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Launch dialogue on electoral reforms
EU troika asks country's 2 major political parties, stresses credible polls for sustaining democracy
The European Union yesterday urged the country's two major political parties to initiate an active dialogue on electoral reform issues to establish a cross-party confidence in the caretaker government
First-Ever Monetary Policy Statement
BB plans to cut credit to private sector
Businesses fear loss of production, competitiveness
The Bangladesh Bank (BB) in its first-ever Monetary Policy Statement (MPS) yesterday set a goal to contract private sector credit growth by 3.3 percentage points by June to fight inflation.
Hartal observed in Chapainawabganj
Protests go on at Kansat; MP denies his role in police action
A dawn-to-dusk hartal was observed peacefully at Chapainawabganj yesterday amid continued public protests at Kansat where eight people were killed in police firing on Monday during the rural power users'
'Sick' CEC stays home at night, returns to hospital in morning
Chief Election Commissioner MA Aziz, who took admission to a hospital on Tuesday after cancelling a meeting with the visiting European Union's (EU) troika, stayed at home that night but returned to the
6pc GDP growth achievable: MCCI
Despite some weaknesses, the country's economy in the first half of the current fiscal year showed some positive features and achieving six per cent GDP growth would not be much difficult, observed Metropolitan
EU troika meets Hasina, stresses need for free EC
The visiting European Union (EU) troika yesterday met Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina and once again stressed the need for an independent Election Commission (EC) to ensure free, fair and credible
Tax bothers shoo off foreign charity groups
Uncertainty arises over humanitarian organisations' coming to Dhaka with free healthcare services as one such international group recently faced difficulties in releasing as well as taking back theirmedical
Opposition conspiring against country
Blames PM, says people to thwart bid to grab power thru' backdoor
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday blamed her political opponents for trying to boycott or foil the coming elections in the name of movement.
2 'Bangladeshis' caught in Delhi with explosives
India claims they planned to attack Republic Day programme
Delhi Police on Tuesday arrested two Bangladeshi nationals at an East Delhi locality with explosives and detonators, which they were reportedly planning to use for disrupting India's Republic Day celebrations
Banshkhali Carnage
Charge sheet placed secretly last month
Prime suspect dropped
The charge sheet in the Banshkhali 11 murder case was submitted secretly about a month and a half ago accusing 31 persons including the 29 already arrested, but it does not contain the name of the suspected
Rocca due today
Christina Rocca, assistant secretary for South Asian Affairs of the US State Department, flies to Dhaka today on a three-day official visit to discuss issues of common interest with the government and
Hearing of govt petition today for dropping blast case against Pintu
A Dhaka court will hear today the government petition for withdrawal of a bomb blast case filed against the ruling BNP lawmaker Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu.
1 killed, 20 hurt in blasts at Kirtan
Two bombs were thrown at a congregation of Kirtan-- Hindu devotional songs--killing one and injuring at least 20 in Gangni upazila of Meherpur last night following an alleged argument between some local
Hili land port closed after BDR-BSF gunfight
Import and export activities through the Hili land port in Dinajpur were closed last evening in the wake of a shootout between the border guards of Bangladesh and India.
Causing trouble to the traffic...

Supreme Judicial Council on cards to probe alleged misconduct by EC Mohammad Ali
A three-member Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) headed by the chief justice awaits orders of the president to probe the allegations of 'gross misconduct' of Election Commissioner AK Mohammad Ali.
Indo-Bangla coastguard exercise ends
Bangladesh and India yesterday concluded the first-ever joint coastguard exercise in the Bay of Bengal on pollution control, search and rescue operations, anti-poaching and anti-smuggling.
Criminals burn man to death inside tea stall
An unidentified man was burnt to death inside a tea stall at a village in Sadar South upazila early yesterday.
Dump Iran or nuke deal will die
US warns India
United States has warned that India's support to Iran could have a "devastating" effect on the future of the nuclear deal.
2 burned workers die at DMCH
Two workers who suffered burns in a fire at a factory in Tejgaon on Friday died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).
Iran accuses Britain of bombing link
Iran has accused the UK of co-operating with bombers who killed eight people in attacks in the restive south-western city of Ahwaz on Tuesday.

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