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Washington Times’ write-up not Khaleda’s: BNP

Opposition BNP on Monday night claimed once again that party chairperson Khaleda Zia did not send any write-up to The Washington Times requesting the USA to suspend its GSP facility for Bangladesh.   “The Prime Minister in parliament harshly criticised our chairperson regarding the suspension of the GSP facility by the USA. The Prime Minister’s […]

Fresh dates for JRC meeting to be announced shortly, he says Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid has reaffirmed that India would take no unilateral decision on the Himalayan component of the common rivers that might adversely affect Bangladesh.   During a meeting with Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni at Bandar Seri Begawan on Monday, […]

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Bangladesh known for cheap labour produces garments for designer labels as well as discount chains Cheap garment-factory labour doesn’t always equal cheap clothes. The availability of low-cost workers has sent mass-market clothing labels of all stripes — H&M, Gap, Wal-Mart, Zara and others — into Bangladesh’s $20 billion garment industry. But designer brands including Giorgio […]

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Microcredit has helped borrowers earn and consume more, accumulate assets, invest in children’s schooling, and move out of poverty, according to a recent study. The study showed significant welfare gains resulting from microcredit participants, especially women. The accrued benefits of borrowing also outweighed accumulated debt, said the study that tracked the changes microcredit has brought […]

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There is something sinister brewing in the politics of Bangladesh. But one is not sure whether the ever-clueless UPA-II is keeping a close watch on the evolving situation in that country. The recently concluded June 16 election to four city corporations saw the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) make inroads and come out victorious in four […]

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A decision to withdraw the EU GSP for Bangladesh must be avoided, as it would have far-reaching consequences for jobs and for the economy: EU The European Union has expressed the opinion that a decision to withdraw the Generalised System of Preferences for Bangladesh should be avoided as such an action could have far-reaching consequences […]

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Senior BNP leader Moudud Ahmed has disowned his claim after party chief Khaleda Zia told Parliament the Washington Times article was not hers. He had earlier claimed Khaleda had written the article after its publication in January this year. The Opposition Leader had told Parliament on Saturday that she had not written the article published […]

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The Bangladesh Army has rubbished British tabloid Daily Mirror’s report which claimed the rescue of Reshma Akter 17 days after the Rana Plaza collapse was ‘stage managed’. It criticised local newspapers for running similar reports citing the tabloid. Reshma was pulled out of the debris on May 10 after the nine-storey structure caved in on […]

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 Protesting the government’s interference in Grameen Bank, a section of public university teachers on Monday expressed their solidarity with Dr Muhammad Yunus to protect the undivided entity of the bank he founded. The teachers, led by President of the University Teachers’ Associations of Bangladesh (UTAB) AFM Yusuf Haider and Secretary Prof Tahmina Akhter, criticised the […]

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GCC polls campaign heats up GCC polls campaign heats up  Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad on Monday said the government officials are not above the election code of conduct. “All, including the government officials, must abide by the election code of conduct,” he said while replying to a query at a views-exchange meeting […]

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Dhaka seeks enhanced DFQF market access to Russia Dhaka seeks enhanced DFQF market access to Russia  Bangladesh will act as a bridge between the economic powerhouses in East Asia and South Asia in near future which will give Dhaka a unique position of strength not only in South Asia but also within Asia, said Chinese […]

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Bangladesh’s garment workers have fallen ill en masse in recent weeks due to a type of ‘mass psychogenic illness, not due to water or food contamination’, government’s disease monitoring arm says. The Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) termed it a ‘temporary’ mental problem that responds to simple treatment. “Counselling (in factories) and […]

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