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Letter to Sheikh Hasina from House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer

Washington, D.C. – In wake of the Rana Plaza building collapse, which killed more than 1,100 people, House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) signed onto a letter to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina strongly urging the Bangladeshi authorities to join in a comprehensive, concrete, and coordinated plan to ensure workers’ rights and safety in Bangladesh. “The Rana Plaza collapse, […]

Cyclone Mahasen on Thursday struck a mild blow to the coastal region in the south-east and south western parts of the country, weakened and crossed over to Myanmar. In sporadic incidents of house collapse, falling trees and boat capsize, upto 36 people were killed. Twentyone of them alone were killed in boat capsize in Teknaf […]

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Two man-made tragedies have shaken Bangladesh recently: riots over Islamist demands for blasphemy laws and the garment factory collapse. Bangladesh’s response to both will show how well it can meet citizens’ needs. US retailers must also take responsibility for factory conditions. Bangladesh Army soldiers stand at the wreckage of a garment factory May 14 to offer […]

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Military-backed CG had some ridiculous plans, she says  Prime Minster Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said the opposition leader Khaleda Zia’s 48-hour ultimatum was aimed at inviting 1/11-like situation in the country. “The ultimatum was given to invite the 1/11- and 2007-08-like situation in the country,” she said in her introductory speech at a coordination meeting […]

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The central bank has taken an initiative to open special bank accounts for readymade garment workers. As per the plan, mobile-phone numbers of the workers will be made their bank accounts facilitating transactions through the cellphones. Bangladesh Bank Governor Atiur Rahman has urged the chief executives of the commercial banks to open the accounts for […]

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The High Court on Thursday granted interim bail for six months to BNP joint secretaries general Aman Ullah Aman, M Shahjahan and chairperson’s adviser Dr ZM Jahid Hossain in a case filed under the Explosive Substances Act. An HC single-judge bench of Justice Nizamul Huq passed the order after the Chief Justice sent the matter […]

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ADB country head says Bangladesh has advantages of location and labour Teresa Kho Bangladesh has to address infrastructure deficits immediately for higher economic growth, M Teresa Kho, country director of Asian Development Bank, said yesterday. “It must grow much faster, if poverty is to be completely eradicated in less than a decade’s time,” she said, […]

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A government Secretary has secured allotment of a house at Dhaka’s Minto Road from the Ministry of Public Works though it was sought by a High Court judge, who takes precedence over the official. Supreme Court Registrar AKM Shamsul Islam has alleged ‘partiality’ in allotment of the house. He told bdnews24.com on Thursday: “Judges enjoy […]

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 A police sub-inspector allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself with his own pistol here on Thursday evening. Police sources said Sujan Sarker, 30, of Sadar Police Station shot on his head with his official pistol around 7:30pm. He died on the spot. Contacted, Sadar Police Station officer-in-charge (OC) Azizul Haque said their colleagues found Sunajn’s […]

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She also urges Tehran to recruit Bangladeshi seamen  Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday emphasised activating the Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) and Bilateral Trade Agreement (BTA) signed between Bangladesh and Iran.The Prime Minister said this when visiting Minister of Industry, Mine and Trade of Islamic Republic of Iran Mahdi Ghazanfari met  her at her official […]

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 Opposition BNP on Thursday urged the government to reach a consensus through dialogue over holding the next general election under a non-party administration. “If you (PM) are relay a patriot, let’s reach a logical point through talks. Come to the path of light from the darkness,” BNP spokesman Shamsuzzaman Dudu said pointing at the Prime […]

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What does Hifazat-e-Islam mean to the people of this country and to Dhaka in particular? To some schematic Marxists they were the proletariats in pajamas and beard who had come to deliver a revolutionary basket of messages and remedies which deserved support. To most middle class members they were hordes from hell going to eat […]

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