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BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia had committed sedition by urging the US to interfere in Bangladesh’s internal affairs through her Washington Times article, ruling alliance lawmakers said yesterday. Participating in a freestyle discussion in parliament for more than two and a half hours, 20 ministers and MPs said the opposition leader’s article is part of BNP’s […]

World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim has strongly said the lender would not finance the Padma bridge until certain conditions are met to heighten oversight in the project and Bangladesh gives an assurance that a complete and fair probe is under way. “Until certain conditions are met to heighten oversight in the project and […]

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DHAKA, 31 January 2013 (IRIN) – Donors and the Bangladeshi authorities have welcomed the recent implementation of the joint needs assessment (JNA) approach to better serve disaster-affected communities and reduce the harassment of survivors by multiple aid agency assessors. “The JNA approach is a welcome development,” Sarah Cooke, country representative of the UK’s Department for […]

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TEKNAF, Bangladesh, January 31 (UNHCR) – Along one of the world’s longest stretches of sandy beach, groups of men brace themselves every night for the adventure ahead. They roll up their longyi, a sarong-like wrap commonly worn in the region, and board boats guided by the moonlight. They leave at midnight when the sea is calmer. Some […]

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Syed Tashfin Chowdhury DHAKA – Two landmark deals signed between India and Bangladesh this week constitute a first step towards better connections between the two countries and increased economic ties, according to economists in Dhaka. Other agreements may be reached between the two countries by mid-February following visits by then to Dhaka by three senior […]

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Bangladesh cut interest rates for the first time since 2009 to support economic growth, citing risks to expansion from an uncertain global outlook. Bangladesh Bank lowered its benchmark repurchase rate to 7.25 percent from 7.75 percent, it said in Dhaka today. The monetary-policy stance for January through June seeks to bolster investment in productive industries, […]

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Karachi:  Former captain Shahid Afridi feels under current situation no international team will tour Pakistan and advised the PCB to stop trying to convince weak teams such as Bangladesh to play in their country. Afridi said on Geo News TV on Wednesday that while he understood the honest efforts made by the board to somehow […]

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Unskilled women cross the border and head to Mumbai to seek work, but Dhaka is keen to pass migration off as trafficking Syed Zain Al-Mahmood They call it “Bombay Colony”. The village of Basatpur, in Bangladesh’s south-western Jessore district, would seem a world away from the glitzy bars of Mumbai, India’s showbiz capital. There are […]

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By FARID HOSSAIN Supporters of an Islamic party exploded home-made bombs and clashed with police during a general strike Thursday, leaving at least three people dead and dozens injured, police and news reports said. The Jamaat-e-Islami party called a nationwide shutdown for Thursday to back its demand that the government stop a trial of the […]

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Mohammad Hossain How carefully do you read headlines? Compare the following headlines from The Daily Star, the most popular news daily in Bangladesh: Islamist parties threaten to call hartal (strike) for Dec 20(Dec 15, 2012), and Bam Morcha mulls hartal (strike) for Jan 16 (January 16, 2013). One does not need to delve into rocket […]

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Half-day hartal today in Dhaka, Ctg; full day in country; BNP backs it Rashidul Hasan With an aim to foil the much-awaited war crimes trial, the Jamaat-e-Islami plans to stage massive, violent demonstrations during its countrywide hartal today, demanding the release of top party leaders facing the trial. Talking to The Daily Star over the […]

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Mott MacDonald has been appointed by the government of Bangladesh to support three development projects aimed at reducing poverty and increasing incomes in the country. All three schemes are financed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The consultancy is providing design and supervision services for the sustainable rural infrastructure improvement project (SRIIP), which will foster […]

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