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Nadine Gordimer, South African author, dies at 90
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South African Nobel Prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer has died in Johannesburg aged 90.

The writer, who was one of the literary world's most powerful voices against apartheid - died at her home after a short illness, her family said.

She wrote more than 30 books, including the novels My Son's Story, Burger's Daughter and July's People.

She jointly won 1974's Booker Prize for The Conservationist and was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1991.

 

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Battered road jeopardises business
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Haji Osman Gani Road in Alu Bazar of Old Dhaka has been in this sorry state for the last two years causing immense sufferings to commuters. The photo was taken yesterday. Photo: Star
Haji Osman Gani Road in Alu Bazar of Old Dhaka has been in this sorry
state for the last two years causing immense sufferings to commuters.
The photo was taken yesterday. Photo: Star

 

Residents and traders of the Haji Osman Gani Road area, a part of Alu Bazar in Old Dhaka, are undergoing immense sufferings every day, as the crucial road has been in a sorry state over the last two years.

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Must they dig roads in rain?
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Development, people suffer alike for tardy city corporations

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Though the digging for laying utility lines has been done, brick chips are still piled up on a road in Mirpur area of the capital. Besides, the narrowed down road is also muddy due to rains. The photo was taken yesterday.  Photo: Sk Enamul Haq
Though the digging for laying utility lines has been done, brick chips are still piled up on a road in Mirpur area of the capital. Besides, the narrowed down road is also muddy due to rains. The photo was taken yesterday. Photo: Sk Enamul Haq

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Life choked
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NASA launching satellite to track carbon pollution
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The US space agency is to launch on Tuesday a satellite that tracks atmospheric carbon dioxide, a leading greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming.

The launch of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 is expected at 2:56 am Pacific time (0956 GMT) from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

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Minister's awkward remark conveys negative message
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  • Health Minister Mohammad Nasim displayed a gross lack of knowledge by making an awkward remark in the Parliament on Sunday. His remark reasonably created negative reaction among people. Only he knows why he said something so odd and unacceptable. He said: "Bangladesh is the only country in the world where physicians provided treatment even on holidays".

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আবারও শীর্ষে চীনের সুপারকম্পিউটার তিয়ানহে–২
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বাংলাদেশে ডায়াবেটিসের আধুনিক ইনসুলিন
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Bangladesh possible tourist destination for Australians
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Bangladesh with its unique cultural wealth and local crafts can emerge as a tourism destination for Australians, said six award-winning Australian journalists, who recently concluded a five-day visit to the country.

There is no need for discotheques, pubs or star-rated hotels to attract tourists to Bangladesh, they said at a press conference hosted by Australian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Greg Wilcock at his residence on Monday evening.

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Power import from India begins
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The much-talked about power import from India began on trial basis yesterday by adding 50 megawatts to the national grid.
The 50MW electricity was supplied around 10:45am to a sub-station of Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB) in Bheramara in Kushtia.

Bheramara power grid. Photo: Star

The load was raised up to 175MW by 5:00pm when it was suspended for a detailed technical study on the both sides of the border, said Kazi Ishtiak Hasan, project director (in-charge) of Grid Interconnection between Bangladesh (Bheramara) and India (Baharampur).
He said initially 50 to 175MW electricity will be imported and supplied to national grid every day till October 5, when Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh will switch on the supply from respective sides through a teleconference.

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It’s not worth taking the risk
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Power Project Near Sundarbans

The consultant was drawing a perfect picture. One could easily get swamped by the plan of how big vessels would offload coal at Akram Point off the Sundarbans, how dust would be controlled and how the community would soon prosper.


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Eminent Researcher Siddique wins again
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Eminent scholar Siddique Mahmudur Rahman gets Eighth and Ninth international award

Siddique Mahmudur Rahman, eminent scholar, translator and author, and editing and publication specialist of Bangladesh was awarded Vermeil Medal from century-old American Philatelic Association's prestigious philatelic exhibition STAMPSHOW 2013 held during 4-8 August 2013 for his edited book ONE TAKA INLAND ENVELOPE: A Comprehensive Study (Authored by late Ishtiaque Ahmed Khan). He was also awarded Silver Medal from the same show for his book 'RABINDRA PHILATELY.

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