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‘Facebook Generation’ happier than teenagers a decade ago: Study

Adolescence is a crucial stage in life when you lay the foundation for adulthoo The findings, published online by the European Journal of Public Health, claimed a growing proportion of 11 to 15-year-olds, dubbed the “Facebook Generation”, are less likely than their predecessors to do drugs, drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes and be bullied. “We have seen a decline in young ...

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USAID’s Carroll urges forging global health partnership for security against diseases

Citing the ongoing Ebola experiences, he said in Dhaka on Sunday “fragile” infrastructure and communication system were the “breeding ground” for new outbreaks in West Africa where the Ebola hit. The virus killed more than 8,000 people last year, affected more than 20,000 and travelled different parts of the world including the US. The WHO has declared it a public ...

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Oil drops as Saudi output nears record, China demand worries drag

The flash HSBC/Markit Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) dipped to 49.2 in March, below the 50-point level that separates growth in activity from a contraction on a monthly basis, stoking worries over the strength of the world’s No.2 economy. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast a reading of 50.6. “Considering that the preliminary PMI figures for major crude importers turned out ...

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Railways minister’s brother found dead in Dhaka lake

Former bureaucrat ABM Abdul Latif’s body was found at the Dhanmondi Lake, said police Quoting family members, Assistant Police Commissioner of Dhanmondi Zone Rezaul Islam said that Latif, who retired as an additional secretary, was missing after he left his home for a walk around 9pm on Saturday. The body was spotted around 11:45am on Sunday at the lake adjacent ...

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Statement attributed to BNP calls 48-hour

The shutdown will start from Monday 6am and end on Wednesday 6am, according to the statement signed by BNP Joint Secretary General Barkat Ullah Bulu that was circulated on Sunday. The cities of Dhaka and Chittagong have been kept out of the shutdown’s purview due to the upcoming City Corporation elections. According to the statement, the shutdown is to press ...

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HSC exams to be rescheduled for city polls: minister

The decision is prompted by the City Corporation elections in Dhaka and Chittagong scheduled for Apr 28, said Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid. “Exams of those three days will be rescheduled on the Election Commission’s request. New dates will be announced later,” he told a media briefing on Sunday. The HSC exams are set to start on Apr 1. This ...

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Australia World Champions again

Australia lifted the 2015 World Cup, their fifth triumph and perhaps the easiest to date, when they crushed first-time finalists New Zealand by 7 wickets on Sunday. The Kangaroos had lifted the World Cup for the first time in 1987 and then thrice in a row from 1999, 2003 and 2007. Skipper Michael Clarke (74 off 72 balls) and in-form ...

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Oil savings can fund Padma bridge, says ex-central bank governor Farashuddin

Savings from oil imports can be diverted to fund the construction of the 6.15 kms Padma Multipurpose Bridge, says former Bangladesh Bank governor Mohammed Farashuddin. He told  in an interview that with oil prices dropping to half their peak global rates. Bangladesh will do well not to revise the retail prices but divert the savings to construction of Padma bridge. ...

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Lightning kills 2 in Sunamganj

Two persons have been killed in lightning strikes at Tahirpur of Sunamganj district. The deceased are Sirajul Islam, 13, son of Chan Mia; and Md Shahjalal, 40, son of late Abdul Barik. Tahirpur police station OC Md Shahidullah said the duo died on the spot in lightning while working in the yard of their houses on Saturday afternoon.

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Five year old boy kidnapped in Sunamganj

A minor boy was abducted by miscreants from Batirkandi village in Chhatak upazila in Sunamganj on Friday. The victim was identified as Emon, 5, a resident of the same village. Family sources said a group of miscreants abducted Emon near his house on the Chhatak- Doara road of the village at about 4:30 pm. Later, they demanded Tk2 lakh from ...

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