Home » 2013 » April » 03

Keep Myanmar on Track

THERE has been no shortage of good reasons to be optimistic about Myanmar over the last two years. Political prisoners have been freed. Travel restrictions have been lifted. The economy has been loosened up. Newspapers are flourishing and censorship relaxed. The government of President Thein Sein has reached out to ethnic rebels and to many […]

KARACHI: As tensions persist in Bangladesh over the sentencing of those involved in ‘crimes against humanity’ during the 1971 Bangladesh War, the Bengali-speaking community in Karachi remains hugely divided over the events in their country of origin. The protests in Bangladesh sparked on February 5, when the International Crimes Tribunal sentenced Abdul Quader Molla, the assistant […]

Continue reading …

Former Bangladesh cricketer Mazharul Haque died of a heart attack on Wednesday. Mazharul, 32, collapsed while playing badminton in his hometown of Narayanganj, and died by the time he reached the hospital. One of his friends, Raju, had been with him at the time. He said that Mazharul had completed his evening exercise before getting […]

Continue reading …

Dhaka: Three atheist bloggers in Bangladesh were on Tuesday arrested here on charges of defaming Islam, as the government set up the country’s first cyber crime tribunal to prevent exploitation of religion on the Internet. The crackdown as well as the announcement came two days after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina pledged stern action against people […]

Continue reading …

Buyers at an international leather fair in Italy should only buy goods from tanneries that comply with health laws and labour rights, said Human Rights Watch on Wednesday. Such compliance should include respecting both national and international environmental standards, it said, adding that tanneries in Hazaribagh area of Bangladesh capital Dhaka do not meet these […]

Continue reading …

 Blaming BNP-Jamaat for attacks on the minorities in Satkania, Awami League general secretary Syed Ashraful Islam on Wednesday said there was also negligence on the part of the administration during the violence. He made the remark while addressing a workers’ meeting of district (South) Awami League at Satkania upazila Parishad ground at noon. Syed Ashraf, […]

Continue reading …

President of the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) M Sabur Khan on Wednesday urged the two major political parties to come forward with a generous attitude to resolve the political standoff for the sake of the national economy. “Any one of you (Hasina, Khaleda) can show magnanimity and come forward (to sit for […]

Continue reading …

Plainclothes police on Tuesday night arrested blogger Asif Mohiuddin for his alleged involvement in posting anti-Islamic write-ups on the internet. “Asif is now under DB custody,” a senior DB official told UNB. With the arrest of Asif, the number of arrested bloggers has risen to four. Earlier, on Monday night, the detectives arrested another three […]

Continue reading …

 Home Minister Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir on Wednesday said seven more bloggers will be arrested as his ministry has identified 11 bloggers who are involved in posting anti-Islamic write-ups on the internet. “Plainclothes police have already arrested four of the bloggers who denigrated Islam and Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (pbuh) while the remaining ones would be arrested […]

Continue reading …

 It was an emotional day for the residents of Ashtagram as their local lad, Abdul Hamid Advocate, on Wednesday made his maiden visit to his constituency after taking over as acting President of the country. Abdullahpur, part of Kishoreganj-8 constituency, wore a festive look when the acting President flew in by a helicopter of Bangladesh […]

Continue reading …

The government will start construction work on the much-talked-about Padma Bridge project within this year, reiterated Finance Minister AMA Muhith on Wednesday. “I’ve already sent a proposal on Padma Bridge to the Prime Minister… our intention is to start the Padma Bridge work. Hope, we’ll be able to start it this year and to be […]

Continue reading …

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the government of Bangladesh on Wednesday signed an agreement for US$ 10 million in loan for designing a new expressway between Dhaka and Chittagong to boost trade and ease congestions on the existing highway linking the two cities. The expressway will be the first project in the country’s transport […]

Continue reading …
Page 1 of 212