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Some top BNP leaders may join Jatiya Party: ErshadJatiya Party (JP) Chairman and ex-president Hussein Muhammad Ershad on Tuesday said some top popular BNP leaders might join his party and take part in the next general elections.   “We will definitely take them if they are good leaders. I will also give them nominations for the next elections,” he said while talking to ...
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TIB for ensuring accountability in healthcare sectorTransparency International, Bangladesh (TIB) on Tuesday called upon the authorities concerned to strengthen surveillance in healthcare sector and ensure accountability of individuals and healthcare organisations violating rules in the sector.   Expressing deep concern over protection of public health, TIB in a press note said fining Apollo Hospitals with only Tk 5 Lakh for keeping ...
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Report ‘long lunch’ colleagues, staff told
Australian public servants have been told to anonymously report their colleagues if they are wasting time at work or spending too long at lunch.   The Australian Taxation Office sent out a memo to 20,000 staff in December urging them to be aware of workmates' behaviours, local media reported.  It encouraged staff to report things ...
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HSBC profits jump to $17.2bn on Asia growth HSBC has posted a pre-tax profit of $17.2bn (£12.3bn) in 2017, saying its focus on Asia was driving growth.   The results represent a 141% jump on the $7.1bn profit of the previous year.  But that comparison is flattering, given 2016 saw the bank incur a string of one-off costs including the sale of its ...
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CEC says Khaleda not eligible to contest polls Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) AKM Nurul Huda on Monday said BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia, who was convicted in a graft case, is not eligible to contest the next general election in the current perspective.   "If Khaleda Zia lodges an appeal to the Supreme Court against the lower court verdict and the court permits ...
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Problem lies in Myanmar, solution too, Norwegian envoy Norway has laid emphasis on keeping up pressure on Myanmar authorities to create necessary conditions in Rakhine State to make the return of thousands of Rohingyas living in Bangladesh to their homeland 'sustainable'.   "Yes, we've to continue to put pressure on Myanmar authorities, definitely," Norwegian Ambassador in Dhaka Sidsel Bleken told UNB in an ...
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Imran Khan marries for 3rd time  Islamabad : Pakistani cricketer-turned-politican Imran Khan has tied the knot for the third time, his party said on Sunday, confirming his marriage to a woman local media call a “faith healer”.   Khan, who captained the Pakistan team when it won the Cricket World Cup in 1992, wed Bushra Watto in a low-key ceremony in ...
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BD shocked at loss of lives in Iranian plane crashBangladesh has expressed deep shock at the loss of lives in a plane crash in Isfahan Province of Iran.   "My heart is deeply saddened on hearing the news of the plane crash of Aseman Airlines in Isfahan Province of Iran," said Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali in a condolence message on Sunday, UNB reports.  ...
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President seeks journalists' role to consolidate democracyPresident M Abdul Hamid on Sunday urged mass media to play a more active role through objective journalism to consolidate democracy and continue the constitutional process and national development.   "An independent and free mass-media can help consolidate democracy . . . It can also pay an important role in establishing human rights and rule ...
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Secrets behind great paintings unveils  Researchers in the US have used a new scanning technique to discover a painting underneath one of Pablo Picasso's great works of art, the Crouching Woman (La Misereuse Accroupie).   Underneath the oil painting is a landscape of Barcelona which, it turns out, Picasso used as the basis of his masterpiece.  The new x-ray fluorescence ...
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