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178-member team to go with PM

UN General Assembly

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...

Save tigers, save nature

Save tigers, save nature

Assuring her government will do everything necessary for conservation of the tigers, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday called upon the tiger range countries to continue their sincere efforts for protecting tigers. “Let us join hands to save the tigers and save the nature,” she said. The prime minister gave the assurance and made the appeal...

Conflicts rattle JP

Jatiya Party Secretary General Ziauddin Ahmed Bablu yesterday denied that there was any rift in the party, and said the discussion between the prime minister and four JP leaders over JP's internal affairs was nothing unusual. “The prime minister [Sheikh Hasina] is the leader of parliament. Therefore, she is also leader of the opposition party. That is why we must talk to the premier,” Bablu said at a press conference at the JP chief's office in the capital. When a reporter...

Fabled Franklin Arctic ship found

Fabled Franklin Arctic ship found

One of two British explorer ships that vanished in the Arctic more than 160 years ago has been found, Canada's prime minister says. Stephen Harper said it was unclear which ship had been found, but photo evidence confirmed it was one of them. Sir John Franklin led the two ships and 129 men in 1845...

Move to revamp Tejgaon area

The cabinet yesterday decided to prepare a comprehensive master plan to turn the entire Tejgaon industrial area into a planned industrial, commercial and residential area. The decision was taken at the weekly cabinet meeting held at the Bangladesh Secretariat with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. An inter-ministerial committee headed by the housing and public works minister will prepare the master plan. It will then be sent to the prime minister for approval. Briefing reporters after the meeting, Cabinet Secretary M...

INDIAN MEDIA

Questions over Modi's leadership

Questions over Modi's leadership

Media in India are criticising the booing of opposition chief ministers in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Reports say supporters of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have booed Congress party chief ministers at three different official functions in the last few days. Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda's speech was repeatedly disturbed...

Erdogan as president

RECEP Tayyip Erdogan has reason to be jubilant. Enjoying his third term in a row as prime minister, Mr. Erdogan will, on August 28, assume office as Turkey's first directly elected president after he convincingly defeated his two rivals in the first round of Sunday's election. Charges he used government machinery for his campaign may or may not be true, but there is no doubt Mr. Erdogan's political and economic achievements make him one of the most influential leaders in...

Landslide tragedy hits Nepal

Landslide tragedy hits Nepal

A massive landslide in northeastern Nepal left at least eight people dead and dozens missing yesterday, burying a hydropower plant and putting several villages at risk of flash floods due to debris blocking a major river, officials said. The landslide struck in the early hours, burying two dozen homes before dumping mud and stones...

WTO deal sees impasse

US Secretary of State John Kerry yesterday told Narendra Modi that India's stance on a key WTO trade deal sent the wrong message, as he met the country's new prime minister for the first time. Kerry has expressed optimism about expanding cooperation between the world's two largest democracies during a first visit aimed at reviving a relationship clouded by mistrust. But a raft of disputes has cast a shadow over hopes for a warmer relationship, with India on Thursday blocking a...

HSC results on Aug 13

The results of this year's Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and its equivalent examinations will be published on August 13.    Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid would hand over the copy of the results to the prime minister in the morning on that day, Subodh Chandra Dhali, deputy chief information officer of the ministry, told The Daily Star yesterday. The minister would formally announce the results at a press conference in the education ministry later, he added. A total of 1,141,374 examinees-- 606,293 boys...

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