Improved edn quality still a mirage

The government often claims that a rising pass percentage in major public exams, such as SSC and HSC, reflects a marked improvement in the education sector. The Independent, however, found the claim to be far removed from the actual scenario. On July 18, education minister Nurul Islam Nahid claimed at a press briefing that the overall quality of education has improved

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Govt asks owners not to close RMG units in Ramadan

Owners agree to ensure workers’ payment before Eid
The government on Thursday directed the apparel factory owners not to close any of their units in Ramadan and to pay workers before Eid-ul-Fitr to head off any disorder in the export-oriented sector.
Officials told a home ministry meeting that sudden closure of factories and job cuts in a number apparel units before Ramadan caused fresh labour unrest in the industrial belt of Ashulia, on

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Govt insists on 60pc increase

Bulk power price
Govt insists on 60pc increase
The government persistently keeps pressuring the Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission to increase the bulk power price by at least 60 per cent at one go to avoid any further hike at the fag end of its five-year tenure, said officials.
The government fears mass discontent due to further hike of the price of power in

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In the land of the blind

London Olympic 2012
In the land of the blind
Im Dong-Hyun cannot read the letters on a keyboard. By all accounts, if you dictated this article to him, he could not have typed it up on a computer. His vision is 20/200; in layman’s terms that is vision which is ten times worse than the normal person. By definition that also makes him legally blind.
Yet, on Friday, when he will stand 70 metres away from a target that he cannot even

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Milon blessed by Waugh before Lord’s ‘Test’

A meeting with Australian cricket legend Steve Waugh at Lord’s cricket ground is a great dream for any cricketer and perhaps more than that if he happens to be a Bangladeshi.
The two times when Bangladesh played a Test match at this hallowed home of cricket none of the cricketers ever had had such opportunities as Waugh was not around to inspire

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Tigers end tour on losing note

The Tigers ended their tour of Europe with a one-wicket defeat as the Netherlands snatched a last ball victory in the final T20 International at Sportpark Westvliet in The Hague last night.
A second upset was inflicted upon Bangladesh by an associate team in the space of three days with Scotland earlier defeating the Tigers in the first match by 34 runs at the same

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U-19s confident heading into WC

Coach Sarwar Imran and captain Anamul Haque said yesterday that the Bangladesh Under-19 team are ready to achieve something big in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2012 to be held in Brisbane, Australia in August.
They expressed their optimism despite the team’s recent debacle in the Asia Cup in Malaysia while talking at an official press conference at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur

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A tearful goodbye for Humayun

Celebrated writer Humayun Ahmed was laid to rest under a litchi tree at Nuhash Palli in Gazipur on Tuesday with thousands of mourners watching the funeral in tears in heavy rain.
Amid prayer hymns, Humayun’s body was lowered into the grave at around 2:00pm, after the third namaz-e-janaza at Nuhash Palli in village Pirujali, the favourite retreat of the

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Goodbye Humayun

Sea of mourners pays tributes to writer of hearts; burial today
It was a sweltering day and traffic jam was no less troubling. But nothing could prevent thousands of people from flocking to the Central Shaheed Minar yesterday.
Irrespective of caste and creed, religion and political parties, people with flowers, many of them in tears, gathered there well ahead of schedule in the

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Whitewash pleases Pybus

Head coach Richard Pybus was happy with the workout the Bangladesh team had in Ireland after they completed a 3-0 whitewash in the Twenty20 series at Stormont in Belfast on Saturday night.
He was particularly pleased with the spinners, who helped his side control the home side’s belligerent batsmen in all three games. Elias Sunny got five wickets in the first game and

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Tigers’ depth makes Mushfiq happy

If there were anything for Bangladesh to achieve from the just ended series against Ireland, it was the ranking, something that did not come their way as they played fewer matches than it required.
After a 3-0 win it came almost as an embarrassment as Bangladesh ended up in fourth position, something which even left Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim

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Humayun’s body due today

Public viewing at Central Shaheed Minar
The family and friends of Humanyun Ahmed, who died from cancer in a New York hospital late Thursday night, along with the coffin left New York about midnight past Saturday in an Emirates flight that is scheduled to reach Shahjalal International Airport about 8:40am today.
The foreign secretary, Mijarul Quayes, is expected to receive the coffin at the airport on

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Tigers’ chance to seal series

Rejuvenated by a comprehensive victory in the first match, the spirited Tigers will try to seal the three-match series when they take on Ireland in the second T20 international at Stormont in Belfast today.
The match will start at 5pm local time (10pm Bangladesh Standard Time).
Mushfiqur Rahim’s men have displayed no deficiency in acclimatising to the conditions in

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Humayun Ahmed is no more

Popular writer and filmmaker Humayun Ahmed, who had been the most dominant figure in Bangla fiction in Bangladesh in his later years after emerging into the literary world in the early 1970s, died in a New York hospital late Thursday night.
He died of colorectal cancer in Bellvue Hospital at the age of 63 about 11:30pm BST,

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Afzal-Suborna pair up after a decade

The once popular TV actor duo — Afzal Hossain and Suborna Mustafa — are to pair up in a tele-film, titled “Prem Bachitey Janey”. Twelve years back, the actors appeared together in a single-episode TV play called “Shudhu Tomar Jonno”.
Written by Faria Hossain and directed by Arif Khan, the tele-film will go on air during the forthcoming Eid-ul-Fitr. The shooting for the tele-film will begin on July 13 in Dhaka

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