May 272019
 
Parents’ identity: an unspeakable woe for many in Bangladesh

Pulack Ghatack: Abida Sultana (not her real name), daughter of a sex worker, was brought up in a safe home near the Daulatdia Brothel in Dhaka’s outskirt and she does not know her father’s name. Diagonozed as hepatitis-B positive patient, condition of Abida deteriorated in 2007 and she was badly in need of a passport …Read more

May 192019
 
Bangladesh will restrict import of rice, try to export

Bangladesh Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal on Sunday said that the government would restrict import of rice and try to export it abroad to give relief to farmers. “From the government we’ll restrict import of rice and we’ll definitely take steps in this regard. Import of rice can’t be banned and it will not go …Read more

May 192019
 
Malaysia’s full-year growth forecast maintained at 4.7 pct

Xinhua, Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian economists have maintained Malaysia’s full-year growth forecast at 4.7 percent as they foresee the government’s recent stimulus measures will support the country’s economy. Maybank Investment Bank Research said on Friday that measures to stimulate the domestic economy have been rolled out with the central bank lowering the country’s interest rate and …Read more

May 192019
 
Mineral misery: Vietnam salt farmers battered by imports, climate

AFP, HON KHOI: The salt farmers of Hon Khoi rise before dawn as they have for generations, fanning out across shallow seawater pools in southern Vietnam to harvest the precious mineral, hoping for a better season than the last. The work is punishing and the incomes unstable, subject to seesawing demand swayed by foreign imports, …Read more

May 192019
 
Bangladesh HC scraps age limit for freedom fighters' eligibility

The High Court (HC) of Bangladesh has scrapped three government circulars imposing a minimum age of 12 and a half years to be eligible for the status of a freedom fighter. An HC bench comrising Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Razik-Al-Jalil issued the rule after hearing 15 writs challenging the age limit. At the …Read more

May 192019
 
India’s acrimonious election comes to an end

Voting in one of India’s most acrimonious elections in decades entered its final day Sunday as Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi scrambled to hang on to his overall majority. The seventh and final round of voting ended the world’s biggest election with 900 million eligible voters from Goa’s beaches to Mumbai’s slums and Ladakh’s …Read more

May 192019
 
Saudi Arabia calls urgent Gulf, Arab League meetings over tensions

Saudi Arabia has called for urgent meetings of the regional Gulf Cooperation Council and the Arab League to discuss escalating tensions in the Gulf, the Saudi official news agency said on Saturday. The Saudi Press Agency said King Salman had invited Gulf leaders and Arab states to two emergency summits in Mecca on May 30 …Read more

May 192019
 
Bangladesh wins RISK Award for coastal resilience project

A project that pioneers floating houses in Bangladesh has won the prestigious RISK Award 2019. It has beendesigned in a way so thatit can house a family of six, and they can survive flood and produce their own food, including vegetables, chickens and fish. The €100,000-prize, sponsored by the Munich Re Foundation, was accepted by …Read more

May 192019
 
Buddha Purnima celebrated in Bangladesh

Buddha Purnima, the biggest religious festival of the Buddhist community, was celebrated on Saturday across the Bangladesh with due religious fervor and festivity. Like elsewhere in the world, the Buddhist community in Bangladesh, chalked out different programmes, including colorful processions, puja, sanghadan, discussions and cultural functions, to mark the day. Lord Buddha was born on …Read more

May 192019
 
China for a new era of ties with Bangladesh

Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Zhang Zuo on Saturday said his country would like to push China-Bangladesh relations into a new era to bring more benefits to people of both the nations. “We need to work together to create a congenial atmosphere for cooperation, and deepen our policy connectivity and people-to-people bond,” he said while addressing …Read more

May 192019
 
Tri-series win a boost for Bangladesh in World Cup

Bangladesh got a timely boost ahead of the World Cup journey, as they ended the final jinx, whacking West Indies past by five wickets, a victory that captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza cited as ‘confidence booster’ to chase any kind of total. Having set a 210 runs to victory in 24 overs as per D/L method, …Read more

May 192019
 
Bangabandhu Satellite’s commercial operation begins

Commercial operation of Bangladesh’s first communication satellite Bangabandhu-I (BS-I) began on Sunday on the occasion of launching anniversary ceremony following the successful trial run. Bangladesh Communication Satellite Company Limited (BCSCL), the assigned entity to manage the BS-I, will sign agreements with the local television (TV) channels and other firms to rent the transponders of the …Read more

Apr 302019
 
Australia to support Bangladesh over women empowerment

DHAKA, April 30, 2019: Australia has assured continued assistance to Bangladesh for addressing social issues causing gender based violence as well as improving women’s ability to develop a more inclusive economy. The assurance was made while visiting Australian Ambassador for Women and Girls Dr. Sharman Stone called on State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md. Shahriar …Read more

Apr 302019
 
Play with confidence in World Cup, Hasina tells cricket team

DHAKA, April 30, 2019: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday advised the Bangladesh cricket team to play in the upcoming World Cup (WC) with utmost confidence and taking no pressure in their minds. “Don’t take any pressure, play your natural games with self-determination… one day we will surely win the World Cup Insha Allah,” she …Read more

Dec 212018
 
Oposition outfaced before polls

BNP’s existence in the race a rare view Pulack Ghatack: With only eight days left for the national parliamentary polls, leaders and activists of Jatiya Oikyafront are scarcely seen electioneering, though the opposition alliance has fielded candidates in all the three-hundred constituencies across the country. Posters, pamphlets, leaflets and loudspeaker-blaring are largely sounding the presence …Read more

Dec 102018
 
Bangladesh CEC urges judicial magistrates to perform duty neutrally

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of Bangladesh KM Nurul Huda on Monday urged the judicial magistrates to perform their duty neutrally in the upcoming general election. “You’ve to perform electoral duties applying your merits irrespective of any party, views and individuals. You are free and neutral as you are judges. You have to apply your judicious …Read more

Dec 012018
 
Month of Bangladesh's Victory begins

The celebration of Month of Victory, commemorating the country’s victory on December 16, 1971 in the Liberation War, began with different programmes amid much enthusiasm and festivity in Bangladesh on Saturday. Forty-seven years back on December 16, Bangladesh was liberated from the Pakistani occupation forces after a nine-month-long bloodstained War of Liberation and the supreme …Read more

Dec 012018
 
One killed in clash over Biswa Ijtema

A man was killed and over 200 others were injured in clashes between two groups of devotees over establishing supremacy on the Biswa Ijtema ground in Dhaka’s outskirt Tongi on Saturday. The clash ensued early this morning between the followers of Maulana Saad and Maulana Zubair over controlling the congregation of the Muslims at No. …Read more

Dec 012018
 
Taramon Bibi laid to eternal rest

Legendary freedom fighter Taramon Bibi, Bir Pratik, was laid to eternal rest on Saturday at her family graveyard in Rajibpur upazila of Kurigram district. Taramon Bibi died at her Katcharipara residence in Rajibpur upazila town of Kurigram district at 1:30 am last night. She was 63. She is survived by her husband Abdul Mazid, 65, …Read more

Dec 012018
 
Bangladesh observes 21st anniversary of CHT Peace Accord

Bangladesh is observing the 21st anniversary of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Peace Treaty today (Sunday). The treaty was signed on December 2, 1997 between the government and the Parbatya Chattogram Jana Sanghati Samiti (PCJSS) during the first tenure of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, ending bloody conflicts in three hill districts. The then Jatiya Sangsad Chief …Read more