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Vulnerable building in city being evacuated

A 4-storey highly vulnerable building with some 1,000 people of 140 families in the city’s Pallabi area was being evacuated on Monday. The evacuation drive, led by executive magistrate Saiful Islam of Dhaka district administration, was launched at 3:30 pm as the building (WAPDA building No.4) at Road No-12, Block-B in Mirpur-12 under Pallabi Police […]

With the parliamentary elections approaching, the government of Bangladesh appears to be on a spending spree, specially on development projects, with bank borrowings going up. The first six months (July-December) of the current 2012-13 fiscal recorded over Tk 106 billion taken in loans from scheduled banks. By May-end it was over Tk 187 billion. Economists […]

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Prime Bank Ltd has realised Tk 260 million illegally from its accountholders in the name of service charge. The private commercial bank has deducted Tk 230 – Tk 200 as account statement generation charge and Tk 30 as VAT – from every account under all types – savings, current and special notice deposit (SND). Prime […]

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The Northeast Dialogue Forum, a conclave of human rights and indigenous people’s organisations based in India’s north-east, has sought intervention of India, China and Bangladesh to prevent adverse impact of development projects on the region’s water sources. The forum demanded setting up of an independent international commission on water and developing a mechanism to share […]

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THAT is how Myanmar is being portrayed, and not without reason. For both China and the United States, the stakes couldn’t be higher. China has invested heavily in the country. According to an article published recently in the New York Times “the pipelines are finished. The oil storage tanks gleam in the tropical sun. The […]

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A couple who planned to fly from Los Angeles to Dakar, Senegal, found themselves 7,000 miles away in Dhaka in Bangladesh after an airline mixed up their flight. Sandy Valdiviseo and her husband Triet Vo intended to take a Turkish Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Dakar but an airport code mix-up saw the couple […]

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Bangladesh had a history with the garment industry before it was even a country. Men pole a dugout canoe on the Shitalakshya River. A week ago, the last body of 1,127 was recovered from a collapsed textile factory on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh—the largest garment-industry disaster in the country’s history. Hundreds of other textile […]

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Col Abu Taher in 1972. The High Court has termed the execution of Col Abu Taher through a military tribunal order in 1976 as an “outright murder”. The full text of an HC verdict, which was released on Monday, also termed the military tribunal judgement as “illegal”. Explaining their terming the execution as a “cold […]

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A Dhaka court on Monday placed Sohel Rana, the owner of the collapsed Rana Plaza, on a fresh five-day remand in a case filed under the Building Construction Act.Senior Judicial Magistrate Tayebul Hasan passed the order when Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police produced him before his court seeking remand. CID assistant police super Bijoy […]

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina delivers a speech at the 2nd Asia-Pacific water summit in Chiang Mai on Monday. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said only judicious settlement of disputes and management of water resources could resolve the global conflicts over water. “Through ages water has led to human conflicts all over the world. Some […]

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BNP Standing Committee Member Abdul Moyeen Khan has said his party would not adhere to any conditional obligation as he rejected the Home Minister’s comment on holding rallies and meetings. “The Home Minister yesterday (Sunday) said that no meeting or rally would be permitted for one month. Soon after, he clarified his statement. But it’s […]

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In a scathing attack on some editors for seeking release of detained Daily Amar Desh’s Editor Mahmudur Rahman, the Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu said such appeal was ‘not in the best interest of the media’. He says the 16 editors issued their statement without knowing the entire facts. “Mahmudur Rahman has scripted an ignominious […]

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