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Dhaka/Brussels Bangladesh faces growing political violence in the lead-up to the 2013 elections unless the government takes a more conciliatory approach towards the opposition. Bangladesh: Back to the Future, the latest report from the International Crisis Group, examines how the Awami League (AL) government, enthusiastically welcomed back to power in 2008 as a beacon of […]

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Humayun Ahmed made spl adviser to UN

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Popular writer Humayun Ahmed has been appointed special adviser to the Bangladesh Mission in United Nations. Ahmed is now staying in USA for treatment of colon cancer at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Reacting to the news of his new appointment, he said: “I am surprised but happy.” Talking to a private television […]

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The net losses incurred by Bangladesh’s state enterprises doubled to 16,880 crore taka (US$2.06 billion) in the current fiscal year compared to the previous year, mainly due to lower selling prices of fuel and electricity than their purchase prices. Of the 48 state enterprises, 36 made a profit of 8,386 crore taka ($1.02 billion), while […]

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Source: Outlook India Is it a house or a home? A temple to the new India, or a warehouse for its ghosts? Ever since Antilla arrived on Altamont Road in Mumbai, exuding mystery and quiet menace, things have not been the same. “Here we are,” the friend who took me there said, “Pay your respects […]

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Depending upon your definition, and whether or not you count Taiwan, there are “approximately” 196 countries in the world as of this writing. So while you may consider yourself to be a knowledgeable global citizen, and we’re sure you are, given the dynamic and complex nature of our planet there are certain to be at […]

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Dr. M. Rahmatullah, senior visiting fellow of the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), is a transport expert and is involved in the issues relating to transit that Bangladesh wants to give to India, Nepal and Bhutan. Recently, he talked with Inam Ahmed, Deputy Editor of The Daily Star, on various aspects of transit. The Daily […]

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Fareed Zakaria addressed the Harvard Alumni Association during the Afternoon Exercises at Harvard’s 361st Commencement. “We live in an age of progress” Commencement address by Fareed Zakaria [as prepared] May 24, 2012 Thank you so much, President Faust, Fellows of the Corporation, Overseers, Ladies and Gentlemen, and graduates. To the graduates in particular, I have […]

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Is Mumbai really as cosmopolitan as it is commonly perceived? “Nah…how can this happen in Mumbai, that too with a Bollywood star?” I heard many people say when Emraan Hashmi reported that he was having difficulty in finding an apartment due to his faith. Then it was Shabana Azmi. “I wanted to buy a flat […]

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Voicing concern over the way MPs bashed noted litterateur Prof Abdullah Abu Sayeed in Parliament, Chairperson of the Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) Adv Sultana Kamal on Tuesday said the elected representatives are not above criticism. “Where does the constitution in its text say that the elected representatives are above criticism …there’s nothing like that in […]

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National Human Rights Commission on Tuesday demanded speedy legal actions on sensational murders, forced disappearances and human rights violations by law enforcers in recent times. The commission also requested the minister to consider its recommendations and observations when promoting police officials, and the minister accepted the proposal, said Prof Mizanur Rahman, chairman of the commission. […]

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Sagar Biswas The Awami League-led grand alliance lawmakers are now deliberately avoiding visit to their constituencies fearing possible public outburst following rampant failure in service-oriented sectors and depriving people in the name of development projects.(The New Nation )Talking to The New Nation o nMonday, many expressed their apprehension that people’s anger may burst out onthe […]

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