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STCW CONVENTION – Can it be further improved?

F R Chowdhury The International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watch-keeping for Seafarers was originally adopted in 1978. This was a big and bold step forward by the global community to develop a unified standard for seafarers’ training and certification. I call it a big and bold step because until 1978, there was […]

Many legally independent organisations bearing Grameen names are being forced to supply documents to the Grameen Bank Commission although they are not part of the microcredit organisation. Officials of the organisations said the government-formed commission had recently sent them letters, demanding certified copies of the minutes of the board meetings and the annual audit reports […]

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Import costs are expected to rise towards the end of the current fiscal owing to recent increase in the number of LCs (letter of credit) opened for buying capital machineries and wheat. During the first eight months of the current 2012-13 fiscal (July-February), the number of LCs opened were less compared to the same period […]

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Anirudha Nagar BANGLADESH’S human rights record was put under the spotlight this week when it came before the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review in Geneva. The UPR is an international peer-review process that allows UN member nations to scrutinise one another’s compliance with international human rights law and make recommendations for its improvement. […]

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The BNP has alleged the government is snuffing out possibilities of a dialogue to end the political impasse by arresting opposition leaders and activists. At a press conference on Wednesday, Shamsuzzaman Dudu, an Advisor to Chairperson Khaleda Zia, also condemned re-arrest of three of its central leaders after they were released on bail. ”The people […]

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A parliamentary oversight panel has recommended that a specific provision be added to ‘Children Act-2013’ to prohibit the use of children as political tools. It also recommended that the Act should stop the abuse many children face in orphanages and educational institutions and child trafficking too. The discussion on the ‘Children Act-2013’ took place in […]

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A government enquiry committee has recommended life terms for the owners of the collapsed Savar building Mohammad Sohel Rana and the five readymade garment factories it housed. The investigative panel in a report also recommended confiscation of the plot of land on which the nine-storey building was constructed and financial support to the families of […]

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 Accusing the Prime Minister of dashing the hope of dialogue, BNP on Wednesday urged Sheikh Hasina to resolve the political deadlock over the polls-time government through talks before the time runs out. “I want to remind the Prime Minister that time is running out…there’s an importance of talks and negotiation in democracy. We think still […]

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Eight more private colleges were nationalised on Wednesday, with the Ministry of Education issuing separate orders to this effect bearing retrospective effect from May 14. Previously, four private colleges were nationalised during the past four years of current Awami League-led ruling. The colleges that were brought under government control on Wednesday are (1) Hazi Mohsin […]

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Police detained eight leaders and activists of different left-leaning parties in the capital’s Mirpur Wednesday afternoon when they tried to bring out a procession. The detention came four days into an “unofficial ban” on political meetings and rallies across the country for a month since May 19. Ganatantrik Bam Morcha, a platform of left-leaning parties, was scheduled to […]

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BY RAHUL SINGH The recent general election in Pakistan, the first democratic transition of power in that country, has received unprecedented coverage in the Indian print and electronic media. Though in both the run-up to the poll and on polling day itself, there was considerable violence (22 killed), the high 60 percent voter turnout was […]

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Framing of charges in two corruption cases involving former Prime Minister and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has again been deferred. Dhaka Metropolitan Session Judges Court on Wednesday fixed Jun 16 for indictment hearings on cases of alleged graft in Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable trust. The hearing for the cases has been deferred several […]

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