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Home minister draws flak – BNP accuses govt of patronising state terrorism

The main opposition BNP yesterday lambasted the government for awarding a controversial deputy commissioner of police (DC) a medal, saying the ruling Awami League was “patronising state terrorism” using the police force. “The ruling party has turned the police force into one of its wings by awarding the President Police Medal to DC Harun who […]

The government will construct the Padma bridge with funds from alternative sources if the World Bank does not give any decision on its financing of the project by this month, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said yesterday. “Alternative arrangements are in place…if the World Bank does not finance the project, we will start the construction. Inshallah, […]

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New Delhi: The Cabinet is likely to consider a proposal Thursday on signing of an extradition treaty with Bangladesh ahead of Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde’s visit to Dhaka next week. The long-awaited treaty is being considered by the Cabinet after the Bangladesh government made minor modifications in the draft. The extradition treaty, if signed, will […]

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When President Obama decided to make health care reform the first major battle of his fledgling presidency, it left many politicos scratching their heads. With the economy in the gutter and two wars still ongoing, many people asked, “Why waste the political capital? Why not wait until his second term, when the economy will be […]

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DHAKA: Bangladesh will start building its first nuclear power plant by October this year after signing a loan deal with Russia to fund the construction, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced Wednesday. The Rooppur nuclear power plant in the country’s northwest will have two reactors with each producing 1,000 megawatts and it will be built with […]

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The Bangladeshi government has been called on by the EU to comply with relevant health and safety legislation and put in place measures to prevent a recurrence of the textile-factory fire that killed 112 people in November. In a resolution adopted by the European Parliament at the end of last week MEPs regretted the deaths […]

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Some new research on the Ebola virus in fruit bats has found that Ebola virus antibodies are presented in a small proportion of bats in Bangladesh. This indicates the global reach of Ebola-like diseases. For the study the Rousettus fruit bats was examined; this bat is common to Bangladesh. Scientists found that in Ebola virus […]

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By Emily Jane Fox Wal-Mart will be coming down harder on suppliers who violate its global sourcing standards, the company said Tuesday. The nation’s largest retailer said it will implement a “zero tolerance” policy for any supplier who subcontracts work to factories without its knowledge. Effective March 1, Wal-Mart will sever ties with suppliers who don’t comply. […]

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COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh, January 23 (UNHCR) – For 20 years, they have been given food, water, shelter, health care. But the thing they need most – hope – has proven elusive. And according to the refugee youth in this area bordering western Myanmar, the future is growing dimmer by the day. Hasan Sharif’s family fled Myanmar’s Rakhine state in the early […]

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Life on the floodplains in Bangladesh can be a perilous existence. On islands along the Brahmaputra river, in Gaibandha province, unseasonable flooding has destroyed crops, spreading hunger and poor nutrition. Changing rainfall patterns are making the floods more violent, more frequent and less predictable Source: The Guardian

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Floodwaters that used to create fertile ground for rice crops have become violent and random – with catastrophic consequences Majeda Begum lays out the food that has to keep her and her two young children going for the next 10 days. It is an illustration of a life led close to disaster. There are a […]

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Student Leaders

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F R Chowdhury Ever since I settled down in the UK, I have been a regular reader of some of the locally published Bengali papers. One very common news item that I read is about receptions in honour of some student leader from Bangladesh. There is no end to such receptions. They have been taking […]

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