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Returns from livestock high: Study

Returns from livestock are high, but overall extent of households rearing livestock has been falling, according to a study. The study, conducted by Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies, revealed that inadequate livestock services, high costs of fodder and other factors...

Bangladesh may not start exporting electricity anytime soon unless production costs go cheaper than that of India, officials have said. An adviser to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina felt that export of power to India might not be considered until economic implications and feasibility are found favourable. "(Electricity) export will make sense only if production costs, including financial charges, are lower than that of India," PM's economic affairs adviser Dr Mashiur Rahman told a recent meeting. He said Bangladesh has been incurring foreign debt to produce adequate electricity to meet the local demand. The plan to export electricity to India during winter might also not be successful since the season overlaps in both countries, Mr Rahman cited. "So, excess power in...

EU asks govt for action plan on labour rights situation

A visiting delegation of the European Union (EU) pressed the government on Wednesday for a time-bound action plan to address their concerns related to labour rights situation in the country to retain the trade benefits under its EBA (Everything but...