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Former Indian president APJ Abdul Kalam passes away

Former Indian president APJ Abdul Kalam, who came to be known as “people’s president”, died yesterday after suffering a massive heart attack in Shillong, the capital of northeastern Indian state of Meghalaya. Kalam, 84, collapsed while doing what he loved most to do — giving a lecture to students of the prestigious Indian Institute of […]

Bangladesh Bank on Monday set the farm loan disbursement target for local and foreign banks at Tk 16,400 crore for the financial year 2015-16, which is 5.46 per cent higher than that of the FY15. The central bank set the target in its agriculture and rural credit policy and programmes in which the central bank asked […]

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A list of officials accused in cases filed by the department was sought from an intelligence agency. Stern action will be taken if anyone is found guilty  Police officials who have been in service for 25 years and were accused of being involved in corruption will be disciplined by the police department, say sources. Such […]

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The tiger population in Bangladesh part of the Sundarbans, the world’s largest mangrove forest, has sharply declined to 106 from 440 in 2004, confirms a top forest official quoting the tiger census 2015. Forest conservator Dr Tapan Kumar Dey said more scientific method was used in the new census, which found only 106 big cats […]

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Oppressed in Myanmar, Muslim Rohingyas are unwelcome in Bangladesh, too THE watchtowers and the high-security fence on the border between Myanmar and Bangladesh make this frontier look impregnable. Yet thousands of Rohingyas cross into Bangladesh each year. Rohingyas are a Muslim group whose persecution in their mainly Buddhist home state of Rakhine in Myanmar is […]

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By Richard Potter How the Arakan Army is emerging as a major player in Myanmar’s civil war. In the very early morning of March 29 the Myanmar Army was caught off-guard when it was assaulted and overrun in two separate locations: Kyauk Taw, in northern Rakhine State, and Paletwa, slightly north of Kyauk Taw in […]

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The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Monday smelled a rat at the Election Commission’s decision to include the people from the age of 15 in the voters’ roll and alleged that the election commissioners had breached their oath. The party also demanded immediate resignation of the chief election commissioner and other election commissioners for “their […]

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Relief and Disaster Management Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya. The High Court will hold hearing tomorrow on a writ petition challenging the legality of holding offices of minister and lawmaker by Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya. The bench of Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Md Ashraful Kamal today set the date after the petitioner prayed […]

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US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during the release of the “2015 Trafficking in Persons Report” on July 27, 2015 at the State Department in Washington, DC. The United States on Monday accused Russia, Thailand, Iran and Libya of insufficient action against human trafficking, in a damning report on a global scourge which the […]

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The recent collision between Bangladeshi youngster cricketer Mustafizur Rahman and MS Dhoni has got place in the top 10 pitch battles in the world cricket history. The line about cricket being a gentleman’s game is parroted often, and there are as many examples to suggest it remains one, as there are that prove it isn’t, […]

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Framing of charges for leaking the war crimes verdict of BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury has been postponed for the fifth time. Farhat Qauder Chowdhury, the death-row convict’s wife, is ill, their lawyers told court on Monday as they pleaded for more time. Bangladesh Cyber Crimes Tribunal Judge KM Shamsul Alam accepted the plea but said, “The […]

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