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Bangladesh Calls on Pakistan to Apologize for War

Posted November 20th, 2011 at 12:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Bangladesh is calling on Pakistan to formally apologize for alleged atrocities committed by its military during the independence war of 1971. Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dipu Moni made the demand Sunday during a meeting with Pakistan’s new envoy to the country, Afrasiab Mehdi Hashmi. A ministry statement says Moni called for Pakistan’s understanding and recognition of […]

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UN Chief Urges Help for Poor Nations in Dealing with Climate Change

Posted November 14th, 2011 at 8:20 am (UTC-5)
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The head of the United Nations is urging richer nations to contribute to a global fund aimed at helping underdeveloped countries deal with the effects of climate change. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday that governments should find a way to donate to the $100 billion Green Climate Fund, noting that an “empty shell is […]

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UN Chief Urges World Leaders to Create Climate Fund

Posted November 14th, 2011 at 5:55 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations Secretary-General is urging world leaders to create a fund to fight the effects of climate change. Ban Ki-moon spoke Monday in Bangladesh at a meeting of about 30 countries highly affected by climate change. The representatives of the countries are meeting in Dhaka to agree on a united front ahead of U.N. […]

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Bangladesh, Russia Sign Nuclear Deal

Posted November 2nd, 2011 at 10:40 am (UTC-5)
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Bangladesh and Russia plan to work together to build the first nuclear power plant in the energy-starved South Asian country. The Rooppur plant in Bangladesh’s Pabna district will consist of two 1,000 megawatt nuclear reactors. The $2 billion project is set to be completed in 2018. Under the deal, Russia will provide funding, fuel, and […]

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World Bank: Global Crisis Means Economic Uncertainty for Bangladesh

Posted October 25th, 2011 at 11:00 am (UTC-5)
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The World Bank says the global financial crisis will increase economic uncertainty in Bangladesh, making it difficult for the country to achieve its target annual growth rate of 7 percent. In a report released Tuesday, the World bank said economic growth in Bangladesh was strong in the fiscal year that ended this past June, reaching […]

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Bangladesh’s Opposition Calls for Early Elections

Posted October 18th, 2011 at 8:45 am (UTC-5)
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Bangladesh’s main opposition leader is calling for new elections as she and thousands of her supporters travel across the country. The head of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, Khaleda Zia, set off from her office in the capital Dhaka on Tuesday en route to the northwestern city of Chapainawabganj. The former prime minister is leading […]

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US, Bangladeshi FMs Meet to Boost Bilateral Ties

Posted October 12th, 2011 at 7:15 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her Bangladesh counterpart Dipu Moni met Wednesday in Washington to discuss ways to boost bilateral ties. Before the meeting, Clinton said the Obama administration has watched with great interest efforts by the government in Dhaka to tackle poverty. She said Washington appreciates close cooperation on counterterrorism between the […]

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World Bank Suspends Loan to Bangladesh

Posted October 10th, 2011 at 11:05 am (UTC-5)
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The World Bank has suspended a $1.2 billion loan to Bangladesh for a bridge while the government investigates alleged corruption in the bidding process. Bangladesh Finance Minister A.M.A Muhith said Monday the bank had “temporarily halted” funding. The money was to be used to build the country’s longest river bridge, connecting the country’s northwest to […]

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Bangladeshi Opposition Leader Begins Tour Calling for Elections

Posted October 10th, 2011 at 3:45 am (UTC-5)
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Former Bangladeshi prime minister Khaleda Zia has begun a cross-country trip with thousands of her supporters to call for new elections. Ms. Zia left the capital, Dhaka, on Monday in a convoy of at least 1,000 vehicles for the 200-kilometer trip to the city of Sylhet in northeastern Bangladesh. She is expected to address at […]

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Bangladesh War Crimes Tribunal Indicts Islamic Leader

Posted October 3rd, 2011 at 10:10 am (UTC-5)
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A special court in Bangladesh has charged an Islamic leader with committing war crimes during the country’s 1971 war of independence from Pakistan. The tribunal in Dhaka Monday indicted 71-year-old Delwar Hossain Sayedee on 20 counts of murder, rape, looting, arson and forcibly converting Hindus to Islam. Sayedee, a senior leader of Bangladesh’s Jamaat-e-Islami party, […]

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