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Bangladesh is building “garment villages” to double its already-huge clothing exports

The rapid growth of Bangladesh’s garment industry has been a blessing and a burden to the country. Even as it has provided jobs to millions and helped Bangladesh cut its poverty rate, it has also exploited the nation’s poorest and most desperate, leading to the gratuitous and preventable deaths of thousands (see: Rana Plaza in […]

It has become virtually impossible for a student without distinction grades in HSC exams to get into government-funded universities for a bachelor’s degree. Of the 1 million students taking this year’s HSC and equivalent examinations, nearly 43,000 achieved the top grade point average of five. With only around 38,000 places available in the 32 public […]

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Experts on Thursday suggested that the banks should help women entrepreneurs to market their products manufactured using SME loans disbursed by the banks. They said that the banks were now limiting their activities only to disbursing loans to the clients but they should also help the women entrepreneurs to market their products. The opinion came […]

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The minister for expatriates’ welfare and overseas employment, Nurul Islam, on Thursday said nearly 50,000 Rohingyas were working aboard with Bangladeshi passports. ‘At least 50,000 Rohingya refugees have been working abroad with Bangladesh passport. We’re shouldering responsibility for the misdeeds they commit there,’ he disclosed while speaking in a view-exchange with the local media at […]

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Google has unveiled a surprise restructuring, creating a new parent company called Alphabet Inc. Under the rebranding, Google will retain its best-known businesses, such as search, apps, YouTube and Android. Some of the newer entities, such as the investment and research divisions, the “smart-home” unit Nest, and the drone arm will be run under Alphabet. […]

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Enormous explosions at a chemical warehouse in a major Chinese port city killed at least 50 people and injured more than 700, official media said Thursday, leaving a devastated landscape of incinerated cars, toppled shipping containers and burnt-out buildings. An AFP reporter in Tianjin saw shattered glass up to three kilometres from the site of […]

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Police have arrested a nephew of State Minister for Labour and Employment Mujibul Haque Chunnu over the murder of blogger Niladri Chatterjee Niloy. Dhaka Metropolitan Police Deputy Commissioner Muntasirl Islam said Jatiya Party leader Chunnu’s nephew Sad Al Nahin was detained from Uttara and one Masud Rana from Mirpur’s Kalshi on Thursday. He said they […]

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Miscreants have shot a local Awami League leader and another person dead, and injured two others at Badda in Dhaka. Police and witnesses said several local leaders and activists of the ruling party were having chitchat when the shooting took place near Adarshanagar Pump around 9pm on Thursday. Dhaka Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Rafikul Islam […]

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Hosts Bangladesh managed a narrow 2-1 win over holders India to become Group-A champions in the SAFF Under-16 Championship at the Sylhet District Stadium on Thursday. Mohammad Shawon put the home side ahead in the 31st minute before Rahim Ali cancelled out the lead in the 49th minute. But Atikuzzaman converted from the spot in […]

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Amid a fusillade of criticism, Road Transport Minister Obaidul Quader now says, that drivers, who break rules, hold ears at the very sight of him out of fear. His comment comes close on the heels of recent furore over a photo posted on his Facebook page of an auto-rickshaw driver doing sit-ups holding his ears […]

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In the moments before he raped the 12-year-old girl, the Islamic State fighter took the time to explain that what he was about to do was not a sin. Because the preteen girl practiced a religion other than Islam, the Quran not only gave him the right to rape her — it condoned and encouraged […]

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A Dhaka Court yesterday sentenced Mahmudur Rahman, former energy advisor to ex-prime minister Khaleda Zia, to three years in prison for not submitting his wealth statement to the Anti-Corruption Commission “deliberately”. The Special Judge’s Court-3 also fined Mahmudur, acting editor of Bangla daily Amar Desh that was shutdown in 2013, Tk 1 lakh. He would […]

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