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Dhaka tense over long march

Hefajat to hold rally today despite hartal, blockade; Shahbagh youths, 23 organisations vow to resist them Radical Islamists yesterday kept marching towards Dhaka from different parts of the country, defying blockades and hartal amid a tense situation. Infuriated by what they say is obstructions by the government, Hefajat-e Islam, organiser of today’s long march, is […]

Hifazat-e Islam has threatened sit-ins at places where they will face ‘obstructions’ during their long march from Chittagong towards Dhaka. The radical group’s Secretary General Zunaid Babu Nogri on Friday alleged the government was following a ‘double-edged policy’ favouring the ‘atheists of Shahbagh’. “We had hoped the government would assist in our peaceful programme but […]

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Hefazat-e-Islam on Friday accused the government of playing double standard over their Saturday’s long march programme. Addressing a press briefing at Lalbagh Madrasah in the city, Maulana Junaid Babunagari, secretary general of the organisation, also alleged that the participants of the long march were obstructed by police and ruling party men in Chittagong, Sylhet, Khulna, […]

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The authorities on Friday cancelled the schedules of 8-10 intercity trains ‘fearing sabotage’ ahead of Saturday’s long march towards Dhaka by Hefazat-e-Islam. Director General of Bangladesh Railway Abu Taher told UNB over telephone that the authorities cancelled the schedules of the trains, scheduled to ply on different routes from this (Friday) evening. UNB Gazipur correspondent […]

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যোগাযোগব্যবস্থা বন্ধ করে দেয়ায় সারাদেশ থেকে বিচ্ছিন্ন হয়ে পড়েছে রাজধানী ঢাকা। সরকারের নির্দেশে গতকাল থেকে সব ধরনের গণপরিবহন চলাচল বন্ধ রয়েছে। চট্টগ্রাম, রাজশাহী, খুলনা, বরিশাল, সিলেটসহ অন্য রুটগুলোতে গতকাল সকাল থেকে বাস চলেনি। দক্ষিণ ও দক্ষিণ-পশ্চিমাঞ্চলের জেলাগুলো থেকে ঢাকায় প্রবেশপথ মাওয়া-কাওড়াকান্দি ও আরিচা-পাটুরিয়ার ফেরি বন্ধ করে দেয়া হয়েছে। গতকাল সন্ধ্যা থেকে রেলওয়ের পূর্ব ও পশ্চিম […]

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Tension runs high as a 24-hour hartal and 22-hour rail-road blockade programme began simultaneously across the country on Friday evening to resist Hefazat-e-Islam’s Dhaka long march scheduled for Saturday. The shutdown enforced by 25 pro-liberation organisations and the blockade by activists of Ganajagaran Mancha began at 6 pm. Sector Commanders’ Forum, 10 left-leaning parties and […]

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By Barrister Abdur Razzaque In 2009, nine months before the beginning of the formation of the International Crimes Tribunal, I went to the office of UN’s Human Rights Commission in Geneva. There I heard that about two weeks previously the chairman of the Human Rights Commission, Ms Navi Pillay, had expressed her concerns in a […]

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আমার সাংবাদিকতা জীবন গত ফেব্রুয়ারিতে ৪৩ বছর পেরিয়ে ৪৪ বছরে পড়েছে। এই দীর্ঘ সময়ে স্বনামে বহু লেখা লিখেছি। গত সপ্তাহে ‘কারা বেশি বিপন্ন’ শিরোনামে লেখার জন্য দেশ-বিদেশ থেকে হাজারখানেক মানুষের যে আবেগাপ্লুত সাড়া পেয়েছি, তা আমার জন্য এক অচিন্তনীয় অভিজ্ঞতা। অনেকে আমার সঙ্গে ফোনে সরাসরি কথা বলেছেন। কথা বলতে গিয়ে কেউ কেউ আবেগে কেঁদে ফেলেছেন। […]

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Pakistan’s election board barred on Friday former President Pervez Musharraf from contesting polls in one constituency and the Supreme Court agreed to look into a treason complaint against him, hurting his efforts to win back influence. The former army chief returned last month after nearly four years of self-imposed exile to contest a May 11 […]

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Railway authorities have cancelled 10 Dhaka-bound scheduled trains from East and West zones fearing sabotage, Railway’s DG has told bdnews24.com. The move comes in the wake of the tension triggered by the planned Chittagong-Dhaka long march by the right-wing Hifazat-e Islam and a 24-hour general strike by groups opposed to the march.Abu Taher, the Director […]

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The government deployed Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) in the capital since Monday evening to avoid any kind of anarchy during the 24-hour shutdown. Deployment of the paramilitary forces will continued for 22 hours starting from 8:00pm Friday, sources to the Dhaka Metropolitan Police told The Daily Star. The Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee and 23 other […]

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Youths of Gonojagoron Mancha after a hiatus of 42 days again returned to the Shahbagh intersection in the capital on Friday as part of their countrywide 22-hour blocked programme. The youths who have been demonstrating for the death penalty of war criminals enforced the road, rail and waterway blockade from 6:00pm to counter Hefajat-e Islam […]

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