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KSA to resume issuing Umrah visas to Bangladeshis after next Hajj Saudi assurance for Bangladeshis

Saudi Arabia will resume issuing Umrah visas to Bangladeshi pilgrims after the upcoming Hajj season. Nizar bin Obaid Madani, state minister for foreign affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, assured his Bangladeshi counterpart Shahriar Alam of it during a meeting with him in Jeddah on Monday. The Saudi state minister made the commitment in response to a request from ...

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Seven killed in Bandarban landslide after heavy rains

A landslide, caused by heavy rains, in Bandarban has buried six people alive, while another died after being rescued. The incident occurred  below a hill at Lama Upazila’s Haspatal Parha at the early hours of Saturday, said local administration chief Khaled Mahmud. The fire service along with the locals conducted the rescue operation, which was called off in the afternoon. ...

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Enclaves erased from maps of Bangladesh, India

The Bangladesh flag is up and flying at Panchagarh’s Garati Village on Saturday. Until Friday midnight, this was Indian territory. The villagers were officially Indian citizens, but did not enjoy any basic rights. The red and green flag was hoisted in the 111 enclaves in the Northern districts of Panchagarh, Lalmonirhat, Nilphamari and Kurigram on Saturday amid much jubilant celebrations. ...

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Freedom at midnight as 111 enclaves awake to new life in Bangladesh

Dotted lights pierced the midnight darkness to herald a new dawn of freedom in 111 enclaves which became part of Bangladesh when the clock struck a minute past midnight on Friday. The swap of control of 162 little ‘land islands’ with India well and truly buried the legacy of one of the most complex and puzzling border disputes. Bangladesh flags ...

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Revive people’s confidence in student politics: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday asked the newly elected office bearers of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) to revive the trust and confidence of people in student politics so that all can feel they could deliver, reports UNB. “You’ll have to regain people’s confidence in student politics so that everyone can see they could deliver something to the nation.  This ...

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Khaleda for polls under neutral govt

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia said the next general election is not necessarily to be held under caretaker government. Whatever the name is, the election should be held under neutral government. She made the comments at a meeting with the newly elected Brahmanbaria Bar Association members at her Gulshan office on Saturday. Khaleda said there cannot be any fair election under ...

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SQ Chy victim of political vengeance: BNP

Hours after the Supreme Court upheld the death penalty of war criminal Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, BNP on Wednesday alleged that the party leader has become a victim of political vengeance. “We are aggrieved, upset and saddened by the verdict,” BNP spokesperson Asaduzzaman Ripon said in the party’s official reaction to the verdict. Earlier this morning, the apex court of the ...

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AL happy over SC verdict against SQ Chy

Awami League on Wednesday expressed satisfaction over the verdict of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) upholding the capital punishment handed down by the International Crimes Tribunal to BNP standing committee member Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury for his crimes against humanity during the Liberation War of 1971. “Through this verdict, the long cherished expectations of the people of Bangladesh ...

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