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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina suggests formation of a “small cabinet” involving BNP

August 5, 2012
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina suggests formation of a “small cabinet” involving BNP

 has advised some leaders of Awami League to talk with political parties, including the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, about a possible “small cabinet” that would act as an interim government during the next parliamentary polls. The Prime Minister has also suggested making the opposition leaders understand the significance of the constitution amendment which...
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BNP criticises Government’s move on Grameen Bank

August 4, 2012
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Opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has strongly condemned the government move to amend the Grameen Bank Ordinance 1983. In a statement yesterday, BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said the government was bent on destroying the Grameen Bank. Recently, on BBC interview, the Prime Minister strongly defended her government’s position in relation to...
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Man missing for 23 years, believed to dead, returns from Pakistani prison.

August 4, 2012
Man missing for 23 years, believed to dead, returns from Pakistani prison.

Moslemuddin Sarkar, 52, arrived back in Dhaka on Tuesday, a day after being freed from a Pakistani jail with the help of the Red Cross. His family lost contact after Mr Sarkar left for India in search of work in 1989. Years later, he ended up in Pakistan, where he was arrested. He says...
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Rajshahi is to have a new University for Agriculture

August 2, 2012
Rajshahi is to have a new University for Agriculture

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said her government is planning to establish an agriculture university in Rajshahi region for further strengthening agriculture research in the country. She said this when the newly-elected members of Sher-e-Bangla Agriculture University Teachers Association  led by its President Dr Alok Kumar Paul met her at her office yesterday. She underscored...
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BERC to introduce new measures intended to cut electricity bills

August 2, 2012
BERC to introduce new measures intended to cut electricity bills

It was announced today by the government that the  (BERC) will introduce a new structure of power tariff slabs to help cut the sharp rise in electricity bills of consumers, Prime Minister’s Energy Adviser Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury yesterday said. The energy watchdog is preparing a new structure of nine slabs on the basis of power...
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Padma Bridge project loan effectiveness deadline extended by one more month

August 1, 2012
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The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) have extended their loan effectiveness deadline for the Padma Bridge project by one more month, officials said yesterday.  ADB Country Director in Bangladesh Teresa Kho and Chief Representative of JICA in Dhaka Takao Toda met ERD senior Secretary Iqbal Mahmood at latter’s...
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Temporary ban on export of all kinds of raw fishes except shrimp

August 1, 2012
Temporary ban on export of all kinds of raw fishes except shrimp

The government yesterday  during Ramadan to ensure adequate supply to the market and keep the price at a tolerable level, said a Commerce Ministry press release. The decision is applicable for the sweet water fishes only with immediate effect. But normal export of sea fish will continue.
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Petrobangla discovers new layer of gas in Srikail gas field in Comilla

August 1, 2012
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State-run Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration and Production Company Limited (BAPEX), a subsidiary of state-owned Petrobangla has discovered a new layer of gas in the No 2 well of Srikail gas field in Comilla, said Bapex Managing Director  Mortuza Ahmad Faruque. The newly found layer was just above the layer discovered on Jul 13 at well number...
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Nepal-Bangladesh relationship gets a boost

August 1, 2012
Nepal-Bangladesh relationship gets a boost

  Nepal will come forward to jointly produce and share hydroelectricity with its neighbours including Bangladesh.  Foreign Secretary Mohammad Mijarul Quayes told the reporters after the secretary-level meeting at the Foreign Ministry yesterday. Nepalese Foreign Secretary conveyed his government’s appreciation for the opportunities offered by the Bangladesh government on the use of Chittagong and...
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Government plans on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women

August 1, 2012
Government plans on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women

State Minister for Women and Children Affairs said the government is making all-out efforts to fully implement the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). She said this while speaking an exchange of opinion meeting organized by Citizen Initiatives on CEDAW in the city yesterday.
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