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Bangladesh

Wheat imports from Canada on the rise

Wheat import from Canada is progressively increasing for the production of good-quality grains in the North American country. “We are proud to be contributing to Bangladesh's food security efforts as Canadian wheat is some of the best quality in the world,” said Heather Cruden, Canadian high commissioner in Dhaka. Canada shipped 742,900 tonnes of wheat to Bangladesh in fiscal 2012-2013, up from 649,300 tonnes a year ago. Her comment came in the foreword of a guide book titled Basic Tests Used to...

Wrong strategy leads to poor performance

Bangladesh performed poorly in a knowledge economy index for failing to shift from labour-intensive growth to productivity-led growth, a path to becoming a middle income nation. The country ranked 27th out of 28 emerging economies in Asia and the Pacific, according to the report, "Innovative Asia: Advancing the Knowledge-based Economy", published by the Asian Development Bank in April this year. ADB Vice President Bindu Lohani presented the study findings to Finance Minister AMA Muhith at his secretariat office in the capital...

10 hurt in JU BCL infighting

10 hurt in JU BCL infighting

At least 10 people were injured in a clash between two groups of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), the student wing of Awami League, over establishing supremacy at Jahangirnagar University early today. The clash took place when a group of BCL of Maulana Bhashani Hall unit led by its general secretary Aninda stormed into the rooms...

ACCIDENT IN MALAYSIA

Bodies of 3 Bangladeshis reach home

Bodies of 3 Bangladeshis reach home

The bodies of three Bangladeshi workers, who were killed in a construction site accident in Malaysia on Monday night, reached home today. A flight of Bangladesh Biman carrying the bodies landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the capital around 6:30am, said Mohsin Chowdhury, director of Wage Earner's Welfare Board of the expatriates' welfare...

Climate change takes toll on GDP

Climate change takes toll on GDP

Bangladesh could lose more than 9 percent of its gross domestic product by the end of this century due to the impact of climate change, says the Asian Development Bank. Global warming might cause the country's annual rice production to fall by 23 percent by 2080, according to an ADB report, titled “Assessing the...

Liveability Index

Dhaka 2nd worst city

Dhaka 2nd worst city

Dhaka has been ranked as the second least liveable city among the world's 140 cities in this year's Global Liveability Index released by the Economist Intelligence Unit.  Only Damascus in war-torn Syria lags behind Dhaka, which was placed in second position last year too and at the bottom the year before. The list is prepared based on the scores across a range of criteria, including health care, culture, environment, education and infrastructure. The capital of Bangladesh had come second from the bottom of the GLI index in 2012 and 2011.  Australia's Melbourne has retained its status as the world's most liveable city for the fourth consecutive year, outscoring three other Australian cities in...

Provide incentives to develop skilled workforce

Provide incentives to develop skilled workforce

The government should offer incentives to private companies to provide in-house or external training to their employees to sharpen their skills, analysts said yesterday. Currently, most organisations shy away from providing any training -- despite an acute shortage of skilled workforce -- due to high costs and employees' tendency to defect to another job...

Emirates reduces fares for travellers from Bangladesh

Emirates has announced special return fares for both business and economy class travellers from Bangladesh to select destinations in the USA, Europe, Africa and Middle East, the airline said in a statement yesterday. Passengers travelling from Dhaka can book their return journey to North America starting at $1,278 for economy class and $3,392 for business class, as well as other destinations across the carrier's global network for travel between September 11 and December this year, it said. For Europe, the return...

Mother dies as 5 of a family burnt in Keraniganj fire

Mother dies as 5 of a family burnt in Keraniganj fire

A fire victim, Rahima Begum, 50, died this evening after five members of a family suffered burn injuries when a fire broke out at their house at Par Gandaria in Keraniganj, on the outskirts of the capital, early today. Victim, Rahima succumbed to her injuries around 8:00pm at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH), said the...

WAR CRIMES TRIAL

Qaisar verdict any day

Qaisar verdict any day

A special tribunal in Dhaka will deliver its verdict any day in war crimes case against former state minister Syed Mohammad Qaisar as the trial proceedings concluded today Qaisar, a former state minister of the Ershad regime, is facing 16 charges of crimes against humanity and genocide committed in Habiganj and Brahmanbaria during the Liberation War in 1971. After hearing prosecution’s rebuttal against defence’s argument, the International Crimes Tribunal-2 kept the case waiting for verdict. The tribunal also cancelled the bail of Qaisar and sent him to jail. An alleged local leader of Razakar and Peace Committee, two anti-liberation forces, Qaisar was charged for “participating and abetting” an act of genocide in 22...

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