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"I used to sow 40 kg of paddy seeds and harvest around 1 600 kg of paddy. In 2007, I was able to harvest only 450 kg of paddy. This year I have sown only 20 kg of paddy seed due to lack of seeds."
a farmer in Rangamati.
Where rats are attacking paddy fields.

"We've asked Baira, the Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training, and Bangladesh Overseas Employment Services Limited to submit detailed recommendations for curbing irregularities in the sector including fake visas and fake work permits, and also other harassment the workers face in their attempts to go overseas. "
Jatiya Party lawmaker.

"We may have differences on the issue but our attitude is positive. And we believe we are reducing the gap, establishing our rights and moving forward. "
newly appointed foreign secretary.

"We will not do or support anything detrimental to the country's interest in relation to Tipaimukh Dam. Our prime task will be to protect the country's interest at any cost. "
prime minister as quoted by
Abdur Rahman, member of a parliamentary delegation that went to India to visit the proposed site of Tipaimukh Dam in India.

Cartoon by Tanmoy


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