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Allah, Army & Democracy

The Siege Within: Pakistan’s democracy hangs in limbo as Tahir-ul-Qadri takes the stage There is never a dull moment in Pakistan, but the political temperature was unusually high this week; with January 15-17 being most eventful. Sitting inside a special bullet-proof container, a cleric dressed in long, flowing fashionable robes and even more fashionable headgear […]

BY Palash R. Ghosh Four months after a rampage by Muslims in Bangladesh destroyed their temples and homes, thousands of Buddhists in this country are still trying to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives. Those bloody clashes, which made scores of Buddhists in this overwhelmingly Islamic state homeless, were allegedly triggered after the […]

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India urged China to respect its river rights following a media report that Beijing plans to build new hydroelectric plants on a waterway that the neighbours share. New Delhi has taken an unusually sharp stand against China’s unilateral moves to dam the Brahmaputra, saying it has “established user rights” to the river. Asserting itself for […]

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By Mark Magnier NEW DELHI, India — Protesters clashed with police in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka on Tuesday after a tribunal sentenced an Islamic party leader to life in prison for his role in the 1971 war of independence against Pakistan. The International Crimes Tribunal handed down the verdict against Abdul Quader Mollah, 64, […]

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Policymakers need to understand the diaspora and incentivise its involvement in the country’s development Sylhet division in north-east Bangladesh, where around 95% of all British-Bengalis trace their origin to, should in theory be the wealthiest and healthiest part of country. The region receives around US $1bn in remittances every year from expatriate Bengalis in the […]

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DHAKA, 5 February 2013 (IRIN) – Health experts in Bangladesh have reported a fresh outbreak of the Nipah virus, with 10 deaths in the past few weeks. If infected you have a high chance of dying. “The fatality rate is an astounding 77 percent,” ASM Alamgir, a virologist at the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control […]

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By S. Binodkumar Singh On January 28, 2013, Bangladesh Home Minister Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir and his Indian counterpart Union Home Minister (UHM) Sushil Kumar Shinde signed a landmark Extradition Treaty at Dhaka, the Bangladesh capital, to combat terrorism and facilitate suppression of crime by making further provision for the reciprocal extradition of offenders. Significantly, however, […]

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By Miriam Ross Massive protests against British mining company GCM Resources prevented the company’s CEO visiting the site of its proposed open-pit coal mine in Bangladesh last week. One of the company’s directors resigned the following day. CEO Gary Lye was due to visit Phulbari on 29 January, where GCM wants to open a mine […]

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Many Bangladeshis have relocated from the vanishing island of Kutubdia in the Bay of Bengal to Cox’s Bazaar. But they are being asked to move once again as sea levels rise and people’s livelihoods are put at risk by climate change. John Vidal interviews Kutubdia island administrator Firoza Ahmed, who defends the government’s attempts to […]

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Monira Munni The government will send a proposal to the Canadian government, requesting it to bring about necessary changes in the existing rules of origin (ROO) for the LDCs, so that Bangladesh is not affected by its latest move to review the GPT. The Ministry of Commerce (MoC) officials Monday sat with officials of the […]

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Low production cost, tax incentives from developed countries and rising expenses in competing countries such as India and China are benefiting the Bangladesh ready-made (RMG) sector, said Bangladesh Commerce Minister Ghulam Muhammed Quader. Rising production cost in neighboring countries like India and China is attracting more apparel buyers to Bangladesh, he said in an interview during his […]

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By Saeed Qureshi Those who believe that Saudi Arabia is an Islamic state are either mistaken or ill-informed. It is outright a monarchy or kingdom that runs counter to the concept of an Islamic state. Even its name is “Kingdom of Saudi Arabia” missing the world Islamic as we can find in the official name […]

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