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Govt seeks 17 Facebook users' info

Govt seeks 17 Facebook users' info

The government has asked the authorities of social networking platform Facebook to give information on 17 users. The request was served through seven requests from January to June this year. But the FB authorities have not served the requests of the Bangladesh government. "We respond to valid requests relating to criminal cases. Each and every...

Bangladeshi Workers In Malaysia

Move to speed up recruitment

The officials of Bangladesh government will hold talks with the Malaysian authorities on Monday in Malaysia to speed up the recruitment of Bangladeshi workers under the government-to-government (G2G) system to the Southeast Asian nation. The officials at the expatriates' welfare and overseas employment ministry said the two-day meeting will focus on the acceleration of the recruitment of male workers and the employment of female workers under state arrangements. "As only a few people now get job opportunities under the G2G process,...

Return Hajj flights start today

The return Hajj flights will begin today with an aircraft of Biman Bangladesh carrying 419 pilgrims. Flight BG-2012 will take off in Jeddah at 10:30am local time, confirmed Tasmina Akter, assistant manager (public relations) at Biman Bangladesh. Meanwhile, Saudi authorities have asked the Bangladesh government to take punitive steps against 43 private Hajj agencies allegedly for irregularities in services provided to the pilgrims, said an official at Bangladesh Hajj Office in Jeddah. However, Nasir Uddin Ahmed, deputy secretary at the ministry of...

India hasn't ordered sealing borders, Dhaka says

India hasn't ordered sealing borders, Dhaka says

India has issued no instruction to seal its borders with Bangladesh in the wake of the October 2 grenade explosion at a house in Burdwan district of West Bengal, foreign ministry here said today. The concerned Indian authorities have clarified it in response to a verification made by the Bangladesh government following the recent...

7 promoted to secretaries

7 promoted to secretaries

Bangladesh government today promoted seven additional secretaries to secretaries and posted them at different ministries and divisions, according to an official order. The Ministry of Public Administration issued separate gazette notifications in this regard. The promoted secretaries are: Sirajul Islam, Golam Rabbani, SM Golam Farroque, Khandaker Iftekhar Haidar, Dr Selina Afroza, Iqubal Khan Chowdhury and...

Withdraw tough draft law on NGOs, HRW tells govt

Withdraw tough draft law on NGOs, HRW tells govt

Calling upon the international donors to publicly express concerns over a law proposed by Bangladesh government to impose draconian restrictions on already beleaguered NGOs, the Human Rights Watch said the law should be withdrawn. “The draft law can easily be misused to limit perfectly legitimate activities of NGOs (nongovernmental organisations) and to attack critics,”...

Nur Hossain will be brought home

Nur Hossain will be brought home

The government has “started the process” to bring back Nur Hossain, the prime accused in the sensational seven-murder in Narayanganj, who was arrested in Kolkata on Saturday night. “… He [Hossain] will be brought back,” State Minister for Home Affairs Asaduzzaman Khan told reporters at the secretariat yesterday. He said Bangladesh and India have...

Illegal Migration

UNHCR worried about abuse of boat people

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has expressed concern over the rising abuse of people who have sailed from Myanmar and Bangladesh through the Bay of Bengal aiming at illegally migrating to other countries. The UNHCR welcomed Bangladesh government's initiative to make a 'list' of the estimated 200,000 to 500,000 unregistered Rohingyas in Bangladesh. "We hope the exercise will be carried out in accordance with international standards and that it will result in access to documentation, assistance and justice...

Diversify power sources: US official

Diversify power sources: US official

Bangladesh should generate power from diversified resources to meet the growing demand and achieve the target of electricity for all by 2021, said a top US official. "The country should not just produce the electricity; it should use the power in efficient ways too," said Robert F Ichord Jr, deputy assistant secretary in the...

Editorial

Teesta faces severe drop in flow

WE share the concern of the Bangladesh government wholeheartedly about the alarming drop in the flow of Teesta water into our territory. As far as we know, it has reached a record low from 5,000 to 500 cusec at this time of the year. The opportunity for reaching an agreement has been floundering ever since PM Manmohan Singh's visit to Dhaka back in 2012 after considerable groundwork having been made on the issue. It is of little surprise that water...

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