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    Midday Brief

    A glance at today’s important news so far

  • Survey: Most Rana Plaza survivors still traumatised

    Survey: Most Rana Plaza survivors still traumatised

    Over 58% survivors of the 2013 Rana Plaza disaster have still been suffering from long-term psychosocial difficulties, a new study report says. ActionAid Bangladesh conducted the survey to assess “Socio-Economic Reintegration of Rana Plaza Survivors and Kin of Deceased: Exploring Way-forward for Institutionalising Compensation and Safety Related Measures and Assessing Changes in Policy Architecture” on

  • Journalist Shafik Rehman arrested

    Journalist Shafik Rehman arrested

    Noted journalist and former editor of the daily Jaijaidin Shafik Rehman was arrested and put on a five-day remand yesterday to be interrogated over his involvement in the plot to abduct and kill Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s son Sajeeb Wazed Joy. Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Md Mazharul Islam gave the order after Hasan Arafat, assistant superintendent

  • Who is Shafik Rehman?

    Who is Shafik Rehman?

    Best known for introducing the weekly Jai Jai Din, a slim newsprint magazine, in the mid 1980s with his critical commentary of General Ershad’s regime, Shafik Rehman has been a household name since then. Trained as an accountant in the UK, Rehman had left Bangladesh with a degree in Economics from Dhaka University to return

  • BNP, Jamaat condemn Shafik’s arrest

    BNP, Jamaat condemn Shafik’s arrest

    BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has condemned the arrest of noted journalist Shafik Rehman and demanded his immediate release. The BNP chief issued a statement yesterday afternoon following Rehman’s arrest in the morning. “The incumbent government, which was elected without any votes, has launched a war against the people of an independent state. After snatching away

  • The spirit of Boishakh

    The spirit of Boishakh

    I like the smell of beli phool. I like dressing up in white and red colours, and wearing matching bangles. The simplicity and taste of panta bhat and cooked shutki on a hot day is something that I also look forward to every year. With each morsel of the panta and shutki, I feel the

  • Is solar power a game changer?

    Is solar power a game changer?

    Renewable energy, particularly solar energy, has been touted as a viable means to cut into the market share of the conventional fossil fuel-based energy for almost three decades now. Governments and international organisations have been increasingly upping the ante in terms of formulating green energy-friendly policies, as well as the required finance to integrate the

  • UK’s trade envoy appointment shows the way

    UK’s trade envoy appointment shows the way

    The appointment of Bangladesh-born British MP Rushanara Ali as a UK trade envoy for Bangladesh is a welcome fillip for relations between our two countries. Bangladesh has been highlighted by the UK as an emerging market with substantial trade and investment opportunities. The role is part of the UK’s cross-party Trade Envoy program to help

  • Pakistan PM leaves country, Spanish minister resigns

    Pakistan PM leaves country, Spanish minister resigns

    Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif faces growing pressure and calls for his resignation, a Spanish minister has stepped aside, and more governments are pledging reform as fallout from the Panama Papers revelations continues. The timing of the visit of Nawaz Sharif immediately prompted rumors that Sharif might not return to Pakistan until investigations were completed.

  • Shakib’s KKR coast to victory over Mustafizur’s Sunrisers

    Shakib’s KKR coast to victory over Mustafizur’s Sunrisers

    Kolkata Knight Riders cruised to an eight-wicket IPL victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad with Gautam Gambhir hitting an unbeaten 90 from 60 balls. Having restricted Hyderabad to just 142-7 from their 20 overs, the Kolkata captain timed his innings to perfection as he hit the winning runs with 10 balls to spare. Mustafizur Rahman yet again

  • Air-conditioner sales boom amid scorching summer

    Air-conditioner sales boom amid scorching summer

    Days of unrelenting heat across the country has caused a sharp rise in air-conditioners, air-coolers and fans as people being burnt under scorching sun rush to buy the cooling appliances. Bangabandhu National Stadium Market, the biggest marketplace of electronic appliances in Dhaka, is now buzzing with buyers of air-conditioners and other cooling appliances. “The summer

  • 4 things not to do during an earthquake

    4 things not to do during an earthquake

    The 6.9 earthquake that originated in Myanmar on the eve of Pohela Boishakh, was felt by people sitting in Dhaka, complaining about the heat. Word on the street is, there are bigger quakes yet to come, maybe even this year. Enough material has been published on things to do during an earthquake, and some of

  • Dilip Kumar hospitalised in Bandra

    Dilip Kumar hospitalised in Bandra

    Screen legend Dilip Kumar, respectfully called Dilip Saab, was recently hospitalised. The doctors said that the next 72 hours would be “crucial.” The renowned actor was admitted to Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital on April 16 after complaining of respiratory problems. Fortunately, the actor’s wife, Saira Banu, confirmed that he is recovering well. Sairaji’s statement read: “Dilip

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