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    Signal 1 for maritime ports

    United News of Bangladesh . Dhaka | Updated at 01:47pm on December 15, 2018

    Maritime ports of Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to hoist cautionary signal no one as a depression was formed over the...

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    Kamal apologises for Friday’s remarks

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 01:37pm on December 15, 2018

    Jatiya Oikya Front top leader Kamal Hossain has formally apologised for his Friday’s remarks at the Martyred Intellectuals’ Memorial in Dhaka’s Mirpur. In a written...

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    Mashrafee harbours no Imran-like ambitions

    Agence France-Presse . Dhaka | Updated at 01:23pm on December 15, 2018

    He may be Bangladesh's biggest cricket star, but Mashrafe Mortaza insists he is not another Imran Khan, Pakistan's cricketing superhero-turned-prime minister. Contesting a seat in...

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    West Indies’ Lewis returns for Bangladesh T20s

    Agence France-Presse . Sylhet | Updated at 01:20pm on December 15, 2018

    Batsman Evin Lewis returned as the West Indies on Saturday named a 15-man squad for their three-match Twenty20 series against Bangladesh, beginning next week. Lewis...

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    20 die as truck plunges into river in Nepal

    Agence France-Presse . Kathmandu | Updated at 12:15pm on December 15, 2018

    At least 20 people died when a truck carrying mourners returning from a funeral ritual plunged around 400 metres onto a river bank in central...

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    US judge rules Obamacare unconstitutional, Democrats vow to appeal

    Agence France-Presse . Washington | Updated at 11:56am on December 15, 2018

    A federal judge in Texas ruled Friday that the US health care law known as Obamacare is unconstitutional — a ruling that opposition Democrats vowed...

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    BNP leader, three others held while ‘consuming yaba’

    United News of Bangladesh . Chattogram | Updated at 11:39am on December 15, 2018

    Police arrested four people, including Chattogram city unit Bangladesh Nationalist Party office secretary Tinku Das, while they were allegedly consuming yaba pills at Chaitanya Gali...

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    Eleven die after eating ‘toxic’ rice at Indian temple

    Agence France-Presse . New Delhi | Updated at 11:26am on December 15, 2018

    Eleven people have died after eating rice that had likely been contaminated with a toxic substance at a Hindu temple ceremony, a health official said...

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    JOF seeks president’s appointment

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 11:14am on December 15, 2018

    The Jatiya Oikya Front has sought an appointment of president Abdul Hamid for a meeting with a 10-member delegation of the front led by Dr...

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    Australia recognises West Jerusalem as Israel capital

    Reuters . Sydney | Updated at 10:17am on December 15, 2018

    Australia formally recognises West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, reversing decades of Middle East policy, but will not move its embassy there immediately, prime minister Scott...

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    Road accidents claim six lives in four districts

    United News of Bangladesh . Dhaka | Updated at 10:11am on December 15, 2018

    At least six people were killed in separate road accidents in Pabna, Rajshahi, Sirajganj and Jashore districts on Friday. In Pabna, a motorcyclist and his...

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    Traffic congestion at Shimulia Ghat due to holidaymakers’ rush

    United News of Bangladesh . Munshiganj | Updated at 10:06am on December 15, 2018

    Hundreds of passengers, including children and women, went through immense sufferings in the long queue of vehicles at Shimulia ferry point n Munshifan since Friday...

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    MP’s bother-in-law found dead in Ctg residence

    United News of Bangladesh . Chattogram | Updated at 10:01am on December 15, 2018

    Brother-in-law of Awami League MP MA Latif was found dead at his residence at Bark Mia School intersection in Fakirhat area of the port city...

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    GD filed against Kamal over ‘threats’ on journalists

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 02:30am on December 15, 2018

    A ruling Awami League election coordination subcommittee member on Friday filed a complaint against Jatiya Oikya Front chief Dr Kamal Hossain over his angry reaction to a journalist’s question about Jamaat....

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    Book reading to help people acquire knowledge

    Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha . Rajshahi | Updated at 01:49am on December 15, 2018

    Academics and development activists in Rajshahi urged people to read more books and nurture book reading to acquire knowledge....

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    Mazibul warns against clandestine attacks ahead of polls

    Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha . Cumilla | Updated at 01:48am on December 15, 2018

    Railway minister Md Mazibul Hoque on Friday warned all about clandestine attacks ahead of the upcoming general polls and said that the killers were out in the field again marking the elections....

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    25pc brick kilns operating in Khulna illegal

    United News of Bangladesh . Khulna | Updated at 01:37am on December 15, 2018

    More than one-fourth of the brick kilns in Khulna were operating illegally as 45 of them did not renew their licences....

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    Intellectuals were killed to cripple nation: speaker

    Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha . Rangpur | Updated at 01:36am on December 15, 2018

    Jatiya Sangsad speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury on Friday said that the Pakistani occupation forces with their local collaborators killed intellectuals in a pre-planned manner to make cripple the nation at the dawn of the independence in 1971....

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    Experts for strengthening local governments to attain SDGs

    Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha . Rajshahi | Updated at 01:35am on December 15, 2018

    Experts at a workshop held in Rajshahi unanimously said that effective and meaningful local government institutions, especially upazila parishads and union parishads, had become indispensable for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals....

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    Five killed in road mishaps across country

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 01:35am on December 15, 2018

    At least five people, including two siblings and a couple, were killed and seven others injured in three road accidents in Feni, Pabna and Sirajganj on Friday....

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    People to vote for boat rejecting BNP, says Obaidul Quader

    Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha . Dhaka | Updated at 01:07am on December 15, 2018

    Awami League general secretary and road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader said on Friday the country people would reject Bangladesh Nationalist Party and vote for boat as the boat was a symbol of the liberation war....

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    Sector Commanders Forum takes programmes on Victory Day

    Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha . Dhaka | Updated at 01:06am on December 15, 2018

    Sector Commanders Forum-Muktijuddho’ 71 had taken up elaborate programmes to mark the 47th Victory Day, the day when the country was liberated from the Pakistani occupation forces after a ninemonth liberation war....

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    Martyred Intellectuals Day observed in Ctg

    Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha . Chattogram | Updated at 01:05am on December 15, 2018

    Martyred Intellectual Day was observed in Chattogram port city on Friday in a befitting manner....

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    One killed in Cox’s Bazar

    Our Correspondent . Cox’s Bazar | Updated at 01:04am on December 15, 2018

    A man in his thirties, who was picked up by cops a day ago, was reportedly shot and killed during an anti-drug drive at Moulavipara of Teknaf in Cox’s Bazar on early Friday....

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    LWM observes Martyred Intellectuals Day

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 01:03am on December 15, 2018

    Liberation War Museum on Friday observed the Martyred Intellectuals Day with discussions and cultural programmes to commemorate the valiant intellectuals who embraced supreme sacrifice for emerging Bangladesh in 1971....

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    Jamaat threat to B’desh’s democracy, progress: US congressman

    Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha . Dhaka | Updated at 01:03am on December 15, 2018

    An influential US Congressman said the United States stood with the Bangladeshi people seeking free, fair and safe democratic elections but cautioned that Islamist groups like Jamaat-e-Islami posed a great threat to the country’s democracy and progress....

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    Minorities seek security steps by EC during polls

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:55am on December 15, 2018

    Leaders and activists of different religious and ethnic minority rights organisations on Friday demanded specific security measures by Election Commission ahead of the 11th general election of 30 December to avoid violence against minority communities....

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    Two killed in road mishap in Dhaka

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:43am on December 15, 2018

    Two motorcyclists were killed as their motorcycle was hit by a covered van near National Institute of Cardio Vascular Diseases under Sher-e-Bangla Nagar Police Station in the capital on Thursday night....

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    2 held for ‘defamatory’ Facebook posts about Hasina

    Staff Correspondent . Chattogram | Updated at 12:42am on December 15, 2018

    Two people were arrested on Friday in Chattogram for posting ‘defamatory remarks’ on Facebook about prime minister Sheikh Hasina....

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    Martyred Intellectuals Day observed in Khulna

    Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha . Khulna | Updated at 12:41am on December 15, 2018

    People from all walks of life in Khulna on Friday observed Martyred Intellectuals Day by paying rich tributes to the intellectuals who were killed by the Pakistan occupation forces and their local collaborators at the dawn of liberation war in 1971...

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    Nations still worlds apart

    Agence France-Presse . Katowice, Poland | Updated at 12:39am on December 15, 2018

    Nations at UN climate talks were haggling Friday over the world’s plan to avert disaster as host Poland dumped a draft decision text on delegates just hours before the summit was due to end....

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    Manpower exporter hacked to death in city apartment

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:34am on December 15, 2018

    A 43-year-old manpower exporter was hacked to death at his fifth floor rented apartment at Uttar Basabo under Sabujbagh police station in the capital early Friday....

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    Jatiya Party pledges to introduce federal system

    Ershad Kamol | Updated at 12:29am on December 15, 2018

    The Jatiya Party, an ally of the ruling Awami League, announced 18-point election manifesto on Friday pledging to introduce federal system of government making eight provinces and proportional representation system in parliamentary elections....

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    BNP calls on people to come out on Dec 30 to restore democracy

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:27am on December 15, 2018

    Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s senior leaders on Friday called upon people to utilise December 30, the polling day of the 11th parliament elections, for restoring democracy being imbued with the spirit of liberation war....

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    Trader thrown off building, killed in city

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:24am on December 15, 2018

    A 27-year-old trader was killed after being thrown off from the fourth floor of a building at West Malibagh under Ramna police station in the capital Friday afternoon in a feud over monetary relation in a business....

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    EC mulls ban on mobile phone use at polling stations

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:18am on December 15, 2018

    The Election Commission is thinking about imposing various restrictions including suspending cell phone use at polling stations in the December 30 general election to be held under a partisan government with all parties joining in....

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    Bangladesh cruise to series win

    Samsul Arefin Khan . Sylhet | Updated at 12:16am on December 15, 2018

    Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar hit contrasting fifties as Bangladesh crushed West Indies by eight-wicket in the third and final one-day international to win the three-match series 2-1 in Sylhet on Friday....

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    Violence, arrests continue as polls near

    Rashed Ahmed Mitul and Manzur H Maswood | Updated at 12:10am on December 15, 2018

    Main opposition alliance Jatiya Oikya Front chief Dr Kamal Hossain’s motorcade was attacked reportedly by ruling Awami League activists in Dhaka on Friday as opposition’s electioneering continued to be marred by violence and arrests about two weeks before the December 30 general election....

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    BNP pushing politics towards crime den: PM

    Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha . Dhaka | Updated at 12:03am on December 15, 2018

    Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday came down heavily on BNP and its election partners for giving nominations to the persons convicted for corruption, extremism and war crimes saying it seemed that they would like to take the country’s politics to the ‘crime world’....

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    US House of Representatives accuses Myanmar of Rohingya ‘genocide’

    Agence France-Presse . Washington | Updated at 12:01am on December 15, 2018

    The US House of Representatives overwhelmingly adopted a resolution Thursday calling Myanmar’s expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims a ‘genocide.’....

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    Hill, tree cutting goes unabated at Maheshkhali

    Muktadir Rashid | Updated at 12:00am on December 15, 2018

    Green activists and local people have alleged that a state-sponsored joint venture was razing and cutting hills and hillocks and felling trees at Sonarpara of Moheshkhali upazila in Cox’s Bazar violating conditions imposed by the Department of Environment....

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    Rajapakse ends standoff as Sri Lanka risked shutdown

    Agence France-Presse . Colombo | Updated at 12:00am on December 15, 2018

    Sri Lanka’s strongman leader Mahinda Rajapakse will step down on Saturday from his disputed position of premier, his son said on Friday, signalling an end to the seven-week long power-struggle that threatened to shut the government....

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    HRW slams govt over repression on opposition activists

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:00am on December 15, 2018

    Human Rights Watch said on Friday that the security forces of Bangladesh had been arresting and intimidating opposition figures and threatening freedom of expression ahead of national elections scheduled for December 30....

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    AL attacking opponents sensing defeat, alleges BNP

    United News of Bangladesh . Bogura | Updated at 12:00am on December 15, 2018

    Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Friday said that Awami League had long been carrying out attacks on the leaders and activists of BNP and Jatiya Oikya Front across the country sensing its debacle in a fair election....

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    India fight back with triple strike

    Agence France-Presse . Perth | Updated at 12:00am on December 15, 2018

    Australia’s top order batsmen squandered a number of promising starts to cede an early advantage on Australia were pleased with their overall position at the end of the first day of the second Test against India on Friday, despite several top order batsmen failing to capitalise on promising starts in Perth....

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    Trophies matter: Jose

    Agence France-Presse . Manchester | Updated at 12:00am on December 15, 2018

    Jose Mourinho says success is best measured in trophies as he prepares to take his injury-hit Manchester United squad to high-flying Liverpool on Sunday....

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    Milan crash out of Europe

    Agence France-Presse . Paris | Updated at 12:00am on December 15, 2018

    Olympiakos dumped AC Milan out of the Europa League on Thursday after beating the seven-time European champions 3-1 in a pulsating clash in Greece,....

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    Kings pip R’ganj to move to semis

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:00am on December 15, 2018

    Big-spending Bashundhara Kings reached the semi-finals of the Independence Cup when they beat Rahmatganj Muslim Friends Society 3-2 on penalties in the quarter-final at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Friday....

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    MOMENTS OF THE MATCH

    | Updated at 12:00am on December 15, 2018

    A fumble from wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim costs Bangladesh five penalty runs in the third one-day international against West Indies on Friday....

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    BANGLADESH V WEST INDIES 3RD ODI IN NUMBERS

    | Updated at 12:00am on December 15, 2018

    With the match, Mashrafee bin Murtaza became the first Bangladesh cricketer to represent his country in 200 one-day internationals....

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    Mehedi credits tight bowling for reward

    Samsul Arefin Khan . Sylhet | Updated at 12:00am on December 15, 2018

    Off-spinner Mehedi Hasan relished his tight bowling against West Indies on Friday, which rewarded him finally with his first man-of-the-match award in one-day international with career best bowling figure....

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    Series win a sign of progress: Mashrafee

    Samsul Arefin Khan . Sylhet | Updated at 12:00am on December 15, 2018

    Bangladesh one-day international skipper Mashrafee bin Murtaza on Friday said that the consistency in winning series reflected their progress in cricket and it helped them feeling confident to fulfil the upcoming challenges....

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    May’s plea for EU help cast as failure at home

    Reuters . London | Updated at 12:00am on December 15, 2018

    British prime minister Theresa May’s attempt to win assurances from the European Union on her Brexit deal was cast by opponents on Friday as a humiliating failure that did nothing to ease the parliamentary deadlock over Britain’s departure from the bloc....

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    Blair sees another Brexit referendum

    Reuters . London | Updated at 12:00am on December 15, 2018

    Former prime minister Tony Blair said a second Brexit referendum is now the most likely outcome because plans to leave the European Union face deadlock in parliament....

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    Palestinian forces scuffle with Hamas protesters in West Bank

    Agence France-Presse . Ramallah | Updated at 12:00am on December 15, 2018

    Palestinian security forces scuffled with Hamas supporters as they broke up a protest Friday in the West Bank city of Hebron, witnesses and police said....

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    SC backs Modi over Rafale jet deal

    Agence-France-Presse .New Delhi | Updated at 12:00am on December 15, 2018

    India’s Supreme Court dismissed Friday calls for an investigation into a controversial French fighter jet deal, in a move seen as a boost for prime minister Narendra Modi....

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    4 firms allowed to launch mobile app-based calling service

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:00am on December 15, 2018

    Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission has allowed four internet protocol telephony service providers (IPTSP) to launch mobile phone application-based calling service amid concern about misuse of the service for international call termination....

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    Stockbrokers, investors lament 8yrs of market decay

    Mostafizur Rahman | Updated at 12:00am on December 15, 2018

    Stockbrokers and investors have expressed their disappointment over the country’s capital market that has been suffering a downward trend since the year of market crash (2010-11), eroding the capital of thousands of investors....

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    Broiler chicken price rises, vegetables stable

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:00am on December 15, 2018

    The price of broiler chicken went up in the city’s kitchen markets over the week ending Friday due to a supply shortage of the item, traders said....

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    Ghosn family removes items from jailed auto exec’s Rio apartment

    Agence France-Presse . Rio de Janeiro | Updated at 12:00am on December 15, 2018

    Family members of Carlos Ghosn, the auto executive jailed in Japan on financial misconduct allegations, have entered an apartment he used in Rio de Janeiro and removed items, according to Nissan....

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    Eurozone growth shudders on trade worries, French protests

    Agence France-Presse . Paris | Updated at 12:00am on December 15, 2018

    Global trade war fears and disruptions caused by anti-government protests in France pushed business growth in the eurozone to a four-year low in December, an influential survey showed Friday, raising concerns the region’s economy might stall....

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    China to suspend extra tariffs on US cars, parts

    Agence France-Presse . Beijing | Updated at 12:00am on December 15, 2018

    China pressed on with its trade war truce with the United States on Friday, announcing it will suspend extra tariffs added to US-made cars and auto parts for three months from January 1.

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    China’s consumers, factories take a beating as economic gloom deepens

    Reuters . Beijing | Updated at 12:00am on December 15, 2018

    China’s November retail sales grew at their weakest pace since 2003 and industrial output rose the least in nearly three years as the economy lost further momentum, heaping pressure on Beijing to defuse its trade dispute with the United States....

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    Brexit won’t have grave impact on German economy: employers’ group

    Reuters . Berlin | Updated at 12:00am on December 15, 2018

    Britain’s departure from the European Union will hit some German businesses harder than others, but should not have a serious impact on the overall economy, the head of Germany’s BDA employers’ organisation said on Friday....

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    RBI board seeks more discussion on governance under new boss

    Reuters . Mumbai | Updated at 12:00am on December 15, 2018

    The board of the Reserve Bank of India said on Friday it had deliberated on the governance framework of the central bank and decided the matter requires ‘further examination’....

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    US recession risks jump, Fed rate hike expectations slump: poll

    Reuters . Bengaluru | Updated at 12:00am on December 15, 2018

    The risk of a US recession in the next two years has risen to 40 per cent, according to a Reuters poll of economists who also found a significant shift in expectations toward fewer Federal Reserve interest rate rises next year....

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    Can socialism save democracy?

    Theo Horesh | Updated at 12:00am on December 15, 2018

    A CONSENSUS is emerging on the left that capitalism produces inequality, which leads to oligarchy, which undermines democracy, and paves the way to fascism; and only socialism can save democracy, because it can break the oligarchy, which will restore equality, so democracy can function effectively....

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    A tale of two cities

    Andrew Levine | Updated at 12:00am on December 15, 2018

    HERE follows a tale of two cities — not, as in Dickens’s novel, Paris and London, but Paris and Madison, Wisconsin....

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    Yearning for independence, democracy

    Gazi Mizanur Rahman | Updated at 12:00am on December 15, 2018

    AROUND the fag end of the British rule in India, World War I and II broke out with a gap of only 20 years....

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    A world of multiple detonators of global wars

    James Petras | Updated at 12:00am on December 15, 2018

    WE FACE a world of multiple wars some leading to direct global power conflagrations and others that begin as regional conflicts but quickly spread to big power confrontations....

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    Worker’s wage issues need to be sorted out to stop unrest

    | Updated at 12:00am on December 15, 2018

    LABOUR unrest forced the shutdown of at least 70 apparel factories at Ashulia and in Gazipur and Narayanganj on Thursday....

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    Govt must shore up issues to improve classroom teaching

    | Updated at 12:00am on December 15, 2018

    THERE has been a popular perception now that the standards of classroom teaching, especially in schools and more in government schools, have declined to a level that portrays teachers as being more interested in making money and their students as being highly examination-centric....

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    Jazz legend Nancy Wilson dead at 81

    Agence France-Presse . Washington | Updated at 12:00am on December 15, 2018

    Nancy Wilson, a Grammy-winning singer who performed everything from jazz ballads to pop songs during a career spanning decades, has died at the age of 81....

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    Museum devoted to magic of cinema to open in LA

    Agence France-Presse . Los Angeles | Updated at 12:00am on December 15, 2018

    Nearly a century after the idea was first floated, a museum dedicated to the magic of cinema is finally set to open in Los Angeles, with the first temporary exhibition devoted to Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki....

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    Moviyana organises workshop on Bazin

    Cultural Correspondent | Updated at 12:00am on December 15, 2018

    Moviyana Film Society is holding a two-day workshop on French film critic Andre Bazin marking his 100th birth anniversary at Seminar Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy....

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    Harbola’s yearlong programme ends

    Cultural Correspondent | Updated at 12:00am on December 15, 2018

    Recitation troupe Harbola’s yearlong celebration programme, marking its 20th founding anniversary, ended through a colourful recitation show on Thursday at Shawkat Osman Memorial Auditorium of Central Public Library....

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    BSFF pays tribute to Anwar Hossain

    Cultural Correspondent | Updated at 12:00am on December 15, 2018

    Bangladesh Short Film Forum paid tribute to late eminent photographer- cinematographer Anwar Hossain organising a commemorative programme at its office in Aziz Super Market on Thursday....

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    Exodus: the story of a people in peril

    Cultural Correspondent | Updated at 12:00am on December 15, 2018

    Internationally acclaimed Australian photographer Patrick Brown has displayed photographs of the Rohingya influx from Myanmar to Bangladesh that began over a year ago and their present situation at the crammed huts in his solo photography exhibition titled ‘EXODUS’ ongoing at La Galerie of Alliance Française de Dhaka....

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    Amjad Hossain passes away

    Cultural Correspondent | Updated at 12:00am on December 15, 2018

    Ekushey Padak and National Film Award winning actor-filmmaker Amjad Hossain passed away on Friday noon at Bumrungrad Hospital in Bangkok....

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    Two train passengers killed in Pabna

    Our Correspondent . Pabna | Updated at 12:00am on December 15, 2018

    At least two train roof passengers were killed and another was injured after being hit by overhead girder of Pakshi Hardinge Bridge while they were travelling on a train roof at Pakshi of Ishwardi upazila in Pabna on Friday morning....

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    Nation recalls martyred intellectuals

    Moloy Saha | Updated at 12:00am on December 15, 2018

    The nation on Friday observed Martyred Intellectual Day, recalling with due respect those intellectuals who were killed by the Pakistani occupation army and their local collaborators on the day in 1971....

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