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Canada court finds no proof of Padma bridge bribery conspiracy Three former top executives of SNC-Lavalin have been acquitted in an international bribery case linked to Padma bridge construction in Bangladesh. An Ontario Superior Court justice dismissed the case yesterday at the prosecution’s request, reports CBCNews. Kevin Wallace, Ramesh Shah, and Zulfiquar Ali Bhuiyan had pleaded not guilty. Also READ: Dream coming true The case related to alleged bribery ... Read More »

Olympian fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad detained by US Customs

Sports Desk The first Muslim-American female, Ibtihaj Muhammad, who won a medal for the United States in the Rio Olympics last summer, said she recently was detained by US Customs officials for two hours with no explanation. A native of New Jersey and a Duke graduate, Muhammad did not say where she had been traveling, stating only that she was ... Read More »

BSF kills Bangladeshi at Kurigram frontier

Kurigram Correspondent Indian Border Security Force gunned down a Bangladeshi national and injured another along Kurigram border early today, official sources said. The deceased were identified as Tulumia, 65, son of Asmat Ali from Roumari upazila, our local correspondent reports. The injured was Saiful Hossain, 45, from the same upazila. Lt Col Atiqur Rahman, Commander, 35th battalion of Border Guard ... Read More »

3 banks to open branches in Saudi Arabia The central bank has given permissions to three commercial banks to operate in Saudi Arabia, the biggest destination of Bangladeshi migrants, to help workers send their money home easily through the banking channel. The Saudi government recently agreed to allow Bangladeshi banks to open branches there, in response to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s request during her visit to the ... Read More »

New CEC more loyal to AL: BNP

Political Correspondent BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Rizvi Ahmed today alleged that the new chief election commissioner is more loyal to Awami League than his predecessor –Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad. Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda’s recent statement proves that he is a “committed Awami Leaguer [loyal to AL]”, Rizvi said while addressing a press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan central ... Read More »

US appeals court upholds suspension on Trump’s travel ban

Reuters President Donald Trump suffered a legal blow on Thursday when a federal appeals court refused to reinstate his executive order temporarily banning people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. A three-judge panel of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that the Trump administration failed to offer any evidence that national security concerns justified ... Read More »

BNP accepts or not, election under this EC: Law Minister

Political Correspondent Whether BNP accepts or not, the next parliamentary election will be held under the newly constituted Election Commission (EC), said Law Minister Anisul Huq  on Friday. “It is mentioned in the constitution that the president will form the Election Commission,” he said at a programme in Akhaura upazila of Brahmanbaria, a local stringer reports. “So, he (president) discussed ... Read More »

Iraqi PM requests end to travel ban

International Desk Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi asked US President Donald Trump to lift the ban on people from his country travelling to the United States, in the first phone call between the two leaders, the Iraqi government said today. “Mr Trump stressed the importance of coordination to find a solution to this issue as soon as possible and that ... Read More »

UK to help Bangladesh boost jobs, trade: DFID The UK has announced an ‘Economic Development Strategy’ for 2017 to support developing countries including Bangladesh creates more jobs and increase international trade, the British High Commission in Dhaka says.  The DFID strategy sets out how investment in economic development would help developing nations “speed up their rate of economic growth, trade more and industrialise faster, and ultimately lift ... Read More »

Partex chairman’s son ,former RAJUK chairman sent to jail on graft charges

Partex Group Chairman MA Hashem’s son Showkat Aziz Russell and former RAJUK chairman Iqbal Uddin Chowdhury have landed in jail as the court denied bail to them in graft charges brought by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), reports  On Thursday, the ACC arrested Russell from the capital’s Gulshan while Chowdhury from Paribagh. They were produced in the court and where ... Read More »