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UN adopts landmark arms treaty

General Assembly passes first-ever pact by 154 votes to three, with 23 abstentions, to regulate global arms trade. The UN adopted on Tuesday the first-ever treaty to regulate the $80bn-a-year conventional arms trade [AFP]   The 193-nation UN General Assembly has overwhelmingly approved the first-ever treaty on global arms trade that seeks to regulate the […]

U Wirathu is a 45-year-old Buddhist monk from Mandalay’s Masoeyein Monastery who has acquired notoriety for spreading anti-Muslim sentiments under his nationalist “969” campaign. It encourages Burmese Buddhists to shun Muslim businesses and communities. U Wirathu was sentenced to 25 years in prison in 2003 for inciting religious conflicts, but was released in January 2012. […]

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As Myanmar begins to rejoin the world, with a surge of Western investors and an ever-so-slightly freer press, the country has also been riven by horrific religious violence. Buddhist mobs have destroyed mosques and killed dozens of Muslims in rural parts of the country. The idea may be incongruous for those whose conception of Buddhism […]

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A fire caused by faulty electrical equipment killed 13 boys at an Islamic school in Myanmar on Tuesday, the fire service said, although some Muslims voiced concern since it followed a wave of anti-Muslim violence in the Buddhist-majority country. The boys suffocated after the fire broke out in a dormitory of the school in the […]

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A Sri Lankan court Tuesday freed three Buddhist monks and 14 others suspected of torching a Muslim-owned clothing store in an attack that scaled up the country’s religious tensions. In the latest in a wave of attacks targeting minority Muslims, an angry mob of hardline Buddhists vandalized and set fire to the store in a […]

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A fire killed 13 students at a Muslim school in Myanmar’s main city on Tuesday, police said, raising tensions in the wake of sectarian clashes despite police assurances that the blaze was accidental. The government called for calm and sent security forces to the scene after an angry crowd gathered demanding answers about the deadly […]

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অমিত রহমান: শেখ হাসিনা জানতেন শাহবাগের গণজাগরণ তাকে সাহায্য করতে আসেনি। তবুও কৌশলগত কারণে এটাকে তিনি শুধু গ্রহণই করেননি, সাজাতেও চেয়েছিলেন নিজের মতো করে। কাদের মোল্লার রায়ের পরপরই আচমকা ঝড়ের গতিতে শাহবাগে কতিপয় ব্লগার জড়ো হন। এর পেছনে একটি সুসংগঠিত শক্তি জড়িত এই খবর প্রধানমন্ত্রীর কাছে পৌঁছে বিদ্যুৎগতিতে। একজন পরামর্শকের সঙ্গে কথা বলে তিনি ত্বরিত […]

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Accusing the government of creating a volatile situation in the country by letting loose anti-Islam bloggers, the BNP led-18-party alliance on Tuesday extended its full moral support to Alem and Ulema’s all justified demands to stop the profane campaign against Islam. “The Alem and Ulema and Islamic saints have already expressed deep concern over the […]

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 LGRD Minister and Awami League general secretary Syed Ashraful Islam on Tuesday said it is not possible to ban Jamaat-e-Islami just through an announcement from any public meeting or any television channel. “The government has to abide by the constitution and the law…we’ll have to follow the legal process to ban Jamaat,” he said. “Shahbagh […]

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 State Minister for Law Quamrul Islam on Tuesday said opposition leader Khaleda Zia will be tried for instigating hartal violence. He made the remarks while speaking at a joint press briefing at the conference room of the CHT Affairs Ministry. Home Minister Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir and Law Minister Shafique Ahmed also spoke at the press […]

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 The main opposition BNP on Tuesday threatened to go for an even tougher set of fresh agitation programmes unless the government refrains from committing repressive acts and killing people. “The movement will go on nonstop against this tyrant government to protect the nation and democracy. Fresh vigorous agitation programmes will come very soon. Leader of […]

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Train communications on Chittagong-Dhaka and Chittagong-Sylhet routes resumed on Tuesday evening, 15 hours after its suspension following the derailment of an express train. The engine and six bogies of the Chittagong-bound train, ‘Turna Nishita’, coming from Dhaka veered off the tracks near Padua Bazar level-crossing in Sadar Dakkhin upazila around 4:45am, leaving 20 people injured, […]

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