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Khaleda takes battle abroad

Syed Bashir Khaleda Zia is not known for writing columns in newspapers, neither at home or abroad. But now she has written one for ‘Washington Times’, calling upon the US and western nations to come forward to ‘save democracy’ in Bangladesh. Her attack against her rival Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is vitriolic and her delight at […]

Md Fazlur Rahman Mobilising external resources should be the central element of any Padma bridge financing plan to ensure its implementation without compromising macroeconomic stability, experts said yesterday. The issue of alternative financing sources for the $2.9 billion bridge has come to the fore following the government’s announcement that it would no longer pursue the […]

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Bangladesh has dropped plans to seek renewed World Bank assistance for construction of the country’s longest river bridge while it investigated allegations of corruption in the project, the bank said on Friday. The bank last year cancelled a $1.2 billion credit for construction of the 6.2-km (4-mile) bridge over the Padma river after it found “credible evidence” of high-level […]

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By Anbarasan Ethirajan Shashanko Barua’s voice trembles when he recounts how he and his family ran for their lives to escape an angry Muslim mob last year. They hid in a forest for a whole night near their village in the south-eastern Bangladeshi district of Cox’s Bazar before returning home. Mr Barua, a Buddhist, says […]

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By Sanjay Kumar While India’s relationship with its western neighbor Pakistan has been faltering despite concerted efforts, on the eastern front a new bonhomie is forming with Bangladesh. The recent signing of a new extradition treaty and visa regime between India and Bangladesh, signed by Indian home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and his Bangladeshi counterpart Mohiuddin […]

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(London) – Bangladesh’s human rights situation worsened in 2012 as the government sought to narrow political and civil society space, continued to shield security forces from prosecution for abuses, failed to investigate disappearances and killings, and announced stringent rules to monitor non-governmental organizations, Human Rights Watch said in its 2013 World Report released today. In its 665-page report, Human […]

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KUALA LUMPUR: A special purpose vehicle (SPV) comprising two Malaysian companies would be formed to undertake a RM2.4bil worth development project in Bangladesh. Special Envoy to India and South Asia, Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said the SPV will sign two memoranda of agreement, one with the Bangladeshi government and another with the related companies […]

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February 1, 2013: Russia has agreed to provide a billion dollars in loans to Bangladesh so the poor South Asian nation can buy Russian weapons. In the last decade Russia has again been offering credit to potential customers for Russian military gear. In the decade after the end of the Cold War in 1991, Russia […]

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Dhaka: India and Bangladesh on Friday reviewed the approaches to study the impact and modelling of India’s proposed cross-border hydroelectric Tipaimukh Dam in a bid to allay Dhaka’s fears that the project would adversely affect water flow. The review was undertaken as part of the Joint Rivers Commission (JRC) of Bangladesh and India. “We are […]

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