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Rana Plaza Tragedy: Survivors suffer ‘as fund lies idle’

The workers who suffered serious injuries as well as the relatives of many deceased or ‘missing’ workers are living a miserable life though the charity fund at the Prime Minister’s Office is laying idle, observed speakers at a dialogue here on Sunday.   They urged the government for preparing a full list of the dead, […]

Bangladesh and India on Sunday renewed their vow to work together for a stronger engagement settling pending issues through mutual discussions.   Both the neighboring countries expressed their willingness to work and prosper together while celebrating India’s 65th Republic Day here.   Finance Minister AMA Muhith attended the Republic Day reception held at a city […]

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Future oil shock Let us now develop some scenarios to see how oil prices may change in case Iran is attacked and it disrupts or closes the Strait of Hormuz. The world economy is sluggish, so there is no great demand of oil. There is an adequate supply (or over supply) of crude oil and […]

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Sanity in Bangladesh

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 by The Bangladesh Chronicle Recent events in Bangladesh will get one perplexed. I am glued to the television and can sense the changes happening so rapidly that it would take an intelligence specialist to figure out what is going on…. Which way Bangladesh being steered to….. What is the future of the new generation now […]

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Mobile operators will be allowed to access the Election Commission’s database before activating new connections. Telecoms Minister Abdul Latif Siddique said that the issue will be finalised after discussing with the Election Commission (EC). Respresentatives of the Association of Mobile Telecom Operators Bangladesh (AMTOB) met the minister on Sunday. “Initiatives are being taken so that […]

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Bangladesh Bank is going to announce the monetary policy for the second half of the ongoing fiscal on Monday. Economists, bankers and businesses favour an expansionary monetary policy as the targets in the first half of 2013-14 could not be achieved due to political instability. They say those for the second half would also falter […]

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“Razakars had perpetrated the systematic killing of Hindus at Sakharighati village of Bagerhat during the Liberation War in which my converted Muslim husband was also a victim of the massacre,” said Ullashini Das as prosecution witness No. 26 while facing cross-examination before the International Crimes Tribunal -2 on Sunday.   “So far I recall, it […]

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BNP spokesman Asaduzzaman Ripon on Sunday scorned the Prime Ministers for asking their party chairperson Khaleda Zia to go to Pakistan, and urged Hasina to came out of dirty political culture.   “The Prime Minister at a meeting on Saturday asked our leader (Khaleda) to go to Pakistan…There’s a song ‘Dil mein Hindustan’… but We’re […]

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German Ambassador in Dhaka Dr Albrecht Conze on Sunday said Bangladesh’s future as an ‘emerging industrial country’ depends on a reputation of excellence, and reassured Germany’s help to that end.   He mentioned that the reputation of excellence is not only associated with the quality of Bangladeshi products but also with compliance in line with […]

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1732 aspirants submit nominations to contest elections The Election Commission will not interfere in the ongoing joint forces’ drive against violence at different parts of the country unless it does not hamper the works of the countrywide staggered upazila polls, beginning on February 19.   “If the joint forces’ operation doesn’t impede our electoral works, […]

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday urged Chinese entrepreneurs to invest more in Bangladesh, particularly in setting up new power plants in special economic zones.   The Prime Minister came up with the call when a Chinese delegation, led by Ambassador Li Jun, paid a courtesy call on her at Ganobhaban.   After the meeting, […]

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Expressing the hope that Bangladesh will regain the GSP facility to the US market by next April, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed on Sunday said the government is working sincerely to fulfill the conditions tagged for regaining it.   “We are working sincerely to fulfill the conditions so that GSP facility could be regained in the […]

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