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Tributes to Bangabandhu

The nation is mourning the assassination of its founding father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members four decades ago. On this day in 1975, a group of junior army officers brutally murdered the man, who led the movement for an independent Bangladesh, at his house in Dhanmondi Road 32. The day began with President Abdul Hamid ...

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Bangladesh plunges into mourning Bangabandhu on his 40th death anniversary

Bangladeshis have opened the door to painful memories as they mourn the founding father who was abruptly and brutally taken away from them four decades ago. It was on Aug 15 that Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was assassinated by a group of junior army officers with almost all members of his family at his home. Neither the president’s 10-year-old son ...

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Pass rate in Bangladesh’s HSC exams drops to 8-year low

The success rate in this year’s HSC examinations has hit an eight-year low mainly due to students’ poor performance in English and political unrest. It fell around 10 percentage points to 65.84 percent from last year’s 75.74 percent in all the eight general education boards. The results of Higher Secondary Certificate exams, published yesterday, show a decline in the number ...

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JU teacher gets 3-year jail for wishing PM’s death

A Dhaka court has sentenced Jahangirnagar University teacher Ruhul Amin Khondokar to three years in jail for wishing death of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. He wrote in his Facebook account status “Wishing PM’s death” after the death of five people including filmmaker Tareque Masud and Ashfaque (Mishuk) Munier in a road accident. Dhaka Additional Chief Magistrate Nazmul Haque Shyamol pronounced ...

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Protect Ctg to protect country: CCC mayor

He wants to make best use of every second to accomplish mission Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) Mayor AJM Nasir Uddin yesterday stressed protecting the port city of Chittagong to protect Bangladesh as it is the country’s economic lifeline, reports UNB. “We need to protect Chittagong city if we want to protect Bangladesh. It’s our economic lifeline and commercial hub. It’s ...

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Rampant stone lifting from Dharla threatens ecology

Illegal and unabated lifting of sand and pebbles from the Dharla River and cultivable lands in many areas of Patgram upazila is affecting agriculture and threatening ecological balance there. Patgram is one of the frontier upazila bordering Jalpaiguri district of  West Bengal state, India. The upazila is enriched with valuable pebbles and thick sand. Dharla, Shaniajan and Singimari rivers are ...

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JCD chief on 16-day remand

A court here on Wednesday placed Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal President Rajib Ahsan on 16 days’ remand in 10 cases filed with Paltan Police Station in the city. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Ali Masud Sheikh passed the order when investigation officers of the cases produced the JCD chief before the court on completion of his eight-day remand in another case, seeking ...

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No further initiatives to regain GSP, says Tofail

Commerce minister Tofail Ahmed on Tuesday described the non-restoration of the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) by the US as ‘unfortunate’ and mentioned that it is only politics, not other reasons, behind depriving Bangladesh, reports UNB. Talking to reporters in the capital, he also said that US decision forced him showing no interest in taking further initiatives to regain the ...

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Experts decry decision to ban auto-rickshaws

The decision to ban three-wheelers on the national highways across the country without alternatives in place would seriously impact the country’s economy, experts this correspondent. They felt that the government would do well to review its decision considering the sufferings of people as thousands of unemployed youth across the country are engaged in the three-wheeler business. They also suggested that ...

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RAJON MURDER: NHRC chief demands trial of negligent policemen

National Human Rights Commission chairman Mizanur Rahman on Tuesday demanded charges are brought against police personnel for negligence in taking immediate measures against the killers of Samiul Alam Rajon, 13, who was beaten to death in Sylhet. ‘Step should be taken as per the criminal code against the responsible police personnel. They should be tried instead of being temporarily suspended,’ ...

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