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Drive on hold as govt stoops to bus owners

People wait for buses at Shahbag crossing in Dhaka on Wednesday amid a shortage of transport triggered by ongoing drive against the ‘seating’ bus services. — Ali Hossain Mintu The government on Wednesday once again bowed down to the transport owners by suspending for 15 days the ongoing drive in the capital against buses running […]

A Dhaka court on Wednesday acquitted former president HM Ershad, also Jatiya Party chairman, and two others in radar purchase scam case. Judge Kamrul Hossain Mollah of Metropolitan Senior Special Judge’s Court delivered the judgment in the afternoon. Earlier on January 8, the Supreme Court directed the lower court concerned to resume and finish the […]

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BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir today alleged that the countrymen are living inside a prison and that the people must come out of it. “I will call upon you, come forth, we must unite to take our rightful rights,” Fakhrul said at a human chain programme held at Jatiya Press Club, reports Prothom […]

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Nearly 9,000 mainly African migrants were rescued in the Mediterranean this past long weekend after being put by smugglers in Libya onto unseaworthy boats heading toward Italy, U.N. aid agencies said on Tuesday. The migrants, many from Nigeria and Senegal with some from Bangladesh, are among an estimated 20,000 held by criminal gangs in irregular […]

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Prosecutor Tureen Afroz briefs reporters after International Crimes Tribunal (ICT)-1 delivered a verdict sentencing two Kishoreganj Razakars to death for their war-time offences on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Photo: Tuhin Shubhra Adhikary Two Razakars from Kishoreganj were sentenced to death for committing crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971. The condemned war criminals […]

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Australia’s cricket side is expected to tour Bangladesh later this year for their first Test matches there in more than a decade, an official said Tuesday. The world’s number-two side is expected to play two Tests against the cricket minnows in August and September in Dhaka, Bangladesh Cricket Board chief executive officer Nizamuddin Chowdhury said. […]

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Men with multiple identities in govt stand in the way of getting transport sector in order An aerial view of the capital’s Farmgate area around 11:30am yesterday shows a handful of buses. Commuters continue to suffer as many bus owners kept their vehicles off the streets due to BRTA’s drive against “seating”, “gate-lock”, “nonstop” and […]

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Prime minister Sheikh Hasina is accorded a red carpet reception at Paro International Airport, on the outskirts of Thimphu, as she reached Bhutan on a three-day visit on Tuesday. — Focusbangla photo Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday urged the Bhutanese government to expedite the process for ratifying the Bangladesh-Bhutan-India-Nepal Motor Vehicle Agreement and said […]

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Bangladesh is on course to become self-sufficient in billet manufacturing, thanks to huge investment by large steel mills to make the main raw material for rod amid the growing demand. The country’s billet production capacity more than doubled to nearly 35-40 lakh tonnes per year, accounting for more than two-thirds of the total yearly demand. […]

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