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Bangladesh opens first Islamic school for transgender Muslims

Bangladesh opened its first Islamic school for transgender Muslims on Friday with clerics calling it a first step towards integrating the discriminated minority into society. The madrasa is one of a series of recent moves in Bangladesh to make life easier for the Muslim-majority nation’s up to 1.5 million transgender people. The LGBT community faces widespread discrimination in the South ...

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Covid-19: 15 more die, 1,469 test positive in 24hrs

Bangladesh reported 15 new deaths from the novel coronavirus infection in a daily count, taking a total of 6,036. Another 1,469 coronavirus patients are found in 24 hours, raising the total number of infections to 417,475. A press release of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) made the disclosure on Friday afternoon. Health authorities reported another 1,439 people recovered ...

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5.4km of Padma Bridge visible after installation of 36th span

The 36th span of the Padma Bridge was installed on Friday, bringing a total of over 5.4 kilometers of the structure into view. The span number ‘1b’ was installed successfully between pillars 2 and 3 at Mawa end in Munshiganj around 9:42am, six days after the last one was set up, said Dewan Md Abdul Kader, project manager (main bridge). ...

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Focus on building capacity, not war: PM Sheikh Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said Bangladesh wants to strengthen its capacity to resist any external attack, not to engage in any war with anyone. “We don’t want to fight with anyone…but if Bangladesh is ever attacked by any external foes, we want to attain the capability to resist it,” she said. The Prime Minister said this while commissioning ...

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Govt signs MoU with Serum Institute of India for Covid-19 vaccine

Bangladesh has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Serum Institute of India for getting Covishield, the Indian version of Oxford-AtraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine. The MoU was signed in presence of Health Minister Zahid Maleque and Indian High Commissioner Vikram K Doraiswami at the Ministry’s conference room on Thursday afternoon. According to the deal, Serum will supply three crore doses ...

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Covid-19 in Bangladesh : 17 more die, 1,842 test positive in 24hrs

Bangladesh reported 17 new deaths from the novel coronavirus infection in a daily count, taking a total of 6,021. Another 1,842 coronavirus patients are found in 24 hours, raising the total number of infections to 416,006. A press release of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) made the disclosure on Thursday afternoon. Health authorities reported another 1,891 people recovered ...

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Ex-deputy speaker Shawkat Ali on life support

Former Deputy Speaker of Jatiya Sangsad Colonel (retd) Shawkat Ali was placed on life support on Thursday morning as his condition deteriorated at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in the capital. Tariq Mahmood, director of the Public Relations Branch-1 of the Parliament, confirmed the matter to media. The 84-year-old veteran politician was suffering from various complications including kidney, diabetes, pneumonia ...

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20 shops gutted in Bandarban fire

Twenty shops were gutted in a fire which broke out at Boro madok Bazar in Bandarban early Thursday. Mui Sui Thui, chairman of Romacri Union, said the fire broke out following gas cylinder explosion at a shop in the area around 6 am and soon engulfed adjoining shops. On information, BGB members rushed in and extinguished the blaze with the ...

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Don’t stoke religious sentiment on social media: Quader

A group of people has been spreading rumors and propaganda against the state and the government on social media on sensitive issues including religion. Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader said this during a briefing at his official residence on Wednesday. “Such propaganda is undoubtedly a punishable offense, but no one should take the law into their hands. “All of ...

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Ensure swift, hassle-free justice for people: PM to judges, lawyers

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday urged judges and lawyers to ensure people’s right to quick and hassle-free justice. “Getting justice quickly, less expensively and hassle-free is the right of the people. This can boost people’s confidence and trust. Although we have our confidence and trust in the judiciary, (we’ll request it) to pay some attention to the matter,” she ...

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