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Cannot establish IS by killing a few people, says home minster

Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Thursday once again dismissed claims of the presence of Islamic State – the Middle Eastern terrorist organisation – saying a few troublemakers cannot establish IS in the country by killing a few people. Addressing a meeting in the capital promoting religious harmony, Kamal said the people of Bangladesh did not […]

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday night phoned Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and requested her to take necessary steps to bring the killers of Kalabagan murder to trial. According to the Prime Minister’s Press Wing, John Kerry talked to Sheikh Hasina for 16 minutes from 9:04 pm to 9.20 pm and exchanged pleasantries. […]

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Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad has elevated party presidium member Raushon Ershad to the rank of senior co-chairman. The move comes following growing resentment among a section of the leadership over GM Quader, Ershad’s brother, being made the co-chairman. HM Ershad, who is criticised for changing his decisions all too frequently, announced Raushon’s new appointment […]

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Projects 6.8pc GDP growth this FY Centre for Policy Dialogue distinguished fellow Debapriya Bhattacharya makes a point at the report launching ceremony of the ‘Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2016’ of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific at IDB Bhaban in Dhaka on Thursday. UN […]

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With the elections of Bangladesh Football Federation set on April 30, Kazi Salahuddin, who is seeking his third term as president, spoke to New Age’s Sudipta Ananda at length in a recent interview. Here are the excerpts: Kazi Salahuddin Q: You are seeking a third term as Bangladesh Football Federation president. How satisfying your first […]

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Information minister Hasanul Haq Inu addresses a human chain organised by Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal, protesting at the recent high profile killings, in front of National Press Club in Dhaka on Thursday. Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal faction led by Hasanul Haq Inu, a partner of the Awami League-led alliance, at a protest rally in the city on […]

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The government will keep the VAT rate at 15% under the new VAT law which will come into effect from July 1, 2016, said Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith. Addressing business leaders, he said: “This time the VAT rate will not be changed and it will only be imposed on value addition.” “Comply with […]

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International commentators call the recent violent attacks in Bangladesh human rights disaster, linking it to the country’s “transformation from a rather dysfunctional but manageable democracy into an authoritarian state”, London’s Financial Times reports. The newspaper referred to the International Crisis Group’s latest report on Bangladesh’s political conflict, which warned of a possible democratic collapse. The […]

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