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Rickshaws struggle to move on a Chittagong city road inundated by torrential rain under the influence of a depression in the Bay of Bengal on Monday. The photo was taken at Agrabad in the port city. — Focusbabgla photo Heavy rains with gusty winds triggered by depression wreaked havoc in many areas of the country […]

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Police have found weapons and explosives in a raid on a suspected militant hideout in Rajshahi. Three suspects have also been detained from the house in Tanore Upazila’s Dangapara village. Eight others, including women and children, have been taken to the police station. The raid on the home of Ramzan Ali began late on Sunday […]

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Considering the fast approaching general election in Bangladesh and a likely post-Brexit economic slowdown in Europe, the International Monetary Fund has identified seven risk areas where Dhaka needs to take policy measures. Most importantly, political turmoil may return and security conditions could worsen, adversely affecting confidence, investment and growth, the IMF says. The global financial […]

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Traders have continued to sell essential foods and popular Ramadan items at higher prices, even two weeks into the holy month, taking advantage of the slack monitoring of kitchen markets in the capital. Prices of a few items saw a further hike over the last week, while some items, whose prices were increased previously, are […]

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About 70 percent of credit card-users pay off their loans before incurring any interest, leaving banks to rely on the remainder to make profits, said bankers. The Association of Bankers Bangladesh (ABB), a forum of banks’ chief executives, explained this in a letter to the central bank recently, after Bangladesh Bank’s move to cap credit […]

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  Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia on Sunday alleged that the government is conspiring to hold the next general election keeping her party away from the race as it knows about its debacle if there is an inclusive and fair election, reports UNB. “They [ruling Bangladesh Awami League] don’t want the BNP to […]

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Three investigations and 39 investigation officers have so far failed to unearth the mystery of the abduction of Kalpana Chakma and trace the Hill Women’s Federation leader even after 21 years of her abduction. A police investigation, three-member judicial inquiry commission led by retired High Court judge Abdul Jalil and Criminal Investigation Department produced inconclusive […]

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The Rapid Action Battalion yesterday arrested a garment factory owner who it claimed is a Majlish-e-Shura (policy-making body) member of JMB’s “Sarwar-Tamim Group” and also a major fund provider for the banned militant outfit. A Rab-11 team arrested Imran Ahmed, 37, managing director of Jim Tex Linkage Industries Limited, and his accomplice Shamim Mia, 29, […]

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The number of cases under Section 57 of the Information and Communication Technology Act 2006 increased significantly, despite low rate of conviction, after the section was amended in 2013 making it harsher. According to police headquarters statistics as of June 8,330 cases were filed under Section 57 of the act in four years after the […]

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South African batsman AB de Villiers (L) is run out by Indian wicketkeeper MS Dhoni during their ICC Champions Trophy match at The Oval in London on Sunday. — AFP photo India crushed South Africa by eight wickets on Sunday to set up a semi-final date with Bangladesh and knock the world’s top-ranked team out […]

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About 35 percent of tanneries in Hazaribagh have relocated to the leather industrial estate in Savar, Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu has said. Fifty-five of the 154 tanneries in Savar have started production in Savar, said Amu in response to a question from Jatiya Party MP Nurul Islam Milon in parliament on Sunday. The remaining […]

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Rakibul Hassan Rocky, who had gone missing six months ago, has returned to his home in Lakshmipur. Rocky said he had been dropped off by his kidnappers at the Baghbari area of the city with his arms and legs tied. A local rickshaw puller found him and took him home. Rocky was employed as a […]

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