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Dredger purchase beats snail’s pace

This is a classic case of inertia, a case that clearly shows how things move in government offices. In 2010, the government planned to dredge and make the country’s vast waterways navigable in 10 years. Accordingly, Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) was given the mandate and the money to buy 21 dredgers, nine tug boats, […]

Ruling Bangladesh Awami League’s (AL) student wing Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) on Wednesday asked its activists to find Islami Chhatra Shibir activists and thus to “resist” them. Shibir is the student organisation of Islam-based political party – Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, a key ally of main opposition party Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP). “No more defensive action, we […]

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Export earnings in July soared 26.54 percent to $3.2 billion, marking a strong rebound after lacklustre performance in the fiscal year that concluded in June. July’s receipts, however, narrowly missed the monthly target of $3.23 billion, according to data from the Export Promotion Bureau. The surge in exports was led by garment, whose shipments soared […]

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We commend the Election Commission for initiating dialogues with the stakeholders although it is not legally obliged to do so. We hope that the dialogues are not held for their own sake, and that the commission will take the recommendations of the stakeholders seriously. Most of all, we hope it will forcefully implement the existing […]

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Capacity building for production of high-end apparels in Bangladesh goes slow despite huge potential as most of the apparel exporters are found complacent about the existing orders for low cost products. Experts and exporters said that a few garment producers were going for high-end products while the majority of the producers biased towards the basic […]

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Law Commission Chairman Justice ABM Khairul Haque has censured the Supreme Court verdict that declared illegal the 16th Amendment to the Constitution. Former chief justice Haque heavily criticised some of the observations made by current Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha at a media briefing on Wednesday. The verdict for taking away parliament’s powers to sack top […]

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Biman Bangladesh Airlines has lost Tk 400 million in revenues as it cancelled more than a dozen Hajj flights this year, said its top official. Until Wednesday, the national flag carrier cancelled as many as 19 flights to Saudi Arabia due to a shortage of passengers. Complications in securing visas for pilgrims this year led […]

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Dhaka has made certain breakthroughs in the process of bringing back death-row convicts of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman murder case, law minister Anisul Huq has indicated. Diplomats in Washington said on Monday that the United States government has ‘some interest’ in extraditing AM Rashed Chowdhury, one of such convicts who is now living there under […]

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The High Court today granted permanent bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable Trust corruption cases. The bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Shahidul Karim delivered the verdict after holding final hearing on a petition filed by Khaleda in 2008 seeking bail in the graft cases. In that year, the HC […]

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Tigers may not be the strongest side in Test cricket but possess a backroom with unique knowledge about the Australia side that will be touring Bangladesh. Coach Chandika Hathurusinghe had spent three years with New South Wales (NSW) – two as assistant coach and one as interim head coach – from 2011 to 2014. He […]

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