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    Bodies of four of a family recovered in Cox’s Bazar

    United News of Bangladesh | Updated at 08:52pm on January 17, 2018

    Police recovered four bodies of a family from their residence at Goledighirpar of Cox's Bazar municipality on Wednesday. The deceased were identified as Suman Chowdhury,...

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    Certain quarters active before polls to grab power: PM

    Staff Correspondents | Updated at 08:22pm on January 17, 2018

    Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday told parliament that a section of people become active ahead of elections to go to power through an 'abnormal...

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    Tarana appoints torture victim Purnima her PO

    United News of Bangladesh | Updated at 07:55pm on January 17, 2018

    State minister for information Tarana Halim has appointed Purnima Sheel, who was severely tortured during the post-election violence in 2001, as her personal officer. In...

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    Announcement of schedule keeping legal flaws aimed at to foil DNCC by-poll: BNP

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 07:08pm on January 17, 2018

    Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Wednesday claimed that announcing schedule of Dhaka North City Corporation by-poll keeping 'legal flaw' is a joint venture of the government...

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    PM assures bringing non-MPO schools under MPO list on conditions

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 06:14pm on January 17, 2018

    Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday told parliament that the government will take decision about bringing non-MPO primary schools under...

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    AL to summon Shamim, Ivy, says Quader

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 05:56pm on January 17, 2018

    Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said that the party would take actions against those who tarnished its...

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    DU students begin sit-in at VC Office

    Our Correspondent | Updated at 05:36pm on January 17, 2018

    A group of Dhaka University students under the banner of Students Against Repression began sit-in in front of the university vice-chancellor’s office...

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    Committee formed to implement 9th wage board for journalists: Tarana

    United News of Bangladesh | Updated at 04:59pm on January 17, 2018

    State minister for information Tarana Halim on Wednesday said a 13-member committee has been formed to implement the 9th...

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    Zimbabwe stun Sri Lanka by 12 runs

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 03:54pm on January 17, 2018

    Hamilton Masakadza made 73 off 83 balls while Sikandar Raza added an unbeaten 81 off 67 balls as Zimbabwe posted 290-6 against Sri Lanka in...

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    Poll stay will not impact DNCC, says LGRD Minister

    United News of Bangladesh | Updated at 03:45pm on January 17, 2018

    Local government, rural development and cooperatives minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain on Wednesday said the High Court order...

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    Rohingya repatriation begins on Jan 23

    United News of Bangladesh | Updated at 03:43pm on January 17, 2018

    Bangladesh and Myanmar have agreed that Rohingya repatriation process will commence on January 23. Myanmar wants to take...

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    Myanmar sends over 1300 names of ARSA ‘extremist members’ to BD

    United News of Bangladesh | Updated at 03:04pm on January 17, 2018

    Myanmar has sent a list containing names of more than 1,300 Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army ‘extremist members’ to Bangladesh...

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    Provide funds to achieve SDGs: PM

    United News of Bangladesh | Updated at 01:04pm on January 17, 2018

    Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday urged the developed countries to come forward with financial and technical assistance to...

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    HC directs to hold DUCSU polls within six months

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:08pm on January 17, 2018

    The High Court Division on Wednesday directed the Dhaka University authorities to hold the Dhaka University Central Students Union elections...

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    HC stays DNCC mayoral by-polls

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 11:46am on January 17, 2018

    The High Court Division on Wednesday stayed Dhaka North City mayoral by-election for three months. A bench of Justice Naima Haider and...

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    Colombian army helicopter crash kills 10

    Reuters | Updated at 11:18am on January 17, 2018

    Ten people were killed when a Colombian army helicopter crashed near the town of Segovia, in northern Antioquia province, on...

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    Two ‘robbers’ lynched in N’ganj

    United News of Bangladesh | Updated at 10:57am on January 17, 2018

    Two suspected robbers were killed and four others injured in a lynch-mob attack at Baligaon of Bandar in Narayanganj early Wednesday. Quoting locals, additional superintendent...

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    Bannon testifies before House committee probing Russia campaign links

    Agence France-Presse | Updated at 10:35am on January 17, 2018

    Steve Bannon faced a marathon grilling Tuesday by a congressional committee probing Donald Trump's campaign links to Russia, as it emerged the former top aide...

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    Seven ethnic Rakhine killed as Myanmar police open fire at riot

    Agence France-Presse | Updated at 10:15am on January 17, 2018

    Myanmar police opened fire on a crowd of ethnic Rakhine Buddhists as they tried to seize a government office late Tuesday, in unrest that left...

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    US withholds $65 mln in Palestinian aid after Trump threat

    Reuters | Updated at 09:20am on January 17, 2018

    The United States on Tuesday said it would withhold about half the initial aid it planned to give a UN agency that serves the Palestinians,...

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    Trump in excellent health, says doctor

    Reuters | Updated at 09:05am on January 17, 2018

    US president Donald Trump’s overall health ‘is excellent’ and he did well on cognitive screening, the White House physician said on Tuesday. Trump has a...

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    11 injured as DU, DMC students clash

    DU Correspondent | Updated at 01:51am on January 17, 2018

    At least 11 students of Dhaka University and Dhaka Medical College and a cameraperson of a private television channel were injured in a clash between two groups of students of DU’s Salimullah Muslim Hall and DMC’s Fazle Rabbi Hall....

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    Why journalist Monir’s passport would not be renewed: HC

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 01:49am on January 17, 2018

    A High Court bench on Monday asked the government why the passport of journalist Monir Haider, now staying in the United States, would not be renewed and given back to him....

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    Bernicat calls on Khosru at his Ctg house

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 01:46am on January 17, 2018

    US ambassador Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat on Tuesday evening called on Bangladesh Nationalist Party standing committee member Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury at his house in Chittagong apparently to attend a dinner....

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    Stamford University appoints new dean

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:31am on January 17, 2018

    Professor Quazi Abdul Mannan has been appointed as the dean of arts and social science faculty of Stamford University Bangladesh. Prior to joining as the dean of the faculty on January 8, he was the chairman of department of journalism and media studies of the university....

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    UN spl envoy begins B’desh visit Thursday

    United News of Bangladesh . Dhaka | Updated at 12:30am on January 17, 2018

    The UN special rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, will be in Dhaka on a seven-day visit from tomorrow, vowing to fulfil her mandate despite the Myanmar government’s refusal to work with her....

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    6 killed in road accidents in 4 districts

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:29am on January 17, 2018

    At least six people, including two women, were killed in separate road accidents in Jessore, Sylhet, Chandpur and Feni Monday night on Tuesday. In Jessore, Selina Begum, 38, wife of Abdur Rashid, assistant sub-inspector, Khulna Metropolitan Police, died on the spot in a road crash while the policeman wounded at Murali intersection in Jessore town around 2:00pm on Tuesday, reports our correspondent in Jessore....

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    Construction in 95pc projects yet to start even after a month

    Zaman Monir . Sylhet | Updated at 12:28am on January 17, 2018

    Construction work of almost 95 per cent projects of the haor protection embankments in Sunamganj has not stated until one month after the scheduled date raising fear among the locals about the accomplishment of the project within a deadline....

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    Auto rickshaws join list of app-based transports

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:27am on January 17, 2018

    A new app-based transport hailing service that includes CNG-run auto rickshaws initiated its test-run on Tuesday following the approval of Ridesharing Service Guideline in the cabinet....

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    3,000 pvt schools to get infrastructural dev

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:26am on January 17, 2018

    The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council at a meeting on Tuesday approved a project for developing infrastructure of 3,000 selected private schools at a cost of Tk 10,469.05 crore....

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    HC verdict regarding DUCSU election today

    M Moneruzzaman | Updated at 12:25am on January 17, 2018

    The High Court Division is due to deliver its verdict today on a writ petition seeking its directive to the Dhaka University authorities to hold the Dhaka University Central Students Union elections, not held for 27 years....

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    Law enforcers quizzing protesters’ leader

    DU Correspondent | Updated at 12:23am on January 17, 2018

    Activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League, ruling Awami League’s student wing, allegedly threatened their fellow activists and leaders with dire consequences for protesting BCL’s assault on general students who demanded the Dhaka University end its ties with seven recently affiliated colleges....

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    Mauritius keen to recruit more workers from Bangladesh

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:22am on January 17, 2018

    Mauritius president Ameenah Gurib-Fakim told visiting expatriates’ welfare and overseas employment minister Nurul Islam that her country was keen to recruit more workers from Bangladesh....

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    Govt requests Maldives to regularise undocumented Bangladeshi migrants

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:21am on January 17, 2018

    The expatriates’ welfare and overseas employment ministry has requested the Maldives government to regularise undocumented Bangladeshi workers staying in the island nation....

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    Experts call for training farmers

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:20am on January 17, 2018

    Agriculture experts on Tuesday urged government and the NGOs to train and motivate farmers on how to use water for boro cropping judiciously to check the rapid depletion of underground water sources....

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    38 Sunderbans robbers surrender to HM

    Our Correspondent . Barisal | Updated at 12:19am on January 17, 2018

    Thirty-eight members of three robber gangs of Sunderbans surrendered to home minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Tuesday. They also submitted 14 firearms and 1422 rounds to the Rapid Action Battalion’s Barisal headquarters and promised to return to normal life, officials said....

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    Govt allowed to appeal

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:18am on January 17, 2018

    The Appellate Division on Tuesday allowed the government to file three appeal petitions against a verdict of the High Court Division that had declared running mobile courts by executive magistrates as ‘illegal’....

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    AL MP assaults school teacher

    Our Correspondent . Cox’s Bazar | Updated at 12:16am on January 17, 2018

    An elderly school teacher was allegedly assaulted in public by ruling Awami League member of parliament at Ramu in Cox’s Bazar on Sunday. The victim was identified as Sonil Sarma, a retired government primary school teacher. He was also a school teacher of the lawmaker....

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    ‘Child kidnapper’ killed in ‘gunfight’

    Our Correspondent . Brahmanbaria | Updated at 12:15am on January 17, 2018

    A suspected child ‘kidnapper and killer’ was killed in what police claimed a gunfight at Bahadurpur of Ashuganj in Brahmanbaria on early Tuesday. Victim Solaiman, 22, was originally from Hethalbunia village of Kathalia union in Jhalakhati and used to live in Ashuganj....

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    Thick fog continues as cold wave weakens

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:14am on January 17, 2018

    Moderate to thick fog may occur over the country during midnight to Wednesday morning and it may continue at places till noon, said Met office. It said the cold wave weakened but a mild cold wave continued sweeping over Rangpur and Rajshahi division on Tuesday....

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    10,000 police constables recruitment suspended

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:13am on January 17, 2018

    The police headquarters has suspended the process of appointing 10,000 trainee recruit constables for ‘unavoidable reasons’. The process was suspended on Sunday, hours after the ruling Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader had commented in Chittagong that his party did not need those leaders who took bribes for recruitment of police constables and night guards....

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    Defence ends arguments for 2 more fugitives

    Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha . Dhaka | Updated at 12:07am on January 17, 2018

    The defence at August 21, 2004, grenade attack case on Tuesday concluded placing arguments for two more fugitives accused at Dhaka 1st Speedy Trial Tribunal....

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    India to buy guns worth $553m for border troops

    Agence France-Presse . New Delhi | Updated at 12:05am on January 17, 2018

    India will buy more than 160,000 guns worth $553 million for troops on its disputed, high-altitude borders, the defence ministry said Tuesday. The defence acquisition council cleared the purchase of 72,400 assault rifles and 93,895 carbines for 35 billion rupees ($553 million) in a meeting chaired by defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman....

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    AL picks Atiqul, BNP selects Tabith

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:05am on January 17, 2018

    The ruling Awami League on Tuesday picked businessman Atiqul Islam as its mayoral candidate while opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party selected its leader Tabith Awal the day before for the upcoming Dhaka North City Corporation by-poll slated for February 26....

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    Lone buffalo breeding centre at risk

    Shahin Akhter | Updated at 12:05am on January 17, 2018

    The ongoing Khulna-Mongla port rail line project has drawn sharp criticism from livestock experts and officials as it cuts through the country’s lone buffalo breeding farm....

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    Defence ends arguments

    Court Correspondent | Updated at 12:05am on January 17, 2018

    Lawyers of Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia on Thursday concluded arguments seeking her acquittal of charge in Zia orphanage trust case saying that the Anti-Corruption Commission filed the ‘politically motivated’ case based on forged documents....

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    Dhaka stocks rebound on bargain hunting after 2 bruising sessions

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:05am on January 17, 2018

    Dhaka stocks on Tuesday rebounded strongly after a plunge in the previous two sessions as a section of investors went on bargain hunting share purchasing from the current sluggish market....

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    Intraco Refuelling’s Tk 30cr IPO approved

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:05am on January 17, 2018

    Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday approved Tk 30 crore initial public offering of Intraco Refueling Station Limited. BSEC gave the approval at a meeting presided over by its chairman M Khairul Hossain....

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    Exporters reluctant to seek review, want duty on raw jute exports

    Jasim Uddin | Updated at 12:05am on January 17, 2018

    Jute goods exporters have shown little interest towards a decision of the government to seek review of the anti-dumping duty imposed on Bangladeshi jute goods by India as they predict such review would bring no positive change....

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    BB annuls recruitment test of eight banks, NBFIs

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:05am on January 17, 2018

    Bangladesh Bank on Tuesday annulled the recruitment test of eight state-run banks and non-bank financial institutions that took place on January 12 amid allegations of mismanagement and protests by candidates in some of the exam centres....

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    BTRC receives 3,522 subscriber complaints against telcos in ’17

    HM Murtuza | Updated at 12:05am on January 17, 2018

    Auto-activation of unnecessary value added services, poor network coverage and excessive call drop of mobile phone services drew 3,522 complaints against mobile phone operators to the telecom regulator in 2017, with the highest number of complaints lodged against Grameenphone....

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    Mourinho ‘relaxed’ about Sanchez

    Agence France-Presse . Manchester | Updated at 12:05am on January 17, 2018

    Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho remains relaxed about his chances of signing Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez despite reported late interest from Chelsea...

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    Federer, Djokovic take control in Melbourne

    Agence France-Presse . Melbourne | Updated at 12:05am on January 17, 2018

    Flawless Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic stamped their mark on the Australian Open on Tuesday with focused former champion Maria Sharapova also successfully negotiating the first round after her drug ban....

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    Nurul puts South in command

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:05am on January 17, 2018

    Skipper Nurul Hasan scored quick-fire 133 of 129 balls as Prime Bank South Zone complied 448 runs in their first innings on the second day of the Bangladesh Cricket League second round at BKSP on Tuesday...

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    Halsall hints at making experiment

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:05am on January 17, 2018

    Bangladesh cricket team’s assistant coach Richard Halsall said on Tuesday that with some additional performers in the team, the team management has the luxury to do some experiments in the rest of the matches of the on-going tri-series....

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    Sri Lanka aim fresh start in tri-series opener

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:05am on January 17, 2018

    Sri Lanka will be looking forward to put behind their woeful memories in 2017 when they open their campaign in the tri-nation one-day international tournament against Zimbabwe in Dhaka today....

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    FIVE MEMORABLE MATCHES AT SBNS

    | Updated at 12:05am on January 17, 2018

    Rain reduced the match to 31-over-a-side and Bangladesh dismissed Sri Lanka for 147 runs thanks to Rubel Hossain’s 4-33. Bangladesh had to win this to qualify for the final and that too with a bonus point....

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    Sher-e-Bangla set for landmark 100th ODI

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:05am on January 17, 2018

    Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, the home of Bangladesh cricket, is set to host its 100th one-day international today, 11 years after it made its debut with a Bangladesh-Zimbabwe match in 2006....

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    Viewers praise films, criticise projection system

    Cultural Correspondent | Updated at 12:05am on January 17, 2018

    Viewers, mostly the young film enthusiasts, praised the organisers of Dhaka International Film Festival for screening quality films from different countries of the world....

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    Good films are rare these days: Sydney Levine

    Ershad Kamol | Updated at 12:05am on January 17, 2018

    Sydney Levine, with her over 40 years of experience in film marketing, observes that quality films are hardly produced now-a-days despite the fact that number of film productions has increased over the years with the advancement of technology....

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    BFDA to hold talent hunt for new actors

    Cultural Correspondent | Updated at 12:05am on January 17, 2018

    Bangladesh Film Directors Association in association with Bangladesh Film Development Corporation is going to launch Notun Mukher Shondhane, a talent hunt show which aims to find the next generation of actors and actresses...

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    Quality translation of Bangla literature urged

    Cultural Correspondent | Updated at 12:05am on January 17, 2018

    A seminar, held on the closing day of the International Bangla Literature Conference-1424 on Monday, urges for quality translation of Bangla literature for their global promotion...

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    Poor winter crop situation warrants early readiness

    | Updated at 12:05am on January 17, 2018

    PROLONGED submersion of farmland because of extreme weather events such as intermittent rain and flooding is reported to have affected winter crop farming...

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    Partisan appointment of worker rep not acceptable

    | Updated at 12:05am on January 17, 2018

    A JUDICIOUS formation of the wage board for apparel workers is crucial for the advancement of the sector. However, successive governments have always been insincere about it. The appointment of worker representative to the newly formed wage baord has, therefore, raised concern....

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    CPD’s ominous assessment of Rohingya repatriation

    by M Serajul Islam | Updated at 12:05am on January 17, 2018

    THE text incorporated in the MoU on the repatriation of the Rohingya refugees (it has also been called an ‘arrangement’ and ‘instrument’) that the government of Bangladesh had signed with the government of Myanmar during the visit of the Bangladesh foreign minister to Myanmar in the end of November is now emerging slowly but disappointingly for Bangladesh...

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    President Macron in China

    by Binoy Kampmark | Updated at 12:05am on January 17, 2018

    SINCE coming to power, Emmanuel Macron has given the impression of forging ahead with new agendas and ideas crafted from a novel perspective....

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    Saying ‘rubbish’ won’t make economic disparity go away

    | Updated at 12:05am on January 17, 2018

    JUST as the government has embarked on a propaganda blitz of ‘unnayan mela’ all over the country, The CPD has come forward with data which show that the rich are getting richer and the poor poorer in Bangladesh....

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    Reconciliation process suspended till after elections

    by Jehan Perera | Updated at 12:05am on January 17, 2018

    THE outcome of the forthcoming local government elections will be significant as they come at the mid-point of the national election cycle. There will be 30 political parties contesting the forthcoming local government elections. But it is the contest between three of them that is riveting. The question is who will do the best and who will do the worst out of the UNP, SLFP and SLPP....

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    Justice as a king’s command

    | Updated at 12:05am on January 17, 2018

    REMEMBER Emperor Akbar in Mughal-i-Azam? Akbar ka insaf uska hukum hai. Akbar’s command is his justice. This was how the great Mughal ruler dismissed a poor woman’s petition to save her daughter from imminent and wilful execution in the movie...

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    Ivy among 50 injured as procession attacked

    Our Correspondent . Narayanganj | Updated at 01:30am on January 17, 2018

    At least 50 people, including Narayanganj city mayor Selina Hayat Ivy, were injured when supporters of Awami League lawmaker Shamim Osman allegedly attacked a procession, led by Ivy demanding hawker-free footpaths, Tuesday afternoon at Saiham Plaza point in the city....

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    Banks to have 4 of a family as directors

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:05am on January 17, 2018

    A bill seeking amendments to Bank Company Act 1991 was passed in parliament on Tuesday amid walkout by Jatiya Party and independent lawmakers....

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    33 lakh cases pending with courts: LM

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:05am on January 17, 2018

    A total of 33,09,789 cases are pending in higher and lower courts across the country up to December 31, 2017, law, justice and parliamentary affairs minister Anisul Huq told parliament on Tuesday....

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    Govt blacklists China Harbour

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:05am on January 17, 2018

    The government has blacklisted China Harbour Engineering Company Limited for offering bribe to a secretary of the road transport and highways division, said finance minister AMA Muhith on Tuesday....

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    Rohingya children at greater risk of disaster: UNICEF

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:05am on January 17, 2018

    The health and safety of more than 5,20,000 Rohingya children living in overcrowded camps and informal settlements in Cox’s Bazar was even at greater risk of upcoming cyclone and monsoon seasons, UNICEF warned on Tuesday....

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    3.6 lakh posts fall vacant in govt offices: minister tells JS 

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:05am on January 17, 2018

    A total of 3,59,261 posts in different government offices fell vacant, public administration minister Syed Ashraful Islam told Jatiya Sangsad on Tuesday....

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    Singer Shammi Akhtar passes away

    Cultural Correspondent | Updated at 12:05am on January 17, 2018

    National award winning singer Shammi Akhtar passed away at the age of 62 on Tuesday. Akhtar was suffering from breast cancer for the last six years....

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    CU confers D Litt on Pranab

    United News of Bangladesh . Chittagong | Updated at 12:05am on January 17, 2018

    Chittagong University on Tuesday honoured the visiting former Indian president Pranab Mukherjee with a Doctor of Letters degree through a special convocation ceremony....

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    DNC mayoral by-polls challenged

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:05am on January 17, 2018

    The High Court Division would today give its order regarding two writ petitions challenging Dhaka North City mayoral by-election set for February 26. The petitioners sought stays on the by election as well as the maiden councilor elections in Dhaka North City’s 18 newly created wards and six female councilors from the reserved seats in the wards 13 to 18, set for the same day....

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    Ibtedayi teachers call off hunger strike

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:05am on January 17, 2018

    Ibtedayi madrassah teachers called off their fast-unto-death on the eighth day on Tuesday after a senior official assured them of government’s sincerity in realising their demand for nationalisation of all primary-level madrassahs under the Bangladesh Madrassah Education Board....

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    Deal signed for partial repatriation

    Shahidul Islam Chowdhury | Updated at 12:05am on January 17, 2018

    Bangladesh and Myanmar on Tuesday signed a deal for setting modalities of physical arrangement for partial repatriation within two years of transferring the first batch of Rohingyas who entered Bangladesh since October last year.

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