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Bangladesh, Slovenia ink MoU on FOC

Bangladesh and Slovenia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Foreign Office Consultation (FOC) to consolidate further the relationship between the two friendly countries in the political, economic and other fields. State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh Md. Shahriar Alam and State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia Ms. Darja Bavdaz Kuret signed the MoU on Friday at the “BRDO Convention Centre” in Ljubljana, according to a message received here today, reports BSS. The state minister is on a three-day official trip to Slovenia, which is the first-ever ministerial-level visit between the two countries since the establishment of diplomatic

Bishop, activists critical of anti-militancy drive

Christian leaders including a Catholic bishop have criticized and cast doubt over the effectiveness of an ongoing anti-militancy drive that has seen thousands of arrests in Bangladesh over the past three days. Police arrested more than 8,500 suspected terrorists in the weeklong crackdown that began June 11. Instead of mass arrests, the government needs to prevent attacks on minority communities, Farabi-640says Bishop Gervas Rozario More than 2,000 leaders and activists from the main opposition Bangladesh National...

Spanning decades cements Bangladesh-China relationship

Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh, is situated on the northeastern bank of the Buriganga river and for centuries the river had remained a hurdle in reaching the capital. Finally this major hurdle was overcome by China building a bridge so that people on both banks could easily cross the river, making life easier for all. The construction of the first Bangladesh-China Friendship Bridge, with a span of more than 917 padma bridgemeters in length, began in October 1986, and was completed in February 1989. Seven mo...

Women changing exploitative garment industry

Tuesday marked International Women’s Day, and demonstrations of solidarity or activism were held around the world. In Bangladesh, garment workers demanded equal pay, an end to violence against women, and safe working conditions. Women make up 85% of garment workers in the country, often taking home the pitifully small minimum monthly wage of $68. That is a far cry from the $113 per month that the E.U. states is needed to cover a worker’s basic needs, and well below a real living wage. Exacerbating that dismal state of affairs is the fact that many garment workers put in 60-140 hours of overtime per week, but are often cheated of the overtime pay. Many are denied

Dialogue on promoting women entrepreneurs in Ctg

 SME Division of Bank Asia recently arranged a dialogue session with Women Entrepreneurs of Chittagong Zone, where Mr. Muhammad Mijanur Rahman Joddar, Executive Director of Bangladesh Bank, Chittgong Office was present as Chief Guest and Ms. Kamrun Malek, President of Chittagong Women Chamber of Commerce and Industries (CWCCI) as special guest. The Deputy Managing Director of Bank Asia Mr. Mohammed Roshangir & Mr. Muhammed Zahirul Alam, SEVP & Dialogue PhotoHead of MSME Mr. Sarder Akhter Hamed and apex body of CWCCI we...

Separate ministry of corporate affairs proposed

Institute of Chartered Secretaries of Bangladesh- ICSB President Mr. Mohammad Asad Ullah, FCS, proposed to set up a separate ministry of corporate affairs to provide precise service to about 1.5 lakh listed and many other non-listed companies. The sector which has been contributing about 73% to the country’s economy is being neglected in many ways. A separate ministry for corporate sector will help to boost up the country’s economy and increase revenue in a remarkable way. DSC_6479ICSB President Mr. Mohammad Asad Ullah, FCS was speaking at the 2