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Swiss businesses keen to be involved in B’desh SME sector

Swiss trade and bilateral relations authorities on Monday expressed thier interest to get involved in the establishment of technologically-advanced factories in the small and medium enterprise (SME) sector of Bangladesh, particularly the agro-processing industry. The interest was conveyed when a visiting Swiss delegation, headed by Eric Martin, ambassador of the Federal Council for Trade Agreement […]

Members of Airport Armed Police (AAP) arrested 12 people, including six Rohingyas and three human traffickers, from the departure lounge of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on charge of trying to go abroad with fake Bangladeshi passports on Monday. Sources said an AAP team in a special drive on a tip-off arrested four Rohingyas and one […]

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Twelve vehicles were torched in separate incidents in the city on Monday, ahead of the BNP-led 18-party alliance’s 36-hour shutdown. Witnesses said activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) vandalised and torched a vehicle around 12 noon as police charged batons, used teargas shells and fired blank shots to disperse a procession brought out by the […]

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A ‘secular platform’ has advised the BNP to distance itself from the Jamaat-e-Islami and the Hifazat-e Islam to continue to exist as a political party. Speakers at the second council of Nagarik Samaj on Saturday demanded that the government outlaw the Jamaat and its student front, Islami Chhatra Shibir, as war criminals and militant groups. […]

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The European Union has lifted the last of its trade, economic and individual sanctions against Myanmar in response to its political reform programme. The sanctions were temporarily lifted last year, and opposition leader and UK Foreign Secretary William Hague said Myanmar’s progress was such the move could become permanent. An EU statement, approved without a […]

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Criminals torched the Buddha idol in Shakyamuni pagoda of Boalkhali in Chittagong after breaking into the monastery early yesterday. They burnt its robe but managed to make way with five smaller idols and the donation box. Photo: Star Mystery shrouds arson attacks on Buddhist temple and orphanage at Patiya, and looting and vandalism at another […]

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 National Committee to Protect Oil-Gas and Power-Port in a statement today (Monday) urged the people to resist the move for setting up coal-fired power plant under India-Bangladesh joint venture at Rampal, a location close to the Sundarbans mangrove forest. The statement, signed by its convenor Engr Shiekh Mohammad Shahidullah and member secretary Prof Anu Muhammad, […]

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by F R Chowdhury We were young students when we came to know that people can obtain master’s degree from a university as the highest academic qualification. Then we came to know that one could pursue further research work to obtain a doctorate i.e. Ph D. Much later we came to know that in Norway […]

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During his over five decades of colorful political career, Abdul Hamid was elected Member of Parliament for seven times while Parliament Speaker twice. And this time he is going to adorn Bangabhaban as the country’s 20th President. The people of Kishoreganj burst into joy on Monday as local lad Hamid was elected the President, helping […]

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 An eyewitness on Monday said his father was killed by Pakistan occupation army during the Liberation War at the behest of Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, now a BNP MP. “The brutal incident had taken place at our Rauzan village home in Chittagong district on April 14 in 1971,” recalled Paritosh Kumar Palit, a retired teacher of […]

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 Opposition BNP on Monday threatened that the 18-party may go for a 72-hour nonstop shutdown if the government does not concede to their demands even in the face of the 36-hour hartal beginning at 6am Tuesday. “If the government can realise the justification of our movement in the face of the 36-hour hartal it’s well […]

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The Cabinet on Monday approved in principle a draft proposal for amendment to the ‘Bangladesh Labour Act, 2006’, aiming to ensure the welfare of workers through various measures and thus uphold their rights. The decision came from the regular weekly meeting of the Cabinet held at Bangladesh Secretariat with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the […]

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