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Looking ahead 2018: 2018 will be EC’s trial by fire

The Election Commission (EC) has many tasks in 2018, including organizing polls to at least five city corporations, but the biggest challenge by far would come from staging the 11th national election which the government wants scheduled for before the end of the year. Under the terms of the constitution, a national election must be […]

Operating profits of most of the scheduled banks increased significantly in the just-concluded year of 2017 amid rampant credit disbursements by the banks, said senior bank officials. Out of 28 banks, data of which were available till Sunday, operating profits of 27 banks rose in the year. Relatively calm political situation, moderate rise in export […]

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‘If we lose the by-polls, BNP will say that our popularity has dwindled, and if BNP wins it, then we will have to face tougher competition in all upcoming elections’ The ruling Awami League is planning to launch a massive campaign early next month with the 11th parliamentary election just over a year away. Describing […]

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Sports Reporter Tamim Iqbal has matured over the past 10 years since making his international debut in 2007, and 2017 proved to be a crucial year for the left-hander when it came to his contributions to the Tigers. The highest run-getter for Bangladesh in all the three formats scored 1,286 runs in 2017 and hit […]

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Biru Paksha Paul Banglad-eshis relish drama and nothing is more drama-filled than election time.  The atmosphere will be one of excitement and uncertainty this year. 2018 will be noted for political dramas and policy dilemmas, resulting in economic doldrums. There will be no big pro-market changes in economic policy lest this affects the vote bank—although […]

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North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un. — Reuters file photo Kim Jong Un on Monday warned the United States that he has a ‘nuclear button’ on his desk ready for use if North Korea is threatened, but offered an olive branch to South Korea, saying he was ‘open to dialogue’ with Seoul. After a year […]

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Dr AB Mirza Azizul Islam, former finance adviser to caretaker government AB Mirza Azizul Islam Top three challenges Bangladesh economy faced in 2017: # The growth of export earnings and remittance inflow has slowed down drastically in the year 2017. The export growth decreased by 1.72% compared to 10% in the previous year, while the […]

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Bangladesh pacer Taskin Ahmed speaks to reporters during a training session at the National Academy Cricket Ground in Mirpur on Saturday. — New Age photo Bangladesh pacer Taskin Ahmed said on Saturday that he was not taking any pressure to retain his position in the national team despite facing a stiff competition. The 22-year old […]

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A rainbow flag flies as people protest US president Donald Trump’s announcement that he plans to reinstate a ban on transgender individuals from serving in any capacity in the US military, in Times Square, in New York City, New York, US, July 26, 2017. — Reuters file photo Transgender people will be allowed for the […]

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The BNP, which stayed away from the 2014 general elections, plans to hold a rally at the Suhrawardy Udyan on Jan 5 as a mark of protest as the party termed it a ‘voters-less election.’ The party has applied to the Dhaka Metropolitan Police for permission, according to BNP’s Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir […]

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As water sources dry up and demands increase, women are forced to walk further and further to provide water for their family. Photo: STAR Mohammed Norul Alam Raju AST week, I visited some villages in Shyamnagar Upazila under Satkhira and Dacope Upazila under Khulna. During my visit, I talked to Aleya Begum, a 25-year-old woman […]

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Students of National Ideal School’s Khilgaon Campus revel after results of PEC, Ebtedayee, JSC and JDC examinations were published on Saturday, December 30, 2017  A total 191,628 students secured the highest grade GPA 5 this year which was 247,588 in 2016 A total of 83.65% students came out successful in this year’s Junior School Certificate […]

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