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4 YEARS AFTER BDR MUTINY: Families of victims, accused still await justice

Muktadir Rashid Several hundred families of both victims and accused have been waiting for justice even four years after the February 25-26, 2009 mutiny in the then Bangladesh Rifles and the plotters are still unidentified. The conspiracy behind the mutiny is yet to be cracked and 5, 926 soldiers have so far been sentenced to […]

BNP leader Moudud Ahmed said on Saturday that the country was being pushed towards a civil war due to the “fascist” attitude and “double standards” of the ruling Awami League. “Both the country and you (government) will be destroyed for this,” the BNP Standing Committee Member said at a discussion at the National Press Club […]

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Parts of Bangladesh, including the capital Dhaka, turned into a battlefield when members of the Jamaat Shibir, the student wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami, clashed with the police after the Friday afternoon prayers. Hundreds have been injured with four people killed in the violence that erupted across the country. The main target of the planned protest […]

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DHAKA, Feb 24: Frontline ruling party lawmaker Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim told the House on Sunday that the government was not going to ban religion-based political parties in the country. “Rather, the government will ban the Jamaat-e-Islami and its student organization for unleashing a reign of terror,” he stated. He requested the religion-based parties not […]

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Dhaka, Feb 24 (UNB) – Textiles and Jute Minister Abdul Latif Siddiqui in Parliament on Sunday came down heavily on his younger brother, freedom fighter Kader Siddiqui, for “pro-Jaamat” role. “Shame, shame, shame on you. I declare in parliament that your armed struggle in 1971 was for your own interest, not for the freedom of […]

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Gulf widens between those who think Shahbag Square rallies are righting historical wrong and those who see them as anti-Islam Syed Zain Al-Mahmood Najmul Hossain had never been to a protest before. But for the past fortnight, the 45-year-old Bangladeshi banker has regularly made the short journey to Shahbag Square, a broad, tree-lined thoroughfare in […]

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At least four people have died in Bangladesh in clashes between police and Islamist protesters who took to the streets accusing bloggers of blasphemy. Dozens more were reported injured. Some were calling for the execution of the bloggers, whom they accuse of insulting Islam. Last week, blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider was killed outside his home. […]

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Idolters and atheists

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“Online activists claimed that Rajib had been blogging against the activities of Jamaat and Shibir which made him a possible “target” of the religion-based organisation for his interpretation of Islam from the standpoint of a self-proclaimed atheist.”- ‘Didn’t see such brutal murder before’, bdnews24.com. Here’s a challenge for all of you, my dear readers: Don’t […]

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Pope Benedict XVI gave his pontificate’s final Sunday blessing from his studio window to the cheers of tens of thousands of people packing St. Peter’s Square, but sought to reassure the faithful that he wasn’t abandoning the church by retiring to spend his final years in prayer. The 85-year-old Benedict is stepping down on Thursday […]

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Khilafat Andolon, one of the 12 small parties, admitted to be against the Shahbagh movement but refuted any ties with the Jamaat-e-Islami, stating ‘not even Awami League hates them (Jamaat) as much as we do’. Khilafat Andolon’s Assistant Secretary General Mujibur Rahman Hamidi was speaking to bdnews24.com amidst their Sunday’s nationwide shutdown. “There is no […]

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A US team is in Dhaka to talk to the government and industry representatives about the March hearing of a petition to strip Bangladesh from duty-free market access. The US Department of Labour’s Acting Under Secretary for International Labour Affairs Eric Biel and International Economist Mike O’Donovan are visiting Bangladesh, according to the US embassy […]

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State Minister for Law Qamrul Islam on Sunday alleged that the Islamic parties enforced today’s hartal in a bid to make Bangladesh a militant state. “A plot is on to turn Bangladesh into a militant state like Pakistan and Afghanistan. And that’s why, they (Islamic parties) enforced today’s hartal,” he said. The state minister made […]

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