BRTC to launch school buses to lessen traffic congestion

Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) will introduce school buses for educational institutions to facilitate the authorities and students with the special service for avoiding hazards of using other transports and help lessen the city’s traffic congestion, reports The Financial Express
Officials said authorities of some schools and colleges have already signed agreements with the BRTC to avail the service while some others are under

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Domestic grabage can produce organic fertilisers worth millions: Expert

Getting rid of the city’s huge garbage is no easy task, but its recycling can help keep it at minimum level apart from turning it into organic fertilizer, according to an expert, reports UNB.
“About 5000 tons of domestic refuses are dumped everyday in Dhaka city and its suburban areas,” said Dr Mohammed Ataur Rahman, Director of Programme on Education for Sustainability of the International University of Business Agriculture and

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Bangladesh ready to face climate change

Speakers tell discussion
Speakers at a discussion yesterday said Bangladesh is one of the few countries in the world to have devised a climate change adaptation and mitigation plan.
The cabinet-approved Bangladesh Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan 2009 is a proof that the country is prepared to face the challenges of climate change, they added.
They said this at the discussion of National Model Youth Parliamentary Session 2010 on

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Govt allots 3,116 Purbachal-Uttara plots

Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) on Wednesday announced the names of 3,116 plot winners of the fourth phase lotteries for Purbachal New Town Project and Uttara Model Town Project.
The plots were allotted among the winners in six categories — minister-deputy minister-state minister-MP and people enjoying same status, government job holders, people serving at different autonomous organisations, armed forces, other retired and remaining officers of the government and

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Nationwide fibre optics network on approach

Bangladeshi is coming under a telecommunication transmission network soon with a view to strengthening communications to cope with the challenges of the 21st century.
Fiber@Home Ltd, the first firm to have license of Nationwide Telecommunication Transmission Network from Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission, has been working on the network.
The firm already brought Dhaka, Khulna, Rajshahi, Sylhet, Chittagong, Bogra, Pabna, Kushtia, Jessore,

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Hoteliers stage demo in Rajshahi city

Hotel owners and employees staged a demonstration in Rajshahi city on Saturday in protest at ‘harassment’ of the hoteliers during the mobile court drive.
Several hundred hotel owners and employees from different parts of Rajshahi division brought out a protest procession from Saheb Bazar at 1:00pm. They paraded the main streets in the city and later held a meeting at Saheb Bazar zero point.
Speakers at the meeting demanded that the authorities concerned should carry out the drive against the

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Garment workers celebrate daylong festival

A festive mood was abuzz in the air of Narayangonj since early morning on Friday. Two days after the victory day celebrations, thousands of garment workers thronged at the Osmani Stadium to celebrate the second garment workers festival. The daylong cultural programmes provided the workers with an apt opportunity to seek relief from the unimaginable work pressure that they are burdened with. Above all, it gave them a voice which members of the proletariat class lack as media, print or

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Murder at city hotel: Two confess to killing girls after violation

Seventeen months after mysterious disappearance of two young girls of Kishoreganj town, two persons have confessed, before a senior judicial magistrate, to killing them following rape Maniruzzaman Halud Mia, 28, a suspended police constable of Kishoreganj Police Lines, and Shamim Houladar Jahir, 35, a cleaner of an electronics company in Chittagong, strangulated after raping Urmi, 18, and Sumi, 19, at

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39 died, 143 AIDS patients diagnosed in 2009

One hundred and forty-three people have been diagnosed to be suffering from AIDS and 39 persons died of the disease in Bangladesh this year, according to an official statistics released on the occasion of World AIDS Day, which fell on December 1.
‘We are intensifying surveillance and the campaign against HIV/AIDS as the prevalence of the disease among high-risk groups is rising,’ the health and family welfare minister, AFM Ruhal Haque, said at a briefing at

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Bangladesh’s 7.2 million under-5 children malnourished

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Thursday released a report which said most of the world’s 83 million chronically undernourished children under five are in South Asia.
The report said 24 countries bear 80 percent of the global burden of under nutrition and the top five are- Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, India and Nepal, Unicef sources here on Thursday said.
In the

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283 get plots at Uttara, Purbachal

3rd Phase Lottery
283 get plots at Uttara, Purbachal
Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) yesterday announced the names of 283 plot winners of the third phase lotteries for Purbachal New Town Project and Uttara Model Town Project.
Of the total, the names of 55 winners were picked in one category – journalist — for Purbachal project while the rest for Uttara project.
Rajuk, however, did not hold lotteries for 60 plots at Purbachal and Uttara (55 plots at Purbachal and five plots at

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Dhakaia cuisine show held

From The New Nation
Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, while celebrating 400 years of capital Dhaka, organised a day-long programme on the city’s traditional cuisine on Saturday.
The programme included academic workshop in the morning and a food exhibition in the afternoon. In the workshop, experts presented 18 papers on various aspects of traditional Dhakaia cuisine, food for festivals, food recipe, food preparation, food habit, food culture and food business in the past and

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Authorities keen to hold Ducsu election: VC

From The Daily Star
Dhaka University (DU) Vice Chancellor Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique yesterday said university authorities have no lack of interest in holding the election to Dhaka University Students’ Union (Ducsu).
However, there is a pressure to maintain a congenial atmosphere on the campus. It should be ensured that academic activities are not hampered ahead of the election by any kind of role played by the active student

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77 per cent slum women give birth at home

From NewAgebd
Seventy-seven per cent of women living in different slums of the capital give birth to their babies at home while 23 per cent mothers deliver their babies with help of untrained midwives.
Though most of the slum mothers deliver their babies at home, 73 per cent are aware of the proper place for management of delivery complication while only 55 per cent prefer delivery at hospitals, according to a

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6 doctors indicted for Manna’s death

A Dhaka court framed charges against six physicians of negligence in treatment that allegedly led to the death of popular film actor Manna on February 17 last year.
Earlier, the doctors, who work at United Hospital Limited, submitted petitions for dismissal of the case.
Judge Firoz Alam of the Special Judge’s Court-1 said the case should go to trial based on the documents submitted by

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Public servants, army officers,autonomous body officials to get more than half of Purbachal plots

Applicants for Purbachal plots in three categories — government service holders, autonomous body officials and Armed Forces members — will get more than a half of the 6,000 plots, Rajuk officials said.
After city planning authority Radhani Unnayan Kartripakkha on November 25, 2008 invited applications, 1.57 lakh people applied for a total of 6,800 plots in two housing projects — 1,07,361 applications for 6,000 plots at Purbachal and 49,835 applications for 800 plots at Uttara (third phase).
Rajuk, which has

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29th BCS preliminary test results published

The results of the 29th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) preliminary test were published yesterday. Some 13, 536 candidates of the preliminary test have been provisionally selected for written test.
The successful candidates are requested to collect forms from the Public Service Commission office from November 1 to 19 from

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1,173 more get plots in Purbachal

The Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) announced the names of 1,173 plot winners in three categories for Purbachal New Town Project yesterday.
The three categories are private service holder, businessman and lawyer. Private service holders got 10 percent of the total allocation, businessmen eight percent and the lawyers two percent.
Rajuk officials said over 40,000 qualified plot seekers applied in the three categories. The authorities allotted the plots after

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Project launched to improve air quality in Dhaka city

The government with support from the World Bank Monday launched a Tk 487 crore mega project to improve the air quality of the densely populated Dhaka city.
The five-year project, the Clean Air and Sustainable Environment, will be implemented by the Department of Environment, Dhaka City Corporation and Dhaka Transport Coordination Board.
This is the first project that integrates the environment and transport under one common objective to improve the air

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Substandard food supplements on sale in Sylhet city

Substandard food-supplementary items of unknown companies are being sold in different pharmacies in Sylhet city in the absence of proper monitoring by the Drug Administration and the Bangladesh Standard and Testing Institution.
According to sources at different medicine markets in the city, the physicians suggest their patients, irrespective of their ages, to take food-supplementary items in the name of different vitamins, forcing the pharmacy

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