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World hunger deteriorates as virus weighs, says UN

Nearly one in nine people in the world are going hungry, with the coronavirus pandemic exacerbating already worsening trends this year, according to a United Nations report published Monday, report agencies.Economic slowdowns and climate-related shocks are pushing more people into hunger, while nutritious foods remain too expensive for many, contributing...

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Dr Sabrina put on 3-day remand

A Dhaka court on Monday placed JKG Health Care chairman Dr. Sabrina Arif Chowdhury, also a government official, on a three-day remand in connection with a case filed over issuing fake Covid-19 test certificates.Judge of the Metropolitan Magistrate Court of Dhaka Md Shahinur Rahman passed the order after Hasnat Khandakar,...

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Flood to worsen further in 8 dists

Flood situation may further worsen in northern districts of Kurigram and Gaibandha, northwestern Natore, north-central Bogura, Jamalpur, Sirajganj and Tangail and central district of Rajbari by today (Tuesday), reports BSS.Flood is likely to remain static at the northeastern districts of Sylhet, Sunamganj and Netrokona and southeastern Feni while it may...

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Benefits of IT not used to tackle covid: Experts

Experts at a event in Dhaka have deplored that the information technology is not being utilised adequately to rein in the incidence of covid-19 in the country. They opined that combined and coordinated efforts from the government and the non-government organisations using geographical and social data could still help meet...

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France to provide 150m euro in soft loan to help BD fight Covid-19

France would provide a concessional loan worth 150 million euros to help Bangladesh overcome the adverse socio-economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.Ambassador of France to Bangladesh Jean-Marin SCHUH on Monday made the disclosure in a message on the eve of the French National Day to be celebrated today (Tuesday)."Sustainable development...

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Jamuna Group chair Nurul Islam dies of coronavirus

Jamuna Group chairman Md Nurul Islam Babul died of coronavirus at a hospital in the city on Monday. He was 74, reports UNB.Nurul Islam, also a freedom fighter, breathed his last at Evercare Hospital around 4 pm, said Saiful Alam, editor of the Daily Jugantor and also president of the...

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BTRC to defer 5G auction for pandemic

Bangladesh Telecommu-nication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) Chairman Jahurul Haque on Monday said its 5G auction, scheduled to be held in next January, will be deferred due to the Covid-19 pandemic. "We're supposed to launch the 5G auction next year. But I think it will be delayed due to the coronavirus outbreak,"...

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Most female take fiscal decisions with family members

Majority of the female garment workers take financial decisions, including those on salary management and spending, in consultation with their family members, according to a latest survey whose results were published on Monday. On the other hand, most male workers (compared to women) take financial decisions on their own. About...

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ACC team to probe allegations against Shahed

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Monday formed a team to investigate allegations of graft, forgery and fraudulence against owner of Regent Hospital Md Shahed alias Shahed Karim.However, Shahed is on the run since allegations emerged against his hospital of selling fake Covid-19 certificates and irregularities in treating Covid-19 patients.The government...

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7th March to be observed as National Historic Day

The Cabinet on Monday approved a proposal for declaring 7th March as the 'National Historic Day' in a bid to observe the day nationally, commemorating the historic 7th March Speech of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, reports UNB.The approval came from the cabinet meeting held with Prime...

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Dozens of firms face action

In its clampdown, the VAT intelligence team has lodged 43 cases against some businesses in the city after detecting different types of irregularities.In four separate inspections, the VAT audit, intelligence, investigation and intelligence wing on Monday found the irregularities in some 43 enterprises, including fast-food, cosmetics, grocery, furniture, jewellery outlets,...

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