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Saudi Arabia

Biman hajj flight with 409 pilgrims leaves for KSA

Biman hajj flight with 409 pilgrims leaves for KSA

The first hajj flight with 409 pilgrims left for Saudi Arabia from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka at the schedule time on Wednesday. Civil Aviation Minister Rashed Khan Menon, Religious Affairs Minister Matiur Rahman and top Biman officials bade farewell to the pilgrims at the airport as Biman Bangladesh Airlines started hajj operation. The...

Child Pornography

Interpol on trail of foreign buyers

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is assisting Interpol to identify and apprehend the foreigners who had bought child pornography from Bangladesh. The move to nab the international clientele was initiated following the arrest of Tipu Kibria, an author of children's literature, and three of his associates on June 12 for using street children in pornographic shoots and selling those to foreign buyers. "So far we have identified 13 customers and dealers from eight countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, Saudi...

Saudi men barred from marrying Bangladeshis

Saudi Arabia has banned its male citizens from marrying women from four countries - - Pakistan, Bangladesh, Chad and Myanmar, a police officer said. The announcement comes as a part of Saudi Arabia's efforts to prohibit Saudi men from marrying expatriates, a subject widely debated in the Gulf nation. There is an estimated 500,000 women from the four countries, residing in Saudi Arabia. Makkah Police Director Assaf Al-Qurashi said additional formalities have been placed before issuing the permission for marriage with foreigners,...

Expats face MRP trouble

Several lakh Bangladeshi migrants in Saudi Arabia will be considered illegal workers if they fail to obtain machine readable passports (MRPs) before November 24, 2015, said officials at the Bangladesh Embassy in Riyadh. In consequence, they will not be able to transfer work permits to change their professions, and may also face deportation, a senior official of the embassy told The Daily Star, preferring not to be named.  As many as two million Bangladeshis are working in different sectors in the...

Khaleda, Tarique talk party issues

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia had meetings with his elder son Tarique Rahman, also the party's second-in-command, in Saudi Arabia yesterday. They talked about crucial issues, including the party's reforms and upcoming anti-government movement, in at least four closed-door meetings in Madina. The BNP chief and the senior vice-chairman also discussed whether the party's acting secretary general, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, will continue to hold the temporary position, said party sources.    It could not be known if they had reached any decision.  Following...

Khaleda, Tarique reunite in Dubai

After three years, BNP chief Khaleda Zia was reunited with her elder son Tarique Rahman, his wife and daughter at Dubai International Airport yesterday. The Zia family members were on their way to Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah as the royal guests of Saudi government. Khaleda and her entourage left Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, Dhaka Saturday night by an Emirates Airlines and made a stopover at Dubai airport. Tarique, also senior vice-chairman of BNP, his wife Zubaida Khan Rahman and their daughter...

Xpress Money launches Ramadan campaign

Xpress Money launches Ramadan campaign

Xpress Money has launched a promotion campaign—Win Everyday—for its Bangladeshi customers to mark the Ramadan month, the money transfer service provider said in a statement yesterday. The 49-day campaign, which started on June 25 and end on August 12, will entitle customers transferring money to Bangladesh from UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Jordan,...

Clear outline for new jobs absent

Clear outline for new jobs absent

The proposed budget has no clear outlines on creation of new jobs in local and overseas markets. Finance Minister AMA Muhith in his budget speech today however set some targets of producing skilled manpower. The government will produce a total of 2.6 lakh skilled people for the local market in the next three years with...

Mers virus: Saudi Arabia raises death toll to 282

Mers virus: Saudi Arabia raises death toll to 282

Saudi Arabia says 282 people are now confirmed to have been killed by the Mers virus, almost 100 more than initially thought. The increase came after a national review of hospital data from the time the virus emerged in 2012. The deputy health minister, who has been criticised for his handling of the crisis, was...

Tales of heartbreak unfold at airport

Tales of heartbreak unfold at airport

Sadness filled the air at Dhaka airport yesterday as families received the bodies of six men who died with three other compatriots in Saudi Arabia two weeks ago. Grieving parents and siblings were all around, expressing their distress. “Why Allah took my son's life so early?" cried Hoby Mia, 65, father of Shah Alam,...

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