Monthly Archives: June 2014

Taxes on Raw Jute and Jute Products at Source Should be Lifted: SCB

Shippers’ Council of Bangladesh (SCB) has observed that there is no indication in the budget proposal to save jute industry and jute sector, though priority to agriculture, electricity, energy and communications sector in the national budget of fiscal 2014-15 likely to play a positive role for overall development. Besides, reduced duty on raw material import

Govt Considering Metro Rail and Dhaka-Chittagong Elevated Expressway

The government is considering construction of an underground rail network in Dhaka city and an elevated expressway on Dhaka-Chittagong highway to ease nagging traffic congestion in two major cities – Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said on Sunday. Feasibility studies of the two potential projects will be conducted as the issues were discussed in the

Sorrow and Anger as Ukraine Mourns Military Crash Victims

As Ukraine observed a national day of mourning Sunday after the deaths of 49 servicemen, two strong emotions washed over its capital: sorrow  and anger.   At midday Sunday, the nation observed a minute of silence in mourning for 49 soldiers who were killed Saturday when pro-Russian fighters shot down a Ukrainian military transport plane.

Modi, Obama Will Meet in Washington in September

Narendra Modi has confirmed to US President Barack Obama that he will have a bilateral meeting with him in Washington in the last week of September this year. Obama had invited Modi to the US when he called up the PM to congratulate him. Significantly, the meeting won’t happen on the sidelines of the United

About Google’s New Email Encryption Tool

Ever since former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden began leaking government documents, it’s become clear that our email is not safe from the U.S. government’s alarmingly robust surveillance system. So clear, in fact, that Snowden called on technologists to develop more sophisticated encryption systems when he appeared before an audience via livestream at Austin’s

Indian Foreign Minister to Visit Dhaka on June 26

Indian Foreign Minister Sushama Swaraj will visit Dhaka on June 26, according to sources in the Foreign ministry. During the visit Sushama Swaraj will hand over a letter of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inviting her to visit India. Prior to the last elections, BJP leader Sushama Swaraj was the

Balanced Diet Can Prevent Hearing Loss

“People with healthy diets who eat adequate fruit and vegetables, have better hearing thresholds than people with a poor diet, according to large population databases,” Colleen Le Prell, professor at Florida University, was quoted as saying. Studies on animals have shown that dietary supplements such as vitamins A, C, E and magnesium can prevent hearing

Bangladesh Cricket Board Announced 15-Man Squad For ODI vs India

The Bangladesh Cricket Board announced a 15-man national squad for the three-match Sahara Cup ODI series against India. The Indian side arrives in Dhaka on June 13 and the day-night games are scheduled at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Mirpur on June 15, 17 and 19 June. Batsman Mohammed Mithun and 19-year-old pace bowler Taskin

SMEs Play Vital Role in Economic Development

Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are playing remarkable role in socio-economic and industrial development of the country. SME entrepreneurs have the ability to create huge employment in the country, discussants at a meeting said, adding: “SME entrepreneurs have become successful in backward and forward linkage industries.” Terming SMEs as the driving force of the nation’s

Sisi Declared Egypt’s New President

Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has urged Egyptians to work to restore stability after being declared the winner of last week’s presidential election. The former army chief said he wanted “freedom” and “social justice”, echoing the slogan of the 2011 revolution. Sisi spoke after election officials announced that he had received 96.9 percent of the vote and

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