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US House passes ‘fiscal cliff’ deal

President Obama declares the deal is a promise kept, despite falling short of earlier hopes for a grand deficit bargain. The US House of Representatives has passed the “fiscal cliff” bill, ending a months-long dispute over the measure that averts tax hikes and spending cuts. The bill’s passage on a 257-167 vote in the House of […]

Hatirjheel 'a New Year gift': Hasina

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The Hatirjheel-Begunbari integrated project was a “new year gift” to the people, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, while inaugurating the project on Wednesday. The Prime Minister thanked all those connected with the project , that is spread through 302 acres of land, aimed at facilitating connectivity between eastern and western Dhaka. ” This project would […]

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After his resignation from the Cabinet over his suspected involvement in the bribe exchange conspiracy in the Padma bridge project, Syed Abul Hossain had no place in the fully fledged Central Working Committee that the Awami League announced on Wednesday. Four days into its national council, the ruling party announced the new committee with Abul […]

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Lot of promises, very few steps

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Environmental degradation in the capital over the last four years has made the city less habitable for people. Unplanned urbanisation, destruction of rivers and wetlands and absence of effective mass transport system contributed to further deterioration in the city's ambience. According to Global Liveability Survey 2012, Dhaka is the worst liveable city among 140 in […]

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MKA dropped

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Nasim, Lenin included; full ALCWC announced The ruling Awami League has brought a major change in its presidium by dropping three influential figures — Home Minister Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir, Labour Minister Rajiuddin Ahmed Raju and advocate Yusuf Hossain Humayun. Former Home Minister and central committee member Mohammad Nasim and party's outgoing Publicity Affairs Secretary Nooh-Ul-Alam […]

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Delhi lawyers refuse to defend gang rape accused

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Lawyers at a Delhi court hearing the case of the fatal gang-rape which has shocked the nation said yesterday they would refuse to defend the men accused of taking part in the assault and murder. Hearings are expected to begin today at the Saket district court in south New Delhi, where police will formally present […]

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Trapped in a hell for 4 days

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Gangrape comes to light after 3 weeks; 4 rapists, their female aide remanded in Tangail For four days she was raped not by one, not by two but by four brutes. Brutes they are, they not only raped the 15-year-old schoolgirl. They also took the obscene photos and videos on their video cameras. On the […]

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Stop them, right now

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HC again asks Rajuk to stop all activities of illegal housing schemes; stays effectiveness of Ashiyan City's DoE certificate The High Court yesterday once again directed Rajuk to immediately stop all activities of unauthorised housing projects including their filling of land, advertisements, and selling plots in and around Dhaka. In response to a writ petition, […]

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Allot plots, flats to Hatirjheel affected people: PM

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina addresses a ceremony after inaugurating the Hatirjheel-Begunbari integrated development scheme in the capital on Wednesday. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday directed the Ministry of Housing and Public Works to allot plots and apartments for rehabilitation of the people affected by the Hatirjheel project. She made the directive while delivering her […]

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Tarique sends legal notice to PM

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L-R: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and BNP Senior Vice Chairman Tarique Rahman BNP Senior Vice Chairman Tarique Rahman sent a legal notice to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday asking to withdraw her December 1 statement against him. The notice mentioned that the prime minister at a public rally in Moulvibazar on December 1 last […]

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BNP circumspect on dialogue

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The government's proposal to end the political impasse through dialogues will not help, BNP Standing Committee Member Tariqul Islam said on Wednesday. “The government is trying to ease the existing political crisis by talking about dialogues. We want to make it clear that the crisis cannot be solved this way,” said Islam, while addressing a […]

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Fakhrul gets 6-month HC bail

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This December 10, 2012 photo shows BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir speaking to newsmen after he was taken into a microbus of the Detective Branch of Police in the city. The High Court on Wednesday granted six-month ad-interim bail to BNP acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in two cases filed […]

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