January 05, 2004


After many bad news (specially in the recent months) we have some good news at last.

* Bangladesh foreign exchange reserves hit 8-year high: due to higher remittance and export earnings, disbursement of foreign aid and foreign investment.

* Pakistan resumes air links with Nepal and Bangladesh: after a two-year ban was lifted on Pakistani flights entering Indian airspace.

* SAARC Summit starts with high hopes: offering a key chance for its giants India and Pakistan to meet for the first time since near war in 2002. Agendas include free trade and anti-terrorism agreements plus a social charter. The seven nations of Saarc -- Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka -- make up one of the world's most populous and poorest regions.

* A feast of computers in the Dhaka "City IT 2003 fair": offering multimedia PCs assembled in Bangladesh at as low as $322 (Tk. 18,699) and accounting softwares produced in Bangladesh at $3.45 (Tk. 200) only.


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