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Gloomy weather, Maritime ports asked to hoist signal 3

  

Pns: The Met office on Thursday asked four maritime ports to issue cautionary signal number three due to a depression that developed over northwest bay and adjoining west central bay moved slightly northwards and now lies over the same area.The Bangladesh Meteorological Department released the information in a special weather bulletin on Thursday.It was centred at 9 am today about 970 kms southwest of Chittagong port, 950 kms southwest of Cox’s Bazar port, 780 kms southwest of Mongla...

Bangladesh gets priority among all its neighbours: Sushma

  

Pns: Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday said Bangladesh gets priority among all its neighbours as per its neighbourhood policy.She said the relationship between Bangladesh and India is moving ahead in a faster pace.The Minister also laid emphasis on investing in youth saying they are the future leaders of the two nations.Sushma was addressing a programme after inauguration of the Chancery Complex of the Indian High Commission in Dhaka and 15 others uplift...

ACC official suspended on graft charges

  

Pns: The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Monday suspended an assistant director of its Rajshahi zila office for allegedly accumulating illegal wealth and getting involved in corruption. The Commission at its regular meeting suspended assistant director Amirul Islam on graft charges, a top official of the Commission told UNB wishing not to be named.Earlier, the ACC initiated a probe against Amirul after receiving specific graft allegations.The national anti-graft body in...

Jordan stands beside Rohingyas: Queen Rania

  

Pns: Jordan’s queen Rania Al-Abdulla called upon the international community on Monday to stand alongside the Rohingyas so that the victims get justice and can return to their country, Myanmar. “Jordan will always stand beside Rohingyas,” the queen told reporters after visiting the Rohingya camps in Ukhia upazila of Cox’s Bazar. Rania visited Bangladesh as a representative of the International Rescue Committee (ICR) and the UN refugee agency to investigate the situation and...

Bapex discovers new gas field in Bhola

  

Pns: Amid the growing energy crisis, Bapex has discovered a new gas reserve of around 700 billion cubic feet near Shahbazpur in Bhola, raising the overall gas reserve of the area to around one trillion cubic feet. "There's good news for the country as Bapex has found initially estimated some 700 billion cubic feet of gas reserve in Bhola. If the new gas reserve is added to the previous ones, the total gas reserve of that area will reach around one trillion cubic feet," said Cabinet...

Arrest warrants issued against Apan Jewellers owners

  

Pns: Apan Jewellers owners Dildar Ahmed and his brother Azad Ahmed had warrants against them in two cases of money laundering and acquiring wealth illegally. Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate’s court issued the warrants on Sunday evening.Dildar and Azad co-own Apan Jewelers along with their brother Gulzar Ahmed, who is also facing cases of money laundering and illegal acquisition of wealth.The Customs Intelligence and investigation Division (CIID) started investigating Apan...

Bengal Classical Music Festival 2017 cancelled

  

Pns: The Bengal Foundation on Sunday cancelled its classical music festival 2017, due to the unavailability of its venue, Army Stadium. Bengal Foundation Chairman Abul Khaer Litu made the announcement through a media brief at the Hotel Westin Dhaka this afternoon.The press release said they applied for Army Stadium venue for the event, but on August 31, Army Sports Control Board (ASCB) denied the permission as a security concern due to the arrival of the Pope Francis to...

Pick polls observer not affiliated with politics: CEC

  

Pns:Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda on Sunday urged the polls monitoring organisations not to pick any person affiliated with politics as election observer. "You'll have to be careful so that no person linked to politics can be appointed as election observer," he said at the Election Commission's dialogue with the polls monitoring organisations. Some 30 representatives from the election monitoring organisations attended the meeting began at 11am in the city's...

Suu Kyi 100 percent to blame: Yunus

  

Pns: In what the United Nations has called "a textbook example of ethnic cleansing", in recent weeks more than half a million majority-Muslim Rohingya have fled Myanmar for neighbouring Bangladesh. Myanmar's security forces and Buddhist vigilantes have been accused of mass rape, murder and the burning of entire villages. Nobel Peace laureate and economist Muhammad Yunus placed the blame on de facto leader and fellow Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. "I'll put 100 percent...

India supports Rohingyas’ return: Sushma

  

Pns: Voicing concern at the spate of violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday said it is clear that normalcy will be restored only with the return of the displaced people to Rakhine state. “India is deeply concerned at the spate of violence in Rakhine State of Myanmar. We’ve urged that the situation be handled with restraint, keeping in mind the welfare of the population,” she said.Sushma further said, “We’ve also supported...

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