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Internet Week kicks off

The government yesterday started a weeklong event in all 487 upazilas to promote the use of internet. Called the ‘Bangladesh Internet Week 2015’, the event was inaugurated by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Mobile operator Grameenphone and Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) are organising the event in association with the ICT division. The […]

The city dwellers will have to face a severe water supply and drainage crisis in near future unless the wholesale destruction of flood plains and wetlands ceases immediately, experts have warned. “We are definitely heading towards a disaster in terms of availability of safe water and a good drainage system as the rivers around the […]

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World financial leaders will agree to calibrate and communicate monetary policy carefully to avoid triggering capital flight, but will not call an expected US rate rise a risk to growth, a draft communique showed on Friday. Many emerging market economies are concerned that when the US Federal Reserve raises borrowing costs, investors will withdraw from […]

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Newly appointed Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Masato Watanabe met BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Saturday night. The hour-long meeting that began around 8:20pm was held at Khaleda’s Gulshan political office, her media wing member Sayrul Kabir Khan said. BNP chairperson’s advisers Reaz Rahman and Sabihuddin Ahmed were present at the meeting. However, there was no […]

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The teachers of public universities across the country will go on a strike on September 8 at their respective institutions to press home their demands that include reviewing the proposed 8th national pay scale. The decision was made on Saturday at a general meeting of the teachers held at Teachers’ club at University of Dhaka. […]

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Vijay Prashad Why anyone would oppose the Iran deal bewilders the imagination. Short of this deal lies a war with Iran. If the West wants a war with Iran, then the deal is a terrible idea. If the West does not wish a war against Iran, the deal is necessary. Iran’s nuclear programme was built […]

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Sadeq Khan The ruling elite of Bangladesh, uninterruptedly pampered as its members are over nearly a decade with lots of flash money and license to break the law toting pistols in their pockets, has become totally insensitive and stoical about ordinary people’s sufferings. Ministers, parliamentarians, local government heads and members all seem obsessed with only […]

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We welcome the announcement by the Alliance for Bangladesh Workers Safety that more RMG factories have completed 100% of required remediation work to ensure the highest international standards of safety. Of the 528 factories visited by Alliance, a clear majority are making progress as the brand-led stakeholder initiative completes two years of work. While there […]

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The Liberation War Museum authority on Friday said any person or organisation could be an owner of the museum’s permanent building in the capital’s Agargaon area by making a donation. The museum authority solicited donations from all to complete some unfinished works, said a press release. The museum authority organised a press conference at the […]

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Migrants trickled across Hungary’s border into Austria on Saturday, swept west on buses by an overwhelmed government that had vowed to stem their tide but gave up in the face of defiant crowds that set out on foot for western Europe. A Reuters photographer saw dozens of migrants, among them refugees from the Syrian war, […]

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Faruque Ahmed The situation at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) is highly volatile and annoying at the moment following the physical assault of some teachers by Bangladesh Chatra League (BCL) cadres last week. The teachers were attacked as they gathered on the campus to march to the VC office to lay siege and […]

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