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Rice crisis catches Qamrul napping

This year’s unusual hike in rice prices caught Food Minister Qamrul Islam napping. Both Qamrul and the ministry he leads seemed ill prepared all along, but the minister has his own logic for that. “I’m no astrologer,” he told The Daily Star, “How could I possibly anticipate that there would be such a devastating flood?” […]

A World Bank mission is expected to visit Dhaka next week to assess the progress in digitisation and modernisation of the VAT system in light of the government move to shelve the implementation of the new law for two years. The team will also assess the implications for deferred implementation of the much-talked-about law that […]

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There is more or less a national consensus that Article 57 of the ICT Act is a repressive provision and a tool to misuse power. If not, then why would the ministers of the government repeatedly promise its abolition? They have also, however, said that a new law would be enacted, in keeping with the […]

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A baby is being administered injection at Sitakunda in Chittagong on Wednesday after an unknown disease caused death of a number of children in the area. — Focusbangla photo Nine children died of an undiagnosed disease in a remote hilly area of Chittagong in the past four days. Four of the nine children died on […]

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An Iceberg the Size of DelawareJust Broke Away From Antarctica By JUGAL K. PATEL and JUSTIN GILLIS UPDATED July 12, 2017 A chunk of floating ice that weighs more than a trillion metric tons broke away from the Antarctic Peninsula, producing one of the largest icebergs ever recorded and providing a glimpse of how the […]

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The Untold Story Of Savarkar Part 1 Like Hidden Fire In the summer of 1911, the head of the British Indian Secret Service, Sir Charles Cleveland, warned the government that his men had uncovered a mysterious and dangerous conspiracy aimed at overthrowing British rule in India. ‘Like some hidden fire’ he told a gathering of […]

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Disaster management and relief minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya said the government has taken all-out measures for affected people as flood hit 45 upazilas in 13 districts. ‘Around 6.5 lakh people of 13 districts have become flood victims,’ Maya said while briefing the newsmen on flood situation in Dhaka on Wednesday. The flood-hit districts include […]

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Member participating at a meeting of Organisation for Islamic Cooperation (OIC)  Dhaka will host the next year’s 45th council of foreign ministers of the Organisation for Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the foreign office said on Wednesday. The decision was taken at the 44th council of foreign ministers (CFM) of OIC members in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, according […]

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As the monsoon month Ashar comes to an end, Dhaka dwellers woke up to waterlogged roads, after the capital saw a record 103mm rain in the last 24hrs till 9:00am today. According to the weather forecast of Bangladesh Meteorological Department valid for 24hrs, 103 millimetres rain was recorded in the capital, Dhaka, during the period, making it the […]

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Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal on Tuesday ruled out that his was family was a target of hate crime that prompted him quitting English county club Essex after playing just one match. Reports in some local paper suggested that Tamim decided to leave after a few unidentified people chased his family, attempting to throw acid at […]

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Health Minister Mohammed Nasim and his deputy Zahid Maleque yesterday blamed the Dhaka South and North City Corporations for the chikungunya outbreak in the capital, saying the two governing bodies failed to control the mosquitoes that spread the disease. The eradication of mosquito is the responsibility of the city corporations while creating public awareness about […]

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In a press conference, BCB president Nazmul Hasan has washed away the speculations on Bangladesh cricket team’s skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza’s future regarding his capability to continue till the 2019 world cup. In the press conference organized by Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), Nazmul Hasan said: “Mashrafe can play for as long as he wants”. He […]

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