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  • Malaysia shuts its doors to foreign workers

    Malaysia shuts its doors to foreign workers

    Just a day after signing an MoU with Dhaka on allowing 1.5 million Bangladeshis to find work in Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur has backtracked on its words and decided to suspend recruitment of all foreign workers, including those from Bangladesh.

    The Southeast Asian country’s Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi announced the suspension of recruiting foreign workers and called on employers to recruit locals instead.

  • Oil price cut unlikely in 3 years

    Oil price cut unlikely in 3 years

    The prices of fuel oil will not be reduced in the next three years in Bangladesh even if the lower price of petroleum products sustain in the international market during this time, officials of the state-owned Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation have said.

    They assume that if the government does not transform the BPC’s Tk26,350 crore loan into subsidy, it would need at least three years to pay off that amount, provided that the oil prices remain the same in the international market.

  • Pope, Trump trade salvos over Christian faith

    Pope Francis forcefully injected himself into the US presidential campaign on Thursday, assailing Republican candidate Donald Trump's views on US immigration as "not Christian" in a sign of growing international concern at the billionaire businessman's election prospects.

    Trump struck back. No stranger to controversy, the longtime party front-runner in national opinion polls dismissed the leader of the world's Roman Catholics as "disgraceful" for questioning his faith. He said he was a proud Christian.

  • Minister: Bangladesh safer than US

    The minister claimed that security arrangements at the airports had also been increasedHome Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has said that law and order in Bangladesh is better than in the United States.

    Quoting a US-based report, the minister told a programme yesterday that Bangladesh ranked 30th position in the index. “I have mentioned about the USA as everyone used the name as an example.”

    According to the 2015 Gallup report, Japan and New Zealand all boast the same score (78 points) while Bangladesh on the 30th position. The USA and Australia, meanwhile, are placed at 38th and 39th place.

  • Dhaka MRT tenders to be floated by December

    All tenders for the much-awaited Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system will be floated by December, the project’s director said yesterday. This includes tenders for civil work, equipment, rolling stock, engineering and management systems.

    According to the plan, main construction work for the MRT will start with Line 6 at the beginning of next year. An amended Metro Rail Bill, 2015 was passed in parliament on January 26.

  • First surgery of Bangladeshi ‘Tree Man’ today

    The first surgery of the Bangladeshi “Tree Man” Abul Bajandar is scheduled to be held today in the morning at Dhaka Medical College Hospital’s burn unit.

    The nine-member medical board which was assigned for his treatment took the decision yesterday.

    DMCH burn institute’s founding director, Dr Samanta Lal Sen, said: “Abul Bajandar will be taken to surgery around 11am.” “First we will operate on his thumb and index fingers and if the surgery is successful, we will try again,” he added.

  • Two-year-old rescued 39 days after kidnapping

    A two-year-old child was rescued in Comilla yesterday, 39 days after he was abducted from Narayanganj.

    Four suspects were also arrested in connection with the kidnapping. Following the rescue in Comilla’s Durgapur area, the child, Mohammad Leon, was brought to Fatullah Model police station in the afternoon and returned to his family.

    The detained suspects are Parvin Akhter Shoma, 28; her husband Majnu Miah, 36; Anwar Hossain, 35; and Zaman, 55.

    Shoma and her husband admitted of abducting the child and selling him to the other two for Tk5,000.

  • Muhith’s ‘Sonali Dinguli’ hits Ekushey Boi Mela

    Muhith’s ‘Sonali Dinguli’ hits Ekushey Boi Mela

    Finance Minister AMA Muhith has given a rare and detailed glimpse into his life in the first volume of his autobiography.

    The 82-year-old recounts his life until 1955-56 in “Sonali Dinguli”, unveiled at the Bangladesh Shishu Academy yesterday, his publisher said.

    “A brilliant work,” said Dhaka University’s Professor Emeritus Anisuzzaman while eminent linguist Dr Moniruzzaman hoped readers would enjoy it.

  • One confesses in Habiganj 4 murders

    One of the five people detained over the killing of four children at Bahubol, Habiganj has admitted his involvement in the incident of abduction and murders.

    Rubel Mia, 30, gave the confessional statement at the court of Senior Judicial Magistrate Khandaker Kowshik Ahmed yesterday evening.

    He said that six people had taken part in the abduction and murders under the directives of his father, Abdul Ali, over an arbitration around two months back. The arbitration was held over felling of a tree.

  • Joy: Cases against Mahfuz Anam not an attack on media

    Describing the dozens of lawsuits filed against The Daily Star Editor and Publisher Mahfuz Anam as civil litigations, Prime Minister's ICT Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy has said that it has nothing to do with the media as a whole.

    “This is not an attack on the media. It is also not even criminal litigation. It is civil litigation… If you cause someone harm, the aggrieved party has every right to sue you for damages,” Joy wrote in his Facebook page yesterday.

  • RAB DG: Special security for Language Martyrs’ Day

    The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has put special security measures in place around Central Shaheed Minar on Dhaka University campus for peaceful observance of Language Martyrs' Day tomorrow.

    “We have installed a three-tier security system in the area to tackle any situation, should they arise,” said RAB Director General Benazir Ahmed at a press conference at the Shaheed Minar premises yesterday morning.

    RAB will be working in coordination with police tomorrow to ensure optimum security in the area, the RAB chief added.

  • Most traffic lights remain idle in Ctg city

    Traffic signal lights installed at different points in the port city with a view to improving traffic system have remained idle due to lack of coordination between Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) and Chittagong City Corporation (CCC).

    Traffic police are facing difficulties while controlling traffic movement during the rush hour as they  maintain traffic flow manually.

  • Fire at N’ganj power plant

    Fire at N’ganj power plant

    Generating electricity has come to a halt as a blaze erupted in a diesel power plant in Siddirganj area of the city.

    However, no casualty was reported in the fire that took place at a 100MW capacity power station yesterday morning. Sources said a transformer of Desh Energy Ltd caught fire around 8:30am and it soon spread.

    Being informed, three fire fighting units from Narayanganj, Demra and Ramna rushed to the spot and doused the blaze after two hours of frantic efforts.

  • India pushes back 27 trafficked Bangladeshis

    The Indian authorities pushed back 27 Bangladeshi nationals into the country through Shewla tax station on the Bangladesh-India border in Sylhet’s Beanibazar upazila yesterday.

    All of these Bangladeshis served imprisonment terms from two to four years for illegal stay in India before they were sent back, said Sugyan Chakma, additional superintendent of police in Sylhet.

    Of the 27 men, 26 are from Chapainawabganj district and one is from Magura district, police said.

  • Chumki: Habiganj killers to be tried under special tribunal

    State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Meher Afroz Chumki yesterday said people who were involved in the killing of four schoolboys in Hobiganj would be tried under special tribunal.

    The minister said this while talking to journalists after visiting the parents of the four children whose bodies were recovered from a ditch at Sundrateki village, Bahubal police station on Wednesday morning.

  • Visa complexity hinders operations at Banglabandha

    Complexity over issuing visas hindered operations at the Banglabandha land port yesterday, a day after it was opened, immigration officials said.

    On Thursday, a group of 32 people, led by the Panchagarh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) President Ashraful Alam Patwari travelled to India on special visas.

    Many said they could not use the checkpost as their visas did not cover this route.

  • 2 abducted in Khagrachhari

    Two officials of a construction firm were reportedly kidnapped by some miscreants from a remote area in Panchari upazila, Khagrachhari on February 14.

    The incident came to light on Thursday as one of the victims, Saifuddin Shaheen Gazi, made a phone call to his wife seeking help for his release.

    Local sources said renovation work of a road from Panchari Bazar to Maratila was  underway under the supervision of Ruhul Amin, 50, manger of contraction firm Al-Falah Trading Corporation and Saifuddin Shaheen Gazi, 35, assistant sub-contractor, reports UNB.

  • RAB claims foiling Sonali Bank heist attempt

    The Rapid Action Battalion has claimed to have foiled an attempt to rob state-owned Sonali Bank in Dhamrai, on the outskirts of Dhaka.

    RAB sources said the robbers had been plotting the heist for three months. A suspected robbers, Masuk, 41, was killed in “gunfight” with RAB yesterday morning when RAB raided a flat located a floor above the bank branch.

    Six persons Sabuj, 62, Shila Akhter, 28, Rumena Begum, 25, Riazul Islam, 33, Badsha Miah Dewan, 35, and a 10-year-old boy, were arrested with weapons and machines from there.

  • Nasim: BNP spreading falsehood worldwide

    Health Minister Mohammed Nasim yesterday said the BNP was spreading falsehood to tarnish the image of Bangladesh and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

    He made the statement at a memorial meeting of late city Awami League President MA Aziz organised by Bangabandhu Academy at Diploma Engineers Institution.

  • Best Friday sales so far

    Best Friday sales so far

    Publishers and book stall owners at Amar Ekushey Boi Mela 2016 were elated yesterday as the day marked the highest amount of sale on a Friday this year.

    There was no Children’s Hour yesterday, but the fair opened for visitors at 11am – and saw thousands of readers pouring into the fairgrounds.

    Despite the absence of Children’s hour, a huge number of children were seen visiting the fair with their parents and buying books to their hearts’ content.

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