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Tackling South Asia’s Water Crisis: Can Civil Society Help?

Last week, widespread mob violence broke out in India’s high-tech capital, Bangalore, over a Supreme Court order that requires the state of Karnataka to release 15,000 cubic feet of water per second per day from the Cauvery river to the neighboring state of Tamil Nadu. The violence, which left two dead and hundreds arrested, stems […]

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been conferred with the honour of “Planet 50-50 Champion” and “Agent of Change” award for her outstanding contributions to women empowerment. The UN-Women recognised the PM as Planet 50-50 Champion, while the Global Partnership Forum honoured her with the Agent of Change award at a reception at the UN headquarters […]

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Hasina urges world community, tells UN about Bangladesh’s zero tolerance policy on extremism Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called upon the world community to work together to root out militancy and terrorism, and plug the sources of funds, arms and ammunitions across borders. “Terrorists have no religion, caste or creed. We must unite in our […]

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Junaid Kamal Ahmad has taken over as the World Bank’s new Country Director for India, replacing Onno Ruhl, who completed his four-year term, an official statement said in New Delhi on Tuesday. Ahmad, a Bangladeshi national, was formerly Chief of Staff to World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim. “India’s recent growth and development has […]

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BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has returned home after performing Hajj in Saudi Arabia. Her arrival back home caused a traffic logjam on Airport Road as a large number of party activists and supporters gathered there to welcome her back at the airport. A heightened police presence further contributed to the congestion in the heavy weekend […]

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The five militants and another suspected attacker killed in a raid on a Gulshan cafe have been buried in Jurain two months and 22 days after the attack on the eatery. The charitable organisation Anjuman Mufidul Islam took charge of the bodies from the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) and buried them at Jurain Graveyard on […]

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The government has set the interest rate for loans from a Tk 276-crore JICA fund for remediation work of garment factories at 6 per cent, down 4 percentage points from the rate it imposed on previous such funds amid demands for the cut from the garment sector. It also set interest rate at 7 per cent […]

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Why should travel be so risky? Just the fact that at least 265 people have died and 1,153 have been injured in only 12 days during this year’s Eid holidays is maddening. The high number of casualties only shows, in no uncertain terms, the terrible mismanagement on part of the authorities that has turned our […]

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The BNP leader and former mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka had 50 acres of land in Rupganj upazila in Narayanganj confiscated today by the government The incident occurred in the afternoon when the upazila administration officially announced their confiscation of the lands in Tarabo and Golakandail areas in Rupganj. Narayanganj Deputy Commissioner Rabbi Miah said: “The […]

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Six Bangladeshi migrant workers, including two brothers, were killed and another was injured in a road accident in Saudi Arabia yesterday. The accident occurred around 11:30am (Saudi local time) when a car carrying the workers collided head-on with another car in eastern province’s Qatif town, around 350 kilometres off the capital Riyadh, Golam Moshi, Bangladesh […]

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