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Mortar strike kills 15 in Damascus University

Fifteen Syrian students were killed when rebel mortar bombs hit a Damascus University canteen on Thursday, state-run news agency SANA said, as attacks intensify in the centre of the capital. A bastion for President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, the city is a crucial prize in a two-year-old uprising that has developed into a war in which […]

State banks have failed to maintain the required capital amid increasing default loans and net losses due to various irregularities and scams, worrying a visiting IMF mission. The combined capital deficit at four state banks reached Tk 1,981 crore on December 31 last year from a Tk 1,172 crore surplus on June 30. The team […]

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Meet the next generation of Indian technology firms—and the obstacles they face SIGNS of middle age were obvious at a recent gathering of Nasscom, the club for India’s giant IT industry, which now has sales of $100 billion and is dominated by outsourcing firms. The venue was a hotel in Mumbai, a five-star fortress of […]

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Sadeq Khan The ruling party is pursuing a policy of state terror against the opposition 18-party alliance, focussed primarily on isolating Islamist Jamaat-Shibir activity and banning Jamaat as a registered political party. The purpose, if not the coercive policy, has the geo-political backing of our big neighbour, India, as is evident from commentaries by both […]

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M. Shahidul Islam An old adage says an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The stone-walled silence of the government – and a section of the media and the civil society – in criticizing and stopping the ongoing mayhem in the country is not only mysterious, it demonstrates a kind of antipathy […]

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Aon Hewitt, a US based human resource consultancy firm has identified Dhaka in a group of 10 worst business cities in the world. The study was carried out in terms of recruitment, employment and relocation prospects. Of the 138 cities selected by Aon Hewitt — based on population size, rate of population growth, level of […]

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The internet around the world has been slowed down in what security experts are describing as the biggest cyber-attack of its kind in history. A row between a spam-fighting group and hosting firm has sparked retaliation attacks affecting the wider internet. It is having an impact on popular services like Netflix – and experts worry […]

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অপদার্থ সাপের দাঁতের সামান্য বিষটুকু মানুষের মতো মতাধর প্রাণীর জীবন কেড়ে নেয়ার মতা রাখে। মতা এমনই জিনিস। তাই আজ লিখছি মতা নিয়ে। গাফ্ফার চৌধুরীর কথামতো ২০০৮ সালের ১২ আগস্ট ভার্জিনিয়ায় সজীব ওয়াজেদ জয়ের বাড়িতে গেলে সেটাই তার সাথে আমার প্রথম ও শেষ দেখা। কিছু মনস্তত্ত্বের বিষয় আছে। তাই অল্প সময়েই তার অবস্থান দেখে অনেক বুঝেছি। […]

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More than 100 homes belonging to Muslims in central Myanmar were raided during sectarian violence, a local police official said. Anti-Muslim riots spread to Muslim townships of Monyo and Padigon, about 100 miles north of Rangoon. A Monyo police officer told The Irrawaddy, a Thai newspaper covering Myanmary, that overnight clashes were spreading but there […]

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. Nurul Huda Private sector’s share  in  the country’s  seed market  mainly controlled by local firms of multinationals is steadily growing  and now stands at more  than 20 per cent with an annual turn over of Tk 10,00 crore  last year. Experts in the filed voiced concerns and said   this switching trend to external source […]

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AKM Zamir Uddin Bangladesh Bank on Wednesday warned four commercial banks and two non-bank financial institutions over their increasing trend in industrial defaulted loans, said central bank officials. The BB arranged a meeting with the senior officials of the banks and the NBFIs on the day asking them to take measures in order to recover […]

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Sporadic incidents of vandalism, arrest, explosion of crude bombs and ransacking of vehicles marked the last  day of the BNP-led 18-party alliance’s countrywide 36-hour hartal on Thursday. The opposition alliance enforced the shutdown from 6am on Tuesday demanding the release of its leaders and activists arrested from BNP’s Nayaplatan central office on March 11. The […]

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