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50 pc physical work of Padma Bridge completed: Quader

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader today said 50 percent physical construction work of the Padma Bridge is completed and another span of the bridge would be installed by this month. “All-out efforts are underway to complete the construction work of the Padma Bridge by December 2018 as a span has already been set up, while the remaining spans ...

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Muhith urges development partners not to shift attention from BD

Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith today urged the development partners’ not to take away their attention from Bangladesh even after the country becomes a middle-income one. “Bangladesh will become a mid-income country. But, I request you not to take your attention away from Bangladesh after that. The attention perhaps could be on new corners and with some attitudes. But, ...

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OFID seeks new areas of cooperation with Bangladesh

Director-General and CEO of OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) Suleiman Jasir Al-Herbish today said the funding agency wants to explore new areas of cooperation with Bangladesh as he called on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her office here. “Bangladesh is a major partner of OPEC and we have a good relation of long 32 years . . . now ...

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Martuza Ahmed made Chief Information Commissioner

The government on Thursday appointed former Information Secretary Martuza Ahmed as the Chief Information Commissioner. President Abdul Hamid made the appointment as per the Article 15 (1) of the Right to Information Act-2009, said a PID handout. Martuza replaced Professor M Golam Rahman. Earlier on Wednesday, the Ministry of Information had issued a gazette in this regard. The newly appointed ...

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Bangladesh seeks continuous Indian support on Rohingya issue

Expressing happiness at the India’s support to Bangladesh during Rohingya crisis, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali on Wednesday requested the Indian government to continue it. Foreign Minister Ali and his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj also expressed their strong resolve to continue the strong bilateral engagements between the two countries. This was reiterated while the two ministers met in New Delhi ...

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EU steps up support to address Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh

The European Union has adopted a new €5 million programme to support the Rohingyas in Bangladesh, strengthening its response to the crisis and to support the implementation of the bilateral repatriation agreement between Bangladesh and Myanmar. The new initiative aims at supporting the identification and registration of Rohingyas in Bangladesh, facilitating the provision of humanitarian support, as well as ensuring ...

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Committee formed to implement 9th wage board for journos: Tarana 

State Minister for Information Tarana Halim on Wednesday said a 13-member committee has been formed to implement the 9th wage board for the journalists. “A 13-member committee has already been formed and the list of the committee members has been sent to the Prime Minister for approval. Once the PM gives consent, the wage board will be formed as early ...

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HC stays DNCC polls for 3 months

The High Court (HC) on Wednesday stayed for three months the by-polls to Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) mayoral post and elections to the councilor posts in 36 new wards.  A two-member HC bench comprising Justice Naima Haydar and Justice Zafar Ahmed passed the order in the morning. The court also issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain ...

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AL picks Atiqul Islam for DNCC mayoral race 

Awami League has picked Atiqul Islam, former president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), as the party’s candidate in the upcoming by-polls to the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) mayor post. Awami League Local Government Parliamentary Board endorsed Atiqul Islam at a meeting held on Tuesday night with party president Sheikh Hasina in the chair, said AL general ...

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Clash during NCC hawker eviction drive; 50 hurt

At least 50 people, including seven policemen and five journalists, were injured in a clash between hawkers and the followers of Narayanganj City Corporation Mayor Selina Hayat Ivy during an eviction drive at Chashara intersection of the city on Tuesday afternoon. Police said Ivy along with the NCC officials and locals was heading towards Chashara intersection around 4:45 pm to ...

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