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Khaleda greets Prof Yunus

BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Thursday congratulated Nobel Laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus on his receiving the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award of the United States. In a felicitation message, Khaleda said, “I am glad and feel proud that Prof Muhammad Yunus as an eminent son of Bangladesh was conferred the highest civilian award […]

Written by: The Bangladesh Chronicle Wednesday April17, 2013 – U.S. Congressional Gold Medal CLICK HERE TO VIEW COMMEMORATIVE BROCHURE Yesterday, in a ceremony at the United States Capitol, Congressional leaders presented the founder of the Grameen Bank, Muhammad Yunus, with the Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of his “efforts to combat global poverty.”  The award […]

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Some religious rituals have taken a deeper root in our Bengali Muslim culture than the others. Despite aggression of Wahhabi traits and anti- Sufi onslaught, two rituals, Kulkhani – a Sufi tradition and Chehlam- A Shi’ite tradition have remained strongly ingrained in Bengali Muslim psych. When someone dies in this society, the survivors and the society […]

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BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain on Thursday urged the government to immediately reinstate the non-party caretaker government system with an amendment to the constitution to avert confrontations. “You (govt) don’t delay (in restoring the caretaker government). The more you’ll take time, the greater adverse impacts will be on the country and its economy. […]

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Cotton importers’ failure to pay suppliers is blamed on fluctuating prices on the international markets. Photo:amran hossain The International Cotton Association (ICA) has listed 91 companies from Bangladesh for failing to make payments to suppliers. The country ended up on top of the default list. The ICA updated its latest list of default companies on […]

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 Senior Awami League leader Tofail Ahmed on Thursday said women will be kept confined to their houses if Hefajat-e-Islam and Jamaat-e-Islami assume state power. “You have to go back home and your condition will be pathetic if they (Hefajat and Jamaat) can assume state power. They have already made it clear through placing their demands,” […]

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 Former caretaker government adviser Mirza Azizul Islam on Thursday said the recent political instability and its impact on export-oriented industries, small businesses and transports could cost the country about 0.6 percentage points of GDP in the current fiscal. “The economic growth may see 0.5 to 0.6 percentage point fall this fiscal due to the recent […]

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Recent events in the subcontinent, call them straws in the wind if you will, give an indication that people might finally be rebelling against the harshness, or the harsh edicts of theological orthodoxy that has denied them the freedom and joys that are the natural rights of free people everywhere. The first story comes from […]

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A pedestrian walks past the SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., headquarters in Montreal, May 7, 2009. Photo: Reuters The World Bank has slapped Canadian company SNC-Lavalin Inc. with a record-setting sanction, barring it and over 100 of its partners for 10 years following the company’s misconduct in connection with Bangladesh’s Padma bridge project and another Bank-financed project. […]

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 Voicing her apprehension about more heinous incidents like in  Fatikchhari, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday asked the ruling party activists and people to remain alert so that the BNP-led opposition cannot commit any such barbaric acts in the future. “The recent attack on the Awami League activists in Fatikchari was just like the Pakistani […]

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BNP-led 18-party alliance holds a rally in front of BNP central office in the capital’s Nayapaltan on Thursday. Photo: Amran Hossain Leaders of BNP-led 18-party opposition alliance on Thursday asked its leaders and activists across the country to resist the “armed cadres” of the ruling party like they did in Fatikchari of Chittagong killing three […]

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 BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain on Thursday said the ‘unprecedented’ corruption committed by the government in the Padma Bridge project has been proved with the debarment of SNC-Lavalin Inc by the World Bank. “Corruption in the Padma Bridge (project) was an unprecedented incident.  The country’s image was badly tainted globally due to the […]

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