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One private car was burned down in Dhaka’s Azimpur area at the start of the Islami Chhatra Shibir daylong nationwide strike on Wednesday. Beside this incident, life in the capital was so far peaceful, though very few private vehicles plying on streets. A Milk Vita van, out on regular supply of milk, was set on […]

With 44 percent of the girls aged between 15 and 19 too short for their age, Bangladesh is home to the world’s largest number of stunted adolescent girls after Guatemala, medical journal The Lancet says. Short height exposes them to the risk of complicated pregnancy and childbirth and poor fetal growth. The findings were made […]

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Almost 100,000 borrowers from government and non-government banks turned defaulters till March this year. The four state-run banks – Sonali Bank, Rupali Bank, Agrani Bank and Janata Bank – had 23,247 defaulters with Tk 244 billion in default loans (till March), and only Tk 13.21 billion could be recovered. On the other hand, private banks […]

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After AL’s Ajmat, BNP’s Mannan gets his ‘blessings’ All of a sudden, Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad has emerged as the kingmaker at the Gazipur City Corporation polls as both mayoral aspirants have rushed to him for his blessings and support. MA Mannan, who is backed by the BNP-led opposition alliance, visited Ershad yesterday, a […]

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All preparations have been completed for the Wednesday’s by-election to the Kishorganj-4 constituency. The by-poll was necessitated as the seat felt vacant after the former Speaker Abdul Hamid, who had been elected Member of Parliament seven times from this constituency, became the President. The President’s son Rezwan Ahmed Toufiq is on the fray with the […]

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Says Yunus Centre Yunus Centre yesterday protested Finance Minister AMA Muhith’s statement about Grameen Bank and its founder Prof Muhammad Yunus, terming it “completely false”. The centre which promotes philosophies of the Nobel laureate made the protest six days after the minister launched a scathing attack on the microcredit pioneer in parliament on June 26. […]

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Narayanganj City Mayor Selina Hayat Ivy campaigned for ruling coalition-backed candidate Azmat Ullah Khan in Gazipur on Tuesday. A huge crowd had gathered around her in the Konabari College Gate area. But Ivy was not alone on the Gazipur campaign trail. Other senior ruling coalition leaders also campaigned for their chosen candidate. MA Mannan backed […]

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The BNP has said Chairperson Khaleda Zia did not send any article to The Washington Times even though the newspaper said it published the commentary only after being sure about its author. Her Press Secretary Maruf Kamal Khan reacted late on Tuesday night to an exclusive bdnews24.com report (‘Khaleda wrote it: Washington Times’) that cited […]

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Opposition-backed mayoral candidate MA Mannan has claimed that he got both ‘blessing and support’ from Jatiya Party Chairman Hussein Muhammad Ershad in his bid to get elected as Gazipur City Corporation Mayor. “He (Ershad) is my senior. I came to seek his blessings. He has blessed and supported me,” Mannan said after seeing teh former […]

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Govt moves to amend labour law to win back GSP from US In a desperate bid to regain a duty waiver from the US, the government has decided to give workers full freedom to run trade unions in factories. Parliament, amid pressure from the US and the European Union, two main export destinations for Bangladesh, […]

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Bangladesh and Estonia. Two countries rarely included in the same sentence. Dhaka has no official representation in Tallinn, Estonia’s capital, and Estonia has none in Dhaka. Bilateral trade is negligible. Yet the two countries have more in common than might first appear to be the case. “Digital Bangladesh” is a popular term first coined by […]

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Caption: Helena (second from left) and Karia (second from right), along with local government representatives of their areas, pitching their project at the CBA7 Conference on Climate Change Adaptation in Dhaka, the Bangladesh capital. By Lusana Anika Masrur The stories of Karia and Helena are not the “rags to riches” kind, yet they carry important […]

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