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Atlanta mayor stays away from Muhammad Yunus’s Nobel summit

Mayor of Atlanta Kasim Reed has washed his hands of an event planned in the US city by former Grameen Bank chief Muhammad Yunus to bring together Nobel Peace Prize winners. Yunus, embroiled in a fight with Bangladesh government for allegedly evading huge personal taxpayment, is the event’s prime mover. He is working in tandem with former US president Jimmy ...

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Trainee pilot killed in plane crash

A female trainee pilot died and an instructor was injured while a training aircraft of a flying institute crashed at Shah Makhdum Airport in Rajshahi yesterday afternoon. The deceased was identified as Tamanna Rahman Hridi (22), a trainee pilot of Bangladesh Flying Academy. Police recovered her body and sent it to the Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital morgue for autopsy. ...

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EC disqualifies Mintoo

The BNP now faces trouble in Dhaka North City Corporation election as its lone mayoral aspirant Abdul Awal Mintoo has been disqualified from the battle of ballots due to a procedural flaw in filing his nomination. The party, however, is in a comfortable situation in Dhaka South City Corporation. Two of its senior leaders — Mirza Abbas and Abdus Salam ...

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Mustafa Kamal steps down as ICC president

A H M Mustafa Kamal stepped down from the post of the President of International Cricket Council (ICC) yesterday, accusing two of his colleagues in the high echelons of the global cricket’s apex body of resorting to unconstitutional means and indulging in unlawful acts. Kamal, who is in the charge of the planning ministry of the ruling government, announced his ...

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PM for partisan local govt elections

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said local government elections should be held in partisan manner and the related laws should be amended to do so. “I think the local government polls should be held in the same way as national election is held and election campaign is conducted,” she said while replying to a lawmaker’s query during her question-answer session ...

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Fears looms before HSC exams

A total of 1,073, 884 students will take this year’s tests at 2,419 centres in 305 educational institutions. The exams will be held from 10am to 1om on Wednesday. The number of students taking this year’s higher secondary exams has dropped by 67,490. The education ministry had been forced to defer 368 SSC and equivalent exams that were to be ...

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EU condemns online activist’s murder in Bangladesh

In a statement posted on its Facebook page, it said one month after the killing of blogger Avijit Roy, “this vile aggression again calls for the EU to reiterate its strong attachment to freedom of expression, which constitutes an essential element of a democratic society”. Ambassador Pierre Mayaudon also expressed his condolences to Babu’s family. Police are yet to crack ...

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Number of students taking HSC examinations drops in 2015

Altogether 1,073, 884 students will take the tests that are starting from Apr 1 amid anti-government agitations sponsored by the BNP and its allies. The number was 67,490 students more last year. Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid on Monday told reporters that this year’s HSC examinees were from the first batch of students who took the JSC exams. “This could ...

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Lightning kills 6 in two districts in Bangladesh

Six people were killed by lightning in Chapainawabganj and Naladeshogaon districts on Monday evening. In Chapainawabganj, including a child, four people were killed by lightning at Charbaghdanga under Sadar Upazila in the district around 8:00pm. The identities of the deceased could not be known immediately. In Naogaon, two people were killed by lightning at Kushmari village under Dhamirhat Upazila in ...

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10 dead, 20 injured as bus falls into ditch in Jharkhand

Ten people have been killed and 20 injured after a bus they were travelling in overturned in Jharkhand’s Garhwa District. The accident occurred around 3 am this morning. Those injured in the accident are presently undergoing treatment at Garhwa’s Civil Hospital. Initial reports suggest the driver lost control of the bus, after which it overturned and fell into a ditch. ...

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