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Bangladesh Jewellers’ Association yesterday called an indefinite strike across the country from Sunday, demanding immediate formation of a gold import policy. Against the backdrop of confiscating 567kg of gold of Apan Jewellers, association leaders made the decision at a meeting in its Baitul Mukarram Market office. “We will go on strike nationwide from Sunday and […]

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Criticising the government for evicting her party leader Moudud Ahmed from his Gulshan residence, BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Wednesday said people will one day evict ruling party men from their houses the same way, reports UNB. “Moudud Ahmed was driven out to the street from the house he had been residing for over 30 […]

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An aging bridge on one of the busiest and most important national roads, the 151-kilometre highway from Chittagong to Cox’s Bazar, is increasingly a serious threat to road users. The fitness of the Matamuhuri Bridge, constructed in 1964 to span the river of the same name in Cox’s Bazar’s Chakoria upazila has been of concern […]

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A Rajuk worker at Gulshan in Dhaka on Wednesday draws out bags from a house previously occupied by BNP leader Moudud Ahmed during an eviction drive. — Indrajit Ghosh The Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha evicted Bangladesh Nationalist Party presidium member Moudud Ahmed from his Gulshan house, where he had been living for 36 years, on Wednesday, […]

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Excise duty  The government has been cutting excise duty from bank depositors’ accounts without informing them. Excise duty had been raised several times in the past, but was mentioned only twice in the budget speeches. The National Board of Revenue (NBR) also had increased excise duty. However, the depositors were not informed in either case. […]

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Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday paid tributes to the country’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by placing wreaths at the portrait of the great leader in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi-32 in Dhaka, marking the historic Six-Point Day. Sheikh Hasina first placed a wreath as the prime minister and stood there for […]

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Bangladesh has advanced significantly in internet connectivity and effectively led major SAARC nations, with nearly 42.0 percent of total population using internet for various purposes, according to official sources. The latest data from the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) shows that the total number of internet users has reached 67.245 million at the end of […]

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AMA Muhith  Reaffirming his stance over keeping unchanged the proposed excise duty on bank accounts, finance minister AMA Muhith on Tuesday said there is nothing new in it as it has been increased slightly, reports UNB. “The excise duty was introduced long ago and the bank account holders have been paying it accordingly. It’s not […]

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The Bangladesh embassy in Doha has urged the expatriates not to be panicked amid the evolving situation, and keep in touch with the embassy. In a notice circulated among the Bangladeshis living in Qatar, the embassy said on Tuesday they are “closely” monitoring the situation and are in contact with the Qatari authorities. The statement […]

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The government has given Tk 14,655 crore to bail out state-owned banks including scam-hit BASIC Bank and Sonali Bank in eight years. A total of Tk 11,487 crore or 78 per cent of the subsidy, which the government calls recapitalisation fund, was given in the past four financial years between 2013-14 and 2016-17. Major portion of […]

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The advance sale of bus and train tickets for Eid-ul-Fitr holidaymakers from Dhaka to other districts will start on June 12. On that day, Bangladesh Railway will sell the tickets for June 21 journeys, its Director General Md Amzad Hossain told bdnews24.com on Tuesday. The tickets for June 22 travels will be sold on June […]

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 Bangladesh’s government is pandering to Islamist zealots Public statuary is paying the price IN THE dead of night workers prised the statue off its base, raised it onto the back of a truck and hauled it away. The blindfolded woman in a sari, sword in one hand and scales in the other, was supposed to […]

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