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Neo JMB tries to get back on its feet

Arising in extreme brutality, neo JMB still poses as a threat to public safety. While several of its top leaders have been killed in operations of the law enforcement agencies, the organisation is trying to get back on its feet with new leadership. Its present leader is Kamrul alias Asad, who may have other aliases […]

The onrush of water from the upstream and heavy rainfall triggered by monsoon over the last one week inundated vast areas in six upazilas of the district, leaving about 250,000 people marooned, reports UNB. The flood situation in Jakiganj, Beanibazar, Golapganj, Fenchuganj, Osmaninagar and Balaganj upazilas of the district continued to deteriorate on Sunday, worsening the […]

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The 400-year-old Rath Mela, a fair integral to Hindu festival Rath Jatra Utsab, in Dhamrai was shut down Saturday night allegedly over a rift between the local lawmaker and the municipality mayor. Organisers and locals said police had asked them to suspend the festival for two days from yesterday morning, citing security concerns. The fair […]

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Remittance inflow in fiscal 2016-17 has been the lowest in six years — a development that can be viewed as a dark cloud over an otherwise buoyant economy. Migrant workers sent home $12.77 billion last fiscal year, down 14.47 percent year-on-year, according to data from the central bank. Remittance is a major source of foreign […]

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A High Court judge’s car, driving in the wrong lane of Dhaka street, has run over a motorcycle and critically injured its rider. The victim, Zubin Faisal, was admitted to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital after the collision near the Ruposhi Bangla Hotel crossing at Shahbagh on Sunday evening. The police, quoting doctors at […]

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Prime minister Sheikh Hasina addresses a meeting with the secretaries of the government at cabinet division at secretariat in Dhaka on Sunday. — Focusbangla photo The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Sunday asked top bureaucrats to take measures to check corruption and ensure services to people without hassles from government’s service providing agencies. ‘Salaries have […]

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Left-leaning partners in the ruling Awami League-led alliance continued to oppose the inclusion of religion-based political parties in the alliance. The Awami League had earlier proposed that some Islamist parties might be included in the alliance to widen it. The left parties in the alliance continued to oppose the proposal saying that the non-communal and […]

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The number of arrested undocumented Bangladeshi workers rose to 515 as the first day of the crackdown against illegal workers saw 1,035 foreigners, including three children, and 16 employers detained, reported The Star, Malaysian newspaper, on Sunday. The Malaysian authorities launched the crackdown immediately after the deadline to apply for the temporary Enforcement Card (E-Card) […]

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The Japan International Cooperation Agency or JICA has signed a loan agreement with the Bangladesh government to provide 178.223 billion yen (about $1.59 billion) for six infrastructure projects. Bangladesh will spend the funds on airport expansion, bridges, mass rapid transit system, power plant, underground power substation and water resources, JICA said on its website. Six […]

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Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday asked top bureaucrats of her government to fix strategies for faster implementation of development budget from the beginning of the new fiscal. “The rate of implementing annual development budget should be higher than the existing proportion,” she told a meeting with the secretaries of different ministries and divisions at […]

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BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s petition for a fresh probe over the source of funds in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case has been rejected by the Supreme Court. The Anti Corruption Commission or ACC filed the case in 2008 during emergency regime of the military-backed caretaker government. It accuses the former prime minister and five […]

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Bangladesh and China would install a 1,320- MW coal fired power plant in joint venture at Payra. The initiative has been taken as part of government’s plan to bring all people under electricity network. “The government is very much optimistic to bring the entire country under full power coverage by 2021 and we have undertaken […]

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