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The begums and the two giants

Jan 9th 2013, 10:24 by T.J. | BANGKOK SITTING squarely in the most densely populated part of the planet, the extent of Bangladesh’s physical isolation is staggering. The country shares a 4,100km (2,550-mile) border with India, the world’s fifth-longest. Yet the militarised, two-metre-high fence on the Indian side ensures that one half of Bangladesh’s 64 districts—those […]

I am an actor. Time does not frame my days with as much conviction as images do. Images rule my life. Moments and memories imprint themselves on my being in the form of the snapshots that I weave into my expression. The essence of my art is the ability to create images that resonate with […]

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The Ministry of Commerce has been dogged by two difficult issues during the recent past. One is the dilemma whether to sign the proposed Trade and Investment Cooperation Framework Agreement (TICFA) with the USA, and the other is how to prevent being excluded from the GSP scheme of the USA over labour standards. It seems […]

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Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid has hoped the political parties in Bangladesh will be ‘considerate enough’ while announce programmes during the ongoing SSC and equivalent examinations. “I am requesting the political parties not to throw any programmes that might impede the growth of the future generation,” he said after visiting the Azimpur Government Girls’ High […]

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New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid has said India is speeding up the process of resolution of land boundary issues with its friendly neighbour Bangladesh. Speaking on the sidelines of an event here yesterday, Khurshid hinted that on this score, his ministry might soon bring up a constitutional amendment regarding the same in the […]

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Colombo: Sri Lankan Navy on Sunday rescued about 138 Bangladeshi and Myanmar nationals from a distressed vessel off the island’s eastern coast. One passenger was found dead, while many other rescued from the boat were dehydrated, Naval spokesman Kosala Warnakulasuriya said. Among those rescued were three women and three children. The fishing craft was spotted […]

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DHAKA: Bangladesh Sugar and Food Industries Corporation has delayed by a week the bidding deadline in its first ever international tender to export 50,000 tonnes of refined sugar, a senior corporation official said on Sunday. The state agency issued the tender last month in which the sugar from locally produced cane will be exported to […]

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Mohammad Amjad Hossain from Virginia, USA The grand alliance government, led by Awami League, has strengthened bilateral relations with the Russian Federation at the fag end of its administration. Since the break-up of the Soviet Union in 1991 when the Russian Federation emerged, Russia has now been relegated from the status of a superpower to […]

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