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Fareed Zakaria addressed the Harvard Alumni Association during the Afternoon Exercises at Harvard’s 361st Commencement. “We live in an age of progress” Commencement address by Fareed Zakaria [as prepared] May 24, 2012 Thank you so much, President Faust, Fellows of the Corporation, Overseers, Ladies and Gentlemen, and graduates. To the graduates in particular, I have […]

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Is Mumbai really as cosmopolitan as it is commonly perceived? “Nah…how can this happen in Mumbai, that too with a Bollywood star?” I heard many people say when Emraan Hashmi reported that he was having difficulty in finding an apartment due to his faith. Then it was Shabana Azmi. “I wanted to buy a flat […]

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Voicing concern over the way MPs bashed noted litterateur Prof Abdullah Abu Sayeed in Parliament, Chairperson of the Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) Adv Sultana Kamal on Tuesday said the elected representatives are not above criticism. “Where does the constitution in its text say that the elected representatives are above criticism …there’s nothing like that in […]

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National Human Rights Commission on Tuesday demanded speedy legal actions on sensational murders, forced disappearances and human rights violations by law enforcers in recent times. The commission also requested the minister to consider its recommendations and observations when promoting police officials, and the minister accepted the proposal, said Prof Mizanur Rahman, chairman of the commission. […]

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Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar on Monday took oath as member of the Rajya Sabha making it clear that his focus would be cricket and hinting at concentrating on Parliament work after he stops playing the game. However, he hastened to add that he does not want rumours to swirl that he has stopped playing cricket for […]

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Two people were killed and 15 others injured in a fatal bus-truck collision at Choigoria in Chandina upazila early Monday. Among the deceased one was identified as the supervisor of the bus Shapan while identity of another victim could not be ascertained immediately. Police said the Chittagong-bound bus of Hanif Paribahan collided with the truck […]

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A mobile court yesterday fined an ice cream factory in Chittagong city Tk 50,000 and sealed it for two months on charge of using textile dye and harmful chemicals. It also destroyed the leftover raw materials and ice creams worth around Tk 2 lakh and disconnected the power supply to the factory. Based on a […]

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Nearly seven months after beheading eight Bangladeshis over murder charges, Saudi Arabia executed two more on Tuesday for killing and theft, the local media said. The duo, Najoum Mohammad Amin Abdul-Sharif and Abdul-Majid Abu Bakr Hamza, were accused of killing another Bangladeshi national Mohammed Shaheen Mohammad Kabir and stealing his money and mobile phones, Saudi […]

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Khadiza Hossain, youngest sister of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, died of old-age complications at LabAid Hospital here early this morning. She was 82. Khadiza Hossain, also paternal aunt of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, left behind three daughters and a son to mourn her death. Her one of the daughters was Roji […]

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By Kamrul Hasan Khan DHAKA — Bangladesh police charged 28 opposition officials on Monday over a series of bomb explosions in the capital Dhaka, as a nationwide strike again paralysed the country. Police said they had raided the house of the second-highest leader of the opposition, secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Alamgir, and charged other senior […]

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs sources in Dhaka though confirms that United States’ secretary of states, Hillary Rodham Clinton is scheduled to visit Bangladesh in May 5, 2012 it is clearly signaled by other sources that the US administration may call of the visit considering prevailing volatile political situation Bangladesh as well as international outcry on […]

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Salman Amin ‘Sal’ Khan (Bengali: সালমান খান) is an American educator and the founder of the Khan Academy, a free online education platform and nonprofit organization. From a small office in his home, Khan has produced over 3000 videos elucidating a wide spectrum of academic subjects, mainly focusing on mathematics and the sciences. As of […]

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