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Babunagri at Birdem Hospital ICU

Hefajat-e-Islam secretary general Junaid Babunagri, arrested on May 6, was shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Birdem Hospital here on Tuesday evening. Hospital sources said Babunagri was shifted to the ICU as his condition deteriorated following a leg surgery on Tuesday afternoon. Babunagri, who was arrested by the Detective Branch of Dhaka Metropolitan […]

“These Hifazatis are Sylhetois, Noakahila and Chittagongians” thundered my friend Bablu from Los Angeles in one of his episodic Facebook posts which are typically unencumbered by the thought process. If we agree that the “Hifazatis” are just as he says they are then some 25% of Bangladeshis are Hifazatis! This got me thinking as to […]

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BNP leader Moudud Ahmed on Tuesday alleged the government was offering a dialogue with the Opposition, but not doing anything to prove it is sincere on the offer. The BNP Standing Committee member pointed to the imprisonment of BNP leaders during a ‘human chain’ agitation in the parliament premises, that was organised to call for […]

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina blasted the main opposition BNP on Tuesday, saying that its efforts at creating trouble by arming the Jamaat-e-Islami to dislodge the 14-party-alliance government was sure to fail. “No one will be able to come to power in future through undemocratic and unconstitutional means. The next general election will take place in […]

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 Finance Minister AMA Muhith on Tuesday indicated that the size of the next national budget would be about Tk 2,25,000 crore, around 18 percent of the GDP. “This year I hope to give a budget of Tk 2,25,000 crore for FY 14 which would be around 18 percent of GDP,” he said while addressing the […]

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Inaction, delay in manpower allocation paved the way for illegal buildings These illegal structures encroach on a canal besides the Dhaka- Chittagong road at Siddhirganj in Narayanganj district. The photo has been taken recently. Noted architects and civil engineers blame catastrophic building disasters like Rana Plaza collapse on lack of effective control of Rajuk over […]

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  Japan will give Tk 1 billion in credit to Bangladesh to increase the load-carrying capacity of risky buildings that house readymade garment factories, a Bangladesh Bank official says. Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has offered the ‘soft loan’ to Bangladesh Bank, the central bank’s SME and Special Programs Department General Manager Sukamal Sinha Choudhury […]

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Bangladesh ranks third among the top 20 countries where people lack access to electricity, according to a report of a World Bank-led multi-agency team. The report titled ‘Global Tracking Framework Report’ published on Tuesday said until 2010, 66.6 million people, or 45 percent of the country’s population, were out of electricity. However, Bangladesh government statistics […]

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  The collapse of Savar’s high-rise building Rana Plaza symbolised a law and order and human rights debacle, François Zimeray, Ambassador-at-large for Human Rights for France, said on Tuesday. “This is not only the collapse of a building but a serious decline of humanity, respect, ethics and the law,” he told the press at Alliance […]

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Opposition ally Jamaat-e-Islami has withdrawn its mayoral candidates for Rajshahi and Sylhet city corporations to please Khaleda Zia and favour BNP-backed aspirants there. Khaleda, chief of the BNP-led 18-party opposition alliance, has been annoyed at Jamaat’s recent role in handling the May 5 rally of Hefajat-e Islam, a radical Islamist organisation. Jamaat leaders had convinced […]

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Election Commissioner Md Shahnewaz on Tuesday said he was satisfied with the country’s law and order situation and ruled out army deployment during the four upcoming city corporations. “The members of the regular forces (BGB, RAB and police) have been discharging their duties in the local elections. They are enough to maintain law and order. […]

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The University Grants Commission (UGC) of India is inviting applications from Bangladeshi graduates for advanced studies and research in science, humanities and social sciences in universities. According to the Indian High Commission in Dhaka, it is seeking applications from Wednesday for ‘Junior Research Fellowships and Research Associates’ for the 2013-14 academic years. Applicants have to […]

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