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US shutdown bars researchers from Antarctica, freezes climate science

Last Friday, Sebastian Vivancos embarked on the journey of a lifetime: He was headed to Antarctica.   In Punta Arenas, Chile, Vivancos, a recent graduate of Columbia University, boarded the Laurence M. Gould, an icebreaker that would take him and others across the Drake Passage and to the National Science Foundation’s Palmer Station, reports E&E […]

Baton of the ‘Queen’s Baton Relay’ arrives here on Monday as part of its over 248 days travel in 70 Commonwealth nations and territories ahead of the opening ceremony of ‘Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games’ in Glasgow on July 23 next year.   The Queen’s Baton made its first stop in New Delhi, honouring the […]

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First came the fireball, then the screams of the victims. The suicide bombing just outside a Baghdad graveyard knocked Nasser Waleed Ali over and peppered his back with shrapnel.   Ali was one of the lucky ones. At least 51 died in the Oct. 5 attack, many of them Shiite pilgrims walking by on their […]

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The just-concluded three-day apparel show, ‘Batexpo-2013’, bagged spot orders worth US$ 58.37 million, which is lower than that of previous year (US$61.35 million), the apex trade body of the RMG sector said yesterday.   Of the total spot orders, the apparel makers received spot orders worth US$ 57.03 million while stocklot spot orders stood at […]

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Unlike the previous two days, the country’s roads and waterways witnessed less traffic yesterday, which means Eid and Puja holidaymakers suffered little on their way home. There were hardly any queues of vehicles on major highways like Dhaka-Chittagong, Dhaka-Mymensingh and Dhaka-Tangail, which witnessed tailbacks on Friday and Saturday, causing immense sufferings to people heading home. […]

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia exchanged Eid greetings on Sunday. Eid-ul-Azha, the second largest religious festival of the Muslims, will be celebrated on October 16. Prime minister’s protocol officer SK Akhter Hossain handed over Hasina’s Eid card to Khaleda’s assistant personal secretary M Suratuzzaman at the latter’s parliament office around 1:00pm, […]

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Several online sites that normally offer various items for sale, are these days adding animals to their list of items ahead of the Eid-ul-Azha! New pages have been opened on Facebook to enable the sale and purchase of animals for sacrifice during the Eid. These pages sport details of the animals, cows mostly, their values […]

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The BNP may not get permission to hold a rally in Dhaka on Oct 25 to press for a non-party government to supervise the national election, Minister without Portfolio Suranjit Sengupta has hinted. The ruling Awami League has also called a rally on the day in the capital. Police had intervened in several of the […]

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A stampede by masses of Hindu worshippers crossing a bridge to a temple in central India left at least 89 people dead Sunday, police said.   The chaos broke out as rumors spread that the bridge was collapsing over the Sindh River, D.K. Arya, deputy inspector general of police in the Chambal region of Madhya […]

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Maha Mirza The baffling array of events around the Rampal power plant project and its ‘Bheramara’ inauguration has lately exposed our incredible bigotry in defining development and progress. The ‘official’ sense of dictatorial disregard for environmental and human tragedy has been simply breathtaking. Politically nobody can denounce a 1320 MW power generating machinery. It is […]

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Dhaka and Beijing on Sunday discussed prospects for the proposed Bangladesh, China, India, Myanmar (BCIM) Economic Corridor and agreed to consult the modalities of the idea with other parties, including emerging economic power India.   The home side at the meeting showed its keenness to be active part of the proposed economic corridor linking the […]

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A defamation case was filed with a Dhaka court on Sunday against the Daily Inqilab editor and four others for running a ‘false and baseless’ report in the vernacular daily.   Dilip Kumar Agarwal, managing director (MD) of Diamond World Ltd, lodged the case with the court of Metropolitan Magistrate M Mahbubur Rahman.   The […]

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