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5 dead as cyclone ‘Mora’ lashes coastal districts

At least five people were killed in Cox’s Bazar and Rangamati districts as severe cyclonic storm ‘Mora’ hit Cox’s Bazar-Chittagong coast near Kutubdia on Tuesday morning.   In Cox’s Bazar, two people — Rahmatullah, 50, and Sayera Khatun, 50, — were killed at East Domkhali and East Borohaula in Dulahajara upazila as trees collapsed on them during the storm in ...

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Apan Jewellers owner Dildar’s car seized; Raintree owner faces customs quiz

Customs Intelligence has seized a car of Apan Jewellers owner Dildar Ahmed whose son Safat Ahmed stands accused of raping two university students at a Dhaka hotel. The Mercedes-Benz worth around Tk 20 million was seized from the house of Dildar’s brother-in-law at Sylhet on Tuesday. Customs Intelligence and Investigation Directorate or CIID Director General Moinul Khan suspected Dildar dodged ...

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Govt gives wrong information on power generation: BNP

Amid repeated load-shedding, opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Tuesday accused the government of giving ‘wrong’ information over power generation only to ‘bluff’ people. BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi at a news briefing at party central office said public life across the country has become miserable following serious load-shedding. In recent days, nearly 10 to 12 hours of ...

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Muhith to increase budget allocation for physically challenged people

Finance Minister AMA Muhith has said the government is likely to increase allocation for the physically challenged people in the upcoming budget (2017-18) to ensure their normal living and equal rights in the society, reports BSS.   “Every year, we allocate budget in various sectors for providing assistance to the physically challenged people. The allocation for them will also be increased ...

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Prime minister performs Umrah

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, now on a four-day official visit to Saudi Arabia at the invitation of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, performed holy ‘Umrah’ at Makkah in Saudi Arabia on Monday night. Sheikh Hasina first performed ‘tawaf’ around the holy Ka’aba Sharif and later walked and ran between Safa and Marwa. She also offered prayers seeking divine ...

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Saudi alliance to keep 34,000 troops as reserve force

Several Islamic countries on Sunday expressed their readiness to provide a reserve force of 34,000 troops for the Islamic Military Coalition led by Saudi Arabia to support operations against terrorist organisations in Iraq and Syria when needed.  It was said in the Riyadh Declaration adopted at the Arab-Islamic-American leaders’ summit, according to Arab News. The declaration incorporated commitment of the ...

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Trump hopes to visit Bangladesh

US president Donald Trump has expressed hope to visit Bangladesh as he exchanged greetings with prime minister Sheikh Hasina during the Arab Islamic-American summit in the Saudi capital on Sunday.  ‘Yes I would come (to Bangladesh),’ foreign secretary Md Shahidul Haque quoted the US president as saying while briefing reporters after the summit.  Prime minister’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim and ...

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Diplomats still in ‘risk of terrorist attack’ in Bangladesh: Danish envoy

Diplomats in Dhaka are still in fear of “terrorist attack” on them in Bangladesh, around 10 months after the Gulshan café attack, Danish Ambassador Mikael Hemniti Winther said today. He expressed his concern while talking to diplomatic correspondents in Dhaka. Diplomatic Correspondents’ Association, Bangladesh (DCAB) organised the programme titled ‘DCABtalk’ at Jatiya Press Club. “In terms of risk assessment, we ...

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Safat’s driver, bodyguard remanded

A Dhaka court on Tuesday granted four days remand for Banani hotel rape prime accused Safat Ahmed’s driver Billal and three days remand for Safat’s bodyguard Rahmat Ali in connection with the case filed over the rape. Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Lashkar Sohel Rana granted police to take bodyguard Rahman for four days and driver Billal three days in remand for ...

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Former foreign secretary of Bangladesh Faruq Ahmed Choudhury passes away

Former Foreign Secretary Ambassador Faruq Ahmed Choudhury has passed away at 83. He had been suffering from multiple diseases of heart, liver and kidney. Choudhury died at around 4:30 am at Square Hospitals in Dhaka, former foreign secretary Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury told President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have expressed their deep sorrow at Choudhury’s death. Born ...

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