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Obama, the US and the Muslim world: the animosity deepens

In his first inaugural address, back in 2009, Barack Obama announced: “To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect.” Improving how the US was perceived among the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims was not about winning an international popularity contest but was deemed as vital to US national security. […]

Change follows 13 days of protests demanding death penalty for prominent Islamist given life sentence by war crimes tribunal Bangladesh’s parliament has amended a law allowing the state to appeal against the life sentence given to an opposition leader for his role in mass killings and rape during the 1971 war for independence. Tens of […]

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Reduced import costs brought down the country’s net trade deficit by 35 percent in the first six months of the current 2012-13 fiscal, relative to the previous financial year, though economists do not see as a positive trend. The reduction is contribution of decrease in the import of capital machinery and industrial raw materials, implying […]

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The main opposition BNP has rescheduled its countrywide protest programmes, shifting it from Monday to Tuesday due to “unavoidable circumstances”, according to a statement issued by the party on Sunday. The statement, signed by the party’s Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, said their programme to lay seize on all the DC offices across the […]

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A cheque of $50 million was handed over to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina by Indian External Affairs minister Salman Khurshid on Sunday as the first instalment of the $200 million grant by India. Prime Minister’s press secretary Abul Kalam Azad said the cheque was handed over by Mr Khurshid when he met the Prime Minister […]

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Dhaka: Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina indicated on Saturday she would back a ban on the country’s largest Islamic party, as tens of thousands of people joined the funeral of an anti-Islamist blogger. Hasina said after a meeting with the mourning relatives of Ahmed Rajib Haider that the Jamaat-e-Islami party, whose members are suspected in […]

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The Shahbag junction in Dhaka has become Bangladesh’s Tahrir Square. Hundreds of thousands of young protesters are occupying it and raging against radical Islamists. Even sympathetic politicians cannot control the movement. The protesters damn them as appeasers, who have compromised with unconscionable men. Theirs is a grassroots uprising for the most essential and neglected values of our age: […]

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The stunning Shahbag protest in Dhaka shows young Bangladeshis want nothing to do with Jamaatis. But why is the Awami League going soft on razakars? Something remarkable is happening in Bangladesh which has gone under-reported, if not unnoticed, by newspapers and news television channels, especially in India. Given our media’s proclivity to get excited every […]

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The protests in Shahbag square in Bangladesh’s capital city, where thousands of people have gathered to demand death for war criminals, rage on for a 12th day. Every day, hundreds of people young and old, of every creed and color, join the movement calling for those who committed perpetrated mass murder, rape, arson, and other crimes against humanity during the country’s 1971 Liberation […]

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By Anis Ahmed Feb 17 (Reuters) – Bangladesh’s parliament, meeting the demands of protesters thronging the capital, amended a law on Sunday allowing the state to appeal any verdict in war crimes trials it deems inadequate and out of step with public opinion. Tens of thousands of demonstrators jamming central Shahbag Square for the 13th […]

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DHAKA: India and Bangladesh took a significant step towards finalizing a land boundary agreement (LBA), with visiting foreign minister Salman Khurshid and his counterpart Dipu Moni exchanging strip maps of the boundary areas. Talking to journalists later, Khurshid said the government had readied the constitution amendment bill and it would be placed in Parliament during […]

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Leaders across political spectrum and business groups hailed agreement between India and Bangladesh to commence Agartala – Akhaura rail link and establish border haats in Tripura. Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid and his Bangladesh counterpart Dr Dipu Moni signed MoUs at Dhaka on Saturday on variety of issues, some related to Tripura that shares 856km […]

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