Hasina urges businessmen to make quality products at Dhaka International Trade Fair

Sheikh HasinaDhaka, Jan 1 Urging businessmen to increase productivity to survive in the competitive world of today, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said they should aim for creating quality, standard and attractive products.

She was speaking after opening the month-long Dhaka International Trade Fair.

The event aims to showcase Bangladeshi products to bolster export. Companies from home and abroad will be displaying their inventory in 500 stalls, reports the Daily Star.

The commerce ministry and the Export Promotion Bureau, the organisers, allocated 48 stalls to foreign companies and the rest to local companies, an official of the ministry said.

Bangladesh PM returns home after attending SAARC Summit in Nepal

Sheikh HasinaDhaka, Nov 28 : Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has returned home after attending the 18th SAARC Summit in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Hasina landed at Dhaka's Hajrat Shahjalal International Airport at 12.05 p. m., reports the Daily Star.

Before her send-off from Kathmandu for Dhaka, the premier and her entourage were given a ceremonial guard of honour at the Tribhuvan International Airport.

She was seen off by Nepal's Deputy Prime Minister Prakash Man Singh and Bangladesh Ambassador to Nepal Mashfee Binte Shams. (ANI)

Japanese entrepreneurs keen to invest in Bangladesh: Abe

Shinzo-AbeDhaka, Sept 6 : Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Saturday that entrepreneurs from his country wanted to invest in transport, infrastructure, power and energy and garment sectors of Bangladesh.

Addressing Bangladesh and Japanese business luminaries during his 21-hour-long visit, Abe was quoted by the Daily Star, as saying, "Bangladesh is an emerging economy. So, our government plans to promote Japanese investment in Bangladesh. Bangladesh is also an important partner of Japan in South Asia."

India's scooter major Bajaj to make motorcycles at Bangladesh plant

Bajaj AutoDhaka, Aug 23 - India's popular scooter and motorcycle major, Bajaj, will manufacture motorcycles at a plant in Bangladesh from June 2015.

According to the Daily Star, the Uttara Group, Bajaj Auto's local assembler, is set to build a Taka 150 crore plant, which will be operated and technically supported by Bajaj.

It is being reported that the motorcycle factory will be built on ten acres of land in the Zirani Bazar area of Gazipur District.

7kg gold worth3.75 crore seized at Dhaka Airport

7kg gold worth3.75 crore seized at Dhaka AirportDhaka, June 18 - Customs and intelligence officials have detained four people along with 60 gold bars weighing seven kilogrammes at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka.

Mustafizur Rahman, Deputy Director of Customs Intelligence, said that the officials seized the gold bars while searching Jabed and Kanchan at the Domestic Lounge, after they arrived in a Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight from Abu Dhabi via Sylhet, Bangladesh's Daily Star reported.

According to reports, the price of the seized gold is worth Tk 3.75 crore. (ANI)

World politics influenced China's stance in 1971: Hasina

Sheikh-HasinaDhaka: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today sought to downplay the Chinese opposition to Bangladesh's independence in 1971, saying world politics had influenced China's stance at that time.

"China perhaps did not support Bangladesh's 1971 Liberation War due to the perspective of world politics at that time," she told a press conference.

Hasina, who this week returned after a three-day visit to China, said talks with China were initiated for recognition to Bangladesh soon after independence, by the government of her father and country's founding president Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Modi will visit Bangladesh first: Report

Narendra-ModiDhaka, May 23 : Bangladesh will be the first country Narendra Modi will visit after becoming India's new prime minister, a Bengali daily here reported Friday.

India's external affairs ministry has already started the process to finalize the dates for the visit, Bhorer Kagoj newspaper quoted diplomatic sources as saying in New Delhi.

It said if Modi selected Bangladesh as his first destination abroad, it would mean he wants to establish close business ties between the two countries.

Modi will take oath as prime minister Monday. Bangladesh's parliament Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury will attend the ceremony.(IANS)

Bangladesh speaker to attend Modi's swearing-in ceremony

shirin-sharmin-chaudhuryDhaka, May 21 : Bangladesh parliament Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury will represent Bangladesh at the May 26 swearing-in ceremony of India’s next prime minister Narendra Modi in Delhi.

State Minister for Foreign Affairs M. Shahriar Alam has confirmed to bdnews24. com of her leaving Dhaka the day before for the event.

India earlier invited Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina or her designated representative to attend the ceremony at Modi’s request.

Hasina will leave Dhaka for Tokyo May 24 night on an official visit that will run through to May 28.

Gayle savouring sweet win over Australia

Gayle savouring sweet win over AustraliaDhaka, March 30 - There was absolutely no doubt that Chris Gayle thoroughly enjoyed the West Indies’ thrilling victory over Australia in their ICC World Twenty20 Group 2 clash.

When captain Darren Sammy belted the fourth ball of the final over from James Faulkner back overhead for a six to seal the win Friday, Gayle sprinted from the dugout, took a tumble, regained his feet and charged onto the field to celebrate.

He bared his fists and screamed before breaking into his signature Gangnam style dance, much to the delight of delirious teammates and spectators.

Conditions key to Windies' success: Rampaul

Conditions key to Windies' success: RampaulDhaka, March 21 - West Indies pacer Ravi Rampaul believes smart usage of the conditions here will be key to their success in defending the ICC World Twenty20 title.

“The key is knowing the conditions, the kind of wickets you’re going to bowl on and the right variations you’re going to execute on the wicket. That will be the main thing," the experienced seamer said.

"The conditions here are basically the same. The dew factor at night maybe a little different to what we are accustomed to but variation of the ball and execution will be key.”

Bangladesh: Where does Khaleda Zia go from here?

Khaleda-ZiaDhaka, Jan 3 : With two days left for the 10th parliamentary elections, Begum Khaleda Zia must be seriously questioning her decision to sit them out and wondering where does she go from here.

While Khaleda had made her intentions of not contesting elections under a government headed by Sheikh Hasina known much earlier, the die was really cast after the election commission announced the poll schedule in late November.

Not only did the BNP not file nominations, but it has launched a series of hartals and blockades since October 26 to force the legitimate government of Sheikh Hasina to step down in favour of a neutral caretaker government.

Bangladesh parties silent on talks with UN envoy

Oscar-Fernandez-TarancoDhaka, Dec 10 : The two major parties in Bangladesh - the Awami League and the Bangladesh Nationalist Party - are tight-lipped about their talks with UN emissary Oscar Fernandez-Taranco over the Jan 5 parliamentary polls.

The UN assistant secretary general, who arrived here Friday evening to broker a deal between them on the poll issue, twice met ruling Awami League leaders and opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party chair Khaleda Zia twice. Besides, he separately met two senior BNP leaders, bdnews24. com reported.

Bangladesh Under-19 squad to play West Indies

Bangladesh Under-19 squad to play West IndiesDhaka, Nov 29 - The Bangladesh Cricket Board has announced a 14-member Under-19 squad for the upcoming One-Day series against West Indies here next month.

The West Indies will reach Dhaka Monday and play seven Youth ODIs against the young Tigers during the 19-day tour, reports CMC.

The first two One-dayers will be played at Chittagong's Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium Dec 6 and Dec 8.

The third match will be played at the Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium in Cox's Bazar.

Sheikh Hasina, Khaleda Zia hold talks to end political impasse

Sheikh-Hasina-Khaleda-ZiaDhaka, Oct 26 : Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her rival Khaleda Zia held a telephonic conversation Saturday to discuss the possibility of a dialogue between ruling and opposition parties to end the stalemate over a caretaker government to oversee elections, Xinhua reported.

It was the first direct conversation between the two leaders since 2009.

Bangladesh sees robust rise in Q1 exports

bangladesh-exportDhaka, Oct 9 : Bangladesh's export earning in the first quarter of the current 2013-14 fiscal year (July 2013-June 2014) grew 21.24 percent year-on-year to $7.63 billion, official data showed Wednesday.

Of the total earnings, Bangladesh's Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) data showed that the South Asian country's income from readymade garment items, including knitwear and woven, stood at $6.203 billion during the July-September period of the current fiscal year, Xinhua reported.

Bangladesh forex reserves reach $16.15 bn in September

Bangladesh-forexDhaka, Oct 3 : Bangladesh's foreign exchange reserves reached $16.15 billion at the end of September this year, Xinhua reported Thursday citing the country's central bank.

A Bangladesh Bank official, who preferred to be unnamed, said that "the country's foreign exchange reserves stood at $16,154 billion at the end of the last month after reaching $16,250 billion at the end of August".

Bangladesh's foreign exchange reserves hit a record high of over $16 billion in August, reflecting the country's strength from the economical and financial point of view.

Bangladesh unveils budget of over $28 bn

A-M-A-MuhithDhaka, June 6 : The Bangladeshi government Thursday unveiled a record 2.22 trillion taka (about $28.50 billion) proposed national budget targeting an economic growth of 7.2 percent for the next 2013-14 fiscal year starting in July.

The country's Finance Minister A. M. A. Muhith placed the fifth annual budget of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) party government since 2009 before the parliament when opposition legislators boycotted the presentation, reported Xinhua.

Hamid becomes Bangladesh's new president

abdul-hamidDhaka, April 22 : Abdul Hamid was Monday elected unopposed the president of Bangladesh which has been reeling under a violent political stand-off between the ruling and the main opposition parties.

"Abdul Hamid, speaker of the National Assembly, is elected president of Bangladesh as per section 7 of the Presidential Election Law 1991," said Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Kazi Rakib Uddin Ahmed in a formal announcement Monday.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's ruling coalition Sunday named Abdul Hamid as its candidate for the post of the country's 20th president, reported Xinhua.

Bangladesh reports first bird flu death

bird-fluDhaka, April 8 : A two-year-old baby from eastern Bangladesh has died of H5N1 virus, the first bird flu death in the South Asian country, a senior health official said Monday.

Mahmudur Rahman, head of the country's Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), told Xinhua that "the seventh case of Influenza A (H5N1) has been confirmed from one of our surveillance sites in Comilla".

Comilla is 96 km east of capital Dhaka.

He said the male child was from Chauddogram sub-district of Comilla.

Why can't Hasina, Zia talk, asks Bangladesh court

Sheikh-Hasina-Khaleda-ZiaDhaka, March 27 : A Bangladesh court Wednesday asked why Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her predecessor Khaleda Zia can't be asked to sit for talks to end the ongoing political impasse.

A high court division bench of Justice Md Nizamul Huq and Justice Zafar Ahmed passed the order following a writ petition by Eunus Ali Akond, a Supreme Court lawyer, reports Xinhua.

Akond filed the public interest litigation March 14 seeking directives on Hasina and Khaleda, who have refrained from talking to each other since long. They have been asked to reply in four weeks.

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