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Independence

Govt to export 50,000 MT rice to Sri Lanka

Encouraged by a bumper yield and good stocks at home, the government has decided to export at least 50,000 tonnes of rice, first of its kind since the independence, to Sri Lanka in the current fiscal year.   The decision came at the cabinet meeting yesterday, two months after the government extended the ban on non-fragrant rice export until June 2015 in order to ensure good supply and control price hikes in the local market. Notifying the cabinet about this year's rice...

Nat'l broadcast policy goes to cabinet today

Media professionals and experts are in favour of a national broadcast policy that would not curb broadcasters' independence, but rather help ensure professionalism in both reporting and programmes. The draft national broadcast policy is expected to be placed at today's cabinet meeting for approval with proposals for banning broadcast of anything that demeans the armed forces or law enforcement agencies. The draft also seeks a ban on broadcast of any statement or footage of a government official who can sentence people...

Insurgents in eastern Ukraine declare independence

Insurgents in eastern Ukraine declare independence

Pro-Moscow insurgents in eastern Ukraine declared independence Monday and sought to join Russia, undermining upcoming presidential elections, strengthening the Kremlin's hand and putting pressure on Kiev to hold talks with the separatists following a referendum on self-rule. Russia signaled it has no intention of subsuming eastern Ukraine the way it annexed Crimea in March....

Bangladesh must have capability of counterattack: PM

Bangladesh must have capability of counterattack: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said Bangladesh must have a capability of counterattack if the country’s independence and sovereignty come under attack. Achieving the capability of counterattack is a must to protect independence and sovereignty, the prime minister said adding, “We are very much aware of this and we have already taken many steps...

Sunday Pouch

The good, the bad and the ugly!

As we step into April, it is time to assess things. In the last two months, Bangladesh seems to have travelled a long way from the dark, violence-filled days and nights of the waning months of 2013 and the first two months of 2014.There is relative peace now. People are able to go about their work at will. There are no hartals and aborodhs. Not only are the people travelling, but are also doing their routine work at will....

Editorial

Nation into 44

TODAY the nation enters its 44th year of independence. In the face of the recurrent disruptions and instabilities attributable mostly to fractious politics, the economy has performed eminently well, thanks to the resilience of the peasants, the migrant workers and the never-say-die entrepreneurs. Thus Bangladesh remains a global wonder considering the achievements in its socio-economic sectors, especially in the areas of education, women empowerment, reducing child mortality and so on.  The same strength has been shown by the manufacturing...

Crimea declares independence

Crimea declares independence

Crimea's parliament has formally declared independence from Ukraine and asked to join the Russian Federation. It follows Sunday's controversial referendum which officials say overwhelmingly backed leaving Ukraine. The government in Kiev has said it will not recognise the results. The US and EU say the vote was illegal and have vowed to impose sanctions on...

EU, US imposes sanctions over Crimea referendum

EU, US imposes sanctions over Crimea referendum

The EU and US have announced travel bans and asset freezes against a number of officials from Russia and Ukraine. The move follows Sunday's referendum in Crimea, in which officials say 97 percent of voters backed breaking away from Ukraine and joining Russia. The so-far unnamed individuals targeted by the sanctions are seen as having...

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