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The New Year celebrations have begun. As people around the world welcome in 2016 with cheers and fireworks displays, these photos from Reuters give a glimpse of the revelry. People hold balloons to release them at the turn of the New Year at a hotel in front of the landmark Tokyo Tower in Tokyo. Reuters […]

As the new year dawns and people reflect on the one just past, we look forward to 2016 in the hope the nation will face a more peaceful and prosperous year ahead. For all our problems, Bangladesh is still a nation moving forward. The continuing resilience and growth of our economy brings increased national self-confidence […]

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India has become a battleground over the right to unrestricted internet access, with local tech start-ups joining the front line against popular social networking website Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his plan to roll out free internet to the country’s masses. The Indian government has ordered Facebook’s Free Basics plan to be put on hold […]

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Bangladesh has untapped potential to be a leader in start-up tech firms Everyone has heard of Silicon Valley, home of ubiquitous high-tech companies, the likes of Google, LinkedIn, and Facebook, but have you heard of Silicon Wadi? I’ll give you a hint. Silicon Wadi is smaller in size than Khulna division and the state of […]

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The Indian government is considering increasing the number of visas issued daily to Bangladeshi citizens. The aim is to overcome the regular rush and reduce the complaints of the people about not getting computer generated appointments for visa applications to the Indian High Commission at Dhaka. The announcement was made by a top official of […]

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Prime minister Sheikh Hasina talks to school children after inaugurating distribution of textbooks at Ganabhaban on Thursday.– Focusbangla photo The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Thursday stressed the importance of including the great Liberation War history in English medium textbooks so that students could know about the war pride from their childhood. ‘It’s (Liberation War […]

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The BNP-led coalition has rejected the municipal election results, saying the government has ‘hijacked the people’s mandate’ by using a ‘subservient’ Election Commission. It blamed the EC for ‘failing to perform its constitutional duties’ and demanded its resignation. “The BNP and the 20-party alliance is rejecting the municipal polls results,” BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul […]

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The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Thursday appreciated Bangladesh Nationalist Party for joining the municipal elections shunning the politics of destruction. ‘… at least they (BNP) didn’t walk on the path of arson and burning, they returned to the path of election, they became pro-election ones, I appreciate them for this,’ she said. The prime […]

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BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia hoped that the New Year will inspire all to move forward with a fresh vigour putting aside all failures, disgrace, conflicts and frustrations of the previous year. Congratulating people on New Year Eve, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia today called upon all to get united to work for restoring the ‘lost democracy […]

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BNP will hold a joint meeting of the party on Saturday to evaluate yesterday’s municipality election results. Chaired by BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, the meeting will begin at 11:00am at the party’s Nayapaltan central office, said a party press release today. BNP’s joint secretaries general, organising secretaries and presidents and general […]

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The success rate of this year’s Junior School Certificate (JSC) and Junior Dakhil Certificate (JDC) exams has gone up and stands at 92.33 percent. Last year 90.41 percent eighth graders in schools and madrasas had cleared the exams. A total of 196, 263 students scored GPA 5 out of 5 in 2015. Success rate for JSC […]

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Police escort Faisal Bin Nayeem Deep, an accused in blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider murder case, to jail after a Speedy Trial Tribunal handed death sentence for him on Thursday. — Indrajit Ghosh The Speedy Trial Tribunal-3 in Dhaka on Thursday sentenced two accused Redwanul Azad alias Rana and Faisal Bin Nayeem Deep to death for […]

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