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    Democracy faces a global crisis

    | Updated at 12:00am on June 20, 2019

    Democracy does not just arrive like a prize when a country achieves a certain level of GDP, writes John Feffer IF YOU are a supporter...

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    Govt must go tough on expired medicines

    | Updated at 12:00am on June 20, 2019

    THE directive that the High Court Division on Tuesday gave for the government to remove all date-expired medicines from the market and destroy them in...

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    Unmended electoral process leaves society disenfranchised

    | Updated at 12:00am on June 20, 2019

    THE fifth phase of elections to upazila councils, which was the last, in which polling took place in 23 upazilas on Tuesday are reported to...

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    India, Pakistan and China increase nuclear arsenal size

    by Abdus Sattar Ghazali | Updated at 12:00am on June 20, 2019

    AT THE start of 2019, the United States, Russia, Britain, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea had a total of some 13,865 nuclear...

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    60,000 Bangladeshi workers left undocumented in Maldives

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:42am on June 20, 2019

    About 60,000 Bangladeshi workers have been undocumented in the Maldives for years, a team of the Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Ministry and the Bangladesh...

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    National award winning hockey player Ibrahim Saber dies

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:00am on June 20, 2019

    National award winning former Bangladesh hockey team player Ibrahim Saber died at the Bangladesh Medical College Hospital in the capital on Wednesday afternoon.He was 74....

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    Simmons reveals tensions in Afghan camp

    Agence France-Presse . Manchester | Updated at 12:00am on June 20, 2019

    Afghanistan’s World Cup campaign was plunged further into crisis on Wednesday as coach Phil Simmons promised to lift the lid on simmering tensions with chief...

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    Abahani crush Manang

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:00am on June 20, 2019

    Bangladesh Premier League champions Abahani Limited crushed Nepal’s Manang Marshyangdi Club by 5-0 goals in their Group E return-leg match of the 2019 AFC Cup...

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    Marta Harnecker, the fighter

    by Farooque Chowdhury | Updated at 12:00am on June 20, 2019

    COMRADE Marta Harnecker died on June 15, 2019, of cancer in Canada. A relentless fighter, comrade Marta Harnecker (1937–2019) made valuable contributions to the areas...

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    Don’t try to give extra-effort against Australia: Kapali

    Samsul Arefin Khan | Updated at 12:00am on June 20, 2019

    Bangladesh are on cloud nine after their emphatic win over West Indies and former national cricketer Alok Kapali believed that the Tigers should not think...

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    Stocks stay afloat in nervy trading

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:00am on June 20, 2019

    Dhaka stocks rose marginally for the second day on Wednesday amid nervy trading as investors awaited the government move to review the proposed tax on...

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    Stoinis ‘a chance’ to play against Bangladesh

    Reuters . Nottingham | Updated at 12:25am on June 20, 2019

    All-rounder Marcus Stoinis is not guaranteed to play against Bangladesh on Thursday but is being retained in Australia’s Cricket World Cup squad after fighting his...

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    Sufia Kamal’s 108th birth anniv today

    Cultural Correspondent | Updated at 12:00am on June 20, 2019

    The 108th birth anniversary of poet Sufia Kamal will be observed today.A pioneer of Bengali women’s emancipation, Sufia Kamal, also founder president of Bangladesh Mahila...

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    EVMs to be used in all elections: Huda

    United News of Bangladesh . Bogura | Updated at 12:40am on June 20, 2019

    Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda on Wednesday said that Electronic Voting Machines will be used in all future elections in Bangladesh.“A legal framework...

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    VAR denies Brazil’s win

    Agence France-Presse . Salvador | Updated at 12:00am on June 20, 2019

    Brazil were held to a 0-0 draw against Venezuela in the Copa America on Tuesday after a dramatic finale which saw a late Philippe Coutinho...

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    ASEAN leaders told to get serious on Rohingya issue

    Agence France-Presse . Bangkok | Updated at 12:16am on June 20, 2019

    Southeast Asian leaders must use an upcoming summit to hold unvarnished talks on Myanmar’s treatment of the Rohingya, rights groups urged Wednesday, after a report...

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    China’s Belt and Road can speed dev, needs transparency: WB

    Reuters . Washington | Updated at 12:00am on June 20, 2019

    China’s massive Belt and Road infrastructure drive could speed up economic development and reduce poverty for dozens of developing countries, the World Bank said on...

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    US, China rekindle trade talks ahead of Trump-Xi G20 meet

    Reuters . Washington | Updated at 12:00am on June 20, 2019

    China and the United States are rekindling trade talks ahead of a meeting next week between presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping, cheering financial markets...

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    Uranium fuel to cost $1.4b in 50yrs

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:44am on June 20, 2019

    The nuclear fuel or uranium to be burnt by the twin reactors of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant will cost around US$ 1.4 billion in their...

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    Morgan surprises himself with sixes record

    Agence France-Presse . Manchester | Updated at 12:00am on June 20, 2019

    Eoin Morgan said he had exceeded his own expectations after hitting a record-breaking 17 sixes in a one-day international innings during England’s World Cup thrashing...

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    England V Afghanistan in numbers

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:00am on June 20, 2019

    1 - England on Tuesday scored 397-6 against Afghanistan at Old Trafford which is their highest ever total in World Cup. Previously their highest World...

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    Om Birla elected as speaker of Lok Sabha

    New Age Desk | Updated at 12:00am on June 20, 2019

    NDA nominee Om Birla was on Wednesday unanimously elected speaker of the Lok Sabha with prime minister Narendra Modi and the opposition assuring him of...

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    Global displacement tops 70m: UNHCR

    United News of Bangladesh . Dhaka | Updated at 12:31am on June 20, 2019

    Refugees originating from Myanmar represented the fourth largest population group by country of origin and most Rohingyas from Myanmar were hosted by Bangladesh (906,600) at...

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    NBR to get Tk 36,500cr more from consumers with new VAT law

    Jasim Uddin | Updated at 12:00am on June 20, 2019

    Consumers are set to face additional burden of price hike of many essential and consumer products due to the fallout of implementation of new Value-Added...

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    Apple explores moving 15-30pc of production capacity from China

    Reuters | Updated at 12:00am on June 20, 2019

    Apple Inc has asked its major suppliers to assess the cost implications of moving 15 per cent-30 per cent of their production capacity from China...

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    BTMA urges govt to scrap 5pc tax on yarn, machinery

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:00am on June 20, 2019

    The Bangladesh Textile Mills Association on Wednesday demanded that the government scrap the 5 per cent advance tax on textile machinery and raw materials and...

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    Activists urge Google to break up before regulators force it to

    Reuters . San Francisco | Updated at 12:00am on June 20, 2019

    Shareholder activists want Google parent Alphabet Inc to break itself up before regulators force the world’s biggest internet ad seller to split into different pieces.SumOfUs,...

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    Confident Bangladesh brace for Aussies

    Azad Majumder . Nottingham | Updated at 12:19am on June 20, 2019

    A confident-looking Bangladesh will go to their sixth match in the World Cup against Australia at Trent Bridge today hoping to give their campaign a...

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    HK lawmakers grill security chief over protest violence

    Agence-France-Presse . Hong Kong | Updated at 12:00am on June 20, 2019

    Members of Hong Kong’s legislature met Wednesday for the first time since the largest anti-government protest in the city’s history, with many opposition lawmakers slamming...

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    Johnson wins key Brexit backing in Tory leadership race

    Agence France-Presse . London | Updated at 12:00am on June 20, 2019

    British leadership favourite Boris Johnson won the endorsement of a key Brexit-backing rival on Wednesday despite accusations he was softening his rhetoric on leaving the...

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    UNICEF-BFF U-16 Nat’l Women’s C’ship begins today

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:00am on June 20, 2019

    The preliminary round of the first edition UNICEF-BFF Under-16 National Women’s Championship will kick-off at six separate venues across the country today. A total of...

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    Scrap addl tax on smartphone, save customers from price shock: BMBA

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:00am on June 20, 2019

    Bangladesh Mobile Phone Business Association on Wednesday claimed that prices of smartphone would increase significantly due to the increase in taxes on import of the...

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    Hotels, firms cut back on water use as taps run dry in Chennai

    Reuters . Chennai | Updated at 12:48am on June 20, 2019

    Hotels in India’s southern city of Chennai are rationing water for guests amid searing heat while companies limit showers as the city of 4.6 million...

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    World No Tobacco Day today

    Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha . Dhaka | Updated at 12:29am on June 20, 2019

    World No Tobacco Day will be observed today in the country highlighting health risks of tobacco consumption and effective policies to reduce its use.Every year,...

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    Theatre Art Unit stages Anuddharonio

    Cultural Correspondent | Updated at 12:00am on June 20, 2019

    Theatre troupe Theatre Art Unit staged its 32nd production titled ‘Anuddharonio’ at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Tuesday.The play, adapted and directed...

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    Aussies make no extra planning for Sakib

    Azad Majumder . Nottingham | Updated at 12:00am on June 20, 2019

    In the last four years Australia played against Bangladesh only twice in one-day internationals - both in ICC competitions and both were rained off, respectively...

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    New tax to affect competitiveness of e-com sector, says BASIS

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:00am on June 20, 2019

    The country’s e-commerce business would lose its competitiveness due to the imposition of 7.5 per cent value-added tax, said leaders of Bangladesh Association of Software...

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    Momtazuddin Ahmed remembered

    Cultural Correspondent | Updated at 12:00am on June 20, 2019

    Cultural organisations, theatre activists, educationists and other professionals paid last tributes to recently demised Ekushey Padak-winning playwright, theatre activist, academician and TV actor Momtazuddin Ahmed...

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    Facebook’s cryptocurrency ambitions face privacy concerns, political backlash

    Reuters . San Francisco | Updated at 12:00am on June 20, 2019

    Facebook Inc announced ambitious plans on Tuesday to launch a new global cryptocurrency called Libra, part of an effort to expand into digital payments that...

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    Iran won’t give Europe more time to save nuclear deal

    Reuterse . London | Updated at 12:00am on June 20, 2019

    Iran said on Wednesday it would not give European powers more time beyond July 8 to save its nuclear deal by shielding it from US...

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    Rihanna opens New York shop for her Fenty label

    Agence France-Presse . New York | Updated at 12:00am on June 20, 2019

    Rolling out her concept of fashion that is not a slave to the seasons or the shackles of Fashion Week, Rihanna opened the second pop-up...

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    Three get death penalty, 7 life term for killing ex-JU student

    United News of Bangladesh . Kishoreganj | Updated at 01:29am on June 20, 2019

    Three people were sentenced to death and seven others to life in prison on Wednesday for killing former Jahangirnagar University student Ershadul Islam Choyon in...

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    In India, all eyes on a monsoon that is critical for the economy

    Reuters . Mumbai | Updated at 12:00am on June 20, 2019

    India’s monsoon has progressed more slowly than usual after hitting Kerala nearly a week late. Monsoon rains have been 44 per cent lower-than-average so far...

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    We’re not one-man army: Mashrafee

    Azad Majumder . Nottingham | Updated at 12:00am on June 20, 2019

    Bangladesh captain Mashrafee bin Murtaza insisted on Wednesday that they are not a one-man army despite the team relying too much on their star all-round...

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    Enforced disappearance of Sohel Taj’s nephew scares nation: BNP

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 01:29am on June 20, 2019

    Voicing concern over the incidents of enforced disappearance, Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Wednesday said the entire nation received a jolt over the incident of enforced...

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    Court sends businessman to jail, issues warrant to nab another

    Emran Hossain | Updated at 12:47am on June 20, 2019

    A food court in the capital on Wednesday sent Shanta Food Ltd’s proprietor vMohammad Iqbal Hossain to jail for producing and marketing soft drink powder...

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    ACC files case against Tasfia’s father

    Staff Correspondent . Chattogram | Updated at 01:31am on June 20, 2019

    Chattogram Anti-Corruption Commission on Wednesday filed a case against the alleged drug dealer Md Amin, father of deceased 9th-grader, Tasfia Amin, whose body was found...

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    Radisson Blu Ctg to help the needy

    Staff Correspondent . Chattogram | Updated at 01:24am on June 20, 2019

    Radisson Blu Chattogram Bay View is gathering help for the needy and for the underprivileged children as a part of its community action month.The hotel...

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    Int’l workshop on maths on 10th day

    DU Correspondent | Updated at 01:30am on June 20, 2019

    Twelve-day international workshop on dynamical systems and its applications to biology entered its tenth day at AF Mujibur Rahman Ganit Bhaban in Dhaka University on...

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    Effective use of climate change mitigation fund demanded

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 01:09am on June 20, 2019

    The fund for climate change mitigation programmes should be spend effectively, observed speakers at a discussion organised by Climate Action Forum at the National Press...

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    Platini released in 2022 WC probe

    Agence France-Presse . Nanterre | Updated at 12:00am on June 20, 2019

    The banned ex-UEFA chief Michel Platini was released from custody on Wednesday after hours of questioning in connection with a criminal investigation into the awarding...

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    University student’s body recovered from Atrai River

    United News of Bangladesh . Dinajpur | Updated at 01:06am on June 20, 2019

    The body of a student of Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science and Technology University (HSTU), who drowned in Atrai River at Mohonpur in Sadar upazila, was...

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    Bangladesh achieves fastest growth among 45 countries: ADB

    Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha . Dhaka | Updated at 01:00am on June 20, 2019

    Asian Development Bank has said that Bangladesh achieved the fastest growth in the Asia-Pacific economies comprised of 45 countries.The bank in its Asian Development Outlook...

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    Non-govt school teachers hold sit-in for 4th day

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:59am on June 20, 2019

    A section of non-government primary school teachers on Wednesday continued with the sit-in programme in the capital for the fourth consecutive day demanding nationalisation of...

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    Euthanasia now legal in Australian state

    Agence France-Presse . Melbourne | Updated at 12:00am on June 20, 2019

    Terminally ill Australians can for the first time apply to end their own life, after new laws went into effect in the state of Victoria...

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    Cambodia targets 140 opposition figures to silence dissent: UN

    Reuters . Geneva | Updated at 12:00am on June 20, 2019

    Cambodian authorities have questioned, summoned or detained more than 140 members of the former Cambodia National Rescue Party in an escalating suppression of dissent, two...

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    13 get life term for Faridpur double murder

    United News of Bangladesh . Faridpur | Updated at 12:58am on June 20, 2019

    A Faridpur court on Wednesday sentenced 13 people to life imprisonment for killing two men in Saltha upazila in 2003.Faridpur Special Judge Court judge Md...

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    Shahidi shrugged off bouncer blow to stop mum worrying

    Reuters | Updated at 12:00am on June 20, 2019

    Afghanistan’s Hashmatullah Shahidi has said he disregarded medical advice and kept on batting after taking a bouncer to the helmet in Tuesday’s World Cup defeat...

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    Emissions need to be halved to avoid 3C warming: scientists

    Reuters . London | Updated at 12:00am on June 20, 2019

    Emissions need to be halved by 2030 to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius but temperatures are on track to reach double that by the...

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    Proposed health budget reflects govt’s negligent attitude: activists

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 01:23am on June 20, 2019

    Health rights campaigners on Wednesday said the allocation proposed for the health sector in the national budget for fiscal 2019-20 reflected the government’s negligent attitude...

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    Ataur Rahman’s 78th birthday celebrated

    Cultural Correspondent | Updated at 12:00am on June 20, 2019

    Renowned thespian Ataur Rahman’s 78th birthday was celebrated at the Studio Theatre Hall of the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Tuesday. Manchosarothi Ataur Rahman Karmo Udzapan...

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    UAE businesses urged to invest in agro processing sector

    United News of Bangladesh . Dhaka | Updated at 01:01am on June 20, 2019

    Bangladesh has urged businessmen of the United Arab Emirates to invest in agro processing industries and import fruits and vegetables from Bangladesh.State minister for foreign...

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    ‘Yesterday’ comedy movie gets Beatles’ seal of approval

    Reuters . London | Updated at 12:00am on June 20, 2019

    Imagine a world where The Beatles never existed? That is what British director Danny Boyle asks audiences to believe in his new movie ‘Yesterday.’The comedy,...

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    Menon wants social pension scheme for senior citizens

    United News of Bangladesh . Dhaka | Updated at 01:06am on June 20, 2019

    Former minister Rashed Khan Menon on Wednesday underscored the social pension scheme for the welfare of senior citizens.‘Social pension scheme is needed now. It can...

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    Rohingyas want participation in decision making process over repatriation

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 01:21am on June 20, 2019

    Ukhia-based rights group Arakan Rohingya Society for Peace and Human Rights in a statement has called on the Bangladesh government to include them in the...

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    Khaleda to walk out of jail with HC bail, hopes BNP 

    United News of Bangladesh . Dhaka | Updated at 01:02am on June 20, 2019

    The Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Wednesday hoped that its chairperson Khaleda Zia would be released soon from jail receiving bail from the High Court in...

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    Minor raped in Chandpur

    United News of Bangladesh . Chandpur | Updated at 01:09am on June 20, 2019

    An eight-year-old girl has reportedly been raped by a man at Ashikat in Sadar upazila.Locals said the girl, a Class-I student, was returning home from...

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    TIB slams PWC for endorsing undisclosed income legalisation

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 02:28am on June 20, 2019

    Transparency International Bangladesh on Wednesday came down hard on consultation firm Pricewaterhousecoopers as its Bangladesh unit supported a government move to legalise undisclosed income. TIB...

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    AL partners slam govt for bank scam

    Ahammad Foyez | Updated at 02:32am on June 20, 2019

    Leaders of ruling Awami League-led grand alliance criticised the government for corruption in the banking sector and said that the central bank had failed to...

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