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Bloodletting after the fact

THE immediate effect of the latest verdict from the “International Crimes Tribunal” was the worst single day of political violence in the history of modern Bangladesh. Actually a domestic court, the tribunal is tasked with trying the men who stand accused of committing atrocities during the 1971 war that gave birth to Bangladesh as a […]

Dhaka, Mar 1 (UNB) – As Saarc apparently remains ‘ineffective’, experts and businesses think Bangladesh China, India and Myanmar (BCIM) Forum could be a potential platform to give a big boost to trade and investment if the governments of the BCIM can act in a planned way. They feel that Bangladesh can hugely be benefited […]

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Section 144 in eight dists Dhaka, Mar 1 (UNB) – Over 98,000 leaders and activists of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir have been sued in 15 districts in connection with Thursday’s violence. At least 39 people were killed and many more injured in widespread hartal violence across the country following the […]

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Dhaka, Mar 1 (UNB) – Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman HM Ershad on Friday said the current confrontational situation over the war crimes trial has brought the country to the verge of civil war. “The entire nation has got divided centering the war crimes trial…a confrontational situation has created taking the country to the verge of […]

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A steadily rising Muslim population continues to fall behind IT TELLS you something hopeful perhaps that, for all the horror unleashed when two bombs laid by presumed militant Islamists ripped through a crowd in Hyderabad on February 21st, India’s public response has been muted. The blasts killed 16 and injured 117. Both the method of […]

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A day after Bangladesh handed the death sentence to an Islamist leader for war crimes, bordering areas in West Bengal felt the heat on Friday. About 50 people had died by Friday, in clashes that broke out in various parts of Bangladesh after 73-year-old vice-president of the Jamaat-e-Islami, Delwar Hossain Sayedee, along with others, was […]

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By SHAHIDUL ALAM FOR the past month, tens of thousands of Bangladeshis have filled Shahbagh Square here, demanding justice for crimes committed in 1971, when Bangladesh (formerly East Pakistan) attained its independence from Pakistan. Ordinary people — grandparents, people in wheelchairs, men with beards, women in hijab, teenagers in jeans — have come out in throngs, […]

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  DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Protesters clashed with police for a second day Friday as the death toll rose to at least 44 in clashes triggered by a death sentence given to an Islamic party leader for crimes linked to Bangladesh’s 1971 independence war, police said. The latest fighting broke out in northern Gainbandha and […]

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Dhaka, Feb 28 (UNB) – Condemning the killings of people by law enforcers and ‘ruling party cadres’ following the ICT-1 verdict against Jamaat leader Delwar Hossain Sayedee, BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Thursday termed it the cruelest genocide of history. In a statement, he said, “The government has manifested its annihilating […]

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Egypt Muslim Brotherhood calls upon all pro-peace and freedom groups to intervene and persuade Bangladesh authorities to review the death sentence wrongly given to opposition leaders. Dr. Mahmoud Ghozlan, Muslim Brotherhood leader, said: “The Muslim Brotherhood denounces the unjust death sentence against one of the Islamist opposition leaders in Bangladesh, and condemns the deadly force […]

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By Jason Motlagh Dhaka, Bangladesh — Rajina Aktar was sewing pockets into a pile of winter jackets bound for Europe when the fire’s toxic smoke knocked her out on a second-story floor. In a pitch-dark panic that saw more than 350 people bolt for a single exit, someone carried the 15-year-old girl to safety. Eight […]

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