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No clearance for Rampal project in UNESCO report

The government’s claim that UNESCO has given clearance to go ahead with the Rampal coal-fired power plant project, is nowhere evident in the decisions made public by the organisation. The final report on the decisions adopted during the 41st session of the World Heritage Committee held in Poland was published on Sunday.  It stated that […]

City dwellers will have to pay more for using running water from tomorrow as Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) has decided to hike the price by 5 percent only eight months after the previous price increase. Domestic consumers will pay Tk 10.50 instead of Tk 10 per unit (1,000 litres) of water while […]

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The gap between buying and selling rates for US dollar has recently widened to Tk 1.50 from Tk 1, in a development that has made imports costlier and can go on to create inflationary pressure and squeeze the foreign exchange reserves. For years, the gap has been Tk 1 a dollar as per the instruction […]

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A file photo shows a man browsing internet on a computer in Dhaka. The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission initiated a move to increase the licence acquisition fees of internet service providers drastically following an instruction from the posts and telecommunications ministry. — New Age photo Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission initiated a move to increase the […]

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The Appellate Division on Sunday expressed its annoyance over removal of the clause stipulating the High Court Division’s authority and control on subordinate court judges from the law ministry’s fresh draft disciplinary rules. At Sunday’s hearing on the matter, Chief Justice SK Sinha told attorney general Mahbubey Alam that the fresh draft rules was a […]

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Six-Month Human Rights Monitoring Report 2017 Bangladesh has ratified various international conventions and treaties, including the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UN-CAT) and Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination […]

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The High Court today declared illegal the increase of second phase gas price for the domestic use from June 1. Delivering a verdict on a writ petition, the court, however, condoned the tariff already collected from the consumers for the months of last June and July. A consumer will have to pay Tk 750 for using a […]

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Serajul Islam Chowdhury “The ruling class does not want the youth to come to politics. They are scared to youth who want change. The lack of student councils in the universities is direct proof of this fear,” said Serajul Islam Chowdhury, writer, academic, professor emeritus of Dhaka University, and the convenor of the national committee […]

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Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza became the third Bangladesh cricketer after Habibul Bashar and Shakib Al Hasan to win the the Sera Bengali award. The award was given to Mashrafe on sports category by Kolkata’s daily Bengali newspaper Anandabazar Patrika. The award is organized by the news outlet on an annual basis to celebrate […]

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The Supreme Court has rejected the draft of a gazette that clarifies the service rules for lower court judges submitted by Law Minister Anisul Huq. Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha expressed his displeasure with the draft, saying that none of the recommendations by the court had been included in it. “The law minister has made […]

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Sramik League convenor of Bogra district town, Tufan Sarker has abducted a female student from her home, raped her and then urged his party cadres and a woman councilor to make sure the incident was buried. The hired cadres, in an attempt to hush the victims, picked the student and her mother, tortured them for […]

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The Bangladesh Bridge Authority and Ital-Thai Ltd signed a Tk8,703cr deal in 2011 to construct a four-lane expressway under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) with a condition of 25 years concession period from the completion date of the project to collect tollSyed Zakir Hossain The government will also spend Tk4,885cr for land acquisition and other […]

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