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Country’s first inland container terminal opens at Pangaon

Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) and the Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) jointly built the terminal at a cost of Tk1.54bn Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the Pangaon Inland Container Terminal on the bank of Buriganga River at Pangaon in South Keraniganj on Thursday. The premier inaugurated the container terminal by releasing balloons and pigeons […]

Talks in tatters

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Marathon hartal, govt’s excesses virtually end hope for political breakthrough The arrest of some senior opposition leaders has led many Awami League and BNP leaders to believe that the window for talks is now closed and the government would hold the next polls in early January even if the main opposition does not take part. […]

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  In the wake of senior opposition leaders’ arrest and deployment of additional police around her residence, various professionals, including teachers, doctors, lawyers and journalists, met BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Saturday night.   A delegation of University Teachers’ Association of Bangladesh (UTAB), a pro-BNP teachers’ platform, first met BNP chairperson at her Gulshan residence […]

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A double-decker burns at Jatrabari yesterday. With the opposition’s 84-hour shutdown beginning this morning, pre-hartal violence left several vehicles torched and many more vandalised across the capital. Photo: Courtesy The BNP-led opposition alliance has extended its three-day countrywide hartal from today by 12 hours in protest at the arrest of its top leaders on Friday. […]

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One of the strongest typhoons ever to make landfall devastated the central Philippines, killing more than 1,000 people in one city alone and 200 in another province, the Red Cross estimated on Saturday, as reports of high casualties began to emerge. A day after Typhoon Haiyan churned through the Philippine archipelago in a straight line […]

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  Workers’ Party of Bangladesh president Rashed Khan Menon on Saturday said dialogue and arrest of opposition leaders can go on simultaneously.   “As the opposition said dialogue and hartal could go on simultaneously, dialogue and arrest might continue concurrently,” he said.   Menon came up with the remark while addressing a rally organised by […]

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  Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu on Saturday said the government is considering the arrest of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia as she, what he said, killed people enforcing hartals.   “Khaleda is creating violence by enforcing hartals and killing people. So, she can’t avoid the responsibility of killing people,” he said.   Inu came up […]

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Coercive acts only to increase public anger, says Fakhrul   Condemning the arrest of its senior leaders, opposition BNP on Saturday urged the government to pursue the path of dialogue on the polls-time non-party government to restore peace and relief among people.   In a statement, BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said, […]

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  Security experts on Saturday stressed the need for a greater role of print, electronic and social media in ‘counter-messaging’ the messages and misinformation manufactured by the ‘extremist outfits’ in society.   They pinned down the factor that radicalisation of society towards any extremist ideology involves a process of conveying messages based on wrong interpretation […]

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Siddikur Rahman tightened his grip as the weather-interrupted the Hero Indian Open with a second round six-under-par 66 yesterday to put himself on course to win at the Delhi Golf Club. The Bangladeshi opened with an eagle and putted a 20-foot birdie on the last hole to leave himself with a total 12-under-par 132, two […]

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British High Commissioner in Dhaka Robert Gibson on Saturday expressed dissatisfaction over the continued confrontation instead of dialogue between the two major political parties — ruling Awami League and main opposition BNP — for holding free, fair and credible elections.   “I’m disappointed that we’ve seen continued confrontational action rather than constructive dialogue between the […]

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Patently wise

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The image and reputation of Bangladesh relies heavily on things that are unique to us Bangladesh has passed a law titled the Geographical Indicative Products Act 2013 to protect our claim on our traditional and indigenous products. This is a wise move from the Industries Ministry as it will not only safeguard truly Bangladeshi goods […]

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