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Hardliners show no change of heart; liberals want a change While the mainstream BNP welcomes Khaleda Zia’s latest steps to reverse their long-held anti-India stance, hardliners are yet to believe the big neighbour can be friendlier to the party. As Khaleda during her just-concluded India visit said she would never support insurgents or terrorists and […]

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Tan Dung lead their respective sides at a bilateral meeting in Hanoi on Friday. Photo: PID BSS, Hanoi Bangladesh and Vietnam on Friday agreed to further strengthen relations between the two countries in agriculture, trade and economic sectors as well as political areas. Their consensus came […]

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Open-up window to stop 30 percent yield loss in jute                                              Dr Maqsudul Alam  Bangladeshi researchers have successfully decoded the genome of a most deadly fungus that cause havoc in global jute and soybean productions. Macrophomina phaseolina – the fungus – also causes seedling blight, root rot, and charcoal rot of more than 500 crop […]

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has stopped issuing visas to workers from Bangladesh, recruiting companies said Monday (August 27th), in a move that threatens to strangle vital remittances for the impoverished country.  The UAE has emerged as the biggest recruiter of Bangladeshi labourers in recent years, accounting for about 50% of all overseas employment opportunities […]

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Prominent physician Narayan Chandra Dutta, a central leader of BMA and pro-government Swadhinata Chikitshak Parishad (Sachip), was stabbed to death by raiding assailants at his residence in Mahakhali area of the capital early Thursday. Dr Narayan Chandra Dutta alias Nitai, 48, was an assistant professor at the National Institute of Diseases of the Chest and […]

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By: Chaitanya Chandra Halder A top metropolitan policeman in court yesterday accused former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar of destroying evidence of the August 21, 2004, grenade attack on an Awami League rally on Bangabandhu Avenue. SM Mizanur Rahman, who had become the acting commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police just three hours prior to […]

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(Reuters) – The World Bank on Friday canceled a $1.2 billion credit for a Bangladesh bridge project with immediate effect, saying it had “credible evidence” of a high-level corruption conspiracy among Bangladeshi government officials. “In light of the inadequate response by the government of Bangladesh, the World Bank has decided to cancel its $1.2 billion […]

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By: Shariar Sharif Seventeen-year-old Rasheda Begum didn’t have the slightest idea that she could be punished for acting in a play that highlighted various social ills that are forbidden in Islam – usury, dowry, gambling, child marriage and corruption. Her participation came at a painful cost, however. The 10th grade madrassa student was caned in […]

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The digital contents in the multimedia classroom seem to have emerged as a tool for the students to come out of memorising knowledge ending a more-than-a-century-old traditional teacher centred learning system, reports BSS. Under the newly introduced students’ participatory system to teach students using the digital contents, the students have been preparing their home task […]

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Sylhet, June 15 (UNB) – Eight vehicles, including six stone-laden trucks, a microbus and a auto-rickshaw, plunged into a canal as a bailey bridge over it near Borni in Companyganj upazila collapsed on Friday night, killing a passenger and injuring 10 others. The deceased was identified as Abdul Haque, 40, of village Ghoramara in the […]

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By: Rajeh Saeed Prior to his death in May 2011, former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden advised other leaders of the terror network to abandon their hideouts in Pakistan’s tribal areas and move elsewhere because their hideouts were no longer effective as safe havens. Bin Laden’s advice proved to be prescient as another senior al-Qaeda […]

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By: Udayan Namboodiri Laila Khan has not been seen since February 2011. The Bollywood actress, born in Pakistan, was working on a new movie when she went missing, together with her mother, sister, a family friend and a domestic servant. The disappearance has puzzled investigators, who have also noticed the apparent discrepancy between the starlet’s […]

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