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The crisis that could have been avoided

Photo:Syed Zakir Hossain The current retail price of coarse rice is Tk48 – which is Tk18 higher than what the price was this time last year Bangladesh is seeing a record hike in rice prices this year, even after the harvest season, as the government reserve of rice has hit a record low in at […]

The police and RAB personnel in plainclothes gently woke him up on the bus, says a witness to the ‘rescue’ of controversial columnist Farhad Mazhar who had mysteriously disappeared. The account comes from Shahrear Polock, a filmmaker who was on the same bus in which Mazhar, the rightist activist and poet, was found early on […]

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Around 2,000 Bangladeshis, mostly migrants from Iran, Lebanon and Jordan, got stuck in Turkey as their attempts to illegally enter Europe through the country became difficult. Bangladesh Ambassador in Ankara Allama Siddiki fears a humanitarian crisis and slower repatriation of the stranded people. He has conveyed information on the overall situation to the ministries concerned […]

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The revenue authority is relying on cigarettes and tobacco products and a steady growth of economic activities to soften the blow of the postponement of the new VAT law by another two years. The finance division drafted a massive budget for this fiscal year banking on higher revenues from the implementation of the VAT and […]

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When I hear hardened words from trade union leaders, instead of critiquing, I try and reason, and pose a critical question to myself and most of my more self-aware colleagues: Do they sound the way they sound because of their years of dissatisfaction or disappointment? Perhaps. Second question: Have we, the manufacturers, contributed to their […]

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has once again urged the Myanmar authorities to take back its nationals who have illegally entered or migrated to Bangladesh. Her call came during a meeting with the visiting National Security Adviser U Thaung Tun at the prime minister’s office in Dhaka on Tuesday. “Though there are only 30,000 registered Rohingya […]

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Fire-fighters look for survivors under the rubbles at Multifabs Limited at Kashimpur in Gazipur as the death toll from Monday’s boiler blast at the apparel factory rose to 13 on Tuesday. — Sanaul Haque Labour rights groups on Tuesday blamed absence of proper inspection by the government agency concerned and factory owners’ negligence for the […]

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Malaysian authorities arrested at least 750 Bangladeshis among 1,509 undocumented migrants in three days during a crackdown on illegal foreign workers. According to the immigration department of the Southeast Asian nation, the crackdown was launched on Friday midnight as the deadline for E-Card (enforcement card) registration expired on 30 June. Rights activist Md Harun-or Rashid […]

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The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Tuesday extended for two more weeks a chamber judge’s order that earlier temporary stayed a HC verdict declaring mobile courts conducted by executive magistrates illegal and contradictory to the constitution. A four-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha passed the order […]

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When the state is engrossed in all sorts of lofty matters, minor issues slip by unnoticed. Bangladesh is on the verge of becoming an Asian tiger. The big bucks piling up in Swiss banks is ample evidence of Bangladesh being the home of the filthy rich. In 2016, these well-heeled Bangladeshis deposited Tk 5600 crore (Tk […]

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Writer, columnist and poet Farhad Mazhar was found on a bus in Jessore last night, 18 hours after he reportedly went missing from outside his home in the capital’s Adabor. A joint team of Rab-6 and police stopped the bus in Noapara area around 11:30pm and found Farhad, said Didar Ahmed, deputy inspector general of […]

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The prices of rods that sprang up amid speculation of 15 percent uniform VAT from July 1 have stayed at that level though the government has backtracked on its decision to implement the new law from fiscal 2017-18. Some millers said the prices are unlikely to decline owing to a spiral in the prices of […]

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