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  • People living longer

    Survey finds nearly 3 years added to life expectancy; death, birth rates drop

    People living longer

    The people of Bangladesh are living longer, reflecting a significant progress in the country's health and population status. Life expectancy rose to 69.4 years in 2012 from 66.8 years in 2008, an increase of 2.6 years in four years, according to a new survey of Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS). Experts attribute the progress to overall economic development, expansion of health services, better access to telecommunications and a rise in literacy rate. The BBS, in the survey, has also found declining birth and death rates. "Reduction in child mortality has a direct link to the rise in life expectancy at birth. Bangladesh has been doing quite well in reducing child mortality. So life expectancy is up," said population expert Prof Nurun Nabi, vice chancellor...

Energy deal salvaged

The eight South Asian nations finally signed a deal yesterday to create a seamless electricity grid, salvaging the 18th Saarc summit...

Energy deal salvaged

The eight South Asian nations finally signed a deal yesterday to create a seamless electricity grid, salvaging the 18th...

Ailing Biman wakes up to rude reality

Biman has finally decided to improve surveillance on its staff after doing nothing for seven months since 105kg gold was found...

Ailing Biman wakes up to rude reality

Biman has finally decided to improve surveillance on its staff after doing nothing for seven months...

Mamata's tribute to Mujib

The West Bengal government plans to set up a chair named after Father of the Bangalee Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman...

Mamata's tribute to Mujib

The West Bengal government plans to set up a chair named after Father of the Bangalee...

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Cops clearing walkers' way

Although the number of jaywalkers dwindled on the third day of the week-long drive against jaywalkers, the authorities concerned are yet to mark zebra crossings at some intersections on the Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue for people to cross the roads. Many pedestrians complained that they remain in the dark about finding the designated places to cross the roads due to the absence...

City caught by classical spell

On the stroke of midnight when the whole city went to sleep, a stadium full of people remained wide awake, watching the awe-inspiring performance of a Bharatanatyam artist. Vidushi Malavika Sarukkai left more than tens of thousands of audience dazzled with her poise, grace and fluid movements on the opening night of the Bengal Classical Music Festival 2014 Bangladesh at the...

Hughes stops

Phillip Hughes died yesterday as a result of the injuries he sustained when struck by a bouncer two days ago, Cricket Australia has confirmed. He was 25 and would turn 26...

Scientist Qadri on UN's tech panel

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Bangladeshi scientist Firdausi Qadri and nine others to a high-level panel to advise him on proposed Technology...

Modi, Sharif shake hands, meet at Saarc retreat

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistani premier Nawaz Sharif shook hands and met briefly during the retreat at the Saarc summit yesterday, a day after Modi conspicuously avoided Sharif while...

Beware, tigers!

The cinematography is good, no doubt. But it is not really about how good the sound or the visual effect is when you are making a film on the tigers of...

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Unilever goes from strength to strength

Innovations and sustainability are at the heart of growth. That's why Unilever is integrating both into its business strategy. Paul Polman, chief executive officer of Unilever Plc, says he is happy with the progress in driving the company's sustainability agenda in Bangladesh and this has contributed significantly to the strong growth of business here. Polman spoke to The Daily Star in an email interview to give an overview of Unilever's strategy and the positive contribution being made by markets like Bangladesh to its global business growth. The Daily...

     Op-ed

THE talks between Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the 18th Saarc summit in Kathmandu, have ended on a positive note. Indian premier has  reassured  Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina that  two longstanding bilateral issues between next-door neighbours, Teesta water sharing deal and Land Boundary Agreement (LBA), would be resolved sooner rather than later. The good news is, unlike in the past, the LBA bill this time has not met with any opposition at the Indian parliamentary standing committee on the external affairs ministry and  is now waiting to be sent to the next parliamentary session for its passage into a law....

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