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Two major power deals were almost finalised, while the darkest café attack in Dhaka ceased all our attention: The formal agreement on Rampal Power Plant and the government’s nod for the draft of Bangladesh-Russia Inter Governmental Credit deal of $11.38 billion for the Rooppur Nuclear Power plant. We have been going through a turbulent period, compounded by political disagreement which we never experienced before since our independence.

Two major power deals were almost finalised, while the darkest café attack in Dhaka ceased all our attention: The formal agreement on Rampal Power Plant and the government’s nod for the draft of Bangladesh-Russia Inter Governmental Credit deal of $11.38 billion for the Rooppur Nuclear Power plant. We have been going through a turbulent period, compounded by political disagreement which we never experienced before since our independence.
 

This is the tale of a locality right within Dhaka city and how it shed the murky label to transform into a respectable area. Well, almost acceptable. After all, a den of vice, no matter how reformed, will have the faint whiff of past sins for ages.

 

This year the nation observed the 41st death anniversary of the founder of Bangladesh, the Father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

 

We welcome Saudi Arabia’s decision to lift its seven-year long ban on the recruitment of Bangladeshi migrant workers, which includes labourers from multiple spheres, both skilled and unskilled, including professionals such as doctors, nurses, and teachers.

 

Notwithstanding the recent terrible tragedies inflicted on the citizens of Bangladesh by the criminals associated with IS, the world cannot abandon one of the poorest countries in the world. Now more than ever, Bangladesh needs international support and friendship.

 

Some people, as I find from vitriol-filled Facebook posts, would rather go into a prolonged fight on the street to protest or resort to absolute denunciation of these demands, calling the CNG drivers totally devoid of any moral sense.

 

Fake payment orders submitted by cyberthieves who stole $81 million from Bangladesh’s account at the New York Fed gave a lot of unlikely reasons for needing to pay a handful of individuals large sums of money.

 

Hilsa is one of the most important fish in the Bay of Bengal, which has traditional importance in the Bengali culture, apart from being economically and nutritionally significant. More than half a million coastal fishermen directly depend on it for their livelihood and nearly three million people in Bangladesh are involved in trading, processing, transportation and marketing of hilsa fish. But, according to research organisation World Fish, the fish stock is under threat mostly due to rapid siltation in the riverbeds and over-exploitation of brood and juvenile hilsa, locally known as jatka.

 

The home minister has denied again the presence of foreign hands in the militancy that has been raging in the country over the last two years or so. He and his colleagues have been consistent in this regard.

  The home minister has denied again the presence of foreign hands in the militancy that has been raging in the country over the last two years or so. He and his colleagues have been consistent in this regard.  
 

Once again, North Korea has become a front page story in Bangladesh. The government of Bangladesh has expelled Mr Han Son Ik, first secretary of the North Korean Mission to Dhaka, for his illegal activities violating diplomatic norms last week.

 


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