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Rage against the machine

The system manipulates us to become the worst versions of ourselves The system is in place in such a way as to make your moral compass an extraneous luxury for which you have no use. The starkest example of this is the infusion of corruption into the nation’s character. If you can think getting a […]

Vegetable exports dropped 16.81 percent year-on-year to $76.90 million in the first 11 months of fiscal 2016-17 due to a ban on direct cargo flights from Dhaka to Europe. Besides, the partial ‘self-ban’ last month by the Plant Protection Wing of the Department of Agricultural Extension on export of vegetables to avoid return of consignments […]

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The BNP has asked its grassroots leaders to keep a close watch on the upcoming process of updating voter list and also to inform the party high command if they find any problem with delimitation of constituencies. The party sent copies of a letter to the district and city unit leaders in the last two […]

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A Bangladeshi youth has been shot and killed by the unidentified gunman in Toronto, local police have said. Victor Paul Kwong, a media relations officer of Toronto police, told bdnews24.com Monday evening that “the deceased has been identified as ‘Soumik Asgar, 20, of Toronto.” He declined to give further details about the victim or his […]

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Rickshaws struggle to move on a Chittagong city road inundated by torrential rain under the influence of a depression in the Bay of Bengal on Monday. The photo was taken at Agrabad in the port city. — Focusbabgla photo Heavy rains with gusty winds triggered by depression wreaked havoc in many areas of the country […]

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Police have found weapons and explosives in a raid on a suspected militant hideout in Rajshahi. Three suspects have also been detained from the house in Tanore Upazila’s Dangapara village. Eight others, including women and children, have been taken to the police station. The raid on the home of Ramzan Ali began late on Sunday […]

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Considering the fast approaching general election in Bangladesh and a likely post-Brexit economic slowdown in Europe, the International Monetary Fund has identified seven risk areas where Dhaka needs to take policy measures. Most importantly, political turmoil may return and security conditions could worsen, adversely affecting confidence, investment and growth, the IMF says. The global financial […]

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Traders have continued to sell essential foods and popular Ramadan items at higher prices, even two weeks into the holy month, taking advantage of the slack monitoring of kitchen markets in the capital. Prices of a few items saw a further hike over the last week, while some items, whose prices were increased previously, are […]

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About 70 percent of credit card-users pay off their loans before incurring any interest, leaving banks to rely on the remainder to make profits, said bankers. The Association of Bankers Bangladesh (ABB), a forum of banks’ chief executives, explained this in a letter to the central bank recently, after Bangladesh Bank’s move to cap credit […]

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  Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia on Sunday alleged that the government is conspiring to hold the next general election keeping her party away from the race as it knows about its debacle if there is an inclusive and fair election, reports UNB. “They [ruling Bangladesh Awami League] don’t want the BNP to […]

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Three investigations and 39 investigation officers have so far failed to unearth the mystery of the abduction of Kalpana Chakma and trace the Hill Women’s Federation leader even after 21 years of her abduction. A police investigation, three-member judicial inquiry commission led by retired High Court judge Abdul Jalil and Criminal Investigation Department produced inconclusive […]

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The Rapid Action Battalion yesterday arrested a garment factory owner who it claimed is a Majlish-e-Shura (policy-making body) member of JMB’s “Sarwar-Tamim Group” and also a major fund provider for the banned militant outfit. A Rab-11 team arrested Imran Ahmed, 37, managing director of Jim Tex Linkage Industries Limited, and his accomplice Shamim Mia, 29, […]

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