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The true cost of cars

A study showed that the vehicular congestion of Dhaka resulted in an annual cost of over $18.1bn Traffic jams, fender benders, fatalities, emissions, expense of delay, and social marginalisation … these are all direct and indirect costs of a motorist-dependent city. And Dhaka is such an urban complexity that has exploded in population size and […]

Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led alliance called a 72-hour general strike across the country from 6:00am Sunday amid examinations of Secondary School Certificate. The SSC examination is going to start on Monday. In a press statement, signed by BNP joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, called the general strike on Friday afternoon. The strike is meant for […]

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                      The Gana Forum president, Kamal Hossain, and the Nagarik Oikya convener, Mahmudur Rahman Manna, met the Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson, Khaleda Zia, at her Gulshan office on Friday evening to console her at her youngest son Arafat Rahman’s death. Emerging from Khaleda’s Gulshan office, […]

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Dirty Pretty Rock

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Coal is trashing the environment, but also lifting people from poverty. Like it or not, the fuel isn’t budging from the world’s energy mix. Story by Keith Johnson Photographs by Christopher Leaman On a spring day in 2012, a Union Pacific train ground to a stop outside a sprawling construction site in Fulton, a blink-and-miss-it […]

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Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan on Friday warned that BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia will be confined, and the water, electricity lines as well as the food supply for her will be cut off if she does not withdraw the ongoing blockade before the SSC examination scheduled to begin on February 2. “We want to give an […]

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Dozens of people were wounded in the attack At least 40 people have been killed in a bomb blast at a Shia mosque in southern Pakistan, officials say. Dozens were wounded in the attack after Friday prayers in Shikarpur district of Sindh province, and the death toll is expected to rise. Sunni militants linked to […]

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Kanagasabapathy Sripavan (right) is the first Tamil to hold the post since 1991 Sri Lanka’s president has appointed a Tamil judge as the new chief justice – the first member of the minority community to hold the post in decades. Judge Kanagasabapathy Sripavan, 62, was sworn in in the capital Colombo. President Maithripala Sirisena, from […]

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The month-long Ekushey Book Fair-2015, an elegant calendar event for booklovers and publishers, begins at its traditional venue in Dhaka on Sunday afternoon. The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, would inaugurate the fair on the Bangla Academy premises. She would also open the four-day International Literary Conference-2015 alongside the book fair. Authors, poets and linguistics from […]

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Bangladesh Bank has asked the country’s eight state-run scheduled banks to ensure using SWIFT network while issuing back-to-back letters of credit in a bid to check fraudulent act and financial crime, officials of the central bank have said. The BB issued a letter to managing directors and chief executive officers of all banks on January […]

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Secondary School Certificate (SSC) test takers have to wait for two more days to know if their examinations will start as per schedule on Feb 2 amid the ongoing transport blockade and shutdown called by the BNP-led alliance. The education ministry said they would decide on the matter on Feb 1. Education Minister Nurul Islam […]

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The ongoing political turmoil spewing violence in Bangladesh has influenced young minds, which was evident in the fifth Physics Olympiad. The young scientists came up with their ideas on protection against a petrol-bomb attack, railway security and so on at the Olympiad being held at the Dhaka University’s Curzon Hall on Friday. The organiser of […]

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The BNP has said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s directive to stop ‘violence’ at any cost during the ongoing countrywide transport blockade will deepen the current political crisis. In a statement on Thursday, the party asked whether ‘any cost’ would result in more bodies ‘floating in rivers, canals and marshlands’. It said: “Annihilation and arson by […]

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