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Bangladesh 23rd economy by 2050

Bangladesh is going to emerge as the world’s 23rd largest economy in terms of purchasing power parity (PPP) by 2050. The UK-based PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) made the projection in its latest report on global economy. Currently, Bangladesh’s gross domestic product (GDP) is the 38th largest in the world in terms of PPP. The PwC has projected that Bangladesh’s economy will surpass ...

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UN chief writes to Hasina, Khaleda

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has written letters to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia informing them that UN Assistant Secretary-General Oscar Fernandez- Taranco is acting on his behalf, an official of the Office of Spokesperson for the Secretary-General told The Independent in an email communication early Tuesday. “The Secretary-General recently sent letters to the two leaders, ...

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Baby Naznin released after briefly detained

The Police on Sunday evening briefly held singer Baby Naznin from the entrance of Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson’s office in Gulshan after she insisted to meet Khaleda Zia ignoring police obstruction. Baby Naznin went there with some soup and yogurt for Khaleda Zia. ‘I just come here with some soup and yogurt for her as I honour her as my ...

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Take steps to stop violence

The High Court yesterday asked the government to take necessary steps to stop the ongoing violence across the country in the name of hartal and blockade. It also asked the government to ensure a violence-free environment for the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinees and take stern actions against those who have been creating impediment towards holding the ongoing SCC and ...

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Project directors asked to send back unutilised ADP funds by March

The planning minister has asked project directors to send back by March the unutilised money earmarked for the annual development programmes (ADP) of the current fiscal year ending on June 30. AHM Mustafa Kamal gave the instruction at a meeting with project directors on Sunday. Around 700 project directors joined the meeting held in two phases, said the ministry in ...

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Get united against BNP-Jamaat barbarism, says PM

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Sunday called upon the country’s all patriotic citizens to get united against the barbarism and cruelties being unleashed by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party-Jamaat-e-Islami clique in a bid to push the country backward. ‘It is our goal and also the dream of the country’s people that Bangladesh will continue to move forward and become a ...

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15,000-20,000 trafficked to Malaysia, Thailand in 15yrs

Human trafficking Between 15,000 and 20,000 people have been trafficked to Malaysia and Thailand, in the last 15 years, and as many as 241 local and international traffickers and 26 Bangladeshi hundi traders are involved in luring fortune-seekers to Malaysia, through illegal channels. This was revealed in a 12-page report published by a committee formed by the police headquarters, for checking ...

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Bangla 2nd paper SSC exam deferred to Saturday

The Bangla second paper examination of SSC, which was schedule for tomorrow, will now be held on Saturday as the education ministry has rescheduled the test following extension of the BNP-led alliance’s countrywide hartal.The change in the schedule for the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and its equivalent examinations came this afternoon shortly after the 20-party alliance extended its ongoing hartal ...

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PM rules out emergency

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Wednesday in parliament ruled out proclamation of a state of emergency to tackle the ongoing violence amidst the non-stop blockade and general strikes called by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led alliance. ‘Why a state of emergency should be proclaimed? There is no such situation that warrants proclamation of emergency,’ she said replying to a supplementary ...

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‘Think about the students’

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid has again asked the BNP-led alliance to withdraw the countrywide blockade to avoid violence during the forthcoming Secondary School Certificate and equivalent exams. A total of 14.79 million students will take the exams scheduled to start on Feb 2. The minister spoke at a press briefing on Thursday. “They should respond to our request. Look ...

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