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Lightning strike kills one in Habiganj

A man was killed and five others were injured by lightning strike at Amu tea garden area in Chunarughat upazila of Habiganj district on Tuesday night. The victim was identified as Lokhon Vumiz, 50. He was a labourer of the tea garden, according to a news agency report. Nirmalendu Chakraborty, officer-in-charge of (OC) Chunarughat Police Station, said that Lokhon Vumiz was struck by the lightning strike in t ...

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Bangladesh’s FY 2015-16 trade deficit narrows to lowest in six years

Trade deficit in 2015-16 financial year has come down by 10 per cent against the previous year, making it the lowest in six years. It stood at $6.27 billion dollar, down from $6.96 billion in 2014-15.   Economist Zaid Bakht attributes the decline to a fall in cost of imports.   He said the fall in global food and oil prices have led to near-static import costs, which led to the fall in trade defic ...

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Sea ports asked to hoist cautionary signal no. 3

All the seaports have been instructed to hoist the cautionary signal number 3 due to a seasonal low over the Bay of Bengal. Issuing a warning on Tuesday, the Met Office said that the low over North Bay and adjoining area intensified into a well-marked low. The warning also stated that the squally weather might affect the maritime ports, North Bay and adjoining coastal areas. The maritime ports of Chittagong ...

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5,000 pilgrims won’t be able to perform Hajj this year

At least 5,000 pilgrims from Bangladesh will not be able to perform Hajj this year as Hajj agencies failed to confirm their visas and plane tickets in time. Biman Bangladesh Airlines has to incur loss as 10 Hajj flights were cancelled so far, read a press release issued last night quoting Tasmina Akhter, assistant manager of public relations of the national airliner. The Biman authorities instructed that, f ...

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JnU students stage sit-in for halls on old Dhaka jail’s land

Hundreds of students of Jagannath University are staging a sit-in in front of Jatiya Press Club in Dhaka demanding residential halls in place of Dhaka's old central jail land, now shifted to Keraniganj. Following the agitation programme, transport movement on the road in front of the press club remains suspended since 11:30am, resulting in heavy jam on both sides, our correspondent reports from the spot. ...

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Yunus to bear Olympic torch

Nobel Peace Laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus will bear the torch of the Rio Olympic Games which will kick off in the Brazilian city on August 5. Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), has chosen him to join the mission of spreading the spirit of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games throughout the world, according to a press release of Yunus Centre issued today. The Rio Olympic Torch relay be ...

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Muhith to ‘skip’ SAARC finance ministers’ meet

Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith is going to ‘skip’ this year’s SAARC Finance Ministers’ meeting, to be held in Islamabad. State Minister for Finance MA Mannan will represent Bangladesh at the SAARC Finance Ministers’ meeting, to be held this week in the Pakistani capital, a competent source at the ministry has said. All the SAARC member countries confirmed the participation of their Finance Minister ...

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Process to revoke Citycell license begins Wednesday: Tarana Share 0 Tweet Share 0

As Citycell, Bangladesh’s oldest mobile phone operator failed to pay it’s due the government will start the process of shutting it down from Wednesday. Citycell’s due amount totals up to around Tk 477.51 crore. State Minister for Telecom Tarana Halim made the announcement at a press conference held at her ministry office on Tuesday afternoon. “Citycell has defaulted on its dues with the government despite s ...

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Canada supports Bangladesh’s flood victims

Canada is providing CAD 250,000, equivalent to Tk 15,139,582.01, through the Canadian Humanitarian Assistance Fund (CHAF) in support of CARE Canada’s humanitarian response for Bangladesh’s flood victims, reports the UNB. The six-month project from August 15, 2016 to February 15, 2017 will provide non-food item kits and unconditional cash transfers for up to 10,000 flood-affected people in Kurrigram district ...

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All efforts futile as ‘Bangabahadur’ dies

Proving all efforts by the rescue team to keep it alive abortive, the Indian stray elephant ‘Bangabahadur’ that entered the Bangladesh territory floating with currents of floodwater about one and a half months ago, died at Koyra village in Sarishabari upazila on Tuesday, reports the UNB. Wildlife inspector Asim Mallik said the elephant died failing to withstand excessive temperature around 6:30 am. However, ...

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