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The Ship Breakers

60 minutes segment from CBS on ship breakers in Banglasdesh

By Syed Zain Al-Mahmood Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and longtime rival Khaleda Zia have shown no signs of backing down Last week, as violence escalated here, workmen reinforced the headquarters of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, adding coils of barbed wire to the eight-foot-high walls surrounding the compound. Feuding between two top politicians has thrown parts […]

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England have beaten Scotland by 119 runs in the 14th match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 at Hagley Oval, Christchurch. Scotland scored 184 runs in 42.2 overs. Opener  Kyle Coetzer put a resistance of 71 runs from 84 balls. Bowler Steven Finn of England took three wickets while Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, and James Anderson bagged two […]

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The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Sunday said that BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s ‘expectation for usurping state power with the help from different powerful quarters removing the incumbent government had faded away. She made the remarks at a discussion organised by her party Awami League at the Krishibid Institute auditorium to mark the International Mother […]

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Nagorik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna. A day after two audio clips of his telephone conversations on the ongoing movement were leaked, Nagorik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna today claimed that there was nothing provocative and conspiratorial in the conversations. “I am surprised, saddened and shocked by the overall incident,” Manna said in status on […]

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by F R Chowdhury   Freedom of speech, human rights, equality and justice are the cornerstones of modern civilised democratic society. These reflect the speech of Abraham Lincoln when he said, “government of the people, by the people and for the people”. It is with this motive and inspiration that we fought the war to […]

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Pacer Shafiul Islam will join the Bangladesh’s World Cup squad as a replacement for Al-Amin Hossain, who has been sent back home on disciplinary ground. The Event Technical Committee of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 has approved the replacement, the ICC has confirmed in a press statement. “Al-Amin has been sent home after breaching […]

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Customers at Ekushey Book Fair are increasingly using digital system like bKash to pay for books. Although the publishers adopted the system last year, the response from the visitors is huge this time, said the people concerned, adding that the system has made the transactions hassle-free. Besides, the book buyers are enjoying discounts from bKash […]

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This is my op-ed in today’s New Age looking at the responsibility of the United Nations and the West for the current political quagmire – in their failure to make sure that the Awami League government followed through with its clear commitment to them, during and after the UN envoys’s visit to Bangladesh in December […]

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A five-member medical team Monday noon entered BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s political office in city’s Gulshan area where she has been staying since January 5. Sources said that the medical team led by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) former vice-chancellor (VC) M Tahir, consists of Bangladesh Medical College and Hospital cardiology and medicine specialist […]

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Accusing Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of disgracing a “state institution by expressing her concern that ‘Uttarpara’ may take over power”, Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Monday said it in no way wants to involve the Army in any controversy, reports United News of Bangladesh. In a statement, BNP joint secretary general Salahuddin Ahmed said, “The Prime […]

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The government on Monday asked the Election Commission to take necessary steps to hold elections to the bifurcated Dhaka City Corporation as their demarcation complexities have been settled, reports United News of Bangladesh. ‘The Local Government Ministry sent a letter to the Election Commission this afternoon. The ministry requested the EC to hold the polls […]

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