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Opposition’s hartal enters third day

The 60-hour countrywide shutdown, enforced by the BNP-led 18-party alliance on Monday to force the government for arranging the next polls under a non-partisan administration, entered the third and concluding day today (Wednesday).   The three-day strike will end at 6pm today.   At least two people were killed on Monday in hartal violence.   […]

Emissions continue to rise rather than decline: UN report The United Nations says it is “less and less likely” that global greenhouse gas emissions will be low enough by 2020 to stop the atmosphere warming beyond the internationally-agreed safety threshold – 2°C above its pre-industrial level.   The shortfall between whet governments say they will […]

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The launch of 3G mobile broadband is presumed as reason The online sale of second-hand smartphones in the country rose 20% in September from July following the launch of third generation mobile broadband service. According to the market insiders, this is the highest ever surge in the country’s online sale of old smartphones. They said […]

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The British ambassador in Berlin has been called in to Germany’s foreign ministry to respond to spying allegations.   The UK’s Independent newspaper says the British embassy in Berlin may house a “top-secret listening post”.   It cites leaked US National Security Agency (NSA) documents suggesting the UK could be using hi-tech equipment housed on […]

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People should be able to go about their ordinary lives during hartals without fear of intimidation and violence. The first day of this week’s hartal saw 4 people killed and 150 hurt as ordinary people were caught up in the violence created by so-called political activists. Distressing pictures have shown Rahima Begum, a grandmother, and […]

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BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia today said her party is ready to response if the government invite them to a dialogue on the ongoing political crisis. US Congressmen Steve Chabot talks with the Opposition leader Khaleda Zia at the latter’s Gulshan residence in the capital today. Photo: STAR The opposition leader made the remarks when visiting […]

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Garment manufacturers have threatened to close down if they are forced to pay anything over Tk 4500 as monthly wage to workers. Ready-made garments are Bangladesh’s biggest exporters, that fetched more than $ 19 billion last year. The threat of closure came after a joint meeting of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and […]

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  Parliament on Tuesday passed the much-talked-about ‘Grameen Bank Bill 2013’ paving the path for bringing the leading microcredit institution under the strong watch of the Bangladesh Bank.   The bill, abolished ‘The Grameen Bank Ordinance 1983’ promulgated during the military rule of Gen HM Ershad, three decades ago, also “made the law more time […]

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  Apparently branding BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia as a ‘serial killer’, JSD MP Moinuddin Khan Badal on Tuesday said the entire nation will have to take a decision against this killer.   “I’ve stood up to talk against a killer. Not only a killer, but also a serial killer,” he said in Parliament referring to […]

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Law enforcers try to stop a group of Jubo Mohila League activists from chasing the opposition BNP MPs at South Gate of Jatiya Sangsad in the capital today. BNP deputies who were holding a procession in support of 60-hour hartal on the road left the place quickly, eyewitnesses told The Daily Star. Photo: Focus Bangla […]

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She also slams oppn leader for doing ‘politics of dead body’   Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday renewed her call to the opposition leader to place her demand which ministries she wants in the all-party polls-time government to oversee the next general election.   “I asked her to place her demand which ministries she […]

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Why have some countries in Asia remained poor, while countries such as South Korea, which had once been poor, has successfully increased the incomes of the general population? Or why is an average European seven times as prosperous as the average Mexican, or twenty times as prosperous as the average inhabitant of sub-Saharan Africa? Why […]

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