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US for greater political inclusion in Bangladesh

US for greater political inclusion in Bangladesh

The United States said it kept pressing Bangladesh for greater political inclusion, without which, a more stable and prosperous future is put at risk. Nisha Desai Biswal, US assistant secretary of Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, said this while addressing a programme on US foreign policy in South Asia at Harvard University in Boston yesterday. Appreciating Bangladesh for being on track to achieve its Millennium Development Goals related to child and maternal mortality, she said, “Bangladesh is the only country where we’re implementing all three of President Obama’s...

West eyes more Russia sanctions

West eyes more Russia sanctions

The EU and the US say they will impose "further costs" on Russia over its actions in Ukraine, as unrest continues in the east of the country. EU foreign ministers said on Monday they would expand a list of names targeted by EU sanctions. Tension has been rising in Ukraine, with pro-Russian activists occupying buildings...

Govt again fails to meet GSP conditions

Govt again fails to meet GSP conditions

The country has once again failed to fulfil the required conditions for reinstatement of GSP status to the US markets within the deadline of April 15, mainly due to bureaucratic tangles. The commerce ministry is now set to submit a report which does not contain any account of substantial progress with respect to the 16-point action plan provided by the US for regaining the generalised system of preferences. This is the second time that the government has failed to make an impression on the Obama administration. The first progress report submitted in November last year disappointed the US so much that the second deadline of April 15 was set, a month...

Russia warns over Ukraine talks

Russia warns over Ukraine talks

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says any armed action by Ukrainian authorities in the east of Ukraine could undermine forthcoming talks. He made the comments after pro-Russian militants stormed a police headquarters in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk on Sunday. The US has condemned Russia's role in "inciting" trouble in eastern Ukraine. Four-party talks involving...

US refuses visa for Iran's UN envoy choice

US refuses visa for Iran's UN envoy choice

The White House has refused to issue a US visa to Iran's nomination for UN ambassador, who was involved in seizure of the US embassy in 1979. The decision in effect bars Hamid Aboutalebi from taking up the role at the UN, which is based in New York. Aboutalebi was linked to the student group...

US urges nations to assist Ukraine

US urges nations to assist Ukraine

US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew has urged other countries to contribute more to the economic rescue of Ukraine. He told the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that Ukraine's "sizeable financing needs" meant other nations must add to its $1bn (£597m, 720m euros) loan guarantee. The appeal came as Ukraine's interim prime minister offered to devolve more...

US warns Russia over Ukraine tension

US warns Russia over Ukraine tension

The US has voiced "great concern" about heightened tension in eastern Ukraine after pro-Russia demonstrators seized government buildings in three cities. US Secretary of State John Kerry told Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in a phone call that any Russian efforts at destabilisation "would incur costs". They discussed the possibility of direct talks within the next...

Indiscreet diplomacy

DAN Mozena may be unhappy with Bangladesh's position on Crimea. But for him to express his disappointment in public goes somewhat against the norms of diplomatic practice. Disagreements between governments are generally voiced through official, behind the scenes channels. The US envoy ought to have followed that principle. There are areas where he should be properly diplomatic, especially when he decides to comment on Bangladesh's internal politics. He should focus on bilateral Dhaka-Washington ties, in trade, joint endeavours and...

Biometric Database Management

Three ECs to visit five countries for insight

Three election commissioners are scheduled to visit five countries this month and the next to learn about biometric database management system. They will leave the country immediately after the chief election commissioner (CEC), who is in the US now, returns home after his a month and a half long foreign tour that sparked huge criticism from different quarters. CEC Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad has set an unprecedented example of leaving the EC leaderless during the recently held upazila elections. A three-member delegation led...

Soldier kills 3 at US army base

Soldier kills 3 at US army base

A soldier shot dead three colleagues and injured 16 others at the US Army's Fort Hood base in Texas before killing himself, the military says. US media named the suspect as Ivan Lopez, 34, although his identity has not been officially confirmed. The gunman had served in Iraq and had mental health problems, officials said. President...

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'Polls battle between two ideologies'

'Polls battle between two ideologies'

Priyanka Gandhi yesterday .......

It's Gandhi vs Gandhi

It's Gandhi vs Gandhi

It is being viewed as Gandhi versus Gandhi.....

New book adds fuel to fire

New book adds fuel to fire

A new book by a former top ...

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