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OVL acquires two oil blocks in Bangladesh

ONGC Videsh Ltd and Oil India Ltd (OIL) have won two shallow water oil and gas blocks in Bangladesh, Oil Minister M Veerappa Moily said on Friday.   The 50:50 joint venture of OVL, the overseas arm of state- owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC), and OIL “has been awarded shallow water blocks SS-4 […]

Ten more Bangladeshi Hajj pilgrims died in Saudi Arabia raising the death toll at 44 till Friday noon. Sources at Bangladesh Hajj mission told banglanews that the Hajj pilgrims died in several incidents like senile cause, cardiac arrest and road crash. Hajj Mission Medical team sources said that a total of 27751 ailing Bangladeshi pilgrims […]

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he has received no notification from Saudi Arabia that it will turn down a seat on the UN Security Council. Earlier the Saudi foreign ministry said it had turned down the non-permanent seat, accusing the world body of “double standards”. The ministry said the UN needs to be reformed first, […]

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A United Nations investigator has called on the US to make public its data about drone strikes and civilian casualties.   Ben Emmerson has spent the year travelling to countries where the strikes have taken place, and speaking to US officials, reports the BBC.   He says the involvement of the CIA creates “an almost […]

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PM for all-party govt

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In address to the nation, she asks opposition to send names of MPs for inclusion in polls-time cabinet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday proposed forming an all-party election-time government and urged the BNP to nominate its MPs for inclusion in the interim cabinet. Hasina, however, did not specify the size of the interim cabinet or […]

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Veteran lawyer Barrister Rafique Ul Haque has termed Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s address to the nation as positive and urged the BNP to hold talks. “Prime Minister’s address has solved 95 percent of the problem. Now BNP should accept the offer for talks,” he said in an immediate reaction on Friday. In her address to […]

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Three clashes in as many villages in Brahmanbaria district on Friday left two dead and around 100 injured. Police said two people were killed and over 50 others injured when two groups clashed at Sadekpur village at Brahmanbaria’s Sadar Upazila. Sadar Police Station’s Sub Inspector Atiqur Rahman said the casualties were inflicted when supporters of […]

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Our Landscape

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From Dhaka-Khulna train. Photo: Ihtisham Kabir ‘’Landscape” – in our mind’s eye the word recreates the world outdoors, the variety and greatness of nature, and our place within it. Forests and fields, rivers and lakes, mountains and deserts, and the lay of the land as it unfolds in front of our eyes – and, of […]

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No outline about head of interim govt, it says   Opposition BNP on Friday night said there is nothing new in the Prime Minister’s address to the nation calling for an all-party polls-time government with the participation of all political parties.   “In the Prime Minister’s speech, there’s no outline about the head of the […]

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BD reiterates its strong support for nuke-free Korean peninsula   Bangladesh and South Korea have discussed possible further mutual cooperation in the fields of education, climate change, culture, trade, investment, and peace keeping operations around the world.   During a meeting between Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni and her South Korean counterpart Yun Byung-se in […]

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THE 13th Amendment to the Constitution of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh wrote into the constitution the concept of non-party caretaker government to ensure a smooth transition of power of one elected government to another. The 15th Amendment to the constitution struck off the caretaker concept, apparently in pursuance of the decision of the apex […]

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“Take back your call to violence. Take back your call to come out with machetes and axes,” Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said in her address to the nation on Friday. It was seen as a clear attack on BNP leader Sadeque Hossain Khoka who had asked supporters to hit the streets with weapons and prepare […]

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