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Fast-moving storm kills five as tornadoes rip US Midwest

A fast-moving storm system triggered multiple tornadoes on Sunday, killing at least five people, injuring about 40 and flattening large parts of the city of Washington, Illinois as it tore across the Midwest, officials said. The storm also forced the Chicago Bears to halt their game against the Baltimore Ravens and encourage fans at Soldier […]

Wal-Mart said about 10 of more than six dozen Bangladesh garment factories failed safety checks in audits it commissioned.   The retailer hired Bureau Veritas to check some 200 factories it uses in Bangladesh after the April collapse of the Rana Plaza building killed more than 1,100 people and highlighted often grim conditions in the […]

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8 new ministers take oath; job distribution, fate of old ones to be disclosed today Former dictator and Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad talks to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina after the oath taking of six ministers and two state ministers for a polls-time cabinet at the Bangabhaban yesterday. Photo: Sk Enamul Haq The prime minister […]

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Gen. Ershad seems to have pulled a couple of fast ones in a couple of days  not just in joining the all-party interim government but by bagging a ‘blessing alliance’ with the Hifazat-e Islam. Jatiya Party has shown that it’s very useful to whoever needs it and even now after all these years Ershad is […]

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  Opposition BNP on Monday night said they will not participate in the next general election under the reconstituted cabinet terming it ‘a one-party administration of the Awami League-led grand alliance’.   “It’s nothing but a one-party cabinet of the grand alliance. We want to unequivocally say the opposition will not join the election under […]

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Malaysian PM assures Hasina of taking care of the expats’ wellbeing Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak offer prayers at the inauguration of Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib Memorial KPJ Specialised Hospital and Nursing College in Gazipur yesterday. Malaysia yesterday assured that it would look after the Bangladeshi workers so that they would […]

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Erin Carlyle, Forbes Staff When Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus accepted the inaugural Forbes 400 Lifetime Achievement Award for Social Entrepreneurship, shortly before Buffett received his honor, he called it “a Cinderella moment.” And he didn’t squander the opportunity. “Making money is a happiness,” he told the audience, which collectively represented almost one-third of […]

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Unreformed, the Commonwealth deserves to die. Improved, it could be rather useful THE biggest achievement of the Commonwealth, its admirers say, is the fact of its unlikely existence. That so many former British colonies and dominions should be content to co-exist in a club which has the queen as its head is remarkable. However this […]

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Cabinet Secretary Muhammad Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan loves playing the media — and keep them guessing. On Sunday, he kept the fourth estate guessing on who were to join the ‘all-party’ interim cabinet of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. That settled, he pulled another surprise on Monday — without disclosing it. Bhuiyan said the gazette notifications on […]

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50 factories shut   At least two workers were killed and 55 others injured as they clashed with law enforcers in Gazipur and Savar, on the outskirts of the capital, on Monday, demanding Tk 8,300 as minimum wage.   The deaths were reported in Gazipur.   In Gazipur, a clash between garment workers and police […]

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They say it’s cabinet reshuffle, not all-party govt   The BNP-led 18-party opposition alliance will stage countywide demonstrations on Friday protesting what it said the reshuffle in the cabinet in the name of forming an all-party government and demanding restoration of the caretaker government system to oversee the next general election.   BNP acting secretary […]

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  Former military dictator and Jatiya Party president HM Ershad on Monday said he is going to contest the polls under the just-formed election-time cabinet to win the race not to sit in the opposition bench.   “I’m going to take part in the election, not to be in the opposition but to go to […]

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