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> Newsflash Desk Finance Minister AMA Muhith is set to place the national budget for the next fiscal year (FY17) in parliament this afternoon (Thursday afternoon) with a likely outlay of Tk 340,605 crore (3.4 trillion) aiming to create more jobs, wooing investment and speeding up the implementation of a clutch of 'transformational' mega-projects, reports the UNB. Muhith will place his 8th consecutive budget as finance minister of the AL-led coalition that has been in power since 2009, and his own 10th overall, putting him in a tie with the late Saifur Rahman. Muhith is expected to start his presentation…
Thursday, 02 June 2016 12:49

Trains kill 2 in capital

> Newsflash Desk Two separate accidents killed two persons at Khilkhet and Kuril Biswa road area in the city early today, reports the BSS. Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Government Railway Police (GRP) Abdul Majid confirmed the news. A train of Dhumketu Express, coming from Rajshahi to Kamlapur, hit Mohammad Mofiz Uddin, 34, a vegetables vender, while he was crossing the rail line. He was killed on the spot at Khilkhet area at about 5 am. The OC said "Meanwhile an unidentified male, 50, also died on the spot as a Jamalpur-bound commuter train hit him at Kuril Biswa Road area at…
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 08:50

Businessman found dead in capital

> Newsflash Correspondent One Abdul Barek, 36, a businessman, was found slaughtered to death at his house in capital's Dakshin Khan area on Tuesday night. The police recovered the dead body around 8.30 pm tonight and said unidentified miscreants might kill him entering into his house today. Dakshin Khan thana Inspector (operation), Moniruzzaman, told Samakal that they recovered the dead body after local had informed about the incident. The Inspector also said, several injuries have been found on his body. He was a local land trader, the police sources said. >
> Newsflash Desk Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday stressed the need for further strengthening cooperation between Bangladesh and China in various fields, including defence. The prime minister said this when visiting Chinese defence minister General Chang Wanquan met her at her official residence Ganabhaban here in the morning. Expressing satisfaction regarding the talks over defence cooperation between Bangladesh and China, the Chinese defence minister said that both sides felt that high-level exchanges should have to take place. Referring to his meetings with the chiefs of the three services in Bangladesh, the Chinese minister told prime minister, ‘We had fruitful…
Tuesday, 31 May 2016 08:41

Lightning kills 8

> Newsflash Desk At least eight people were killed and many of the people also injured in separate lightning strikes at four districts in the country on Monday (today). Our Correspondents from Gazipur, Jhineidah, Tangail and Kishoreganj report… Gazipur: A total of three people were died in the lightning strikes in Gazipur's Kaliganj Upazila while another was dead in Sreepur today. The dead were identified as - Mukunda Das, 55; Sudhan Das, 35 and Nirob Das of Jamalpur union in the upazila while Innos Ali from Bairagirchala area. Jhineidah: Chaina Khatun, 31 of Nasti village and Proshanto Kumar, 10 of…
Tuesday, 31 May 2016 08:30

Cabinet approves draft standards law

> Newsflash Desk The cabinet on Monday in principle gave an approval to the draft of "The Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) Law, 2016" revising the existing law to make it compatible with international practices. "The revised law will be more time befitting and compatible with the international practices," Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam told a media briefing emerging from a regular weekly meeting of the cabinet with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair, reports BSS. He, however, said the draft law kept intact the provisions for punitive measures including imprisonment and financial penalty as the cabinet approved…
Tuesday, 24 May 2016 08:34

Journos demand 9th Wage Board

> Newsflash Desk Sangbadik-Sramik-Karmachari Oikya Parishad (SSKOP), a platform of journalists, workers and employees, on Monday threatened to go on a greater movement if their demand for the announcement of the 9th Wage Board for media people is not met by a month. SSKOP leaders came up with the ultimatum from a rally held on the Jatiya Press Club premises, reports UNB. They said the mass media people have been subjected to discrimination although the salaries of government employees at different levels and members of the judiciary have seen a good hike. President of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ)…
Tuesday, 24 May 2016 08:28

Nurjahan Begum buried

Newsflash Correspondent The dead body of Nurjahan Begum, the editor and publisher of weekly magazine Begum, has been buried at the Martyred Intellectuals Graveyard in Dhaka today. Earlier the dead body of Nurjahan Begum was taken at Central Shaheed Minar in the capital to pay respect. Nurjahan Begum was died while undergoing treatment at a Dhaka hospital. According to family sources, the 92-year-old women’s magazine editor breathed her last at Square Hospitals around 9:45am today. Flora Nasrin, elder daughter of Nurjahan Begum, told Samakal that her mother died this morning at the hospital while undergoing treatment there. Nurjahan Begum was…
> Newsflash Desk Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday paid rich tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on the occasion of the historic Mujibnagar Day, reports the UNB. The Prime Minister paid the homage by placing a floral wreath at Bangabandhu's portrait in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi in the city this morning. After laying the wreath, she stood there in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memory of Bangabandhu, the architect of the country’s independence. Flanked by central leaders of the party, Sheikh Hasina, also the…
> RANGPUR Correspondent Prime Minister's Media Adviser Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury has said internationally reputed photojournalist Pavel Rahman has successfully presented and preserved true history through his pictures and writings. "A picture is stronger than a thousand word news story," Iqbal said while addressing a ceremony arranged at Police Hall in the city on Thursday evening by 'Matra' for unveiling cover of Pavel Rahman's book 'Journalism in My Camera' as the chief guest. Pavel's mother Motiza Rahman formally unveiled cover of the book along with Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, other guests and renowned personalities in different sectors of the society in the…
> Newsflash Desk Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today accused editors of the country's two leading newspapers for their connivance with the actors of 1/11 in 2007, who intimidated the politicians as well as the students, teachers and businessmen after taking over power. "As part of their close conspiratorial association with the Minus-2 formula, the two editors were closely involved with the actors of the 1/11 and published news supplied by the DGFI at that time against me to brand me as corrupt," she said adding that the two newspapers for the last 20 years have also been hatching conspiracy against…