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Garment export faces setback

Leaders of the ready made garments sector feared the industry may be on the brink again from prolonged political crisis as the opposition called blockade and shutdowns are hitting the nation for over the last 12days. Since there is no sign of a quick respite, fear looms large that a longer stand-off like the one […]

The United States and the United Kingdom on Wednesday expressed shock and concern at attack on former Foreign Secretary Reaz Rahman and urged the government to track down and hold accountable those responsible for the attack. In a press statement, Deputy Department Spokesperson of the US Department of State, Marie Harf said, “The United States […]

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Mustafizur Rahman The government has set in motion a process to promote several hundred officers to the levels of deputy secretary, joint secretary and additional secretary, in the civil bureaucracy, although there are no vacancies in the approved organogram. The Superior Selection Board, led by cabinet secretary Muhammad Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan, is scrutinising profiles of […]

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Amid the ongoing upheaval consequent upon blockade across the country adviser to BNP, former diplomat Reaz Rahman was shot and hospitalised for medical treatment on 13 January; while Khaleda Zia, the chief of the main Opposition BNP and the 20-party opposition alliance had to spend the 13th day in confinement at her office on January […]

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Faruque Ahmed A state of total chaos and anarchy is now taking over the democratic set up of the state. There is no rule of law at work and the gap between the government and the state is dangerously narrowing to tempt analysts to compare the system with a growing ‘autocratic’ regime replacing democratic institutions of […]

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The BNP, enforcing an indefinite blockade across Bangladesh, has now called a 48-hour general strike in Dhaka and Khulna divisions from Wednesday. Party’s Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, who is in hiding, told bdnews24.com of the latest agitation plans on Tuesday. He said the shutdown would start at 6am on Wednesday and continue until […]

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The government plans to provide electricity to all citizens by 2021, claiming that at present 68 percent of them has access to it, a minister has said. Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal informed Parliament of the plans on Tuesday on behalf of State Minister for Power Nasrul Hamid Bipu while replying to a question from […]

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A Detainee’s Diary

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Last week, several Republican senators, including John McCain, called on President Obama to stop releasing detainees from the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Their argument was that after the terror attacks in Paris, the 122 prisoners still in Guantánamo should be made to stay right where they are, where they can do the West no […]

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal continued Monday to warn of “no-go zones” in Europe where non-Muslims are unwelcome and residents are ruled by religious laws, even after Fox News declared that there is “no credible information” that such areas exist in France and England. Jindal, a potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate, gave a speech in London […]

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