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Power Sector: Rental plants a bar to viability

The power sector would turn profitable if dependency on quick rental plants was reduced significantly, said a government report. Despite such an observation in a report made by the government itself, the cabinet committee on purchase Thursday approved a five-year extension of contracts with five rental power companies. The extension was approved even though three […]

DRAMATIC things have been happening in the country. Minus the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, the prime minister has decided to go ahead with the formation of a multi-party government to oversee the next general election. To what extent her gamble will pay off remains to be seen. There are those who predict two general elections over […]

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Protesters act over misinformation; 100 factories shut and 30 injured in clashes Sarwar A Chowdhury with Abu Bakar Siddiqui, Rashad Ahamad Confusion over new salary structure and rumours of casualties in other garment factories have been causing the labour unrest in Ashulia and Gazipur over the last couple of weeks, much to the frustrations of […]

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Rural areas ahead

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Here is an Economy Census that reveals much more is happening in rural Bangladesh than in the country’s urban localities. Driven by boost to the service sector, the number of ‘economic units’ has doubled in Bangladesh during the last 10 years. The census shows 72 percent of the ‘economic units’ are in the rural areas, […]

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Neither the dark clouds of political turmoil nor those preceding ‘Cyclone Mahasen’ have left them any cause for worry. As the autumn harvest approaches, farmers of Gumai Beel in Chittagong’s Rangunia are in festive mood. The fields look golden and as the paddy is cut, the bulk promises a bumper harvest. For these simple rural […]

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Opposition Leader Khaleda Zia has sought President Md Abdul Hamid’s intervention to get a dialogue started with the government. The President assured her of doing everything possible within the parameters of the Constitution, the BNP’s acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told reporters after Tuesday’s meeting at the Bangabhaban. BNP chief Khaleda, along with […]

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Energy Division wants to hold talks with other companies although Petrobangla has prepared shortlist The Energy and Mineral Resources Division (EMRD) is still undecided over setting up the country’s first floating storage and re-gasification unit (FSRU), widely known as Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal, on Moheskhali Island in Cox’s Bazar to facilitate the import of […]

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Activists of Jatiyatabadi Swechchhasebak Dal and Mahila Dal brought out a broom procession in the city on Tuesday, protesting HM Ershad’s participation in the ‘so-called’ all-party government betraying the nation.   The procession was brought out from the Court Point at noon and it ended at the same place after parading some major city streets. […]

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One person has died and about 50 are feared trapped after a roof collapsed at the construction site of a South African shopping mall, paramedics say.   Private ambulance company Netcare 911 said rescue teams were at the site in Tongaat, a town north of Durban, reports the BBC.   “It is going to be […]

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  Criticising the opposition leader for her attempt to play game over the next general election, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday warned that Khaleda Zia would not be allowed to do that anymore.   “The Election Commission is working independently and the next general elections will be held in a free, fair and neutral […]

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Bangladesh, now just one month short of 42, has come a long way from the heady days of 1971 in trials and tribulations of nationhood. By any standards, this is a considerable period of time — long enough to establish its national identity, to position itself in the comity of nations and chart out its […]

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FBCCI hopeful

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The Opposition will join the all-party interim government to hold an acceptable national election, FBCCI President Kazi Akram Uddin Ahmed hopes. “We want that power will be handed over through a fair and credible polls. We hope the Opposition will join this all-party government and help holding a fair and acceptable election,” he said on […]

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