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Shutdown badly hits tourism sector

Business Report Local hotel and tourism sector is the worst affected business sector from the ongoing political troubles hitting hard the nation. Booking to hotels and motels have almost dropped to zero at tourists resorts like Cox’s Bazar, Kuakata, Sundarbans, Sylhet and such other places and people are taking refuns in many cases. People are […]

Sadeq Khan Since October 18, when Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina held a fake olive branch to the Opposition offering positions in an “all-party government” from amongst existing parliament members for the election period under her own premiership, followed by the imposition of a declaration of virtual emergency in the capital (later throughout the country) by […]

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M. Shahidul Islam The government is playing with fire. The end result will be heaps of ashes. An unusual mishmash of internal and external forces are flexing muscles to foil a well designed blueprint of the government that aims to hold an election without main opposition parties’ participation. Amid lives lost and the economy sputtering, […]

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Kite flying by RAW?

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Mumtaz Iqbal Every country’s intelligence agency employs journalists and newspapers on its payroll, remunerating them in cash (retainership or bribes) or in kind (access to inside or privileged information), as its surrogates to propagate motivated points of view. India’s RAW (Research and Analysis Wing) is no exception. One such RAW journalist appears to be Subir […]

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German President invites Yunus to visit his country   German Ambassador in Dhaka Dr Albrecht Conze on Thursday expressed his sorrow as Nobel laureate and Grameen Bank founder Dr Muhammad Yunus has not been enjoying the respect he deserves in his own country.   “It saddens me that the distinguished pioneer of microfinance and social […]

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  Describing the remand order against its five leaders as the manifestation of the government’s vindictive and dirty politics, opposition BNP on Thursday demanded their unconditional release.   “Influencing the court, the government has sent our senior five leaders to jail. This remand has exposed the government’s vindictive and dirty political game against the opposition,” […]

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There’s no going back on ‘rentals’ for power in Bangladesh. Despite finance minister AMA Muhith once saying the country will be free from dependence on rental power plants by 2015, but his government seems to think otherwise. On Thursday, the Power Development Board (PDB) is likely to propose renewal of contract for three rental power […]

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  Tanvir Mahmud Toki was killed at the business establishment of Ajmeri Osman, son of Jatiya Party MP from Narayanganj-5 Nasim Osman.   Sultan Shawkat Bhramar, an accused in the Toki murder case, said this in his confessional statement he made before the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate KM Mohiuddin on Tuesday.   However, another […]

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  BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Thursday denounced the remand order against its top five leaders and the arrest of two Jatiyatabadi Swechchhasebak Dal leaders.   In separate statements, the BNP spokesperson demanded withdrawal of ‘false’ cases filed against the BNP leaders and cancellation of the remand and their release.   […]

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Jatiya Party (JP) chief HM Ershad has announced he is setting up a new political alliance. “We have discussed it. Announcement of a new alliance will come very soon,” he said at a party meeting on Thursday. On Wednesday, the top rung of Jatiya Party had a meeting with Bikalpadhara Bangladesh chief AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury, […]

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The number of Bangladeshi students in the US reached ‘all-time high’, the US embassy in Dhaka said on Thursday, but cautioned students against falling prey to brokers. “Getting a visa to the US is not a difficult or mysterious process. The visitor, of course, must have a legitimate and legal reason for entering our country,” […]

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By VIKAS BAJAJ The government of Bangladesh has played its trump card in its long-running campaign against Grameen Bank and its founder Muhammad Yunus. Last week, legislators passed a law that effectively nationalizes the bank, which pioneered the idea of making small loans to poor women, by wresting control of it from the 8.4 million […]

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