Hasina blamed the cancellation of the World Bank funds for the project on Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus. Tension grew between the World Bank and the government after Yunus was removed from Grameen Bank as its managing director for crossing the age limit, she said. A case was also started at a Canadian court against SNC-Lavalin, accusing the company of bribing Bangladeshi officials to secure contracts in the Padma Bridge project in 2010-11. Hasina also alluded to a newspaper editor for playing a role in the suspension of Padma Bridge funds. Hasina said the United States pressured the prime minister not to remove Yunus from Grameen Bank.
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BTRCCollectedThe much-awaited MNP services were introduced commercially on a trial basis in Bangladesh on October 1Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will formally launch the mobile number portability (MNP) services on Sunday. “The prime minister will launch the MNP services at a function at her official Ganabhaban residence at 10am today,” Prime Minister’s Office sources told the BSS. The much-awaited MNP services were introduced “commercially on a trial” basis in Bangladesh on October 1. Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) announced the launching of the MNP services at a press conference on October 1. India began MNP service in 2011 and Pakistan launched it in 2007.
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Special drives will also be conducted against those who are likely to plan sabotage before and after the election, they added. Home ministry sources said political cases in which many anarchists are named but remain absconding have been revived. BNP claimed that the government has launched a large scale arrest drive against it ahead of the upcoming national election. Many political cases, filed before and after the 2014 parliamentary election, have also been revived. “We are keeping an eye so that the Election Commission can take necessary steps ahead of the election,” he said.
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The alliance comprises of JaPa, Bangladesh Islamic Front, the Islamic Moha Jote and the Bangladesh Jatiya Jote. The Islamic Moha Jote is made up of 34 Islamic groups and the Bangladesh Jatiya Jote is made up of 22 groups. However, only JaPa and Bangladesh Islamic Front are registered among the parties of the alliance. The 18-point goal includes forming provincial governments, bringing a change to the election system, introducing a full and organized upazila system, reserving seats for minorities, and independence of the judiciary. At the rally, Ershad also voiced his concerns about how the upcoming election will be conducted.
October 20, 2018 16:52 UTC
Father Marino Rigon Dhaka TribuneHe was given honourary citizenship in 2009 and honoured with Friends of Liberation War Honour, breathed his last undergoing treatment in Italy's Vicenza on October 20, 2017The mortal remains of Bangladesh's friend and freedom fighter, Father Marino Rigon, will arrive on Sunday from Italy, a year after his demise. Father Rigon, who was given honourary citizenship in 2009 and honoured with “Friends of Liberation War Honour,” breathed his last undergoing treatment in Italy's Vicenza on October 20, 2017, said the Foreign Ministry. Father Rigon was born on February 5, 1925, in Villaverla, Italy. Father Rigon took part in the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971 by sheltering and taking care of injured freedom fighters. In 60 years of mission work, he played a key role in fighting poverty, expanding education, offering medical services, and helping poor women.
October 20, 2018 16:52 UTC
Mizo National Front (MNF) is the main opposition party of the Northeast Indian state of Mizoram. Zoramthanga, chief minister of Mizoram from 1998 to 2008, was speaking at Aizawl South I constituency block conference. They just stop it,” the former Mizoram chief minister alleged. Instead, the priority for his party men was the modus operandi of enforcing their new economic policy. And thereafter, the MNF will start implementing our new Special Economic Development Package,” Zoramthanga added.
October 20, 2018 15:45 UTC
The five arrestees are Touhidul Alam Palash, 25, Abu Raihan Tutul, 26, Kamal Hossain Ripon, 25, Parvez, 23, and Palash Mia, 24. During a female dance performance, some drunken Jubo League members began harassing the women at the venue. After some time, the Jubo League leaders left. Aided by people attendees and organizers, police arrested Jubo League leaders Touhidul Alam Palash and Abu Raihan Tutul. After a case was lodged in this regard on Friday, police also arrested Ripon Mia, Palash Mia, and Parvez.
October 20, 2018 15:33 UTC
The prime minister on Saturday said: "My finance minister showed a strong dissent. The prime minister addressed the point at a conference of teachers of public universities at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC), reports UNB. The Prime Minister said her sister Sheikh Rehana, son Sajeeb Wazed Joy, and daughter Saima Wazed Putul, had to undergo immense torture for this bridge. "We have to build our own country," the prime minister said. Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid, University Grants Commission Chairman Prof Abdul Mannan, and Education Secretary Sohrab Hossain also spoke there.
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BigstockThis will be the 23rd session of the parliamentThe 23rd session of the 10th Jatiya Sangsad will begin on Sunday. This will be the last session of the 10th Jatiya Sangsad. About 13 bills are expected to be placed in the parliament during the session. A total of 174 bills were passed during the 402 working days (till its 22nd session) of 10th Jatiya Sangsad. Before beginning the 23rd session, the advisory committee of parliament will hold a meeting at 3pm with Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair.
File photo of BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam AlamgirFakhrul was speaking on the issue of an election commissioner boycotting the Election Commission meeting and another commenting on the matterBNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir speaking at a discussion at the Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU) yesterday said the Election Commission has been divided into two parts. Jatiya Ganotantrik Party (Jagpa) arranged the program to demand the release of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and to abolish the Digital Security Law. Fakhrul was speaking on the issue of an election commissioner boycotting the Election Commission meeting and another commenting on the matter. “This makes it very clear that the Election Commission has been divided.”Adding further Fakhrul said: “There is only one Election Commission and there should be one statement from the Election Commission, not different ones from different commissioners. The Election Commission and its commissioners cannot be a part of this conspiracy.
Tigers ODI captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza however, believes the Bangladesh players are prepared to tackle an unpredictable Mirpur wicket. The veteran right-arm pacer went on to thank the Bangladesh players for developing the mentality of reacting well to whatever wicket the Mirpur Stadium has in store for them. “Mirpur wicket is unpredictable because it changes behaviour all of a sudden. Despite chances of the Mirpur wicket aiding the spinners more, Bangladesh will hold onto their trend of playing at least three pacers, hinted Mashrafe. “There is help for the spinners on the Mirpur wicket, and we had them (Zimbabwe) all-out backed by our spinners.
They already led the series 2-0 going into the fourth of the five games. As with the other wins, the decision came with the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern run rate system,and England were awarded victory by 18 runs. The umpire did not give him out -- but Sri Lanka demanded a review, which proved their shouting was justified. Dickwella steadied the Sri Lanka innings, putting on 60 for the second wicket, with captain Dinesh Chandimal (30) after Sadeera Samaawickrama fell for one. BRIEF SCORE:England 132/2 in 27 overs (Roy 45) beat Sri Lanka 273/7 (Shanaka 66) by 18 runs (DLS method)
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As Tamim Iqbal is missing from the Zimbabwe series due to injury, responsibility will be on Liton’s shoulders to provide a good, attacking start for Bangladesh in the first few overs. Considering his good form, the Tigers camp can certainly hope for a good start from him. The home series against Zimbabwe is another chance for him to get back his confidence. Hamilton MasakadzaCaptain Masakadza is one of the most senior players in the Zimbabwe squad and the Zimbabwe camp will rely on their captain to lead from the front once again. The Zimbabwe captain needs to perform at the beginning of the innings yet again to put pressure on the host.
October 20, 2018 14:48 UTC
Thousands of fans bid an emotional farewell to the beloved singer at his funeral in Purba Madarbari, his ancestral home. One of the bereaved fans was Md Ali, a childhood friend to Bachchu. He stood quietly beside a memorial banner with a portrait of the singer, as the funeral venue was teeming with people. Leaders of political, social and cultural organisations waited in long queues alongside Bachchu’s fans to pay tribute to the iconic guitarist and singer. The first funeral prayer for Bachchu was held at the Eidgah in Dhaka, before he was flown to the port city of Chattogram.
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Rigon, who received the Friends of the Liberation War award, had been ill for some time, breathed his last at a hospital in Italy’s Vicenzo on Oct 20, 2017. His body will finally arrive in Bangladesh on Sunday, a year after his death, the Bangladesh foreign ministry said in a statement. He took part in the Liberation War of Bangladesh by sheltering and taking care of injured freedom fighters during the 1971 war. He also translated a number of Bangla literary works, including Rabindranath Tagore's Geetanjali, mystic poet Lalon Shah’ songs, and Jasim Uddin's Nakshikanthar Math, to Italian. A Bangladeshi theatre troupe staged musical drama Nakshikanthar Math in Italy with his help in 1986.
October 20, 2018 11:48 UTC