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Improving workers’ productivity

Bangladesh is a country that has been blessed with a large work force and also their diligence. However, in today’s world, economic progress is not only having a huge number of  willing workers although this can be an advantage in lowering  wage costs. Only having an abundance of workers does not guarantee competitiveness specially in […]

US is telling new lies about Iraq

GARY YOUNGE A couple of weeks ago, Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush was asked in an interview with Fox News whether, knowing what he knows now, he would have invaded Iraq. It is the kind of predictable question for which most people assumed he would have a coherent answer. They were wrong. Jeb blew it. […]


Art, history and artifact

“IT was painful to see the state chair of gold of late lion of the Punjab … with a mere picture upon it, shawls without babes, musical instruments without a Hindu player, jezails and swords without sipahis and sowars; and above all hookahs without the fume of fantastic shapes.” These words, spoken by student Rakhal […]


Palestine: A question of global legitimacy

On May 13, the Vatican officially recognised the state of Palestine. In reality, the Vatican had already welcomed the United Nations General Assembly vote in 2012 to recognise a Palestinian state. It has treated Palestine as a state since then. However, what makes May 13 particularly important is that the subtle recognition was put into […]

Smart governance comes with mobile empowerment

When was the last time you visited your local Dubai Electricity and Water Authority office to pay your monthly bill? The last time I did was way back in 2006. I was asked to take my token and wait in the seating area. I’ve hated the buzzer all my life, but it came to life […]

Several agreements likely during Modi’s Dhaka visit

NEW DELHI : Several agreements including on trade, connectivity, $2 billion Line of Credit (LoC) and cooperation in power supply are expected to be signed during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Dhaka visit on June 6-7, reports BSS. The Indian Prime Minister will pay his two-day state visit to Dhaka at the invitation of Bangladesh […]

Boundary wall and an alley adjacent to Sundarban Hotel at Dhaka's Karwan Bazar collapsed on Wednesday following soil subsidence near a construction site. Photo: Banglar Chokh

Road caves in beside Sundarban Hotel in city

DHAKA : A road adjacent to Sundarban Hotel at Karwanbazar in the capital caved in into construction site of a building on Wednesday morning, reports UNB. Duty officer of the fire service control room Inspector Monirul Islam said the road caved in into the hole dug up for construction of the building around 7:30am, leaving […]

Deal signed with ILO to enhance occupational safety

DHAKA : The International Labour Organization (ILO) on Wednesday signed an agreement with Bangladesh Employers Federation (BEF), aiming to enhance occupational safety and health (OSH) in the country’s readymade garment industry, reports UNB. ILO Bangladesh Country Director Srinivas Reddy and BEF President Tapan Chowdhury signed the deal on behalf of their respective sides at Square […]

Salahuddin sent to jail custody

DHAKA : An Indian court on Wednesday sent BNP leader Salahuddin Ahmed to jail custody for two weeks in a case filed against him for entering the neighbouring country without any valid document and travel permit, reports UNB. The court passed the order when police produced him before Shillong Judge Court, reports the BBC Bangla. […]

BD to build fighter planes one day, hopes PM

DHAKA : Expressing her high hope to build fighter planes by Bangladesh on its own in future, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday reaffirmed her strong resolve to turn Bangladesh Air Force into a strong and more effective force by the time when the country will be observing its golden jubilee of independence, reports UNB. […]