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Strategic partnership with Japan is Bangladesh’s biggest success: PM Sheikh Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said Bangladesh and Japan have successfully elevated the bilateral relations to a ‘Strategic Partnership’ calling it the biggest achievement of her recent official visit to Japan. “By this visit, the bilateral relations between Bangladesh and Japan have reached to Strategic Partnership and that is our biggest achievement,” she said about her four-day Japan visit ...

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Safeguards are needed to protect vulnerable people under IMF-backed reforms: Debapriya

Debapriya Bhattacharya, public policy analyst and distinguished fellow of Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), said on Monday that when the IMF takes a reform programme for a country, sometimes inequality increases, because of the conditions they attach. So, safeguards are needed when the IMF is involved in any major reform agenda, said the prominent economist. He made the statement in ...

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Goodwill on Two Wheels: A book review

  Ansar Ahmed Ullah:   Soon after the independence of Bangladesh, four freedom fighters, Jamal Hasan, Anwar Ahmed, Mahmud Abdul Quayum and Syed Akhtar Ali, set out on a world cycle tour on a special mission. They wanted to thank the people of the world who supported Bangladesh’s Liberation War. They started their tour from the front garden of 32 ...

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Work sincerely as country’s development isn’t hampered: PM Sheikh Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday asked new Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) cadre officers to work with patriotism and sincerity as country’s development spree conducted by the government for the last 14 years isn’t hampered in anyway. “You (BCS officers) should work sincerely as the change in development, we have made in the country for the last 14 years, cannot ...

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Cyclone Mocha: 2,000 homes destroyed, 10,000 partially damaged in Saint Martin’s island, Teknaf: State Minister

About 2,000 homes were destroyed while over 10,000 houses partially damaged during tropical cyclone Mocha in the Saint Martin’s island and Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar district, said State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Dr Enamur Rahman on Monday. However, no casualties had been reported as the authorities concerned managed to move vulnerable people from cyclone-prone areas to shelters, ...

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Postponed SSC exams likely to be held on May 24, 25

The postponed ongoing Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and equivalent examinations scheduled for May 14 and 15 due to cyclone Mocha, will likely be held on May 24 and 25. Bangladesh Inter-Education Board will publish a notice in this regard within two or three days. Bangladesh Inter-Education Board Coordination Committee chairman Professor Tapan Kumar Sarkar said, “As per the scheduled routine, ...

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Khaleda’s appearance in 11 cases on June 15

A court in Dhaka on Monday set June 15 for the appearance of BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia before it in 11 cases filed against her. Today was fixed for the appearance of the BNP chief before the court but Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge Md Asaduzzaman reset the date as Khaleda Zia failed to appear on health ground. Of the ...

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2,826 shanties damaged in Rohingya camps

Some 2,826 shanties were damaged in the Rohingya camps in Teknaf and Ukhiya of Cox’s Bazar due to the impact of Cyclone Mocha, according to a report prepared by the Office of the Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner (RRRC), the government’s point man on the ground in Cox’s Bazar. The report that was circulated around 11pm on Sunday also said ...

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Cyclone Mocha completes landfall, ports now advised to raise signal No. 3

The very severe cyclonic storm Mocha moved North-Northeastwards and crossed fully over the Bangladesh-Myanmar coast at 6pm on Sunday, weakening into a deep land depression near Sittwe in the neighbouring country. It is likely to move further inland and weaken gradually by precipitation (rainfall), said a Met Office bulletin. Maritime port of Cox’s Bazar has been advised to lower great ...

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Parliament to go into budget session May

This year the budget session of the Parliament will begin on May 31 as Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal is scheduled to present the national budget for the 2023-24 fiscal year on June 1. President Mohammed Shahabuddin summoned the 23th session (Budget Session) of the 11th parliament exercising power bestowed upon him by Article 72(1) of the Constitution. The budget ...

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