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Sheikh Hasina urges BCL leaders to give priority to learning

    Live Correspondent: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today urged the leaders of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) to give foremost importance to learning as enshrined in the organization's constitution and uphold its glory and dignity. She said Bangabandhu founded the BCL with the motto - Shikkha, Shanti, Pragati (Learning, Peace and Progressiveness). BCL traversed a long way with... details

‘Bangladesh will be developed nation’

Live Correspondent: Declaring that the government’s ‘Digital Bangladesh’ initiative is a huge success, President Md Abdul Hamid hoped that the nation will attain the developed status by 2041. On Sunday, the customary President’s speech to mark the first day of the parliament’s first session of the new year was made by him. “The present government’s attempts to fulfill the... details

PM calls for strengthening community policing

Live Correspondent: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called for strengthening the programmes of community policing to build a safe and peaceful society and said the police have to be associated with democratic values and more friendly towards people. Inaugurating the Police Week-2017 at a function at Dhaka Metropolitan Police Lines at Rajarbagh here today, the prime minister also laid... details

PM returns home

Live Correspondent: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina returned home this morning concluding her five-day tour of Switzerland. An Emirates Airlines flight carrying the prime minister and members of her entourage landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 10.55 am. PM's advisors HT Imam and Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, Principal Secretary Dr Kamal Abdul Naserand PM's military secretary Lt.... details

Journalists agitate for 9th wage board

Live Correspondent: Journalists today held rallies and staged demonstrations across the country including the capital in demand for formation of ninth wage board. Addressing a rally in front of National Press Club in the city this morning, journalist leaders said programmes for a greater movement would be announced, if the ninth wage board is not formed by January 31. They demanded... details

PM arrives in Zurich to attend WEF meeting

Live Correspondent: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived here this morning on a five-day official visit to Switzerland to join the 47th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF). Executive Chairman of the WEF Prof Klaus Schwab invited her to attend the Forum who would be the first elected Bangladeshi leader to attend the high profile annual global meeting that draws statesmen, top... details

PM joins Biswa Ijtema Akheri Munajat

Live Correspondent: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today joined the Akheri Munajat (concluding prayers) of Biswa Ijtema as the first phase of the world's largest Muslim congregation after the holy Hajj ended on the banks of the river Turag at Tongi. From her official Ganabhaban residence, the prime minister took part in the munajat. Agriculture Minister Begum Matia Chowdhury, former... details

Woody Harrelson joins ‘Stars Wars’

Entertainment Live: Actor Woody Harrelson will be heading to a galaxy far, far away for his next movie, playing a role in the second anthology "Star Wars" film focused on a young Han Solo. Lucasfilm said Wednesday in a statement that the 55-year-old Oscar-nominated actor will join Alden Ehrenreich, who will play the younger version of the smuggler and space pirate Han Solo. The cast will... details

President, PM greet Muslims on Bishwa Ijtema

Live Correspondent: President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday greeted the Muslim devotees all over the world on the occasion of the Bishwa Ijtema, the world congregation of the Muslims, beginning at Tongi tomorrow. "Islam is the religion of peace and humanity. Ijtema is a significant event as devotees from all around the world join this with the aim of propagating... details

PM urges district council chairmen to work for continuation

Live Correspondent: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today urged the newly elected chairmen of the district council to work for continuation of the government aimed at keeping the pace of development uninterrupted. She also urged them to discharge their services with honesty, sincerity and devotion. "Your foremost aim should be ensuring welfare of the people," she said in her speech after... details

Assassination of Bangabandhu halted development: PM

Live Correspondent: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said that the 1975 assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman led to Bangladesh being engulfed in a political conspiracy that halted development. She made the comment at a rally in Suhrawardy Udyan for commemorating the homecoming of the nation's father after his release from a Pakistani jail in 1972. The prime minister said... details

Offenders to be punished for textbook errors: Nahid

Live Correspondent: Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid today said officials, who have shown negligence regarding printing of textbooks for primary and secondary level education, will be punished. "We will not tolerate any negligence in printing of textbooks..... Officials responsible for mistakes in textbooks will be punished after submission of probe report," he said at a press briefing at... details

Homecoming Day of Bangabandhu being observed

Live Correspondent: The historic Homecoming Day of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is now being observed in the city and elsewhere across the country in a befitting manner. On this day in 1972, Bangabandhu, the undisputed leader of the nation and supreme commander of the country's Liberation War, returned to the sacred soils of independent Bangladesh via London and... details