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External panel appreciates open discussion with ACC; after the meeting the panel left for airport In this December 1 photo, a World Bank team arrives at Anti-Corruption Commission’s head office in the capital to hold a meeting on the anti-graft body’s progress in investigations into the Padma bridge project corruption. The meeting between the visiting […]

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The government is set to begin negotiation with donors to secure funding for the metro rail and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) projects from the next week. Funding for construction of three new bridges will also be finalised by the end of this month. The bridges are: Kanchpur, Meghna and Meghna-Gumti. “Negotiation for Jica’s Tk 16,594 […]

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HC also asks to remove bridge over Dwaki river in 15 days The High Court on Wednesday directed the government to declare Dwaki river at Jaflong in Sylhet as ecologically critical area within a month to protect its environment. Delivering a verdict on a writ petition, the HC directed the authorities to remove within 15 […]

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Bangladesh has long been a byword for calamity in the rest of the world, a punch line, a metonymy for doom and disaster. It is only when something catastrophic occurs that the world pays attention to our small delta nation on the Bay of Bengal. A quick search for “Bangladesh” on the New York Times […]

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WB team not happy; ACC’s draft probe report excludes him from the list of people to be sued; meeting again today The meeting between the World Bank’s external panel and the Anti-Corruption Commission ended inconclusively yesterday, as the panel was unhappy at the commission’s bid to drop the name of ex-communications minister Syed Abul Hossain […]

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Patterns for sweatshirts and tank tops emblazoned with US Marine Corps logos at fire-ravaged Tazreen factory. Order forms and design specs for sweatshirts and tank tops emblazoned with US Marine Corps insignia and logos have been found inside the smouldering wreckage of the Tazreen Fashions factory, activists in Bangladesh have told ABC News. Worker rights […]

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PM hands over Tk 6 lakh for each dead, vows to find out ‘arson instigators’ Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina consoles a wailing relative of a victim of Tazreen Fashions blaze. She handed over cheques to the relatives of the fire victims at her office in the capital yesterday. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday handed over […]

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In this December 1 photo, a World Bank team arrives at Anti-Corruption Commission’s head office in the capital to hold a meeting on the anti-graft body’s progress in investigations into the Padma bridge project corruption. The Anti-Corruption Commission and the World Bank external panel could not reach a consensus on Tuesday regarding inclusion and exclusion […]

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The ICT -2 on Tuesday asked a Bangladesh Protidin reporter to appear before it with a written statement explaining why contempt of court charges should not be brought against him for his report making a prediction on the verdict of war crimes trial. Reporter Ahmed Al Ameen will have to appear before the International Crimes […]

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India wants to export goods to northeast through Bangladeshi territory India is diverting Tista River total flow at Gazaldoba Barrage. (Google Earth 22.02.2011). UNB, Dhaka Foreign Minister Dipu Moni on Tuesday pushed India for the conclusion of an agreement for Teesta water sharing and ratification of the Land Boundary Agreement 1974 and its Protocol signed […]

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The Jamaat-e-Islami enforced dawn-to-dusk shutdown is underway amid reports of sporadic clashes with law enforcers across the country. Jamaat called the hartal on Monday to mount pressure on the government to release its top brass currently standing trial on war crime charges. Its key ally, the BNP, has also extended support to the lockdown call. […]

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Finance Minister AMA Muhith on Monday said beginning of the winter is a good time for making a decision as he favoured a price hike in the heavily subsidised fuel sector. His comment came after he met with a team of representatives from International Monetary Fund, which has been recommending an increase in oil prices […]

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