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Govt initiative made to fail?

It has always been mutual: Malaysia needs workers, and Bangladesh has plenty of them. That’s why, Malaysia, after Saudi Arabia, has become the second most sought-after destination for Bangladeshi jobseekers. Given this, a transparent system for labour recruitment could have dismantled the human trafficking chain and also save the lives of hundreds of migrant workers. […]

Bangladesh’s new bowling sensation Mustafizur Rahman returned to his home yesterday to enjoy a break after three gruelling home assignments. Previously, whenever Mustafizur got any break he would go and spend time with his family at his village home in Tetulia of Satkhira, but those trips home were quiet and subdued. However, the 19-year-old baby-faced […]

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Farida Yasmin, an eminent Bangla playback singer of the 1960s, breathed her last yesterday in a city hospital. She was 74. Her health was deteriorating over the last couple of years. She had been suffering from diabetes and hypertension as well as kidney and heart complications, said her long-time colleague and noted singer Ferdousi Rahman. […]

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Author: Iftekharul Bashar, RSIS Islamist militant groups in Bangladesh are showing signs of revival. According to Bangladeshi authorities, militants from at least two banned outfits — Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) — are preparing for attacks in the country, including targeted assassinations involving individuals whom they consider apostates or obstacles to […]

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The ‘culture of impunity’ is encouraging the growing cases of abuse and murder of children in Bangladesh, says human rights activist Sultana Kamal who has called for a social fight against such crimes. She also appealed to people to come out of the ‘culture of silence’, which appears to have become the norm even after […]

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Bangladesh Nationalist Party- BNP,  the party accused by the ruling Awami League of staging violent protests, has published a book styled ‘Petrol bomb terrorism: Awami League Behind It’. Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Adviser Khandker Mahbub Hossain unveiled the book at Supreme Court Bar Association office on Wednesday. The BNP’s Human Rights Cell edited and published the […]

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The results of Higher Secondary Certificate and equivalent examinations will be published on Sunday. A total of 1,073,884 students under 10 education boards, including madrasa and technical boards, took the exams this year held between Apr 1 and Jun 22. Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid will hand over the copies of the results to Prime […]

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Faruque Ahmed Cruelty to children has taken a sharp turn lately. After the killing of Rajon in Sylhet by powerful local elements last month, Rakib – yet another teen age boy was tortured to death in Khulna on Monday last.  And no sooner had the dust of that brutal murder settled, another teen age was […]

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The BTRC favours steadily reducing costs for internet subscribers by triggering competition among the operators instead of fixing the rate. The prices of the internet services have dropped and it would be further reduced gradually, it says. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday asked the telecom service providers to bring the internet prices within the […]

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Usually calm and reticent, Awami League General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam hoped last week that the next general elections “will be free, fair and impartial.” However, much remains to be seen how it will be made fair and credible, for which consequential, effective dialogue is a must in a literally congenial atmosphere. By all means […]

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the United States has shown interest to help the investigation into the murder of blogger Niladri Chatterjee Niloy. An FBI team earlier visited Bangladesh after the murder of Bangladeshi writer-blogger Avijit Roy, a naturalised US citizen. A Detective Branch spokesman told bdnews24.com on Saturday that an FBI official […]

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