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1. UK to charter flights to take back citizens from BDPublished: April 08, 2020 21:11:00

Due to the drastic increase of the number COVID-19 cases in Bangladesh, the British government has moved swiftly to move its citizens out of the country.  The British High Commission...


2. Combating Covid-19-induced economic stalematePublished: April 08, 2020 21:00:09

While we are combating health concerns of the Covid-19 virus, we understand that we are approaching a hard time for the economy. The signs are already visible as day-labourers, temporary...


3. COVID-19: Economic perils and the next budgetPublished: April 08, 2020 20:55:05

The year 2020 began with doubts whether it would be possible to sustain socio-economic advancements attained during the last few years. The reason is the depressing state of major indicators...


4. Climate emergency must build a resilient and sustainable futurePublished: April 08, 2020 20:52:24

The unprecedented public health emergency triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic and its multi-faceted impact on people's lives around the world is taking a heavy toll on Asia and the Pacific....


5. Global trade may fall by even 32.0pc due to pandemic: WTOPublished: April 08, 2020 20:31:55

Global trade may fall by between 13.0 per cent and 32.0 per cent in 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic disrupts normal economic activity and life around the world, projects the...


6. Coronavirus: 102 Bangladeshis infected in Singapore in two daysPublished: April 08, 2020 20:20:41

As many as 102 Bangladeshi migrant workers in Singapore are among the 248 new coronavirus cases reported by the city state in two days. Most of the newly confirmed Bangladeshi...


7. Shab-e-Barat to be observed on ThursdayPublished: April 08, 2020 19:55:11

The holy Shab-e-Barat, the night of fortune and forgiveness, will be observed in the country on Thursday. This year, Muslim devotees will observe the night with religious fervour staying at...


8. Hotel workers passing difficult time without jobsPublished: April 08, 2020 19:52:56

Thousands of workers of different hotels, restaurants and sweetmeat shops are going through a tough time without jobs as most eateries have been closed down amid a government-announced general holiday...


9. District administration imposes lockdown on Cox’s BazarPublished: April 08, 2020 19:36:00

Cox’s Bazar district administration has decided to impose a lockdown to prevent spread of coronavirus. Deputy Commissioner Md Kamal Hossain came up with the announcement through the official Facebook page...


10. DSCC delivers food to 1,587 families after receiving hotline callsPublished: April 08, 2020 19:08:54

The Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) has delivered food to 1,587 families upon receiving calls at its hotline. DSCC Public Relations Officer Uttam Kumar Roy said 10,178 citizens called the...


11. India virus death toll hits 149, cases jump to 5,194Published: April 08, 2020 18:56:04

India has recorded 149 deaths linked to coronavirus, with 35 dying in the last 24 hours alone, reports news broadcaster NDTV. The latest data issued by the Union Health Ministry...


12. Coronavirus: GP starts virtual townhall with over 1,600 employeesPublished: April 08, 2020 18:45:19

Grameenphone CEO Yasir Azman on Wednesday said they started virtual townhall with more than 1,600 employees amid the outbreak of coronavirus.  “We have a critical role to play to keep...


13. River ports asked to hoist warning signal 1Published: April 08, 2020 18:38:06

River ports in some regions have been asked to hoist ‘warning signal No 1’ as temporary west or north-westerly gusty or squally wind is likely to hit the country. West...


14. China demands unremitting containment efforts as Wuhan lockdown liftedPublished: April 08, 2020 18:22:10

Chinese Vice Premier Sun Chunlan has demanded no lax efforts in the COVID-19 response to prevent a resurgence of the outbreak as the hard-hit city of Wuhan lifted its 76-day...


15. 55 officials to supervise relief distributionPublished: April 08, 2020 18:22:01

The government has assigned 55 officials to oversee the distribution of relief among the poor and unemployed, who have been hit hardest by the lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak....


16. Do men fare worse with COVID-19?Published: April 08, 2020 18:11:37

Death and infection tolls from the COVID-19 pandemic spreading around the world point to men being more likely than women to contract the disease and to suffer severe or critical...


17. AL demands immediate execution of Majed’s death penaltyPublished: April 08, 2020 18:04:30

The Awami League has demanded immediate execution of the death penalty against Abdul Majed, a convicted killer of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Road Transport and Bridges...


18. BD has still the window of opportunity to stop COVID-19: Chinese ExpertPublished: April 08, 2020 17:43:05

Calling for the massive corona testing and insuring social isolation, a leading Chinese COVID-19 expert said Bangladesh has still the window of opportunity to stop the pandemic. “Every single suspected...


19. Bangladesh urges China to defer LC payments for one yearPublished: April 08, 2020 17:27:59

Bangladesh has requested China to defer payments for one year against all back to back letter of credit (L/C) opened in favour of Chinese suppliers.  Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul...


20. Pandemic to wipe out 6.7pc of working hours globally in Q2Published: April 08, 2020 16:57:05

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is likely to wipe out 6.7 per cent of working hours globally in the second quarter of 2020 - equivalent to 195 million full-time workers, according...


21. IFIC Bank donates Tk 50m to PM FundPublished: April 08, 2020 16:49:51

IFIC Bank Limited has donated Taka 50 million to Prime Minister’s Relief and Welfare Fund to help fight the outbreak of Coronavirus or COVID-19.   The Bank handed over the...


22. ESCAP’s pre-COVID projection sees 7.8pc economic growth in BDPublished: April 08, 2020 16:46:15

The economy of Bangladesh may grow by 7.80 per cent in the current fiscal year (FY210), according to a projection of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia...


23. Bangladesh extends hajj registration deadline againPublished: April 08, 2020 16:44:22

Bangladesh has once again extended the deadline for hajj registration until April 16 considering the outbreak of coronavirus across the globe. The Ministry of Religious Affairs issued a notice in...


24. Chinese exports of medical suits face challengesPublished: April 08, 2020 16:31:45

Chinese makers of medical suits are experiencing a surge in export orders as domestic demand falls, but overseas shipments face mounting obstacles - the lengthy process of obtaining quality certifications,...


25. Air Force helicopter ready to carry coronavirus patientsPublished: April 08, 2020 16:30:02

As per the instruction of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh Air Force is conducting different activities in preventing coronavirus in the country following the government rules while it’s a special...


26. Wuhan offers a glimpse of hope for Milan, New YorkPublished: April 08, 2020 16:28:23

After 76 days in strict lockdown, Wuhan in Central China's Hubei Province, which was the first to bear the brunt of what has become a global pandemic, reopened to the...


27. China still needs to hold onto US TreasuriesPublished: April 08, 2020 16:20:49

There has been no short of calls for sell-off of US Treasuries in China over the past decade, but such a decision should by no means be a political one.The...


28. Declare either emergency or curfew: OliPublished: April 08, 2020 15:54:09

President of Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Oli Ahmed on Wednesday demanded the government either to declare a state of emergency or impose a curfew to contain the coronavirus pandemic which...


29. BD seeks more support from China, with PPE and ventilatorsPublished: April 08, 2020 15:37:45

Health minister Zahid Maleque on Wednesday sought increased support from China as the number of coronavirus cases is rising in Bangladesh. He mentioned about personal protective equipment and ventilators, saying...


30. Three more coronavirus deaths, 54 new cases in BangladeshPublished: April 08, 2020 14:52:38

The death toll from coronavirus rose to 20 in Bangladesh as the country confirmed three more fatalities on Wednesday. The tally of infections has also soared to 218 after 54...


31. SANEM suggests steps to ensure food security for poor and vulnerablePublished: April 08, 2020 14:24:25

As food security for the poor and vulnerable people across the country has come under threat amid the coronavirus crisis, South Asian Network on Economic Modeling (SANEM) on Wednesday suggested...


32. Death warrant issued for Bangabandhu’s killer MajedPublished: April 08, 2020 14:15:30

A Dhaka court on Wednesday issued the death warrant for Captain (retd) Abdul Majed, one of the convicted killers of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Judge of...


33. Benazir Ahmed made new IGPPublished: April 08, 2020 13:52:06

The government has appointed Benazir Ahmed, director general of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), as the new inspector general of police (IGP). The Home Ministry issued a notification on Wednesday in...


34. Youth dies with fever, breathing complications in SunamganjPublished: April 08, 2020 13:32:13

A young man died from fever and breathing complications at Bakhtarpur village in Doarabazar upazila of Sunamganj on Tuesday night. The deceased, aged around 22, was a brick kiln worker...


35. Tabligh devotee dies in quarantine in RajshahiPublished: April 08, 2020 13:11:36

An elderly man, who returned from a Tablighi congregation, died in quarantine at Uttar Milikbhagha village in Bagha upazila of Rajshahi on Wednesday. The deceased was identified as Abul Kalam...


36. Save the Children seeks global help in meeting BD’s ventilator demandPublished: April 08, 2020 12:51:13

Save the Children has urgently called for international assistance to help Bangladesh meet a surge in demand for ventilators to cope with the COVID-19 outbreak and avert a humanitarian disaster...


37. COVID-19 deaths surpass 10,000 in FrancePublished: April 08, 2020 12:30:59

As France entered its fourth week of lockdown, the coronavirus epidemic still hit hard, claiming on Tuesday 1,417 more deaths in hospitals and nursing homes, making the combined fatalities at...


38. Global partners urged to honour terms of RMG purchasing contractsPublished: April 08, 2020 11:53:10

Bangladesh, along with five other garment manufacturing countries, has urged global brands, retailers and traders to consider all potential impacts on workers and small businesses in supply chains while taking...


39. BD usually applies high tariff on PPE, cut it last monthPublished: April 08, 2020 11:37:31

Bangladesh usually maintains one of the highest average MFN (Most Favoured Nation)-applied tariffs on personal protective equipment (PPE), according to the latest report of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). It...


40. Ministry seeks import data on salt from NBRPublished: April 08, 2020 11:33:55

The industries ministry has asked the National Board of Revenue (NBR) to provide data on import of salt and sodium sulphate for last three and current fiscal years. The move...


41. Twitter boss pledges $1b for coronavirus reliefPublished: April 08, 2020 11:30:08

Jack Dorsey, the founder of Twitter and payment app Square, has said he will donate $1 billion (£810m) towards efforts to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. According to Mr Dorsey, the...


42. US records highest coronavirus deaths in single dayPublished: April 08, 2020 10:40:51

The US recorded the most coronavirus deaths in a single day with 1,736 fatalities reported on Tuesday. It brings the total number of deaths in the country to 12,722, according...


43. Facebook launches new chat app for couplesPublished: April 08, 2020 10:39:57

Facebook Inc on Tuesday launched a new messaging app for couples called “Tuned” that allows them to chat, share photos and music as well as have a timeline of shared...


44. World watches Italy as businesses plead to return to workPublished: April 08, 2020 10:29:35

Many Italian companies and academics are pressing the government to reopen factories to prevent an economic catastrophe, as the world watches how the first Western country to impose a lockdown...


45. Kishoreganj man tested Covid-19 positive after death: Civil surgeonPublished: April 08, 2020 10:12:56

A man who died from fever and cold in Karimganj upazila of Kishoreganj on Monday was found to be infected with the coronavirus, said Kishoreganj Civil Surgeon Dr Mohammad Mujibur...


46. Johnson is stable, still in intensive care, official saysPublished: April 08, 2020 10:08:44

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson condition is stable and he remains in intensive care for close monitoring, a spokesman for his office has said. Johnson was admitted to hospital on...


47. Lockdown causes labour shortage in harvest timePublished: April 08, 2020 10:03:38

Shortage of labourers amid the prevailing lockdown has currently emerged as a major impediment for farmers across the country, especially in harvesting Boro crop in the haor region. Harvest of...


48. BMBA for reduction of corporate taxPublished: April 08, 2020 09:50:00

Bangladesh Merchant Bankers Association (BMBA) has prepared a set of budget proposals including more reduction of corporate tax for listed companies. The BMBA sent their budget proposals, made for the...


49. BSEC yet to publish latest annual reportPublished: April 08, 2020 09:47:14

The securities regulator is yet to publish its annual report for the fiscal year (FY) 2018-19, though the ongoing FY 2019-20 will be ended within June 30, 2020. The officials...


50. Port store rent waiver: Importers start taking delivery of goodsPublished: April 08, 2020 09:40:10

The stockpile of the containers at the Chittagong port, the prime sea port of the country, is likely to decrease next week as the authority exempted the port store-rent for...