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Strike cripples river communication on southern routes

Commuters in riparian districts suffer WT24 Desk A nationwide strike enforced by water transport workers has brought launch services to a halt on waterways linking the southern districts to the rest of the country, Agencies report. Although a few vessels reportedly left the Sadarghat terminal on Saturday morning, commuters in Chandpur and other districts have been left to suffer the ...

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People’s money must not be spent on luxury

Hasina reiterates pledge to continue crackdown on terrorism, drugs and corruption WT24 Desk Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has reiterated her pledge to continue a crackdown on terrorism, militancy, drugs and corruption saying the people’s money must not be spent on luxury, Agencies report. It is better to live an ordinary life than using expensive products with illegal money, she says. ...

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National Income Tax Day-2019 Saturday

WT24 Desk The National Income Tax Day-2019 will be observed across Bangladesh today Saturday (November 30) to raise awareness about income tax and encourage people to pay taxes regularly, Agencies report. The year’s slogan is “Sobai Mile Debo Kor, Desh Hobe Sonirbhor”, which, roughly translated, reads – we’ll pay taxes, the country will be self-reliant. Marking the day, the NBR ...

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Water transport workers call strike

WT24 Desk The water transport workers have called a strike for an 11-point charter of demand, including appointment letter and food allowance, from 12:01am on Saturday, UNB reports. The strike will potentially halt water transport operations on the 43 routes linking the southern districts to the rest of the country. The workers have long been demonstrating to press home their ...

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Malaysian envoy, NGO official meet CCC Mayor

WT24 Desk Acting Malaysian envoy Amir Farid Abu Hasan and official of Australian Donor Agency MAA International Mahammad Haris Ghaus paid a courtesy call on Chattogram City Mayor AJM Nasiruddin at the latter’s office on Wednesay, says a press release. They discussed issues of health, education, tourism and culture of both the countries. The mayor gave a detailed outline of ...

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BD, Ethiopia discuss future coop

First FOC held WT24 Desk Ethiopia has appreciated Bangladesh’s remarkable socioeconomic growth in recent years, and the two countries have agreed to work in bilateral, regional and international fora, particularly in peacekeeping area, Agencies report. The two countries held the first-ever Foreign Office Consultations (FOC) on Tuesday that covered the whole gamut of bilateral issues, including political relations and enhanced ...

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Lighterage vessel workers strike

Offloading halted at Chattogram Port WT24 Desk The operation of lighterage vessels at Chattogram Port remained halted since Monday night after water transport workers went on a strike to press for 15-point demands, Agencies report.   The demands include 100 percent food allowance, issuing appointment letters, service books, and landing pass for crews of India-bound vessels. Syed Shahadat Hossain, general ...

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Mujib Borsho Celebration: Bangladesh to plant 10mn saplings

WT24 Desk The government will plant 10 million saplings across the country marking the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Agencies report. Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen came up with the information on Wednesday saying the year-long ‘Mujib Borsho’ celebration will begin on March 17 next year. He encouraged all to plant saplings everywhere. ...

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Seven to walk gallows in Holey Artisan case

Gulshan cafe attack claimed 22 lives including 17 foreigners; families satisfied at the verdict WT24 Desk Seven militants were sentenced to death on Wednesday for their roles in the Holey Artisan café attack, the deadliest terror attack in Bangladesh’s history that claimed the lives of 22 people, including 17 foreigners, Agencies report. Judge Mohammad Mujibur Rahman of Dhaka Anti-terrorism Special ...

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ECNEC clears six projects with Tk 7,312 crore

WT24 Desk The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) today approved six development projects with an outlay of Taka 7,312 crore, BSS reports. The approval came at the regular meeting of the ECNEC held at the NEC Conference Room with its Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. Planning Minister M A Mannan, after the meeting, ...

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