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Access to funds still an issue for women entrepreneurs

Access to finance remains a challenge for women entrepreneurs, despite progress and a change in the mindset of lenders and policymakers. Speakers at a symposium yesterday stressed the need for women entrepreneurs to diversify their businesses and products. The Asia Foundation, in collaboration with the US Department of State, organised the symposium on women entrepreneurship, […]

We welcome increased preparations to help Eid-ul-Azha proceed smoothly We applaud moves by authorities to take more advance measures this year to improve management of animal markets and traffic during the forthcoming Eid-ul-Azha festival. Dhaka’s mayors have announced that over 400 spots will be allocated there for sacrificing an estimated 300,000 cattle. Following a recommendation […]

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Taking suo moto cognisance of a media report about alleged mistreatment of Rohingya Muslims in Chennai, the human rights body on Monday asked the Tamil Nadu chief secretary and Chennai police commissioner to file a report within four weeks. In his order, NHRC’s Justice D Murugesan said, “Contents of the newspaper reports regarding the pathetic condition of […]

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Khaleda Zia has warned Hindus in Bangladesh to keep an watchful eye on the Awami League, the party that traditionally enjoys support of the religious minority. At a programme on Monday, the BNP chief exchanged greetings with the community leaders on Monday on the occasion of Janmashtami. There, she likened the ruling party to snake […]

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Country’s export earnings from readymade garment products in two months of the financial year 2015-16 grew by 5.98 per cent to $4.48 billion from $4.23 billion in the same period of the FY 2014-15 as the export of the RMG products boomed in August, the second month of the current financial year. Following a drastic […]

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Britain and France Monday joined Germany in pledging to accept tens of thousands of refugees as Europe’s record influx of people fleeing war and misery sparked warnings that one Greek migrant chokepoint was ‘on the verge of explosion’. European leaders are scrambling for solutions as bloody conflicts in Syria, Iraq and beyond have sent hundreds […]

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The country’s culture of impunity encouraged developers to fill wetlands and flood flow zones in and around the capital for housing projects in gross violation of several laws. The up shot is aggravation of recurrent water logging in the capital. Emboldened by non enforcement wealthy developers and other influential groups continue to grab whatever wetlands […]

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Highest pay— Tk86,000, lowest basic— Tk 8,250 The cabinet on Monday approved the new pay structure for the government employees fixing the maximum monthly salary at Tk 86,000, up from Tk 45,000 and the minimum basic pay at Tk 8,250,up from Tk 4,100. The new pays would be effective from July 1, 2015 but the […]

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Paul Hermann Chittagong, a major coastal seaport city and financial centre in southeastern Bangladesh, has been forecasted as an emerging financial powerhouse of the future world. A recent opinion piece by Paul Hermann, the co-founder and managing director of Lamudi, a global real estate portal, expects the world will witness the continued growth of Chittagong […]

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Electronics company Canon has developed a 250 megapixel sensor for use in digital cameras. Canon said the sensor is sensitive enough to read lettering on the side of an aircraft 18km (11.1 miles) away. However, it added, the gadget was unlikely to find its way into domestic cameras or smartphones. Instead, the ultra-high-resolution sensor could […]

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Customs intelligence officials yesterday seized 118 cartons of voice over internet protocol (VoIP) equipment from the cargo village area of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport. The equipment were shipped from Hong Kong under the false declaration of computer accessories for M/S Sadia Trading in the capital, said Moinul Khan, director general of Customs Intelligence, at a […]

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Police arrested two former lawmakers of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami and 11 other leaders and activists of the party at a flat in Mirpur yesterday afternoon in possession of 20 homemade bombs. Nayeb-e-Ameer of Jamaat Prof Mujibur Rahman (former MP of Rajshahi-1) is accused in 45 cases and Jamaat Assistant Secretary General Mia Golam Parwar (former MP […]

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