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Bernicat: EC has to be neutral

The new Election Commission has to be seen as being truly neutral, US ambassador in Dhaka Marcia Bernicat has said. In an interview with Indian business daily Mint on Friday, Ambassador Bernicat discussed several issues surrounding Bangladesh, focusing in particular on terrorism and politics. “The mandate of EC’s members is expiring in February. The president has a real task ahead ...

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BNP’s EC proposals would be helpful forming strong EC, says president

  18th December, 2016 Presisent Abdul Hamid is optimistic about his initiative of holding formal meeting with political parties to constitute a strong new Election Commission, Bangabhaban officials said. The President on Sunday afternoon held his first meeting with a delegation of BNP led by it’s chairperson Khaleda Zia and hoped what they proposed would be helpful to constitute a ...

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Considering legal action over technical glitch on PM’s flight, says civil aviation minister

The government plans to initiate legal action to find out any possible ‘ulterior motive’ behind the technical glitch on the plane carrying Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. “…The prime minister was unharmed, but it’s a matter of national security…there had been several attempts on her life in the past,” Civil Aviation Minister Rashed Khan Menon told the media on Sunday after ...

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21,000 Rohingya refugees enter Bangladesh to escape Myanmar ‘ethnic cleansing’

Around 21,000 Rohingya have fled into Bangladesh in recent weeks to escape army crackdown in neighbouring Myanmar, an official of the International Organisation for Migration said. Bangladesh has stepped up patrols on the border to try to stem the tide of refugees fleeing a bloody crackdown by Myanmar’s army in the western state of Rakhine since early October. The government ...

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British MPs call for intensifying pressure on Myanmar

UK government urged by a cross-party group of 70 British parliamentarians to ‘intensify pressure’ on the Myanmar government and allow full humanitarian access to Rohingya Muslims in the North Rakhine State of Myanmar. The British parliamentarians including co-chair of the all-party parliamentary group for Burma Rushanara Ali MP came up with the call in a letter to British Foreign Secretary ...

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Child laborers toil 64 hours a week, survey reveals

Child laborers in the country who live in slums work for an average of 64 hours a week, many of them in textile factories making clothes for top world brands, a major study said on Wednesday. The new report from the London-based Overseas Development Institute has found that 15 per cent of Dhaka slum-dwellers aged between six and 14 did ...

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Govt to take 30bn dollar master plan for railways

Bangladesh has embarked on a 20-year master plan to spend 30 billion dollars on 235 railway projects by 2030, a top government official said. The overall aim is to increase Bangladesh Railways market share from around 4% at present to 15% for freight and 10% for passenger traffic. The country currently has 2,877 kilometers of railroads and aims to add ...

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Hasina urges global leaders to ensure migrants’ rights

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has pressed global leaders to work together for lifting the migrants from misery and enasuring their dignity. The premier told Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) in Dhaka that migrants’ rights need to be protected- in all situations, regardless of their status. As the global sustainable development goals, popularly known as Agenda 2030, recognizes migration ...

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High Court declares VAT on English-medium school tuition fees illegal

The High Court Division (HCD) of Supreme Court has declared that 7.5 per cent VAT (Value Added Tax) on tuition fees of English medium students is illegal. After hearing a writ petition filed challenging the legality of the VAT, the HCD bench of Judge Zubayer Rahman Chowdhury and Mozibur Rahman Miah delivered the verdict on Monday. Mentioning the imposition of ...

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‘Investigation on over recent disappearance’

Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq on Saturday said the government is seriously investigating the disappearance of people recently and refrained from elaborating the matter without getting the probe report. The minister came up with the statement while addressing seminar organized by National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on the occasion of World Human Rights Day today. He said ...

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