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Hawkers warn Dhaka South Mayor Khokon over eviction

Several groups of hawkers are continuing to agitate against the Dhaka South City Corporation’s move to evict street vendors from Gulistan, Motijheel and Paltan. At a rally in front of the National Press Club on Tuesday, several hawkers’ organisations demanded a policy for rehabilitating those evicted in the last two days. Speaking at the rally, hawkers’ leader Abul Hossain warned ...

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PM urges WEF to arrange meeting focusing Bangladesh

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday urged the World Economic Forum (WEF) to arrange a meeting focusing Bangladesh and the regional economies. “We are ready to host such a meeting in Bangladesh,” she said. The premier made the request when WEF Executive Chairman Professor Klaus Schwab called on her at the Congress Centre in Davos on the sidelines of the ...

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President expresses dissatisfaction with university education

Slamming the country’s private universities, President Abdul Hamid on Tuesday said those universities failed to ensure quality education as business getting priority there. Those institutions become a tool of making money. The President also criticised the country’s public university teachers saying they spend more time on consultancy or in private universities than in their respective universities. As a result, public ...

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Fleeing Rohingya tell of rape, fire and death in Myanmar

When the Myanmar military closed in on the village of Pwint Phyu Chaung, everyone had a few seconds to make a choice. Noor Ankis (25) chose to remain in her house, where she was told to kneel to be beaten, she said, until soldiers led her to the place where women were raped. Rashida Begum (22) chose to plunge with her three ...

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Fleeing Rohingya tell of rape, fire and death in Myanmar

When the Myanmar military closed in on the village of Pwint Phyu Chaung, everyone had a few seconds to make a choice. Noor Ankis (25) chose to remain in her house, where she was told to kneel to be beaten, she said, until soldiers led her to the place where women were raped. Rashida Begum (22) chose to plunge with her three ...

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Bangladesh Railway to rehabilitate 100 more coaches for meter gauge line

The government has undertaken a project to rehabilitate 100 more coaches for meter gauge line aimed at mitigating the coach crisis, Railways minister M Mazibul Hoque said Tuesday. As part of modernisation of the Bangladesh Railway (BR), the Railways ministry has undertaken and implemented various development projects to improve the BR service up to the greater satisfaction of the common ...

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British company DP Rail signs MoU to design, finance, build, operate and maintain Bangladesh’s new 240km Dhaka Payra Railway in biggest FDI deal yet for Bangladesh

British company DP Rail has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Government of Bangladesh / Bangladesh Railway, in the presence of Her Excellency Alison Blake, the British High Commissioner to Bangladesh, and UK’s Trade Envoy for Bangladesh Rt Hon Rushanara Ali MP, for the development of the proposed 240km Dhaka – Payra railway. The MOU was signed during ...

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Development stopped after Bangabandhu’s assassination: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said that the 1975 assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman led to Bangladesh being engulfed in a political conspiracy that halted development. She made the comment at a rally in Suhrawardy Udyan  for commemorating the homecoming of the nation’s father after his release from a Pakistani jail in 1972. The prime minister said that the ...

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Eminent citizens slam govt over textbook errors

Eighty-five eminent citizens of the country have strongly condemned the anomalies in this year’s school textbooks and demanded withdrawal of the “error-ridden textbooks” immediately. In a joint statement issued yesterday, they urged the authorities concerned to stop imparting lessons through these textbooks to save the young learners from becoming “communal and superstitious”. The citizens also demanded an investigation into the ...

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Errors in textbooks : Steps would be taken soon, says Nahid

The education minister, Nurul Islam Nahid, on Tuesday said steps would be taken over the matter of error in school textbooks after probe committee submits its report. Talking to the reporters at the secretariat, the minister said, ‘The government cannot avoid the responsibility regarding the matter. The investigation is underway and we will take proper measure after getting report of ...

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