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Follies of capital account liberalisation

TThe Bangladesh cabinet has endorsed lifting of an embargo in place since independence, on investments in foreign countries by local businesses and individuals, under a liberalised foreign exchange regime. A daily reported that the “preferred sectors in the new investment criteria includes deposits in banks and investments in stocks, real estate and other industrial units in foreign countries.” The report ...

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UKBCCI celebrates the New Year

UK Bangladesh Catalyst of Commerce and Industries has celebrated the New Year in a festive mood along with a network meeting.   A number of business organisations across the UK, community leaders and journalists took part in the New Year celebration and networking meeting and wished a successful and active future for the organisation. The celebration and networking meeting took place ...

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Pay from own purse, if taxing project aid barred Govt asks executing agencies of foreign-funded projects

Agencies executing the foreign-funded projects in Bangladesh will be liable to pay taxes from their own coffers if deduction of tax from the project funds is barred under deals signed with providers of funds, according to a latest government decision. Under the existing rules, the implementation agencies of foreign-funded projects have to deduct taxes while making payments to any foreign ...

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Srabanti in woman centric film Sesh Sangbad

For the first time, West Bengal actress Srabanti will be part of a film that revolves around her. The actress is playing the lead in Pallav Gupta`s debut film, Sesh Sangbad, the script of which is penned by the director himself. Shooting of the film starts from January 25. “We have very few women-centric films in Tollywood. And I am ...

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Selena, Justin back together?

Singers Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber were spotted having dinner together, sparking speculations they may be back together. Gomez and Bieber were seen at Mastro’s Steakhouse in Beverly hills here. The couple frequently visited the restaurant over their continued on-and-off relationship, reports tmz.com. The diner’s staff saw them holding hands during their dinner. The two left in the same car ...

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Priyanka Chopra debuts short hair cut

Actress Priyanka Chopra has undergone a makeover and chopped off her long locks. The 32-year-old former Miss World, who is known for her black lustrous hair, said she opted for shoulder-length tresses to try out something adventurous. “Time to do something spontaneous! Feeling a bit adventurous… Chopping the tresses!,” Priyanka, 32, posted on Twitter. She even shared a photograph of ...

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Kareena Kapoor Wants `family of her Own`

Actress Kareena Kapoor is in the mood for a family. And while her husband, actor Saif Ali Khan has fathered two kids, Kareena perhaps is looking to have kids of her own. In an interview to a magazine Kareena said “I have been lucky to experience both professional success and a fulfilling personal life. So hopefully, I would be having ...

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Australia asylum: Abbott says Manus Island blockade ‘broken’

Australian leader Tony Abbott says an asylum-seeker protest at an offshore detention camp has been “broken”. His comments came after guards at the Manus Island camp in Papua New Guinea (PNG) entered a compound where hunger-striking detainees had barricaded themselves in. Some asylum seekers were reportedly arrested in the operation, which came amid an intensifying week-long protest. But a campaigner ...

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India’s tiger population sees 30% increase

India says it now has almost a third more tigers than it did four years ago. Presenting the findings of the latest tiger census, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said the tiger population had risen from 1,706 in 2011 to 2,226 in 2014. He said a number of government initiatives to streamline tiger conservation were behind the increase. India is estimated ...

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Ban on Indian mango imports to EU to be lifted

A ban on Indian mango imports into the European Union is to be lifted, clearing the way for them to return to the UK and other member states. However, other foodstuffs such as Indian aubergines, two types of squash, and a type of leaf used in cooking will remain restricted. Indian mango shipments to the EU were suspended in May ...

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