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Durga Puja begins Tuesday amid festivity

Live Correspondent: Durga Puja, the biggest religious festival of the Bangali Hindu community, begins with the incarnation (Bodhon) of the Goddess Durga at temples across the country tomorrow amid stringent security. On the occasion, preparations in all the Puja pandals have nearly been completed. In separate messages, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina conveyed... details

President asks universities to focus more on research

Live Correspondent: President M Abdul Hamid today urged university authorities to give priority to research works following examples of reputed global institutes of academic excellence. "Research work is a very important in higher studies . . . You must give priority to researches following the examples of universities of global repute," the President told a delegation of Rajshahi University... details

BD won’t respond to Myanmar’s provocation: Quader

Live Correspondent:  Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader has said Bangladesh will not respond to any provocation of Myanmar despite repeated violation of its airspace by its drones and helicopters. He came up with the remark while distributing donation among sick and helpless people at his village in Companyganj upazila of Noakhali on Saturday. Quader, also the Awami League... details

‘Rohingyas to have Teletalk booths, not SIM cards’

Live Correspondent:  State Minister for Posts and TelecommunicationsTarana Halim on Saturday said service booths, run by state-owned mobile operator Teletalk, will be set up at Rohingya camps to facilitate their communication, but they will not be provided with SIM cards. The work to set up Teletalk booths will start within three days at the refugee camps in Cox's Bazar, she said after a... details

PM rules out possibility of understanding with BNP

Live Desk:  Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has ruled out possibility of any political understanding with BNP, saying that nobody should come up with such a proposal. "Those who are thinking about political understanding with the BNP should discard such thought," she told a press conference at Bangladesh's Permanent Mission in New York on Friday morning (Friday evening Bangladesh time). She... details

‘Manik Miah Avenue to be free of private cars on first Friday of every month’

Live Correspondent: Road Transport and Bridges Minister and Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader today said plying of private cars will be barred on Manik Miah Avenue here on the first Friday of every month. "Unless we can control the movement of private vehicles, establishing roads and flyovers will not work to minimize the traffic jam," he told the inaugural function of World Car... details

Full text of PM’s address to UNGA

Live Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday delivered her speech in the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) at the UN Headquarters in New York. Following is the full text of her speech: Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim Mr. President, As-salamu alaikum and good afternoon. Let me extend my heartiest felicitations on your election as President of the 72nd session... details

President seeks global support for repatriating Rohingyas

Live Correspondent: President M Abdul Hamid today sought continued support of international community, different agencies and states including the United Kingdom, to put pressure on Myanmar government to repatriate the Rohingyas to their Rakhine state homeland with proper dignity. "Though Bangladesh is a very small country, on the humanitarian grounds it has given shelter Rohingyas who were... details

‘Army to take up Rohingya relief distribution’

Live Correspondent: Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said army will be deployed at Rohingya camps for the proper distribution of relief materials and rehabilitation of the refugees who have fled to Bangladesh amid persecution in Myanmar. “The government has decided to deploy army at the Rohingya camps…they’ll help the refugees build makeshift shelters and... details

Resolve Rohingya crisis before it’s too late: PM to OIC

Live Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called upon the OIC member states to unite to solve the Rohingya crisis before it is too late and placed some proposals before the OIC. The proposals include full implementation of the recommendations made by the Kofi Annan Commission. “I request upon the OIC countries to show a unity to solve the Rohingya crisis before it is too late.... details

Rice prices decline from Wednesday: Rice traders

Live Correspondent: The Rice traders today assured that the prices of rice would decline from tomorrow as the government would resolve several problems related to the rice imports. Leaders of the Bangladesh Auto Major and Husking Mill Owners Association (BAMHMOA) after their meeting with several ministers told reporters that they had a good conversation with the government and assured that the... details

PM reaffirms Bangladesh’s commitment to end sexual abuse of peacekeepers

Live Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has reiterated Bangladesh's firm commitment to the UN secretary general's noble initiative to eradicate sexual violence and abuse of peacekeepers, declaring a pledge of $100,000 token contribution to the victim support fund. "As a major troop and police contributing country in the UN peacekeeping, we attach high importance to the issue of sexual... details

Militants can’t penetrate into Rohingyas: IGP

Live Correspondent: Inspector General of Police AKM Shahidul Hoque has stated that the law enforcers will make sure that no Rohingya refugees get involved in militancy. Speaking at a briefing in police headquarters on Monday, Shahidul Hoque said, “Our agents are alert in the field so that the militants can’t infiltrate and provoke militancy among the Rohingyas.” Stating that the... details