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Terror activity ‘rose in 2016’

A new US report has indicated a decrease in terrorist attacks worldwide in 2016, but a significant increase in such activities in Bangladesh. The Department of State released the ‘Country Reports on Terrorism 2016’ on Wednesday in Washington. It said the total number of terrorist attacks in 2016 decreased by 9 percent, and total deaths […]

A BNP delegation that had gone to the British House of Lords to take part in a conference was left surprised by the Awami League’s “last-minute refusal” to join it, says a senior party leader. The reasons provided for the “mysterious” decision were not legitimate, said Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury while briefing reporters at a […]

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Private mobile operators are seeing no way of getting back within the first three years a “substantial” return of the over Tk 22,600 crore they will need to invest to roll out 4G services in Bangladesh. And their estimate has not even taken into account the spectrum charge. They say high spectrum charges and tax […]

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Teaching time at staggered or double-shift primary schools has decreased further when the annual school contact hour is already lower than the global average, affecting quality of basic education of millions. Teaching time at schools shrinks further due to the teachers’ lateness and absenteeism, teaching post vacancy and others, educationists have pointed out. Decreasing teaching […]

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Fifty one per cent of migrant workers have experience fraudulence or degrading treatment at different stages of their migration, according to a study revealed on Wednesday. Among them, 19 per cent have failed to go abroad after paying a section or full amount and 32 per cent have experienced fraudulence in the destination countries, said […]

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Bangladesh government had decided to keep its main sea port and land port open for 24 hours a day. The country’s main seaport in southeastern district of Chittagong and the land port in southwestern Jessore’s Benapole will be open round-the-clock from Aug 1. The decision came on Wednesday from an inter-ministerial meeting at capital Dhaka. […]

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Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday asked those involved in fish production, processing and export not to take any unwise step just for their small gains that may ruin one’s own business and the country’s image. ‘I specially request the fish traders involved in production, processing and export not to do anything that may shatter […]

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Bangladesh ruling party Awami Leagueskipped a dialogue on Bangladesh affairs organised by the House of Lords of the British parliament on Tuesday. Photo: Collected  Ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) has skipped a dialogue on Bangladesh affairs organised by the House of Lords of the British parliament on Tuesday. The dialogue styled ‘Terrorism in Bangladesh and […]

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The chief engineer of Bangladesh Department of Shipping has been arrested for taking bribes, according to the Anti-Corruption Commission or ACC. AKM Fakhrul Islam, chief engineer and ship surveyor at the department under the Ministry of Shipping, was detained on Tuesday from his office at the BIWTA Bhaban at Dhaka’s Motijheel. A team led by ACC […]

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Illustration of Chikungunya. Prothom Alo  At least 1.8 million people are feared to be infected with Chikungunya in the capital this year. One in 10 people in the city are at risk of the mosquito-borne fever, says a study. The study, based on three surveys conducted by the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research […]

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West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday blamed the Indian Modi government’s “diplomatic failure” for the “deterioration” in ties with neighbors like China, Nepal and Bangladesh, and said her state “suffered” because of it. “If China takes over Sikkim, which has similarities with Darjeeling, that will be because of the Centre’s failure. Relations with […]

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The looming impact of climate change threatens to force 20-30 million people away from their homes since much of the country has a possibility to disappear under water in the future, said Science and Technology Minister Yeafesh Osman yesterday. Bangladesh would do well to adapt to such climate changes and remain prepared in advance. Such […]

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