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Deal struck for new Asian bank

Deal struck for new Asian bank

Twenty-one Asian countries that are willing to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) as founding members yesterday signed the Memorandum of Understanding on establishing the Bank. Chinese President Xi Jinping met the representatives of the 21 countries after the signing ceremony in the morning. The countries are Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, the Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Uzbekistan and Vietnam. The AIIB aims to fund rail, road, power and other projects across the region. The Bank's authorised capital is $100...

Bend it like Hashem

Bend it like Hashem

It's a story of stepping out of the box and carving a fortune out of nothing. Had MA Hashem pursued a master's in Economics at Chittagong University around three decades ago after getting admission there, he might have landed a respectable job and led an easy life. However, instead of taking the apparently easier path,...

Latif expelled from AL

Latif expelled from AL

The ruling Awami League yesterday expelled Abdul Latif Siddique from the party for hurting religious sentiments of Muslims. The former minister won't get the opportunity provided in the party charter to appeal against the decision. This marks an end of Latif's five-decades-long association with the party. The AL Central Working Committee (ALCWC), the highest decision-making forum of the party, made the decision unanimously at a meeting at the Gono Bhaban with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, also the AL president, in the chair. Emerging from the meeting, AL General Secretary and LGRD Minister Syed Ashraful Islam said after thoroughly examining Latif's reply to the show-cause notice earlier served upon him, the ALCWC found that...

PM Leaves for UAE Today

Manpower, investment top agenda

Manpower, investment top agenda

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina leaves Dhaka for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) this morning on a three-day official visit aiming at strengthening bilateral relations, resuming manpower export and attracting more investment from the oil rich Gulf nation. Diplomatic sources said the ties between Bangladesh and the UAE will become stronger with the back-to-back visits by the president and the prime minister to the UAE. Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, State Minister for Labour and Employment Mujibul Haque Chunnu and State Minister for Home Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal will accompany the premier. Hasina will lead a 69-member delegation, which includes four eminent personalities, 11 senior...

Haunted forever

Haunted forever

Her trauma has only increased with time. She had lost nine of her family members in a grisly arson attack at Kurmitola Bihari camp four months back. Farzana, 16, the sole survivor of the arson, sustained severe burn injuries that left her bed-ridden at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital for two months. Broken down...

Ghulam Azam's burial today

Ghulam Azam's burial today

The body of Ghulam Azam, the symbol of war crimes in Bangladesh, will be buried at his family graveyard in capital's Moghbazar after his namaz-e-janaza at Baitul Mukarram National Mosque after Zohr prayers today. Ghulam Azam had expressed a wish to be laid to rest beside his father's grave, Abdullahil Aman Azmi, the son...

JMB men behind Burdwan blast

India's National Investigation Agency last night said the accused persons in the Burdwan town blast case and their associates were members of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh. In a press statement, the NIA, which is probing the October 2 explosion in a house in Burdwan, said investigation so far revealed the accused and their accomplices were members of JMB, a terrorist organisation proscribed in Bangladesh. They were preparing Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) which were being transported to Bangladesh. "NIA is conducting a thorough...

Jan 5 Elections

Published Date: October 24, 2014
No world leaders questioned: PM

No world leaders questioned: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said no world leaders questioned the January 5 election, which the BNP and most other political parties boycotted. “Rather, everyone congratulated me on my being reelected and appreciated the efforts for taking the country forward,” she told a media briefing at the Gono Bhaban. Hasina said those criticising the polls...

Published Date: October 24, 2014
No country endorsed this govt: Khaleda

No country endorsed this govt: Khaleda

Not a single foreign country has recognised the “illegal” Sheikh Hasina government that came to power through a voter less election, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has claimed. Hasina's photo sessions with the heads of foreign nations wouldn't bring recognition for this government, Khaleda, also chief of the BNP-led 20-party alliance, told a rally at...

Published Date: October 24, 2014
Almost all secondary schools on track

Almost all secondary schools on track

Amid criticism over abysmal results in the Dhaka University admission tests, a nationwide assessment survey report has drawn a rosy picture of secondary education with findings that nearly half of the secondary schools are performing well. Of the 18,425 institutions surveyed, 1,020 are listed as top-performing, 9,098 as well-performing and 7,319 as moderate-performing in...