News Updates

15th Oct, 2018 - 21st Oct, 2018
  • Global concerns on Rohingya refugees: Visiting Spanish delegation urged global awareness about Rohingya sufferings. “A Spanish delegation, which visited refugee camps in Cox's Bazar, has stressed the importance of raising awareness about the Rohingya situation in the global community, and highlighted the commitment to finding solutions.” (The Daily Star, October 20, 2018)
  • Ports deal with India expected soon: Bangladesh and India are going to sign three ports deal next week. Deal would allow India to use Chitagong and Mongla ports to transport cargoes to its north-eastern states of India. (The Daily Star, October 19, 2018)
  • Dhaka-Riyadh cooperation: Defence deal postponed chemical, steel and solar power sectors MoUs signed. Both sides agreed to pen down defence cooperation in near future as parts of the deal need to be revised. (The Daily Star, October 18, 2018)
  • Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) killed Bangladeshi: Victim was illegally crossing border and was about 200 yards inside Indian territory. Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) strongly protested and sent a letter to its counterpart to handover the body. (The Daily Star, October 21, 2018)
  • Digital security act saga: Amid criticism mainly from Sampadak Parishad (editor’s council), President passed singed Digital Security Bill on 8th October. Editors were of the view that the current act would curtail press freedom and they would not be able to perform professionally, thus demanded amendment in nine sections. Prime Minister, however, has out rightly rejected any amendment as the “bill was formulated to deal with those who take positions against couthry and the spirit of liberation war”. (The Daily Star, October 16, 2018)
  • Global Competitive Index (GCI), Bangladesh slipped to 103rd from 102: Last year (2017), country’s ranking was 102nd in GCI that has slipped to 103rd according to latest data. Bangladesh remained lagged in nine out of the total indicators and the poorest scores ware in business dynamism and product market. (The Daily Star, October 19, 2018)
  • Global Hunger Index (GHI), Bangladesh notches down to 88 from 86: In terms of tackling with hunger, however, country’s position is better than India and Pakistan in a South Asian region. (The Daily Star, October 17, 2018)
12th Oct, 2018 - 18th Oct, 2018
  • Human Capital Index: Bangladesh outshines India, Pakistan
    A child born today in Bangladesh would be more productive than his peers in India and Pakistan, as the country fared better than its larger regional competitors in a new World Bank ranking. Bangladesh has outpaced both the South Asian average and the lower middle-income average in all criteria, except for stunting, in the first Human Capital Index (HCI) prepared by the World Bank. (The Daily Star, October 12, 2018)
1st Oct, 2018 - 11th Oct, 2018
  • Bangladesh self-sufficient, PM says country can implement 90pc of budget with own funding
    Mentioning that Bangladesh will not remain dependent on others, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said her government has adopted all necessary plans and is working accordingly so that the country can secure greater dignity in the global arena. (The Daily Star, October 5, 2018)
  • Imposing economic sanctions on Myanmar is imperative if its government fails to make any visible progress in repatriating Rohingyas with dignity and security within a specific time, said speakers at a programme. National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Bangladesh organised the meeting on “Durable Solution of Rohingya Crisis” at its conference room in Dhaka. (The Daily Star, October 11, 2018)
  • Bangladesh former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia admitted to specialised state-run hospital
    The former prime minister, Khaleda Zia, had recently complained to the court that she was losing feeling in her hand and in a leg. The authorities have been directed to start Zia's medical treatment soon after her admission to hospital. (The Indian Express, October 6, 2018)
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