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President for united efforts to end child labour

President M Abdul Hamid has asked all concerned including guardians, employers, civil society, mass-media, labour organisations and different human rights bodies to ensure a children-friendly environment for preventing child-labour and help flourish their potentials.   “United effort is a must to build each child as an ideal human resource through ensuring traditional or non-traditional and vocational education,” the President said ...

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Musa Ibrahim and his friends rescued successfully

Bangladeshi first mountaineer Musa Ibrahim and two Indians, who had got stuck for the last few days at the base camp of Mount Carstensz Pyramid in Papua Province of Indonesia due to rough weather, were rescued successfully on Monday morning. In his Facebook page, the Bangladeshi mountaineer confirmed about their rescue by posting pictures from Indonesian Airport. State minister for ...

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More than 200,000 loan defaulters in Bangladesh, Muhith tells parliament

The number of loan-defaulting individuals and companies in Bangladesh now stands at 202,623, Finance Minister AMA Muhith has said. He, however, did not disclose how much money they owe to the banks, while speaking to his colleagues in parliament during a session on Tuesday. Defaults stood at Tk 734.09 billion until March, accounting for 10.53 percent of the total loans ...

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Bangladesh slip in ODI rankings despite gaining points

Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and his men have earned ranking points by taking strides in the 50-over game, advancing to the 2017 Champions Trophy semi-finals, but they have dropped down a spot in the rankings. Having done justice to their reputation of being the most unpredictable team in the game, Pakistan stunned the cricket world by handing their arch-rivals India a ...

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Hasan Mahmud unleashed attack on Fakhrul’s motorcade: BNP

Bangladesh Nationalist Party senior joint secretary-general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on Tuesday claimed that ruling Awami League leader Hasan Mahmud at the ‘directive’ of the prime minister carried out the attack on the BNP secretary general’s motorcade. Addressing a human chain in front of National Press Club, Rizvi said the attack on the party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir’s motorcade ...

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Decision on VAT after discussion in JS: Muhith

Finance Minister AMA Muhith has said the decision regarding changes in the new value added tax (VAT) law implementation will be announced on June 28 after discussions in the Jatiya Sangsad (JS).   “Discussions on implementation of the new VAT law are underway in the national parliament. We will announce the decision on new VAT law implementation when the proposed ...

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Bangladesh slashes rice import duty by more than a half

The government has cut the import duty on rice to 10 percent from the existing 25 percent to encourage private traders to purchase more from abroad. Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed announced the decision on Tuesday and said a formal notice would follow soon.  The government also decided to withdraw the 3 percent regulatory duty, a contentious issue that discouraged the ...

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Grenfell Tower fire: London Mayor Sadiq Khan praises ‘heroism from Christians, from Muslims and from others’

Sadiq Khan has praised the heroism of Christians, Muslims and others in looking after people affected by the Grenfell Tower disaster. The Mayor of London arrived at St Clement’s church in north Kensington as worshippers gathered to remember those who lost their lives and those who remain missing after the devastating fire.  Flowers and missing persons posters were taped to the gates ...

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Water stagnation problem remains unsolved in Sylhet

The Sylhet City Corporation (SCC) had spent Tk 2.67 billion in three projects for reconstruction and construction of its drains and canals during the last 10 years but, the water stagnation problem is yet to be resolved mainly due to irregularities, lack of coordination between concerned agencies and lack of proper monitoring, a number city dwellers alleged. On the other ...

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20 injured in Sylhet clash

At least 20 people were injured in a clash between two groups over a mosque at Jalalabad in Sadar upazila of Sylhet yesterday afternoon. Local sources said the groups had an altercation over a mosque at Islamganj Bazar. Following the altercation, a clash ensued between two groups with locally made weapons in the afternoon. Later, they clashed again, leaving at ...

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