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Bangladesh Factory Safety Accord: At Least 14 Major North American Retailers Decline To Sign

The deadline to sign onto the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh passed on Tuesday, and at least 14 major North American retailers declined to participate. The agreement, which demands a five-year commitment from participating retailers to conduct independent safety inspections of factories and pay up to $500,000 per year toward safety improvements, […]

A two-member team of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) will leave for Canada on Sunday for carrying out further investigations into the Padma bridge corruption conspiracy, said a source in the commission. It will be led by the commission’s legal adviser, Advocate Anisul Haque. The other member is ACC deputy director Mirza Zahidul Alam. When contacted, […]

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The Number: Ten Cents by Michael Guerriero for The New Yorker It’s often reported that the recession turned Americans into frugal shoppers. Well, here’s a bargain: spending about ten cents more on a piece of clothing produced in Bangladesh could prevent disasters like the horrific collapse, last month, of the Rana Plaza factory, which killed […]

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Eminent jurist Barrister Rafique-ul-Huq on Saturday said that a change in the mindset of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Leader of the Opposition Khaleda Zia is very much needed to resolve the ongoing political impasse over formation of an election-time government. “We want to see a free, fair and impartial election. Whatever methodology is adopted […]

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The national standing committee of the BNP at a meeting Sunday night decided to join in the upcoming budget session of the parliament though the date of its joining was not fixed. Many standing committee members of the party questioned the sincerity of the government regarding its dialogue proposal, however, BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia said […]

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has asked the Opposition to place their proposal for discussion in the Parliament. “Come to Parliament and talk. Please don’t go away after merely registering your attendance,” she said on Saturday, during an interaction with Awami League leaders from Chapainawabganj. After an 83-day absence, the BNP on Friday hinted they would […]

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 Editors of the country’s 15 daily newspapers on Saturday demanded the government allow the recently closed private television channels Diganta TV and Islamic Television to go on air again and the release of Amardesh acting editor Mahmudur Rahman. In a joint statement, they termed the government’s recent steps against the media a threat to the […]

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 Accusing Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of making contradictory remarks, BNP stalwart MK Anwar on Saturday said the 18-party alliance would not participate in the next general election unless the caretaker government system is restored. “The Prime Minister speaks of one thing in the morning and another in the afternoon. She herself called for talks anywhere […]

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Albrecht Conze, German ambassador, speaks at a press briefing at The Westin Dhaka yesterday, when six foreign chambers in the country issued a joint statement on the political situation and RMG sector of Bangladesh. : Six leading foreign chambers in Bangladesh have joined hands to condemn the ongoing political violence in the name of hartal. […]

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Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images – Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Dipu Moni and Secretary of State John Kerry speak Friday at the State Department. 1 Share to Facebook Share on Twitter Add to PersonalPost Save to Kindle Share via Email Print Article More The International Labor Organization and World Bank have refused to let Bangladesh join a textile […]

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Unidentified assailants shot dead two, including a local Union Parishad chairman, in Bagerhat on Saturday. Chairman Jahid Hasan, 53, who is also the Acting General Secretary of the Upazila, was shot dead around 9:45am in front of Amdabad Government Primary School at Khulna’s Rupsha Upazila. Hasan was a senior leader of Awami League in the […]

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US Secretary of State John Kerry has sought rapid progress both on fire and building safety inspection issues in Bangladesh and quick passage of labour law amendments. He also emphasised the importance of war crimes trials being conducted in the International Crimes Tribunals in a fair, transparent manner in accordance with international standards. Kerry said […]

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