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Amid severe protests from environmentalists and political activists, Bangladesh-India Friendship Power Company on Monday ordered the construction work for 1,320MW coal-fired power plant at Rampal, only 14km off the Sunderbans. The construction phase of two units (660MW each) of Maitree Super Thermal Power Plant began on Tuesday with a target of commissioning of the power […]

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In her defence, Mili’s mother claims she stays out of the house most of the time in the name of educational issues A 14-year-old girl has appealed to the Upazila Nirbahi Officer of Banaripara in Barisal to dissolve the marriage she was forced into against her will. Nurun Nahar Mili was married to 25-year-old Zahirul […]

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Oil giant Chevron has announced it will be selling its Bangladesh operations. In a statement issued on Monday, Chevron said it had ‘entered into an agreement’ to sell its wholly owned subsidiaries in Bangladesh to Chinese company Himalaya Energy Co Ltd. “Closing of the transaction is subject to the satisfaction of certain closing conditions,” it […]

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The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a sister concern of the World Bank, will invest US$1 billion in Bangladesh in next two years, said Finance Minister AMA Muhith. Emerging from a meeting with IFC Chief Executive Officer Philippe Le Houerou, Minister Muhith informed this to reporters at Washington yesterday, reports our staff correspondent. The organisation is […]

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Clearly, the Indian government does not want this kind of conflict to continue at the border, but the BSF continues to go its own way Once again, the BSF is out of line. The latest casualty at the Indo-Bangladesh border is Saidul Islam, and is certainly not the first such incident. It is a matter […]

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In an effort to revive the party’s fortunes before the next parliament polls, the BNP has designated 51 leaders of its central body to travel across the country to revamp its organisation. These leaders will be heading as many teams to cover every corner of the country, senior leader Ruhul Kabir Rizvi told the media […]

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Bangladesh has experienced the highest rainfall in April in 35 years, according to the Met office statistics. In first three weeks of the month, nearly 8,904 mm of rain has been recorded against the April average of 4,053 mm. “Some 10,000 mm of rainfall was recorded in April in 1981,” an official in weather office […]

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If the Rana Plaza collapse has shown us anything, it is that we as a nation can come together, and can survive the worst catastrophes It has been four years since Rana Plaza collapsed, shaking the nation. But we haven’t forgotten. With more than 1,100 losing their lives to the incident, it remains one of […]

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The Rana Plaza collapse was a big blow to our economy, but we managed to learn a lot from it Iwas nearly forced into the BGMEA advisory board by my friend Atiqul Islam, former BGMEA president, to help him come out of the mess that was the Rana Plaza collapse and other relevant incidents. It […]

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Abdul Hannan Indian newspapers and apologists at home waxed eloquent of achieving a ‘new height’ and a ‘watershed’ in Bangladesh India relations by the recent  state visit of prime minister sheikh Hasina to Delhi. The statement frankly, is puzzling and beyond my comprehension. To me, apart from the charm offensive of receiving our prime minister […]

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Shahid Islam The Korean Peninsula is on the verge of another major war; and it’s as close as lips and teeth. The war under making involves partners and alliances who may all be sucked into a major regional or global conflagration. This perilous prospect will have unleashed many predictable and unpredictable consequences and ramifications for […]

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The government has finalised 285 colleges and 40 high schools throughout Bangladesh for nationalisation. The Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education (DSHE) on Thursday issued an order asking the authorities of these 325 institutions to hand the movable and unmovable assets to the government. Notable in the list of colleges is the Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib […]

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