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233 killed in Ecuador quake

The death toll from Ecuador’s biggest earthquake in decades soared to at least 233 yesterday as rescuers using tractors and bare hands hunted desperately for survivors in shattered coastal towns. The 7.8 magnitude quake struck off the Pacific coast on Saturday and was felt around the Andean nation of 16 million people, causing panic as […]

Silly mistakes that could cost you your life The 6.9 earthquake that originated in Myanmar on the eve of Pohela Boishakh, was felt by people sitting in Dhaka, complaining about the heat. Word on the street is, there are bigger quakes yet to come, maybe even this year. Enough material has been published on things […]

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Syed Badrul Ahsan Too many people at home and abroad have been taking Bangladesh for granted for too long. The men in the leadership of an Awami League-allied outfit calling itself the Awami Ulema League demanded the other day that all celebrations of Pahela Baishakh be banned in the country. The implication was obvious. Like […]

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Sending money back home has become much easier now for Bangladeshis living abroad. bKash, a household name offering mobile financial service, has joined forces with MasterCard and Western Union to launch a unique international remittance service for Bangladesh. State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam termed this initiative ‘historic’ while inaugurating the service on Sunday at […]

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There is evidence that three persons in Bangladesh were involved with those in the US in the conspiracy to abduct Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s son Sajeeb Ahmed Wazed Joy, the home minister has said. Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal made the revelation speaking to reporters on Sunday, a day after senior journalist Shafik Rehman’s arrest in a […]

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Bangladesh has requested the United States state department to review its report on Bangladesh on violation of human rights. Information minister Hasanul Huq Inu made the request at a news conference at Bangladesh Secretariat claiming that the report was not prepared on accurate information and it require further scrutiny. He said socio-economic and political reality […]

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Dr. Abdul Ruff in New Delhi On April 11, US Secretary of State John Kerry visited the Japanese city of Hiroshima, the target of the first nuclear bomb ever used in wartime or since then. On August 6, 1945, the United State, having developed the atomic bomb and  badly wanted to test its efficacy on humans […]

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Shahid Islam Every aspect of a sound foreign policy is an essential extension of the composite domestic perceptions about where a nation stands. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s decision not to attend the 13th OIC summit in Istanbul emits an assured message of antipathy against the second largest inter-governmental organization of the world. It also completes […]

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Frustration and resentment have created divisions within some left political parties within the Awami League-led 14 party alliance over the question of parting with the government and the alliance. Within these leftist parties, the most discussed topic is whether to remain in the union or to get out of it, dissolving the alliance. In the […]

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