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If you head to London is upscale Mayfair district this weekend, you can check out an art installation by American sculptor Tom Sachs called "Swiss Passport Office", which for 20 euros will issue a fake version of the highly coveted document. Set up on the sidelines of London is annual Frieze Art Fair, the installation "encompasses contemporary concerns relating to Brexit, Syria and (US President Donald) Trump is immigration policies", according to a press release. "The Swiss passport represents the ultimate status in nationality... It is a tax haven. No one is going to


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The European Union is sending a fact-finding mission to assess whether to impose trade sanctions on Myanmar over human rights abuses and has told Cambodia it will lose its preferential trade status, EU trade chief Cecilia Malmstrom said on Friday. Malmstrom said the mission to Myanmar was to look into a potential withdrawal of its "Everything but Arms" (EBA) status, which allows the world's poorest countries to sell any goods tariff-free into the EU, except weapons.


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From sports to politics, from businesses to the armed forces, the women of Bangladesh are shattering glass ceilings left and right. They are at the forefront of a new, emerging and confident Bangladesh. According to the World Economic Forum (WEF), Bangladesh is now the second most gender equal country in Asia, tops South Asia in gender equality and ranks 47th among 144 countries of the world in the Global Gender Gap Index. But the journey has not been smooth or easy for the women. From social taboos, to conservative attitudes, they had to face a number of obstacles to


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Denis Mukwege, a gynaecologist treating victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Nadia Murad, a Yazidi human rights activist and survivor of sexual slavery by Islamic State in Iraq, won the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday. The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2018 to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict. Both laureates have made a crucial contribution to focusing attention on, and combating, such war crimes.


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Asian markets suffered further losses Thursday, hit by mounting fears about the path of US interest rate hikes and the increasingly fraught relations between China and the United States. Traders tracked a sell-off on Wall Street, where all three main indexes were hit by another increase in the 10-year US Treasury yield to a fresh seven-year high. With Treasuries the key gauge for Federal Reserve policymakers when deciding interest rate hikes, markets are growing more concerned that the cost of borrowing will rise more than previously expected and in turn hit the economy.


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Noisy offices may be considered lively by some working professionals, but they can terrible and can affect productivity of employees. To tackle the growing levels of office noise, one can make some simple changes to layout and decor. Nakul Mathur, managing director, Avanta Business Center and Vinay Singh, co-founder and advisor of Hunt Offices, list down some points.


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Monitor shows a three-dimensional image of a human heart at the Klaus-Tschira-Institute for Integrative Computational Cardiology, department of the Heidelberg University Hospital (Universitaetsklinikum Heidelberg), in Heidelberg, Germany on 14 August. A new method of analysing images from CT scans can predict which patients are at risk of a heart attack years before it occurs, researchers say.


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Twitter still remains a hotbed for accounts spreading fake news, suggests a new study that looked into how fake and conspiracy news flourished on the microblogging site both before and after the 2016 US presidential election. More than 80 per cent of the Twitter accounts linked to spread of disinformation during the 2016 election are still active, said the study by the Knight Foundation on Thursday. These accounts continue to publish more than a million tweets in a typical day, the study said.


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No films have been made so far under the new joint production film policy since it was passed in December 2017. Three films—‘Nabab’, ‘Boss 2’ and ‘Doob’—were made by a joint production of Bangladesh and India were released in 2017 and each of the films was acclaimed in both countries. This year, two other joint productions films, ‘Swapnajal’ and ‘Nurjahan’, have been released, but they were made under the old policy (2012).


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With two Nobel prize winners in as many days, women scientists have welcomed the research community “waking up” to the feats of their female peers, but insist they remain underpaid and undervalued compared to men. On Tuesday, Canadian scientist Donna Strickland became just the third woman in history to win the Nobel Physics Prize. Twenty-four hours later, US biochemist Frances Arnold was awarded the chemistry prize, only the fifth woman to receive the honour.


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Oil traders have piled into wagers that US crude oil could surge to $100 a barrel by next year, a milestone that until recently many considered unthinkable due to record US production growth and relatively flat global demand. But the imminent return of US sanctions on Iran and bottlenecks keeping US oil from getting to market have fueled a rally that has taken benchmark oil prices to four-year highs.


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The 12 village boys who were trapped with their soccer coach in a flooded cave in northern Thailand for almost three weeks are ready to spread their wings, heading out to meet fellow youth players in Argentina and do a brief tour of the United States. The members of the Wild Boars soccer team, whose ordeal came to a happy ending in early July when an international team of cave divers brought them out in a complicated rescue mission, were leaving late Wednesday night on their 17-day journey.


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All governments rely on the apparatus of bureaucracy for governance. With the end of British rule in 1947, India and (West) Pakistan got on with their self-rule. West Pakistan, like British colonial rulers, needed bureaucrats who could maintain discipline, law and order in East Pakistan. Because of their high discretion in decision-making, Pakistani bureaucrats did not need to focus on responding to citizens’ needs. This further strengthened the British tradition of creating a class of de-nationalised bureaucrats, distanced from citizens’ needs. In fact,


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The cabinet has approved a draft gold policy to stop smuggling by allowing import of the precious metal through authorised dealers. The absence of a policy meant there was no scope to legally feed the ever-increasing need for gold, which is, according to a study, 18 to 36 tonnes annually. Jewellery traders had been complaining that the central bank had not auctioned the gold seized during smuggling for ages, limiting the opportunity to buy gold legally.


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Kazi M Aminul Islam, Executive Chairman of Bangladesh Investment Development Authority, speaking at a discussion jointly organised by the Canada Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and BIDA at a Dhaka hotel on Wednesday. The chief of the Bangladesh Investment Development Authority or BIDA has urged the private sector to play the lead role in “transforming” Bangladesh into a developed country. Executive Chairman Kazi M Aminul Islam said Bangladesh has dual goals ahead – one is the SDGs and the other is the Vision 2041 when the country aims to becoming a developed nation.


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Cervical cancer could be eliminated in Australia within the next two decades because of a government programme to vaccinate children against the cancer-causing human papillomavirus, according to a new report. The study, published this week in The Lancet Public Health, found that by 2028, fewer than four women in every 100,000 could be diagnosed with cervical cancer annually in Australia — effectively eliminating the disease as a public health problem. And by 2066, the researchers say, less than one woman per year could receive that diagnosis.


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The Ministry of Public Administration has issued a notice abolishing quotas for class I and II government jobs in line with the cabinet’s decision, amid a fresh demand for the 30 percent quota earlier reserved for the descendants of freedom fighters. “From now on, the recruitment will be on merit,” the ministry said in the notice. Children and grandchildren of freedom fighters have occupied the Shahbagh square for two days demanding the restoration of the system. Protests stalled traffic in and around the area.


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The High Court has ordered the government to shift BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, or BSMMU, from jail quickly and reconstitute a five-member medical team for her treatment. Justice Sheikh Hasan Arif and Justice Rajik Al Jalil issued the order on Thursday in response to a petition seeking to transfer Khaleda to a specialised hospital. The court also ordered the government to reconstitute the five-member medical team formed by the government in September.


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A depleted Real Madrid suffered a shock 1-0 Champions League defeat at CSKA Moscow on Tuesday, extending a poor run of form for the holders that has left them without a win in three games. A brilliant victory for the Russian side, however, was marred in the final stages of a highly charged game in the Luzhniki stadium when CSKA keeper Igor Akinfeev was sent off for a second yellow card seconds before the final whistle.


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Travellers entering New Zealand who refuse to disclose passwords for their digital devices during forced searches could face prosecution and fines of more than $3,000, a move that border officials said Tuesday made the country the first to impose such penalties. “We’re not aware of any other country that has legislated for the potential of a penalty to be applied if people do not divulge their passwords,” said Terry Brown, a New Zealand Customs spokesman. Border officials, he said, believe the new fine is an “appropriate remedy” aimed at balancing individuals’


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Bangladesh will hold talks with Dubai-based Emirates National Oil Company or ENOC to set up an liquefied petroleum gas or LPG terminal in the country, a Dhaka-based official said on Tuesday. “ENOC has sent us a proposal for a joint venture project to build an LPG terminal,” said Sayed Mohammad Mozammel Haque, a director of state-owned Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation. “We have invited them for detailed discussions in our office in Dhaka. They are supposed to come on Oct 11,” he told Reuters, adding the capacity for the terminal and all other details will be


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A suicide bomber blew himself up at an election rally in Afghanistan's eastern province of Nangarhar on Tuesday, killing at least 13 people and wounding more than 30, officials said, warning that the toll was likely to climb. Campaigning for the Oct 20 parliamentary election began on Friday and security officials have warned of the danger of militant attacks during the campaigning. The parliamentary election, delayed by three years, comes amid rising violence nationwide.


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The three key players – Russia, Iran and Turkey – had enough time to set aside their differences at the Tehran Summit. And yet the differences persist. The bottom line is that all three has certain designs on Syria. And, as far as the summit was concerned, the major disagreements were between Turkey and Russia. There was quite an open discussion between Erdogan and Putin, when Erdogan called on Russia to agree to a ceasefire in Idlib, but Putin countered Erdogan by saying that terrorists were present there so they cannot give their word.


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The High Court has granted anticipatory bail to seven BNP senior leaders in a case filed by the police on charges of “fuelling violence with his provocative speech”. They are Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Nazrul Islam Khan, Mirza Abbas, Abdul Moyeen Khan, Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Amanullah Aman and Ruhul Kuddus Talukder Dulu. Justice Muhammad Abdul Hafiz and Justice Kashefa Hossain granted the bail on Wednesday.


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The cabinet has accepted recommendations for abolishing quotas for class I and II government jobs, in a much-awaited decision expected to calm student protests. The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the Secretariat on Wednesday. Earlier, a high-power government committee recommended abolishing the quota system for class I and class II jobs. The development came in the wake of a months-long campaign that led to the arrests of protest leaders and activists.


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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said the new Digital Security Act is meant to combat the abuse of digital platforms in spreading radicalisation, terrorism and pornography that often leads to family problems. Hasina responded to an opening question from bdnews24.com’s Editor-in-Chief Toufique Imrose Khalidi at a media briefing at Ganabhaban in Dhaka on Wednesday. Khalidi cited communal slur against Bangladesh cricketer Liton Das as an example to illustrate how social media networks are abused.


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Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Tuesday said their party is ready to forge a unity with left-leaning political parties based on a consensus on the issues of the Liberation War and Bangabandhu. ‘It’s a matter of great pleasure that the leftists are speaking in the same tune that they won’t form any unity with communal forces...let’s forge a maximum unity on minimum points,’ he said.


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A state-owned newspaper in the United Arab Emirates is reporting that eight members of one Emirati family have been killed in a house fire in the country. The Dubai government-owned Al-Bayan newspaper reported the fire struck early Tuesday in Baniyas, an area in Abu Dhabi.


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Services for migrants should be made more accessible and effective as there is no room for compromise, says a senior government official on Tuesday. Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Secretary Rownaq Jahan made the remark during the inauguration of five renovated migrant welfare desks at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA). The welfare desks, capable of serving 12 migrants at a time, were renovated with support from UN Migration Agency, IOM under the EU-funded Programme ‘Prottasha – Bangladesh: sustainable reintegration and improved migration


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The International Farakka Committee (IFC), an international environmental organization working as water rights advocacy group, urged all patriotic political parties and organisations in Bangladesh to have the issue of sustainable basin-wide management of common rivers as the main issue of life and death of people in their political and election manifestoes. Leaders of political parties in Bangladesh are now spelling out their party-positions on different issues in view of the upcoming general elections.

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