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By MICHAEL D. SHEAR WASHINGTON — Barack Hussein Obama renewed his oath of office at midday Monday, ceremonially marking the beginning of another four years in the White House and calling for “fidelity to our founding principles” while also embracing “new responses to new challenges.” Mr. Obama went out of his way to mention both gay […]

By Syful Islam The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has expressed interest to invest in Bangladesh’s four inland and sea ports aiming at the country’s port sector development, sources said. The ports are: deep-sea port in Cox’s Bazar, Mongla Port, New Mooring Container Terminal, and Inland Container Deport (ICD) with rail connectivity in Dhaka. The sources […]

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DHAKA: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Monday expressed gratitude to the people for the maiden verdict of the war crimes trial, saying that through the judgment, a new journey for the people of the country has begun. “Before the last general elections, we had given words to the people to hold the trial of the 1971 […]

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Major political parties of the country say they are satisfied with the verdict of the second war crimes tribunal that handed out death sentence to former Jamaat activist Abul Kalam Azad alias Bachchu Razakar, but they insist the order should be speedily executed. After the tribunal delivered the verdict, ruling Awami League Joint General Secretary […]

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M. Shahidul Islam A new geo-strategic reality is propelling Bangladesh’s foreign policy away from the traditional dependence on the USA and other Western countries, and, pushing the strategically located South Asian nation towards the rising Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) bloc of countries steered mainly by China and Russia. This scenario bodes ill for Washington. Despite […]

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By Siddique Islam The European Parliament has asked Bangladeshi authorities to put in place health and safety measures to prevent a recurrence of the clothing factory fire last year that saw more than 111 people lose their lives. The call comes after a resolution was adopted by Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) last week. It […]

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  Muslims at Airport Railway station return home on an overcrowded train after attending the Akheri Munajat (concluding prayers) on the third day of the second phase of the largest congregation of Muslims in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Jan. 20. More than two million Muslims from home and abroad observed the three-day long congregation with prayers on […]

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Despite being confronted by high interest rates, local apparel accessories and packaging producers are efficiently supporting Bangladesh’s exports and economy as a whole, Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Md. Faruk Khan has said. The Minister said this while speaking in the capacity of Chief Guest at the closing ceremony of the fourth International Garment Accessories […]

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By SYED ZAIN AL-MAHMOOD DHAKA–The U.S. is considering dropping Bangladesh from a list of developing countries that receive preferential trade access in the wake of a garment factory fire in November that killed 112 people, exposing the nation’s poor working conditions. An official at the U.S. Trade Representative’s office said it would decide by the spring […]

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By Serajul Quadir, Reuters DHAKA, Bangladesh — Bangladesh’s war crimes tribunal sentenced a popular Islamic televangelist to death Monday, the first verdict by the controversial body set up to probe abuses during the country’s bloody struggle for independence. Abul Kalam Azad, a former member of Bangladesh’s biggest Islamist party, was found guilty of torture, rape […]

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Petrol pump and tank-lorry owners withdrew their countrywide indefinite strike Monday evening after the government agreed to meet their demands, including a hike in commission on sales of fuel. Bangladesh Petrol Pump Owners and Tank-Lorry Owners-Workers Unity Council went on the strike Sunday morning to press home their nine-point demand. Harun-or-Rashid, secretary general of the […]

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