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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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Rescuers in Bangladesh have called off efforts to find people still missing or trapped after floods and landslides swept parts of the south-east. The number of people killed has risen to 110, with more bodies found overnight, but officials say there are no new reports of people missing. Rain has stopped but many parts of […]

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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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A Hindu bride holding flowers in her hands.—Reuters Photo DHAKA: Unlike her Muslim compatriots, Tarulata Rani is unable to inherit anything from her family, cannot divorce and cannot claim maintenance from her absent husband—all because she is a Bangladeshi Hindu. Unlike Bangladeshi Muslims or Hindus in neighbouring India and Nepal, Bangladeshi Hindu women can’t divorce […]

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New Age Staff Correspondent Thousands of people were either marooned or displaced as flash flood inundated several districts while heavy rain submerged many parts of Chittagong on Sunday as monsoon set in. A baby drowned in flood water in Cox’s Bazar and several thousand people in low-lying areas in Lalmonirhat, Kurigram, Cox’s Bazar and Bhola […]

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Popular writer Humayun Ahmed was taken to Bellevue Hospital in New York on Friday for a fresh surgery as he was experiencing pain from last two days. Family sources said he could not sleep the whole night as he felt pain in his body from Wednesday evening (New York time). He was first taken to […]

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A new report suggests that Bangladesh is achieving substantial progress in girls’ schooling, a development that, amongst other things, is helping to curb religious fundamentalism. By Shahriar Sharif After more than two decades of effort, Bangladesh has succeeded in boosting education for girls to the point where they have the same schooling opportunities as boys. […]

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DU teacher’s claim under scrutiny Staff Correspondent The Dhaka University authorities have formed a committee to investigate a PhD thesis by a teacher who claims to have interviewed around 13 lakh people in two and a half years for his work — over 1,397 people a day. Mohammed Nuruddin, a lecturer at the university’s political […]

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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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Owners on Saturday decided to keep closed more than 300 garment factories in Ashulia, on the outskirts of the capital, due to the labour unrest. Around 8:00am Sunday, thousands of workers gathered in front of Jamgara and started demonstration on the Ashulia-Baipail road protesting the owners’ decision to shutdown the factories. Police first urged the […]

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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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