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Govt mulling ceiling on personal cars: Minister

The government is planning to impose a ceiling on purchase of personal cars against each family, road transport and bridges minister said in the parliament today. Replying to lawmakers’ queries, Minister Obaidul Quader today said the provision is there in the draft of Road Transport Law-2016. The draft is now being finalised to update the Motor Vehicle Ordinance, 1983. According ...

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Italian aid worker killing: BNP leader, six others face charges

Charges have been pressed against Bangladesh Nationalist Party leader M Abdul Quayum and six others in the case filed for the killing of Italian aid worker Cesare Tavella at Gulshan in Dhaka in September 2015. Detective Branch inspector Golam Rabbani, also the investigation officer of the case, submitted the charge sheet to the Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court on Monday ...

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Work on Padma Bridge going on satisfactorily: PM

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Wednesday iterated her firm optimism that opening of the much-awaited Padma Bridge to traffic would be possible by 2018 as its construction work is going on satisfactorily. Replying to a starred tabled question raised by independent lawmaker Md Rustam Ali Farazi (Pirojpur-3), the leader of the House said launching of the construction work of ...

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Nahid: All schools will be under MPO

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid has said the government is looking for “alternatives” to bring all educational institutions under Monthly Pay Order (MPO). “All of our lawmakers’ demand is to bring educational institutions under MPO. I am respectful to this demand. As a lawmaker I also understand that this is a big problem. We have to find a solution. We ...

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PM opens metrorail, BRT works

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has formally opened the construction work of the country`s first-ever metrorail project also known as the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Line-6 and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). The premier launched the work of MRT Line-6 by inaugurating the land development work of the depot area through a function at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in the capital ...

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Police produce two more suspects in court over murder of SP Babul Aktar’s wife

Police have informed of arresting two more suspects in the murder of Superintendent Babul Aktar’s wife. “They have been sent to the court to record confessional statements,” Chittagong metro police (CMP) chief Iqbal Bahar said on Sunday. He said the suspects have been identified as Mohammad Wasim and ‘Anwar’. “They are professional criminals … now giving statements in court,” the ...

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BNP alleges government’s link to huge arms cache in Dhaka canal

The BNP claims the huge amount of arms and ammunitions found in a canal was dumped there by ‘government agencies’ as part of a a ‘grand evil plan.’ On Saturday, seven bags full of handguns, magazines and ammunition were found in the shallow waters of the Diabarhi canal in capital’s Uttara. “The spot in Uttara where the arms were found ...

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Dhaka mayors get rank and status of minister

The two mayors of Dhaka City Corporation have been accorded the rank and status of a Cabinet minister. The Narayanganj mayor gets the status of a deputy minister. Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam confirmed bdnews24.com of the government’s decision to up the mayors in the warrants of precedence. “The status of mayors for the other city corporations remains unchanged,” he ...

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Hearing on death-row war criminal Mir Quasem Ali’s review petition on July 25

The Supreme Court will hear war crimes convict Mir Quasem Ali’s review petition against his death sentence on July 25. The chamber judge fixed the date on Tuesday following the State’s plea to expedite the hearing. The former Al-Badr commander was found guilty by the International Crimes Tribunal and was awarded death penalty in 2014. He challenged the verdict but ...

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Not crossfire, take killers to court: Ajoy Roy

He lost his son to mindless assassins, but the father of slain author Avijit Roy says he would rather see his son’s killers face a court of justice than be shot dead in so-called police encounters. Ajoy Roy, a retired physics professor of Dhaka University (DU), spoke to bdnews24.com on Tuesday. “Crossfires are extrajudicial killings. I keep a conscience so ...

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