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Chicago roadway named after Zia rekindles Bangladesh political feud

Chicago roadway named after Zia rekindles Bangladesh political feud

When the Chicago City Council decided to add former Bangladeshi President Ziaur Rahman’s name to join the long list of 1,500 other honorary roadways aldermen have approved for 50 years, it had little idea that it was bringing in a long-standing South Asian political feud to play out on the Far North Side. While...

Hamid seeks more Indian support in power sector

Hamid seeks more Indian support in power sector

President Abdul Hamid, now in New Delhi on a six-day visit to India, today sought more cooperation from the neighbouring country in the power sector to meet the growing electricity demand at home. The President sought the support when Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj made a call on him at his place of...

Actively engage to build connectivity

Actively engage to build connectivity

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday sought active support from the Saarc leaders for the development of regional connectivity by putting aside all differences in a bid to increase trade in South Asia. "Physical connectivity is important in ensuring overall peace, progress and stability across South Asia. Bangladesh approaches connectivity in a wider context. We...

Saarc leaders reach last-minute energy deal

Saarc leaders reach last-minute energy deal

Finally Saarc member states signed the Saarc Framework Agreement on Energy Cooperation (Electricity) aimed at sharing and trading electricity among the member countries through a common grid. The Saarc leaders, however, failed to reach a consensus to sign the regional connectivity deal at the concluding session of the two-day long 18th Saarc Summit that...

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We top mobile users' list in South Asia

ACCORDING to a report by an international mobile research and development body called mobiforge, Bangladesh tops the list of mobile users in South Asia followed by Pakistan and India. This has been unveiled by a report in a prominent Bangla daily. The research report further says that for the first time Bangladesh has been included in the 100 million users' club of fourteen countries. The sheer number of mobile users in Bangladesh, being 75% of its population, reflects a...

Saarc summitry

THE leaders of Saarc are scheduled to meet in Nepal at a time when civilian deaths resulting from skirmishes between India and Pakistan on the Line of Control and the Working Boundary have cast a dark shadow over South Asia. The guns may perhaps fall silent when the summit conference is held, but that is more likely to mean respite rather than a long-term solution to the problems that obstruct a more vibrant and cooperation-oriented relationship among the member countries. Accepting...

Why is Indian outward FDI shying away from South Asia?

THERE have been promises of greater Indian investment in South Asia for a long time. A report produced by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in 2007 argued that India would play a key role in investing in South Asia and this in turn will stimulate intra-regional trade in the region. The report made special reference to the rapidly growing Indian IT industry and identified it as a potential investor in South Asia. The ADB argued that business process outsourcing,...

Al-Qaeda South Asia arm claims Karachi attack

Al-Qaeda South Asia arm claims Karachi attack

Al-Qaeda's new South Asia branch has claimed responsibility for a raid on a Karachi naval yard that left a sailor and three attackers dead, adding they had help from former military officials, reports Al Jazeera. It is the first attack claimed by the fighter network's new wing, whose creation was announced by chief Ayman...

Abuse of Adolescent Girls

Bangladesh top in South Asia: Unicef

In Bangladesh, one in every five girls aged between 15 and 19 is sexually abused by her husband or partner, a Unicef study has found.  “In this region [South Asia], this type of abuse is most common in Bangladesh,” according to the study based on data collected from 2005 to 2013. The rate of adolescent girls who ever experienced physical and/or sexual violence is 47 percent in Bangladesh. The rate of women aged 20 to 49 years who ever experienced such...

No scope for terrorism in Bangladesh: Minister

No scope for terrorism in Bangladesh: Minister

In response to an al-Qaeda threat, the government has asserted that there will be “no scope” for militancy in Bangladesh. State Minister for Home Affairs Asaduzzaman Khan came up with the reaction this afternoon hours after al-Qaeda announced its formal establishment in South Asia and its intentions with Bangladesh. “We will deliver a formal statement...

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