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Chinese Vice Foreign Minister’s Dhaka visit postponed

The visit of Chinese Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Liu Zhenmin who was scheduled to reach here on Saturday has been postponed ‘due to flight cancellation’ following heavy fog in Kunming.   “Kunming Airport was closed due to heavy fog and won’t be able not provide service till tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon. Read More »

Accused in the Padma graft aren’t mine: PM

With just over a week to the general elections, Awami League President Sheikh Hasina has distanced her party from those accused of corruption in the Padma bridge project. “Those accused of being involvement in the Padma bridge graft case are not mine, they are not of the Awami League,” the Prime Minister told a rally in Faridpur on Thursday. Read More »

AL wants EC steps against BNP

The ruling Awami League has urged the Election Commission (EC) to take legal actions against the BNP, the main opposition party, for allegedly planning to foil the national polls. Read More »

Oli aquitted of ACC cases

A Dhaka court on Thursday discharged Liberal Democratic Party Chief Col (Retd) Oli Ahmed MP in a case, the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) filed against him for alleged non submission statement about his wealth. Read More »

Joint forces launch drive in Dhaka

Law-enforcing agencies have launched a pre-election joint drive in the capital to arrest criminals. They have a list of around 2,000 ‘criminals’ to arrest during the drive launched on Wednesday midnight. Read More »

World Cup T20 venue may be shifted to another country

Dhaka – Finance Minister AMA Muhith on Wednesday apprehended that the venue of the ICC World Cup T20 Cricket, scheduled to be held in Bangladesh in March-April next, might be shifted to another country if the country’s prevailing political situation does not improve by January 5. Read More »

Policeman burned alive as bus torched in city

A police constable has been burned to death while two others sustained burn injuries when miscreants torched a police-requisitioned bus at Dhaka’s Bangla Motor. Read More »

Photo journalist Aftab Ahmed killed at his city flat

Police have recovered the body of veteran photo journalist Aftab Ahmed from his home in Dhaka. Rampura Police Station OC Kreepa Shindhu Bala told that they recovered the body around 9am on Wednesday. Read More »

Ringleader among 3 forest robbers held in Satkhira

Police arrested three alleged members of an infamous forest robber gang, including its ringleader, from Gabura area near Sundarbans in Shyamnagar upazila early Wednesday. Read More »

Ban Ki-moon phones PM, seeks troops for South Sudan

Dhaka – UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday requested Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to send another battalion of troops for its peacekeeping missions. PM’s press secretary Abul Kalam Azad told UNB that Ban Ki-moon made a phone call to the Prime Minister in the evening and sought the troops. The UN Secretary General also requested the Prime Minister to ... Read More »

FM assures full safety of diplomats, their missions

Amid their growing concern over safety and security, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali on Tuesday assured the diplomats stationed in Dhaka of providing ‘full safety and security’ for their missions, residences, schools and cultural centers before and after the 10th national polls billed for January 5. Read More »

PSC chairman Ekram Ahmed sworn in

Dhaka – Newly appointed chairman of Bangladesh Public Service Commission (PSC) Ekram Ahmed was sworn in on Tuesday.  Chief Justice Md Muzammel Hossain administered the oath to him at Judges’ Lounge of the Supreme Court. Read More »

Continued concerns on Bangladesh elections: US

The United States believes Bangladesh has an opportunity to demonstrate its commitment to democracy by organizing free and fair elections that are credible in the eyes of the Bangladeshi people. Read More »

4 warships including Somoudra Joy commissioned

Four warships, including the US-donated ‘Somoudra Joy’ were commissioned by Bangladesh Navy on Monday, adding more teeth to the force’s prowess. Commissioning the new ships at Chittagong Naval Berth, President Abdul Hamid said the government has taken “short and long” term strategies to upgrade the naval force. Read More »

Ekram Ahmed new PSC chairman

Ekram Ahmed, a member of the Bangladesh Public Service Commission, has been appointed its chairman.   The Ministry of Public Administration issued an order in this regard on Monday.   The appointment will come into effect after his resignation as the Commission member.   Ekram has replaced AT Ahmedul Huq Choudhury whose term expired on December 19. – UNB Read More »

Good news for new pensioners

There is something for the new pensioners to cheer about. The government on Monday enhanced the rate of surrendered pension money up to 15 percent with effect from December 1. Read More »

Monirul Islam new envoy to Morocco

The government has decided to appoint Md Monirul Islam as Bangladesh’s new ambassador to Morocco. He is currently serving as Bangladesh’s Consul General in New York. Read More »

One held with yaba tablets in Munshiganj

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB-11) in a drive arrested a drug peddler and recovered 400 pieces of yaba tablets from Goalimanda Bada Polly under Lohajang upazila of the district last night. Read More »

400 opposition men sued in Dinajpur

Dinajpur – A case has been filed against some 400 opposition leaders and activists in connection with Saturday’s violence in Kaharole upazila. Shafiquzzaman, sub-inspector of Kaharole Police Station, filed the case against 48 identified and 350 unidentified opposition men under the Speedy Trial Act on Saturday night, said its officer-in-charge Mosabberul Haque. Read More »

JCD acting president on police remand

A Dhaka court on Sunday placed Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) Acting President Bazlul Karim Chowdhury Abed on a five-day remand in a case filed in connection with vandalism and arson attack of a vehicle at Malibagh Chowdhutypara on November 11. Read More »

Two charged for forgery by ACC

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Sunday approved a charge sheet against two people on charge of laundering Tk about 38 lakh through forgery of a land acquisition (LA) cheque from Dhaka District Administration office, ACC officials say. Read More »

BCIM joint working group’s next meet likely in June

Bangladesh, China, India and Myanmar have agreed on a joint research programme on an ‘Economic Corridor’ connecting the four Eastern South Asian countries, officially setting up the mechanism to promote cooperation among the four nations.   The agreement came from the first meeting of the joint working group on the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar (BCIM) Economic Corridor which was ‘successfully’ held on December 18 ... Read More »

Experts for multi-sectoral approach to reduce child malnutrition

Speakers at a roundtable here on Saturday said only through employing a multi-sectoral approach can Bangladesh overcome its current alarming scenario of child malnutrition.   Despite the country’s success in reducing child and maternal mortality, malnutrition in children under five years of age in particular has remained a consistent problem, observed the experts. Read More »

ACC decision not to probe candidates’ wealth frustrating: TIB

Transparency International, Bangladesh (TIB) has expressed deep concern over the statements of wealth of the candidates contesting the January 5 election that show they have amassed huge wealth during the past five years. The candidates submitted their statements before the Election Commission (EC). Read More »

Canadian delegation for separating religion from politics

Expressing deep concern over the ‘ongoing and increasing’ attacks against religious minorities in Bangladesh, a Canadian delegation said here on Friday that only a clear separation between religion and politics can ensure the rights of all Bangladeshis, including minorities.   “If you want to be a politician, be a politician. If you want to be a man of religion, be a ... Read More »

‘Keep National Immunisation Day out of politics’

The UNICEF and World Health Organisation have urged political parties to make the National Immunisation Day (NID) on Saturday a success. The appeal came in view of the BNP announcing a fresh blockade beginning 6am on Saturday after a day’s respite. Read More »

Life term for killing wife

A tribunal in Rajshahi on Thursday convicted a man and sentenced him to life term imprisonment for killing his wife in 2006. Read More »