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Powerful cartel sets Sundarbans on fire to facilitate illegal fishing, claim locals

A ‘powerful group’ is allegedly setting parts of the Sundarbans on fire to have access to large water-bodies for fishing and to gain control over forest resources. Rayenda Union Parishad Chairman and President Sundarbans Co-operative Management Committee of Sarankhola range Asaduzzaman Milon told bdnews24.com that there were about ten plots of low-lying land in the […]

Aasha Mehreen Amin   Sometimes people take things a little too literally. Just because a place is called ‘Shonir Akhra’ (the devil’s den) does not mean that everyone who lives there must be engaging in nefarious activities though perhaps there may be some basis in past history for such name-calling. Similarly, just because a road […]

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New Age Photo by Nazmul Haque Shamim Local Awami League leaders and supporters have allegedly beaten and assaulted Parshuram Upazila Nirbahi Officer HM Rokib Haidar over a trivial matter on Friday in Feni. Witnesses said, AL vice-president of Feni district unit Kairul Basar Majumdar Tapan and his supporters beat up and assaulted the UNO this […]

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Senior Awami League leader Mohammed Nasim has accused BNP chief Khaleda Zia of lying that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s son has money money in the bank account in the United States. He asked Khaleda to apologise for ‘false statements’. “Khaleda is being stupid in making such false statements which are unbelievable… She is lying to […]

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Deepak Hooda, Mustafizur Rahman (C) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar celebrate after the wicket of Dinesh Karthik during the 2016 Indian Premier League(IPL) Twenty20 cricket match between Gujarat Lions and Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 21, 2016. Bangladesh left arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman may have escaped the hindi lesson from Yuvraj Singh on stage but had to complete […]

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The US presidential election may turn out to be one of the world’s biggest un-popularity contests. Nearly half of American voters who support either Democrat Hillary Clinton or Republican Donald Trump for the White House said they will mainly be trying to block the other side from winning, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released Thursday. […]

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A US court has dismissed a lawsuit filed by victims of Rana Plaza collapse against major garment retailers Wal-Mart Stores, JC Penney, and Children’s Place. Britain’s ‘Daily Mail’ reported a judge in Delaware agreed this week with the defendants that thelawsuit was filed after the one-year deadline applicable under Bangladeshi law had expired. Sharifa Begum, […]

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President and CEO of Philippines’ Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation Lorenzo Tan has resigned. The Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation accepted the resignation of Lorenzo Tan as president and CEO of the Yuchengco-controlled financial institution effective immediately, the bank said in a statement released Friday evening. “He resigned to give the board a free hand in directing […]

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The dreaded ISIS terror groupintends to announce “an affiliate” in Bangladesh, where it has already “designated a local leader”, a US-based think-tank said, amid a series of brutal killings of secular bloggers and intellectuals in the Muslim-majority country. The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) said the radical group was preparing for a global […]

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At the end of the first nine months of the FY 2015-16, Bangladesh has recorded a massive Balance of Payments (BoP) surplus. According to Bangladesh Bank data released on Thursday, the BOP surplus grew to $2.93 billion during this period (July-March) of FY 2015-16. At this time last year, it was over $2.43 billion. But […]

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Labour MP Sadiq Khan is going to be elected Mayor of London, beating the ruling Conservatives’ candidate Zac Goldsmith to the coveted position, media reports suggest. The official result was due to be announced shortly and Sky News said Khan has been elected, according to news agency Reuters. Sky News based the report on its […]

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