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Removal of import duties on Nepali exports will open avenues for farmers and businessmen in both countries. Diplomats and merchants in Nepal are cheering Bangladesh’s decision to remove import duties on 108 agricultural products including vegetables, fruits and lentils from the Himalayan country. A Nepalese farmer walks through a paddy field to his home in […]

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Rock-throwing protesters enforcing a general strike in Bangladesh on Tuesday clashed with police, detonated home-made bombs and attacked vehicles, leaving one person dead and dozens injured. A local police official said a truck driver died early Tuesday from fatal head injuries after being hit by rocks. The attack that killed the driver and injured several […]

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A two-year-old baby from eastern Bangladesh has died of H5N1 virus, the first bird flu death in the South Asian country, a senior health official said Monday. Mahmudur Rahman, head of the country’s Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), told Xinhua that “the seventh case of Influenza A (H5N1) has been confirmed from […]

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A lawyer on Monday moved the High Court seeking a stay on the process to elect the next President of the country. The petition filed with the bench concerned of the Supreme Court by Yunus Ali Akhand also sought a ruling asking why Article 70 of the Constitution should not be scrapped after being declared […]

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A Dhaka court on Tuesday deferred the hearing on framing of charges against BNP chief Khaleda Zia in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case to May 22. Khaleda’s lawyer prayed for time as she did not show up citing ‘security reasons’ amid the 36-hour general strike called by her party-led opposition alliance. Judge Md Zahurul […]

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The European Union has expressed deep concern over the recent wave of violence in Bangladesh and called for constructive dialogue. In a letter addressed to Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Muni on 2 April 2013, Baroness Ashton, the High Representative of the European Union, expressed her “deep concern” about the recent wave of violence. She also […]

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Turning down the Prime Minister’s claim that the country’s existing laws are enough to punish those defame religion, Hefajat-e Islam on Monday demanded that a new law in line with the Holy Quran be enacted to this end. “A new law must be enacted incorporating the provision of punishment as prescribed by Islam,” Hefajat’s Dhaka […]

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বার্ড ফ্লুর সংক্রমণে দেশে প্রথম মানবমৃত্যু বার্ড ফ্লু ভাইরাসে আক্রান্ত হয়ে কুমিল্লার চৌদ্দগ্রামে এক শিশু মারা গেছে বলে নিশ্চিত করেছে সরকারের রোগতত্ত্ব, রোগনিয়ন্ত্রণ ও গবেষণা প্রতিষ্ঠান (আইইডিসিআর)। বার্ড ফ্লু বা এইচ৫এন১ ভাইরাসের সংক্রমণে বাংলাদেশে এটিই প্রথম মানুষের মৃত্যুর ঘটনা। আইইডিসিআরের পরিচালক মাহমুদুর রহমান বলেন, বাংলাদেশে বার্ড ফ্লুতে মানুষের আক্রান্ত হওয়ার ঘটনা প্রথম শনাক্ত হয় ২০০৮ […]

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Supporters of the Hifazat-e-Islam blocked Gazipur-Tangail highway with electric poles and stones on Monday during its nationwide daylong shutdown. Large number of Hifazat supporters gathered at Konabari from 6:30am, Konabari Police Outpost Sub Inspector Mohammad Golam Mostafa said. They held a rally in the area and later took position on the highway. “Large number of […]

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Authorities have rescheduled the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and equivalent examinations scheduled for Tuesday and shifted them to Saturday (April 13), Education Ministry officials say. Ministry’s Spokesperson Subodh Chandra Dhali informed bdnews24.com of the decision on Monday. He said the decision to reschedule the examinations was prompted by the BNP-sponsored general strike on the day. […]

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The country’s apparel sector trade bodies -– BGMEA and BKMEA — on Monday claimed that some ‘unruly’ people attacked 60-70 garment factories in Gazipur during the hartal hours and forced the workers to stay out of their workplaces. “It’s a conspiracy to destabilise the RMG industry although it was out of the hartal purview. BGMEA […]

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The whole-day nationwide strike called by the radical group Hifazat-e Islam began early on Monday amidst tight security arrangements. The Hifazat has called for the strike to protest against alleged obstruction it says were created by the government during its Chittagong-Dhaka long march at the weekend. Police were seen deployed at key points of the […]

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