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Historians, academics seek restriction on religion-based politics

Historians and academics on Wednesday stressed the need for imposing a restriction on religion-based politics in South Asian countries, including Bangladesh, to establishing secular societies.   “We’re concerned that the use of religion in South Asian countries is on the rise, and it gets intensified ahead of national elections in all the countries, including Bangladesh,” […]

We can avoid the worst effects of climate change, say a team of ImperialCollege energy engineers in a recent study, and it will only cost US$2 trillion a year, at most. This sounds an unfeasibly large sum of money but in fact amounts to around 1 percent of projected world GDP in 2050.   The […]

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Bangladesh Railway has started issuing advance train tickets for all classes ahead of the Eid-ul-Azha. Tickets for travelling between October 11 and October 15 will have to be collected before October 6. Return tickets for October 18 to October 22 will be available between October 9 and October 13. Tickets for daily travel are also […]

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Astronomers have made the first detection of a subtle twist in the relic radiation from the Big Bang, paving the way towards revealing the first moments of the universe’s existence.   The elusive signal was found in the way the first light in the universe has been deflected during its journey to Earth by intervening […]

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The High Court on Wednesday issued a rule upon the authorities concerned to explain as to why the inaction and inadequate step of the Information Commission in appointing information officers at all government and statutory organisations should not be declared illegal.   In response to a writ petition, the court also issued another rule asking […]

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The Asian Development Bank (ADB) today said suspension of the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) will have a negative impact on Bangladesh’s economy, suppressing its exports. “US suspension of GSP is also likely to suppress exports, though garments are not covered by the scheme,” said Mohammad Zahid Hossain, Principal Economist of ADB’s Bangladesh Resident Mission. […]

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BNP MP Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, convicted of crimes against humanity, is set to lose his membership in parliament under the existing law. Article 66 of the Constitution disqualifies an MP if s/he is convicted for a criminal involving moral turpitude, and sentenced to imprisonment for a term of not less than two years. The BNP […]

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  President Barack Obama summoned congressional lawmakers to the White House on Wednesday as a partial government shutdown entered a second day with little sign of a breakthrough. Lawmakers from both parties suggested the impasse could last for weeks and grow to encompass a dangerous fight over the U.S. borrowing limit.   The office of […]

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Bangladesh Islamic groups called Monday for a nationwide protest against Muhammad Yunus over comments in 2012 supporting gay rights, in the latest attack against the Nobel laureate and micro-loan pioneer. The country’s main mosque and an Islamic group with links to the government have launched a campaign against Yunus, whom they say should be prosecuted […]

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It was the black hole of the second half of the 20th century. The most forgotten of its forgotten wars. It was one act in a three-act tragedy that, from Bosnia to Kosovo, and from Libya and Syria, unfolded according to the same invariable scenario. And it was a non-subject for scholars, a no man’s […]

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Inaugurating the plant the prime minister (right) insisted that it met international safety standards Bangladesh has begun building the first of two new nuclear power plants north of the capital, Dhaka. The plants – each with a capacity of 1,000 megawatts – are being constructed with Russian help as Bangladesh looks to close a yawning […]

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BNP spokesperson Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, known for taking questions from the media — skirted queries on the death sentence for his party colleague Salauddin Quader Chowdhury during a press conference on Wednesday. The acting Secretary General entered the media briefing at the party’s Naya Paltan headquarters with a written statement in his hand. He […]

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