Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Nepal’s 100 items may get duty-free entry to Bangladesh

Bangladesh may give Nepal a duty-free access for 100 of its products, especially vegetables and agricultural ones, as those have a higher demand in Bangladesh, said an official of the commerce ministry of Bangladesh yesterday. On the other hand, Bangladesh sought from Nepal a duty cut on exports of electronics goods, pharmaceuticals and agro-processed food items, said

BB restricts banks’ land, floor space purchase

The Bangladesh Bank has decided that commercial banks will not be allowed to purchase or lease for 10 years or more any lands, buildings and floor space for any purpose other than use by their head offices. However, in areas under the jurisdiction of city corporations, they can buy or lease office space for their ... Read more

‘More positives than negatives’

There are positives to be taken out of Bangladesh’s just-concluded tour to Europe, believes batsman Tamim Iqbal, despite the two losses to Scotland and the Netherlands. The left-hander was the only player to score more than 200 runs, including two half centuries, in the six Twenty20 internationals held earlier this month. But more than the ... Read more

BD A earn three points in draw

Bangladesh A earned three points from their drawn opening match against Baroda Cricket Association XI in the Shafi Darashah cricket tournament at the KSCA ground in Alur yesterday. Mominul Haque’s second fifty of the game shepherded the side’s second innings after it was set 344 runs to win the game. Baroda made a comeback when ... Read more

London Diary

Neymar ran to the sideline and struck the famous Usain Bolt lightning pose. It was football’s biggest Olympic star honouring one of the London Games’ most acclaimed athletes. Neymar celebrated by imitating his idol after scoring from a free-kick and leading Brazil to a 3-1 win over Belarus on Sunday, securing the gold medal favourites ... Read more

The unfamiliar that is all too familiar

Couple of days post Humayun Ahmed’s demise, BTV aired one of his plays. The play, “Nimphool”, was first aired in 1997. Set in a typical Bangladeshi village, the story begins with a mob approaching the home of the headman, ably played by Abul Hayat. A notorious bandit has been caught. The smart-mouthed outlaw, deftly played ... Read more

Six-day theatre fest begins tomorrow

Theatre troupe Swapnodal will pay tribute to Nobel laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore, dramatist Selim Al Deen and Indian director Badal Sircar by organising a six-day theatre festival beginning tomorrow, informed the organisers at a press conference held on Monday at the seminar room of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. The festival will mark

Eid Delights: Innovative “Ittyadi”

A wholesome family-oriented TV show, “Ittyadi”, with innovative ideas, conveys social messages and generates awareness among the masses all with a dash of entertainment. Special episodes of “Ittyadi” during Eid bring up interesting choreography which adds to the extravaganza. The audience is usually treated to a variation in the dance presentation. In the upcoming Eid ... Read more

Govt making those legal

Illegal Housing Projects Govt making those legal The government has legalised two illegal private housing schemes and is going to okay at least four others to the destruction of natural wetlands and rural homesteads on the capital’s north-eastern fringe. An inter-ministerial body led by the housing minister conditionally approved BDDL Natundhara and United City (Neptune ... Read more

WB failed to give graft evidence

Padma Bridge Project WB failed to give graft evidence PM tells BBC; says she didn’t mention anyone in her ‘bloodsucker’ comment Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the World Bank could not present evidence for the graft allegations over the Padma bridge project. Click here to watch the interview. Interviewed by Stephen Sackur for BBC ... Read more

‘Small cabinet’ during polls

PM invites BNP to join interim govt; Khaleda says ‘no’ Ruling out the restoration of caretaker government system, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has suggested forming a “small cabinet” including the opposition ahead of the next parliamentary polls. In an interview scheduled for broadcast today, Hasina told BBC Bangla Service that she would allow if the ... Read more

Crime goes unchecked

The Pallabi-bound human hauler came to a sudden stop just before the Sheorapara bus terminal. Nearby, five youths were waiting, ominously. They were armed with steel pipes, bamboos and bricks. There were ten to twelve passengers, including three women, in the human hauler city shuttle plying from Gulshan to Pallabi via Mahakhali

Indian train fire kills 32

Thirty-two passengers were burnt to death and 25 injured as a fire tore through a coach of a train in southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh yesterday. The accident, on a long-distance service from New Delhi, occurred in the early hours of the morning near the town of Nellore with an electrical short-circuit seen as ... Read more