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The Next Asian Tiger? A Conversation with U.S. Amb. to Bangladesh Dan Mozena

The Asia Foundation recently hosted U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh, Dan W. Mozena, for an informal lunch discussion at its San Francisco headquarters, followed by a public eventorganized by the Foundation’s Washington, D.C., office. While in San Francisco, In Asia editor Alma Freeman sat down with Ambassador Mozena to discuss Bangladesh’s goals to become a middle-income country, its need for an […]

OVER a dozen Muslim outfits along with Human Rights Association are planning to hold a demonstration in Kolkata on March 30 demanding the stepping down of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Haseena amid the war crime tribunal’s verdicts against Jamaat-e-Islami’s leaders in connection with the atrocities committed by them during 1971’s Liberation War. Some of the […]

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Police on Wednesday pressed charges against several opposition activists including BNP Acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Moudud Ahmed, Goyeshar Chandra Roy, in a Dhaka court over the Mar 2 violence in the capital. They submitted chargesheets in three cases, filed with Shahjahanpur and Paltan police, at the court of Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Shahrair […]

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Disappointed with fresh protest plans the Ganajagaran Mancha rolled out a few hours before, a section of protesters at Shahbagh began a fast-unto-death from Tuesday night demanding a ban on the Jamaat-e-Islami. A faction began the demonstration in front of National Museum gate at Shahbagh at 10:45pm. Among them were a group of six youths […]

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The BNP on Wednesday accused the government of vandalising and setting fire to vehicles during the countrywide shutdown. Party’s Joint Secretary General Salahuddin Ahmed denied the allegations that the opposition activists were involved in such attacks. He alleged that the government was carrying out a ‘planned sabotage’ to destroy democracy. “The people are observing the […]

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শাহবাগি ব্লগাররা এবার অস্ত্রের লাইসেন্স পেতে আবেদন করেছেন। লাইসেন্স পাওয়ার ন্যূনতম কোনো যোগ্যতা না থাকলেও দলীয় বিবেচনায় বিতর্কিত এসব ব্লগারকে লাইসেন্স দেয়ার প্রক্রিয়া চলছে। তৌহিদি জনতা শাহবাগি নাস্তিক ব্লগারদের প্রতিরোধের ঘোষণার বিষয়টিকে লাইসেন্স দেয়ার অন্যতম শর্ত হিসেবে বিবেচনা করছে সরকার। ব্লগাররা ‘নিরাপত্তাহীনতার’ মধ্যে আছেন কারণ দেখিয়ে তাদের অস্ত্রের লাইসেন্স দেয়ার জন্য স্বরাষ্ট্র মন্ত্রণালয়েও তোড়জোড় শুরু […]

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With criticism pouring in over the alleged issuance of shoot-at-sight order to tackle subversive activities, Home Minister Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir on Wednesday did not either make things clear. Asked whether he issued the order, Alamgir dodged a direct answer. The instruction was to “take necessary lawful steps” to control subversive activities, the minister claimed at […]

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মহাসড়কে বা রেলপথে যারা অগ্নিসংযোগ, ভাঙচুর বা নাশকতামূলক কর্মকাণ্ড চালাবে, তাদের দেখামাত্র গুলি করার নির্দেশ দেওয়া হয়েছে। গতকাল মঙ্গলবার স্বরাষ্ট্রমন্ত্রীর সঙ্গে আইনশৃঙ্খলা রক্ষাকারী বাহিনীর প্রধানদের বৈঠকে এ বিষয়ে আলোচনা হয়। বিরোধী দলের হরতাল এবং দেশের চলমান পরিস্থিতির প্রেক্ষাপটে স্বরাষ্ট্রমন্ত্রীর বনানীর বাসভবনে জরুরি এ বৈঠক ডাকা হয়। বৈঠকে বিএনপি ও জামায়াত-শিবিরের পরিকল্পিত সহিংসতা ও নাশকতামূলক কর্মকাণ্ড […]

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Agence France-Presse . Yangon A rampaging mob set fire to a mosque and homes in a central Myanmar town, a police official said Wednesday, the latest outbreak of violence in communal unrest that has left at least 40 people dead. A week after Buddhist-Muslim clashes erupted, a mosque was torched in Nattalin town, 150 kilometres […]

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Revenue collection by the National Board of Revenue fell short of the target for the first eight months of current fiscal year by 4.5 per cent or Tk 3,114 crore mainly due to failure in achieving target by VAT and customs wing of the NBR, said officials. Current political unrest, frequent hartals, sluggish trends in […]

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The National Board of Revenue has shelved its plan to impose surcharge on different sectors to raise funds for implementing the much-vaunted Padma Multipurpose Bridge project. ‘We will not impose any surcharge on any sector for the construction of the bridge and no new or additional tax will be imposed on taxpayers for this purpose,’ […]

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Chairman of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), Ghulam Rahman, on Wednesday said that the commission would submit chargesheets in the Hallmark Group loan scandal and Destiny Group money laundering cases within a few days. Speaking at the ACC Media Awards 2013, he said the commission would file over 100 cases in connection with Tk. 3,500-crore loan […]

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