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President off to London for medical checkup

  

Pns: President Abdul Hamid left here for London on Saturday for health checkup and treatment of eyes. A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the President took off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 11 am, President’s Deputy Press Secretary Abul Kalam Azad said.Foreign Minister Mahmood Ali, Public Works Minister Mosharraf Hossain, Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon, Dean of Diplomatic Crops Archbishop George Kocherry, the Cabinet...

Fallen tree halts traffic between Dhaka and northern region

  

Pns: Vehicular movement on Dhaka-Rangpur highway has remained halted since Saturday morning as a big tree fallen on the road at Palashbari due to storm coupled with heavy rains. The traffic movement remained snapped from 7:30am, disrupting road communication of Dhaka with the country’s northern parts, witnesses said.They said some 2,000 vehicles – buses and trucks-- on both sides of the highway got stranded, causing immense woes to thousands of passengers amid incessant...

Countrywide heavy rainfall continues

  

Pns: Moderate to heavy rainfall, triggered by land depression in the Bay, has been continuing throughout the country including the capital Dhaka, disrupting the normal life in the city and elsewhere in the country. Residents of Khulna, Barisal and Dhaka divisions witnessed the most downpours as the Met office recorded 90 mm, 86 mm and 76 mm rainfall in the three divisions respectively from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm, said Sarwar Alam, assistant meteorologist of Dhaka Met office. The Met...

Pledge more support for Rohingya refugees: Amnesty

  

Pns: More countries need to step up and pledge their support for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh amid an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, Amnesty International said today. The meeting of high-level representatives of donor countries at the UN’s office in Geneva on Monday must include pledges of new money, including from countries in the region, to support rising numbers of Rohingya refugees who have sought shelter in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar district.The recent influx estimated...

700, 000 people vaccinated against cholera in Cox’s Bazar

  

Pns: More than 700, 000 people over the age of one year have been administered oral cholera vaccine in the first phase of a campaign here to protect the newly arrived Rohingya population and their host communities against the deadly diarrheal disease. "The coverage is commendable as the oral cholera vaccination campaign was planned and rolled out against very tight timelines," said WHO Representative to Bangladesh Dr N Paranietharan.The WHO officials said it demonstrates the...

Committee formed to file review on 16th amendment verdict

  

Pns: A 11-member committee has been formed led by the Attorney General Mahbubey Alam for filing a review petition against the Supreme Court's 16th amendment verdict. Attorney General Mahbubey Alam told UNB that the attorney general office formed the committee seven days ago and its members are now examining the SC verdict and taking preparation for the review petition.The body will file the review petition after taking preparations in this regard, added the AG.Earlier, on...

No Rohingya woman safe as rapists run rampant, say experts

  

Pns: Rape is being used as a weapon of war in the Rohingya crisis, with no woman safe from the risk of sexual attack as Myanmar’s Muslim minority is driven out of its homeland, according to experts in the field and those caught up in the crisis. Doctors treating some of the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar in recent weeks have seen dozens of women with injuries consistent with violent sexual attacks, according to UN clinicians.And...

Highest 20 SIMs against one NID card: Tarana

  

Pns: State Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Tarana Halim on Thursday said a person will now be allowed to register maximum 20 mobile SIM cards against his/her national identity card. The decision was taken at a meeting held at the Secretariat where Prime Minister's ICT Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy was present, Tarana said while talking to UNB.Earlier in September, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) revised its previous decision allowing a person to...

PayPal launched in Bangladesh

  

Pns: Global online payment system PayPal today (Thursday) launched its cross broader payment service 'Xoom' to enable freelance remittance earners to receive their payments in 40 minutes from overseas. Prime Minister's Information and Communication Technology Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy launched the operation expecting the service to benefit expatriate Bangladeshis through legal channels and boost the remittance sector."Around 1.18 crore expatriate Bangladeshis sent about...

Khaleda’s lawyers scuffle to emerge before cameras

  

Pns: BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s lawyers on Thursday were involved into a fight as they were competing to take the center stage in front of TV cameras on the court premises in the capitals’s Bakshibazar area. The scuffle took place shortly after Khaleda left the court premises around 1:30pm after recording her self-defense statements in graft cases.The incident occured when Dhaka Bar Association President Khorshed Alam, a lawyer representing Khaleda, and his associates started...

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