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2nd Meghna, Gumti bridges opens to traffic

Prime Minister opened the two bridges through a videoconference WT24 Desk Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday inaugurated the much-sought 930-metre Second Meghna Bridge and the 1410-metre Second Gumti Bridge on Dhaka-Chattogram highway, aiming to reduce the plight of travellers on this vital national highway, Agencies report. The Prime Minister opened the two bridges through a videoconference from her official ...

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Govt to dredge 10,000km waterways: Khalid

WT24 Desk The government has taken a plan to dredge some 10,000 kilometres of waterways to strengthen the country’s water transport system, said State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury on Thursday, UNB reports. “Water transport system is a cost-effective, comfortable and environment-friendly means of communication. But, we’re gradually losing the traditional waterways due to navigability problem,” he said. The ...

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5,000kg Jatka seized in Ctg

WT24 Desk The Coast Guard seized nearly 5,000 kilograms of ‘Jatka’ (Hilsa fry less than 9 inches long) that were caught defying a fishing ban on Wednesday, Agencies report. A Coast Guard team raided Abhaymitra terminal around 11:30pm after being tipped off about trading of Jatka. “A boat and 5,000kg Jatka were seized,” said Lt Commander Saiful Islam, Staff Officer ...

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4 of a family killed

Gazipur gas cylinder blast WT24 Desk Four members of a family were killed in a gas cylinder explosion at Islampur in the city on Wednesday night, Agencies report. The deceased were identified as Shah Alam, 38, his wife Monira Begum, 30, and their son Bayezid, 8, and daughter Fatema, 4. Hailing from Bauphal upazila of Patuakhali, the family had been ...

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UN to honour 12 Bangladeshi peacekeepers

WT24 Desk Twelve fallen peacekeepers from Bangladesh will be honoured by the United Nations on Friday when it will observe the International Day of UN Peacekeepers, Agencies report. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will lay a wreath to honour all peacekeepers who lost their lives since 1948. He will preside over a ceremony in which the Dag Hammarskjold Medal will be awarded ...

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Work together to build country maintaining peace

PM  urges leaders of various professional organisations  at an iftar party WT24 Desk Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday urged all to work together to maintain the current pace of development in the country keeping the peace and discipline unscathed, Agencies report. “Our aim is to build Bangladesh as a prosperous, developed and peaceful country in South Asia. So, we’re ...

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Prosperity keeping country free from militancy: PM

Buddhist community greets her on Buddha Purnima WT24 Desk Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said the government wants to attain economic development keeping the country free from terrorism and militancy, Agencies report. “It’s very much regretful that terrorism and militancy have now become a global problem. Actually, those who’re involved in militancy are just militants, they’ve no religion, country ...

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Obaidul Quader back to office

This is my second innings, he says WT24 Desk Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader went to his office at the secretariat Sunday after nearly two and a half months of absence due to illness, Agencies report.   At 10:15am, he went to the office and did routine file work. Joining office four days after his return from Singapore, ...

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Buddha Purnima celebrated

WT24 Desk Buddha Purnima, the biggest religious festival of the Buddhist community, was celebrated across the country on Saturday with due fervour, UNB reports. Different Buddhist organisations arranged various programmes, including discussions and processions, on the occasion. The day was a public holiday.  Buddha Purnima marks Gautama Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death. On this day in 563 BC, Buddha was ...

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2 soldiers killed in Bandarban blast

10 others wounded WT24 Desk Two soldiers were killed and 10 wounded in a blast at a heavy weapons firing range in the Bandarban Sadar upazila on Friday morning, Agencies report. The deceased are Jahidul Islam, 28, a resident of Lama upazila, and Nipun Chakma, 30. The wounded were taken to Dhaka’s Combined Military Hospital (CMH). All of them are ...

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