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Bangladesh fixes charges for dengue diagnostic tests

Dhaka – Amid the alarming rise in the number of dengue patients in the country, the government on Sunday fixed charges for diagnosing dengue and directed all the public and private hospitals, clinics and diagnostic centres to abide by the official instruction. Director General of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Prof Dr Abul Kalam Azad said the decision was ... Read More »

HC asks BD pasteurised milk cos: Suspend spurious production

Dhaka, July 28 (UNB) – The High Court on Sunday instructed all the pasteurised milk-producing companies, including Aarong, Milk Vita, Pran and Fresh, to refrain from producing, marketing and selling milk for five weeks. The HC bench of Justice Syed Refaat Ahmed and Justice Md Iqbal Kabir issued the suo-moto order with immediate effect. The HC also issued a rule ... Read More »

Rohingyas, Myanmar del agree to joint talks on repatriation

Cox’s Bazar, July 27 (UNB) – The visiting Myanmar delegation and Rohingya representatives here on Saturday agreed to participate in a joint dialogue on repatriation issues. Apart from representatives from Myanmar and the Rohingya community, representatives from Bangladesh and UN agencies will take part in the dialogue. The decision was taken on Saturday following a meeting between the representatives of ... Read More »

Govt failed to help flood victims, alleges BNP

Lalmonirhat, July 27 – BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday alleged that flood victims have to endure immense sufferings as the government has “failed” to provide them with necessary relief materials. “It’s the government’s responsibility to stand beside helpless flood victims with adequate relief materials to assuage their sufferings, but it has failed to do so… Even, ... Read More »

Hasina wishes Johnson with mangoes, flowers

Dhaka, Jul 27 (UNB)- Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, now in London on an official visit, has sent Bangladesh’s famous mangoes along with flowers to newly appointed British Prime Minister Boris Johnson as a mark of her good wishes for Johnson. “The honourable prime minister sent Rajshahi Fazli, the king of mango, along with flowers to Boris Johnson after his assumption ... Read More »

Khaleda given dental treatment at BSMMU Hospital

Dhaka, Jun 12 (UNB) – Imprisoned BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Saturday underwent treatment at the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery department of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) to remove fungal infection from her tongue. The BNP chief, who has been undergoing treatment at the BSMMU since April 1 last, was taken to the hospital’s A block from its Cabin ... Read More »

Ex-chief justice Sinha seeks pol asylum in Canada: Report

Dhaka, July 26 (UNB) – Surendra Kumar Sinha, the former chief justice of Bangladesh, has reportedly sought political asylum in Canada. He entered Canada at Fort Erie on July 4 and filed a refugee claim, reports Canadian online news portal The Star. The former chief justice has been living abroad since November 2017. He has mostly stayed in the United ... Read More »

150 migrants feared dead after boats capsize off Libya coast

Cairo, July 26 (AP/UNB) — Up to 150 Europe-bound migrants, including women and children, were missing and feared drowned on Thursday after the boats they were traveling in capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off Libya, the country’s coast guard and the U.N. refugee agency said. A top U.N. official described the shipwreck as “the worst Mediterranean tragedy” so far this ... Read More »

UN Special Envoy discussed Rohingya repatriation with BD

Dhaka, July 24 (UNB) – Christine Schraner Burgener, the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General on Myanmar, on Tuesday discussed Rohingya repatriation issues with Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque. The envoy arrived in Dhaka on Monday after visiting Myanmar from July 9-18. While in Myanmar, Burgener underscored the need for dialogue amongst all stakeholders – the Union Government, the ... Read More »

Dengue infects 7,700 in seven months

Dhaka – Dengue has taken a severe turn this year with official figures showing 7,766 people getting infected since January and six of them losing their lives. Dr Mostafijur Rahman, associate professor of Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College Hospital, argued that the number is much higher since only 10 percent of the infected people get themselves admitted to hospitals. According to ... Read More »

PM Sheikh Hasina undergoes eye surgery in London

Dhaka, Jul 23 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, now on an official visit to the UK, underwent a surgery in her left eye at a London hospital on Monday. “The prime minister underwent the operation in her left eye at a hospital in the British capital on late Monday afternoon,” PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said over phone from ... Read More »

SDGs: High-level Pol Forum 2019 underpins accelerated action

The global response to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has not been ambitious enough, and a renewed commitment and accelerated action is needed to deliver the SDGs in time. This was the key message from the 2019 High-level Political Forum (HLPF), which completed the first four-year cycle of its mandate to review the 17 SDGs and assess progress towards ... Read More »

Habiganj Civil Surgeon dies of ‘dengue virus’ infection

Habiganj, July 22 (UNB) – Civil Surgeon of Habiganj died at Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College & Hospital (SBMCH) in the capital on Sunday night reportedly after being affected by dengue virus. Confirming the death, Shah Alam, administrative officer of Civil Surgeon Office, said Civil Surgeon Dr Shahadat, 53, joined the office with fever on July 20 on completion of his ... Read More »

Tree fair fetches Tk 11 mn selling 16 lakh saplings

Dhaka, July 22 (UNB) – The month-long National Tree Plantation Campaign and Fair-2019 evoked an overwhelming response from plant and nature lovers as saplings worth around Tk 11 crore were sold during the fair. The fair, inaugurated by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on June 20 last, concluded on Sunday. A total of 105 nurseries, including 13 public ones, showcased thousands ... Read More »

Pursue pol-economic diplomacy together: PM tells BD envoys

Dhaka, July 21 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday asked Bangladeshi envoys in Europe to pursue political and economic diplomacy together in the interest of the country’s economic development. “We need to focus more on economic issues besides political diplomacy so the ongoing development in Bangladesh will continue,” the Prime Minister said while speaking as the chief guest ... Read More »

Child-lifting rumour: Woman among 3 lynched in Dhaka

Dhaka, July 20 (UNB) – Three people, including a woman, were beaten to death by angry mobs in Dhaka and Narayanganj on Saturday after they were suspected to be child lifters. In Dhaka, an unknown woman was killed in a lynch-mob attack at Uttar Badda in the capital in the morning. Inspector Yasin Gazi of Badda Police Station said locals ... Read More »

Dengue in Bangladesh alarming, not out of control: WHO

Dhaka, July 20 (UNB) – Claiming that the dengue prevalence in Bangladesh is under control compared to other countries like the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia, Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Sayeed Khokon urged city dwellers to remain alert and not to be panicked. He made the remarks while talking to reporters after a meeting with a four-member delegation of ... Read More »

BD Govt strongly condemns Priya Saha’s false blame to Trump

Dhaka, July 19 (UNB) – State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam on Friday strongly condemned the false allegation made by a Bangladeshi to US President Donald Trump saying that the government will look into it why Priyabala Saha did so. “I had answered various questions of various countries and NGOs both from home and abroad related to human ... Read More »

PM flies to London: Confce of BD envoys to Europe Saturday

Dhaka, Jul 19 (UNB)- Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday flew from Dhaka to London on an official visit to the United Kingdom. A Biman Bangladesh Airlines VVIP flight carrying the prime minister and her entourage took her from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport here to London at 9:35 am. Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque, Road Transport and Bridges ... Read More »

Floods: 5mn children among 12mn hit in BD, India, Nepal

It scaling up emergency response to support affected children, families Dhaka, July 19 – Heavy rainfall, flooding and landslides across three countries in South Asia – Bangladesh, India and Nepal – have killed at least 93 children, and put the lives of millions more at risk. UNICEF estimates that more than 12 million people, including about five million children, have ... Read More »