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Sushma Swaraj arrives today

Sushma Swaraj arrives today

India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj arrives in Dhaka today on a three-day official visit. In the first visit of a cabinet member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in India, she is likely assure Dhaka that New Delhi is committed to fulfilling the deals and agreements the two neighbours reached since Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's visit to India in 2010. "This is Swaraj's first visit abroad as the external affairs minister. It reflects the importance India attaches to its bilateral relations with Bangladesh, a close friend and neighbour,”...

Ban stresses political reconciliation

Ban stresses political reconciliation

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has regretted the failure of Bangladesh's political parties to reach an agreement on an inclusive parliamentary election in January. At a meeting with President Abdul Hamid at UN headquarters on Thursday, the UN chief stressed the need for engaging the “extra-parliamentary opposition” in social and political reconciliation. The secretariat of...

5 addl HC judges' appointment confirmed

5 addl HC judges' appointment confirmed

President Abdul Hamid has confirmed the appointment of five additional High Court judges. The law ministry issued a gazette notification in this regard today. The judges are: Justice Ashish Ranjan Das, Justice Mahmudul Haque, Justice Md Badruzzaman, Justice Jafar Ahmed and Justice Kazi Md Ejarul Haque Akondo. Supreme Court Registrar AKM Shamsul Islam told The Daily...

Sangsad goes into budget session Jun 3

The Jatiya Sangsad goes into the budget session on June 3. This is the first time since the restoration of parliamentary democracy in 1991 that the BNP will not have any participation in the session. The party, which was either in the treasury or in the opposition bench between 1991 and 2013, ended up having no representation in parliament after the BNP-led 19-party alliance boycotted the January 5 national elections. President Abdul Hamid convened the budget session yesterday, Mahfuzur Rahman, secretary to...

Addl AG MK Rahman sacked

Addl AG MK Rahman sacked

President Abdul Hamid has relieved Additional Attorney General MK Rahman of his post. The reason behind his dismissal could not be known immediately. The law ministry issued a gazette notification today in this regard. The notification does not offer any information on what ground Rahman was dismissed.

The people deserve better

WE the people of Bangladesh feel proud of President Abdul Hamid because of the mode of his election to the presidency. His uncontested election to the highest constitutional office was acceptable to all including the opposition. He was elected to the office of the president by the Ninth Parliament which was constituted through a widely acclaimed parliamentary polls held in December 2008. So, he is now the lone individual who has assumed a constitutional office without any controversy over...

President, PM for upholding Liberation War spirit

On the eve of the country's 44th Independence Day, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages, calling upon the nation to uphold the spirit of the Liberation War and fulfil the dreams of the valiant freedom fighters. BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia also issued a message, congratulating all Bangladeshis at home and abroad on the occasion. The national day programmes will begin with a 31-gun salute early in the morning as a mark of respect to the heroic...

JU gets first female VC

JU gets first female VC

Farzana Islam, a professor of anthropology department, has been appointed vice chancellor of Jahangirnagar University. She is the first female VC of the country. In a circular issued today, President Abdul Hamid, also the chancellor of the university, appointed her for the next four years. On February 20, JU senate elected a panel of three vice chancellor candidates following resignation of Prof Anwar Hossain in the face of around a year-long movement by a section of teachers demanding his removal. Prof Farzana of anthropology secured the first spot bagging 43 votes, while Prof Abul Hossain of physics...

Mahmud made foreign minister

Forty-five days into the formation of the new cabinet, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday expanded it by inducting AH Mahmud Ali and Col (retd) Mohammad Najrul Islam into her council of ministers. Mahmud has been made foreign minister and Najrul state minister for water resources. President Abdul Hamid administered their oaths at the Bangabhaban at noon in the presence of the PM, cabinet members and senior civil and military officials. Cabinet Secretary M Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan conducted the ceremony. However, journalists were...

Mahmud new foreign minister

Mahmud new foreign minister

Forty-five days into forming the new cabinet, AH Mahmud Ali has been made foreign minister. Meanwhile, Col (retd) Mohammad Najrul Islam has been inducted into the cabinet as a state minister and given the portfolio of water resources ministry. Two separate gazette notifications will be issued in this regard today or tomorrow, sources at the...

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