Mozena new US envoy

The United States has nominated Dan W Mozena as next ambassador to Bangladesh, according to a White House announcement.
Earlier, Mozena was political and economic counsellor in Dhaka from 1998-2001.
He will succeed incumbent Ambassador James F Moriarty, who completed his three-year

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SEC gets new chairman

The government on Sunday appointed the Investment Corporation of Bangladesh chairman M Khairul Hossain as the new chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, withdrawing Ziaul Haque Khondker.
Khairul Hossain, who was also a professor of finance at Dhaka University, joined SEC on Sunday

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Dhaka low in social networking

Dhaka is among the three South Asian cities that are at the bottom of a ranking of networked society city matrix among 25 mega cities of the world.
On the other hand, Singapore, Stockholm and Seoul are at the top of the ranking.
A joint study conducted by mobile equipment vendor Ericsson and management consultancy

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Sacked cashier throws bomb into bank

A bank cashier fired for stealing money threw a gasoline bomb inside the bank Friday in northwestern China, injuring dozens of people, some of whom jumped from a fifth-story window to escape, the local government said.
Employees of the Tianzhu County Rural Credit Cooperative Union were meeting about 8 a.m. when the employee threw the gasoline bomb, the propaganda office of the county’s

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Lake City lacks fire safety

Massive apartment complex in city poses fire risk
The developer of Lake City Concord Housing scheme in the capital’s Khilkhet area has sold and handed over most of its apartments to about 5,000 occupants defying fire safety rules.
The law clearly states that high-rises as those in the housing complex must have special fire safety provisions.
The 17-acre Lake City project, a satellite town developed by Concord Real Estate and Development Limited, now has 10 sixteen-storey buildings.
At least 1,200 of a total of 1,600 apartments here are occupied by

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Rangamati authorities allow Kaptai Lake grab

Encroachment on significant areas of Kaptai Lake in Rangamati is taking place as both the Rangamati district council and the district commissioner’s office are leasing land over the lake for residential and business purposes including for hotels and shopping complexes.
The district’s municipality is also willingly providing trade licences and permits to build on this land.
As a result, owners of many multi-storey hotels, shopping complexes, houses, motor workshops, food and boutique shops and drug stores have encroached on

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CNG price hike sparks chaos in transport sector, kitchen market

The latest price hike of compressed natural gas has created a chaotic situation in the country’s transport sector and kitchen markets.
In a litany of reactions, CNG-driven buses, pick-ups, and auto-rickshaws have increased fares, rickshaw-pullers used that as an excuse for doubling their asking rate, rickshaw vans followed the

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Trinamool triumphs over Communists

Wave for change ends 34-year CPI-M era; Mamata to become chief minister
Riding the crest of a wave for paribartan (change), Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress stormed to power in West Bengal defeating the Communist government that had been in power since 1977.
With the historic election victory, she is set to become the state’s first woman chief minister. Her rival West Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee resigned soon after losing his seat in Jadavpur

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Gap between urban, rural students widens

SSC Results 2011
Gap between urban, rural students widens
This year’s record-breaking SSC results demonstrate the gap between education standards in urban and rural areas with most SSC Results 2011 dominating the top of the list in every education board.
Though the authorities say the schools in rural areas are doing well in terms of pass rate, urban schools, particularly in metropolitan cities, remain the best for the last

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Mamata Banerjee: India’s street fighter ‘Didi’

From fiery politician from an ordinary middle class to the chief minister-designate of West Bengal–it has been a long and arduous journey for Mamata Banerjee, the stormy petrel of state politics who has single handedly demolished the Marxist bastion.
The feisty 56-year-old Banerjee, who is the founder and chairperson of the Trinamool Congress

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Continued help assured for Grameen’s independence

Friends of Grameen, an international platform promoting Grameen Bank and its activities, yesterday insisted that it will continue its fight to help the microfinance institution retain its independence.
The statement from the global platform came a day after Grameen Bank founder Prof Muhammad Yunus stepped down as the bank’s managing director — much to the shock of his admirers and

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