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THE WORLD’S MOST POWERFUL PEOPLE 2013

Who’s more powerful: the autocratic leader of a former superpower or the handcuffed commander in chief of the most dominant country in the world? This year the votes for the World’s Most Powerful went to Russian President Vladimir Putin. He climbs one spot ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama, who held the title in 2012. […]

Our best and the brightest are being wasted ONE of my colleagues drew my attention to a contrasting television image of our youth that deserves to be brought to the attention of our readers. In one we see young boys and girls neatly attired in uniform trying to go to school or looking desperately to […]

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Hasina phoned Khaleda only to mislead people, says Moudud   BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Thursday said they will join the dialogue if it is held with the specific agenda of non-party polls-time administration.   “Around 90 percent people want the next election to be held under a non-party government. So, […]

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PM asks opposition not to hamper education thru’ hartals, blockades Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, inset, addresses a rally at the Bhawal Badre Alam Govt College ground in Gazipur yesterday. Photo: BSS Accusing Khaleda Zia of killing 20 people during the 60-hour countrywide hartal, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged the opposition leader not to enforce […]

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It has been around a month since she was admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital. She was then just skin and bone. Many were shocked to see her. Even her younger brother used to be scared of coming to her as she used to look frightening with injuries all over her body. No longer. Aduri, […]

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The ‘fear’ of an opposition boycott is keeping the Election Commission (EC) from calling a meeting of parties to fix the date of the next parliamentary election. The BNP-led Opposition has said it would stay away from an election held under the present government, while the ruling Awami League appears determined to hold it while […]

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Jerry Smith, OPCW: “We have… observed all of the destruction activities” Syria’s declared equipment for producing, mixing and filling chemical weapons has been destroyed, the international watchdog says. This comes a day before the deadline set by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The weapons have been placed under seal, an OPCW […]

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PM to meet JP Friday

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Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is meeting the leaders of the Jatiya Party at Ganabhaban on Friday as part of her ongoing political dialogue. The Jatiya Party (JP) is a splinter group led by Anwar Hossain Manju that broke away from the original Jatiya Party founded by Hussein Muhammad Ershad. The Awami […]

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  The board formed to fix the minimum wage afresh for the garment workers at its meeting on Thursday failed to reach a consensus in finalising a new wage structure for them.   “We’ve held a marathon meeting today, but couldn’t reach a consensus in finalising a new wage structure for the RMG workers as […]

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BNP has said that it will sit for talks only if the government agrees to concede its demand for a non-party, poll-time government. “Our position is clear. A discussion with the government has to be on this issue,” BNP spokesperson Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told a rally in Dhaka. He announced a string of nationwide […]

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed concern about the latest wave of deadly violence in Bangladesh ahead of the parliamentary elections due by January. “He calls on all concerned to respect the rule of law, exercise restraint and to express their views peacefully,” Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement today. Ban […]

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by Andrew North While the US and Britain fend off accusations of Big Brother-style spying, other countries are learning lessons from fugitive ex-US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden’s leaks and, critics say, developing the same kind of mass-surveillance.   Its authorities are bringing in new measures against foreign cyber-snooping, including a plan to move internet traffic […]

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