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Country gets first female combat pilots

Country gets first female combat pilots

In a momentous feat, two female officers of Bangladesh Air Force yesterday became the first-ever combat pilots of the country. Flight Lieutenant Nayma Haque and Flying Officer Tamanna-E-Lutfi went down in history when they landed their Bell 206 helicopters at the BAF Base Bir Sreshtho Matiur Rahman in Jessore at 1:19pm and 1:21pm respectively...

Pakistan 8th most dangerous country in world

Pakistan 8th most dangerous country in world

Pakistan is placed eighth in the list of the most dangerous countries in the world which is led by Iraq, according to a US-based intelligence think tank. Afghanistan is placed fourth in the Country Threat Index (CTI) compiled yesterday by IntelCenter, a washington-based company working for intelligence agencies, the Times of India reports quoting...

Reducing marriageable age of females new way of oppressing girls

A new way of oppressing girls is being introduced in the country with the government pushing to reduce marriageable age of females from 18 to 16, said women's rights activists at a human chain yesterday. They said if the move is successful, females would be at a risk of suffering damage to their reproductive health and mental health and be deprived of their right to take part in political and economical activities as a citizen of the country. Social Resistance Movement,...

Just bring them back from Iraq

Just bring them back from Iraq

In quest of a well-paid job, they left the country -- a son, a brother, father or husband to somebody here at home. But their lives are at risk in embattled Iraq. Now the least their relatives wish for is the safe return of their dear ones.   The family members of 50 overseas jobseekers...

Democracy restricted in country

Describing the country's current regime as restricted democracy, BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday said their ongoing movement against the "repressive" Sheikh Hasina administration would surely succeed though it might take time. “Awami League leaders are saying real democracy is not necessary in the country and that restricted democracy like the one prevailing in Malaysia and Singapore goes with Bangladesh for the purpose of its development,” he told a discussion at the capital's Jatiya Press Club. Titled “An...

Better connectivity key to more foreign investment

The country needs to develop strong internal connectivity to attract investment, particularly from firms in East Asia, and be a part of the global value chain, economists said yesterday. “Big ports, big airports, good urban transport and highway systems, you definitely need them. Connectivity is important,” said Fukunari Kimura, chief economist of the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia. He went on to suggest for a better Board of Investment, better investment promotion policy and better harmonisation of domestic...

BIDS Study on Barriers to Livestock Sub-Sector

Adequate protein still a challenge

Ensuring adequate protein intake for the country's growing population will remain a challenge as the gap between the demand and supply of livestock products, particularly meat, milk and eggs, will widen extensively in 2015, according to a recent study. There will be a deficit of 3.31 million tonnes of meat, 2.66 billion eggs, and 3.37 million litres of milk next year, finds the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) in its study titled "Barriers to the Development of Livestock Sub-sector...

SC removes CBI chief from 2G scam case

SC removes CBI chief from 2G scam case

India's top court ordered the head of the country's federal policing agency to excuse himself from a corruption case on Thursday following allegations of wrongdoing. Central Bureau of Investigation director Ranjit Sinha was ordered off a long-running probe into an alleged scam involving the sale of 2G telecom licences to businesses at throwaway prices. But...

All dists to get hi-tech parks: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said her government would set up hi-tech parks in all 64 districts of the country with the headquarters in the capital in order to make digital services available on the doorstep of people.  The government will launch a satellite into the space to facilitate the digital services, she told “Digital Centres' Entrepreneurs Conference-2014” at the National Parade Ground. Around 11,000 young entrepreneurs of 4,547 Union Parishad digital centres, 321 municipality centres, and 407 ward-level centres in...

BGB deployed ahead of 48-hr Jamaat hartal

BGB deployed ahead of 48-hr Jamaat hartal

Members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) were deployed in the capital as well as different parts of the country this evening, ahead of the 48-hour hartal to be enforced by Jamaat-e-Islami. The paramilitary force members started patrolling different strategic points of the city alongside members of other law enforcement agencies, said sources at the...

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