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Appellate Division gets 3 more judges

  

PNS Desk: Three judges of the High Court were appointed judges to the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Monday, raising the number of judges in the Appellate Division to seven.Those newly appointed judges are Zinat Ara, Abu Bakar Siddiquee and Md Nuruzzaman.President Abdul Hamid gave the appointment on Monday, said Barrister MD Saifur Rahman, a special officer of the Supreme Court.Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain will administer the oath to the Judges at the Supreme...

Myanmar removes St Martin’s Island from their map

  

PNS Desk: Myanmar has removed Bangladesh’s St Martin's Island from their map, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed.The ministry informed the parliamentary standing committee of the decision at a meeting held on Sunday.Earlier maps reportedly displayed on two Myanmar government websites, showed St Martin’s Island as part of that country’s territory.Reacting against it, the Foreign Ministry’s Maritime Affairs Unit Secretary, Rear Admiral (retd) M Khurshed Alam, on Saturday had...

Country belongs to all, not to any individual: Dr Kamal

  

PNS Desk: Stating that impossible can be made possible through people’s united strength, Jatiya Oikya Prokriya convener Dr Kamal Hossain on Sunday said no autocratic government can deprive people of their rights if a greater unity is forged. “We’ve the history of realising people’s important demands with the united strength of people. We had got united during the Language Movement, Six-Point Movement, Liberation War and anti-autocracy movement, and made impossible possible. We’ll surely...

Absence of doctors at their rural stations irks PM

  

PNS Desk: Irked by the continuous absence of doctors at upazila-level hospitals, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said how rural people will get their basic medicare services if this culture continues, reports UNB. "We've taken various steps to upgrade upazila hospitals...we've upgrade the ten-bed hospitals to 50-bed ones. There should be at least 10 doctors in every hospital but in some places only one doctor is there-- at best four. Doctors aren't staying there (upazilas)," she...

Khaleda’s treatment to continue as before: Medical Board

  

PNS Desk: A five-member medical board of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) checked BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s previous medical papers at the hospital on Sunday and decided that her treatment will continue as before. At a press briefing, BSMMU director Brigadier General Abdullah Al Harun said the medical board members went to Khaleda’s cabin on the 5th floor of Cabin Block at 11:30am and examined her all the medical papers for 15 minutes. He said the medical...

National Committee demands halt in ‘anti-Sundarbans’ projects

  

PNS Desk: National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas Natural Resources, Power and Port has demanded a stoppage of all activities including construction of Rampal power plant, which it considers potentially damaging for the Sundarbans, before the upcoming national election. The committee also announced to observe worldwide ‘Global Solidarity for Sundarbans’ on November 10 to drum up its support for the demand. These were announced at a press conference at Mukti Bhaban in the city on...

Dhaka highlights women’s political empowerment at UN

  

PNS Desk: Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations Ambassador Masud Bin Momen has said Bangladesh is perhaps the only country in the world today to have attained higher level of political empowerment of women. He also highlighted some success stories of the women in Bangladesh and said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has put advancement of women at the heart of Bangladesh’s development endeavours, “We have 72 women members in the current Parliament.” In addition to...

$515m WB loan approved to improve fisheries, roads, forests

  

PNS Desk: The World Bank (WB) will give US$515 million to Bangladesh for three projects to improve coastal and marine fisheries, forest management, and rural roads.These financings will help rural people by reducing poverty and creating new livelihood opportunities, including for local communities in the Cox’s Bazar district hosting Rohingya people who fled violence in Myanmar, said a release in Dhaka on Saturday, reports UNB.WB Country Director for Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal...

Khaleda Zia taken to BSMMU for treatment

  

PNS Desk: The prison authorities have shifted BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) from old Dhaka Central jail for her treatment in response to a court order. Under heavy security, she was taken to the hospital in Shahbag from the prison in Old Dhaka. A vehicle that carried Khaleda Zia reached the BSMMU around 3:40pm. BSMMU Sources informed that the authorities of the hospital have already taken all kind of preparation to provide...

Myanmar claims St Martin’s Island is theirs

  

PNS Desk: Dhaka has reacted strongly and lodged an official protest against maps reportedly displayed on Myanmar government websites that show the St Martin’s Island as part of the country’s territory.The government on Saturday summoned Myanmar Ambassador in Dhaka U Lwin Oo and strongly protested the matter, reports UNB.Maritime Affairs Unit Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Rear Admiral (retd) M Khurshed Alam summoned the Myanmar envoy to his office in the afternoon and...

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