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Titli intensifies into severe cyclonic storm

  

PNS Desk: “Titli” has intensified into a severe cyclonic storm with a “Core of Hurricane Wind” over the west-central Bay of Bengal and adjoining northwest Bay.Maritime ports of Chittagong, Cox's Bazar, Mongla and Payra were advised to keep hoisted distant cautionary signal No 4, according to a Met Office special bulletin issued on Wednesday, reports UNB.The bulletin said the storm was centring about 880kms southwest of Chittagong port, 850kms southwest of Cox's Bazar, 720kms...

3 mega projects among 20 get Ecnec nod

  

PNS Desk: The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) on Tuesday approved 20 development projects involving Tk 32,525 crore, UNB reports. The approval was given at the 146th Ecnec meeting of the current government held at the NEC conference room. "Today, we placed 20 projects at the meeting and Ecnec approved all the projects," said Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal while briefing reporters after the meeting. "The total estimated cost of the 20 projects is...

Cyclone ‘Titli’ moves westwards

  

PNS Desk: The cyclonic storm, 'Titli', over the West-central Bay and adjoining East-central Bay moved slightly westwards over the same area.It was centring at 6 pm on Tuesday about 985 kms southwest of Chattogram port, 930 kms southwest of Cox's Bazar port, 880 kms south-southwest of Mongla port and 870 kms south-southwest of Payra port, said a Met office special bulletin, UNB reports.It is likely to intensify further and move in a north/northwesterly direction.Maximum sustained...

PM stresses proper use of maritime sector for regional development

  

PNS Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday underscored the need for proper utilization of the maritime sector for massive socioeconomic development of the people of this region.“There is a huge potential in the maritime sector in South Asia and utilizing the sector, it is possible to make a big lead into the socioeconomic development of the people of this region,” she said while addressing the inaugural session of the Second South Asia Maritime and Logistics Forum 2018 at a hotel...

Anarchy won’t be allowed over Aug 21 grenade attack verdict: Home minister

  

PNS Desk: Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said today the law enforcement agencies have been asked to check anarchy ahead of the verdict in the August 21, 2004 grenade attack to be delivered on October 10. “Anarchy in any form wouldn’t be allowed centering the verdict in the case regarding grenade attacks on an Awami League rally at Bangabandhu Avenue in the capital on August 21 in 2004,” he told the BSS.Replying to a query about any apprehension of sabotage ahead of the verdict, he...

Gas price hike unlikely anytime soon

  

PNS Desk: Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) is now going slow with its move to increase gas prices in the country. BERC was long waiting for a government decision on supplementary duty (SD) waiver on import of pricey liquefied natural gas (LNG) and has been planning to raise gas prices upon calculating the SD waiver implications. Though the energy regulator has received the SD waiver SRO (statutory regulatory order) from the National Board of Revenue (NBR) last week,...

Second nuclear plant to be constructed in Barisal: PM

  

PNS Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said the second nuclear power plant would be constructed in the southern part of the country.“The government has already conducted survey in several islands in Barisal and we will choose any of those islands to construct the country’s next nuclear power plant,” the premier said this while inaugurating the Golden Jubilee programme of Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College (BSMC) through video conference from her Gonobhaban residence.The...

Muktijuddho Moncho postpones Shahbagh blockade

  

PNS Desk: Muktijuddho Moncho, a movement for reinstatement of quotas in government jobs, has postponed its blockade of Dhaka’s Shahbagh intersection.The announcement came on Monday evening after Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan arrived on the spot and held discussions with the protesters.The protesters have also formed a new platform, called Muktijuddher Chetona Moncho. Maj Gen (retd.) Helal Morshed Khan has been made convener of the platform.Osman Ali has been made member...

BNP chief's overall condition worse: Medical board

  

PNS Desk: BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has been suffering from several complications, including rheumatoid arthritis and out-of-control diabetes, said the five-member medical board, formed by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) for her better treatment, on Monday, reports UNB.Talking to reporters at the BSMMU director's office around 2 pm, medical board chief Dr Abdul Jalil Chowdhury said, "Khaleda's treatment depends on a lot of things. She has diabetes and other...

Digital Security Bill gets President Hamid’s assent

  

PNS Desk: Amid widespread criticism and concerns over free speech, President Abdul Hamid has signed the Digital Security Bill; thereby enacting it as a law.His Press Secretary Joynal Abedin has confirmed the assent of the president this afternoon.The law, termed draconian by independent organisations both at home and abroad, was drafted and passed in parliamentignoring the concerns in the first place.But even after parliament passage, the government assured the Sampadak Parishad...

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