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60-hr shutdown: Foreign countries ask their citizens to exercise caution

As the country is set to see another spell of countrywide shutdowns, foreign countries including the USA and UK have asked their citizens here to follow developments in the news media and to exercise caution avoiding unnecessary travel throughout the country.   “We advise all US citizens to exercise caution and avoid unnecessary travel throughout […]

Pakistan will review its relationship with the United States in a high-level meeting on Sunday, the prime minister’s office said, following the killing of the Pakistani Taliban leader in a US drone strike. Mehsud, who had a $5 million US bounty on his head, was killed on Friday in the northwestern Pakistani militant stronghold of […]

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Sahara goes beyond authority to ask for a cut in annual licence renewal fee A proposal to cut 50% licence renewal fee of IGW and ICX operators now on the table would cause an annual loss of Tk1.41bn for the national exchequer. Following a request from the operators, the telecom ministry and the Bangladesh Telecommunication […]

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A petition was filed with the High Court on Sunday seeking its directives on the political parties not to enforce hartal and blockade during public examinations.   Supreme Court lawyer Advocate M Yunus Ali Akand filed the petition as a supplementary to a pending writ petition filed by him in this regard last year.   […]

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The colossal Hatirjheel-Begunbari Lake is now drifting across gray greenery and contaminated water with massive architecture clothed in dazzling lights. The express road, modern bridge, walk ways are overflowing with crowds and wastes of all kinds. A sea of vehicles are gridlocked at the entrance to express roads, along the lake, stretching as far as […]

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The words “child labour” would earn a unanimous vote of “nay” from most of us. Of course, children should spend their time at school or at the playground rather than providing manual labour. Why is it not surprising therefore to still find children living off the street, earning their day’s meal by selling flowers, books, […]

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EC faces more challenges to create level-playing field The Election Commission will hardly be able to ensure a level-playing field during the parliamentary elections by only using the proposed election code of conduct as it largely depends on all-out cooperation from the polls-time government, experts say.   “It’s very difficult for the commission to execute […]

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Pro-hartal elements torched four vehicles and exploded around 42 crude bombs in Gazipur and Narayanganj on Sunday evening ahead of the 60-hour hartal to be enforced by the BNP-led 18-party alliance at 6am on Monday.   In Gazipur, hartal supporters torched a bus and a covered van on Dhaka-Mymensingh highway at Bhogra Bypass intersection in […]

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An online marketplace for buying, selling and renting property was launched in Bangladesh yesterday. The goal of the site is to empower customers with thorough information in the market and get them in contact with developers, agents and landlords. The web portal was launched at an event at The Daily Star Centre in Dhaka. Lamudi.com.bd […]

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The NSA scandal over phone tapping in Europe will soon blow over, conventional wisdom says. Jack Shafer, another Reuters columnist, has argued that although allied leaders such as Angela Merkel are upset, they will (and have to) get over it. Don’t believe a word of it. The public outrage that the NSA has spawned could […]

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said the door to a dialogue with the Opposition to sort out differences is still open. Addressing a party rally in Dhaka, she also urged the Leader of the Opposition, Khaleda Zia, to refrain from enforcing strikes across Bangladesh. “You did not respond to my invitation [for talks]. Do you […]

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The BNP-led 18-party alliance is going to enforce another spell of 60-hour nonstop countrywide hartal from 6am on Monday to push for its demand for arranging the next election under a non-party administration.   The hartal programme will end at 6pm on Wednesday.   BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir called the fresh […]

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