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2 million Muslims gather in Makkah for Hajj

Hundreds of thousands of Muslims from across the globe began the annual Hajj pilgrimage yesterday in one of the largest annual gatherings of people in the world. In what for many will be the highlight of their spiritual lives, pilgrims began moving from Saudi Arabia’s holy city of Makkah to nearby Mina for the start […]

  Around 75 percent of the 10 million SIM cards verified until now are ‘not registered properly’, says State Minister for Telecommunication Tarana Halim. According to her, a case of 14,000 SIMs purchased against a ‘fake’ National Identification (NID) card was found during the ongoing verification process for SIM card registrations. “Until now, registrations of […]

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BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir went to his Thakurgaon village home on Tuesday to celebrate Eid-ul-Azha there. The BNP leader along with his wife and younger daughter left Dhaka for Saidpur by a United Airways flight around 5:30pm. Before leaving Dhaka, he said, ‘My mother is sick. I’m going to my village […]

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Bangladesh economy may grow by 6.7 per cent in the current financial year 2015-16, up from a 6.51 per cent growth that the country achieved in the last fiscal year, the Asian Development Bank said on Tuesday. The government in its national budget, however, set a GDP growth at 7 per cent for the FY16. […]

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Shuvagata Hom’s all-round performance kept Bangladesh ‘A’ team in the game after they made a dismal start to the three-day match against Ranji Trophy champions Karnataka on Tuesday at Mysore. Shuvagata picked up three wickets to restrict the hosts for 163-6 at stumps after he made a fifty to help his side post 158. Having […]

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With Eid only a couple of days away, cattle traders are demanding inflated prices for moderately-sized cows, buyers have alleged. Although price trends were different at separate cattle markets in the capital, the Dhaka Tribune received reports of unusual asking prices set by cattle traders. In the city’s largest cattle market in Gabtoli, the last […]

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Bangladesh’s central bank plans to mobilise up to $7.0 billion to develop the country’s infrastructure and boost economic growth, its governor said on Sunday. The bank would help reach that sum by establishing a sovereign wealth fund, issuing bonds and selling dollars from its reserves to designated banks and financial institutions, Governor Atiur Rahman told […]

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A court in northeastern Bangladesh indicted 13 people on Tuesday in the beating death of a 13-year-old boy that shocked a nation used to violent crime because a video of him being tortured was posted online. Metropolitan Sessions Judge Akbar Hossain Mridha said the trial of the 13, including the main suspect who fled to […]

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Bangladesh may have formulated the National Broadband Policy six years ago, but making a significant improvement on current internet coverage is still a steep challenge. According to a report titled “The state of Broadband 2015,” published by the global monitoring body Broadband Commission for Digital Development, Bangladesh is one of the 148 countries to have […]

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina leaves for the US this morning to attend the UN special summit on Sustainable Development and 70th UN General Assembly (UNGA), heading a 227-member delegation, the biggest since her taking office in 2009. She led a 178-member delegation for the 69th UNGA last year, while the number was 134 in 2013. […]

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 A Sylhet court yesterday framed charges against 13 people, including prime accused Kamrul Islam, in a case filed for the brutal murder of teenage boy Samiul Islam Rajon in July. Sylhet Metropolitan Sessions Judge Akbor Hossain Mridha passed the order. The trial would begin on October 1 with recording of witness statements, Rajon’s father Azizur […]

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NBR to organise another tax fair in winter The National Board of Revenue collected a record Tk 2,035 crore in income tax from 1,61,060 taxpayers during weeklong income tax fair across the country that ended on Tuesday. Income tax collection increased by 21.50 per cent compared with that of the last year when the revenue […]

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