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Acting Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, was on Saturday taken to the Detective Branch’s headquarter in the capital from the Kashimpur Central Jail for interrogating him for instigating 20-30 unidentified leaders in setting a bus on fire. Kashimpur part 1 central jail’s senior superintendent Jahangir Kabir told New Age that they […]

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Special Correspondent BNP and its allies are  continuing blockade and hartals to press for a dialogue and inclusive national election but the government continues to talk in the language of guns. Pro-BNP intellectuals at a discussion here on Wednesday stressed the need for holding an inclusive national election under a government formed by a national […]

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Abu Hena A spectre is haunting Bangladesh – a spectre of fear, panic and power struggles. Dirty politics has pitifully torn asunder the age – old social ties that bound us for centuries and has left no other nexus between man and man than naked self- interest and wanton disregard for the life of the […]

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Shamsuddin Ahmed Plainly speaking, it is China’s growing military might and economic strength that brought the United States and India closer in a bid to halt its advance. President Barak Obama flew to India to the warm embrace of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and attended as chief guest in the Indian Republic Day celebrations on […]

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Punish crooked officials. As a society, we cannot afford to see corruption as a necessary evil A new Transparency International report shows that corruption present in the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General has become deep-seated and commonplace. It is a matter of great concern that the very office in charge of keeping an […]

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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 […]

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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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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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