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‘… and the people rise’

Demonstrations asking for death penalty for Jamaat leader Abdul Quader Molla continued on Wednesday at Dhaka’s busy Shahbagh intersection amidst a nationwide general strike by the Jamaat-e-Islami. The protestors have been demonstrating at the Shahbagh intersection since Tuesday evening, after the war crimes tribunal ordered life imprisonment for Molla for ‘crimes against humanity’ during the […]

By Anurag Kotoky and A. Ananthalakshmi (Reuters) – China’s role in operating a strategically important port in Pakistan is a matter of concern for India, Defence Minister A.K. Antony said on Wednesday, as New Delhi and Beijing jostle for influence in the region. Indian policy-makers have long been wary of a string of strategically located […]

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The street reaction to the verdict on Quader Mollah case is an interesting indication that public confidence in the trial process and the objectivity of the War Crimes Trial is confused and may lead to questions. Mollah was given a life imprisonment instead of a death sentence for the charges in question and many people have […]

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Moinul Hoque Chowdhury Election Commission has proposed geographical changes to 87 parliamentary constituencies, out of 300, for the 10th general elections, according to the Joint Secretary of the EC Secretariat, Biswas Lutfur Rahman. A draft was published on Wednesday. Earlier, the Chief Election Commissioner, Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmed told journalists, that a draft recommending changes for […]

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday blasted Opposition Leader Khaleda Zia for her recent article that urged the US to interfere in Bangladesh’s internal affairs to save its democracy. “After going through the article, it seems to me that she does not believe at all in country’s independence and sovereignty,” Hasina said at parliament. “This […]

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Police and protesters clashed for the second day on Wednesday, after the conviction of a powerful politician in connection with a series of killings during the country’s 1971 independence war. More than two dozen small, homemade bombs also exploded in the country’s north, but there were no reports of injuries. Local news reports said at […]

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THERE is no lack of world-beating records in Bangladesh. It starts as the world’s most densely populated country (not counting city-states and the like). Its capital, Dhaka, merely an undistinguished district headquarters at time of partition from India in 1947, can now be counted as the fastest-growing city in the world. Female leaders have ruled […]

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Feb 6 (Reuters) – Bangladesh’s annual inflation rate in January eased to 7.38 percent from 7.69 percent in December, the statistics bureau said on Wednesday, as prices of both food and non-food items rose at a slower pace. The central bank cut its key policy rates by half a percentage point last week for the […]

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Bangladesh may lose duty-free access for its garments to Canadian market, as the developed nation has excluded India and China – from which Bangladesh mainly imports yarn and fabric for its garments – from its General Preferential Tariff (GPT) facility list. Under the GPT rules, 175 developing nations, including Bangladesh were allowed to export their […]

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Fazlur R Chowdhury If I am a real patriot and I want to serve my country and the people then it is not necessary for me to join a political party or to become a minister. There are many different ways to achieve my goal. A farmer or a fisherman can also serve the nation […]

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