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Bangladesh

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UN official for homegrown solution

Only leaders of the two main political parties -- Awami League and BNP -- can agree on conditions that would pave the way for free and fair elections, said UN Resident Coordinator in Dhaka Neal Walker yesterday. He said, “My view is that the solution must come from Bangladesh, mainly from two political leaders. This really depends on the will of both sides … there're no outsiders and the UN never pretended to do that. “ … Solution to democratic evolution...

Al-Arafah appoints independent director

Al-Arafah appoints independent director

Khalid Rahim has recently been elected as an independent director of Al-Arafah Islami Bank and chairman of the board audit committee, the bank said in a statement yesterday. Rahim is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a member of ICAB (Bangladesh). Currently he is a senior consultant of Rahman Rahman Huq, Chartered Accountants, KPMG Bangladesh. Rahim has previously served as managing director at Barclays de Zoete Wedd Ltd (now Barclays Capital), the investment banking arm of Barclays Bank, one of the largest UK based banking groups. He later served a UK-based financial services group engaged in private equity and fund management as group chief executive,...

'Marshall' Masud no more

'Marshall' Masud no more

He was nicknamed 'black and bold' by his teammates for he was a little dark, had less hair and yet when he steamed in, for the likes of Mohammedan and Azad Boys back in the 80s, it left batsmen quivering. Cricket journalists back then often compared him to the menacing West Indian fast bowler Malcolm Marshall. "Here comes Marshall Masud", they used to joke whenever the bowler took his run-up. Tall, muscular and fast, Khondokar Ziaul Islam Masud, was in many ways considered to be the pioneer of Bangladesh's pace bowling. Openers had to be cautious, because in his prime his mere run-up was good enough to instil a sense of...

Expats face MRP trouble

Several lakh Bangladeshi migrants in Saudi Arabia will be considered illegal workers if they fail to obtain machine readable passports (MRPs) before November 24, 2015, said officials at the Bangladesh Embassy in Riyadh. In consequence, they will not be able to transfer work permits to change their professions, and may also face deportation, a senior official of the embassy told The Daily Star, preferring not to be named.  As many as two million Bangladeshis are working in different sectors in the...

Eid joy eludes them

As millions have been rushing home to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr with near and dear ones, families of eight missing people, allegedly abducted by Rab eight months ago, took to the street yesterday demanding their return home. They expressed their desire, with tears in eyes, to share the happy moments with their missing family members during Eid. The families formed a human chain in front of the Jatiya Press Club in the capital after arranging a press conference, which was attended by the...

Garment exporter Evince opens outlet for local customers

Garment exporter Evince opens outlet for local customers

Leading garment exporter Evince Group plans to open two more outlets in Dhaka by early October after the launch of the first, aiming to take local sales to Tk 30 crore a year. With an eye on Eid sales, the company opened its flagship outlet on July 17 on a space of 4,600 square...

8 cops suspended for torturing Sylhet businessman

8 cops suspended for torturing Sylhet businessman

Eight policemen including two officers-in-charge of Sylhet Kotwali Police Station have been suspended on charge of torturing a businessman inside the police station. The suspended lawmen are -- Md Ataur Rahman, OC, Shaymol Banik, OC (investigation), Sub-Inspector Ashraful Islam, Assistant Sub-Inspector Abu Taher and constables Razib Kumar Das, Azadur Rahman, Nazul Islam and Odir. The...

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Biman to team up with foreign companies

The management of Biman Bangladesh Airlines has finally taken an effective move to modernise ground-handling services at Shahjalal International Airport by teaming up with an international company. “Biman is preparing a request for proposal [RFP] to invite international companies to team up with it for modernisation of the ground-handling services,” said a top official at the civil aviation ministry. The RFP would soon be published in newspapers and the Biman website, said the official asking not to be named. The move comes...

Prices of essentials kept in control

Prices of most of the essential commodities usually in high demand ahead of Eid remained stable thanks to adequate supply. Previously, a section of retailers used to make excessive profit every year when the festival neared, selling such items at much higher prices due to lax government monitoring.   However, the scenario is a bit different this year. Prices of chicken, beef and mutton have registered a rise at the city kitchen markets yesterday, putting an extra pressure on the middle- and low-income...

Khaleda greets Hasina as AL chief, not PM

Khaleda greets Hasina as AL chief, not PM

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia today sent an Eid greeting card to Sheikh Hasina addressing her as Awami League president, not prime minister. On behalf of Khaleda, a two-member team led by BNP’s assistant office secretary Abdul Latif Jony delivered the card to the AL chief’s political office at Dhanmondi. Sources at Hasina’s office confirmed The...

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