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SNC-Lavalin International used secret code for ‘bribery’ payments

Budget documents show widespread use of ‘consultancy cost’ code A division of Canadian engineering giant SNC-Lavalin has for years used a secret internal accounting code that former employees say was for bribes on projects across Africa and Asia, a joint investigation by CBC News and the Globe and Mail has found. MAP 10 countries where […]

The daylong nationwide shutdown, called by the BNP-led 18-party alliance demanding the restoration of caretaker government system, release of its arrested leaders and activists and withdrawal of the ban on meetings and processions, began at 6am today (Sunday). Sources at the Dhaka Metropolitan Police said additional 8,000 police have been deployed in the capital to […]

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Suspected Maoist rebels set off a land mine and opened fire on a convoy of cars carrying local leaders and supporters of India’s ruling Congress party in eastern India, killing at least 17 people and wounding 24 others, police said. Senior police officer M. Gupta said the attack occurred Saturday in the Sukma area, about […]

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Opposition BNP on Saturday threatened to go on self-imprisonment if the government does not reinstate the caretaker government system to oversee the next general election. “BNP knows how to force the government to accept its demand. If needed, we’ll go on self-imprisonment to realise our demand (CG),” said opposition spokesperson Shamsuzzaman Dudu. The BNP leader […]

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  The Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) is going to launch a five-month hunt for 2000 innovative small and medium enterprise (SME) projects across the country from next month (June), said its president Sabur Khan on Saturday. Addressing a press conference at the DCCI headquarters, he also declared that an expo, titled “Entrepreneurship […]

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Japan is looking to the newly opened Myanmar for cheap labor as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday became the first Japanese leader to visit the country, once known as Burma, in 36 years. About 4,000 Japanese executives per month visited Myanmar last year, making it the second most popular destination for businesspeople after Thailand,Bloomberg […]

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American retailers remain sharply opposed to joining an international plan to improve safety conditions at garment factories in Bangladesh as their European counterparts and consumer and labor groups dismiss the companies’ concerns about legal liability. A few shareholders at Gap’s annual meeting this week questioned the company’s refusal to sign on to a plan that […]

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Minority Rohingya Muslims who have long alleged persecution by the Buddhists in Myanmar, say Buddhist families from Bangladesh are now being resettled on their land Buddhist families from Bangladesh are quietly crossing the border into Myanmar, where local Rakhine Buddhist groups and government agencies are helping them resettle. The move has created pressure on the […]

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Twenty garment factories were shut at Tongibari in Ashulia industrial area on Saturday as workers, demonstrating to press home their various demands, clashed with police leaving at least 50 people injured. Officer-in-charge of Ashulia Police Station Badrul Alam said the workers of Natural Denim Garment factory staged demonstration to press for their various demands, including […]

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by Farhad Mahmud A few weeks ago, right after Professor Yunus set out his suggestions for the garment industry, I sent an email around to my friends at home and abroad, seeking a few answers and a little bit of clarification, on some of the specific proposals Professor Yunus had put forward. Much to my […]

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Jatiya Party Chairman Hussein Muhammad Ershad on Saturday renewed his call to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Opposition Leader Khaleda Zia to start al dialogue to resolve the ongoing political standoff in the country. Ershad also expressed his dissatisfaction at the lack of response to the letters he had sent to the two top leaders […]

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