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Power utilities press for big hike in tariff

Power utilities press for big hike in tariff

The country's power utilities are seeking a massive hike in electricity tariff as they continue to incur losses due to ever increasing use of costly imported petroleum which has seen a steep fall in global rates recently. The utilities have asked Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (Berc) to approve 18 percent hike for bulk power and 22 percent for retail. The five-day hearing of the petition begins today. According to the Power Development Board (PDB), the cost of per kilowatt hour (or a unit) power now stands at Tk 6.10. But...

Govt hints at talks with BNP

Govt hints at talks with BNP

The government would consider a dialogue with BNP if it “moves away from the path of violence” and “asks nicely”, a key adviser to the prime minister said today in a major policy decision for the ruling Awami League. The statement came in the backdrop of months of outright rejection of the proposal of...

Cold, Fog Disrupt Life

Cold, Fog Disrupt Life

Bone-chilling cold hit the people hard, especially in four districts of the country, while the capital dwellers yesterday experienced the lowest temperature of this season. A mild cold wave is sweeping over the regions of Pabna, Kushtia, Jessore and Chuadanga. A light depression over the Bay of Bengal caused the cold wave, Met office...

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...

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