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AIIB: A signal opportunity for Bangladesh

Countries from five continents formally signed up on June 29 to the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank—a potential rival to the Washington-based World Bank. Australia, followed by 49 other founding members including Bangladesh, was the first country to sign the articles of association creating the AIIB’s legal framework at a ceremony in Beijing’s Great Hall of […]

Tahmima Anam On March 30, Labannya Hijra became a Bangladeshi hero. Witnessing the murder by Islamist radicals of the secular blogger Oyasiqur Rhaman on a street in Dhaka, she grabbed at the fleeing assailants. Her courageous intervention led to the arrest of two men, who later confessed to the killing. The most striking part of […]

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By KAI FRIESE It is June 6, a hot afternoon deep in Bengal’s lush farmlands, and people seem to blur before my eyes. There’s a humid haze, but the ground also is shifting beneath our feet. The fields around us are thick with ripening stalks of jute and paddy; the rice dangles in tassels of […]

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The government is increasingly coming under pressure as corruption, swindling of public fund and misuse of power by some cabinet ministers are hogging the headlines to the utter embarrassment of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Two of the most talkative and talked about ministers – Mufazzal Hussain Chowdhury Maya and Quamrul Islam – have become embarrassment […]

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Rent controls are counter-productive. Increasing supply is the best way to let the market match rising demand The High Court has directed the government to fix maximum and minimum house rents for different areas. We believe this idea is flawed. House rents  should be left to the market to determine. The government’s role should be […]

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Four members of a family have been brutally hacked to death over a land dispute in Mymensingh’s Nandail Upazila. The murders took place at the Upazila’s Bashanti village around 10:30pm on Friday, said Nandail police OC Syed Abdullah. The deceased are Belal Hossain, 50, his sons ‘Farid’, 25, ‘Himel’, 14, and ‘Pavel’, 10. Belal and […]

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Argentina head into Saturday’s Copa America final seeking their first major silverware in 22 years while hosts Chile aim to end a century-long jinx by winning the trophy for the first time. The two Andean neighbours meet in Santiago’s national stadium in a classic South American encounter steeped in history and rivalry. These were two of the […]

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Advanced booking of bus tickets for northern and southern towns have begun ahead of Eid amidst the familiar mismanagement and charging of extra sums. Every year, the rush for purchasing advance tickets is the maximum at the Gabtoli bus terminal. The picture this year was no different when sale began on Friday. Those standing in front […]

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Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia and her eldest son Tarique Rahman were likely to go Saudi Arabia on Wednesday to perform umrah as the royal guests of the Saudi government. The BNP chief is scheduled to fly from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in a flight of Emirates Airlines either on Tuesday or Wednesday evening, […]

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Electing Muslim mayor would ‘say something about our confidence as a city’, says prospective Labour candidate Sadiq Khan A Muslim mayor of London would send a message to all “the haters in Iraq and in Syria” that the city is a beacon of tolerance and respect, Sadiq Khan, one of Labour candidates for the job, […]

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By Tariq A. Al-Maeena In the aftermath of the attack on a church in Charleston, South Carolina by a white Christian supremacist, the media ran extensive analysis on the who’s and why’s of the assault which led to the murder of nine people attending service. One of the debates to emerge from the reverberation of […]

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Shivani Gupta Did this cross the unspoken line of decency and respect? It is one of the toughest things in life – how to handle success. More people might fail at this than anything else in life (provided of course they succeed in some others). It can be doubly harder for a sports person. Competitiveness […]

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