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Monthly Archives: February 2017

Ekushey book fair begins The much-awaited book fair ‘Amar Ekushey Granthamela’ today has begun on the Bangla Academy premises and its adjacent area Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital like previous year. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the book fair, the biggest get-together of readers, writers and publishers, at around 4:30pm and visited many book stalls. The month-long fair will remain open for 30 ... Read More »

7 writers receive Bangla Academy awards Seven writers have received Bangla Academy Sahitya Purashkar-2016, one of the prestigious literary awards in the country. The award winners are – Poet Abu Hasan Shahriar, writer Shahaduzzaman, Morshed Shafiul Hasan for research, Niyaz Zaman for translation, MA Hasan for literatures on Liberation War, Noorjahan Bose for autobiography and Rashed Rouf for children’s literature. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina handed ... Read More »

Bonanza in fridge & TV sales at Walton Pavilion in extended DITF

Economic Correspondent Bangladesh Export Promotion Bureau extended the period of month-long Dhaka International Trade Fair-2017 by more four days to February 4 from January 31. Huge crowds are seen at the stalls and pavilions of different products on the extension of the fair. Among those, Walton Mega Pavilion witnessed a bonanza in the sales of fridge, television and other home ... Read More »

Iran confirms new missile test

International Desk Iran’s Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan said on Wednesday the Islamic Republic had tested a new missile, but added the test did not breach Tehran’s nuclear accord with world powers or a U.N. Security Council resolution endorsing the pact. Iran has test-fired several ballistic missiles since the nuclear deal in 2015, but this is the first during U.S. President ... Read More »

EC Reconstitution : ‘Distinguished citizens have full confidence in search committee’

Political Correspondent The four “distinguished citizens” who held a meeting with the president-formed search committee on Wednesday have thrown their “full confidence” behind the search committee in picking right persons as the next election commissioners.  The search committee’s meeting with four “distinguished citizens” –former chief election commissioner Abu Hena, The Daily Star editor Mahfuz Anam, lawyer Rokanuddin Mahmud and daily ... Read More »

Sufia, Ruma elected President, GS of Open University Teachers’ Assoc

City Desk Prof Sufia Begum and  Assistant Professor Arifa Rahman Ruma have been elected President and General Secretary of Bangladesh Open University Teachers’ Association unopposed  respectively  , says a press release. The other newly-elected office-bearers of the Association are : Vice President- Prof Dr Shoiab Jibran, Treasurer- Maruf Mia, Joint Secretary- Md Abdus Sattar, Cultural Secretary- Dr Md Anwarul Haq ... Read More »

Arrest warrant against Khaleda if she fails to appear Feb 27

Court Reporter A Dhaka court today warned BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia of arrest warrant if she fails to appear before it on February 27 in connection with 10 cases including a sedition one. Judge Kamrul Hossain Mollah of the Metropolitan Sessions Judge’s Court passed the order after Khaleda’s lawyer Sanaullah Miah submitted 10 separate petitions seeking adjournment of the hearing. ... Read More »

Verdict in fraud charges against industrialist Ragib Ali on Thursday A Sylhet court will give its decision on Thursday over fraud charges against industrialist Ragib Ali.  Ali and his son stand accused of forging land ministry documents to grab temporality of a tea estate worth millions. The court of Sylhet’s Chief Judicial Magistrate concluded the trial on Wednesday after hearing the closing statements and kept its verdict pending for ... Read More »

EC search body sits with civil society The search committee sat in a meeting with second batch of civil society leaders in the lineup to forming the Election Commission for the next parliamentary elections. Daily Samakal Editor Golam Sarwar, Barrister Rokonuddin Mahmud, former CEC Abu Hena, and The Daily Star Editor Mahfuz Anam attended the meeting that began around 11:00am. It is being held at the ... Read More »

Month-long Amar Ekushey Book Fair begins today The month-long Amar Ekushey Book Fair-2017 begins today (Wednesday). Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to inaugurate the fair at 3 pm on the premises of Bangla Academy. The premier will also distribute prizes among the winners of ‘Bangla Academy Sahitya Puroshkar 2016′ and inaugurate a 4-day International Literature Conference 2017. “Ocean of Sorrow”, translation of noted Bengali novelist Mir ... Read More »