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    ‘Barcelona job impossible’

    Agence France-Presse . London | Updated at 11:02pm on March 30, 2017

    Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has quashed speculation linking him with the Barcelona job by insisting he could never manage the Spanish giants...

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    Schweinsteiger bemused by World Cup question

    Agence France-Presse . Chicago | Updated at 11:01pm on March 30, 2017

    An unexpected question about the possibility of Chicago Fire winning the World Cup wrong-footed Bastian Schweinsteiger as the German star was formally unveiled to Major League Soccer on Wednesday...

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    Video tech fair but kills spectacle

    Agence France-Presse . Paris | Updated at 11:00pm on March 30, 2017

    The experiment with video assistance that backfired on France against Spain earned mixed reviews on Wednesday, praised by most for being more fair but condemned by some for killing the spectacle...

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    Ronaldo statue sparks social media laughs

    Reuters . Funchal | Updated at 10:59pm on March 30, 2017

    When the island of Madeira on Wednesday renamed its airport in honour of its hometown hero Cristiano Ronaldo, all eyes were expected to be on the four-time world player of the year who is adored not only for his soccer skills but also his model looks...

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    Messi denies swearing at referee

    Agencies . Buenos Aires | Updated at 10:59pm on March 30, 2017

    Lionel Messi has written to FIFA to request that his four-game international ban be overturned, El Mundo Deportivo has reported...

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    Habibur hits double ton in school cricket

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 10:56pm on March 30, 2017

    Opener Habibur Rahman took the Prime Bank Young Tigers School Cricket Tournament by a storm on Thursday when he scored a double century in a 50-over match to help his side Shamsul Haque Khan School and College beat Rahmatullah Model High School by whopping 427 runs at City Club Ground...

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    Afghanistan knock India out

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 10:55pm on March 30, 2017

    Bangladesh and Pakistan ended up with a dramatic tie in the Asian Cricket Council Emerging Teams Cup but Afghanistan created the biggest sensation on the final day of the group phase on Thursday by delivering a knockout punch on India...

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    Mentor tips Mushfiq to get his mojo back

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 10:56pm on March 30, 2017

    Bangladesh’s wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim made some conceptual changes to regain his composure behind the stumps, said coach Nazmul Abedin on Thursday...

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    Sensational Siddik seizes control

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 10:11pm on March 30, 2017

    Premier Bangladeshi golfer Siiddikur Rahman delighted the home crowd with a blistering six-under-par 66 to finish the second round of inaugural Chittagong Open as runaway leader in Bhatiary on Thursday...

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    No training, no problem!

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 10:46pm on March 30, 2017

    Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusinghe appeared confident about winning the ongoing three-match one-day international series against Sri Lanka as the hosts are in pressure to salvage a draw...

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    StanChart opens new flagship branch in Ctg

    Our Correspondent . Chittagong | Updated at 10:20pm on March 30, 2017

    Standard Chartered Bangladesh on Thursday inaugurated its new flagship branch in the port city. Chief executive officer of the bank, Abrar A Anwar, inaugurated the branch on Shahid Abdul Halim Road of East Nasirabad, adjacent to the Chittagong city’s GEC circle...

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    Stocks drop for 2nd day as profit taking from banks continues

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 10:20pm on March 30, 2017

    Amid volatility, Dhaka stocks declined for the second trading session on Thursday as investors continued with profit booking share sales, especially those of bank shares...

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    H&M invests in supply chain as fashion rivalry intensifies

    Reuters . Stockholm | Updated at 10:18pm on March 30, 2017

    Cost controls helped H&M to limit a drop in quarterly pretax profit but the fashion chain said it was increasing investments as it tries to keep pace with its larger rival, Zara owner Inditex...

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    Campaign to enhance workplace safety launched

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 10:17pm on March 30, 2017

    A campaign to strengthen workplace safety in different industries, especially in garment factories, of the country was launched at a programme in the capital on Thursday...

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    BERC asked to create fund for the poor

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 10:16pm on March 30, 2017

    Prime minister’s energy adviser Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury on Thursday asked the Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission to create a fund to help the poor energy consumers bear all expenses required at the arbitration tribunal...

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    No bar to hold FBCCI polls on May 14

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 10:15pm on March 30, 2017

    The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Thursday cleared the way for holding election to the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry on the scheduled date on May 14 as it stayed a High Court order that had stayed the election for two months...

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    NBR allows Ruposhi Bangla deferred payment of duties in 4 years

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 10:14pm on March 30, 2017

    The National Board of Revenue has given duty benefit to the Ruposhi Bangla Hotel authorities on import of equipments and decoration materials for renovation works of the luxury hotel...

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    Investment in govt savings tools leaps to Tk 33,283cr in Jul-Feb

    AKM Zamir Uddin | Updated at 09:59pm on March 30, 2017

    The net investment in the national savings certificates and bonds in the July-February period of the current financial year 2016-17 increased by 67.32 per cent to Tk 33,282.57 crore compared with that of Tk 19,890.55 crore posted in the same period a financial year ago...

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    Jatiya Shishu Kishore Sangskritik Utsab begins

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 08:58pm on March 30, 2017

    A three-day cultural festival for children and young artistes began at the Music and Dance Centre of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Thursday evening...

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    AL will accept Comilla polls results: Hanif

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 07:10pm on March 30, 2017

    The central leaders of the ruling Awami League on Thursday said that the vote casting of Comilla City Corporation and Sunamganj-2 parliamentary constituency by elections held free, fair and peacefully...

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    Top Tibetan lama abandons monkhood to marry friend

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 07:01pm on March 30, 2017

    A senior Tibetan lama at the centre of a long-running row over one of Buddhism's most important titles has abandoned the monkhood altogether after marrying a childhood friend in India, his office said Thursday...

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    Commuters suffer at wildcat transport strike in Tangail

    Our Correspondent | Updated at 06:56pm on March 30, 2017

    Commutes underwent acute sufferings on Thursday as the bus drivers went on a wildcat strike protesting at the draft of transport ACT- 2017, which was approved by the cabinet recently...

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    Flower fest attracts crowd

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 06:13pm on March 30, 2017

    A three-day flower festival kicked off on the Bangla Academy premises in the city on Thursday morning. Innovation and Incubation Center for Enterprises has...

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    People’s songs contributions in movements analysed

    Cultural Correspondent | Updated at 05:59pm on March 30, 2017

    People’s songs have proved to be a pro-people music genre and have expressed the demands and desires of the common people by challenging the powerful quarters in...

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    Dance has bright prospect in Bangladesh

    Cultural Correspondent | Updated at 05:55pm on March 30, 2017

    Dancer Sharmila Banerjee believes that both dance and dancers have bright future in Bangladesh as dancers these days have better opportunities for...

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    3 films hit cinemas today

    Cultural Correspondent | Updated at 05:44pm on March 30, 2017

    Two local films and a Hollywood animation film will hit cinemas today. The local films are Hotath Dekha and Nuru Mia O Tar Beauty Driver while the...

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    Comilla city polls: AL backed mayor’s PS held for assaulting journalist

    Our Correspondent | Updated at 05:42pm on March 30, 2017

    Border Guard Bangladesh personnel on Thursday afternoon arrested Masudul Islam Babu, personal secretary of ruling Awami League backed mayoral candidate from...

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    Japan to provide emergency aid for Rohingyas in Bangladesh

    United News of Bangladesh | Updated at 05:00pm on March 30, 2017

    The government of Japan has decided to extend emergency grant aid of $ 2 million to newly arrived displaced persons in Bangladesh who were...

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    Sharmin receives Women of Courage award from US

    United News of Bangladesh | Updated at 04:18pm on March 30, 2017

    Sharmin Akter, a Bangladeshi young activist against early and forced marriage, has received 2017 International Women of Courage Award from...

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    Close down all Hazaribagh tanneries by Apr 6: SC

    United News of Bangladesh | Updated at 04:01pm on March 30, 2017

    The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the tannery owners to relocate the tanneries from Hazaribagh to Savar by April 6...

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    HSC exams begins Sunday

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 01:05pm on March 30, 2017

    A number of 11,83,686 students will take Higher Secondary Certificate and equivalent exams of 2017 scheduled to begin on Sunday. The examinations will take place in...

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    'Hideous' Cristiano Ronaldo statue sparks social media laughs

    Reuters | Updated at 02:55pm on March 30, 2017

    When the island of Madeira on Wednesday renamed its airport in honour of its hometown hero Cristiano Ronaldo...

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    15 ‘robber gang’ members surrender in Barisal

    United News of Bangladesh | Updated at 01:50pm on March 30, 2017

    Fifteen members of ‘Raju Bahini’, a Sunderbans-based infamous robber gang, including its chief, surrendered to home minister Asaduzzaman Khan along with their arms and ammunition in Barisal city on Thursday...

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    Sylhet’s rail link with Dhaka, Ctg snapped

    United News of Bangladesh | Updated at 01:39pm on March 30, 2017

    Rail communications of Sylhet with Dhaka and other parts of the country have been snapped as a rail bridge turned risky due to onrush of hilly...

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    Atmosphere in Comilla election tends to deterioration: BNP

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:40pm on March 30, 2017

    Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Thursday alleged the atmosphere in the Comilla City Corporation polls tended to deterioration. BNP senior...

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    SC clears way for holding FBCCI election

    United News of Bangladesh | Updated at 11:41am on March 30, 2017

    The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Thursday rejected the High Court order that stayed the process of holding the FBCCI election for...

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    Pollution from international trade killed seven lakh in one year: scientists

    Reuters | Updated at 11:33am on March 30, 2017

    Air pollution from industries making goods for export are linked to more than 700,000 premature deaths worldwide in a single year, affecting people living thousands of...

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    Death toll from Bagerhat trawler capsize rises to 13

    United News of Bangladesh | Updated at 10:55am on March 30, 2017

    The bodies of nine more people, who had gone missing after a trawler capsized in the Panguchi River in Morelganj of Bagerhat on Tuesday morning...

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    Federal judge in Hawaii extends court order blocking Trump travel ban

    Reuters | Updated at 09:50am on March 30, 2017

    A federal judge in Hawaii indefinitely extended on Wednesday an order blocking enforcement of president Donald Trump's revised ban on travel to the United States from six predominantly Muslim countries...

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    At least seven killed in ‘Operation Hit Back’

    Our Correspondent | Updated at 10:35am on March 30, 2017

    Sporadic gunshots and explosions were heard as the joint forces resumed drive at Nasirpur extremist den of sadar upazila in Moulvibazar after...

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    UK ministers set out Brexit sovereignty plan

    BBC | Updated at 08:50am on March 30, 2017

    The government will set out how it plans to remove EU law from the statute book later by publishing details of its Great Repeal Bill...

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    BNP-backed candidate wins Comilla city polls

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 09:39am on March 30, 2017

    The voting in the elections to Comilla City Corporation is underway amid scattered incidents of violence and allegation...

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    12 killed as church bus and truck collide in Texas

    Associated Press | Updated at 08:15am on March 30, 2017

    A small shuttle bus carrying Texas church members home from a retreat collided head-on with a pickup truck, killing 12 people and injuring three others Wednesday on a two-lane highway in southwestern Texas, officials said...

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    Suicide truck bombing kills 15 in Baghdad

    Associated Press | Updated at 08:01am on March 30, 2017

    A suicide truck bomb targeted a police checkpoint in southern Baghdad on Wednesday night, killing 15 people and wounding 45, according to Iraqi officials...

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    Moudud for dialogue to deal with extremism

    United News of Bangladesh . Dhaka | Updated at 01:49am on March 30, 2017

    Amid the growing extremist incidents at different parts of the country, Bangladesh Nationalist Party senior leader Moudud Ahmed on Wednesday urged the government to take an initiative for holding dialogue with political parties for eliminating the menace...

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    Moudud for dialogue to deal with extremism

    United News of Bangladesh . Dhaka | Updated at 01:48am on March 30, 2017

    Amid the growing extremist incidents at different parts of the country, Bangladesh Nationalist Party senior leader Moudud Ahmed on Wednesday urged the government to take an initiative for holding dialogue with political parties for eliminating the menace...

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    Moudud for dialogue to deal with extremism

    United News of Bangladesh . Dhaka | Updated at 01:46am on March 30, 2017

    Amid the growing extremist incidents at different parts of the country, Bangladesh Nationalist Party senior leader Moudud Ahmed on Wednesday urged the government to take an initiative for holding dialogue with political parties for eliminating the menace...

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    Prominent citizens want protection of ethnic people’s lands in plains

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 01:36am on March 30, 2017

    A group of 13 prominent citizens led by Oikya NAP president Pankaj Bhattacharya on Wednesday asked the government to create a special land commission for the protection of landed properties of ethnic people living in the plains of Bangladesh...

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    OC found dead at house inside PS compound

    Our Correspondent . Bogra | Updated at 01:31am on March 30, 2017

    Officer-in-charge of Gabtali Police Station in Bogra ANM Abdullah Al Hasan was found dead at his house inside the police station compound on Wednesday morning...

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    Indian army chief due Friday

    Diplomatic Correspondent | Updated at 01:30am on March 30, 2017

    Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat is scheduled for Friday to arrive in Dhaka on a three-day official visit. ‘This visit is part of the ongoing high level exchanges between the armed forces of both countries,’ the Indian High Commission said in a release on Wednesday...

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    Myanmar Rohingya militants call for peacekeeping troops

    Agence France-Presse . Yangon | Updated at 01:30am on March 30, 2017

    A nascent Rohingya militant group whose raids triggered a bloody crackdown by Myanmar’s army called Wednesday for international peacekeepers to protect the stateless Muslim minority...

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    Case still pending amid lack of witnesses

    Robiul Islam | Updated at 01:28am on March 30, 2017

    Blogger Oyasiqur Rahman Babu killing case has remained stalled for lack of prosecution witnesses although two years elapsed after the murder...

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    Bangladesh to demand handover of 195 Pakistani POWs

    Diplomatic Correspondent | Updated at 01:26am on March 30, 2017

    Law minister Anisul Huq said in Dhaka on Wednesday that Bangladesh would demand that Pakistan should hand over 195 prisoners of war to Bangladesh for trial on charges of genocide during the 1971 Liberation War...

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    JICA joins IFC to help increase Bangladesh’s power capacity

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:53am on March 30, 2017

    The Japan International Cooperation Agency has joined a venture of International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, and others to support Bangladesh in increasing its power generation capacity...

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    Death toll rises to 5, still 17 missing in Bagerhat

    Our Correspondent . Khulna | Updated at 12:51am on March 30, 2017

    The rescuers recovered another body of a woman from river Panguchhi on Wednesday, reaching the death toll to five, as an overloaded trawler capsized in the river in Morelganj upazila of Bagerhat Tuesday morning...

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    Ctg abandoned baby gets custodian

    Our Correspondent . Chittagong | Updated at 12:50am on March 30, 2017

    Ekush, a one month old abandon baby boy, at last found his home as a Chittagong court on Wednesday decided his custodian...

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    Love GMOs, says Nobel laureate Richard Roberts

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:49am on March 30, 2017

    Nobel laureate Richard Roberts on Wednesday emphasised the benefits of Genetically Modified Organisms at a public lecture in the capital’s North South University Campus Auditorium...

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    HC rejects appeal

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:33am on March 30, 2017

    The High Court Division on Wednesday rejected tannery owners’ prayers to allow them to run their factories at Hazaribagh in the capital until Eid-ul-Azha....

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    EU stresses compliance

    Diplomatic Correspondent | Updated at 12:46am on March 30, 2017

    Bangladesh should take measures, including comprehensive legal provisions, for establishing trade unions and the rights of the trade unions to operate freely in garment industry by June, a European parliamentary delegation said at a press conference in Dhaka on Wednesday evening...

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    Schoolboy drowns

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:31am on March 30, 2017

    A schoolboy drowned in the River Buriganga while bathing with his friends at Keraniganj in Dhaka on Wednesday...

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    Two of six Sylhet blast victim families frightened

    Zaman Monir . Sylhet and Muktadir Rashid . Dhaka | Updated at 12:29am on March 30, 2017

    The families of two decorator business partners who were killed along with two police officers and two Bangladesh Chhatra League leaders in bomb blasts near a den of extremists in Sylhet became frightened as police suspected the two for the blasts...

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    Recycle wastewater to meet freshwater demand: experts

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:29am on March 30, 2017

    Speakers at a seminar on Wednesday said that recycling of the wastewater dumped into the surface was a must to meet the ever increasing demand for freshwater...

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    Ganasanghati calls for unity to resist extremism

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:28am on March 30, 2017

    Leaders of Ganasanghati Andolan on Wednesday called for unity to resist extremism and any imbalance deal with neighboring India during prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to India...

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    Nahid asks dishonest teachers to quit profession

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:27am on March 30, 2017

    Education minister Nurul Islam Nahid on Wednesday asked the dishonest teachers, who are involved in question paper leak, to leave the profession...

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    Comilla city polls today

    Ahammad Foyez and Yasmin Reema . Comilla | Updated at 12:23am on March 30, 2017

    All set to hold polling in the elections to Comilla City Corporation today amid doubt about its freeness and fairness while fear of extremist attack has griped city dwellers after the police cordoned off a suspected den of extremists at Kotbari Wednesday evening...

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    Four held over CU student murder

    Our Correspondent . Chittagong | Updated at 12:22am on March 30, 2017

    Police arrested four people and claimed on Wednesday that they ascertained the mystery of the murder of Md Alauddin, a student of Chittagong University, a week after he was murdered...

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    Two bodies still in Atia Mahal

    Zaman Monir . Sylhet | Updated at 12:17am on March 30, 2017

    Police could not start recovering the bodies of two more suspected extremists from the den in Sylhet till Wednesday evening, more than 24 hours after the army commando’s Operation Twilight ended...

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    Strong infrastructures, coordination stressed

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 01:05am on March 30, 2017

    Strong governance, appropriate institutions and proper coordination among the authorities were mandatory for tapping huge potential resources still hidden in the country’s offshore areas, suggested speakers at a seminar on Wednesday in the capital...

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    Critical thinking to saffron thinking

    by T Navin | Updated at 01:05am on March 30, 2017

    FOR the proponents of Hindu rashtra, the university and academic spaces acquire importance for the propagation of the concept of Hindu rashtra...

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    The west is becoming irrelevant

    by Andé Vltchek | Updated at 01:05am on March 30, 2017

    I was recently told by an Asian friend of mine who is working in Paris: ‘Lately I stopped following almost all that is happening politically in the United States, in the UK and even here in France...

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    Public enemies of world truth

    by Phil Butler | Updated at 01:05am on March 30, 2017

    WHY can’t 21st century media just report news and separate opinion? Maybe straight news that allows readers, viewers, and listeners to discern the truth is just inefficient...

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    Mooting: putting education into practice

    by Saira Rahman Khan | Updated at 01:05am on March 30, 2017

    GOOD lawyers are not only a bunch of brainy swots with a penchant for debate and a good verbal fight...

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    Early steps needed to streamline engine boats

    | Updated at 01:05am on March 30, 2017

    YET another engine boat capsize took place in Bagerhat on Tuesday. The engine boat, popularly known as a trawler carrying 50 to 60 people, capsized, as New Age reported on Wednesday, at Morrelganj in the district because of overloading and strong current in the river...

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    Environmental concerns must be addressed in earnest

    | Updated at 01:05am on March 30, 2017

    ENVIRONMENTAL degradation going apace in Chittagong by way of river pollution, encroachment on canals and the cutting of hills is concerning while a large number of cases filed with the environment court have yet to be disposed of...

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    Resist extremism, says PM

    Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha . Faridpur | Updated at 12:05am on March 30, 2017

    Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday urged the people of all strata to resist extremism, saying it is not our path to tread. ‘I call upon the people of all levels of society to put up resistance against extremism and drug addiction ... these scourges are not our ways,’ she told a mammoth public rally in Faridpur in the afternoon...

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    Maldivian model girl found dead in Rajshahi

    Our Correspondent . Rajshahi | Updated at 12:05am on March 30, 2017

    A young model from the Maldives known as the ‘girl with aqua blue eyes’, who had featured on the Vogue magazine cover, was found dead in Rajshahi city on Wednesday...

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    HC stays sedition case against Khaleda

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:05am on March 30, 2017

    The High Court Division on Wednesday stayed the proceedings against former prime minister and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in a sedition case filed by a former ruling Awami League leader...

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    Bangladesh Bank heist was state-sponsored: US

    Reuters . Manila | Updated at 12:05am on March 30, 2017

    The heist of $81 million from the Bangladesh central bank’s account at the New York Federal Reserve last year was ‘state-sponsored,’ an FBI officer in the Philippines, who has been involved in the investigations, said on Wednesday...

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    Police spot new hideouts

    Hasanat Kamal . Moulvibazar and Muktadir Rashid . Dhaka | Updated at 12:05am on March 30, 2017

    Heavy gunshots were heard near two suspected dens of extremists in Moulvibazar from Wednesday morning as the police raids were underway on the houses owned by a Bangladeshi-British taxi driver...

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