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43 gold bars found from air passenger’s undergarments at Dhaka airport

All the gold bars were hidden in an ingenious way inside his undergarments until he was caught red-handed by customs intelligence officials at Dhaka airport. A total of 43 gold bars, weighing 4.3 kilogrammes, were seized from a passenger at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport early today. He first denied to have any gold in his possession, which turned out to be false as customs intelligence official ...

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Bangladesh’s trade deficit widens to $7.6 billion in 5 months

Bangladesh’s trade deficit in the first five months of the current fiscal year stands at $7.6 billion, as import spending continues to rise. Bangladesh spent $21.97 billion on imports from July to November in fiscal 2017-18, according to a central bank report released on Sunday. It fetched about $14.37 billion in exports in the same period. The trade deficit thus stands at $7.6 billion, a 96.1 percent incre ...

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Four more women die from burns in Rangpur fire

Four more women have died from burn injuries at Rangpur Medical College Hospital after trying to ward off the winter cold with a fire. Three of the women passed away around 7:30am on Monday, while the fourth woman died at 10pm on Sunday. Ten others have died at Rangpur Medical College Hospital since the start of the new year in similar circumstances, Rangpur Burn Unit Assistant Director Noor-e Alam said on ...

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Nine sentenced to death for 2017 murder of Narail Awami League leader

A Khulna court has sentenced nine people, including a former UP chairman, to death for the murder of Narail Awami League leader Probhash Roy. The Khulna Speedy Trial Tribunal announced the verdict on Sunday, within a year of the incident. All the convicts were present in court to hear the verdict. The convicts are Bhadrabila Union Council Chairman Md Shahidur Rahman Mina, his brother Md Ilias Mina, his son ...

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PM doubts building ‘Bangabandhu International Airport’ on shoal

After the failure to set up an international airport in Munshiganj’s Arial Beel, the government has shifted the project onto the other bank of the Padma River, but the prime minister has her doubts about the selection of the site. The government is currently conducting a feasibility study to explore the possibilities of the location, but Sheikh Hasina doubts whether the shoal of Char Janajat can bear the lo ...

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World Bank says Bangladesh economy may grow 6.4% in FY 2017-18

The World Bank has revised upwards its growth forecast for Bangladesh and said the economy is expected to attain a 6.4 percent growth in current fiscal. In last June, the bank predicted a 6 percent growth for the financial year. The revised growth forecast came at the global lender's half-yearly report ‘Global Economic Prospect’ released on Wednesday. However, the government eyes an economic growth of 7.8 p ...

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Demo : Road block disrupt city traffic

Traffic in the capital's northern part was brought to its knees throughout yesterday by a faction of the Tabligh Jamaat, as it blocked the busy Airport Road protesting the arrival of the religious group's top scholar from India to attend Biswa Ijtema. Followers of the faction, mostly belonging to radical Islamist group Hefajat-e Islam, sat on the road and chanted slogans against Maulana Saad Kandhalvi for w ...

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Nation pays homage to Bangabandhu on Homecoming Day

Bangladesh is observing the day its founding father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman set foot on an independent country after a nine-month bloody war. On this day in 1972, the supreme commander of the Liberation War returned home from his captivity in a Pakistani jail. On Jan 10, Bangabandhu returned to the country via London and New Delhi after Bangladesh emerged as a free nation by defeating the Pakistan ...

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Lack of China funds stalls Padma bridge rail links

The Padma rail link project seems uncertain as the government has failed to sign a loan agreement with a China bank in time. A railway ministry letter sent to the Prime Minister’s Office in November 2016 says the rail ink project must be rolled out in January 2017 for launch in 2019 along with the Padma Bridge. The rail communication must start simultaneously with the launch of the bridge, as per orders fro ...

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EC wants to ease way for independent candidates

The Election Commission Secretariat has made a draft of 31 recommendations from the over 500 proposals put forward by political parties during discussions on the upcoming parliamentary elections, including plans to ease the way for independent candidates. Currently, an independent parliamentary candidate has to show proof of support by including signatures from 1 percent of the voters in the constituency in ...

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