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Chhatra Maitri forms new committee

Bangladesh Chhatra Moitri, a left leaning student body, has formed a 51-member new central committee with President Atulan Das Alo and General Secretary Aditi Adrita Srishti. Besides, Imran Nur Nirab was elected as Organizing Secretary. at the end of two-day long 21st National Council of Chhatra Maitri which ended on Tuesday. Eminent cultural personality and dramatist Mamunur Rashid inaugurated the council. After that, the main discussion session of the council was held in the TSC Auditorium. Workers Party General Secretary Fazle Hossai...

Newly inaugurated 100 bridges will quicken country’s development: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today termed the inauguration of 100 bridges at a time as a historic event, saying it would help quicken the country's overall development. "The biggest thing is that we can make the country's development quicker with the inauguration of 100 bridges," she said. She virtually opened the 100 bridges in 25 districts at a cost of over Tk 879 crore from her official Ganabhaban residence here. The premier also said the bridges would help the law enforcement agencies take prompt measures to ensure public security and maintain law and order. "It will be easier to help people in any disaster," she said, adding that the transportation and marketing of the goods would be quicker and easier. While exchanging views with the beneficiaries, the prime ministe...

Bangladesh-India bond is rooted in blood: Hasan

Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud today said the bond between Bangladesh and India is rooted in blood and the friendship has further strengthened under the dynamic leadership of Bangabandhu's daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi. The minister told reporters after a meeting with Indian outgoing High Commissioner to Bangladesh Vikram Kumar Doraiswami at his secretariat office in the capital, reports BSS. Information and Broadcasting Secretary Md Mokbul Hossain was present in the meeting. Hasan said the premier visited to India last week and it was a successful visit. Many achievements were come during the visit and the big achievement of the visit is to get the opportunity of exporting products to third countries using...

Budget ‘imaginary’ to cause public sufferings

Describing the proposed national budget for the 2020-21 fiscal as an “imaginary, blunt and unimplementable” one, BNP on Friday said it will only inflict further sufferings on people at this time of coronavirus pandemic. The party also said the budget made the nation frustrated as it was not framed with any focus on protecting the lives and livelihoods of people and overcoming the current crisis, reports UNB. Speaking at a virtual press conference on the budget, party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said the government has proposed huge allocat...

IS promises violence in Bangladesh

The Islamic State (IS) is expanding its reach around the globe, and its latest focus is on Bangladesh. In the newest edition of its glossy magazine, Dabiq, the head of Islamic State operations in Bangladesh, Sheikh Abu Ibrahim al-Hanif, discussed the group's goals for the country. The group has carried out some small attacks in the country, but it wants to conduct a large attack to boost its credentials among local jihadists and promote the interests of the larger organization. As has been the case elsewhere, however, established jihadist groups in Bangladesh pose a challenge to the Islamic State's ambitions. In the interview that appeared in the April 13 edition of Dabiq, al-Hanif listed a range of

Government ‘incapable of tolerating dissident views’

The government in Bangladesh is set on stopping dissenters from expressing their opinions, claims Nurul Kabir, the editor of the leading English-language daily newspaper New Age, in an interview with DW. Bangladeshi protesters remember murdered journalists Sagar Sarowar and Meherun Runi The shrinking space for free speech in Bangladesh has drawn international attention in recent months. The South Asian nation has seen a number of gruesome attacks on bloggers this year that left four people dead and several others critically injured. The attacks have targeted not only bloggers, but also minority communities.