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Pre-hartal violence: 12 vehicles torched in city

Pro-hartal elements torched 12 vehicles in separate places of the city on Monday, ahead of Tuesday’s daylong countrywide shutdown of the BNP-led 18-party alliance. Police said one bus was set ablaze near Banga Bazar at about 9:42pm while another at Bijoynagar around 10:45pm. Fire Service sources said two private cars and a microbus of ATN […]

Experts at a seminar here on Monday said the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) owners should come forward to adopt energy-efficient technologies to reduce stretch on power generation. They pointed out that widespread energy inefficiency prevails in the SME sector, which accounts for some 37,000 industries, for lack of awareness about the benefits of energy-saving […]

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In a strong warning against those defaming Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (pbuh), Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday night said her government would not tolerate any derogatory remark against the Prophet (pbuh) any religion, including Islam. “Stern actions will be taken against those defaming the Prophet (pbuh) and various religions, including Islam,” she told a delegation […]

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Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ) secretary general Mufti Faizullah on Monday called upon people of all strata of life to sever ties with the atheists and the enemies of Islam. Addressing a meeting at IOJ office at the capital’s Lalbagh, the Islamist party leader also urged the devout Muslims to take to streets to foil all […]

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By Suvolaxmi Dutta Choudhury The present political upsurge in Bangladesh has brought the 150 million-strong nation to the throes of a revolution. Certain commentaries have compared Shahbagh, the seat of the uprising in Dhaka, to Tahrir Square. Is the Shahbagh upsurge heralding a ‘South Asian Spring’? Does the movement manifest certain distinct resemblances with the […]

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The men, aged 27 and 87, were infected by the H7N9 virus in February and died some weeks later, Chinese officials say. Two people have died in Shanghai, one of China’s largest cities, after contracting a strain of avian influenza that had never been passed to humans before, the official Xinhua news agency reported. The […]

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Maldives expressed its interest to recruit physicians and import pharmaceutical products from Bangladesh, said a health ministry release Monday. The visiting health minister of Maldives Dr Ahmed Jamsheed Mohamed expressed the view during a meeting with the health minister Dr AFM Ruhal Haque. Praising Bangladesh’s success in health sector, the Maldivian minister said the two […]

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Mushfiqur Rahim has shown he can be the driving force in the team The performance in Sri Lanka is a significant stepping stone for Bangladesh and its impact should be felt in the near future In a few years from now, Bangladesh’s tour of Sri Lanka in 2013 may be forgotten as one comprising just […]

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US Ambassador Dan Mozena on Monday said nobody outside has any magic to solve the current political crisis here and Bangladeshis will find a way forward to hold a free, fair and credible election. “Bangladeshis will find a way forward. I’m very confident that they’ll…nobody outside has some magic…,” he told reporters at the Foreign […]

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A prosecution witness on Monday openly accused BNP MP Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, his father – then Muslim League leader, and their Razakar followers in collaboration with the occupation Pakistan army of carrying out genocide at his Satkura village in Boalkhali thana of Chittagong district during the 1971 Liberation War. “They committed the genocide at Satkura, […]

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I first started researching Bangladeshi censorship cases during a relatively minor incident­– the 2007 “Mohammed Biral” (Mohammed cat) cartoon controversy in the satirical magazine Alpin. A list of post-1971 cases was meant to be the appendix to a sarcastic essay, “Save us from cats”. The piece was, appropriately enough, rejected by the newspapers. “Too sensitive […]

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The bodies of three of the 36 fishermen who went missing in the Bay of Bengal a week ago were recovered on Monday. The bodies of another 17 fishermen were reported to be floating in the sea. Local fishermen Ekram Miah and Bazal Ahmed said they spotted the bodies of some 20 fishermen at Jahajfari […]

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