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2nd Bangladesh-USA Partnership Dialogue May 27-28 Shakhawat Hossain Washington is likely to renew its pressure on Dhaka for signing the Trade and Investment Cooperation Framework Agreement and for improving labour rights in the apparel sector when the two sides meet here in May. Foreign ministry officials said engagement between the two sides called the second […]

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The London-based The Economist will contest the first war crimes tribunal’s order to explain why it should not be subjected to contempt of the court. The tribunal will hear the matter on Apr 24. The three-judge International Crimes Tribunal-1, set up to try crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War, issued the order on […]

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Anti-Muslim mobs rampaged through three more towns in Myanmar’s predominantly Buddhist heartland over the weekend, destroying mosques and burning dozens of homes despite government efforts to stem the nation’s latest outbreak of sectarian violence. President Thein Sein had declared an emergency in central Myanmar on Friday and deployed army troops to the worst-hit city, Meikhtila, […]

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The Mirpur-Airport Road flyover will open to traffic on Wednesday, three months before schedule. Prime minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the flyover the day after Independence Day, said Communication Minister Obaidul Quader. He told journalists during a visit to the site on Monday, “The construction of the flyover is 100% complete. It will be opened […]

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The organisers of the ‘Ganajagaran Mancha’ uprising at Shahbagh intersection remembered the Dark Night of the Mar 25, 1971 with a candlelit procession. It started from the Central Shaheed Minar and marched down to the mass grave memorial at Jagannath Hall of Dhaka University. On the 42nd Independence Day, 42 torches were lit at the […]

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Chief Justice M Mozammel Hossain on Monday constituted a special bench to dispose of a public interest litigation writ petition seeking its directives for a dialogue between the chiefs of two major political parties – Awami League and BNP. The HC bench was formed comprising Justice M Nizamul Haque and Justice Jafar Ahmed following an […]

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The nation will observe its 43rd Independence and National Day tomorrow (Tuesday), paying homage to the martyrs of the War of Liberation of 1971.On this day in 1971, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman formally declared independence and urged the Bengali nation to liberate the country from the clutches of the Pakistani occupation […]

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 A suspected miscreant was killed and a cop injured in a shootout between a gang of armed criminals and police near Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Monday evening. The identity of deceased, aged about 35, could not be known yet. The injured cop, Shafique, 34, is an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) of Khilkhet Police Station. He […]

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 Journalists on Monday gave the government an ultimatum to arrest the killers of Sagar-Runi by April 28 or face a tougher movement. The ultimatum was issued by the journalists from a rally held in front of Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU) at Segunbagicha in the city. The speakers at the rally also warned that a demonstration […]

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 Finance Minister AMA Muhith on Monday said the upcoming budget will give a special focus on preparing required infrastructures for providing transit (to India). “They (Indian side) want to make transit operational. But our infrastructures aren’t ready for transit. We’re going to make an allocation for transit in the coming budget,” he told a pre-budget […]

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Awami League joint general secretary Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif on Monday alleged that BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia prompts the army to capture power as she does not believe in democracy. “They (BNP) don’t have the confidence in democracy and people. So, they’re looking for alternative ways to go to power, but people won’t allow them to make […]

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 Refuting the ruling party’s allegation that BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia seeking army intervention, BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Monday said his party strongly opposes it. “We not only oppose the interference or intervention of the army but we’re also strongly against it. We believe in people’s power, the rule of law […]

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