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Pakistan Taliban head Hakimullah Mehsud ‘open to talks’

Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud has told the BBC he is open to “serious talks” with the government but says he has not yet been approached.   In a rare interview, he denied carrying out recent deadly attacks in public places but said he would continue to target “America and its friends”, reports BBC.   […]

Lawyers representing victims of a cholera epidemic in Haiti have filed a lawsuit against the United Nations at a court in New York.   They say UN peacekeepers introduced cholera to Haiti in 2010. The disease killed more than 8,000 people and made hundreds of thousands sick, reports BBC.   The lawyers are demanding compensation […]

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International Labour Organisation (ILO) Director General Guy Ryder has said Tuesday’s fire incident at Aswad Composite Mills in Gazipur must be the last.   “The fire at Aswad Composite Mills should not be just the latest tragedy to beset the industry. It must be the last,” he said in a statement on Wednesday.   The […]

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How the Tigers would acclimatise to Test cricket after five months without any form of first-class cricket was a major concern heading into the first Test against New Zealand at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong. The fears proved well-founded initially, but by the end of the first day yesterday, Bangladesh displayed an unexpected […]

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Morsi trial over protester deaths set for Nov 4 The Obama administration is poised to slash hundreds of millions of dollars in military and economic assistance to Egypt, US officials have said. An announcement is expected this week. Meanwhile, An Egyptian court yesterday set November 4 as the opening date for the trial of ousted […]

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In a party system of democratic politics, the normal practice is to follow the instructions of politburo and party high command to support the nominee of the party candidate during election without any judgment of his popularity or eligibility to be a candidate. This is the normal way of party politics practiced round the world. […]

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The central bank has expedited the purchase of US dollars from commercial banks ahead of the Eid-ul-Azha festival to keep the inter-bank foreign exchange (forex) market stable, officials said Tuesday. As part of the latest move, Bangladesh Bank (BB) has bought US$ 171 million from the banks directly in the last two working days to […]

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Criticising the government for passing the Information and Communication Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2013, opposition BNP on Wednesday alleged that the law is aimed at suppressing the opposition and other critics.   “The government has made the ICT law to gag the voice and opinions of the opposition and thus reestablish one-party Baksal rule,” said BNP […]

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Several agitating teachers ‘assaulted’ A group of Chhatra League activists yesterday foiled a sit-in of agitating Jahangirnagar University teachers, who have been demanding the resignation of Vice-chancellor Prof Anwar Hossain. It all started as a group of teachers, who staged a sit-in in front of the university’s administrative building, barred the VC from entering his […]

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Western Fishers Shipyard, a joint venture of Western Marine Shipyard and Fishers Shipyard Limited, has recently received orders to build 12 fishing trawlers worth around Tk 300 crore.   The fishing trawlers will be built for four private owners to operate in the Bay of Bengal, officials said on Wednesday.   Among the 12 fishing […]

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The district administration has decided to keep the plying of goods-laden trucks through Daulatdia-Paturia river route for six days from October 13 to ensure smooth journey of homebound people ahead of Eid-ul-Azha.   However, trucks carrying sacrificial animals will remain outside the purview of the restriction.   The decision came at a meeting of the […]

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The director Satyajit Ray (1921-1992) made neo-realist dramas in a minority language in a part of India that had long garnered next to no attention from the international filmmaking community. Yet the world premiere of “Pather Panchali,” his first feature, was held not in nearby Calcutta, nor even in Bombay, but at the Museum of […]

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