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87 killed in Makkah

40 Bangladeshis among 184 injured, says ambassador A massive construction crane crashed into Makkah’s Grand Mosque in stormy weather yesterday, killing at least 87 people and injuring 184, Saudi authorities said, less than a fortnight before the hajj pilgrimage starts. Though no Bangladeshi was killed so far, at least 40 Bangladeshis were injured in the […]

DHL, The Daily Star honour 2 companies, 2 individuals with 15th Bangladesh Business Award From left, Yasmin Aladad Khan, senior vice president of DHL Express for Southeast Asia and South Asia; Rubana Huq, managing director of Mohammadi Group; SM Mahbubul Alam, a director of Walton Group; Anis A Khan, managing director and CEO of Mutual […]

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The BNP is now in a coffin and the last nail on the coffin will be put when Khaleda Zia is sent to prison, Jatiya Party Chairman Hussain Mohammad Ershad has said. “Before one-eleven, Khaleda Zia told a rally in Mymensingh that jail would be Ershad’s destination and Ershad will have to come out of […]

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BNP leader Goyeshwar Chandra Roy has said that VAT has been imposed on the tuition fees of private universities to implement the ‘jumbo’ budget presented by the finance minister. AMA Muhith presented around Tk 3 trillion budget for 2015-16 fiscal year. It is 20 percent more than the previous year. “From where will the money […]

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Bangladesh may shelve an $8 billion deepwater port project it has been negotiating with China, a government minister said on Thursday, as it looks to pursue a nearby facility financed by the Japanese instead. Such a decision would be a setback for Chinese President Xi Jinping’s “One Belt One Road” initiative to build a network […]

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Students call strike from tomorrow Association of Private Universities of Bangladesh (APUB) urges government to reconsider its decision on imposing VAT on universities. A day after a massive protest by students over 7.5 percent VAT on private universities, the university authorities yesterday called upon the government to reconsider the issue. Speaking at a press conference […]

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Tarana Halim, state minister for posts and telecommunications division, has been threatened from a telephone call for her stance on re-registration of SIMs and banning illegal Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) business. “I got the threat on Thursday over my official telephone at the secretariat to stop the government’s ongoing move,” she told The Daily […]

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Awami League stalwart Suranjit Sengupta has slammed private university owners alleging they masterminded the student agitation for withdrawal of VAT on tuition fees for their own gains. “Although the owners declare it as a non-profit venture during application for licence, it does not stay that way later on,” he claimed at a discussion session in […]

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NID authorities will verify info first The telecom ministry on Thursday changed its stance on re-registration of subscriber identity module (SIM) cards and decided that the operators would launch screening to find out fake and faulty users for registration. Earlier, the ministry decided that all the SIMs must be re-registered. A meeting between state minister […]

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The cattle influx from India has resumed along the border in Kurigram ahead of Eid-ul-Azha after months’ of fall in its supply since April this year as Indian home minister Rajnath Singh had asked BSF jawans to put a stop to cattle smuggling across the India-Bangla border. Though the tightening of the monitoring by BSF […]

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On the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Afghan President Hamid Karzai joins Mehdi Hasan in UpFront’s Headliner segment. In this online preview, Karzai dismisses al-Qaeda’s presence in the country, calling it a “myth”. “I don’t know if al-Qaeda existed and I don’t know if they exist,” said Karzai. “I have not seen them and […]

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The government is going to publish a gazette of implementation rules of Labour Act 2006 keeping labour leaders concerned in the dark. The labour leaders say they are unaware whether their proposals have been included in the final draft or not. The state minister for labour Mujibul Haque on Sunday told reporters that the gazette […]

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