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Nahida Sobhan made Bangladesh Ambassador to Jordan

The government has decided to appoint Nahida Sobhan, currently serving as the director general of United Nations wing of foreign ministry Affairs, as the new Ambassador of Bangladesh to Jordan. She is the first ever female Ambassador of Bangladesh to be posted in the Middle East region, a foreign ministry press release said. Nahida, Ambassador-designate to Jordan, is a career ...

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CONGRATULATIONS, INDIA

By F R Chowdhury:   Born in British India in 1945, I came across two more nationality changes automatically. The first was the independence of Pakistan and India in 1947 when I became an East Pakistani. The second was in 1971 when East Pakistan became an independent country named Bangladesh. Then in 1991, I applied for a job in the ...

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Sheikh Hasina plays with school kids at Ganabhaban (Watch)

In a rare gesture, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina interacted with a number of school kids at her official Ganabhaban residence after she handed over fresh books to them on Tuesday. She spent some time playing with the children after she formally inaugurated free textbook distribution programme for the academic year 2020 at a function at Ganabhaban this morning. The premier ...

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Gunmen attack Greek tanker off West Africa, abduct 8 crewmen

Gunmen have attacked a Greek tanker ship off Cameroon in west Africa and abducted eight of the 28 crew members, injuring one seaman, Greek authorities said Tuesday. A coast guard statement said the attack took place early Tuesday two miles off the port of Limboh, where the Greek-flagged Happy Lady was riding at anchor. The abducted seamen were identified as ...

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Diego Maradona to join Bangabandhu’s birth centenary celebrations

Argentina’s football wizard Diego Maradona will attend Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s birth centenary celebrations, according to media reports on Tuesday. Maradona is expected to visit Bangladesh in March next year to attend the birth centenary celebration ceremony of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

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What comes next on global markets in 2020?

World markets in the coming year will be heavily exposed to eased yet continued uncertainties in global economy and trade, analysts say. They believe that trade disputes, global growth slowdown, Brexit and geopolitical incidents will remain the major factors that will keep up pressure on the market and weigh on investor sentiment. In fact, a vulnerable, challenging market amid mixed ...

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Masud Bin Momen made new Foreign Secretary

Photo:Courtesy Masud Bin Momen has been made Foreign Secretary of Bangladesh as the country’s longest-serving Foreign Secretary – M Shahidul Haque – has gone on retirement. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a notification on Tuesday citing that acting Foreign Secretary Masud Momen will discharge his duties as Foreign Secretary until further notice. He served as Secretary (Asia and Pacific) ...

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British ex-PM skipped ‘street cred’ of Olympics for cricket

For one British prime minister, choosing between the Olympics Games and cricket was a no-brainer. Archival records released by the U.K. government on Tuesday reveal that aides tried to persuade Prime Minister John Major that attending the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta would be good for his “street cred.” Major, who was prime minister between 1990 and 1997, would have ...

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UK to use satellite technology to help tackle climate change

London, Dec. 31 : A new satellite data center will analyze the impact climate change is having on Britain, help shape policies on reducing carbon emissions, and contribute to reaching net zero targets, the UK government announced on Monday. The Center for Satellite Data in Environmental Science (SENSE), is a virtual academic collaboration and is being established with funding from ...

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Air pollution kills 17 in Kabul

At least 17 people have been killed by the extreme air pollution here over the past one week, an official with the Public Health Ministry Fida Mohammad Paikan said. More than 8,000 air pollution-related patients, mostly having respiratory infections, have visited hospitals over the past one week and 17 of them have died, Paikan said. The city of Kabul reportedly ...

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