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When I hear hardened words from trade union leaders, instead of critiquing, I try and reason, and pose a critical question to myself and most of my more self-aware colleagues: Do they sound the way they sound because of their years of dissatisfaction or disappointment? Perhaps. Second question: Have we, the manufacturers, contributed to their […]

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has once again urged the Myanmar authorities to take back its nationals who have illegally entered or migrated to Bangladesh. Her call came during a meeting with the visiting National Security Adviser U Thaung Tun at the prime minister’s office in Dhaka on Tuesday. “Though there are only 30,000 registered Rohingya […]

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Fire-fighters look for survivors under the rubbles at Multifabs Limited at Kashimpur in Gazipur as the death toll from Monday’s boiler blast at the apparel factory rose to 13 on Tuesday. — Sanaul Haque Labour rights groups on Tuesday blamed absence of proper inspection by the government agency concerned and factory owners’ negligence for the […]

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Malaysian authorities arrested at least 750 Bangladeshis among 1,509 undocumented migrants in three days during a crackdown on illegal foreign workers. According to the immigration department of the Southeast Asian nation, the crackdown was launched on Friday midnight as the deadline for E-Card (enforcement card) registration expired on 30 June. Rights activist Md Harun-or Rashid […]

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The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Tuesday extended for two more weeks a chamber judge’s order that earlier temporary stayed a HC verdict declaring mobile courts conducted by executive magistrates illegal and contradictory to the constitution. A four-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha passed the order […]

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When the state is engrossed in all sorts of lofty matters, minor issues slip by unnoticed. Bangladesh is on the verge of becoming an Asian tiger. The big bucks piling up in Swiss banks is ample evidence of Bangladesh being the home of the filthy rich. In 2016, these well-heeled Bangladeshis deposited Tk 5600 crore (Tk […]

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Writer, columnist and poet Farhad Mazhar was found on a bus in Jessore last night, 18 hours after he reportedly went missing from outside his home in the capital’s Adabor. A joint team of Rab-6 and police stopped the bus in Noapara area around 11:30pm and found Farhad, said Didar Ahmed, deputy inspector general of […]

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The prices of rods that sprang up amid speculation of 15 percent uniform VAT from July 1 have stayed at that level though the government has backtracked on its decision to implement the new law from fiscal 2017-18. Some millers said the prices are unlikely to decline owing to a spiral in the prices of […]

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At least nine people were killed and about 50 others injured in a boiler explosion at a garment factory in Joydebpur of Gazipur on Monday. The death toll may rise as some of the victims are injured critically, police sources said. The deceased could not be identified yet. Six of the victims died at the […]

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Tannery factory owners have sent around 15,000 workers into forced leave saying that they have no production after the industry was relocated from Hazaribagh in the capital to the new tannery industrial park at Savar on the city suburb. Bangladesh Tanners Association treasurer and also executive director of Samata Leather Complex Ltd Mizanur Rahman said […]

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Prominent Bangladesh government critic disappears Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) officials have said tens of thousands of their activists and supporters have been arrested by the government since 2014, when the party boycotted a controversial general election over fears it would be rigged (AFP Photo/MUNIR UZ ZAMAN) One of Bangladesh’s most prominent government critics went missing […]

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The Supreme Court’s decision to scrap the 16th amendment has created a legal void, the attorney general says Government stakeholders on Monday expressed dismay at the Supreme Court’s decision to scrap the 16th amendment, saying the verdict would create a legal void. In the morning, the Appellate Division unanimously declared the amendment, which empowered the […]

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