• Draft law with 7yr jail for railway land grab okayed

    The government has endorsed a draft law that will hand a maximum of seven-year imprisonment to occupants and grabbers of railway land.

  • Ramadan office timing 9am to 3:30pm

    During Ramadan, regular office timing will be curbed into six-and-half-hour shifts from 9:00am to 3:30pm, the government has decided.

  • Culture of impunity led to more killings: Fakhrul

    BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir says that increased incidents of killings have arisen out of a prevailing culture of impunity in Bangladesh.

  • Passport offices in all districts: PM

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina says there will be passport offices in all the districts in addition to introducing 'electronic passports' to ensure better services for people.

  • Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal

    Homegrown militants under control: Kamal

    Admitting that there is existence of homegrown militants in the country, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal claims that they are under control.

  • Pave way for unionisation in garments: HRW

    Bangladesh government should urgently remove legal and practical obstacles to unionization in garment industries, Human Rights Watch says.

  • Obaidul Quader

    Hope Imran will understand now: Quader

    Claiming that the arrest of Shafik Rehman was made based on specific allegations, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said it had nothing to do with him being a journalist.

  • Ecuador quake death toll hits 413

    At least 413 people are now known to have died in the earthquake that struck Ecuador, the country's government says.

  • Govt to help trace Ilias Ali, Fakhrul hopes

    BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir expresses hope that the government would take steps immediately to trace missing BNP leader M Ilias Ali.

  • John Kerry

    Bangladesh failed at times to control security forces: US

    The United States has said the government of Bangladesh took 'limited measures' to investigate and prosecute cases of abuse and killing by security forces. The US, in its 2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, claimed authorities failed at times to maintain effective control over security forces.

  • SC upholds stay on Gazipur mayor’s suspension

    The Supreme Court has upheld a previous HC order that stayed the suspension of Gazipur City Corporation mayor MA Mannan over criminal charges.

  • Curb on Pahela Baishakh celebration a medieval thinking: Sultana Kamal

    Demanding withdrawal of restrictions on Pahela Baishakh celebration programme, rights activist Sultana Kamal says the decision is reflection of “medieval thought”.

  • 7.05 % GDP target ‘imaginary’: BNP

    Terming the facts claimed by Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) about the country’s national income and gross domestic product as “confusing”, BNP alleges that the government is “misleading” people with this information in a bid to hang on to power.

  • 4 promoted to senior secretary

    Government promotes four secretaries to the rank of senior secretary.

  • Bring back laundered money: TIB

    Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) urges the government to take steps to bring back the money laundered from Bangladesh although no name of any Bangladeshis is found in Panama Papers.

  • Govt allocates Tk 1,000cr to pay jute mills workers

    The government has allocated Tk 1,000 crore to buy jute and clear the dues of the workers of state-run jute mills amid an ongoing strike and agitation in Khulna.

  • Experts caution self-driving cars aren't ready for roads

    Self-driving cars are more likely to hurt than help public safety because of unsolved technical issues, engineers and safety advocates told the government Friday, countering a push by innovators to speed government approval.

  • Govt requests EU to legalise illegal Bangladeshi expats

    The government requests a visiting European Union delegation to legalise Bangladeshi nationals, who are staying in different European countries after expiry of their valid documents.

  • Writ seeks judicial probe into Tonu killing

    A writ petition is filed with High Court seeking its directives upon the government to constitute a judicial committee to launch an enquiry into the killing of Sohagi Jahan Tonu.

  • Govt to cut oil prices, finally

    The government has decided to cut fuel prices in a month, as oil prices continue to remain low on the international market for nearly two years now.

  • Why Manna should not be granted bail

    The High Court yesterday asked the government to explain within three weeks why Nagorik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna, now in jail, should not be granted bail in two cases.

  • BNP seeks govt cooperation for council

    BNP seeks “all-out cooperation” from the government to make the party’s sixth national council a success.

  • Muhith plans Tk 340,000 crore budget for next fiscal

    Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith says the outlay of the budget for the coming 2016-2017 fiscal could be as high as Taka 340,000 crore as he joined a government-sponsored pre-budget conference of leading financial watchdogs here.

  • SIM

    Legal notice seeks halt to biometric SIM registration

    A Supreme Court lawyer serves a legal notice seeking a halt to biometric registration for subscriber identity module (SIM) cards of mobile operators claiming it violates privacy and has a potential malafide intention.

  • Constitute a commission on one-eleven

    Civil Aviation Minister Rashed Khan Menon and Health Minister Mohammad Nasim yesterday demanded in parliament that the government form a commission to find out “who did what” to oppress political leaders following the 1/11 changeover in 2007.

  • Frustrated, post-graduate returns all his certificates

    A physically challenged man with sound higher education in Lalmonirhat returned all his academic certificates to the government yesterday.

  • Govt approves AIIB bill

    The “Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank Bill, 2016” is passed in the parliament, paving the way for Bangladesh to join the AIIB as a founding member.

  • Compensate Jihad's family

    The High Court yesterday ruled that the government would have to compensate the family of Jihad, a four-year-old who died falling down a 300-foot well shaft in the capital's Shahjahanpur in 2014.

  • BNP for CJ’s intervention to release Amar Desh editor

    BNP seeks Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha’s interference for immediate release of Mahmudur Rahman, acting editor of Bangla daily Amar Desh.

  • EPZs may get trade unions; draft law approved

    Cabinet gives final approval to the draft of the ‘The Bangladesh EPZ Labour Law, 2016’ keeping a provision for constituting labour organisations in the Export Processing Zones (EPZs) as well as forming a permanent wage board for their workers.

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