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Oil savings can fund Padma bridge, says ex-central bank governor Farashuddin

Savings from oil imports can be diverted to fund the construction of the 6.15 kms Padma Multipurpose Bridge, says former Bangladesh Bank governor Mohammed Farashuddin. He told  in an interview that with oil prices dropping to half their peak global rates. Bangladesh will do well not to revise the retail prices but divert the savings to construction of Padma bridge. ...

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2,000 city polls nominations sold in nine days

Nearly 2,000 aspirants have collected nomination forms against 126 posts in the three city corporations in Dhaka and Chittagong until Friday. Of them, 56 collected forms to run for mayor. People will have to wait until Sunday to see how many submit the papers. The final list of candidates will be released on Apr 9 after scrutiny and withdrawal. The ...

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CEC rejects call to extend nomination filing time

The chief election commissioner has rejected a suggestion of pro-BNP professionals to extend nomination submission deadline for the Dhaka and Chittagong city corporation elections. Citing several issues including Pakistan cricket team’s tour to Bangladesh in April, CEC Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad said it is not possible to extend the March 29 deadline. He came up with the remarks following a meeting ...

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HSC examinatios on schedule:Nahid

The Ministry of Education has decided to hold the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and equivalent exams at all centres across the country amid the blockade and hartal. Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid said the exams would begin on April 1 as scheduled, despite the political turmoil. “We have published the HSC routine. The exams will be held according to it. ...

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UK MPs want pressure on Bangladesh to end disappearance

Ten British lawmakers have initiated a move so that the British government put pressure on the Bangladesh government to stop disappearances and extra-judicial killings. The move, known as Early Day Motion (EDM), was made on Monday. The signatories of the motion are: Peter Bottomley and Bob Blackman of Conservative Party, Julian Huppert and Bob Russell of Liberal Democrats, John McDonnell ...

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Bangladesh enters 45th year of independence

Bangla Mirror Desk: Bangladeshis living in the UK and elsewhere in the world celebrated the 45th Independence and National Day on Thursday to mark the declaration of independence. The country has made remarkable progress in a number of areas over the years after independence although there is a long way to go to attain advanced stage of development. Bangladesh’s independence ...

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Bangladesh Wins the WIP Award for reducing gender gaps

 World Economic Forum study reveals that Bangladesh is one of the top 10 countries in the world in reducing gender gaps and this leads the country to win the prestigious Women in Parliaments (WIP) Global Forum Award for “regional leadership in closing the gender gap in politics”.   Based on the rankings of the World Economic Forum’s “Global Gender Gap Report”, WIP Awards were ...

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Think-tank demands urgent action in Dhaka

A leading think-tank in Bangladesh has called for environmental issues in the country’s textile industry to be addressed as a matter of urgency as declining water levels, continued toxic discharges from dyeing and finishing factories, and a major lack of effluent treatment plants (ETPs) continue to raise serious question marks about the long-term sustainability of the industry .The Policy Research ...

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Annisul, Kabari and Pintu pick up nomination papers

Businessmen Annisul Huq, claimed to be an Awami League-backed candidate, has picked up nomination form to compete for mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation on Monday. Former AL MP and actress Sarah Begum Kabari, despite not receiving her party’s nod, claimed to have had the nomination form picked up.  BNP leader Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu, serving life term for his role ...

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Cabinet nod for medical universities in Chittagong, Rajshahi

The government has decided to set up medical universities in two divisional headquarters, Chittagong and Rajshahi. Print Friendly and PDF Monday’s regular cabinet meeting chaired by the prime minister approved, in principle, the drafts of the ‘Chittagong Medical University Act 2015’ and ‘Rajshahi Medical University Act 2015’.  The move will take the number of medical universities in the country to ...

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