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Warm reception to Hasina at the Great Hall of People

Beijing, Jul 4 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was accorded a red carpet reception as she reached the Great Hall of the People to have bilateral meeting with her Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang in Beijing on Thursday morning. On her arrival at the premises of the Great Hall of the People, the Prime Minister was received by Chinese Prime ... Read More »

HC seeks Tribunal’s statement on running case defying order

Dhaka, July 3 – After expressing dissatisfaction, a High Court bench yesterday asked the judge of Dhaka’s metropolitan special tribunal-2 to submit written statement for running the trial proceedings of a criminal case defying its stay order on the case proceedings. However, the HC bench comprising Justice Jahangir Hossain Selim and Justice Md Riaz Uddin Khan exempted the lower court ... Read More »

6-year UNDP plan to improve livelihoods of Dhaka’s 4 mn poor

Dhaka, July 3 (UNB) – The United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) in collaboration with the government of Bangladesh has launched a six-year project for improving the living standard of the capital’s 4 million poverty-stricken people. The project titled ‘Livelihoods Improvement of Urban Poor Communities Project (LIUPCP)’ was launched at Dhaka South City Corporation’s Mayor Mohammad Hanif Auditorium on Wednesday. Speaking ... Read More »

9 BNP men get death, 25 life term for Hasina’s train attack

Pabna, July 3 (UNB) – A court here sentenced nine BNP activists to death and jailed 25 others for life on Wednesday for attacking a train carrying then opposition leader Sheikh Hasina in 1994. Additional District and Sessions Judge Rustom Ali, delivering the verdict in a packed courtroom in the morning, also sentenced 13 others to 10 years in jail. ... Read More »

Chamber Judge halts HC stay on BB privileges for defaulters

Dhaka, Jul 2 (UNB) – The Chamber Judge on Tuesday stayed a High Court order that directed to maintain a status-quo on a Bangladesh Bank policy offering special privileges to loan defaulters. Justice Md Nuruzzaman passed the order after hearing an appeal filed by the Finance Ministry. A full bench of the Appellate Division will hear the appeal on July ... Read More »

Hasina’s proposal to make any Indo-Pacific initiative success

Dalian (China), July 2 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday placed a five-point proposal, including creation of an environment of peace and fair competition by all countries staying away from rivalries, to make any Indo-Pacific initiative a success. “Over a 5-decade of my journey in politics tells me that any initiative in Indo-Pacific should include creation of an ... Read More »

BD High Court declares all rivers as living entities

Dhaka, July 1 (UNB) – The High Court has observed that Bangladesh’s existence depends on the protection of rivers. “The country will survive, beloved Bangladesh will survive if the rivers are protected,” it said. The HC bench of Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice M Ashraful Kamal came up with the observations in the full verdict declaring the Turag River ... Read More »

Holey Artisan Café tragedy Commemorated

Dhaka, July 01 – Three years after the deadly Holey Artisan tragedy, family members of the deceased in the terrorist attack on Monday gathered in front of the original two storied lakeside restaurant building in Gulshan and observed few moments of silence and remembrance there. The building that used to be the upscale eatery no longer houses it; rather remains ... Read More »

HC hands over DIG Mizan to police rejecting his bail plea

Dhaka July 01 – In a major development, the High Court (HC) on Monday handed over suspended Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police Md Mizanur Rahman to the police after he appeared before it for an anticipatory bail in connection with a corruption case. During the hearing, the HC bench commented that DIG Mizan has completely destroyed the image of ... Read More »

PM Hasina flies to China on five-day official tour

Dhaka, Jul 1 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina left here on Monday afternoon for Dalian and Beijing on a five-day official visit, which is expected to bolster ties with Bangladesh and China. A special flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying her and her entourage took off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) at 5:20 pm. The flight is scheduled ... Read More »

Ershad not yet out of danger; no rumours please: GM Quader

Dhaka, July 1 – GM Quader, younger brother of Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad, on Monday urged all not to spread rumours over the health condition of Ershad, now undergoing treatment at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) here. “His condition is stable and remains unchanged. But I request all not to spread rumours over his condition, and don’t pay heed ... Read More »

BD marks 3rd year of Gulshan café militant attack Monday

Dhaka, June 30 (UNB) – Bangladesh is set to observe the 3rd anniversary of the Holey Artisan cafe attack, the deadliest militant attack in the country’s history which claimed 22 lives, on Monday. Relatives and those close to the victims at home and abroad will observe the day, recalling their memories and paying respects to them. Five armed militants carried ... Read More »

100 pc voter turnout in 69 centres not ‘normal’: CEC

Dhaka, June 30 – The 100 percent voters’ turnout in 213 polling centers in the 11th parliamentary polls has raised questions among political parties, experts and even the Election Commission. Even Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda on Sunday termed the casting of 100 percent votes in election centres ‘abnormal’. Election Commission (EC) on Saturday published the full results ... Read More »

BD passes Tk 5tln budget appropriation bill for 2019-20

Dhaka, June 30 (UNB) – Parliament on Sunday passed the Tk 5,23,190 crore national budget for the fiscal year 2019-20, themed as ‘Bangladesh on a Pathway to Prosperity: Time is Ours, Time for Bangladesh’. Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal moved the Appropriations Bill, 2019 seeking a budgetary allocation of Tk 6,42,478.27 crore which was passed by voice vote. Following the ... Read More »

30 BNP men sent to jail over 1994 attack on Hasina in Pabna

Pabna, June 30 (UNB) – A court here on Sunday sent 30 BNP leaders and activists  to jail in a case filed over a bomb attack on a train carrying then opposition leader and Awami League president Sheikh Hasina in 1994. Additional District and Sessions Judge Court-1 Rustam Ali passed the order after rejecting their bail petition when they appeared ... Read More »

5 BD cement factories near Sundarbans get EIA nod: Minister

Dhaka, Jun 29 (UNB) –Five air-polluting cement factories located within the ecologically critical area of the Sundarbans Reserve Forest have been given environmental clearance, Forest Minister Md Shahab Uddin told Parliament on Saturday. The factories are Meghna Cement Mills Ltd, Bashundhara Cement Mills Ltd, Mongla Cement Mills Ltd, Dubai-Bangla Cement Mills Ltd, and Holcim (Bangladesh) Ltd. “These air-polluting cement factories ... Read More »

Create new world based on social feeling: Dr Yunus

Bangkok, June 28 (UNB) – Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus here on Friday shared his thoughts on “super happiness” encouraging his global audience to join hands for creating a new civilization based on “social feeling, sharing and caring” coming out from the existing greed-driven civilization. “Let’s transform the society, nation and the world,” he said expressing much hope about the ... Read More »

Rampal project anti-constitutional: Sultana Kamal

Dhaka, June 28 (UNB)— The government’s decision to set-up a coal-fired power plant at Rampal goes against the constitution, National Committee for Saving the Sundarbans (NCSS) President Sultana Kamal said on Friday. “Although the constitution says that every decision will be made according to the people’s choice, the government didn’t seek public opinion before approving the Rampal project. It makes ... Read More »

Tens of thousands marooned as 4 Sylhet upazilas flooded

Sylhet, June 28 — Several hundred thousand people of four upazilas remained marooned after torrential rain over the last few days led to the flooding of parts of Gowainghat, Companiganj, Jaintiapur and Kanaighat sub-districts. Flooding has cut off road communications, inundated paddy fields and fishing ponds. Most low-lying villages in Gowainghat were flooded after Sari and Piyain rivers overflowed their ... Read More »

Rifat murder in broad daylight was plotted for seven days

Dhaka, June 28 – The gruesome killing of Barguna youth Rifat Sharif in front of his wife was pre-planned. It was at least seven days’ plot of the murderers. The final meeting was held on Tuesday (June 25th), the day before the murder. Sources of the police, who are investigating the murder case of Rifat, told journalists after prliminary interrogation ... Read More »

Teacher held in Narayanganj for raping 20 students

Narayanganj, June 27 (UNB) – A teacher of a private school at Mijimiji Kandapara in Siddhirganj upazila was arrested on Thursday on charges of repeatedly raping around 20 students and mothers of some of them over several years through blackmail.Law enforcers also picked up headmaster of Oxford International School Rafiqul Islam Julfiqar for abetting the crime of Ariful Islam, an ... Read More »

High taxes to impede BD telecom sector growth, says insiders

Dhaka, June 26 (UNB) – High taxes and duties proposed in the national budget for 2019-20 fiscal year on the telecom sector will impede its growth, said insiders on Wednesday. They made the remarks at a roundtable discussion titled ‘Proposed Budget: Reality of Telecom Sector’ organised by Telecom Reporters Network Bangladesh (TRNB) at a city hotel. In the new budget, ... Read More »

Seoul: US, N. Korea in talks to set up 3rd Trump-Kim summit

Seoul, Jun 26 (AP/UNB) — North Korean and U.S. officials are holding “behind-the-scenes talks” to arrange a third summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on the fate of the North’s expanding nuclear arsenal, South Korea’s president said, four months after a second meeting between the leaders in Vietnam collapsed without any agreement. There have ... Read More »

Rohingyas maybe a threat to country’s security: PM

Sangsad Bhaban, Jun 26 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said the security and stability of Bangladesh could be hampered if the displaced Rohingya people cannot be repatriated soon. “If we can’t send them back soon, there’s an apprehension that our security and stability will be at stake,” she told Parliament while replying to a tabled question from ... Read More »

Ex-President Ershad admitted to Combined Military Hospital

Dhaka, June 26 (UNB) – Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad was admitted to the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) here on Wednesday morning as his health condition has deteriorated. Taking to UNB, Ershad’s press secretary Shunil Shuvo Roy said their chairman was admitted to the CMH in the morning as he was suffering from fever and other old-age complications. “Sir’s (Ershad’s) ... Read More »

High Court for revival of a murder case stayed 28 years ago

Dhaka, June 26 – After lifting a 28-year old stay order on the trial proceeding of a murder case, the High Court yesterday directed the registrar general to prepare a list of the criminal cases which have been stayed following the HC order since 2010. The HC also directed Registrar General Md Golam Rabbani to submit the list before the ... Read More »

Bangladesh denounces Houthi attack on Saudi airport

Dhaka, June 25 (UNB) – Bangladesh has strongly condemned the attack on Abha International Airport of the Saudi Arabia by Houthis, leaving one dead and injuring several others. “We’re concerned that such unprovoked acts undermine the security of the Kingdom and tend to adversely impact the peace and stability in the region,” said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday ... Read More »

Trump administration’s 50bn ‘economic peace plan’ for ME

The US is busy pushing a $50 billion economic peace plan for the Middle East which aims to “empower” and “unlock the vast potential of the Palestinian people”. Yet the 40-page document says nothing about why Palestinians are disempowered today. – HRW Opening the West Bank and Gaza The plan will reduce constraints on Palestinian economic growth by Opening the ... Read More »

Woman police constable commits suicide in Chittagong

Chattogram, June 24 (UNB) – A police constable committed suicide at her residence under Bayazid Bostami Police Station area in the city on Monday evening.  The deceased was identified as Kabita Rani, 22, wife of Mithun Kuri, also a police constable of Armed Police Battalion Line in Chattogram, said Ataur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Bayazid Bostami Police Station.  “The mystery of ... Read More »