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Birangonas recognised as freedom fighter

Birangonas recognised as freedom fighter

The parliament today passed a proposal to include Birangonas in the list of freedom fighters. Monirul Islam, lawmaker from Jessore-2 constituency placed the proposal before the House which passed it through voice votes. The parliament however rejected another lawmaker's proposal to rename Birangona as Birkonya. Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Huq told the House that...

Tender for Metro rail to be floated this month

Parliament yesterday passed the Metro Rail Act, 2015 that aimed at easing traffic congestion and ensuring fast, improved public transportation in the capital. The bill was passed by a voice vote after Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader placed it before the House with Deputy Speaker Fazle Rabbi Miah in the chair. Quader told parliament that the first tender for the construction of the 20km metro rail route would be invited on January 31. Two more tenders would be floated...

JS passes Metro Rail Act

JS passes Metro Rail Act

The parliament today passed the Metro Rail Act, 2015 that aimed at easing traffic congestion and providing fast and improved public transport service in the capital. Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader placed the bill before the House seeking its immediate passage. The House, with deputy Speaker Fazle Rabbi Miah in the chair,...

BNP criticises MPs' outcry for Khaleda arrest demand

BNP criticises MPs' outcry for Khaleda arrest demand

BNP today pulled up the lawmakers of the parliament for their outrage last night at the House demanding arrest party Chairperson Khaleda Zia. Referring to yesterday’s parliament session, Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, BNP’s joint secretary general alleged that the entire state was made partisan “only to arrest” Khaleda Zia. “The lawmakers were seen in the parliament...

National broadcast act in 6 months

Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu yesterday told parliament that the National Broadcast Act would be formulated in six months. Replying to a query, he said the National Broadcast Commission would be formed after the enactment of the act and the commission would enforce the law after reviewing the contents aired on television channels. In response to another query, the minister said the National Medicine Policy-2005 places restrictions on advertising illegal health products and instructions have been given to TV channels to...

Govt mulling exporting rice to India: PM

Govt mulling exporting rice to India: PM

Prime Minister and Leader of the House Sheikh Hasina today said the government is considering exporting rice to India as the latter has expressed its interest in importing rice from Bangladesh. "India has expressed its interest in importing 20,000-30,000 MT rice from Bangladesh and the issue of exporting rice in future would be considered...

Legal action against Khaleda logical, PM tells JS

Legal action against Khaleda logical, PM tells JS

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said it would be logical to take legal actions against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia for killing people through giving orders.   "She [Khaleda] has been giving orders to kill people from her Gulshan office without going back to her residence. People have been burnt alive at her [Khaleda] directive,"...

Instability worries Raushan

Instability worries Raushan

Leader of the Opposition in parliament Raushan Ershad today expressed her concern over the country’s prevailing situation. “It is unexpected and immoral that people are being killed by setting buses on fire in the name of political programme,” she said. “Hartal and blockade -- the major tools of realizing political demands have been turned into the causes of people’s sufferings.” She underscored the need for the country’s political stability in the interest of its economy and education. Violent activities have been happening on the streets in the name of movement. The country’s economy will face a setback if the prevailing situation continues for long, she said. Besides, the country’s future generation is also facing...

Did AL fulfil its pledges?

Did AL fulfil its pledges?

Have Your Say Based on the pledges the AL made during the 2008 election, The Daily Star made a wish list on Jan 6, 2012. Three years down the line, how much has the government delivered? Leave your comments and let us publish your thoughts. 1. Resolve stalemate over caretaker government 2. Form an acceptable Election...

US, Bangladesh in ‘best relationship ever’

US, Bangladesh in ‘best relationship ever’

United States and Bangladesh now have the “best relationship and partnership ever,” said Dan W Mozena, the outgoing US ambassador to Bangladesh today. Mozena made the comment after meeting leader of the opposition Raushan Ershad at 4:30pm at her Gulshan residence. The meeting began at 4:30pm and lasted an hour. The Obama administration of the...

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