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Bangladesh’s telecoms regulators say it will implement a court order for shutting down night-time mobile internet packages over concerns for online suicide game Blue Whale after “identifying ones that cause harm”. “We will check to find the ones that are harmful. We’ll close it if it’s harmful,” said Shahjahan Mahmood, Chairman of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory […]

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A file photo shows a man carrying a sack of rice in Dhaka. The monthly inflation in September went up 23 months high to 6.12 per cent because of food price-led inflation against the backdrop of sharp rise in price of rice. — New Age photo The monthly inflation in September went up 23 months […]

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The saying that everything is fair in love and war is perhaps taken literally to a grisly end by many of late.  Unfortunately, that ‘everything’ takes a very savage form when women are attacked for repudiating love offers, or, in other more distressing cases, are forced to take their own lives out of frustration. In […]

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Amid fresh waves of Rohingya influx, the UN has urged the international community to come together to support the October 23 pledging conference to meet the life-saving needs of the displaced Myanmar nationals and to promote their safe return home. Three UN-led aid bodies have appealed for $434 million over six months (Sept 2017 to […]

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Income gap between the rich and the poor widened in the last six years though per capita income increased significantly in the period in the country, according to the preliminary report of the Household Income and Expenditure Survey-2016. The report shows that Gini co-efficient, which is used to measure income inequality, increased to 0.483 at […]

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During its dialogue with the Election Commission today, the ruling Awami League is going to place an 11-point proposal, including following the constitutional provision under which the incumbent prime minister would remain the head of the polls-time government. The AL would also propose to keep army as a striking force during the elections, update the […]

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The action on a punishing tour of South Africa shifts to Paarl as Bangladesh try to avoid another embarrassment after a record 10-wicket thrashing in the first ODI in Kimberley on Sunday. The second ODI is scheduled to begin today at 2:00pm (Bangladesh time) at the Boland Park, but with the heavy rain lashing the […]

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Thousands of newly arrived Rohingya refugees cross the border near Anzuman Para village, Palong Khali, Bangladesh. © UNHCR/Roger Arnold The UN Refugee Agency is concerned about the humanitarian condition of thousands of new arrivals who are stranded near the Bangladesh-Myanmar border. Since Sunday night, an estimated 10,000 to 15,000 Rohingya refugees have entered Bangladesh through […]

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Dhaka has been rated as the seventh worst megacity for women and Cairo positioned the last in the list, followed by Karachi, Kinshasa and New Delhi, according to an international poll with women’s rights experts. In the poll conducted by Thomson Reuters Foundation which asked experts on women’s issues in 19 megacities how well women are protected […]

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Construction on the elevated expressway in Dhaka has progressed 9 percent since the contracts were signed and the foundation laid in 2011. Italian-Thai Development Plc is in charge of the construction of the public-private partnership project. Work on the project stalled due to complications in land acquisition and timely fundraising for the construction, say officials […]

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At least 288 villages were partially or totally destroyed by fire in northern Rakhine State of Myanmar since August 25, 2017, according to new satellite images released by Human Rights Watch. The destruction encompassed tens of thousands of structures, primarily homes inhabited by ethnic Rohingya Muslims, the rights body said in a press release issued […]

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Bangladesh’s rate of poverty reduction has slowed down in recent years. The yearly average rate of poverty reduction has dropped from 1.7 percent, between 2005 and 2010, to 1.2 percent, between 2010 and 2016. The average poverty reduction rate has been calculated from the data to be revealed through a flagship BBS (Bangladesh Bureau of […]

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