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Shahbagh protesters take stand against freedom of expression: Fakhrul

Dhaka, Feb 27 (UNB) – Hitting out at the Shahbagh protesters for demanding the arrest of Amar Desh editor Mahmudur Rahman, BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Wednesday said they have taken a position against the freedom of expression. “Now the freedom of expression is being suppressed. The youths demonstrating at Shahbagh […]

Gazipur, Feb 27 (UNB) – BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Wednesday alleged that the government has set up the Ganajagaran Mancha at Shahbagh as part of its trick to hush up its failures and misdeeds. “The government is devising new tactics to hide its failures and misdeeds over the four years. […]

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By Anbarasan Ethirajan Far from his home in Accra, Ghana, Ibrahim has been enjoying playing football for Abahani in Dhaka, one of the top clubs in Bangladesh, for the last seven seasons. “When my friend first told me about Bangladesh I was hesitant. I didn’t know much about the country,” Mr Ibrahim says. “First, I […]

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Shubinoy Mustofi and J Rahman both write about economics.  Reading them on how the foreigners have covered the Shahbag Awakening, I thought it would be interesting to analyse how the Economist has covered the event.  Mass dissatisfaction appeared on 16 February.  It was written by Adam Roberts and Tom Felix Joehnk.  They talked with a number of people in […]

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by Parsa Sanjana Sajid Recently during a conversation about Shahbagh, a friend had this to say: “be a part.” That particular conversation was about the merits (or as some would say, responsibility to) of joining the movement. There is a sense among the chattering class that one needs to join in solidarity. Or else, you […]

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“The idea of human rights or justice is not a selective one: Just as we have called out for the justice for the brutal murder of Rajib Haidar, it behooves us to call out for justice for anyone who suffers wrongful death in the hands of the police. In the end this brutal killing of […]

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By JIM YARDLEY NEW DELHI — Not too long ago, when India’s economy was roaring amid predictions of high growth rates for years to come, the finance minister could be forgiven for strutting during budget week. He got to march into India’s Parliament with the ceremonial briefcase bearing a budget stuffed with goodies. But on […]

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by Francis Wade Teenage victim describes how at least 13 women were raped overnight in Arakan state, which has been focus of ethnic riots At least 13 women, including teenagers, have been subjected to prolonged rape by Burmese security forces in a remote village in the western state of Arakan. Human rights groups have warned that […]

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New Delhi: Bangladesh’s choice hilsa fish from the Padma river will be on the platter during President Pranab Mukherjee’s Bangladesh visit, his first trip overseas after taking over the country’s top office last July. Besides hilsa, the Indian president will also be treated to other special culinary delights when he visits Bangladesh from March 3-5, said […]

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Dhaka: Bangladesh Wednesday said Pakistan-based banned terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba is active in the country but law enforcement agencies have tracked down their network and kept them under “security vigil” “We have already brought the LeT operatives under security vigil… With the cooperation of people,” Home Minister Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir told newsmen after attending a function […]

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Activists of Bangladesh’s Shahbagh movement will hold a rally on Wednesday in Dhaka’s commercial hub Motijheel, to press home their demand for the death penalty to Jamaat-e-Islami war criminals, the Daily Star reported. The rally, scheduled to begin at 3:00 pm at the Motijheel intersection, is expected to draw people from several parts of Dhaka, […]

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Reporters Without Borders expressed Tuesday its concern over growing dangers to media workers, ranging from threats to murder. The worsening climate grows out of a trial of former leaders of Islamist parties accused of war crimes. Pro-islamist blogs have posted threats to 19 bloggers. These come amid an already worsening climate for press freedom. One […]

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