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Filing cases against Mahfuz Anam not attack on media: Joy

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s ICT Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy has said the recent cases filed against Editor and Publisher of The Daily Star cannot be considered as attack on the media. “This is not an attack on the media. It is also not even criminal litigation. It is civil litigation. This is what happens in all countries with a modern ...

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Foreign workers recruitment including Bangladesh ‘suspended’ in Malaysia

Malaysia has decided to ‘suspend’ the recruitment of all foreign workers, to Malaysia, including Bangladeshis those from Bangladesh. “We urge all employers to recruit local workers,” said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who is also Home Minister, after meeting Army personnel at Kem Muara Tuang on Friday. The announcement came hours after the Human Resources Minister ...

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Muhith dissatisfied over ADP implementation rate

Bangladesh needs high rate to improve implementation of Annual Development Programme (ADP), according to Finance Minister AMA Abdul Muhith. But it achieved only 93 to 95% rate. This rate is not enough to achieve high ambitious budget, Muhith said. He voiced his dissatisfaction during the Parliament session Parliament while participating in general discussions on the President’s speech. A special project ...

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Mamata promises citizenship rights to Bangladeshis

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has vowed to give citizenship rights to Bangladeshis, who have stayed in Bengal for a minimum of five years. “We will ask the Centre to authorise district magistrates to issue citizenship certificates to those who are living in Bengal for five years or more. The district magistrates (DMs) used to issue citizenship certificates to ...

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Programmes set to observe Amar Ekushey

The government has taken extensive programmes to observe the ‘Shaheed Dibash’ and the International Mother Language Day on February 21, said an official release here on Thursday. On the day, the national flag will fly at half-mast at all educational institutions, government, semi-government and autonomous offices and private buildings across the country. In line with the national programmes, the day ...

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DUJ faction seeks PM’s intervention for Mahfuz Anam

A faction of Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) on Thursday sought Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s intervention to withdraw all the cases filed against the Daily Star editor Mahfuz Anam. In a statement, DUJ president Elahi Newaz Khan Saju and general secretary Khairul Alam Bakul said, “The 66 defamation cases involving Tk 87,000 core against Mahfuz Anam are harassing and shocking.” ...

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British parliamentary team meets Speaker

A three-member British parliamentary team led by Sir Keir Starmer on Tuesday paid a courtesy call on Jatiya Sangsad (JS) Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury at her office. They discussed various issues including parliamentary activities, mini parliament, women empowerment and the leadership of Bangladesh in Commonwealth Parliamentary Union and Inter-Parliamentary Union, said a press release. Mentioning about the parliament of ...

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US seeks joint effort for more resilient BD

The United States stressed the need of continuing joint efforts to help plan for a safer and more resilient Bangladesh with better preparations to the constant threat of cyclones and other storms. “While no one can prevent earthquakes or other natural disasters from happening, we can all prepare for them. We look forward to working together,” said US Ambassador in ...

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US hopes for breakthrough in Avijit murder probe

The United States is hoping to see a ‘breakthrough’ in the ongoing investigation into the murder case of Bangladeshi-American blogger Avijit Roy saying the ‘real culprits’ will hopefully be netted, reports UNB. “We’ll continue to be optimistic that there will be a breakthrough. I am absolutely hopeful that the real culprits will be caught,” US Ambassador in Dhaka, Marcia Bernicat, ...

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Bir Protik Taramon Bibi hospitalized

Taramon Bibi, one of the two Bir Protik award winning female freedom fighters of the country, was admitted to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital on Monday as she fell sick with respiratory problems . Residential physician of the hospital Dr SK Apu said Taramon Bibi has been suffering from chronic lung deceases. She was kept at the Coronary Care Unit of ...

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