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Is the garment business jinxed, or is it made to look so? Fire a few days back, building collapse yesterday and workers’ vandalism over poor wage today. These are the headlines the largest forex earning sector makes, for several years now. Risky buildings can exist only when a government goes into hibernation and risky workplaces […]

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The annual National South Asian Summit, held in the nation’s capital April 19-22, drew nearly 400 community and business leaders, educators, lawyers and students from across the country, discussing top issues and holding skill-building advocacy sessions. Deepa Iyer, Executive Director of South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) is shown with Martin R. Castro, the first […]

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Religious liberty continues to suffer globally at the hands of extremists and totalitarian governments, according to a new report by a congressionally approved watchdog. In its annual report, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) recommended the same countries it had proposed in 2012, with one exception, be named to the list of […]

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 The death toll from the disastrous Rana Plaza collapse reached 735 with the recovery of 45 more bodies on Tuesday. Rescue workers retrieved the 45 bodies from the ruins of the collapsed building from 6am to 7pm today (Tuesday), said sources at the Army control room set up at Mansur Market in Savar Bus Stand […]

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  The BNP has demanded an international investigation into “mass killing” in evicting the activists of Hifazat-e Islam in the city’s Motijheel on Sunday night. The party’s top policymaking National Standing Committee came up with the demand in a statement on Tuesday. The call came ahead of the BNP-led 18-Party alliance’s countrywide dawn-to-dusk shutdown for […]

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Pro-hartal activists torch a bus on the Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue in Karwan Bazar in the capital on Tuesday. At least six vehicles were set to fire ahead of opposition alliance countrywide shutdown on May 8 and 9. Miscreants set fire to three vehicles and vandalised as many in the capital on the eve of […]

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  Leaders and activists of the Hifazat-e Islam, Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir and the BNP have been accused in 16 cases of murder, vandalism, arson, damage to property and several other crimes during Sunday’s mayhem in Dhaka. Dhaka Metropolitan Police Deputy Commissioner (media) Masudur Rahman on Tuesday said six cases were filed with Motijheel, […]

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Environment and Forests Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Tuesday accused top BNP leaders-MK Anwar, Mirza Abbas and Sadeque Hossain Khoka of supervising the violence unleashed by Hefajat-e-Islam activists in the capital’s Paltan area on Sunday. “BNP central leaders, including MK Anawar, Mirza Abbas and Sadeque Hossain Khoka supervised the violence carried out by Hefajat-e-Islam in […]

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Bumper production of Boro crop this season failed to bring smile on the faces of farmers due to stiff fall in market price of their produces. Farmers and officials at the Department of Agricultural Extension say that favourable weather, timely facilities of fertiliser, seed, pesticides and irrigation have resulted a bumper harvest in the latest […]

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Bangladesh is now passing a great crisis in her political arena. Violence is spreading on the run all over the land and the miscreants are at large with state-patronage. The scenario sounds as though the country were a place secure ab initio for the evildoers and a gaol for the righteous. The public offices and […]

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Group that triggered deadly protests has surprised many with its rise to prominence. Hifazat-e-Islam activists demand an anti-blasphemy law punishing people who insult Islam [AP] Dhaka, Bangladesh – Founded only a few years ago, Bangladesh’s Hifazat-e-Islam [“Protectorate of Islam”] has recently been thrust onto the centre-stage of national politics by an extraordinary set of circumstances. […]

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