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Bangladesh United

from Inshra Russell  Written, Directed, Edited and Narrated by Inshra Sakhawat Russell Bangla Translation by Aanon H. Siddiqua Music by Kishon Khan ‘Amae Proshno Kore’ performed by LoKkhiTeRra inshra.co.uk Set as a letter, this is a thought piece inspired by events that are taking place in and around the Shahbag protest in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Using ‘found […]

Jamaat-Shibir men attacked law enforcers guarding a BNP rally in Dhaka yesterday with homemade bombs and forced them to retaliate, spoiling the rally and resulting in a clash that left around 70 people injured. Following the clash, the BNP called for a nationwide dawn-to-dusk hartal today in protest against what it said attacks by armed […]

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Mohammad Auwal   FOR weeks now the International Crimes Tribunals (ICTs) in Bangladesh have been handing down sentences of life in prison or death to Islamic opposition leaders accused of having committed war crimes. They have recently announced a death sentence for Delwar Hossain Sayeedi, one of the most eminent interpreters of the Holy Qur’an […]

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Bangladesh has rejected India’s request to notify it as a country from where it imports cotton yarn as input for textile products it exports to the European Union (EU). “Bangladesh has not accepted India’s request,” Minister of State for Commerce and Industry D Purandeswari told the Lok Sabha in a written reply on March 4. […]

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Locarno Open Doors will be held alongside the 64th Locarno International Film Festival from August 6-9, 2011. Open Doors 2011 that focuses on India has selected 12 projects for its co-production lab. Sourav Sarangi’s Char, The Island Within is one of them. His documentary Bilal won the National Award for Best Non-Feature Film in 2010. […]

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On Board Air India One: President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday said the current political turbulence in Bangladesh was an “internal political issue” and the rival factions of that country need to resolve it in a manner that is acceptable to all. Asked by reporters on way back from his visit to Bangladesh what he felt about […]

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, the controversial leader who championed a socialist revolution in his country, has died after a battle with cancer. He was 58. Vice-President Nicolas Maduro made the sombre announcement on national television Tuesday, saying Chavez died at 4:25 p.m. local time at a military hospital in Caracas. As the news reverberated around […]

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Seema Amin When a demand is de-contextualised from the power forces at play, it risks this occupation by those forces. Now the ultimate effect of Shahbagh has been dividing the nation even more dangerously, rather than uniting us or showing us a path forward — for at the end of the day they did not […]

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Will addressing Bangladesh’s past struggle for independence serve to heal historical wounds or just erode its stability? A war crimes tribunal in Bangladesh is stirring up memories of the country’s painful split from Pakistan in 1971, during which anywhere up to three million people are thought to have been raped, tortured and murdered. It is […]

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During the first week of Shahbag Square Movement, when the momentum and public passion for the movement was at its peak, the biggest opposition political party BNP’s discomfort with the movement was very clear. BNP’s reaction was initial rejection and dismissal to a very uncomfortable embracing of Shahbag one week into its movement. However BNP […]

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Dhaka, Mar 6 (UNB) – Some 30 people, including top BNP leaders and four journalists, were injured, mostly with bullets, as police opened fire on a BNP rally in the city’s Nayapaltan area on Wednesday afternoon. BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan, its joint secretary general Amanullah Aman and Dhaka city unit member secretary […]

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This image has been doing the rounds.  It’s an unlikely rumor because if things got to that stage, Gen Bhuiyan (IKB) would have mounted a coup.   It is perfectly legitimate for the government (whose legitimacy no one disputes) to deploy the army “in aid to civil power”, and refusal to obey that order would be gross insubordination of duty.  From a confrontation […]

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