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  • Siddique to lose cabinet berth

    PM decides to drop him for derogatory remarks on hajj, Tablighi Jamaat

    Siddique to lose cabinet berth

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday decided to sack Abdul Latif Siddique from the cabinet over his comments on hajj, Prophet Muhammad (SM), Tabligh Jamaat and the PM's son, highly placed sources have said. Latif's remarks on Sunday in New York triggered widespread criticisms at home and abroad and caused much embarrassment for the government.  A top official at the Prime Minister's Office said Hasina was clearly annoyed at the posts, telecommunications and information technology minister's comments at a discussion at Jackson Heights. The PM's decision came hours after a video of the discussion created quite a stir on social media and sparked protests in the US and in Bangladesh. However, no official statement was available about Latif Siddique's removal. It was not also clear if the prime minister asked Latif to resign.  But sources told The...

Speaking recklessly

An outburst of public criticism has prompted Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to decide dropping Abdul Latif Siddique from her cabinet over...

Speaking recklessly

An outburst of public criticism has prompted Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to decide dropping Abdul Latif Siddique from her...

ISIS an hour away from Baghdad

US air strikes are failing to drive back ISIS in Iraq where its forces are still within an hour's drive of...

ISIS an hour away from Baghdad

US air strikes are failing to drive back ISIS in Iraq where its forces are still...

Malnutrition remains a big challenge

Malnutrition and high rate of childhood stunting in the country could have been reduced significantly if nutrition education had been incorporated...

Malnutrition remains a big challenge

Malnutrition and high rate of childhood stunting in the country could have been reduced significantly if...

Tortured, forced to confess crime

Joj Mia before a Dhaka court yesterday narrated how he had been forced by three ex-CID officials into confessing that he was one of the perpetrators of the August 21 2004 grenade attack.    “I gave that confessional statement before a magistrate [in 2005] because the [then] CID officials threatened me with crossfire if I did otherwise,” he told the Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 of Dhaka. He identified the ex-CID officials in the dock -- Ruhul Amin, Abdur Rashid and Munshi Atiqur...

Rainbow Man returns to his roots

“I see skies of blue and clouds of white/ the bright blessed day, the dark sacred night/ and I think to myself what a wonderful world.” This is how the protagonist in Louis Armstrong's iconic song sees the world around. With references to green trees, red roses, blues skies, white clouds, the lyrics inspire us to notice the colours of life despite all the pains and sufferings.   Kazi Ahmed is one of those who look upon life this way, those...

'I can take my country forward'

Mashrafe Bin Mortaza has thanked the Bangladesh Cricket Board for 'keeping faith' in the player and giving him a chance to lead the Tigers for the second time in his career. The...

Political violence blocks progress

Bangladesh's development will skyrocket if it can avoid political violence, and ensure constructive politics and gender equality, outgoing UN Resident Coordinator Neal Walker has said. There is no doubt that Bangladesh will...

Lonely, in need of care

Sexagenarian Duli Begum is an invalid in need of constant care. Once an owner of 13 decimals of land, she now has practically no place to go and no one to...

Antibiotics linked to child obesity

Babies who have four or more courses of antibiotics before the age of two are more likely to become obese, a study has found. merican researchers have found that broad-spectrum antibiotics...

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Rice output hits a record high

Rice production edged up to a new high last fiscal year due to an increase in yield in all three crops seasons for favourable weather and a more balanced use of fertiliser. Production rose to 3.44 crore tonnes in fiscal 2013-14, from 3.38 crore tonnes a year ago, thanks to a record boro output. Boro yield rose 1.6 percent year-on-year to 1.90 crore tonnes in fiscal 2013-14, according to a recent estimate by Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics. Despite...

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A cattle market in the Agargaon area has put the lives of scores of critical patiens in jeopardy as it blocks the approach to some major hospitals in the city. Desperate to get redress, the health ministry on Monday sought the home ministry's intervention, as the relevant authority, the LGRD ministry, wouldn't listen to its plea. It is not only patently irresponsible, but also an instance of utter insensitivity to public welfare and access to medical facilities on the part of LGRD ministry. The ministry looks after the affairs of the local government bodies, the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) in this case which leased out the space for the cattle market. The...

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