Same groceries, higher prices

“Our maid came up with a long list for iftar preparations, but I only bought a few items,” says Shafi, 31, at the Prince Bazar outlet at Mirpur 12. He was buying onions, rice, flour, oil, chickpeas, and sugar from the super shop. Shafi works at a private hospital in …

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Commuters suffer, businessmen also hit hard

The tailback on the Dhaka-Chattogram highway seems never-ending. Things got worse in Daudkandi of Cumilla district, easing somewhat in Feni. Besides causing untold suffering to the commuters, this congestion is hampering transportation of essentials just before Ramadan, and obstructing smooth functioning of the export and import business. Businessmen are frustrated …

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Russia, China tighten ties with Iran

Russia and China moved Thursday to extend their economic influence in Iran, while Europeans are finding it harder to ignore efforts by Washington to isolate Tehran economically. In one of the most concrete moves yet against renewed US efforts to choke off Iran economically, a Russian-led trade bloc signed an …

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Paine new Aussie ODI skipper

New Australia coach Justin Langer on Tuesday named Tim Paine as one-day captain for next month’s tour of England as they look to open a new era after a damaging ball-tampering scandal. Langer, who has been entrusted with restoring Australia’s battered reputation, was widely expected to select Paine in his …

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Manchester United thank fans for Ferguson support

Manchester United thanked well wishers from around the football world for showing their support for legendary former manager Alex Ferguson following emergency surgery for a brain haemorrhage. Considered the most successful manager in the history of British football, Ferguson, 76, won 38 major trophies in just over 26 years in …

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Neymar returns to PSG training ground

Neymar returned to the Paris Saint-Germain training centre on Saturday and the club tweeted photos of the Brazilian star working out in the gym. The pictures showed the world’s most expensive player grimacing as he lifted weights and working out on leg-strengthening equipment. One photo showed him walking barefoot in …

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BCB to launch talent hunt tournament

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has aimed to bring out the new talents through tournament and training from 32 private academies of Dhaka Metropolises area. To materialise the dream, country’s highest cricketing institution is going to launch a tournament ‘BCB Academy Cup’ on 20 May. Aspirant future cricketers’ age level must …

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North-South Korea table tennis unified but defeated

Having taken another step towards the sporting rapprochement of North and South Korea, the unified Korean women’s table tennis team was soundly beaten by Japan at the world championships in Sweden on Friday. The two Koreas on Thursday opted against playing each other, deciding instead to field a joint women’s …

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Storm’s a coming, baby, Stormy Daniels to fake Trump

Stormy Daniels made a surprise appearance on “Saturday Night Live” to deliver a message to US president Donald Trump: “A storm’s a coming, baby.” The porn actress, who says she had a sexual encounter with Trump in 2006 and was paid $130,000 the month before he was elected to stay …

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Salman’s bail plea hearing adjourned to July

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan’s bail hearing in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case which was scheduled for Monday, was adjourned to 17 July. District and Session Judge Chandra Kumar Songara ordered the arguments to begin but Salman’s lawyer Mahesh Bora wanted some time. Heeding to his request, Songara adjourned the hearing …

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