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Regular Pak-Bangla shipping services needed to boost trade
Local entrepreneurs say
Bangladesh's business leaders yesterday at a function stressed the need for regular shipping services between Bangladesh and Pakistan to increase bilateral trade.
WTO Hong Kong Ministerial
EU for addressing concerns of LDCs
The European Union yesterday proposed that the World Trade Organisation (WTO) should agree on its Hong Kong ministerial conference to adopt a package of development measures addressing the legitimateconcerns
WTO failure seen costing rich and poor alike
If global trade talks in Hong Kong collapse, analysts fear the world risks being drawn into an era of escalating protectionism with major consequences for commerce, the economy and the poor.
Norway to provide $10m for Bangladesh power sector
Bangladesh will receive US$10 million (Tk 65,000 crore) as mixed credit from Norwegian Agency for Development for developing the country's power sector.
China auto exports to challenge world's big car makers
China's domestic auto market was meant to be a pot of gold for the world's top car makers but export strategies pursued by Chinese companies could soon turn the tables on the multinationals, analystssay.
Opec to leave output unchanged
Saudi Arabia's oil minister said Sunday he thought Opec would "most probably" leave its production unchanged when it meets on Monday and was in relaxed mood about a possible dip in second quarter demand.
Medexpo-2005 concludes
The third international medical exposition, which received a huge response from professionals and common people, ended in Dhaka Sheraton hotel yesterday.
WTO Meet
Local NGOs to voice interests of Bangladesh
Different NGOs and civil society organisations will carry out a series of programmes in Hong Kong during the 6th WTO ministerial slated for December 13-18 to focus on Bangladesh's interests.
Prime Bank arranges Tk 200cr syndicated loan for Brac
A Tk 200 crore syndicated term loan facility has been ensured for micro credit lending programme of Brac, a leading NGO, under the lead arrangement of Prime Bank Ltd.
Fire damages Indian-side conveyor belt of Lafarge
A fire damaged around 1250 metres of the 17-kilometre conveyor belt on the Indian side of Lafarge Surma Cement Ltd Friday, says a press release.
WTO to meet in Hong Kong with little hope of success
The World Trade Organisation meets in Hong Kong this week with little hope of forging a compromise between the European Union and the United States on farm subsidies that would in turn pave the way for
City Bank signs online bill collection service deal with GP
The City Bank Ltd has signed an online bill collection service agreement with the mobile phone operator GrameenPhone Ltd.
Saudis formally join WTO
Saudi Arabia formally joined the World Trade Organisation on Sunday, bringing the global body's membership to 149 just two days before a key summit in Hong Kong.

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