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  • Mirpur JMB den bust arrestee confesses

    A member of banned militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh, arrested during a drive at Mirpur, gave confessional statement before a Dhaka court yesterday in a case filed under the Anti-Terrorism Act.

    Metropolitan Magistrate Khurshid Alam recorded the confessional statement of Mohsin Ali alias Rubel and sent him to jail.

  • Islamabad asks Bangladesh diplomat to leave

    Pakistan has asked a Bangladeshi diplomat to leave the country in retaliation to the expulsion of a Pakistani diplomat from Dhaka last month.

    The Bangladeshi diplomat, Mausumi Rahman, who is political counsellor and the head of chancery in Islamabad, has been given until tomorrow to leave Pakistan.

  • Khaleda, Goyeshwar sued for libel

    A case was filed against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and BNP standing committee member Goyeshwar Chandra Roy for their remarks on the number of martyrs during the Liberation War.

    AB Siddiqui, president of the Bangabandhu Jananetri Parishad, yesterday filed the complaint with Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s (CMM) court under section 500, 501 and 506 of the Penal Code.

  • Brac awards journalists for migration reporting

    Brac awards journalists for migration reporting

    In a first ever initiative to recognise journalists for their remarkable reporting on the issue of migration, Brac has awarded 10 journalists under different categories in the country for their reports on migration last year.

    Initiated by Brac Migration Programme, the award giving ceremony was held at the Brac Centre in the capital’s Mahakhali area yesterday.

  • War crimes suspect dies in Kashimpur jail

    Suspected war criminal from Maheshkhali Md Jinnat Ali died at Kashimpur High Security Jail early yesterday after suffering a cardiac arrest.

    Jinnat, 78, was first taken to the Jail Hospital as he complained of chest pain, Superintendent Md Mizanur Rahman said. Later he was sent to Shahid Tajuddin Ahmed Medical College Hospital but the duty doctors declared him dead at 12:45am.

  • Bishwa Urs Sharif to start Feb 13

    Bishwa Urs Sharif of Bishwa Wali Khwaja Baba Faridpuri (QSA) will start from February 13 and continue till February 16 at Bishwa Zaker Manzil in Faridpur. Party Chairman Alhaj Mostafa Amir Faisal announced the programme recently saying that this year’s Bishwa Urs Sharif will bear special significance. 

  • NBR moves to set up NSW to facilitate business from home

    National Board of Revenue (NBR) has recently formed two separate committees for effective implementation of National Single Window (NSW), a virtual platform for the businesses to do business from home.

    The NSW system will enhance the trade operations by eliminating paper work and reducing time through maintaining up-to-date information.

    NSW is a facility that allows parties involved in trade and transport to lodge standardised information and documents with a single entry point to fulfill all import, export, and transit-related regulatory requirements.

  • Inflation creeps up in Dec

    Inflation has crept up last month after easing prior two months, as demand for non-food items increased.

    December inflation stood at 6.10%, according to the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) latest data released yesterday. It was 6.05% in  November and lowest since October last when it was 6.19%.

  • Obama’s gun control measures to spark political, legal fights

    US President Barack Obama has ignited a political firestorm this week by bypassing Congress with new measures to tighten US gun rules that redefined what it means to be a gun dealer and possibly spark legal challenges during his final year in office.

    Shares in gun makers Smith & Wesson Holding Corp and Sturm Ruger & Co Inc rose against a falling stock market on Monday in anticipation of increased gun sales, as has happened before when the White House mulled weapon sales reform.

  • Agri loan for buffalo rearing

    Bangladesh Bank has asked the banks to provide agriculture loan for buffalo rearing as well as dairy farms.

    Banks have been asked to disburse loans for buffalo rearing under the annual farm loan policy to promote the sub-sector, said a circular Bangladesh Bank issued yesterday.

  • A look at where countries stand in Saudi-Iran dispute

    Diplomatic tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran, which began with the kingdom’s execution of a Shia cleric and later saw attacks on Saudi diplomatic posts in the Islamic Republic, have seen countries around the world respond.

    Some nations have followed the Saudis’ lead in severing or downgrading ties with Iran, while others have offered words of caution aimed at cooling the war of words before it escalates further.

    Here’s a look at where countries and other regional actors stand at this point:

    The main actors–

  • GP’s 10,000 base stations to support 3G by June

    GP’s 10,000 base stations to support 3G by June

    Grameenphone CEO Rajeev Sethi yesterday said all 10,000 base stations of the cellphone operator are going to support 3G services alongside 2Gs across the country by June this year.

    The Chief Executive Officer of the leading mobile phone operator came up with the disclosure while speaking at a programme at The Westin Dhaka in presence of Telenor group CEO Sigve Brekke.

    Grameenphone has in total over 5,500 stations which have already been converted to 3G since the service was introduced in late 2013.

  • BD receives $100m grant for improving primary schooling

    Bangladesh signed an agreement with the World Bank for a $100 million grant, which will help 19.5 million children in primary school to receive primary education and complete grade five, the bank said in a statement yesterday.

    The grant is from the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) for the ongoing Third Primary Education Development Program (PEDP3). 

  • Germany stunned by rash of New Year’s sex assaults

    The German government Tuesday condemned dozens of apparently coordinated sexual assaults against women on New Year’s Eve in the western city of Cologne blamed on Arab men but warned against anti-migrant scapegoating.

    Justice Minister Heiko Mass called for a thorough investigation of the rash of attacks, ranging from groping to at least one reported rape, allegedly committed in a large crowd of revellers during year-end festivities at the city’s main train station.

  • Energypac gets IPO nod

    The capital markets regulator, BSEC, has given clearance to Energypac Power Generation to raise almost Tk42 crore through IPO (initial public offering).

    The regulator in a statement said the company will issue over 1.7 crore ordinary shares worth Tk41.9 crore. The offer value of each share is Tk25, including Tk15 premium.

    The proceeds of the issue will be utilised for bank loan payment, investment in inventory of trading business and meeting IPO expenses.

  • Stocks edges up with higher turnover

    Stocks closed marginally higher yesterday, ending several flat sessions.

    The benchmark index DSEX rose over 25 points or 0.6% to 4,643.

    The Shariah index DSES gained marginally almost 6 points to 1,118. The blue chip comprising index DS30 was up over 7 points to 1,764.

    The Chittagong Stock Exchange Selective Category Index CSCX soared 51 points to 8,638.

    The DSE turnover surged to Tk608 crore,  down more than 38% over the previous session. Of the total 324 traded scrips, 204 advanced, 83 declined and 37remained unchanged on DSE.

  • Sonali Bank server crashed

    Sonali Bank server collapsed yesterday causing sufferings to its valued clients.

    Transactions of some 502 branches that have CBS (core banking solution) were interrupted due to the network crash, said Mofazzal Hossain, general manager of Public Relations Department of Sonali Bank.

    “We have already solved the problem and hope we will be able to start transactions today properly.”

    The server collapsed due to technical glitch, he said, adding that this is the first time the bank experienced such disruption.

  • Queen’s Young Leader

    Queen’s Young Leader

    On December 8, 2015 the Queen’s Young Leaders programme officially announced Bangladesh representative in the Commonwealth nations, Rakibul Hasan, as the “Queen’s Young Leader” under the category of Highly Commended Runner-Up.  

    Through the programme, Hasan, will have exclusive access to the mentors and the bespoke online leadership course developed by the University of Cambridge titled Leading Change.

  • The disregarded war heroes

    The disregarded war heroes

    During the liberation war of Bangladesh, around 21 children were born as a consequence of forced pregnancy, which desolately is still a frequently occurring phenomenon in many areas of the country. Mustafa Chowdhury, a retired federal public servant at the Government of Canada and a Bangladeshi-born freelance researcher and writer, has done profound work on war-babies of Bangladesh. 

  • Coldfinger


    Winters in Bangladesh are both a treat and a curse
    I know it’s winter in Dhaka because I find myself carefully turning the water knobs of the shower with the dexterity of a notorious international master jewel thief cracking a dual dial combination safe. With willful slowness, with precision and the utmost concentration, holding my breath: A few clicks to the right, a couple to the left.

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