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Exporters suffer blow

The government has made 'contract farming' mandatory for shipment of agro produce aiming to ensure the quality, said officials.The decision came as a big blow to the exporters who found themselves in a difficult situation searching for contract growers during this peak winter harvesting season.They said such a decision put...

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French ICS asks govt for Accord’s extension

Initiative for Compliance and Sustainability (ICS), a French audit company, has called upon the government for extension of Accord's tenure to ensure successful handover of the leadership to local authority - Remediation Coordination Cell (RCC).ICS is a multi-sectoral initiative of social and environmental audits, including textile and clothing, which works...

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Most RMG workers return to factories

Workers of most of the ready-made garment (RMG) units returned to their respective factories on Tuesday after a revision in the latest wage structure for them.The government has revised the minimum pay structure for the RMG workers, increasing the basic pay by Tk 15 to Tk 786 in different grades.However,...

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Japan reassures support to BD, wants to invest in IT sector

Visiting Minister in charge of Economic Revitalisation of Japan Toshimitsu Motegi on Tuesday said his country will continue to support Bangladesh in key development arenas, showing interest to invest in the IT sector of Bangladesh, reports UNB.Toshimitsu Motegi came up with the assurance when he met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina...

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BSC takes delivery of oil product carrier on Friday

CHATTOGRAM, Jan 15: The Bangladesh Shipping Corporation (BSC) is going to add three oil product carriers to its fleet by March.The BSC has only two over-aged crude-oil lightering vessels.The first oil product carrier will be delivered to the state-owned shipping corporation on Friday in China. It is procured under a...

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Apologise to nation for ‘vote rigging’, Fakhrul tells Quader

The ruling Awami League's general secretary should publicly apologise for 'electoral theft' committed by his party, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has said, report agencies."Now they (govt) can't tackle such a big stealing in the election...ask Mr Quader (AL general secretary) to apologise first to the nation going to the stadium...

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Joy, Salman become PM’s advisers

Sajeeb Ahmed Wazed Joy has been reappointed and Salman F Rahman made advisers to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, reports bdnews24.com. Hasina made the appointments on her own authority as the prime minister, a circular from the Prime Minister's Office said on Tuesday.Joy was reappointed ICT adviser while Salman F Rahman...

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Hotel under attack in Nairobi

A luxury hotel complex is under attack in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, reports BBC.At least two blasts and gunfire were heard at the compound in the Westland district of the city, which houses the DusitD2 hotel as well as offices.The Somali-based militant group al-Shabab claimed the attack but gave no...

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Car catches fire on flyover in city

A private car caught fire on a flyover at Malibagh in the city on Tuesday night following a gas cylinder explosion, reports UNB.However, no casualty was reported in the incident.Duty officer of the Fire Service and Civil Defence central control room Ershad said the car went up in flames around...

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BSF kills one along Nilphamari border

NILPHAMARI, Jan 15 (UNB) : A Bangladeshi national was shot to death by members of Indian Border Security Force (BSF) along Bhujaripara border in Dimla upazila early Tuesday. The deceased was identified as Khalilur Rahman, 23, son of Moksed Ali of Paschim Chatnai village in the upazila.

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