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A Week In Shahbagh

“I will never agree on the death penalty for anyone…If it is handed down for a convicted war criminal, I’ll continue to work so that it is commuted to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole or Presidential clemency. Confiscate their property and compensate their victims, and let their children find their way out of […]

About 70 expatriate Bangladeshis — most under 30 but including a diverse mix including families with toddlers on strollers, elderly women and youths — demonstrated Feb. 9 near the Golden Gate Bridge here expressing solidarity with the tens of thousands of demonstrators in Shahbagh Square in Dhaka demanding severe punishment for war criminals in 1971. […]

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Object of public wrath is Islamist politician found guilty of war crimes during Bangladesh’s war of independence in 1971 Festering resentment among a youthful population super-charged by social media is by now a familiar ingredient to mass protest movements around the world. But the latest example of the phenomenon in the Shahbag area of the […]

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1983. February 14. Shahbag moar, Dhaka. Students of Dhaka University gathered for a large scale protest. Their demands were1. Postpone anti people education policy, 2. Free of jailed students and 3. Restore of democracy. Police opened indiscriminate fire at the protesters. Five students – Zafar, Dipali Saha, Jainal, Mozammel and Ayub – were killed instantly in police firing. Another student […]

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DHAKA: Two people died on Thursday after suffering injuries in violent clashes between police and religious party activists earlier in the week during protests over war crimes trials in Bangladesh. The demonstrators have been demanding a halt to the trials of opposition Jamaat-e-Islami party leaders for crimes including genocide and rape they are alleged to […]

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Elections in Tripura have hit the India-Bangladesh border trade as several trading points were shut by authorities for security reasons, officials said on Thursday. At the direction of the Election Commission, district officials have asked the Border Security Force and customs authorities to close the trade on Thursday and Friday, a customs official said. The […]

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The outgoing Turkish Ambassador to Bangladesh M Vakur Erkul made a farewell call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her office in the capital on Thursday. Briefing newsmen after the meeting, PM Press Secretary Abul Kalam Azad said that the prime minister appreciated the ambassador’s active contribution in improving the overall bilateral relations, particularly in […]

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The Cabinet on Wednesday approved a Constitutional Amendment Bill that will facilitate the implementation of the India-Bangladesh boundary agreement signed in 2011. The meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, gave its nod to the draft of the Constitutional Bill to amend the India-Bangladesh Land Boundary Agreement, 1974. Additional protocols for 1974 Land Boundary Agreement, […]

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It was like salt being rubbed into a wound that has being festering for a long time. The press in Bangladesh was justifiably outraged. One prominent English daily, the Daily Star, dubbed it “Human rights situation ‘worsens’”, while bdnews24 had a more melodramatic “HRW slams govt on human rights”. The topic of this sudden interest, […]

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Could the UN have met its first Millennium Development Goal – to halve extreme poverty between 1990 and 2015 – five years early? The World bank thinks so. In an uplifting report released on Wednesday, it revealed that the percentage of people living on less than $1.25 a day declined in every region of the developing world […]

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By Alma Freeman Over the last few weeks, in our blog, our studies, in well-respected surveys, at think tanks and other organizations, and the media, the topic of corruption and transparency seems to be everywhere you look. However, there seems no clear consensus on the extent of the problem in various countries, from Mongolia to Indonesia […]

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