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PM urges expats to brighten Bangladesh’s image

PM urges expats to brighten Bangladesh’s image

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the expatriate Bangladeshis living in Italy to put in their all-out efforts in brightening Bangladesh’s image and dignity before the world community. She also called upon them to contribute more towards strengthening the Bangladesh economy upholding the spirit of the country’s Liberation War and the principles of independence. The...

PM to meet President this afternoon

PM to meet President this afternoon

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will meet President Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban this afternoon. “Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will make a courtesy call on the Honourable President at Bangabhaban around 2:00pm”, Ashraful Alam, deputy press secretary to the Prime Minister told The Daily Star. Besides, question over the courtesy call has arisen in different quarters including...

Latif's removal from cabinet in a day or two

Latif's removal from cabinet in a day or two

The government is set to remove Posts and Telecommunications and ICT Minister Abdul Latif Siddique from the cabinet in a day or two. President Abdul Hamid, who returned home last night, is likely to sign a file regarding the removal of Latif today or tomorrow. Following the president's signature on the file, the cabinet division would issue a gazette to this effect.     Prime Minister and AL President Sheikh Hasina told a press conference on October 3 that Latif would be removed from the cabinet and his party post and that the file for his removal would be sent to the president once office opens after Eid holidays. The Awami League Central Working Committee...

COMMENTS ON HAJJ

Latif will pay the price, not govt: Hasina

Latif will pay the price, not govt: Hasina

Terming the comments made by Latif Siddique on Hajj and Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) inconsiderate, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday said it was Latif Siddique who would pay the price, not her government. “It is not the government or the country, but Latif Siddique is in trouble for his inconsiderate remarks, which hurt the...

Statement of Latif Siddique is his own: Inu

Statement of Latif Siddique is his own: Inu

Information Minister Hasanul Huq Inu said that the statement of Abdul Latif Siddique was his own and that he alone would bear responsibility for it. The government has nothing to do with it. "What he had said in a discussion with the Tangail Association of New York is absolutely his personal opinion. The government...

PM's briefing on US visit tomorrow

PM's briefing on US visit tomorrow

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will hold a press conference tomorrow to brief about the outcome of her New York visit. The press conference will be held at her residential office Gono Bhaban in Dhaka in the afternoon, Noorelahi Mina, assistant press secretary to the premier, told The Daily Star. However, the issues of Latif Siddique,...

ISIS an hour away from Baghdad

US air strikes are failing to drive back ISIS in Iraq where its forces are still within an hour's drive of Baghdad. Three and a half months since the Iraqi army was spectacularly routed in northern Iraq by a far inferior force of ISIS fighters, it is still seeing bases overrun because it fails to supply them with ammunition, food and water. The selection of a new Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, to replace Nouri al-Maliki last month was supposed to introduce...

PM decides to drop Latif Siddique from cabinet

PM decides to drop Latif Siddique from cabinet

The prime minister has decided to drop Abdul Latif Siddique from the cabinet over his comments in New York on hajj, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and Tablighi Jamaat, sources said. Aggrieved by the posts, telecommunications and information technology minister's comments made during a discussion at Jackson Heights Sunday, the PM took the decision in London...

Commentary by Mahfuz Anam

“No head above King”

“No head above King”

Do any of my readers remember a brilliant film of the 1950s on King Chulalongkorn of Siam (today's Thailand) called "The King and I"?  In it the King finding the English governess he hired for his children's education to be much taller than him says, "No head above King" and forces her to...

UN General Assembly

178-member team to go with PM

178-member team to go with PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina leaves for the US on Sunday to lead Bangladesh to the 69th UN General Assembly (UNGA) with a 178-member delegation, the biggest entourage since her taking office in 2009. Last year, she led a 134-member delegation to the 68th UNGA. “The number of entourage members may rise further as the authorities have issued a government order [GO] later and others are possibly awaiting visa because their applications were submitted a few days ago,” said a highly placed government source. Besides, an advance team of Special Security Force (SSF) and civil officials had already been to New York, added the source. During her weeklong visit, Hasina is scheduled to take...

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