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Govt mulls Dhaka-Chittagong express train service: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said her government has a plan to introduce Dhaka-Chittagong express train service for easier and quick communications between the country’s two major cities. The prime minister said this while inaugurating and laying foundation of 51 projects of various ministries in ten districts through video conference with local representatives and officials from her Gonobhaban residence ...

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PM pays tributes to late Mostofa Shaheed

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday paid rich tributes to former Social Welfare Minister Enamul Hoque Mostofa Shaheed by placing a wreath on his coffin at the South Plaza of Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban on Thursday afternoon. She laid the wreath on the coffin draped with the red-green national flag after a namaz-e-janaza of Mostofa Shaheed who died earlier in the ...

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Tough actions against hajj agencies for cheating: Minister

Minister for Religious Affairs Principal Matiur Rahman on Thursday said stringent actions would be taken if any hajj agency cheats any pilgrim or tries to involve in corruption over the holy hajj. He issued the warning at a discussion marking the training of officials and employees on pre-registration of intending hajj pilgrims at Ashkona Hajj Camp at Uttara, BSS reports. ...

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Pre-registration for Hajj pilgrims from early March

Pilgrims’ pre-registration for this year’s hajj will start in the first week of March next, says acting secretary to the Religious Affairs Ministry Abdul Jalil.   Abdul Jalil said the software development for the registration has already been completed, UNB reports.   The staff who will be supervising the process will undergo training, which will be inaugurated by Religious Affairs ...

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PM to inaugurate 4 Power plants

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is set to inaugurate four power plants with capacity of 535 Megawatts (MW) power production on Thursday. The premier would inaugurate the plants through video conference around 10:30am, said Prime Minister’s Energy Adviser Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury at a press conference held at Bidyut Bhaban today. The power plants include – Kodda (150 MW), Ashuganj (Capacity 225MW), Patiya ...

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AL 741, BNP 668 among 3,568 UP chairman aspirants

A total of 3,568 chairman aspirants, including 741 of ruling Awami League and 668 of BNP, have filed their nomination papers in 738 Union Parishads (UPs) to contest the first phase of election slated for March 22. According to statistics provided by the Election Commission Secretariat, 25 chairman candidates are, however, set to be elected unopposed as their UPs got ...

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4G to be introduced within this year: Tarana State Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Tarana Halim on Tuesday said the government would introduce the 4th generation (4G) mobile phone service in Bangladesh within this year.   Tarana made the assertion while replying to a question of treasury bench member Begum Mahjabin Khaled in the Jatiya Sangsad, BSS reports.   Besides ...

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Amar Ekushey today

The nation observes the Amar Ekushey and the International Mother Language Day today, paying a glowing tribute to the martyrs of the historic language movement of 1952. Sowing the very seeds of a unique nationhood based on language and culture, valiant sons of the soil, including Salam, Barkat, Rafiq, Jabbar and Shafiur made the supreme sacrifice during the language movement ...

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6 BD nationals detained in Malaysia

Malaysian Immigration Department has detained six Bangladesh nationals as the Southeast Asian country launched countrywide drive against the illegal migrants staying there, reports UNB. A total 971 illegal migrants were held in an overnight crackdown nationwide. Among the detainees, 161 are Nepalese, 10 Indonesians, 8 Myanmar nationals, four Sri Lankans, one Indian and 22 Chinese nationals, according to Malaysian media ...

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Book fair draws huge crowd on Ekushey eve

Book wormers, in their hundreds, thronged the Ekushey book fair on the Bangla Academy premises with the spirit of love for their mother tongue on Saturday, hours before the observance of Shaheed Day and International Mother Language Day. Though the Ekushey Book Fair usually draws huge crowd on Saturday as a weekly holiday, it turned abuzz on the eve Amar ...

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