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by Faruque Azam A group of Bangladeshi-expats organized a unique festival in Holmdel Park, Holmdel NJ (USA). They brought out the flavor of Pahela Boisakh as if they were in Bangladesh’s Ramna Park. Instead of the shade of Banyan Tree, it was held in the shade of Forest Edge Picnic Shelter. The morning started with […]

By Nazmus Saquib “Al Haj Hazrat Zakir Shah – a 50 year old self declared ‘peer (religious leader)’ is doing business cashing on the religious sentiment of the people”, — alleged a resident of city’s Faramgate when this reporter was talking with a group of local people to enquire about the activities of the mysterious […]

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Jamaluddin Ahmed This following is a piece from the 6th February issue of India Today,  “In late December last year, a secret letter went from New Delhi to Dhaka. It was delivered directly to Sheikh Hasina, 65, the prime minister of Bangladesh. It warned her that Islamist radicals embedded within the Bangladesh Army were planning […]

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Whither Pakistan: Imran Khan at the Atlantic Council

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The Atlantic Council hosted a video-teleconference with Imran Khan on January 13th. Celebrity turned politician Imran Khan is the founder of the Tehreek-e-Insaaf Party. In the political turmoil that is now Pakistan, Imran Khan’s party has successfully gained momentum and support with the objective to clean the current political system. With early general elections being forecasted for […]

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By KIRK SEMPLE , Source: NYTimes Samir N. Kapadia seemed to be on the rise in Washington, moving from an internship on Capitol Hill to jobs at a major foundation and a consulting firm. Yet his days, he felt, had become routine. By contrast, friends and relatives in India, his native country, were telling him […]

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Golfer Siddik leads Bangladesh charge

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Mohammad Siddikur Rahman, a renowned golfer of the region, will lead Bangladesh charge in the American Express Bangladesh Open-2012 Professional Golf Championship which begins Tuesday at the Kurmitola Golf Club course in the city. About one hundred golfers including 28 from Bangladesh are taking part in the fourth edition of the Bangladesh Open 2012 Professional […]

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Human Rights Monitoring Report: January 01-31, 2012

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Odhikar believes that the role and democratic aspiration of individuals and the collective rights and responsibilities of the people must be the foundational principle of the state. Democratic legitimacy of the state is directly related to its commitment and capacity to ensure human rights, such as rights to life and livelihood; right to environment and […]

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Call for the end of harassment against Odhikar staff

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      Wednesday, 23 March 2011 Open Letter to Government ofBangladesh 23 March 2011 Her Excellency Sheikh Hasina Prime Minister of Bangladesh Old Sangsad BhabanTejgaon, Dhaka-1215Bangladesh Re: Call for the end of harassment against Odhikar staff Your Excellency Madame Prime Minister, The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), a membership based regional […]

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Odhikar worried at abduction, disappearance

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Sat, 07/01/2012 While there has been a fall in incidents of extra-judicial killings, the number of ‘enforced disappearances’ allegedly at the hands of law enforcers saw an alarming rise last year, the rights group Odhikar said yesterday. Revealing its Human Rights Report 2011, the organisation termed the country’s overall human rights situation in 2011 “disappointing”, […]

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