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Bangladesh Government

7 promoted to secretaries

7 promoted to secretaries

Bangladesh government today promoted seven additional secretaries to secretaries and posted them at different ministries and divisions, according to an official order. The Ministry of Public Administration issued separate gazette notifications in this regard. The promoted secretaries are: Sirajul Islam, Golam Rabbani, SM Golam Farroque, Khandaker Iftekhar Haidar, Dr Selina Afroza, Iqubal Khan Chowdhury and...

Withdraw tough draft law on NGOs, HRW tells govt

Withdraw tough draft law on NGOs, HRW tells govt

Calling upon the international donors to publicly express concerns over a law proposed by Bangladesh government to impose draconian restrictions on already beleaguered NGOs, the Human Rights Watch said the law should be withdrawn. “The draft law can easily be misused to limit perfectly legitimate activities of NGOs (nongovernmental organisations) and to attack critics,”...

Nur Hossain will be brought home

Nur Hossain will be brought home

The government has “started the process” to bring back Nur Hossain, the prime accused in the sensational seven-murder in Narayanganj, who was arrested in Kolkata on Saturday night. “… He [Hossain] will be brought back,” State Minister for Home Affairs Asaduzzaman Khan told reporters at the secretariat yesterday. He said Bangladesh and India have...

Illegal Migration

UNHCR worried about abuse of boat people

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has expressed concern over the rising abuse of people who have sailed from Myanmar and Bangladesh through the Bay of Bengal aiming at illegally migrating to other countries. The UNHCR welcomed Bangladesh government's initiative to make a 'list' of the estimated 200,000 to 500,000 unregistered Rohingyas in Bangladesh. "We hope the exercise will be carried out in accordance with international standards and that it will result in access to documentation, assistance and justice...

Diversify power sources: US official

Diversify power sources: US official

Bangladesh should generate power from diversified resources to meet the growing demand and achieve the target of electricity for all by 2021, said a top US official. "The country should not just produce the electricity; it should use the power in efficient ways too," said Robert F Ichord Jr, deputy assistant secretary in the...

Editorial

Teesta faces severe drop in flow

WE share the concern of the Bangladesh government wholeheartedly about the alarming drop in the flow of Teesta water into our territory. As far as we know, it has reached a record low from 5,000 to 500 cusec at this time of the year. The opportunity for reaching an agreement has been floundering ever since PM Manmohan Singh's visit to Dhaka back in 2012 after considerable groundwork having been made on the issue. It is of little surprise that water...

Give more space to civil society

Expressing concern, the United States has called upon the Bangladesh government to ensure more space and an environment for civil society groups to help them operate freely. Stifling of dissent undermines Bangladesh's vibrant civil society and long-term stability, said US Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Desai Biswal, adding that it would be essential to maintain an environment and provide space where civil society can positively spark social change. Biswal stated this early yesterday (BST) during a meeting in Washington DC with...

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