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Philippines shuts more schools as volcano spews ash and lava

The Philippines' most active volcano spewed lava that cascaded downslope and emitted ash that fell on nearby towns, state volcanologists said on Tuesday, prompting the provincial government to shut more schools. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) recorded nine episodes of tremor, four of which accompanied lava fountains, and 75 lava collapse events as pressure builds up leadin ...

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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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Examinees want cancellation of recruitment tests of 8 banks

The examinees, who took part in the recruitment tests of the eight state-run banks on Friday, are staging demonstration in Dhaka demanding cancellation of the written tests. They began their demo in front of Bangladesh Bank office in the capital around 10:00am but being intercepted by police they went to the Jatiya Press Club, reports Bangla daily Prothom Alo. They moved to Dhaka University campus and were ...

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Myanmar, Bangladesh meet amid doubts about Rohingya repatriation plan

Hamid Hussain, a 71-year-old Rohingya Muslim farmer, first fled Myanmar for Bangladesh in 1992. He went home the next year under a repatriation deal between the two neighbours, only to repeat the journey last September when violence flared once more. Officials from Myanmar and Bangladesh meet on Monday to discuss how to implement another deal, signed on Nov 23, on the return of more than 650,000 Rohingya wh ...

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Gas crisis hits capital again

Farhana Nasrin cradled her one-and-a-half-year old daughter with one hand and tried to light the stove with the other. The baby was crying for food and the mother wanted to cook something to calm her down. But every time Farhana lit the stove, there was hardly any fire there, much to the frustration of the 30-year-old. "Adults can eat anything after bringing it from outside. But it's extremely difficult to ...

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Japanese held with 11kg gold at Dhaka airport

A Preventive Team of Dhaka Custom House arrested a Japanese national along with 11 kilogrammes of gold from a flight of Regent Airways at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka early today. The arrestee was identified as Kengo Shibata, Mohammad Sydul Islam, assistant commissioner of customs. Tipped off, the team searched Kengo Shibata when he was crossing green channel at the airport around 12:40am ...

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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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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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Titas Gas ‘juggles consumer figure’ with no new household connections for years

The Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company has stopped feeding households for a few years now, but the number of its domestic consumers has grown by 35 percent between July 2016 and June 2017. The company, one of the six state-owned distribution entities, sells almost 60 percent of gas Bangladesh produces from its fields. It covers 12 districts, including Dhaka. Its top official Mir Moshiur Rahman ...

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Ministers get new portfolios in major cabinet shuffle

In a major cabinet shake-up, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has changed portfolios of three ministers and tasked the four new members with responsibilities. With a year left of the Awami League government’s second consecutive term, the existing cabinet members who were re-designated came from the ruling party’s allies. Rashed Khan Menon will be replaced by AKM Shajahan Kamal, a new cabinet member, as civil av ...

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