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21 named for Ekushey Padak

Dhaka, Feb 6 (UNB) – Twenty-one eminent personalities will get the country’s second-highest civilian award, Ekushey Padak, this year in recognition of their contributions to various fields. The Cultural Affairs Ministry announced the names of the recipients on Wednesday. Prof Halima Khatun (posthumous), Advocate Golam Arif Tipu and Prof Monowara Islam have been selected for their roles in the Language ... Read More »

Dhaka, Delhi to sign 5 MoUs during 5th JCC Friday

Dhaka, Feb 5 (UNB) – Bangladesh and India have planned to sign five MoUs during the next round of foreign minister-level bilateral talks on Friday, aiming to take the relations between the two countries to newer heights. The meeting – 5th Joint Consultative Commission (JCC) – will be held in New Delhi paving the way for new Foreign Minister Dr ... Read More »

Many BNP leaders ready to join UZ polls, claims Quader

Dhaka, Feb 5 (UNB) – Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Tuesday said many BNP leaders want to participate in the upazila parishad elections and they have the proof of that. “Whatever the decision at the centre is, the fact is that many BNP leaders want to participate in the election, and we have the evidence of that,” said ... Read More »

PM asks police to be people friendly

Dhaka, Feb 5 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday asked the police personnel to discharge their duties with patriotism saying they will have to be people-friendly ones. “Police have to discharge their duties being imbued with patriotism for turning it as a people-friendly force,” she said. The Prime Minister was addressing senior police officials at a function at ... Read More »

Family in tears as innocent Jaha Alam is released from jail

Dhaka, Feb 04 – Jaha Alam, who got released from jail after imprisoned wrongly for three years, wants compensation and justice for his sufferings. He was released from Kashimpur Central Jail in Gazipur in the wee hours of of Monday under orders from the High Court. “The ACC has kept me in jail for three years over a false case. ... Read More »

Bd ant-graft body finds ‘horrific mess’ in education system

Dhaka, Feb 4 (UNB) – The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Monday sent a set of recommendations to the Ministry of Primary and Mass Education and the Secondary and Higher Education Department to ensure a congenial environment for education. ACC expressed deep concern over the irregularities, corruption, disorder and mismanagement in the education system. The recommendation letter, signed by ACC Secretary ... Read More »

No innocent person should be victim of torture: PM

Dhaka, Feb 4 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday asked the police to remain careful so that innocent people are not harassed and tortured during their duties. “You need to keep in mind that no innocent person should fall victim to torture and harassment by you,” she said. The Prime Minister said this while attending the five-day ‘Police ... Read More »

Innocent Jahalam freed from jail after HC suo moto order

Gazipur, Feb 4 (UNB) – Innocent Jaha Alam, who was in jail for the last three years instead of the real accused in 33 corruption cases, was released from jail early Monday following a High Court order. He walked out from Kashimpur prison-2 at 1am. Jail Superintendent Subrata Kumar Bala said his release papers reached the jail on Sunday night. ... Read More »

Force govt to work as per constitution: Dr Kamal

Dhaka, Feb 3 (UNB) –  Jatiya Oikyafront Convener Dr Kamal Hossain on Sunday urged people to play a careful role during the next two years so that the government discharges its duties as per the constitution as the country is going to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of its independence in 2021. “Certainty there’ll be some problems when there’s any fault ... Read More »

Special lab to check food adulteration: PM Hasina

Dhaka, Feb 3 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said the government will set up a specialised laboratory in the country to check food adulteration. “A specialised laboratory for food testing is urgently needed and we’ll set up that lab,” she said. The Prime Minister said this while addressing a programme marking the National Food Safety Day 2019 ... Read More »

PM Hasina’s tea party at Ganobhaban

Dhaka, Feb 2 – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday hosted a tea party for the leaders of political alliances and organisations who had joined the prime minister’s dialogue before the 11th general election. Front-ranking leaders of different political parties, including Awami League, Jatiya Party, Workers Party, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (Jsd-Inu), JP (Monju), Jsd (Ambia), Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal (BSD), Ganotantri ... Read More »

Bd minister terms demand for reelection ‘childish’

Chattogram, Feb 2 (UNB) – Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Saturday characterised the BNP’s demand for reelection as a ‘childish desire’. “If anyone loses a football match and demands holding the match again, it’s nothing but the tears of children,” he said. The minister made his remark addressing a programme at Chattogram Zila Parishad auditorium as chief guest. He ... Read More »

Home minister meets Hefazat chief Mufti Shafi

Chattogram, Feb 01 (UNB) – Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal met with Hefazat-e-Islam Ameer Allama Shah Ahmed Shafi at Al-Jamiatul Ahlia Darul Ulum Moinul Islam, also known as Hathazari Madrasa on Friday. The minister paid the courtesy call at the Hefazat chief’s office in the madrasa around 3:30 pm. Before paying a visit to Hathazari Madrasa, the minister visited the ... Read More »

Oikya Front hails PM for invite explains why it can’t join tea

Dhaka, Feb 01 – The opposition alliance Jatiya Oikya Front on Friday hailed Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for inviting its leaders to her today’s tea party at her official residence Ganabhaban regretting their inability to take part in it. The Oikya Front in a letter sent to the Prime Minister questioned the morality of the government formed after what it ... Read More »

Month-long book fair marking Language martyrs’ Day begins

Dhaka, Feb 1 (UNB) – The month-long Amar Ekushey Book Fair, a yearly event for booklovers and publishers, began on the Bangla Academy premises and at adjoining Suhrawardy Udyan in the city on Friday. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the book fair in the afternoon. Two foreign guests — Indian poet Shankha Ghosh and Egyptian writer and poet Mohsin Al ... Read More »

‘Living some sort of ‘captive life’, says PM Hasina

Dhaka, Feb 1 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday lamented her inability to roam around the Ekushey Book Fair freely, saying she is now living some sort of a ‘captive life’. “When I was not in power, I used to come at the book fair and roam around freely. But now, I’m living some sort of a captive ... Read More »

MPs-elect not joining parliament, no tea with PM: Dr Kamal

Dhaka, Jan 31 (UNB) – Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain on Thursday said they have asked their two MPs-elect not to join parliament as per their party’s decision. “We’ve clearly conveyed them (two MPs) our party’s decision of not joining parliament, and they won’t do it,” he said. Dr Kamal came up with the remarks while talking to reporters ... Read More »

Govt to ensure equal rights for all: PM

Dhaka, Jan 31 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said her government’s goal is to ensure equal rights for all people irrespective of their religions and casts. “There should be equal rights for all people, irrespective of their religions, race, casts and ethnic community. We want to ensure it and we’ll certainly do this. It’s our goal,” she ... Read More »

Rooftop solar power sale growing fast in Dhaka city

Dhaka, Jan 31 (UNB) – The sale of unconsumed rooftop solar electricity to government power distribution entities is rising fast in the capital city. According to the latest statistics placed in a review meeting at Power Division, the number of such consumers who are selling their unconsumed solar power to the government distribution companies stood at 50 as of January ... Read More »

Bd HC landmark verdict declares Turag river as living being

Dhaka, Jan 30 – In a historic verdict, the High Court on Wednesday declared the Turag River as a legal/juristic person or a living being to save the river from illegal encroachment. In its partial judgment, the HC bench of Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice M Ashraful Kamal said Bangladesh, i.e. the humankind will fall in danger if rivers ... Read More »

President emphasises national unity to achieve prosperity

Dhaka, Jan 30 (UNB) – President Abdul Hamid on Wednesday called for forging a unity of all on basic issues mentioning that peace and prosperity cannot take the permanent shape without the national unity.  He also urged all the MPs from both the treasury and opposition benches to play an appropriate and effective role in fulfilling the expectations of people. ... Read More »

Criticism of govt is welcome, says PM

Dhaka, Jan 30 (UNB) – Mentioning that criticism is important in a democratic process, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday assured that the opposition will be able to make enough criticisms of the government as no obstacle will be created to this end. “I can at least give assurance that our opposition parties will be able to make enough criticisms. ... Read More »

Recognise rivers as living beings: Green activists

Dhaka, Jan 29 (UNB) – Mentioning that rivers are being killed through unplanned development, encroachment, pollution and climate change impacts, experts and green activists on Tuesday demanded that the rivers be recognised as living being for saving those. They made the demand at the inaugural session of a two-day international conference titled ‘River: A living Being’ being at Kuakata of ... Read More »

AIIB sees infrastructural development in Bangladesh

Dhaka, Jan 29 (UNB) – Bangladesh will remain a priority market for the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in 2019 despite infrastructure stakeholders’ concerns about inflationary pressures and their projected depreciation of the taka, said a new report released on Tuesday. According to the inaugural Asian Infrastructure Finance report, there continue to be significant infrastructure investment opportunities across Asia, including ... Read More »

Bangladesh 2nd most corrupt country in S Asia: TIB

Dhaka, Jan 29 (UNB) – Bangladesh stands the second most corrupt country in South Asia, according to Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB). In addition, Bangladesh ranked 149 in the world, 13th from the bottom, according to the Corruption Perceptions Index 2018. Earlier in 2017, the position was 17th in the corruption index.  TIB Executive Director Dr Iftekharuzzaman unveiled the report at a ... Read More »

Dhaka protests Yangon’s false allegations of ‘terror attack’

Dhaka, Jan 29 (UNB) – Bangladesh has strongly protested “irresponsible and false” allegations by the officials of the General Administration Department of Myanmar implicating Bangladesh into a terrorist attack on a police post in Maungdaw Township on January 24. “The government of Bangladesh is utterly disgruntled. Bangladesh strongly protests such groundless and provocative accusations casting aspersions on Bangladesh,” the Ministry ... Read More »

Student bodies want peaceful coexistence for Ducsu polls

Dhaka, Jan 29 (UNB) – Different student bodies have demanded that the Dhaka University authorities take necessary steps to ensure the peaceful coexistence of leaders and activists of all organisations on the campus to make the much-awaited Ducsu election a participatory one. The university authorities on January 23 announced to hold the elections to Dhaka University Central Students’ Union (Ducsu) ... Read More »

Reconsider decision over Upazila polls: Quader tells BNP

Dhaka, Jan 28 (UNB) – Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Monday urged BNP to reconsider its decision to sit out the Upazila Parishad election. “I don’t know whether it is their (BNP’s) final decision,” he said at his office in Dhaka, when journalists sought his reaction about BNP’s decision to boycott polls. The Upazila Parishad election is scheduled ... Read More »

PM hosts tea party for diplomats, heads of missions

Dhaka, Jan 28 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday hosted a tea party at Ganobhaban in honour of foreign diplomats, heads of different missions and representatives of international organisations. She hosted the tea party for them at the South Lawn of Ganobhaban, the official residence of the prime minister. The prime minister arrived at the venue at 4:10 ... Read More »

Largest human waste treatment plant opening in Rohingya camp

Dhaka, Jan 28 (UNB) – The largest human waste treatment plant will be opened at a Rohingya camp in Cox’s Bazar on Tuesday. Oxfam and UNHCR have jointly installed the industrial-scale plant, funded by the UN Refugee Agency, which can process the waste of 150,000 people– equivalent to the population of Nawabganj.  State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Dr ... Read More »