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US, Bangladesh in ‘best relationship ever’

US, Bangladesh in ‘best relationship ever’

United States and Bangladesh now have the “best relationship and partnership ever,” said Dan W Mozena, the outgoing US ambassador to Bangladesh today. Mozena made the comment after meeting leader of the opposition Raushan Ershad at 4:30pm at her Gulshan residence. The meeting began at 4:30pm and lasted an hour. The Obama administration of the...

Amended ICT law may be passed in 2015: Minister

Amended ICT law may be passed in 2015: Minister

The amendment to the concerned law keeping provision to try an organisation for wartime offences might be passed in the first parliament session of next year, Law Minister Anisul Huq said today. The amendment proposal to International Crimes (Tribunals) Act 1973 will be placed before the cabinet during the current month or the first...

Metro rail bill placed at parliament

Metro rail bill placed at parliament

The metro rail project bill was placed at the parliament today in a bid to provide fast and improved public transportation in Dhaka and ease traffic congestion in the capital. Road Transport and Bridge Minister Obaidul Quader placed the Metro Rail Bill 2014. The passage of the proposed bill will give a legal framework to...

Japanese PM dissolves parliament for election

Japanese PM dissolves parliament for election

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has dissolved parliament, paving the way for a snap election. Abe is seeking a new mandate for economic reforms and is delaying an unpopular increase in sales tax. But opinion polls conducted by local media indicate low support for the PM and that many people do not understand why he...

Increase reserved seats for women in JS

Increase reserved seats for women in JS

Women's rights campaigners yesterday once again called for increasing the reserved seats in parliament for women to 150 from existing 50 and introducing direct election to these seats for their political empowerment. Suggesting one woman lawmaker for every two parliamentary seats, they also demanded re-demarcation of constituencies so that the female MPs elected to...

Govt doesn’t have 1975-81 coups info: Minister tells JS

Govt doesn’t have 1975-81 coups info: Minister tells JS

The government does not have concrete information regarding the coups that took place in the Bangladesh Army during 1975-’81, road transport and bridges minister told the parliament today. Ruling Awami League lawmaker AKM Jahangir Hossain, who placed the concerned question, expressed dissatisfaction at the ministry’s failure to provide the information. “The minister’s answer is dissatisfactory....

Myanmar moots changing charter

Myanmar moots changing charter

Myanmar's parliament will consider amending the country's constitution -- which currently bars opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president -- ahead of crucial elections next year, an official said yesterday. Suu Kyi is trying to change key sections of Myanmar's charter ahead of 2015 polls that are widely expected to be won...

Burkina Faso unrest: President Blaise Compaore resigns

Burkina Faso unrest: President Blaise Compaore resigns

Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore has announced his resignation, following violent protests at his attempt to extend his 27-year rule. Compaore issued a statement saying the presidency was now vacant and urging elections within 90 days. An army spokesman also broke the news to cheering demonstrators in the capital, Ouagadougou. On Thursday, protesters angry at Compaore's...

Burkina Faso parliament set ablaze

Burkina Faso parliament set ablaze

Protesters angry at plans to allow Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore to extend his 27-year-rule have set fire to parliament. Correspondents say the city hall and ruling party headquarters are also in flames. A huge crowd is surging towards the presidential palace and the main airport has been shut. MPs have suspended a vote on changing...

JS goes into session on Nov 13

The Jatiya Sangsad goes into the fourth session on November 13. President Abdul Hamid convened the session yesterday, a parliament secretariat release said. The fourth session will be a brief one, sources at parliament said. According to the constitution, there can be a maximum 60 days' gap between the end of a session and the beginning of the next one. The last session of parliament had 14 working days and ended on September 18. The much-talked-about 16th constitutional amendment bill was passed in...

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