Bangladesh-Saudi Arabia relations

Barrister Harun ur Rashid Being a Muslim-majority state, Bangladesh attaches a special importance to its ties with Saudi Arabia, which is the birthplace of Islam. Both nations are members of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and Saudi Arabia hosts a large proportion of the global Bangladeshi diaspora. Saudi Arabia’s stated policy is focused on […]

Art & Culture

Jibanananda’s birth anniv celebrated in Barishal

Cultural Correspondent Three-day Jibanananda Festival marking the 120th birth anniversary of poet Jibanananda Das concluded at Brojomohun College in Barishal city on Monday. Uttoron Sangskritik Sangathan, a Brojomohun College-based cultural-literary organisation, organised the festival. Principal of BM College professor Shafiqur Rahman Shikdar inaugurated the festival, which is featuring 30 stalls displaying books and traditional handicraft […]

Art & Culture

Baroque music enchants Ctg audience

Cultural Correspondent French music ensemble Son Ar Mein Consort and Chattogram-based Asian University for Women Choir entertained music lovers in Chattogram on Saturday at a programme held at the auditorium of Chittagong Club Limited. Alliance Francaise Chittagong organised the event in collaboration with Chittagong Club Limited. The programme was supported by Embassy of France and […]

Art & Culture

‘Synonyms’ takes top prize

Cultural Correspondent Nadav Lapid’s ‘Synonyms’, an anarchic story about an Israeli who tries to suppress his origins after moving to Paris, won the Berlin Film Festival’s coveted Golden Bear award on Saturday. The film, a faintly comedic, semi-autobiographical study of identity and the ambivalence of national belonging, tells the story of Yoav, played by newcomer […]


Development budget to be revised upwards instead of slashing downsize

Business Report The Planning Ministry last week approved the revised annual development plan at an inter-ministerial meeting with proposal for pushing most sectoral allocations upward instead of reducing it like the previous years. The new proposals call for an 11 percent increase in allocations to meet demand for higher growth. Accordingly the Revised annual development […]