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Mariners threaten movement for want of jobs

Mariners threaten movement for want of jobs

Marine graduates today threatened to go for a tougher movement if the government fails to ensure their jobs at home and abroad. The cadets blamed the government’s negligence and private recruiting agencies’ corruptions for not getting enough jobs in foreign ships. The graduates demanded the job security after forming a human chain in front of Jatiya Press Club in Dhaka. Mainly the Middle Eastern countries, Malaysia and Singapore are the destinations for the Bangladeshi marine cadets. But the Middle Eastern countries are currently not issuing visas for them. Around 800 graduates --...

Standard Chartered to close up to 100 branches

Standard Chartered to close up to 100 branches

Standard Chartered will close up to 100 bank branches next year in Asia, Africa and the Middle East in an attempt to improve its profitability. The UK bank plans to cut about 8 percent of its global network of more than 1,200 branches to save $400m (£251m) a year. The announcement was made on the...

ME to open door if BNP goes to power

ME to open door if BNP goes to power

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday claimed she would be able to open the manpower market in the Middle East, including the UAE, for Bangladeshis whenever her party returned to power. She, however, said she doesn't want to be the country's prime minister again. “I'm on a movement now to save the country, its people and...

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The intellectual battle against ISIS

The intellectual battle against ISIS

THE global financial crisis taught the world how profoundly interdependent our economies have become. In today's crisis of extremism, we must recognise that we are just as interdependent for our security, as is clear in the current struggle to defeat ISIS. If we are to prevent ISIS from teaching us this lesson the hard...

Rouhani blames rise in extremism on West's 'blunders'

Rouhani blames rise in extremism on West's 'blunders'

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has blamed the rise of violent extremism in the Middle East on the West's "strategic blunders". Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly, Rouhani said the solution for the crisis had to come from within the region. He also accused "certain intelligence agencies" of funding groups such as Islamic State (IS)...

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Balkanization and US' full spectrum dominance

Balkanization and US' full spectrum dominance

THE tentacles of the balkanization policy of fragmenting states into small entities has spread worldwide initiated by civil rights societies at first with protests which have the flare of popular uprisings against the incumbent governments for democracy, human rights, minority rights and secularism. More is yet to come in the Middle East using...

Australia to join anti-IS force

Australia to join anti-IS force

Australia says it is sending 600 troops to the Middle East ahead of possible combat operations against Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq. Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the deployment, initially to the United Arab Emirates, was in response to a specific US request. Nearly 40 countries, including 10 Arab states, have signed up to...

Australia raises terrorism threat level

Australia raises terrorism threat level

Australia has raised its terrorism threat level from medium to high, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced. The move comes in response to growing concern over the domestic impact of militant conflicts in Iraq and Syria. Security officials were concerned by the growing number of Australians "working with, connected to or inspired by" Islamist groups,...

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The Middle East Crack-Up

The Middle East Crack-Up

THE horror stories emerging from northern Iraq, as well as the continuing slaughter in Syria's civil war, point to a tectonic shift in the Middle East. Almost 100 years after World War I, the regional state system established after the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire is unraveling. The contemporary map of the Middle East...

Palestine

THE situation in the Palestinian territories has progressively deteriorated since Benyamin Netanyahu's extreme right Likud Party-led coalition came to power for the third time in March 2013. The main reason for the sufferings of the Palestinians can be summed up under two headings -- disunity among the different factions of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), and mounting discord among the members of the League of Arab States (LAS) over major issues, including Palestine. PLO is the umbrella organisation bringing together at least...

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