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Khoka’s tribute to Shahbag protestors

Contrary to his party’s stance, BNP’s Vice Chairman Sadeque Hossain Khoka on Saturday paid tribute to the protesters in the capital’s Shahbagh intersection for their indomitable spirit in demanding death penalty for the killers and the collaborators of 1971. Addressing a rally at Naya Paltan, Khoka, himself a freedom fighter, said: “A rally called by […]

The sentencing of Abdul Quader Molla to life in prison is the result of an understanding between the government and Jamaat-e-Islami, Krishak Sramik Janata League president Abdul Kader Siddiqui said on Saturday. He made the comment at the inauguration of the party’s council on Saturday. The biennial council of the Krishak Sramik Janata League is […]

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In “The thankless role in saving democracy in Bangladesh” (appearing online on 30 January 2013), Begum Khaleda Zia, a former prime minister of Bangladesh, places a laundry list of things surrounding Bangladesh’s political muck before the US administration seeking the latter’s intervention to “save” democracy. Ironically, the appeal comes from none other than a tarnished […]

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By Naimul Haq   BARGUNA, Bangladesh , Feb 9 2013 (IPS) – Monashatoli, a small coastal village of 5,000 residents in Bangladesh’s southwestern Barguna district, located about 470 kilometres south of the capital Dhaka, is a living model of the success of bottom-up community development. Here, a 15-member committee, elected from among local villagers and […]

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By Al Kamen How does a foreign country get trade preferences from Washington? It hires a lobbyist, of course. That’s what Bangladesh officials concluded after meeting with a congressional delegation last month. Bangladesh foreign minister Dipu Moni, briefing reporters after a visit by a delegation led by Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), said the group told […]

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Rescuers have recovered a dozen more bodies after a ferry reportedly carrying up to 100 passengers capsized on a river in central Bangladesh, raising the death toll to 14. Dozens of passengers were rescued or swam to shore after the ferry went down Friday on the River Meghna in Munshiganj district, 32 kilometers (20 miles) […]

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Rezaul Karim The country’s banks provided about 350 Suspicious Transaction Reports (STRs) last year to the central bank thanks to its strict vigilance against money laundering, a Bangladesh Bank official said on Thursday. In the previous year, the STRs totalled nearly 200, Bangladesh Bank (BB) data said. “The submission of an increased number of STRs […]

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By Manan Kumar The government is confident of the passage of the Land Boundary Agreement (LBA), a constitutional amendment bill, in the coming budget session of the parliament. The Indian government is very keen to implement the LBA as it would not only make highly incongruous and porous Indo-Bangla border manageable by making it straighter […]

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Dr. Isaac Eliaz Chai tea has been a staple in India for thousands of years, and today it is enjoyed throughout the world as an uplifting and health-promoting beverage. But what is it that makes chai such an excellent wellness tonic? A powerful blend of tea, herbs and spices, chai has been cherished for centuries […]

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