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Govt ill-treating jailed BNP leaders: Khaleda

STAFF REPORTER : Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Chairperson Khaleda Zia has expressed deep concern over reports that many of the party leaders and activists, including the party’s acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, are seriously ill in jail. In a press statement issued yesterday, Khaleda called upon the government to restore political coexistence and an environment for healthy competitive ...

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Muhith hints at reducing tax rates in next budget

The government is planning to bring the largest possible number of people within the tax net this year by reducing the tax rates. Finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith confirmed this at the 36th consultative meeting on the upcoming budget, organised by the National Board of Revenue (NBR) and the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI), at ...

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PM requests Russia to speed up Rooppur nuclear power plant project

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today requested the Russian government to speed up the implementation process of the much-awaited Rooppur nuclear power plant project at Ishwardi in Pabna.    Sheikh Hasina made the request when Russian Ambassador to Bangladesh Alexander A Nikolaev made a courtesy call on her at Prime Minister’s Office here this morning.    PM’s Press Secretary AKM Shameem ...

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‘Missing’ Salahuddin contacts family

‘I am alive’, the BNP leader tells his wife from Meghalaya hospital BNP Joint Secretary General Salahuddin Ahmed, missing for over two months, was found at a mental hospital in the north-eastern Indian state of Meghalaya, close to the Bangladesh border, Monday morning. Sources in Meghalaya’s capital Shillong said people found Salahuddin wandering aimlessly in the Golf Link area and ...

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Rules for removal of SC judges on cards

  Draft ready, likely to come up during budget session: Law minister   The draft of a law to determine specific rules for removal of Supreme Court (SC) judges on grounds of incapacity and misbehaviour is set to make its way to the Parliament for passage in the Budget session, Law minister Anisul Huq said yesterday. “The Law ministry has already ...

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Malaysia detains 1,018 Bangladeshi and Rohingya refugees

Malaysia detained 1,018 Bangladeshi and Rohingya refugees after they arrived in three boats on Monday, police said, a day after Indonesian authorities rescued 600 stranded off the coast of Aceh. More than 100,000 stateless Rohingya Muslims have fled violence and poverty in Myanmar since 2012. Most travel in traffickers’ boats to Thailand, where they are held by traffickers in squalid ...

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Gold seized at Shahjalal Int’l Airport in Dhaka

Customs officials at Dhaka’s Shahjalal International Airport have detained a passenger carrying over two kilograms of gold bars on Monday. The detained, Abdul Jalil,40, had arrived from Malaysia on a flight of United Airways, said Customs’ Joint Commissioner Sohel Rahman. “On scanning his luggage, after he landed in Dhaka, we became suspicious. When we opened his luggage, we found the ...

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SSC results in May: Nahid

Results of this year’s Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and equivalent examinations will be published by the end of May, the education minister has announced. About 1.5 million students took the exams this year that started on Feb 6, after being pushed back several times amid a violent BNP-sponsored blockade. The tests ended on Apr 3. Over the last six years, ...

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Free internet service for Robi users in Bangladesh from Sunday

Free internet service internet.org — will be available in Bangladesh from Sunday. Mobile-phone operator Robi is introducing the Facebook project. Which means Robi users will be the first to enjoy the service. According to the Information and Communication Technology Division, State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak will inaugurate the service at a hotel in Dhaka at 11am on Sunday. ...

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Bangladesh President Hamid congratulates Rupa, Tulip, Rushanara on their UK election win

President Md Abdul Hamid has congratulated Tulip Siddiq, Rushanara Ali and Rupa Huq, the three candidates of Bangladeshi-origin, on their comfortable election to the British parliament.   Their victories in the 2015 UK election made the Bengali expatriates in London proud, the president’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim quoted him as saying while talking to bdnews24.com on Friday. In a message, the ...

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