Nepal’s 100 items may get duty-free entry to Bangladesh

Bangladesh may give Nepal a duty-free access for 100 of its products, especially vegetables and agricultural ones, as those have a higher demand in Bangladesh, said an official of the commerce ministry of Bangladesh yesterday. On the other hand, Bangladesh sought from Nepal a duty cut on exports of electronics goods, pharmaceuticals and agro-processed food items, said

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BB restricts banks’ land, floor space purchase

The Bangladesh Bank has decided that commercial banks will not be allowed to purchase or lease for 10 years or more any lands, buildings and floor space for any purpose other than use by their head offices.
However, in areas under the jurisdiction of city corporations, they can buy or lease office space for their branches. The central bank, in a circular issued on Monday, informed

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Chittagong boutiques all set for Eid

Name the latest trend going for salwar kameez, sari and panjabi — and you are likely to find them in the boutiques in Chittagong. They are trying to attract as many Eid shoppers as possible.
To avoid the mad dash that invariably occurs closer to Eid, many have started with their Eid shopping from the first day of Ramadan.
“Considering the weather, I have kept a soft palette for my

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Dancing into people’s hearts

London Olympics 2012
Dancing into people’s hearts
Akram Khan looks sheepish. The question that he has been asked is one to which he feels he must say yes, but he is not sure yet how best to express himself. He thinks for a moment, and then does an excellent job.
So, is performing in the opening ceremony the biggest honour in his life so far?
“It’s too early to say,” Akram tells The Daily Star Sport in an exclusive interview. “All

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‘More positives than negatives’

There are positives to be taken out of Bangladesh’s just-concluded tour to Europe, believes batsman Tamim Iqbal, despite the two losses to Scotland and the Netherlands.
The left-hander was the only player to score more than 200 runs, including two half centuries, in the six Twenty20 internationals held earlier this month. But more than the runs or the

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BD A earn three points in draw

Bangladesh A earned three points from their drawn opening match against Baroda Cricket Association XI in the Shafi Darashah cricket tournament at the KSCA ground in Alur yesterday.
Mominul Haque’s second fifty of the game shepherded the side’s second innings after it was set 344 runs to win the game. Baroda made a comeback when they finished their second innings on 445 all out

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London Diary

Neymar ran to the sideline and struck the famous Usain Bolt lightning pose. It was football’s biggest Olympic star honouring one of the London Games’ most acclaimed athletes.
Neymar celebrated by imitating his idol after scoring from a free-kick and leading Brazil to a 3-1 win over Belarus on Sunday, securing the gold medal favourites a spot in the quarterfinals of the

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The unfamiliar that is all too familiar

Couple of days post Humayun Ahmed’s demise, BTV aired one of his plays. The play, “Nimphool”, was first aired in 1997. Set in a typical Bangladeshi village, the story begins with a mob approaching the home of the headman, ably played by Abul Hayat. A notorious bandit has been caught. The smart-mouthed outlaw, deftly played by Asaduzzaman Noor, and his young son receive generous beatings from the mob. As

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“Lux-Channel i Superstar” as a launching pad

In conversation with Rakhi
A number of aspiring young actresses who were launched through the “Lux Channel i Superstar” talent hunt, are now busy in the media. These artistes have all the potential to carve out successful careers and may well dominate the media by dint of their talent and hard work.
Rakhi is firmly in this category. Though most people are not familiar with her name yet, chances

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Eid Delights: Innovative “Ittyadi”

A wholesome family-oriented TV show, “Ittyadi”, with innovative ideas, conveys social messages and generates awareness among the masses all with a dash of entertainment. Special episodes of “Ittyadi” during Eid bring up interesting choreography which adds to the extravaganza.
The audience is usually treated to a variation in the dance presentation. In the upcoming Eid episode,

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Govt making those legal

Illegal Housing Projects
Govt making those legal
The government has legalised two illegal private housing schemes and is going to okay at least four others to the destruction of natural wetlands and rural homesteads on the capital’s north-eastern fringe.
An inter-ministerial body led by the housing minister conditionally approved BDDL Natundhara and United City (Neptune Land Development) in early May following recommendations from Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk).
Other schemes awaiting partial approval soon are Bashundhara (East West

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WB failed to give graft evidence

Padma Bridge Project
WB failed to give graft evidence
PM tells BBC; says she didn’t mention anyone in her ‘bloodsucker’ comment
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the World Bank could not present evidence for the graft allegations over the Padma bridge project.
Click here to watch the interview.
Interviewed by Stephen Sackur for BBC HARDtalk, Hasina also said she would hold office

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‘Small cabinet’ during polls

PM invites BNP to join interim govt; Khaleda says ‘no’
Ruling out the restoration of caretaker government system, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has suggested forming a “small cabinet” including the opposition ahead of the next parliamentary polls.
In an interview scheduled for broadcast today, Hasina told BBC Bangla Service that she would allow if the opposition wants to be part of the government

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Chevron to pump $500m into Bibiyana gas field expansion

Production capacity to rise by 300m cubic feet per day
US oil major Chevron announced, on Monday, that it would invest $500 million in the expansion project of Bibiyana gas field, in the north-west of the country. The new project would include expansion of the gas plant, to process increased natural gas volumes from Bibiyana, three additional development wells, and an enhanced gas liquids recovery unit. Chevron Bangladesh

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Crime goes unchecked

The Pallabi-bound human hauler came to a sudden stop just before the Sheorapara bus terminal. Nearby, five youths were waiting, ominously. They were armed with steel pipes, bamboos and bricks.
There were ten to twelve passengers, including three women, in the human hauler city shuttle plying from Gulshan to Pallabi via Mahakhali

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Quirkiness the charm of Olympic football

“He is a lizard,” spits the beefy gentleman sitting a few rows over from the press tribunes. It’s a cold, wet summer afternoon at an almost full Wembley, and the atmosphere is surprisingly raucous at the home of football. Mexican waves do the business and boos ring out every time a wiry player in a blue shirt gets a touch of the ball. The player is Luis Suarez

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Indian train fire kills 32

Thirty-two passengers were burnt to death and 25 injured as a fire tore through a coach of a train in southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh yesterday.
The accident, on a long-distance service from New Delhi, occurred in the early hours of the morning near the town of Nellore with an electrical short-circuit seen as the most likely

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