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Initiative taken to set ‘media monitoring cell’: Inu

Information Hasanul Haque Inu on Wednesday told Parliament that the government has taken an initiative to set up a ‘media monitoring cell’ to monitor news published in the media. “Initiative has been taken to establish a media monitoring cell to watch the news published in the media,” he said while replying to a scripted question from ruling Awami League MP ...

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Padma Bridge Rail Link : Tk 34,989 crore project gets ECNEC nod

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) yesterday endorsed the mega ‘Padma Bridge Rail Link’ project, entailing an estimated cost of Tk. 34,988.86 crore, for establishment of rail communications between the capital and the south-western part of the country through the Padma Multipurpose Bridge (PMB) project. The approval came at the ECNEC meeting for the current fiscal year, ...

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No age limit extension for entering govt jobs: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said the government has no plan to extend the 30-year age limit for entering public service. “The age limit for job is 30 years. There’s doubt whether one remains young anymore after crossing 30,” she told Parliament replying to a supplementary question from Jatiya Party MP Nurul Islam Omar (Bogra-6). There was a time ...

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Rampal Power plant: There’ll be no environmental hazard, says minister

The Sundarbans will not face any environmental hazard due to the establishment of coal-based Rampal Power Plant, State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid told parliament on Wednesday. According to a feasibility study and the Environmental Impact Assessment outcome, the establishment of Rampal Power Plant will not pose any threat to the environment of the mangrove forest, ...

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Call for UN probe into Bangladesh murders

Seventeen rights groups have called for formation of an inquiry commission under the umbrella of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to probe the murders of at least nine writers, bloggers, publishers, academics and activists in Bangladesh since February 2015. PEN America led a group of sixteen other human rights organisations in issuing a statement on Tuesday, demanding establishment ...

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Two-day global cotton summit begins in Dhaka

Global cotton buyers and sellers have convened in Dhaka at the world cotton summit to, what the organisers say, better understand the market. State Minister for Textiles and Jute Mirza Azam opened the two-day summit on Wednesday. He said the summit would provide “good opportunity” to the spinners and cotton traders to share their “knowledge, ideas and requirements with the ...

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Draft of SC Judges (Investigation) Bill gets cabinet nod

  The Cabinet on Monday approved in principle the draft of ‘The Supreme Court (SC) Judges (Investigation) Bill, 2016’ having provisions to investigate the allegation of ‘misconduct’ by the judges of the High Court and the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court and impeach them by parliament.   The proposed law has also kept a provision for the ‘honourable exit’ ...

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Fuel oil prices reduced

The government reduced the prices of different petroleum fuels by Tk 3-10 per litre with effect from midnight yesterday or zero hour today. As per a gazette notification, per litre prices of octane and petrol was reduced be Tk 10 per litre while diesel and kerosene prices were reduced by Tk 3. As such, a litre of diesel or kerosene ...

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Sadiq Khan has pole position in race to be London mayor

Bangla Mirror: The race to succeed Boris Johnson as London mayor looks like to be won by the Labour. Sadiq Khan, the MP for Tooting, has led his main rival, Conservative Zac Goldsmith, in opinion polls all year and bookmakers make him the firm favourite, with recent election results providing further grounds for confidence. At last year’s general election Labour ...

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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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