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Parents’ identity: an unspeakable woe for many in Bangladesh

Parents’ identity: an unspeakable woe for many in Bangladesh

Pulack Ghatack: Abida Sultana (not her real name), daughter of a sex worker, was brought up in a safe home near the Daulatdia Brothel in Dhaka’s outskirt and she does not know her father’s name. Diagonozed as hepatitis-B positive patient, condition of Abida deteriorated in 2007 and she was badly in need of a passport …Read more

Bangladesh will restrict import of rice, try to export

Bangladesh will restrict import of rice, try to export

Bangladesh Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal on Sunday said that the government would restrict import of rice and try to export it abroad to give relief to farmers. “From the government we’ll restrict import of rice and we’ll definitely take steps in this regard. Import of rice can’t be banned and it will not go …Read more

Malaysia’s full-year growth forecast maintained at 4.7 pct

Malaysia’s full-year growth forecast maintained at 4.7 pct

Xinhua, Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian economists have maintained Malaysia’s full-year growth forecast at 4.7 percent as they foresee the government’s recent stimulus measures will support the country’s economy. Maybank Investment Bank Research said on Friday that measures to stimulate the domestic economy have been rolled out with the central bank lowering the country’s interest rate and …Read more

Mineral misery: Vietnam salt farmers battered by imports, climate

Mineral misery: Vietnam salt farmers battered by imports, climate

AFP, HON KHOI: The salt farmers of Hon Khoi rise before dawn as they have for generations, fanning out across shallow seawater pools in southern Vietnam to harvest the precious mineral, hoping for a better season than the last. The work is punishing and the incomes unstable, subject to seesawing demand swayed by foreign imports, …Read more