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Panchagarh-Dhaka non-stop train service begins

PANCHAGARH: Direct train service on the country’s longest rail route Panchagarh-Dhaka was opened Saturday (May 25).

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina launched ‘Panchgarh Express’ train through a videoconference from her state residence Ganabhaban, amid formal arrangement, around 1pm.


In the maiden trip, the intercity train left Panchagarh for Dhaka at 1:30pm.

Besides, Panchagarh Rail Station was renamed as Bir Muktijoddha Sirajul Islam Railway Station-Panchagarh.

Railways Minister Nurul Islam Sujan inaugurated the nameplate at a video conference at the rail station organized by Bangladesh Railway (BR).

Panchgarh Deputy Commissioner (DC) Sabina Yasmin, Superintendent of Police (SP) Gias Uddin Ahmed and Railway West Zone General Manager (GM) Khandaker Shahidul Islam, among others, were present.

The minister left Panchagarh for Dhaka by the same train.

Railways sources said the non-stop train is capable of crossing 93 km in 10 hours. It will leave Panchagarh at 12:15pm and will reach Dhaka at 10:35pm. From Dhaka, it will leave at 12:10am and will reach Panchagarh at 10:45am.

The train will make stopover at Thakurgaon, Dinajpur, Parbatipur and Dhaka Airport Railway Station.

Bangladesh’s poverty rate now 21.8 percent

DHAKA: The Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) said poverty rate in the country stands at 21.8 percent while extreme poverty rate at 11.3 percent.

BBS Director General Dr. Krishna Gayen came up with information at a press conference organized on publication of the final data of the Household Income and Expenditure Survey (HIES) project on Monday (May 13).



BBS director general, at the press conference, said the country’s poverty rate has come down for the development of the government. The poverty rate fell as economic growth accelerated.
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Singer Subir Nandi passes away

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Noted singer Subir Nandi passed away at a hospital in Singapore at 4:30 am on Tuesday, his daughter Falguni Nandi confirmed it to journalist.


He had been undergoing treatment at Singapore General Hospital for some days.
The health condition of singer Subir Nandi deteriorated as he suffered heart attack repeatedly.His health condition worsened once again on Saturday (yesterday) as he had suffered from multiple organ failure at the hospital.

His health condition slightly improved two days after he was taken to Singapore. Later, his condition worsened. During his treatment in Singapore, he suffered heart attack for three times. He also suffered heart attack during his treatment in Dhaka. Overall, his condition was deteriorating.

3 more BNP MPs-elect likely to take oath

DHAKA: Three more BNP leaders who were elected from Chapainawabganj-2, 3 and Brahmanbaria-2 constituencies in the national election are ready to take oath as members of the 11th Parliament.

They are Md Aminul Islam (Chapainawabganj-2), Md Harun-ur-Rashid (Chapainawabganj-3) and Ukil Abdus Sattar Bhuiyan (Brahmanbaria-2).

Of them, Abdus Sattar Bhuiyan told the media that he will not ignore the party’s decision. But sources say he wants to take an oath.

Earlier, Zahidur Rahman Zahid, who was elected from Thakurgaon-3 constituency, was expelled from the party on Saturday (April 27) for taking oath on Thursday (April 25) ignoring party decision.

Missing college student’s body recovered from Jaflong river

SYLHET:   A team of divers recovered the body of a college student, who went missing in Piyain River in Jaflong of Sylhet on Friday (April 26).

Deceased was, identified as Akikur Rahman Anik, 20, son of Dhola Miah from Nabiganj upazila in Habiganj, was a 1st-year student of the economics department at Murari Chand College, Sylhet.

Divers of Fire Service recovered the body from the river around 12:30am on Saturday (April 27), Hillol Roy, Officer-in-Charge of Gowainghat Police Station, told Banglanews.

Anik drowned at Zero Point area of the river around 2 pm on Friday.

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