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The Financial Express

1. Beximco plans to import 1.0m more vaccines for private sector employeesPublished: November 27, 2020 23:03:23

Beximco Pharmaceuticals is planning to import 1.0 million more doses of the coronavirus vaccine from the Serum Institute of India for commercial distribution among employees of private firms like pharmaceutical...


2. CMSMEs in formal banking sector  Published: November 27, 2020 22:47:12

There is no denying that the cottage, micro, small and medium scale enterprises (CMSMEs) have a robust presence in the economy.  The government and experts are keen on facilitating the...


3. Keeping the global focus on low-income countriesPublished: November 27, 2020 22:43:23

Owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, the global economy is suffering its sharpest decline since the Great Depression. But while everybody is hurting, it is the world's poorest countries that will...


4. Rethinking development effectiveness: Perspectives from the global SouthPublished: November 27, 2020 22:40:12

Discourse on the effectiveness of external public development finance flows is at a turning point. The development landscape has experienced dramatic shifts over the last two decades. The rise of...


5. Iran’s prominent nuclear scientist shot deadPublished: November 27, 2020 21:39:37

Prominent Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh died in hospital on Friday of injuries suffered in an armed attack, Reuters reports quoting Iranian state media. According to Aljazeera, Iranian state television...


6. Britain, other nations press on with AstraZeneca vaccinePublished: November 27, 2020 21:14:34

Britain asked its regulator on Friday to assess AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine for a possible rollout, while the Philippines and Thailand secured millions of doses, giving the shot a vote of...


7. Five COVID-19 patients killed in Indian hospital firePublished: November 27, 2020 21:07:54

Five patients were killed in India on Friday in a fire that broke out in a COVID-19 ward, the fourth blaze in a novel coronavirus hospital since the outbreak began,...


8. What purpose will subway serve?Published: November 27, 2020 21:03:34

It isn't easy to comprehend what drives the policymakers and relevant authorities to go for a series of Dhaka-based transport-network mega infrastructure. Currently, at least three mega infrastructure projects are...


9. Making a difference in difficult worldPublished: November 27, 2020 20:57:37

The first half of the twentieth century saw big social, scientific and technological revolutions. It also witnessed two great wars. In the second half, there was an uneasy balance between...


10. North Korean hackers targeted vaccine maker AstraZenecaPublished: November 27, 2020 19:57:30

Suspected North Korean hackers have tried to break into the systems of British drugmaker AstraZeneca in recent weeks, two people with knowledge of the matter said, as the company races...


11. Over 100 Bangladeshis stranded at Benapole for Covid negative certificatesPublished: November 27, 2020 19:46:32

More than 100 Bangladeshis, including cancer patients, have remained stuck at Benapole check-post in Jashore for not having Covid-19 negative certificates while returning from India. The immigration police said, on...


12. Aly Zaker laid to rest at Banani graveyardPublished: November 27, 2020 19:33:51

Valiant freedom fighter, Ekushey award-winning cultural personality and eminent actor Aly Zaker was laid to eternal rest at Banani graveyard after Asr prayers on Friday. Earlier, his body was taken...


13. 5.85km of Padma Bridge visible following installation of 39th spanPublished: November 27, 2020 18:57:15

A 5.85 kilometre stretch of the Padma Bridge's main structure became visible on Friday after the installation of the 39th span. Only two more spans are left to be set...


14. Bangladesh confounds the naysayers for all the right reasonsPublished: November 27, 2020 18:51:18

[The following article appeared on Nikkei Asia on November 23, 2020.] Among developing nations having "good" COVID-19 crises, Bangladesh may be the most surprising. Back in, say, May, the South...


15. Bangladesh sends anthology film ‘Sincerely Yours, Dhaka’ to the OscarsPublished: November 27, 2020 18:36:40

The Bangladesh Oscar Committee has selected acclaimed anthology film “Sincerely Yours, Dhaka” as the country’s entry to the 2021 Oscars’ international feature film category. “Dhaka” is a collection of 11...


16. Global Covid-19 cases cross 61mPublished: November 27, 2020 18:23:52

The confirmed Covid-19 cases across the globe surpassed 61 million on Friday. A total of 61,026,993 people have been infected with the virus so far. And there have been 1,432,817...


17. Malaysia secures Pfizer vaccine as a first country in for Southeast AsiaPublished: November 27, 2020 17:59:42

Malaysia has agreed to buy 12.8 million doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, becoming the first country in Southeast Asia to announce a deal with the US drugmaker after some expressed...


18. Pakistan's first transgender lawyer goes fighting in courtPublished: November 27, 2020 17:36:09

Lawyer Nisha Rao maneuvers among the throng of black-coated attorneys clustered near Karachi's city courts searching for her client. But Rao, 28, is not just another lawyer running for a...


19. India-Bangladesh border officials adopt zero tolerance on trans-border crimePublished: November 27, 2020 17:34:24

The three-day co-ordination conference between the Border Security Force (BSF) - Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) concluded on Friday with the signing of joint record of discussion (JRD) at frontier headquarters...


20. Govt taking preparations for easier access to vaccine: Obaidul QuaderPublished: November 27, 2020 17:26:37

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader has said the government has taken all-out preparations to take coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccines at the doorsteps of the people after the arrival of the...


21. UK scientific adviser says AstraZeneca vaccine worksPublished: November 27, 2020 17:13:18

The British government's Chief Scientific Adviser Patrick Vallance said on Thursday the main point about the AstraZeneca vaccine against COVID-19 was that it worked when asked about doubts that have...


22. 2,273 new virus cases, 20 deaths in a dayPublished: November 27, 2020 16:53:22

Bangladesh has recorded 2,273 new cases of the coronavirus in a daily count, taking the tally of infections so far to 458,711. The death toll surged to 6,544 after 20...


23. Dhaka emphasises South Asian partnership to prevent climate-induced lossesPublished: November 27, 2020 16:43:09

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen has called for a greater South Asian partnership to accelerate climate change adaptation in the region. Without large scale, comprehensive measures, all countries of South...


24. India to produce 100 million doses of Russia's Sputnik VPublished: November 27, 2020 14:06:32

Russia’s sovereign wealth fund and Indian pharmaceutical company Hetero have agreed to produce over 100 million doses per year in India of the Sputnik V vaccine against Covid-19, according to...


25. AstraZeneca facing questions over Covid-19 vaccine success ratePublished: November 27, 2020 13:46:44

Days after grabbing headlines with its Covid-19 “vaccine for the world”, AstraZeneca is facing tricky questions about its success rate that some experts say could hinder its chances of getting...


26. 62.2pc tourists prefer staying in hotels amid pandemic: SurveyPublished: November 27, 2020 12:33:50

Around 62.2 per cent of domestic tourists prefer staying in hotels to enjoy vacation amid the Coronavirus pandemic, according to an online survey. But 40 per cent of visitors do...


27. Diego Maradona buried as Argentines bid farewell to world football greatPublished: November 27, 2020 12:07:10

Argentina’s Diego Maradona, one of the world’s greatest ever football players, was buried on Thursday amid a global outpouring of grief from the streets of Buenos Aires to Naples in...


28. How Gabriel Garcia Marquez interprets the dreamPublished: November 27, 2020 11:47:24

Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Strange Pilgrims epitomises a journey to the hearts and minds of people he encountered during the Colombian writer’s stay in Europe. He blended the natural and the...


29. 1,349 women raped in 10 months in Bangladesh: ReportPublished: November 27, 2020 11:38:35

Bangladesh witnessed an alarming rise in the number of rape incidents of woman during January-October 2020 compared to the same period of 2019, according to a report of an independent...


30. US Embassy calls for applicants for CEE ProgramPublished: November 27, 2020 11:05:14

US Embassy in Dhaka has announced the call for applications for a new US government-funded civil society leadership programme – the Community Engagement Exchange (CEE) Program. The Program is a...


31. Trump finally says he'll leave if Biden wins Electoral College votePublished: November 27, 2020 10:58:15

US President Donald Trump said on Thursday (local time) he will leave the White House if the Electoral College votes for President-elect Joe Biden, the closest he has come to...


32. Supply chains of contract manufacturers to be more traceable thru VAT guidelinePublished: November 27, 2020 10:40:09

The contract manufacturers will enjoy a simplified VAT process for the production and supply of goods under a new guideline. The National Board of Revenue (NBR) issued the guideline on...


33. Domestic air travellers' turnout now almost normalPublished: November 27, 2020 10:27:35

Domestic passenger turnout has reached almost its pre-Covid stage, a top official of a private airliner said. He said people now try to reduce six to eight hours' exposure by...


34. Banks on the back foot in financing infrastructure projectsPublished: November 27, 2020 10:19:20

Most of the banks in the country do not feel comfortable to finance infrastructure projects mainly due to longer concession period of the projects than the banks' loan tenure of...


35. Bangladesh's apparel sector leader wants Covid-19 support until JunePublished: November 27, 2020 10:18:16

BGMEA President Dr Rubana Huq said on Thursday the readymade garment (RMG) sector needs support until next June amid the pandemic. The chief of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association...


36. Hygiene, sanitation to get priority in next budget: MinisterPublished: November 27, 2020 10:15:14

Planning Minister MA Mannan on Thursday said public funds would be spent on the low-income people from now, targeting the specific goals. "From now, we will monitor where the public...


37. Dhaka's canals brought under city corporations' jurisdiction to improve environmentPublished: November 27, 2020 10:08:36

Local government ministry on Thursday decided in principle to hand over the responsibility of Dhaka's canals to north and south city corporations. To this effect, it formed a 14-member technical...


38. Deadline for disbursing stimulus money among smaller enterprises extendedPublished: November 27, 2020 09:43:05

The central bank has extended the deadline further to implement the stimulus package for cottage, micro, small and medium enterprises (CMSMEs) from November 30 to December 31. It has also...


39. Many auditors ‘flout reporting rules’Published: November 27, 2020 09:39:11

Speakers at an event on Thursday said many auditors often violate the rules and regulations of financial reporting and some companies prepare two financial statements with an ulterior motive. They...


40. Aly Zaker passes awayPublished: November 27, 2020 09:28:46

Actor and director Aly Zaker has died in hospital care after a four-year battle with cancer. He was 76. Aly Zaker passed away at United Hospital in Dhaka at 6:40...


41. Improving doing business rankingPublished: November 26, 2020 23:26:22

Despite an immense opportunity, the recent foreign direct investment (FDI) doesn't look up to the mark due to some non-fiscal barriers. On the contrary, the current unemployment rate of Bangladesh...


42. Spotlight on 'Begum Para'Published: November 26, 2020 23:21:55

Issuing a suo moto rule, the High Court (HC) has directed the country's intelligence agencies and various government establishments to stop money laundering and submit details of those involved in...


43. Green climate fund  Published: November 26, 2020 23:00:26

Ever since the Green Climate Fund (GCF) was set up by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 2010, there have been talks on how to access...


44. PM says eight 'iconic mosques' will be build with Saudi assistancePublished: November 26, 2020 22:44:36

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said eight 'iconic mosques' with modern facilities will be constructed in the country's eight divisions with Saudi Arabia's assistance. The Prime Minister said this...


45. Health minister says coronavirus vaccine will be available for allPublished: November 26, 2020 22:10:31

Health Minister Zahid Maleque has said the coronavirus vaccine will be made available to everyone in Bangladesh once the government gets the shots. “The prime minister has ordered vaccination for...


46. CCCI gives patrol car to CMPPublished: November 26, 2020 21:55:32

Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) donated a petrol car to Chattogram Metropolitan Police (CMP) on Thursday. President of CCCI Mahbubul Alam handed over the patrol car to the...


47. An unprecedented political crisis in the United StatesPublished: November 26, 2020 21:26:48

Three weeks have passed by since the presidential election took place on November 3 but the official announcement on the outcome of the electoral exercise is still waiting. In the...


48. Safety and health training in informal sector and small businessesPublished: November 26, 2020 21:23:27

Reaching out to the workers and getting the messages on occupational safety and health (OSH) across can be quite challenging particularly for those working in the informal sector in the...


49. Freedom wars, guerrillas and terroristsPublished: November 26, 2020 21:18:55

People have quite often been seen confused over aimless separatist wars. There are also terrorist groups fighting genuine liberation wars. Coming to the former, many governments and organisations at times...


50. Dhaka-Thimphu to ink PTA deal next month, says Bhutanese envoyPublished: November 26, 2020 20:38:30

Bhutan will sign the Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) with Bangladesh in December to further enhance trade and commerce between the two countries. "All necessary works on the PTA have been...