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Mahfuz Anam The Daily Star When does a government strangulate its capital city by preventing almost all modes of transport from reaching it? When does a government bring to a virtual halt almost all internal city movements? When does a government create such a panicky situation that traders do not open shops out of fear […]

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Sequel to Padma Bridge row: World Bank holds back $1b budgetary support fund

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By Jagaran Chakma World Bank’s dispute with Bangladesh, over funds for the Padma Multipurpose Bridge, has cast a shadow on other projects of the Bank in the country, as the multilateral lending agency has decided to hold back the US$ 1.0 billion budgetary support to Bangladesh for the current fiscal year, sources at the Economic […]

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BNP has sided with 'war criminals', claims Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

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Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has once again said BNP was trying to hinder the war crimes trial and added that her government would try the crimes against humanity perpetrated in the 1971. “BNP has sided with the war criminals and with those who committed crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War. BNP never wants […]

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Third anniversary of BDR mutiny: Horrors still haunt nation, lenghthy trial process questioned

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By Nazmus Saquib Today is the third anniversary of the infamous BDR mutiny. On this very day in 2009, some disgruntled BDR Jawans brutally killed their senior bosses to protest what they called ‘unfair treatment.’ February 25-26 is one of the cruelest times in Bangladesh as it saddens right-minded people greatly. One of the most […]

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Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus has expressed concern over the future of Grameen Bank as the government has yet to find a managing director to lead the country’s largest microlender since removing him from the position last year. “They (the government) removed me and still they couldn’t find a replacement. We’re worried about the future of […]

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International Mother Language Institute: Potential that Remains Largely unexplored

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By Sheikh Iraj Ever since the birth of Bangladesh, we have been commemorating the sacrifices made on February 21 by offering our heartfelt love and homage to the language martyrs. And Since 2000, February 21 had become of day of significance for all nations across the world. At the 30th General session of the UNESCO […]

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Journalist couple’s murder: Case filed after 36 hours; Journalist community demands Home Minister’s resignation

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By Nazmus Saquib Nowsher Alam Roman – the younger brother of ATN Bangla’s senior reporter Meherun Runi filed a murder case this evening at the Sher-e-Bangla Nagar Police Station against unidentified accused for the brutal killing of his sister along with her husband Sagar Sarwar at their residence in city’s Razabazar yesterday. Coming out from […]

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Controversial former Awami MP Joynal Hazari cleared of all charges

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By Nazmus Saquib Controversial former Awami League MP Joynal Hazari who was infamous for creating a reign of terror in Feni Upazila during the 1996-2001 tenure of the Awami League government has been acquitted of charges of illegal possession of arms in a case in which the controversial politician had been found guilty and jailed […]

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No questions of US bases in Bangladesh — Mozena refutes media reports

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By Staff Reporter US ambassador Dan W Mozena has refuted media reports about US bases in Bangladesh. “There is no question of (US) bases in Bangladesh,” he said while replying to a question on US Special Forces at a programme at the Detective Branch of police headquarters in the city this morning. US Pacific Command […]

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Dhaka Gladiators Celebrate Victory

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On 29 February, the final of the first edition of the Bangladesh Premier league (BPL) was held at the Sher-E-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur. Star studded Dhaka Gladiators saved their best for this all-important encounter of the BPL T20 by becoming its inaugural champions. The franchise of the country’s second largest division took just 15.3 […]

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By Mohammad Badrul Ahsan More than two hundred years ago Benjamin Franklin was a one-man band of talents, a noted polymath, leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, musician, inventor, satirist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. He proved electricity and lived a long life. “Better slip with foot than tongue,” is how he concentrated […]

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Of Unity and Food Security

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Zannatul Ferdous, back from Godagari (Rajshahi) Food security is a key challenge facing many in the fur-flung corners of Bangladesh. The problem is especially acute for the rural landless poor, for whom the means to combat this challenge is precariously limited. To take on this challenge, a group of villagers looked to the power of […]

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