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Seven Bangladesh banks struggle to finance themselves with Tk 94bn capital deficits

Seven banks of Bangladesh are currently operating with capital deficits totalling over Tk 94 billion until September last year – a crisis that threatens to metastasise into a large-scale banking meltdown. The total amount of capital deficit in state-owned banks Sonali, Rupali, Janata and BASIC was more than Tk 76.26 billion. Privately-owned Commerce Bank, Farmers […]

Attending a wedding in Gazipur on Sunday night, Kajal Rani Saha and her son Shuvo Saha were on way to their home in Chandpur’s Haziganj yesterday. The mother and the son, who apparently failed to get a direct transport to their village, boarded a Chittagong-bound bus near the Kanchpur bridge around 12:00noon. As the vehicle […]

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Fears losing steam before polls if it goes for an all-out movement now The BNP would not go for any tough movement at least until July as it feels it would not be able to carry on with the agitation up to the elections later this year, party insiders claimed. They said even though they […]

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No one would realise better than a woman how it feels when a child is snatched away from the arms of a mother and slaughtered, a man is murdered before the eyes of his wife, or a girl is raped. That is what happened to countless Rohingya women back in Rakhine State of Myanmar. As […]

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Money over humanity?

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by Makshudul Alom Mokul Mondal The re-emergence of ultra-nationalism in Europe and the United States and the economic dominance of the global south, led by China and India, are often conceived to cause the dilapidation of global clout maintained by the wealthy nations of the north. While the economic and cultural influences of China and […]

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Pilgrims have to spend around Tk 16,000 more this year to perform hajj mainly because of increasing airfare. The cabinet yesterday approved the draft Hajj Package-2018, fixing the maximum cost for a pilgrim under the government arrangement at Tk 3, 97,929, which was Tk 3, 81,508 last year. The minimum expenditure under the arrangement has […]

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Police say they have recovered the bodies of four men who were killed in a landslide while working at a quarry in Sylhet’s Companyganj. Two of the bodies were found on Sunday night and two others on Monday morning, said Sylhet Additional Superintendent of Police Shamsul Alam. Two of the dead have been identified as […]

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The cry for justice

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Nine years after the BDR mutiny, where do we stand? Having fallen in my life’s greatest dungeon of despair nine years ago, I am writing this with a heavy heart. Every now and then at national dailies, I highlight the military and educational achievements of my martyred father Col Quadrat Elahi, who had the potential […]

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Khaleda kept in wait

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HC to give decision on bail after receiving case records from lower court in 15 days BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, who landed in jail on February 8 upon conviction in a graft case, has to wait for a few more days to know the fate of her bail petition. The High Court yesterday did not […]

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Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) will catch big corrupts in time, it’s Chairman Iqbal Mahmood said today while taking an oath to stomp out graft in Bangladesh. “In a war, you don’t always advance. For strategy, you often have to retreat… we’re preparing traps. Soon you will see many corrupt people are caught,” he said. “You all have […]

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IndustriALL Bangladesh Council (IBC) has demanded Tk 16,000 as minimum wage for the garment workers, reports UNB. IBC secretary general Md Tauhidur Rahman made the demand at a press conference at Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU) in the city on Sunday. “In the present pay structure of Tk 5,300, it’s hardly possible for garment workers to […]

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