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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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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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