Shapla Neer celebrates golden jubilee

News Desk : Non-governmental organisation Shapla Neer on Wednesday celebrated its golden jubilee at The Daily Star Centre in Bangladesh capital Dhaka on Wednesday. ‘Shapla Neer always works for development of people.’ said Shapla Neer Bangladesh’s country director Tomoko Uchiyama. The main objective of the program is to thank the partners and celebrate the … Read more

Govt’s action under watch

Padma bridge co-financiers ADB, Jica extend loan deal by a month; wait to see how govt acts on WB’s graft concern; failure to cost future donor funding
The ADB and Jica have extended their Padma bridge loan effectuation date by a month with a clear message that during this time the government has to address the issues of corruption raised by the World Bank.
If the government does not does not do so, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) will not fund the bridge

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Metro to follow revised route

PM sees no damage to JS complex
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the modified metro rail route would not ruin the main architectural design of the parliament complex.
Hasina told the weekly cabinet meeting that the modified route would not cut through the preserved area of the structural masterpiece designed by Louis I Kahn in the

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Metro Rail Project: Air force concern unfounded

Experts object to its route change proposal; financier upset with delay, change
Bangladesh Air Force’s objection to the Bijoy Sarani portion of the proposed 22-km metro rail on a plea that it will hinder the operation of Tejgaon airfield is unfounded, experts have said.
The experts also rejected an alternative route, suggested by the air force, running from Sangsad Avenue to Khamarbari through a stretch of Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban complex, saying it clashes with another

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Save JS complex from metro route

Architects, environmentalists ask govt, suggest relocation of military sites from city 
The air force’s pressure to realign the proposed metro rail route through Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban premises is not acceptable, leading architects and city planners said at a media briefing in the capital yesterday.
They instead demanded relocation of all military installations from the core of the capital to make way for solutions to Dhaka’s transport problems, and planned urban development

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Now Louis Kahn’s JS masterpiece at stake

Air force’s objection forces metro rail to change route; new proposal awaits PM’s approval; financier Jica yet to respond
In the face of pressure from Bangladesh Air Force, the government has decided to change the course of the much-talked-about metro rail, and take it through the parliament complex.
About 55 metres of land on the eastern side of the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban will be required for setting up of some pillars of the metro rail, which will seriously damage the aesthetic view of Louis I Kahn’s

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Metro rail stops at air force red signal

Bijoy Sarani link seen as risky for security; financier Jica upset; meeting adjourned for today
Construction of the much anticipated metro rail looks uncertain as the government might bring another modification in its alignment in the face of the air force’s objection to the current alignment running across Bijoy Sarani.
Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica), keen to provide 80 percent of the $1.8 billion project cost as a soft loan, hinted to the communications ministry in February that it might not even give the fund if the alignment is modified again, said the ministry sources. Jica already

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