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by F R Chowdhury The prime minister and other ministers often talk about progress and development. But when we read international journals we get a different picture. Economist year book 2014 put GDP growth as 5.7% but inflation at 7.3%. This puts real growth as -1.6%. This means to say that average purchasing power was […]

PM says education is a basic right, children must be enrolled in Class 1 without admission test. Stressing that education is a basic right, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said children must be enrolled in Class-I without any written admission test. “Whenever a child turns to the age of getting admitted to Class-I, he or […]

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Khaleda Zia has warned Hindus in Bangladesh to keep an watchful eye on the Awami League, the party that traditionally enjoys support of the religious minority. At a programme on Monday, the BNP chief exchanged greetings with the community leaders on Monday on the occasion of Janmashtami. There, she likened the ruling party to snake […]

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The High Court questioned legality of imposing 7.5 percent value-added tax (VAT) on tuition fees of private universities. The High Court today questioned legality of imposing 7.5 percent value-added tax (VAT) on tuition fees of private universities. In response to a writ petition, the court issued a rule upon the government authorities to explain in […]

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Cry, Bengali, cry

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SN Rasul Our tears are useless, and far too late The poor sometimes have no alternative Bengali, cry, not because of the 40-year-old death of a great man, but because the ideals he had once stood for lay buried in the same ground he was. Cry, because his booming voice, carrying the will of an […]

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One of the several hundred pillars along the international border with India. Picture taken at the borders with the northern distric of Panchagarh in Bangladesh. India has made it easier for minorities from Bangladesh and Pakistan to stay in the country. A release by the Press Information Bureau of the Union government circulated on Monday […]

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Bangladesh have ended their ICRC Twenty20 Cricket Tournament for people with disabilities with a thumping victory against India in their last match. The hosts beat their neighbours by seven wickets at BKSP ground No. 3 on Tuesday. England beat Afghanistan by three wickets in the other match to set up Thursday’s final clash against Pakistan. […]

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The government has asked Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) to take initiatives for re-registration of all mobile SIMs. The order came a day after the BTRC chairman said ‘properly’ registered SIM cards did not need to be registered again. Minister of State for Posts and Telecommunications Tarana Halim confirmed bdnews24.com that they had written to […]

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Finance Minister AMA Muhit said he was disappointed and enraged at the demands of the public university teachers to make an independent pay-scale and to cancel the new pay selection grade. Muhit said the most educated people of the country are protesting due to lack of knowledge. “They are protesting because they don’t know what […]

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The gold price has gone down again in the local market for a downward trend in the price of the precious metal in the global market. Bangladesh Jewellers’ Association in a press release on Tuesday said the price of per bhori (1 bhori = 11.664 grams) ornament-grade (22-carat) gold has decreased by up to Tk […]

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Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma has said Bangladesh, India and Pakistan have made remarkable progress in youth literacy, with an average rise in literacy levels of about 18 percent since the mid-90s. “Considering this region as a home to the largest number of young people in the world, it is vital this generation is equipped […]

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Stressing that education is a basic right, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said children must be enrolled in Class-I without any written admission test. “Whenever a child turns to the age of getting admitted to Class-I, he or she should have to be admitted to and there’s no need to sit for test with printed […]

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