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Bangladesh unveils Tk 5.23 tln national budget for 2019-20

Dhaka, June 13 – Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal today placed a Taka 5,23,190 crore national budget for FY20 in parliament to ‘make a big stride’ to materialize the Vision 2021 and implement the agenda for 2030. “We are committed to the nation to realize fully the Vision 2021 and implement the agenda for 2030 for building a happy and ... Read More »

Gold traders plan to organise Bangladesh’s 1st Gold Fair

Dhaka, June 12 (UNB) – A three-day long gold fair will be held at Dhaka’s Hotel InterContinental between June 23-25 following the government’s offer to legalize undeclared gold. Bangladesh Jewellers Samity or Bajus General Secretary Dilip Kumar Agarwala announced it to the media at a discussion meeting at the Officers’ Club, Dhaka. Dilip noted that earlier there were no rules ... Read More »

New study busts myths on comprehensive sexuality education

Paper recommends scripted lessons, where necessary, to help teachers cover the subject correctly Paris, 12 June— Comprehensive sexuality education is an essential part of a good quality education that improves reproductive health and contributes to gender equality, argues Facing the Facts, a new policy paper by the Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report at UNESCO that seeks to dispel social and ... Read More »

Alleged dangerous killer rapist caught, says Rab

Narsingdi, June 12 – Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) claims to have cracked the rape and murder case of Sabina Akhter in Shibur upazila, saying they arrested the ‘killer’ who did sexual intercourse with the victim after killing her. At a press conference at Narsingdi Press Club on Wednesday, commanding officer of Rab-11 Kazi Shamser Ahmed said they arrested Saiful Islam, ... Read More »

Public perception of graft by ACC staff not fully false: PM

Dhaka, Jun 12 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said the public perception that many Anti-Corruption Commission staff are involved in corruption is not fully false. “All (ACC staff) are not innocent. No one can guarantee that all are 100 percent honest,” the Prime Minister told parliament in reply to a supplementary question of ruling Awami League MP ... Read More »

Bangladesh, US to strengthen security ties

Dhaka, June 11 (UNB)— Bangladesh and the United States have agreed to work toward security and economic cooperation and enhancing people-to-people ties in support of a stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific region.  The two countries acknowledged the continuing challenge of terrorism, and the importance of adhering to human rights obligations while advancing security objectives, according to a joint statement issued after ... Read More »

Newborn stealing: 2 sentenced to prison for life

Dhaka, June 12 – A Dhaka court on Tuesday sentenced two persons to life term imprisonment for stealing a newborn baby from Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) and trafficking about a decade ago. The life term sentenced convicts are Jharna Begum, a resident of Boardbazar Kunuapachu area in Gazipur and Manik of Chanmara slum at Fatullah of Narayanganj. Dhaka’s Third ... Read More »

EU Special Representative for HR Eamon Gilmore visits BD

Dhaka, EUDEL Press Office: EU Special Representative (EUSR) for Human Rights Eamon Gilmore visited Bangladesh on 10-11 June 2019. This visit, the first ever of a EUSR for Human Rights to Bangladesh, reflects the EU’s commitment to engaging with the Government of Bangladesh, and civil society. “Bangladesh is an important country for the European Union in the region. I have ... Read More »

Man held for ‘slandering PM’ Hasina

Sylhet, June 11 (UNB) – A man was arrested in Sylhet on Monday night for sharing and posting indecent, false and defamatory photos on the social media about the prime minister, ministers, MPs and chiefs of the three forces. The arrestee was identified as Md Jewel Ahmed, 32, son of late Abdul Nur. Members of Rab-9 arrested him from Khadimnagar ... Read More »

Bangladesh’s macroeconomy under pressure: CPD

Dhaka, June 11 (UNB)- The country’s macroeconomics is currently under pressure, claimed Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya, distinguished fellow of Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) on Tuesday. He blamed the shortfall of revenue, problems in the banking sector and pressure on the Taka-Dollar exchange rate for the condition. “The pressure on macroeconomics will come down if these problems are solved,” he told ... Read More »

AL leaders greet Hasina on 11th year of freedom from jail

Dhaka, Jun 11 (UNB) – The leaders of Bangladesh Awami League and its associate bodies on Tuesday greeted Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on the occasion of the 11th anniversary of her release from prison. They greeted the prime minister by presenting her with bouquets at her official residence Ganobhaban. The Awami League chief was arrested from her Sudha Sadan residence ... Read More »

Set up industry in Bangladesh, Dhaka tells Chinese investors

Yuxi City (Yunnan), June 10 (UNB) – Bangladesh has said Chinese entrepreneurs, especially investors from Yunnan Province, can maximise their profits by setting up industries in Bangladesh taking the advantage of proximity and getting access to huge direct and indirect markets within and beyond Bangladesh.  “Bangladesh’s strategic location and duty -and- quota free access of its products to a number ... Read More »

ACC director handling DIG Mizanur’s case suspended

Dhaka, Jun 10 – Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) temporarily suspended its director Khandaker Enamul Basir on allegations of leaking information in violation of the rules. According to a report broadcast on private TV channel ATN News yesterday (June 9), ACC director Khandaker Enamul Basir accepted a bribe of Tk 40 lakh ahead of a search conducted against DIG Mizanur Rahman, who ... Read More »

Rohingya issue on priority list of PM’s China visit: FM

Dhaka, June 10 – Bangladesh will keep the Rohingya issue on its priority list for discussion during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s planned visit to China in the first week of July, indicates Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen. “The Rohingya issue will come up as a major topic during Prime Minister’s China visit,” he told reporters at the Ministry of ... Read More »

Nushrat murder accused OC Moazzem to be arrested soon

Dhaka, June 10 (UNB) – Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Monday said former Sonagazi OC Moazzem Hossain will be arrested soon. “It’s difficult to arrest someone when he or she goes into hiding, but there’s no lack of effort (from the government) to find him out. I hope, he’ll be arrested soon and action will be taken ... Read More »

Bangladesh Agriculture Census – VI begins

Dhaka, June 9 – The sixth Agriculture Census of Bangldesh began in the country on Sunday to collect the latest information on crops, fisheries and livestock resources. According to the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS), the census will continue till June 20. Planning Minister MA Mannan inaugurated the census at the BBS Building in the city. Agriculture contributes 13.31 percent ... Read More »

Worried over security during Eid, says PM Hasina

Dhaka, June 9 – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said she was very worried about security during the Eid-ul Fitr congregations as various threats always keep surfacing through social media. “I was really very worried during Eid Jamaats as (terror) incidents are happing. We paid a special attention so that no untoward incident occurs,” she said replying to a ... Read More »

Won’t have to depend on others if water properly reserved: PM

Dhaka, June 9 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said on Sunday said Bangladesh will not have to seek water from others if water could be reserved properly. “Bangladesh is delta [country]. All rivers originated from the Himalayas flow through Bangladesh. If we take steps to preserve water, we won’t have to seek water from others.” Sheikh Hasina said this ... Read More »

BNP slams law-and-order ‘downslide’

Dhaka, June 9 (UNB) – Voicing deep concern over the rise in the incidents of ‘killing and rape’, BNP on Sunday said the country is now passing through an ‘awful and dangerous’ situation. Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi also criticised Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud for what ... Read More »

PRAN starts collecting mangos for food products

Dhaka, June 9 (UNB)- PRAN, one of the biggest agro-processors in the country, has started mango collection and pulping activities like previous years to manufacture mango drink, juice, mango bar and other food items. This year, PRAN is collecting and pulping the mango in its plants of PRAN Agro Ltd factory in Natore and Barind (Varendra) Industrial Park in Rajshahi. ... Read More »

BNP MP-elect from reserved seat Rumeen sworning in Sunday

Dhaka, Jun 8 (UNB) – Barrister Rumeen Farhana, BNP’s lone MP-elect from a seat reserved for women in parliament, is going to be sworn in on Sunday. Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury will administer oath to her at 12:00pm at the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban, BNP chairperson’s media wing member Sayrul Kabir Khan told UNB on Saturday. Rumeen, assistant international affairs ... Read More »

Biman pilot travels to Doha sans passport: Cop suspended

Dhaka, June 8 – An immigration police officer at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport has been suspended over the travel of a Biman Bangladesh Airlines pilot to Qatar without his passport. On June 5, Captain Fazal Mahmud reached Doha Hamad International Airport in Qatar operating an aircraft from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport here without any passport. Contacted, Additional Superintendent of Police ... Read More »

Once mighty Titas reduced to a trickle in B’baria

Brahmanbaria, June 8 (UNB)- The literary sketch of Titas River in Adwaita Mallabarman’s ‘Titas Ekti Nadir Naam’ or ‘a river called Titas’ – later made into a film of the same name by Ritwik Ghatak – has undergone a sea-change in reality over the years and turned into a narrow canal due to navigability crisis and ongoing illegal grabbing. Whoever ... Read More »

AL takes up month-long founding anniversary plan

Dhaka, June 8 (UNB) – The ruling Awami League has announced a month-long programme to celebrate the party’s 70th founding anniversary which falls on June 23. Party’s General Secretary Obaidul Quader announced the schedule at a press conference at Awami League chief’s political office in Dhanmondi on Saturday. “The celebration will begin on June 23,” he said. “It’ll include meetings, ... Read More »

23 million boys married before 15 globally: Unicef

Dhaka, June 8 (UNB)— An estimated 115 million boys and men around the world were married as children, according to the first-ever analysis on child grooms, launched on Friday by the UN Children’s Fund (Unicef). Twenty-three million among them married before the age of 15. Using data from 82 countries, the in-depth study brings the overall number estimated child marriages ... Read More »

Google’s challenge to game consoles to kick off in November

New York, June 7 (AP/UNB) — Google will kick off its Stadia streaming service to challenge the video game industry in November — but initially only as part of a $130 bundle that includes hardware and a pass for a friend. Google announced the game service in March with few details. On Thursday, Google said it will start advance sales ... Read More »

Toxic gas in septic tank kills 2 workers

Magura, June 7 (UNB) – Two construction workers died after inhaling toxic gas inside a septic tank at Tupipara in Sreepur upazila on Friday. The deceased were identified as Palash Roy, 27, son of Kumaresh Roy and Manirul Islam, 30, son of Gafur Biswas. Mahbubur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Sreepur Police Station, said that the workers entered the septic tank of ... Read More »

Historic 6-Point Day on Friday

DHAKA, June 6, 2019 (BSS) – The historic Six-Point Day, marking the demand for autonomy for the then East Pakistan, now Bangladesh, will be observed tomorrow across the country in a befitting manner. On June 7 in 1966, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman launched a massive movement against the misrule of the Pakistanis on the basis of ... Read More »

Trump lauds ‘unbreakable’ transatlantic alliance on D-Day

CAEN, France, June 6, 2019 (BSS/AFP) – President Donald Trump sought Thursday to reassure US allies rattled by his nationalist rhetoric by saying the bonds between them were “unbreakable” on the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Trump joined other world leaders in northern France where thousands of well-wishers gathered to pay tribute to the ever-dwindling number of veterans of ... Read More »