New Sonali Bank CEO to take over after May 24

The newly appointed chief executive officer and managing director of the country’s largest state-owned Sonali Bank, Humayun Kabir, is expected to take charge after May 24, official sources said.
Officials at the Bangladesh Bank said on Sunday that the central bank was likely to give its consent today to

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BRAC EPL opens services at Gulshan branch

BRAC EPL opened services at its Gulshan branch in Dhaka on Sunday.
Chairman of BRAC Bank and BRAC EPL Muhammad A (Rumee) Ali was present in the inauguration ceremony of the portfolio management and stock brokerage services at the branch, said a news

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EBL introduces new SME loan products

Eastern Bank has introduced two new SME loan products – ‘EBL Uddom’ and ‘EBL Invoice Factoring.’
The bank introduced the products with a view to helping expansion of small and medium enterprises in the country, said a news release.
EBL managing director and chief executive officer Ali Reza Iftekhar at a news conference in a

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Number plates to contain details

MPs’ Duty-free Cars
Number plates to contain details
The government has made it mandatory for all lawmakers to mention their detailed identities on the number plates of their duty-free imported cars.
A gazette notification yesterday said the number plate must carry the description of lawmaker’s status including the district he belongs to, and the number of the electoral constituency. The

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Alam Boli becomes champion

Jabbarer Bolikhela
Alam Boli becomes champion
Alam Boli of Teknuf in Cox’s Bazar became champion defeating Liakat Ali of the Feni town in the 101st Jabbarer Bolikhela, a traditional wrestling competition, held at Laldighi Maidan in the Chittagong city on Sunday.
A total of 90 wrestlers from different parts of the country took part in the competition where joint champions of

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Documentary on Biranganas

They are Biranganas. They did not fight with arms during the Liberation War in 1971, but their sacrifices and contribution can in no way be undermined. They are rape victims — physically abused by the Pakistani military and their local collaborators.
Instead of being honoured for their sacrifices, they were rather treated very badly in society after

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2cr still drink arsenic-laced water: Unicef

About two crore people are still drinking arsenic-contaminated water in the country, while only 53 percent of its population has access to improved sanitation facilities.
However, the practice of open defecation has been significantly reduced to 7 per cent from 33 per cent in 1990, Unicef said here yesterday on the occasion of the first annual high-level meeting of

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Nestle’s nutrition awareness campaign

Nestle Bangladesh Limited signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Institute of Nutrition and Food Science, Dhaka University (DU), recently to conduct a ‘Nutrition Awareness Programme’, which is part of Nestle Healthy Kids Global Programme, says a press release.
This training module jointly prepared by Nestle and DU nutrition experts will be initially conducted in the

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Offshore Nijhum island: Overcoming climate change impact

Dr. Md. Mizanur Rahman
NIJHUM is an offshore island in the Bay of Bengal, located in the extreme south of Hatia island separated by Hatia channel. It is a scenic treasure trove having 20 kms long sandy and grassy beach. Accredited on the estuarine Meghna river and the Bay of Bengal, Nijhum is a virgin island constituted of intertidal mudflats and sandflats. The island is dissected by small creeks or canals and its centre part is under cultivation and human habitation. It is a cluster of several small accreditation mainly Char Osman, Char Kamla, Char Muri and Ballar Char.
It came under human settlement

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Dhamrai Metal Crafts

A paean to a dying art form
If you went down a typical alley of Dhamrai decades ago, you would have seen and heard hundreds of craftsmen and businessmen hard at work. A resounding sound came from metal being beaten to check for purity. “Before there were more than 200 workshops for mainly metal crafts of households just in Dhamrai, now there may be only 10 here and some in Savar. I used to help my uncle Shakhi Gopal Banik until

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Rajuk to start building 22,000 flats in June

Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha expects to build in five years, beginning June, 22,000 apartments of three sizes at Uttara for mid income people, said officials.
The 214-acre project, in the 2,100-acre third phase of Uttara Model Town, has been planned to meet the growing housing needs in the capital, they

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HAAB announces fresh Hajj package for 2010

The Hajj Agencies Association of Bangladesh (HAAB) has announced fresh Hajj packages under private management for the upcoming pilgrimage session of 2010.
The minimum rate of the Hajj packages is Tk 2,30,000 per pilgrim, excluding the sacrificial animal usually offered by the faithful on Eid ul Azha, the

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Local research firm gets international recognition

SIRIUS Marketing and Social Research Ltd, a Bangladeshi market research agency, has been awarded the Gallup World Poll Partner of the Year 2009 for Asia recently.
Gallup Inc, a leading public opinion research company in the world, gave the award to SIRIUS for delivering high quality data and services related to the

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Rangers, Kings face off in final

Rajshahi Rangers and Kings of Khulna, the two pre-tournament underdogs, set up a final clash in the National Cricket League Twenty20 by winning their respective semi-finals at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Monday.
Rangers defused Dhaka Dynamites, the only unbeaten side in the first phase, with a 12-run victory after Kings of Khulna had overpowered Sultans of Sylhet by

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Exhibition of Shahruk’s works held

An exhibition of the late fashion designer Shahruk Shahid’s works was held at Dhanmondi Drik Gallery on Sunday.
Eminent actor Mamunor Rashid, actress Suborna Mustafa, beauty expert Kaniz Almas Khan and the late fashion designer’s fans and friends jointly inaugurated the exhibition.
The exhibition featured apparels, paintings, potteries and

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Kings complete semi-final line up

Kings of Khulna completed the semi-final line-up of the National Cricket League Twenty20 Tournament but not before a controversial catch nearly ruined their game against Barisal Blazers at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Sunday.
Barisal Blazers moved to withdraw the team after Kings claimed a catch of all-rounder Ziaur Rahman, although

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Abahani too good for Arambagh

Defen-ding champions Dhaka Abahani continued their winning run with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Arambagh Krira Sangha in the lone match of the Citycell Bangladesh League at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Sunday.
National forward Enamul netted a brace for the holders while his Ghanaian strike partner

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Tamim scare

ICC World Twenty20
Tamim scare
Tamim Iqbal’s World Twenty20 prospects looked dismal after scans done yesterday revealed a bigger fracture than it was first imagined.
The left-handed batsman hurt his left hand while fielding in the Cyclones of Chittagong match against Dhaka Dynamites in the National Cricket League T20s on

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Campaign against eve teasing

The Dhaka University Rover Scout yesterday launched a signature collection campaign against eve teasing with the spontaneous  participation of hundreds of enthusiastic students.
The participants carried banners with inscriptions ” No respectful man can tease girls, teasing is a mental disease, boys should stand against this curse and

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HSBC set to award exporters

HSBC is set to award exporters on Wednesday to recognise the ingenuity of Bangladesh businesses.
The award is meant for exporters from emerging entrepreneurs to established names continuously striving to position the country’s products in international markets, the

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