- February 18, 2018
The UK will vote on whether to remain in the EU on Thursday 23 June, Prime Minister David Cameron has said.
The prime minister made his historic announcement in Downing Street after briefing the cabinet.
He said he would be campaigning to remain in a reformed EU – and described the vote as one of the biggest decisions "in our lifetimes".
Ministers immediately divided up into the leave and remain camps as the campaigns got under way in earnest.
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Nation pays rich tribute to language martyrs
Nation pays homage to the martyrs of the historic 1952 Language Movement today, marking the Language Martyrs Day and International Mother Language Day.
US presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has narrowly won the Nevada caucuses in the Democratic race for presidential nominee.
She is leading with 52% of the vote over her rival Bernie Sanders' 48%.
She had been hoping for a big victory in Nevada where she is popular with Hispanic and minority voters.
The Republican primary is also under way in South Carolina, where frontrunner Donald Trump is trying to fend off Texas Senator Ted Cruz.
Bangladesh is yet to recognise languages of the indigenous communities in the country.
Several government frameworks to protect them are moving slowly. Indigenous language researchers say in many cases, no project was undertaken to protect the languages.
International Mother Language Institute's Director General Prof Jinnat Imtiaz Ali said they were conducting research on ethnic languages and hoped the results would clear confusions within six months.
The Malaysian government's decision to suspend recruitment of foreign workers from all countries will not affect the validity of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Malaysia and Bangladesh, Malaysian Human Resource Minister Richard Riot has said.
The Malaysian minister made the statement on Saturday, reports the country's national news agency Bernama.
‘As a nation, we have unique tradition, characteristics and literature, arts and culture’Underscoring the importance of learning mother language first, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged all to be more aware to uphold the dignity of Bangla.
“I call upon to all uphold the dignity of our mother language, achieved in exchange for blood,” she said while addressing the distribution ceremony of Ekushey Padak 2016 at Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the capital yesterday.
Books and other works on the Language Movement of 1952 as well as the Liberation War of 1971 have been one of the popular choices at Amar Ekushey Boi Mela 2016.
Attendants at different stalls on both the Bangla Academy and the Suhrawardy Udyan premises said readers have been especially keen on the new titles on the subject.
“We have had quite good sales of these books besides other titles. It is mostly serious readers who are buying them,” said Mitia Osman Tisma, publisher of Agamee Prakashani.
The Bangladeshi “Tree Man” Abul Bajandar yesterday underwent a successful surgery at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital’s burn unit.
A nine-member medical board which was assigned for his treatment began the operation around 11am Saturday and it continued till 1pm.
Abul’s mother Amena Begum said her son is now better.
After the surgery, Burn Institute Coordinator Dr Samanta Lal Sen said: “The first surgery of Abul was successful. He will undergo the second operation after three weeks.”
A woman and two children were killed in separate accidents in Chittagong. The deceased are Shaheen Akhtar, 30, Jiku, 15, and Jahedul Islam Jidan, 11.
Police said Shaheen was burnt to death at Rangunia upazila while Jiku and Jidan were killed in road accidents at Hathazari and Patia.
Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) Police Outpost’s Nayek Jahangir Alam said Shaheen sustained severe burns following a gas explosion at home. She died while being brought to CMCH.
The 19th convocation ceremony of North South University was held at its own campus on February 18.
President Abdul Hamid, also the chancellor of the university, presided over the convocation ceremony and conferred degrees to 2,130 students.
The convocation speech was delivered by Dr Rita Rossi Colwell, distinguished professor of University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University, USA.
The Awami League has named chairman candidates for the first phase of Union Parishad (UP) elections scheduled for March 22.
Office Secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap sent the list of 739 candidates to the media on Friday night.
The party’s nomination board finalised candidates at a two-day meeting on February 16-17, chaired by Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
It also selected 10 candidates for contesting re-elections at 10 municipalities on March 20.
Stinky polluted water of the Shitalakhya River hardly come to the use of the local residents.
Though they regularly pay bills to WASA, they do not have access to the supply of clean water.
With substandard water supply (and that too not regular), it is becoming impossible to use it for basic activities such as bathing or cleaning utensils.
With no respite from the authorities, complaints are not being lodged as officers are usually absent from their desks, citing meetings in the capital.
The 12th century Shiva mandirs, ancient temple structures, built during the Sen era of 1156-1206 AD in Bholahat upazila of Chapainawabganj, stands on the verge of extinction.
Locals alleged that the temple was gradually falling apart down due to negligence by authorities.
The authorities have never taken any steps to preserve this ancient structure that has huge archaeological and historical value.
Speakers at a function recently underscored the need for speeding up the sensitive activities to promote the nutrition standard in the district through active participation and coordination.
In this context, all the concerned should be more cordial, dedicated and would have to come forward with the mentality to ensure nutrition for all particularly the poor to build a healthy nation, they opined, reports BSS.
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested two alleged firearm traders with a foreign pistol and ammunition from Moharajpur area in the town early yesterday.
The arrested were Selim Hossain, 25, and Somel Ali, 28.
On a tip-off, a team of the elite forces carried out a drive in the area under Sadar upazila of the town around 1.30 am and arrested them with a pistol, two magazines and a bullet.
Quoting the confessional statement the sources said the arrested were professional firearms businessmen.
A police man was killed by a bullet suddenly came out of the gun of his colleague at New Sukhi Nilganj Police Lines in the district headquarters yesterday.
The deceased was Purno Barua, son of Shekhar Barua of Raojan.
Police sources said Purno Barua and Swarup Barua were on duty at Nilganj police lines. In the afternoon, a bullet came out suddenly from Swarup’s gun and hit Purno.
Purno was rushed to Rangamati Sadar Hospital where on duty doctor declared him dead.
A large cache of powerful bombs and explosives were recovered
Law enforcement agencies yesterday busted a den of banned radical Islamist outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team in the capital’s Mohammadpur area and recovered a large cache of bombs and explosives.
DB police and DMP’s newly formed Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit, also known as CT, carried out the raid early yesterday.
Confirming the recovery CT Additional Commissioner Monirul Islam said his unit and DB police arrested alleged Ansarullah Bangla Team members Kamal alias Shahin and Shah Alam alias Salauddin from Badda around 10pm Friday.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia while visiting the Shaheed Minar yesterday said security has been tightened in the capital for today.
Particularly four-tier security steps were taken around the Central Shaheed Minar for peaceful observance of the International Mother Language Day.
He said the whole area would come under CCTV camera surveillance.
Nation has paid homage to the martyrs of the historic 1952 Language Movement on Sunday, marking the Language Martyrs Day and International Mother Language Day.
People from all walks of life thronged the Central Shaheed Minar in the Dhaka University area at midnight with floral wreaths and sang “Amar Bhaiyer Rokte Rangano Ekushey February” in chorus to pay their deepest respects to the heroes of the Language Movement, who sacrificed their lives for the recognition of Bangla as the state language of the then East Pakistan.