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Bangladesh ready to work for blue growth: minister

Bangladesh ready to work for blue growth: minister

Bangladesh is willing to work and move together with a partnership for blue economy to secure sustainable development among the coastal states, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali said yesterday. “Blue economy must be inclusive and people-centric,” he said, adding that effective governance should be established in maritime and its-related sectors. The minister spoke at the...

BB to focus on good governance in five-year plan

Bangladesh is not unique in facing financial frauds; it happens everywhere in the world, SK Sur Chowdhury, deputy governor of Bangladesh Bank, said yesterday. “We have detected those scams and have taken so many actions,” Chowdhury said at a press briefing at the central bank. He cited setting up a financial stability department at the central bank as an example of combating such situations. Governor Atiur Rahman was also present at the briefing held to inform the media of BB's fourth...

Exclusive Interview

Bangladesh and Japan need comprehensive partnership

Bangladesh and Japan need comprehensive partnership

In this exclusive interview, Matsushiro Horiguchi, former ambassador of Japan to Bangladesh, talks to Tokyo-based Bangladeshi journalist Monzurul  Huq and reflected on various aspects of bilateral relations that the upcoming visit of the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is bound to give a new impetus. What are the main outcomes that the Japanese side is expecting from this visit? It is epoch making that two leaders are meeting again only three months after they met last time in Tokyo at the end of May. Another milestone of the visit is that there is a record fourteen-year gap between the current visit of the Japanese prime minister to Dhaka, the last...

Amnesty perturbed

Bangladesh government must immediately rein in the disturbing rise in the enforced disappearances over the past two years, said London-based Amnesty International in a press release yesterday. The global campaign aimed to protect human rights also called on the government to put an end to torture and deaths in police custody and increasing suppression on freedom of expression. Amnesty International has investigated 20 cases of disappearance at the hands of the state security forces in the country since 2012, said the...


Repatriation of Rohingyas

THE 8th round of foreign office consultations between Bangladesh and Myanmar has yielded some good results. The Rohingya issue, particularly expatriation of Rohingya refugees, who have been bearing tremendous hardship in refugee camps, over two decades in some cases, has been the major stumbling block in the improvement of our bilateral relationship. We are happy to note that a definite progress has been made by Myanmar's fresh commitment to start the process of repatriation of the stranded Rohingya refugees...

Lower courts need 3,000 more judges

Bangladesh Law Commission has recommended recruiting 3,000 judges at lower courts for quick disposal of pending cases and reducing sufferings of justice seekers. The commission in a report also observed that most of the lower court judges do not follow relevant rules and regulations while discharging judicial duties, further delaying disposing of cases. It sent its report to the law ministry and its parliamentary standing committee on June 26. The committee had asked for its suggestions on how to reduce the...

Dhaka to press for return of Nur Hossain

Bangladesh is likely to request New Delhi to hand over Nur Hossain, the alleged mastermind of the seven murders in Narayanganj, at the three-day long home secretary-level talks between Bangladesh and India beginning today.   The meeting is also expected to address issues like cross-border crimes, land boundary agreement and killing along the border.   The secretary-level meeting, 15th of its kind between the two countries, will be held at Hotel Sonargoan.   Indian Home Secretary Anil Goswami and Senior Bangladesh Home Secretary Mozammel Haque...

Blue Economy

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday underscored the marine-based economic activities and management of sea and its resources through “Blue Economy”, saying such activities could create new horizon for the development of a coastal country like Bangladesh. She also emphasised the need for tapping the huge potentials of sea and sea resources through proper management to ensure sustainable development. The prime minister made the observations while inaugurating a two-day “International Workshop on Blue Economy” at a hotel in the capital. Hasina said the marine-based...

Dhaka Bank Cup 2014
West Indies vs Bangladesh

Shiv & Shane make Tigers toil

Shiv & Shane make Tigers toil

Centuries from Shivnaraine Chanderpaul and opener Shane Jeffers made Bangladesh's bowlers toil hard in the three-day practice match against St Kitts and Nevis at St Nevis yesterday. In reply to Bangladesh's 377, the hosts were bowled out for 399 on the final day yesterday. While Jeffers was more aggressive -- he hammered 22 boundaries...

Ex-BCL leader stabbed dead in Pabna

Ex-BCL leader stabbed dead in Pabna

Leaders and activists of Awami League and its front organisations blocked an approach road of Pakshey Lalon Shah Bridge, which links the country’s northern and southern districts, for five hours today protesting killing of a former BCL leader in Pabna. The protesters also vandalised at least 20 vehicles near the bridge in Ishwardi upazila...

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