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Bangladesh, Brunei agrees to explore cooperation in wide range of areas

Diplomatic Correspondent Bangladesh and Brunei agreed to further explore the potentials for cooperation in the areas of food processing, ICT, ship building, tourism, infrastructure development, pharmaceuticals and jute products. The two countries also stressed the importance of facilitating air and shipping connectivity for giving the bilateral trade, investment and people-to-people contact a boost. Bangladesh and Brunei reached the agreement during ...

Sundarbans reopens for tourists today

Staff Reporter After a hiatus of three months, Bangladesh Forest Department is reopening the Sundarbans, the world’s largest mangrove forest and a Unesco World Heritage Site, for tourists from today. The Forest Department had barred visitors from entering the Sundarbans from June 1 to August 31 as these three months are considered the breeding season of fish and animals. It ...

President receives credentials from ambassadors of Iran, Brazil

Staff Reporter President M Abdul Hamid on Monday received credentials from the ambassadors of Iran and Brazil to Bangladesh in two subsequent ceremonies after they were ceremonially welcomed at Bangabhaban in the capital. The resident ambassadors are: Mansour Chavoshi of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Paulo Fernando Dias Feres of the Federative Republic of Brazil. Receiving their credentials, the ...

Upto 30 launch services from Sadarghat forced to fold post-Padma Bridge

Staff Reporter State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury on Monday told Parliament that the country’s southern region-bound passengers on almost all waterways declined significantly due to the advent of Padma Bridge. “On an average 85-90 launches were plying from Dhaka River Port to the southern region every day (before the bridge opened). But now on average 60-65 launches are ...

Govt approves Drug Act-2022 to check substandard medicine: Health Minister

Staff Reporter Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque today said the government has approved Drug Act-2022 with a provision of ten years imprisonment and Taka 10 lakh fine aiming to check substandard medicine. “The cabinet has in principle approved Drug Act-2022 with a provision of rigorous punishment and Taka 10 lakh fine for manufacturing, stockpiling and selling of fake ...

Myanmar: No justice, no freedom for Rohingya 5 years on

Diplomatic Correspondent Rohingya Muslims are still awaiting justice and protection of their rights five years after the Myanmar military began a sweeping campaign of massacres, rape, and arson in northern Rakhine State on August 25, 2017, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Wednesday (Aug 24). More than 730,000 Rohingya fled to precarious, flood-prone camps in Bangladesh, while about 600,000 remain ...

JRC official-level meeting begins today in New Delhi

Staff Reporter Ahead of the Bangladesh-India Joint River Commission (JRC) ministerial-level meeting, officials of both the countries will hold a two-day meeting in New Delhi from Tuesday to discuss water management issues between the two countries. The 38th JRC ministerial level meeting is scheduled to be held on August 25 about 12 years of recess as the last ministerial-level meeting ...

Agri officials asked to conduct mobile courts to check fertilizer crisis

Staff Reporter Agriculture Secretary Md Sayedul Islam today gave directives to field level agricultural-officials to conduct mobile courts so that anyone could not create artificial shortage of fertilizer or increase its price at markets. He gave the directives while addressing a meeting titled ‘Overall Fertilizer Situation Review’ virtually at the secretariat here. Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture (Fertilizer ...

3 die as trawler sinks in Noakhali

Staff Correspondent At least three people died another went missing as a trawler capsized on the Bay of Bengal in Hatiya upazila of Noakhali on Friday afternoon. The identities of the deceased could not be known yet. Rescue operation is underway.