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Troops deployed in Bangladesh as riot death toll climbs

Soldiers were deployed in northern Bangladesh on Sunday after five people died in clashes between police and Islamist party activists during a nationwide general strike called to denounce war crimes trials. Seven people died in similar clashes in the north-west, police and news reports said. With the latest casualties, the death toll in four days of rioting […]

Clashes in Bangladesh between the police and supporters of an Islamist leader have left at least 16 people dead, on the first day of a strike called in protest at his death sentence. Delwar Hossain Sayeedi, of the group Jamaat-e-Islami, was convicted on charges including murder, rape and torture during the war of independence in […]

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Dhaka: Bangladesh on Monday conferred its second highest award on President Pranab Mukherjee for his valuable contribution to the country’s liberation war in 1971. “Your support towards our War of Liberation in 1971 was for the cause of humanity and justice… your support gave us courage and motivation,” President Zillur Rahman said after handing over […]

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Jasim Uddin Haroon and Jubair Hasan The country’s corporate sector is bearing the brunt of ongoing political turmoil as sales and production in most entities have dropped sharply for the last few weeks, sector insiders said. Small as well as big business firms and production units are counting financial losses as the off-take of goods […]

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Dozens of people have been killed in violent clashes in Bangladesh in recent days, including on Sunday, as our eastern neighbour battles with itself to discover its identity and soul. President Pranab Mukherjee has made Dhaka his first port of call since assuming office over seven months back — to underscore the importance this country […]

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Dhaka, Mar 3 (UNB) – At least 27 people, including a policeman, were killed and many more injured in violent clashes between law enforcers and Jamaat-Shibir activists in six districts on the first day of the 48-hour nationwide shutdown enforced by Jamaat-e-Islami on Sunday. Jamaat enforced the shutdown from 6am today protesting the verdict of […]

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Dhaka, Mar 4 (UNB) – President of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) advocate Zainul Abedin on Monday gave the government 24 hours to withdraw the fresh cases filed against BNP leaders, including its acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. The SCBA president issued the ultimatum at a press conference held at his office. […]

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by Nadia Irumrukh   The Shahbag movement needs no introduction. But what does need an introduction is the various kinds of counter movements that have emerged, not just in Bangladesh but across the world. At first they seem like disparate, anti-Shahbag movements, but soon it becomes clear that it is not Shahbag that they intend to […]

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I was on my way to Shahbag on a rickshaw today, when the rickshaw-drivers asked me,”Bhaia, if you don’t mind me asking … what is a ‘blogger’?” I answered that bloggers are people who write stuff on computers.   Suddenly, bloggers have become a phenomenon. Their community has its own norms, language and code of […]

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By JULFIKAR ALI MANIK and JIM YARDLEY DHAKA, Bangladesh — Bangladesh had yet another day of bloodshed on Sunday, as at least 19 people died in angry skirmishes between the police and supporters of the country’s biggest Islamist political party. The supporters were protesting the recent convictions of their leaders by a special tribunal prosecuting […]

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Dhaka: Amid the turmoil in Bangladesh over the death sentence given to a top Islamic leader, Shahbagh Square here has become the focal point where three young women – known as ‘Agni Kanyas’ – with their forceful and rhythmic sloganeering emerged as the voice of the popular movement. An unassuming 20-year-old Barsha Shrabanti Akhtar, who […]

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Dhaka: Bangladesh remains tense over the death sentence given to a top Islamist opposition leader for his role in atrocities, including rape and killings, during the country’s 1971 freedom war. Twenty four people have died overnight in clashes across the country. Today is day two of President Pranab Mukerjee’s visit to the country. In an […]

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