AFP, Beijing :China began to implement the loosening of its controversial one-child policy on Friday when a province announced it has made it legal for couples to have two children if one parent is an only child.Legislators in Zhejiang in eastern China on Monday passed a revision to the local rules on Monday making the change, the provincial legislature said in a statement.China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission confirmed to AFP that Zhejiang was the first province in the...
UNB, Dhaka :Bangladesh and Myanmar have agreed to find out possible ways to promote bilateral trade to the annual level of US$ 500 million, which is now about US$ 100 million, through establishing smoother connectivity.The agreement was reached at the seventh meeting of the Bangladesh-Myanmar Joint Trade Commission (JTC) held in Naypyidaw, the capital of Myanmar, from January 14-15.Issues related to border trade, cooperation in agriculture, food, fisheries, power and mineral resources sectors; shipping arrangement; exchange of business delegation; participation...
The Dhaka International Trade Fair-2014, which began January 11, drew a large number of visitors on Friday, the first weekend...
The BNP wants to maintain good relations with India, Khaleda Zia has told Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Pankaj Saran.But the BNP Chairperson emphasised such ties must be based on mutual respect and benefits, according to a BNP leader.The former Prime Minister made her position known when Saran met her on Thursday. The BNP leaders had spoken against the neighbouring country before the Jan 5 parliamentary election.This was the first time Saran met her after the election the BNP and...
Law enforcers will set a five-layer checking system in and around the Biswa Ijtema premises at Tongi in Gazipur district for peaceful holding of the second largest congregation of the Muslim community beginning on the bank of the Turag from January 24.The Ijtema is being held in two phases for the last few years to avoid limitless overcrowding. The second phase will begin from January 31 at the same venue.About 22,000 strong forces comprising members from Police, Rapid Action Battalion...
Agencies :Veteran Indian actress Suchitra Sen has died in the eastern city of Kolkata, aged 83. She had been admitted...
UNB, Lalmonirhat A 25-year-old woman in Lalmonirhat district has been hospitalised with severe burn injuries after her parents-in-law allegedly poured acid on her over a family feud. According to locals, Mahmuda Khatun’s husband Hamidul Islam and her parents-in-law used to lock into altercation with her over trivial matters since their...
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MM Jasim :Seat rent at public universities is very little and, therefore, the university authorities should increase it in order to run the academic activities properly, University Grants Commission (UGC) said this in its annual reports published recently. UGC Chairman Professor AK Azad Chowdhury with such recommendations handed over the reports to President Abdul Hamid on January 9. “The government grants fund to meet educationalexpenditure in all the public universities. The universities can also help the government in this regard...
UNB, Bogra :At least four people, including three women, were killed and nine others inured in separate road accidents in Shibganj and Dhunat upazilas on Friday.The three women were killed and eight people injured as a bus hit a human hauler (Bhotbhoti) carrying them at Pakurtala in Shibganj upazila in the afternoon.The identities of the deceased could not be known yet.Witnesses said the Rangpur-bound bus from Rajshahi crashed into the human hauler at a crossing on the Bogra-Rangpur highway at...
UNB, Dhaka :Police and joint forces in their separate drives arrested 52 activists of BNP and Jamaat-Shibir from different places of Joypurhat, Comilla, Bagerhat and Chittagong districts from Thursday night to Friday morning.In Joypurhat, at least 25 activists of BNP and Jamaat were arrested from five upazilas of the district in separate drives from Thursday midnight to early Friday on suspicion of their involvement in acts of sabotage.In Chittagong, police and joint forces arrested 16 Jamaat-Shibir activists from different places...
UNB, Dhaka :North Korean Prime Minister Pak Pong Ju has congratulated Sheikh Hasina on her assumption of the office of the Prime Minister of Bangladesh for the third time.In a separate message, Director General of the International Organization for Migration William Lacy Swing also congratulated Sheikh Hasina on her third appointment as the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, said a Foreign Ministry media release on Friday....
UNB, Gazipur :BNP vice-chairman Selima Rahman was released from Kashimpur jail on Friday morning as she secured bail on Thursday in a case filed under explosives act.Jail sources said, she came out from the women unit of the jail around 11:15 am. A Dhaka court on Thursday granted bail to Selima Rahman on Tk 20,000 bond. Plainclothes police arrested Selima Rahman from her Gulshan residence on January 7.On January 4, miscreants hurled several crude bombs targeting the office of Deputy...
Sagar Biswas :The ruling party Awami League [AL] will soon reorganize its units from city to grassroots level to counter the anti-government movement of BNP and is allies.The AL with the 14-party alliance partners and other like-minded parties will also make a coordinated move against the opposition movement when it is facing severe pressure from different quarters over January 5 election, insiders said.Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who is also president of AL, has already asked the senior party leaders to...
AFP, Washington :US President Barack Obama signed a $1.1 trillion dollar spending bill Friday that effectively ends the threat of a repeat government shutdown.Obama signed the massive bill, passed by Congress this week in a rare budget truce, in front of officials from his Office of Management and Budget.He said that though the package was made up of pages and pages of dry figures and fiscal calculations, it represented real help for hard hit Americans.“These aren’t numbers-these are homeless folks...
UNB, Dhaka :Bangladesh and Myanmar have agreed to find out possible ways to promote bilateral trade to the annual level of US$ 500 million, which is now about US$ 100 million, through establishing smoother connectivity.The agreement was reached at the seventh meeting of the Bangladesh-Myanmar Joint Trade Commission (JTC) held in Naypyidaw, the capital of Myanmar, from January 14-15.Issues related to border trade, cooperation in agriculture, food, fisheries, power and mineral resources sectors; shipping arrangement; exchange of business delegation; participation...
UNB, Dhaka :The country’s stock market, now showing a positive trend, will remain vibrant in the coming months, if the ongoing peaceful political atmosphere persists and companies offer satisfactory dividends, market analysts say.However, they suggested the investors to remain careful about buying ‘junk shares’ to avert any financial loss.“The current trend will hopefully continue in the coming months, at least in February and March,” Ahasanul Islam, President of the Dhaka Stock Exchange Ltd (DSE), told UNB on Saturday.A good number...
AFP, LahorePakistan Cricket Board chief Zaka Ashraf resumed his duties on Thursday after a court reinstated him, vowing to continue his mission to boost the sport in the country. “In accordance with the order of January 15th, 2014, passed by a learned Division Bench of the Honourable Islamabad High Court, Ashraf has assumed the office of chairman (of the) PCB,” a press release from the board said. The court released a detailed judgement on Thursday, eight months after he was...
AFP, TokyoJapanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is planning to attend the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics, reports said Friday, despite calls for a boycott over Russia’s anti-gay laws. He is also expected to hold a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the Games, Kyodo News and the Asahi Shimbun daily said. Abe’s attendance would put him out of step with ally the United States and with Germany, whose leaders are unlikely to be at...
Top seed Serena Williams set a new record en route to the Australian Open fourth round Friday as Li Na avoided an upset by fighting back from match point to stay alive. On another hot Melbourne day, the world number one and five- time tournament champion powered past Daniela Hantuchova 6-3, 6-3 to record her 61st Australian Open win, surpassing the previous mark set by Margaret Court. Asked which had been her favourite matches, Williams, who made her Melbourne debut...
Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club is leading the Bangladesh Premier League points table securing all-win 12 points from four matches after beating Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra by 1-0 goal at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Friday. Sheikh Jamal scored the all important match winning goal in the 22nd minute of the match after they earned a penalty when Muktijoddha’s goalie Rasel...
Entertainment Report :Within very short time Nushrat Faria has not only become a popular model in the field of television commercial (TVC) but also she has already received a positive...
Staff Reporter :Bengal Foundation has released two solo albums of Kiron Chandra Roy and Chandana Mazumder at a function held at Bengal Shilpalaya in the city’s Dhanmondi area recently.Late Shah...
Sheikh Arif Bulbon :Six decades ago, long before Aishwarya Rai and Kareena Kapoor set out to prove that married actresses could be celluloid heroines, a 21-year-old actress was single-handedly leading...