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  • Development or democracy: Do we have to choose?

    Development or democracy: Do we have to choose?

    Suspending democracy for the sake of development is a model that has worked in some parts of the world. Can it work in Bangladesh?The debate of “more development and less democracy” has been the subject of discussion in different countries at different times. In recent years, the development or democracy debate has attracted the attention of policy-makers in Bangladesh. After the January 5 elections, it seemed that the present ruling party was also moving towards this model — “more development and less democracy.”

  • Quantum of solace

    Quantum of solace

    For us city-dwellers, the summer fruits are kathal, aam, and traffic jaamAccording to Forbes magazine, Brussels and Antwerp are the worst cities for traffic in world. Is there somehow a cosmic relationship between them and Dhaka, since “Belgian” is an anagram for “Bengali”?

    It’s an oft-heard complaint in Dhaka that people don’t go the extra mile. You can’t really blame them — have you seen the actual state of traffic?

  • Good governance needs accountability as well as transparency

    Good governance needs accountability as well as transparency

    Bangladesh’s application for the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank was denied this week because of a lack of parliamentary ratification.

    The finance minister has been candid in admitting that “our failure and negligence’’ is the reason why this important procedural step was not underaken depsite the government’s support for joining the bank.

  • Ershad to sit with PM before quitting as special envoy

    Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad has said he did not want to quit the post of prime minister's special envoy without consulting the premier, Sheikh Hasina.

    “The prime minister honoured me by appointing as her special envoy. I cannot dishonour her by quitting the post without consulting her. I will certainly talk to her in this regard,” he said during an unscheduled meeting with his party colleagues at Banani on Saturday.

  • Evening Brief

    5 workers killed in Gazipur factory fire

    At least five workers have been killed and 10 others injured when a fire swept through a tyre factory in Gazipur's Pubail area.

    The identities of the deceased could not be ascertained immediately.

    Bangladesh ranks 86th in Democracy Index

    Bangladesh has slumped to 86th place in this year's prestigious Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU) Index of Democracy 2015.

    The country ranked 85 in 2014 in EIU’s democracy index.

  • Bangladesh ranks 86th in Democracy Index

    Bangladesh has slumped to 86th place in this year's Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU) Index of Democracy 2015.

    The country ranked 85 in 2014 in EIU’s democracy index.

  • Man ‘commits suicide’ in Ctg

    A man has reportedly committed suicide by drinking poison following a family feud at Ticket Printing Colony area under Khulshi police station in Chittagong city on Saturday morning.

    The deceased was identified as Md Ripon, 35, son of Abdul Haque, resident of the area.

    Ripon was reported to have drunk poison at his house around 4am, said Md Hamid, a member of Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) police outpost, quoting family members of the deceased.

  • 2 US teens arrested in beating of Bangladeshi man

    The New York police have arrested two teenage boys on charge of beating a Bangladeshi man up, reported New York Daily News.

    According to the report, Mujibur Rahman, 43, was beaten by two teens screaming about ISIS when he walked his nine-year-old niece from school on January 16. The teens were arrested Friday.

    Mujibur Rahman      Photo: New York Daily News

  • Gazipur factory boiler blast kills five

    The factory has been warned several times in the past to shut down risky operation At least five people, including a woman, were killed and several injured in a boiler explosion in a factory in Gazipur near Dhaka on Saturday.

    Of the deceased, authorities could confirm the identities of three. They are: Siddiqa Jebunnessa, 40, Md Selim, 45, and Kawsar Hossain, 40. The remaining two bodies have burnt so badly that they could not identified.

  • Out of your league

    Out of your league

    Taking a closer look into the myths surrounding English medium students and public universitiesMost English medium students, after graduating from high school, are caught up in the fear created by the challenge posed by public universities. Consequently, even the most meritorious students are deceived by the usual propaganda and are allured to try for good scores in various overseas universities’ prerequisite tests such as IELTS, SAT, TOEFL, etc. Some of them even decide to join private universities without properly going through their best options.

  • End of Season Sale at Le REVE

    End of Season Sale at Le REVE

    Le REVE has recently started their End of Season Sale. During this sale, customers will get the opportunity to enjoy a 70% discount on men’s, women’s and children’s items during the sale.

    This season, Le REVE has stacked up on cutting-edge jackets, hoodies, sweaters, causal blazers along with Le REVE’s regular items including panjabis (traditional, semi long, short), a wide range of pyjamas, T-shirts, formal and casual shirts, denim jeans, coloured trousers, boxers and more for men.

  • Chief Justice seeks help in reducing case backlogs

    Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha has sought full cooperation from government, judges, lawyers, justice seekers and people from all walks of life in redressing existing backlog of cases.

    The chief justice made the call in a statement issued on Saturday on completion of his first year of assuming office.

    The statement emphasized on extending support towards the judiciary for providing justice seekers with fairness in quickest possible time.

  • Annisul: Making Dhaka green city a big challenge

    Annisul: Making Dhaka green city a big challenge

    Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Annisul Huq has said the pledge to make Dhaka a green and clean city is a big challenge for both the mayors.

    The DNCC mayor made the remark while speaking at a view exchange meeting with the editors of print and online media. The programme was held at Hotel Sonargaon on Saturday afternoon.

  • BRAC University hosts Professors from University of California, Berkeley 10-14 Jan 2016

    BRAC University hosts Professors from University of California, Berkeley 10-14 Jan 2016

    Three distinguished academics, all experts in their respective fields spent five days with Brac University (BU) senior faculty, researchers and graduate students to explore faculty and student exchanges and areas of collaborative research. The emphasis of this important visit funded by the Chowdhury Center of the South Asian institute of University of California, Berkeley (UCB), was placed on the need for joint research initiatives leading to joint publications.

  • The UK education fair kicks off next week

    The UK education fair kicks off next week

    The 18th annual Education UK Exhibition is opening its doors next week to individuals who want to find out how UK education will prepare them for an exciting career and give them a competitive edge in the global market. The exhibition will take place at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel on January 28 and F29.

  • Paint a bright future with a higher education in the UK

    Paint a bright future with a higher education in the UK

    A surging number of Bangladeshi students are opting for a higher education in the United Kingdom. As a popular destination for higher education, UK’s fame is not unwarranted. Harboring some of the most renowned universities in the world, the region, with one percent of the world’s population, is also responsible for as much as eight percent of global scientific publications.

  • Two dead as SUST teacher loses control of car

    At least two people, including a college teacher, have been killed as a car allegedly run by a Shahjalal University of Science and Technology teacher run over them while learning driving on the campus, police said.

    The tragic accident took place at the entrance of the SUST campus Saturday morning.

    One of the victims has been identified as Ataur Rahman, a lecturer of Chhatak Degree College, while the identity of the other, an elderly man, has not been confirmed.

  • Godrej Fairglow now in Bangladesh

    Godrej Fairglow now in Bangladesh

    • Teen
    • January 23, 2016

    For more than 100 years, Godrej has earned the trust of millions. One of Godrej's most popular products is the FairGlow soap which has now been modeled for the global market. Keeping in mind nationwide demand, FairGlow started its journey in Bangladesh on January 16, Saturday at the Spectra Convention Centre during the Dealer Business conference took place.

  • Even Republicans think Donald Trump is a ‘menace’

    Driven by its visceral loathing for its two leading presidential candidates, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, the Republican Party's establishment has fractured into civil war less than a fortnight before the Iowa caucuses mark the start of the presidential primaries.

  • Mild cold wave likely to continue for next two days

    The on-going mild cold wave hits the country since Thursday might be continued for next two days, the met office said.

    The northern and western part of the country are mostly affected by the current spell of cold wave, said an on-duty meteorologist of Bangladesh Meteorological Department.

    The lowest temperature in the country was recorded as 8.4 degree Celsius at Syedpur and Rajshahi on Friday while in Dhaka the lowest temperature was 13.2 degree Celsius.

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