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Biden names Bangladeshi-American Zayn Siddique senior aide to White House deputy chief of staff

The US President-elect Joe Biden has named Zayn Siddique, a Bangladeshi-American, senior aide to the incoming White House deputy chief of staff. “It’s obviously good news for all the Bangladeshi-Americans,” said former US ambassador Osman Siddique, currently working as a senior advisor in Biden’s transition team. Zayn is “very talented” and proved himself through his work in different capacities in ...

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Social safety allowances being sent to beneficiaries’ mobiles: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said the government is sending allowances under social safety net (SSN) programmes directly to the beneficiaries’ mobile wallets to get rid of middlemen. “We have been trying to send different allowances directly to the hands of the actual beneficiaries since long so nobody is there between the beneficiaries and they can use the money ...

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King Philippe of Belgium keen to visit Bangladesh

King Philippe of Belgium has said that he will consider a possible visit to Bangladesh to see the country’s impressive socio-economic development. The King said this when newly-appointed Ambassador of Bangladesh to Belgium Mahbub Hassan Saleh presented his Letters of Credence to him at the Royal Palace in Brussels recently. The Ambassador said it would be an honour for Bangladesh ...

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PK Haldar transfers money thru’ 62 associates, Tk 1,060 cr frozen

Proshanta Kumar Halder (PK Halder), the disgraced director of the ILFSL, had laundered money abroad through his 62 associates, informed The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). Meanwhile Haldar’s Tk 1,060 crore kept in various bank accounts have been frozen, said ACC Secretary Anwar Hossain Howlader on Thursday. Earlier, the ACC told media that PK Haldar has 70/80 girlfriends and the anti-graft body ...

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Corona Update Bangladesh : 16 more deaths, 813 new cases confirmed

Bangladesh recorded 16 more deaths from coronavirus in the 24 hours until Thursday morning, increasing the overall death toll from the virus to 7,849. A total 813 new cases were detected, bringing the total number of infections to 525,723, said Dr Nasima Sultana, additional director general of Directorate General of Health Services on Thursday. The recovery count rose to 4,70,405 ...

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9 militants surrender to RAB, return to normal life

Nine active members of some banned militant outfits surrendered to Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) on Thursday. Six members of Jamatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and three members of Ansar-al-Islam surrendered to the elite force in presence of Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal and Inspector General of Police Benazir Ahmed. A formal surrender programme held at the Azad Memorial Hall at RAB ...

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JP chairman GM Quader diagnosed with Covid-19

Ghulam Muhammed Quader, chairperson of Jatiya Party, tested positive for coronavirus on Tuesday. Abu Tayab, GM Quader’s private secretary and joint treasurer of the party, confirmed the information on Thursday morning. He is doing well and receiving treatment from his home in the capital on the advice of the doctor, he said. However, he has no symptoms other than dry ...

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Fire guts 400 houses in Rohingya camp

A fire raced through a Rohingya camp in Nayapara area of Teknaf upazila in Cox’s Bazar, destroying nearly 400 houses and shops. No casualties were immediately reported. The fire broke out at the Nayapara camp at around 1:30am on Thursday. Being informed, firefighters rushed to the scene and extinguished the blaze after five hours of frantic efforts, sources said. It ...

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Ex-MP and mayoral candidate Amzad Hossain Sarker dies

Mayoral candidate of Saidpur municipality election and former MP Amzad Hossain Sarker dies from coronavirus infections at a hospital in the capital on Thursday morning. He breathed his last at Bangladesh Specialised Hospital around 6:30 am while undergoing treatment. Amjad Hossain was suffering from diabetes and lung diseases for long. Sarker was elected MP from Nilphamari-4 constituency as a Bangladesh ...

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Bangladesh submits 304 genome sequences of COVID-19

Bangladesh has sequenced 304 genomes of COVID-19 so far and submitted to Global Initiative on Sharing All Influenza Data (GISAID). Professor Dr Aftab Ali Shaikh, chairman of Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR), said this at a press conference on Wednesday. Different international organisations praised Bangladeshi scientists for their achievements in genome sequencing of Covid-19 samples, Dr Aftab ...

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