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A prize for literature or political reality?

This year’s Nobel Award in Literature, no doubt, points to a shift for the Swedish Academy. Was it a change of heart? May be; or perhaps, they decided to go off the script for a realistic change. The Academy, which lunges at any chance to mix literature with politics, could be mischievous at times. They, […]

The International Day for Tolerance, observed on November 16, is meant to promote tolerance, i.e. “respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world’s cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human” (Article 1, Declaration of Principles on Tolerance, UNESCO, 1995). As a principle, tolerance is obviously not meant for just […]

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Iran is ready to double the output at its underground uranium enrichment facility, the UN nuclear watchdog says. A leaked report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said there were 2,784 centrifuges at Fordo, and that Iran could soon double the number operating from 700 to 1,400. The development is likely to fuel Western […]

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The by-polls to Tangail-3 constituency slated for tomorrow is expected to see a tough contest between Awami League-nominated contestant and the rebel AL candidate. The main opposition BNP has boycotted the by-polls. The Awami League Parliamentary Board nominated Shahidul Islam Lebu, former general secretary of Ghatail upazila AL unit, and Tangail District AL religious affairs […]

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Palestinian fighters launch unprecedented attack amid continuing Israeli strikes on Gaza.   A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip has struck an uninhabited area outside of Jerusalem, causing no damage or injuries, the Israeli army said, shortly after air raid sirens wailed across the city. Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the rocket landed on Friday […]

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Just past board of the bank approved Tk 65cr loan Sajjadur Rahman The immediate past board of directors of Sonali Bank approved a Tk 65.41 crore project loan for controversial Hall-Mark Group, which shows that the board was responsible, at least partly, for the Hall-Mark loan scam. Of the amount, Tk 57 crore has already […]

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Concerns grow over freedom of internet as ITU conference in Dubai may approve new draft Abdullah Mamun The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) conference, set to take place in Dubai next month, will decide whether internet content access remains free — of government intervention and cost. A new draft on the International Telecommunications Regulations (ITRs) governing […]

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Holy Ashura Nov 25

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The holy Ashura will be observed across the country on November 25, as the moon of Muharram month was sighted on Thursday. The decision was taken at a meeting of the National Moon Sighting Committee at Islamic Foundation conference room with Director General of Islamic Foundation and member secretary of the committee Shamim Mohammad Afzal […]

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Summit overcomes financing hurdles for two big power projects Local power company Summit has overcome its financing hurdles to two major base-load power projects while it is formally withdrawing from another power project in Bibiyana so that the government can award the deal for that to a Saudi company. Summit chief Muhammad Aziz Khan has […]

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China Communication Construction Company Ltd (CCCC) yesterday placed a feasibility study for a multi-lane road tunnel under the Karnaphuli River to Bangladesh Bridge Authority. The company proposed to build the 3.5-kilometre-long tunnel at least 33 metres down from the river bed at a cost of over $700 million, according to the report. The tunnel may […]

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Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Qandil (L) and senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh wave to people in Gaza City November 16, 2012. Photo: Reuters Egypt’s prime minister has condemned Israeli attacks on Gaza as a disaster during a short visit to the territory. Hisham Qandil, who visited a hospital and talked to Palestinian politicians during his […]

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Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, who had been detained in New York over an allegation of trying to blow up New York’s Federal Reserve Bank, was indicted on Thursday. He was charged with using a weapon of mass destruction and trying to provide material support to al Qaeda, reports CNN. […]

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