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Bangladesh

Tajuddin Ahmed: Our history maker

GROUND REALITIES

Tajuddin Ahmed: Our history maker

TAJUDDIN Ahmed was a man of history. He understood the nuances of history. He was able to analyse history in all the forensic details that such analyses called for. Of greater importance than all this preoccupation with history on his part was his own role in the making of history. Between 17 April...

Bd Tour Of West Indies

Question mark over Razzak

Question mark over Razzak

A career boasting 206 ODI wickets at an economy rate of 4.54 and a sleek average of 28.86 suggests that slow left-armer Abdur Razzak is not going to face any hurdles when it comes to making the final squad for next month's West Indies tour. However, his performances in the last few months...

Chess Olympiad

Bangladesh aims to match previous high

Bangladesh hope to keep their 33rd position intact in next month's Chess Olympiad in Norway, although it will be a tough task to retain their position in the last edition given the current calibre of Bangladesh Grand Masters. “You all would love to see the Bangladesh chess team finish between 20 to 25 in the upcoming Olympiad following our last edition's result, but the reality is that to go above 30 we will need Grand Masters who have ratings above...

English Medium Schools

New guidelines to limit fees

New guidelines to limit fees

English medium schools in metropolitan areas cannot charge more than Tk 30,000 in admission fees and session fees. And Tk 3,000 is the maximum amount of monthly fees they can collect. These along with a set of new guidelines on admission procedures and fees in private English medium schools and colleges come in a...

Repair Of Highways

Deadline now tomorrow

Communications Minister Obaidul Quader yesterday came up with a fresh commitment to make the highways fit for smooth traffic movement by tomorrow. “Only two days are left. Whatever we want to do has to be done by Thursday when people start leaving for homes,” he told journalists while visiting a mobile court operation at Farmgate of the city. Earlier, he had pledged to turn the roads and highways linking the capital to different parts of the country fit for hassle-free vehicular...

Food Safety Law

'Enforcement to take long'

The implementation of Safe Food Act 2013 will take long, Food Minister Qamrul Islam said yesterday, two days after the High Court ordered the government to enforce the law in two months.  The court on July 20 asked the law secretary to enforce the law after finalising the relevant rules and issuing a gazette notification within the stipulated time. India and Malaysia have similar laws in place to ensure food safety, whose implementation took three to four years, the minister said...

184 rape cases in two months

The number of rape incidents in the country has gone up in the last two months claiming at least 184 women and children as victims. Around 110 women and children were raped in the first two months of the year and another 137 in March and April, Bangladesh Mahila Parishad revealed at a press conference at Jatiya Press Club in the capital yesterday. According to statistics provided by the organisation, at least 2,208 incidents of gender-based violence occurred over the last...

19 garment factories shut by Accord

Some 19 factories have so far been shut down following recommendations from engineers of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety, the platform of mainly European brands. The Accord recommended for closure of some 31 factories in 14 buildings but the government-appointed review panel allowed partial operation in seven of the factories and full operation in five after immediate corrective measures by the owners. Syed Ahmed, inspector general of the Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments, said the review panel...

Banks await $20b opportunity to invest in power

Banks await $20b opportunity to invest in power

Bangladesh's power sector opened opportunities for private banks to lend between $10 billion and $20 billion by 2030, as the country struggles to narrow the gap between demand and supply of electricty. The government plans to produce 39,000 megawatts of electricity by 2030 against estimated demand of 34,000MW at the time to fulfil its ambitious plan of taking power to all by 2021. Plugging the energy gap will require $60 billion of additional investment up to 2030, Standard Chartered Bank said in an analysis. “The government will not be able to fund this solely, which lends significant room for private-sector involvement,” it said. Despite the government's substantial spending for the power and energy...

Compliance key to market access

Compliance key to market access

Bangladesh needs to fully comply with international labour standards and make gains in ensuring workers rights sustainable to retain market access to the European Union, a top diplomat said.  "I think market access, compliance and sustainability go together. They are part of the same picture," said William Hanna, head of the EU delegation to...

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