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  • Meet the most influential poverty fighter you’ve never heard of

    Meet the most influential poverty fighter you’ve never heard of

    Sir Fazle Hasan Abed founded Brac, one of the world’s largest anti-poverty NGOs with 115,000 employees in 12 countries offering services to some 138 million people

  • Cat casually rides the subway by himself

    Cat casually rides the subway by himself

    Commuting to and from work every day on public transportation can be a miserable experience, but imagine how much better it would be if a cute cat was your fellow passenger. Apparently, that can definitely happen if you reside in Tokyo. The streetwise feline in the previous tweet was spotted many times on the city’s

  • Kerala temple blaze kills 100

    Kerala temple blaze kills 100

    A fire and explosions during a fireworks display to mark the start of the local Hindu new year killed 100 people and injured more than 380 at a temple in India’s southern Kerala state yesterday. Thousands of devotees had packed into the Puttingal Devi temple, about 70km from the state capital Thiruvananthapuram in the coastal

  • PM slams those opposing coal-based power plants

    PM slams those opposing coal-based power plants

    Taking a swipe at those protesting the government’s move to construct coal-based power plants, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said some people have bizarre ideas about coal and coal-based power plants which have already led to the loss of lives. “Some people in the country have some bizarre ideas… I don’t know how these cross

  • Pacquiao wins what may be his last ever fight

    Pacquiao wins what may be his last ever fight

    Manny Pacquiao may not be ready for retirement just quite yet. Pacquiao returned from the biggest loss of his career with a bang Saturday night, knocking down Timothy Bradley twice on his way to a unanimous 12-round decision in their welterweight showdown. Pacquiao shook off the ring rust from a layoff of nearly a year

  • Banshkhali protesters feel down

    Banshkhali protesters feel down

    Although their life is returning to normalcy after the postponement of agitations, the locals of Banshkhali’s Gondamara were frustrated yesterday after the prime minister strongly criticised them protesting against S Alam Group’s proposed 1,224MW coal-based power plant. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that some people of the country have bizarre imagination and they oppose coal-fired

  • Minister Maya’s jail sentence upheld

    Minister Maya’s jail sentence upheld

    The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court has rejected the petition filed by Disaster Management Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya seeking review of an order of the court that scrapped his acquittal in a corruption case. A bench led by Chief Justice SK Sinha passed the order yesterday. Following the order, the High Court will

  • ‘Restrictions cannot mar festivity’

    ‘Restrictions cannot mar festivity’

    Restrictions imposed on Pohela Boishakh celebrations will not overshadow the exuberance of festivities that will take place in the capital, organisers said. Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on April 3 told reporters no one would be allowed to put on masks and carry vuvuzela, matches and lighters during Pohela Boishakh celebrations and all outdoor programmes

  • Wasa pumping station besieged

    Wasa pumping station besieged

    Several hundreds of people yesterday laid siege to a pumping station of Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority at Moghbazar in the capital demanding supply of drinking water. Residents of Bepari Goli of Boro Moghbazar also threatened that they would sever electricity connection of the pumping station if the authorities of Dhaka Wasa did not

  • Palak: ICT sector eyes $5 billion export

    Palak: ICT sector eyes $5 billion export

    State Minister for ICT ministry Zunaid Ahmed Palak yesterday said the government was working with a view to developing the ICT sector to export $ 5 billion by 2021. He also expected around 20 lakh people will be employed in this sector with the time frame. He came up with the remark while addressing two

  • Of deception and ‘development’

    Of deception and ‘development’

    The government has allowed fast-growing conglomerate S Alam Group to install a coal-based power plant in the coastal Gondamara Boroghona area of Chittagong’s Banshkhali, which is a locality of over 7,000 households and comprises arable land and salt and shrimp farms. A Chinese company is associated with the project. In December 2013, S Alam Group

  • If London ever fell

    If London ever fell

    In recent times, movie-makers in the West have found a common film template: Terrorists attack some country, institution, or place, and some hero, usually a Caucasian, comes to the rescue. In the process, of course, the radicals, with very specific looks and outfits, are blown to smithereens, their ideology denounced, and, finally, a cinema hall

  • WB report: Bangladesh a bright spot for off-grid solar firms

    WB report: Bangladesh a bright spot for off-grid solar firms

    Bangladesh is the world’s bright spot for off-grid solar firms as more than 30% people still have no access to the grid electricity, according to a new report of the World Bank. Globally, the off-grid solar market will reach 99m households by 2020, a fourfold increase from 25m today, according to the Off-Grid Solar Market

  • PMO asks Robi, Airtel to hand in more documents for merger

    PMO asks Robi, Airtel to hand in more documents for merger

    Before finalising its approval for Robi-Airtel merger, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has asked the two cellphone companies to submit a set of documents relating to their properties and financial health respectively. The notice was served yesterday by the PMO with an immediate effect, according to a Telecommunication Division official. Prior to dispatching the merger

  • Chore checklist for your vacay away

    Chore checklist for your vacay away

    The heat, the promise of a long weekend ahead, a pause before the summer semester…there are many reasons why we’re seeing a hike in vacations right now. If you’re booking flights and checking out hotels, here are a few things to take care of before you start your trip. The financials Unless you want to

  • Banning private tutors is the wrong answer

    Banning private tutors is the wrong answer

    The government should rethink measures in the draft Education Act which will ban private tuition and coaching and punish head teachers if they use any books not included in the syllabus set by the National Curriculum and Textbook Board. It is wrong in principle and unhelpful, if not unworkable, in practice. The quality of education

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