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The Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) said on Saturday that the Padma bridge project may eat up a big chunk of additional allocation in next fiscal’s budget, reducing allocation in three key sectors—education, health and social safety—alarmingly. “All other priority projects will be hindered as the Padma bridge will be implemented with own financing… so […]

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Four people, including the wife of a union parishad chairman, were killed by unidentified miscreants at the chairman’s Jhauchara house in Sonargaon upazila early Saturday. The deceased were identified as Shamima Akhter, 45, the second wife of Pirojpur union chairman and BNP leader Rafiqul Islam, Shamima’s younger brother Rana, 25, and two maidservants, Moni, 20, […]

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The Begum Rokeya University in Rangpur has been closed down indefinitely in the wake of the large scale protests seeking the ouster of the Vice Chancellor. The closure was announced on Saturday after more than 50 people including five teachers and members of staff were injured in police action within its campus. The police action […]

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A Pakistani judge on Saturday ordered the former military ruler Pervez Musharraf be held in custody for two more weeks, until the next hearing in a case related to his 2007 decision to sack and detain several judges. The development is the latest act in the drama surrounding Musharraf that erupted earlier this week and […]

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A prolonged dry weather is badly affecting production of peanuts in the district this season, arousing a fear that harvest of the crop will not come up to the expectation. Peanut plants on several hundred bighas of land are dying for absence of rain in the ongoing drought-like situation in the district. Many farmers are […]

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Firefighters doused the blaze that broke out at Multiplan Centre, known as Computer Market, at Elephant Road in the city on Saturday. Jahirul Haque Mia, deputy director of Dhaka Division Fire Station, said 14 fire brigade units rushed to the spot after the fire had broken out and doused it at about 12:55 pm. They, […]

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M. Shahidul Islam in Toronto Finance Minister AMA Muhith may be upbeat about convincing the World Bank authorities to reconsider their negative decision that had scrapped the $1.2 billion loan to the Padma Bridge project, but nothing much is likely to happen until the Canadian court opines conclusively about the bribing allegations relating to the […]

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By KATHARINE Q. SEELYE, WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM and MICHAEL COOPER Correction Appended BOSTON – The teenage suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, whose flight from the police after a furious gunfight overnight prompted an intense manhunt that virtually shut down the Boston area all day, was taken into custody Friday night after the police found […]

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 Taj Hashmi*   It is heartening that within five days of the latest terror attacks in Boston, by Friday (April 19th) the FBI and police succeeded in identifying the suspect brothers, killing one of them and pursuing the younger suspect by literally closing down the city. Despite the finger crossings, prayers and tweeting by Muslims: […]

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