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BNP observes Zia’s birth anniv; vows to ‘reinstate’ democracy

BNP celebrated the 84th birth anniversary of its founder Ziaur Rahman on Sunday vowing afresh to ‘reinstate democracy’ and free party Chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail making the supreme sacrifice. BNP leaders and activists, led by party Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, paid homage to Zia by placing wreaths at Zia’s grave in the morning on the occasion. They ...

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E-passport to be launched on Wednesday: Home Minister

Electronic passport or e-passport will formally be introduced in the country on Wednesday, said Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the e-passport service and automatic border control management at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) on the day, he said while talking to the reporters at a press briefing at the Secretariat on Sunday. “The e-passport ...

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New ADB President Masatsugu Asakawa assumes office

Masatsugu Asakawa,the 10th President of the Asian Development Bank. File Photo Masatsugu Asakawa, the 10th President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), assumed office on Sunday. He succeeds Takehiko Nakao, who stepped down on January 16, the ADB said. “I’m honoured to assume the role of ADB President and to begin working in close cooperation with our 68 members,” Asakawa ...

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Full verdict on Khaleda’s appeal in Zia Charitable Trust Graft case published

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) has published a full-fledged verdict rejecting the appeal petition filed by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in Zia Charitable Trust Corruption case. The verdict containing 15 pages was published on the website of the SC on Sunday. Earlier on December 12, the Appellate Division of the SC turned down the appeal of BNP ...

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Second-phase Biswa Ijtema ends with Akheri Munajat

  The second phase of the three-day Biswa Ijtema, the second largest congregation of Muslims after Hajj, ended on the banks of the Turag River in Tongi on Sunday through the ‘Akheri Munajat’ (final prayers). Maulana Mohammad Jamshed of India’s Delhi conducted the final prayers, said Maulana Syed Wasiful Islam. It concluded shortly after 12pm. The 55th edition of the ...

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City elections now on February 1

Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda briefs media after an emergency meeting on Saturday night. Photo: Collected The date of Dhaka North and South City Corporation polls, scheduled to be held on January 30, has been rescheduled for February 1 due to the celebration of Saraswati Puja. The Election Commission (EC) came up with the announcement on Saturday night after ...

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Oil factory, cotton warehouse gutted in Keraniganj fire

An oil factory and a cotton warehouse were gutted in a fire at Aati Bazar here on Saturday. The fire originated at the cotton godown around 12 noon and engulfed the adjoining mustard and edible oil factory, said Saiful Islam, station officer of Keraniganj Fire Service. On information, two firefighting units rushed in and doused the blaze after one hour ...

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EC in emergency meeting over city polls

The Election Commission is likely to change the date of elections to two Dhaka city corporations as it sat in an emergency meeting on Saturday afternoon. Amid widespread criticisms and movement by a group of Dhaka University student, the Commission’s started the meeting at 4pm at Nirbachan Bhaban in the city with Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda in the ...

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Bogura-1 MP Abdul Mannan passes away

Awami League MP of Bogura -1 constituency Abdul Mannan . File Photo Awami League MP of Bogura -1 constituency Abdul Mannan died at a hospital in the capital early Friday after suffering a cardiac arrest. He was 60. Motiur Rahman Moti, joint general secretary of Sariakandi upazila Awami League, said Mannan, also party’s former joint secretary, suffered a cardiac arrest ...

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Dhaka, Delhi discuss joint study on proposed economic partnership deal

Bangladesh and India have discussed a number of issues of mutual interest including border haats and joint study for the proposed ‘Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement’ between the two countries. Both sides also held extensive discussions on India-Bangladesh CEOs’ Forum, sharing of trade data, regional connectivity initiatives, harmonization of standards, upgradation of border trading infrastructure and facilitation of business visas. The ...

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