to be wise,” he told a meeting arranged by […]

Apan Jewellers owner, Raintree Hotel lawyer appear before CIID

DHAKA : The owner of Apan Jewellers and his two brothers and a lawyer of Raintree Hotel authorities appeared before the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Directorate (CIID) on Wednesday morning, reports UNB. Dildar Ahmed, owner of Apan Jewellers and his two brothers – Dulzar Ahmed and Azad Ahmed Shohag – and a lawyer Jahangir Kabir […]

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Hatirjheel-Sonargaon flyover opens to traffic

DHAKA : Another part of the much- awaited Moghbazar-Mouchak flyover connecting Hatirjheel to Sonargaon intersection, was opened to traffic on Wednesday morning to ease traffic congestion, reports UNB. Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Minister Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain inaugurated the 850-meter section of the flyover around 10:15am. On March 30 last, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina […]

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Shafat’s driver, gunman remanded over Banani rape

DHAKA : A court here on Tuesday put Billal, driver of Banani rape case prime accused Shafat Ahmed, on a four-day remand while his gunman Rahmat on a three-day remand, in connection with the case, reports UNB. Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Lashkar Sohel Rana passed the order when Ismat Ara Omi, inspector of Victim Support Centre […]

Sexual violence increasingly used as ‘terrorism’ tactic

United Nations : Sexual violence is increasingly being used as “a tactic of terrorism” from Iraq, Syria and Yemen in the Middle East to Somalia, Nigeria and Mali in Africa, a top U.N. official said Monday, reports UNB. Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed said “the same litany of horrors” has been recounted by Yazidi women held […]

HC stays proceedings of 3 subversion cases against Khaleda

DHAKA : The High Court (HC) yesterday stayed proceedings of three more subversion cases against BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia, reports BSS. A High Court division bench comprising Justice Md Miftah Uddin Choudhury and Justice A. N. M. Bashir Ullah passed the order, issuing rules asking the authorities concerned to explain as to why it […]

JS committee asks for legal steps to recover railway land

DHAKA : A meeting of the parliamentary standing committee on the ministry of railway yesterday asked authorities concerned for taking necessary legal steps to recover all the land which is provided outside the railway system without any auction, reports BSS. The decision was made at the 33rd meeting of the committee held at Jatiya Sangsad […]

HC questions legality of class XI admission policy

DHAKA : The High Court on Tuesday issued a rule asking the government to explain as to why the class XI admission policy-2017 should not be declared unlawful, reports UNB. The HC bench of Justice Salma Masud Chowdhury and Justice AKM Zahirul Hoque issued the rule following a writ petition filed by Supreme Court lawyer […]

Operation at Jhenidah ‘militant dens’ suspended

JHENIDAH : The operation launched by Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) at two ‘militant hideouts’ at Chuadanga village in Sadar upazila has been suspended for Wednesday, reports UNB. Announcing the suspension of the drive at a press briefing around 6pm on Tuesday, commanding officer of Rab-6 Major Monir Ahmed said the elite force will resume its […]

HC directs govt to appoint lawyers for 7-murder convicts

DHAKA : The High Court on Tuesday directed government to appoint lawyers who would stand in the court for six absconding death-row convicts in connection with the sensational Narayanganj seven-murder cases, reports UNB. The HC bench of Justice Jahangir Hossain Selim and Justice Md Jahangir Hossain passed the order asking the solicitor department of Law […]

Govt to build over 1,000 new community clinics

DHAKA : The government will build a total of 1,029 new community clinics in different areas of the country to take the basic health services to the people’s doorsteps, reports BSS. Besides the new clinics, around 2,000 old community clinics would be refurbished so people could get better health services there. Chief Engineer at the […]

6 to die for killing city AL leader, his driver

DHAKA : A court here on Tuesday sentenced six people to death and two others to life term imprisonment for killing an Awami League leader and his driver in 2011, reports UNB. The condemned convicts are-Raihan Khokon, Mohammad Hira, Zakir Hossain, Javed Prince, Jummon and Arif Hossain. Of them, Raihan and Amir were tried in […]

WannaCry ransomware cyber-attacks slow but fears remain

A computer malware that has spread across 150 countries appears to be slowing down, with few reports of fresh attacks in Asia and Europe on Monday, reports BBC. However staff beginning the working week have been told to be careful. The WannaCry ransomware started taking over users’ files on Friday, demanding $300 (£230) to restore […]

Tougher punishment for traffic rule violation in cantonment areas

DHAKA : The cabinet on Monday approved the draft of ‘The Cantonment Bill, 2017’ incorporating tougher punishment for delaying the construction of buildings and breaking traffic rules in cantonment areas, reports UNB. The approval was given at the regular weekly cabinet meeting held at Bangladesh Secretariat with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. After […]

CIID summons Apan Jewellers, Raintree Hotel owners

DHAKA : Customs Intelligence and Investigation Department (CIID) asked the owners ofApan Jewellers and Raintree Hotel to appear before it on Wednesday, reports UNB. They have been asked to appear before it at the headquarters of CIID in the city’s Kakrail area by 11am with valid documents, said Dr Moinul Khan, CIID Director General (DG). […]

Will fight for Banani rape victims, says NHRC chief

DHAKA : National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairman Kazi Reazul Hoque on Monday said they will provide legal aid to the Banani rape victims to ensure justice for them, reports UNB. “Usually, we don’t follow up any rape incident; rather we’d been limited in giving statements only. But, we’ll fight for the victims this time. […]

BD expresses concern over launching of ballistic missile by North Korea

DHAKA : Bangladesh yesterday expressed deep concern over launching of ballistic missile by Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Monday, reports BSS. “By launching of the missile, DPRK has violated its obligation under the relevant resolutions of the United Nations Security Council,” a foreign ministry statement issued yesterday said. In the statement, Bangladesh reaffirmed […]

Govt completes bid evaluation of Matarbari power project

DHAKA : The government has completed the bid evaluation process of its top priority 1200-MW Matarbari Coal-fired Power Plant Project and sought concurrence of the funding agency to the evaluation, sources at Power Division said, reports UNB. According to the sources, state-owned Coal Power Generation Company Bangladesh Limited (CPGCBL), which was entrusted with the implementation […]

SC upholds Sayeede’s imprisonment unto death

DHAKA : The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Monday upheld the verdict commuting war crimes convict Delwar Hossain Sayedee’s death penalty to life imprisonment in a war crimes case, reports UNB. A five-member Appellate Division bench, led by Chief Justice SK Sinha, pronounced the order rejecting two review petitions-one filed by the state […]

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Emmanuel Macron takes charge as France’s youngest ever President

Emmanuel Macron becomes France’s youngest ever president on Sunday, taking over from Socialist Francois Hollande in a solemn ceremony, reports Business standard. Macron, a 39-year-old centrist, arrived at the Elysee Palace in central Paris in a motorcade and walked down the red carpet under light rain to be greeted by Hollande for his inauguration. The […]

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‘Militant’ Sumaiya put on 10-day remand

RAJSHAHI : A court here on Sunday placed suspected female militant Sumaiya, who surrendered during an operation at a militant hideout at Benipur village in Godagari upazila, on a 10-day remand in a case filed the Anti-Terrorism Act, reports UNB. Senior Judicial Magistrate Saiful Islam passed the order after inspector Altaf Hossain of Godagari Police […]

GDP growth hits 7.24 pc breaking all records

DHAKA : Breaking all the previous records, Bangladesh’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth has reached 7.24 percent this fiscal year buoyed by the robust growth in the industrial sector, reports UNB. “The GDP growth in the outgoing fiscal year (FY17) reached 7.24 percent which was 7.11 percent in the last fiscal year (FY16),” said Planning […]

3 cops punished for implicating tot, dead man

DHAKA : Two police officers of Mirpur zone were withdrawn and a sub-inspector was suspended yesterday for implicating an 11-month-old baby and a dead person in a criminal case, reports BSS. According to sources at Police headquarters, SI Maruful Islam of Mirpur Model police station was suspended as he has recently pressed a charge sheet […]

Ransomware cyber-attack threat escalating : Europol

Friday’s cyber-attack has affected more than 200,000 victims in 150 countries, Europol chief Rob Wainwright says, reports BBC. He told the BBC the act was “unprecedented in its scale” and warned more people could find themselves affected on Monday morning. The virus took control of users’ files, demanding payments; Russia and the UK were among […]