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Bangabandhu’s ancestral home to get back original look

In a bid to assuage Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s dissatisfaction over the altered appearance of her ancestral home, the cultural affairs ministry is going to restore its original look. The archaeology department, in an attempt to restore the 135-year-old ancestral house of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, had changed its original look completely in 2010, which had angered the Premier when ...

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BB heist: Panel submits report to ministry

 A government-formed committee probing the US$101 million heist from Bangladesh central bank account with Federal Reserve Bank of New York today submitted its preliminary report. The three-member panel, led by former Bangladesh Bank governor Mohammed Farashuddin, submitted the report to the finance ministry this evening. The committee was formed last month, almost one month after it learnt that the money ...

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Reports on Shafik’s admission unusual: BNP

BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan on Wednesday termed “unusual” the media reports that journalist Shafik Rehman admitted to his link with the alleged conspiracy to abduct and kill Prime Minister’s son Sajeeb Wazed Joy. It seems very unusual that Shafik Rehman made any admission about his involvement in the alleged conspiracy, Khan told reporters after placing wreaths at ...

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Draft of broadcast law up on website for opinion

 A draft of the Broadcast Act-2016m, which proposes three-month jail as highest punishment and Tk 5 lakh fine or both for violation of the rules, has been posted on website for public opinions. A 43-member committee formed by the government formulated the draft in line with the recommendations of the National Broadcasting Policy-2014. Golam Rahman, a former journalism professor of ...

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GP denies, CID stands : ARREST OF GP STAFF OVER SIM ‘CLONING’

Grameenphone (GP), the country’s leading mobile phone operator, yesterday said that none of their employees is involved in siphoning off funds from customer accounts through alleged SIM cloning. GP came up with the claim in response to a news report published in The Independent yesterday, headlined “Five GP staff among 11 arrested over SIM cloning’. The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) ...

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VIOLENCE IN UP POLLS : Experts ask EC members to quit

Election experts have said that members of the Election Commission (EC) should step down for their failure to check violence and irregularities in the ongoing union parishad (UP) polls. They also observed that the EC’ failure has proved that it is not possible to hold fair polls under party banners as it could not prevent violence, strong-arm tactics by political ...

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Freedom of speech at stake: Imran

Ganajagoran Mancha spokesperson, Dr Imran H Sarker, has said that people have been gagged and it is being justified in different ways. This is an ominous sign for all. “My freedom of expression is probably under threat as I talk in favour of freedom of speech and show respect for dissenting opinion. How terrible,” Imran said in his Facebook status ...

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Action against those involved with plot to kill Joy, warns PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said the government will definitely take action against those who will be found involved in the conspiracy of killing Sajeeb Wazed Joy after abduction, reports UNB. “We must take action against those who will be found involved in the conspiracy,” she told a discussion meeting at Krishibid Institution, Bangladesh (KIB). Awami League organised the ...

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‘Murder attempt’ on Joy: Shafik Rehman on 5-day remand

Detectives pick him from his house in Eskaton Seven hours into his arrest, Shafik Rehman, a pro-BNP intellectual, was granted a five-day remand in a case filed for alleged attempts to abduct and murder Sajeeb Wazed Joy. Metropolitan Magistrate in Dhaka Md Mazharul Islam passed the order after Detective Branch (DB) Assistant Commissioner Hasan Arafat produced him before the court ...

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Shafik Rehman – who is he?

Shafik Rehman does not hold any formal position in BNP, but he is considered as one of the main adviser of Khaleda Zia. Although he was known as apolitical in his early life, Rehman became sympathizer of BNP since 1996. Photo taken from Facebook. Shafik Rehman became a household name after he launched the weekly Jai Jai Din in the ...

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