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Direct bus service with Nepal likely

Direct bus service with Nepal likely

Direct bus service between Dhaka and Kathmandu might start next year as Nepal has agreed in principle with a proposal made by Bangladesh to that end. The government made the proposal last year considering the huge potential of the service, as a significant number of tourists visit Nepal and many students from the Himalayan...

US envoy William Brownfield arrives today

US envoy William Brownfield arrives today

Ambassador William R Brownfield, assistant secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, will arrive in Dhaka this evening on a three-day official visit. Brownfield will meet with government officials to discuss US support for policing, border security, and criminal justice efforts in Bangladesh, according to a media note from Media Note from the office of the spokesperson in Washington, DC. He will also deliver remarks at the regional Good Giving Counterterrorism Financing Training Conference, and will be joined there by Bangladesh Law Minister Anisul Huq and approximately 40 attendees from Bangladesh, Maldives, Nepal, and Pakistan. The United States and Bangladesh partner on a variety of security issues, including community...

Sheikh Jamal in Bhutan King’s Cup final

Sheikh Jamal in Bhutan King’s Cup final

Bangladesh Premier League champions Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club reached the final of the King’s Cup in Bhutan after beating defending champions Manang Marshyangdi Club of Nepal 2-1 in the first semifinal at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu today. Cedri Abe had given MMC the lead in the 54th minute but substitute striker Shakhawat Hossain...

Hasina skips Saarc retreat session

Hasina skips Saarc retreat session

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina skipped the retreat session of the 18th Saarc Summit in Dhulikhel of Nepal this morning as she caught cold. Though she (Hasina) has skipped the session, she will join the concluding session of the summit in Kathmandu at 4:00pm (local time), said Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, media adviser to the prime minister. “She (Hasina) was scheduled to fly for Dhulikhel to join the other Saarc leaders at the retreat session at Dawrika Resort at 8:00am. But she has decided not to attend the session as she caught cold badly at Kathmandu,” Choudhury added. Sheikh Hasina along with other Saarc leaders will also join the meeting with Nepalese President Ram...

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...

Put aside differences, focus on connectivity, PM urges Saarc leaders

Put aside differences, focus on connectivity, PM urges Saarc leaders

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today sought active supports from the Saarc leaders for advance implementation of the regional connectivity by putting aside their differences in a bid to increase intra-regional trade. "Physical connectivity is important in ensuring overall peace, progress and stability across South Asia,” the prime minister said at the inaugural ceremony of...

India announces immediate medical visa for Saarc countries

India announces immediate medical visa for Saarc countries

India has announced immediate medical visa for patients from Bangladesh and other Saarc countries seeking treatment in India and three to five years’ visa for the businessmen. Prime Minister Narendra Modi made the announcement at the 18th Saarc Summit that began in Nepal’s capital Kathmandu today. As per the announcement, a patient and one of...

It's time to clear off mutual rows

The Saarc Summit kicks off in Nepal tomorrow amid high hopes of a jumpstart to the moribund pact, set off by regional superpower India's wish to forge stronger and substantive ties with neighbours. Established about 30 years ago with the aim to bring about shared economic prosperity, the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation today is the world's least integrated trade and economic bloc. But the steps taken over the past few months by the new Indian government led by business-friendly...

PM reaches Kathmandu

PM reaches Kathmandu

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina reached Nepal this afternoon to attend the 18th Saarc Summit to be held in Kathmandu on November 26-27. A flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the premier and her entourage landed at Tribhuvan International Airport around 4:25pm (local time), reports our correspondent Hasan Jahid Tusher from Kathmandu. Indian Prime Minister Narendra...

Top diplomats meet to discuss Saarc agenda

The foreign secretaries of South Asia yesterday met in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu to discuss cooperation on different issues ahead of the 18th Saarc Summit scheduled there on November 26-27. Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque and other top diplomats met at the 41st meeting of the Saarc Standing Committee with issues like combating terrorism, poverty alleviation, energy security and climate change on the agenda. Besides, the secretaries have also started reviewing the progress in the implementation of their earlier decisions. During...

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