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Bangladesh eyes 2,000MW more by 2018

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Bangladesh eyes 2,000MW more by 2018

Bangladesh is negotiating with India to get at least 2,000 megawatts more electricity by 2018. It hopes to get at least 1,500MW -- half of Dhaka's demand -- from Rangia Raota of Assam and 500MW from Baharampur of West Bengal, said diplomatic and the Power Division sources. The country is currently importing around 500MW of...

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Not a rosy picture for industry

ACCORDING to an international survey carried out by VeriskMaplecroft, Bangladesh's aspirations to become a major gateway for international manufacturing is in for a shock. Having being ranked 35 out of 100 cities most vulnerable to natural disasters, it is imperative for the government to factor in the exposure of future industries and industrial belts to natural vagaries. Dhaka has been identified as the worse affected followed by Barisal, Chittagong, Khulna and Narayanganj. Sadly Dhaka is the premium industrial centre...

'One of the best ways to tackle extremists is to ensure space for non-violent and democratic opposition'

'One of the best ways to tackle extremists is to ensure space for non-violent and democratic opposition'

The Daily Star (TDS):  Is democracy functioning in Bangladesh? Prof. Raunaq Jahan (RJ): Democracy has never functioned very well in Bangladesh. Though the Bangladesh constitution adopted in 1972 established democracy as one of the four guiding principles of state, within three years, in 1975, Bangladesh fell under military rule. After 15 years we succeeded in overthrowing military rule in 1990. But our renewed democratic journey has not been smooth. Since 1991, our two major electoral parties, Awami League (AL) and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), have not been able to agree on the ground rules of organising free and fair elections. After the restoration of electoral democracy six parliamentary elections had been...

12 BNP, Jamaat men held in Dhaka

12 BNP, Jamaat men held in Dhaka

Police detained at least 12 activists of BNP and its key ally Jamaat-e-Islami in 24-hour raids through different parts of Dhaka until this morning. They were held allegedly for planning sabotage in the capital during BNP’s agitation, according to a text message flouted by the media wing of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP). Of the arrestees,...

President off to London

President off to London

President Abdul Hamid left Dhaka for London on Friday morning for eye treatment and health checkup. A regular flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the President took off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 11:00am. Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury, the Dean of the diplomatic corps in Bangladesh, the British High Commissioner in Dhaka, cabinet secretary, the chiefs of the three services and other high civil and military officials concerned saw him off at the airport. The President is expected to return home on March 15.

27kg gold seized from NKorea diplomat at Shahjalal

27kg gold seized from NKorea diplomat at Shahjalal

Customs authority seized 170 gold bars weighing 27 kilogrammes from a North Korean diplomat at Dhaka’s Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport early today. The gold was seized from the diplomat, Son Yang, first secretary (commercial and economics) to the North Korean embassy in Dhaka, Kazi Md Ziauddin, Joint Commissioner of customs, told The Daily Star. “He...

3 found dead in Sylhet

3 found dead in Sylhet

Three people, including a teenage girl, were found dead in different parts of Sylhet district on Friday. Nazrul Islam, in-charge of Bandarbazar police camp under Kotwali Police Station, said a hotel employee was found dead at Sunflower Hotel in Dhopadighir Par in the city early Friday. The deceased was identified as Tera Mia, 34, son...

ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP 2015

Tigers ease past Scots

Tigers ease past Scots

Bangladesh thumped authority over Scotland at Nelson today chasing down one of the highest World Cup scores ever and winning the match by six wickets. However, Bangladesh remained number four in the Pool A chart second to Australia for run rate calculations. However, chances of Tigers in the quarterfinals emerged strong.

Khaleda wants to be in prison: PM

Khaleda wants to be in prison: PM

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia wants to be in jail to avoid the public wrath following the recent violence and to get coverage in international media and sympathy from foreigners, said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in parliament yesterday. Alleging that Khaleda does not abide by court orders, law, rules and the constitution, Hasina yesterday said...

4 burnt in Manikganj, Lalmonirhat arson attacks

4 burnt in Manikganj, Lalmonirhat arson attacks

Four people including two truckers were burnt as two vehicles came under arson attacks in Manikganj and Lalmonirhat early today. Of them, three people suffered burn injuries as miscreants set fire to a truck on Dhaka-Aricha highway in Saturia upazila of Manikganj and another was burnt in Patgram upazila of Lalmonirhat. The arson attacks took...

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