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Gazipur factory boiler was outdated, authority responsible: Chunnu

Mujibul Haque Chunnu, state minister for labour and employment, today blamed the garment factory authority for the boiler blast in Gazipur that left 13 people dead. “Authority of the factory is responsible for the explosion as the boiler was outdated and its lifespan expired on June 24,” he said while talking to The Daily Star this evening.   The state ...

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Farhad Mazhar remanded in own custody

A Dhaka metropolitan magistrate’s court on Tuesday remanded poet, writer and columnist Farhad Mazhar in his own custody at a bond of Tk 10,000. Metropolitan magistrate Ahsan Habib passed the order after hearing a petition filed by the writer. Lawyer Sanaullah Mia stood for him before the court.    Earlier in the afternoon, Detective Branch of Police placed Farhad before ...

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Cabinet approves a proposal to operate Bangabandhu Satellite

The cabinet has given approval to a proposal for constitution of the Bangladesh Communication Satellite Company (BCSC) Limited to peacefully operate the country’s first-ever Bangabandhu Satellite-1.   The approval came at the regular weekly cabinet meeting on Monday held at Bangladesh Secretariat presided by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasin.   Briefing reporters after the meeting, Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam said ...

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Bangladesh, Thailand set to hold first joint commission meeting in two decades

Bangladesh and Thailand are set to hold the first-ever joint commission meeting in two decades to give the trade and bilateral relations a boost. The Bangladesh embassy in Bangkok said Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai would lead an 18-member high profile delegation to the 7th Joint Commission meeting in Dhaka from July 5 to 7. His counterpart AH Mahmood Ali ...

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WB finds road construction cost in Bangladesh world’s highest

The World Bank has revealed that the road construction cost in Bangladesh is higher than any other country of the world.   On Tuesday, the world’s financial custodian disclosed this presenting a list of infrastructure cost, especially in road construction that shows the cost of per kilometre high road construction is $2.5 million to $11.9 million in Bangladesh, which is ...

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President for united efforts to end child labour

President M Abdul Hamid has asked all concerned including guardians, employers, civil society, mass-media, labour organisations and different human rights bodies to ensure a children-friendly environment for preventing child-labour and help flourish their potentials.   “United effort is a must to build each child as an ideal human resource through ensuring traditional or non-traditional and vocational education,” the President said ...

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Musa Ibrahim and his friends rescued successfully

Bangladeshi first mountaineer Musa Ibrahim and two Indians, who had got stuck for the last few days at the base camp of Mount Carstensz Pyramid in Papua Province of Indonesia due to rough weather, were rescued successfully on Monday morning. In his Facebook page, the Bangladeshi mountaineer confirmed about their rescue by posting pictures from Indonesian Airport. State minister for ...

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More than 200,000 loan defaulters in Bangladesh, Muhith tells parliament

The number of loan-defaulting individuals and companies in Bangladesh now stands at 202,623, Finance Minister AMA Muhith has said. He, however, did not disclose how much money they owe to the banks, while speaking to his colleagues in parliament during a session on Tuesday. Defaults stood at Tk 734.09 billion until March, accounting for 10.53 percent of the total loans ...

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Hasan Mahmud unleashed attack on Fakhrul’s motorcade: BNP

Bangladesh Nationalist Party senior joint secretary-general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on Tuesday claimed that ruling Awami League leader Hasan Mahmud at the ‘directive’ of the prime minister carried out the attack on the BNP secretary general’s motorcade. Addressing a human chain in front of National Press Club, Rizvi said the attack on the party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir’s motorcade ...

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Decision on VAT after discussion in JS: Muhith

Finance Minister AMA Muhith has said the decision regarding changes in the new value added tax (VAT) law implementation will be announced on June 28 after discussions in the Jatiya Sangsad (JS).   “Discussions on implementation of the new VAT law are underway in the national parliament. We will announce the decision on new VAT law implementation when the proposed ...

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