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The company installs more than one million solar home systems Nobel Laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus speaks at a programme organised at Radisson Hotel in Dhaka yesterday to celebrate the installation of one million solar home systems by Grameen Shakti. Prof Muhammad Yunus and his Grameen Shakti team were showered with praises from people of all […]

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Bangladesh’s GSP facility might be scrapped if govt fails to show improved labour standards Inam Ahmed After several years of warning to act on labour standards that fell on deaf ears, the US has finally initiated actions that may take away Bangladeshi products’ duty-free access to the US. The United States Trade Representative on December […]

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A week to promote e-commerce

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Organisers and partners at the press conference.IT & Telecom Report For the first time in the country, e-commerce week will be held from tomorrow in the capital. The programme with the theme 'Shop online: Anytime. Anything' has been organised by the Bangladesh Bank along with Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS). Dr. Atiur […]

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A rocky year winds down for stocks

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Sarwar A Chowdhury Stocks are all set to end the year in the red territory, as the market failed to recapture its pre-2011 shine in 2012. The price slide, which started in January 2011, continued well into 2012, with the odd gains here and there. DGEN, the key index of the Dhaka Stock Exchange, have […]

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Look at the issue realistically As reported in this newspaper recently, a large number of electric three-wheelers have flooded the port city. And they come in two forms, motor-rickshaws and easy-bikes, which are battery powered. They are unauthorised, not having obtained BRTA approval. The fact is, it is not only Chittagong but also many other […]

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Tourists sit under beach umbrellas in Cox’s Bazar. Fears of political turmoil have depressed the 2013 outlook for tourist arrivals from abroad. Photo: STARSohel Parvez The good times the local tour operators saw in 2012 are unlikely to roll into 2013 due to political turmoil, tour operators said yesterday. A relatively stable political environment in […]

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  Nine listed companies raised about Tk 865 crore, including premiums, through rights shares this year, which is 63 percent lower than last year. The companies issued 49.79 crore rights shares to raise the amount, according to data from the Dhaka Stock Exchange. The fall in capital raised through rights shares was mainly due to […]

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BGMEA decides over compliance failure Refayet Ullah Mirdha The trade body of garment makers has planned to cancel membership of 850 non-compliant industrial units — 600 in this month and the rest in February, said a leader of the platform. These units had failed to conform to labour and safety standards despite repeated reminders from […]

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By Alex Renton in Dhaka Dhaka’s leather business is booming, yet 90% of workers die before 50 and the industry causes pollution on a major scale The smell catches you from blocks away: a throat-tightening mix of bad egg, rotten meat and acrid ammonia. Among the rickshaws, barefoot men push carts piled with grey-blue skins. In […]

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India has sought Bangladesh’s permission to allow exports by Indian companies operating in its country through the North-Eastern region besides earmarking land for setting up India-specific Special Economic Zones (SEZs) there. North-East Region may serve as a gate-way for exporting goods from Bangladesh, especially, to Indian market and can help in giving a push to […]

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This high yielding China-origin variety of orange has seen successful cultivation at Agriculture Research Station in Khagrachhari Sadar upazila, thanks to the initiative of five researchers of Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute.Photo: STARKafil Mahmud, Khagrachhari A newly introduced high-yielding variety of orange has seen successful cultivation in the district, following research by Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute […]

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Hit by hartal, top business body urges opposition The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) yesterday urged the BNP-led alliance to withdraw the eight-hour hartal called for today and proposed holding dialogues to resolve political issues. “Please find alternatives [to hartal] to carry out your political movement. Do not call hartal for […]

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