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BNP may enforce another 36-hr shutdown from Apr 17

The BNP-led 18-party alliance is likely to enforce another 36-hour shutdown from April 17 to push for its various demands, including the release of its arrested leaders and activists. The alliance may also go for road-blockade programme for an indefinite period or wage a non-cooperation movement in the last week of this month if the […]

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After Eid holidays, retailers and boutiques sell the most clothes before Pahela Baishakh. But with hartals taking away four working days out of five in this week alone, they are in trouble as they like years before made special materials for Baishakh. The retailers and boutique owners with their products yesterday formed a human chain […]

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Japan and Taiwan have signed a deal allowing Taiwan to fish near a group of disputed islands, prompting China to express “extreme concerns”. The agreement allows Taiwan to fish within 19km (12 miles) of the islands, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China. China and Taiwan both claim the island chain, which is […]

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Labourers sit and wait for contractors to hire them near the footbridge at Mirpur-1 in the capital yesterday. With back-to-back hartals since Monday, there has been very little work to go around. They had grim faces worried about how they would survive without work since the next working day without hartal is likely to be […]

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Emboldened by Saturday’s gathering in the capital, Hefajat-e Islam policymakers now look to consolidating their position as the new religious force they claim will be a factor in power politics. In an instant post assessment of the long march and the rally in the capital’s Motijheel, top leaders of the Islamist organisation claimed that Islamists […]

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 Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday urged the opposition leader to refrain from indulging in destructive activities and said there is nothing to gain through inflicting sufferings on the country’s common people in the name of movement and hartal. “Stop destructive activities and don’t play with people’s lives… let people live in peace. Why are […]

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Foreign Minister Dipu Moni told the foreign diplomats on Wednesday that the next general elections will be a ‘critical threshold’ for Bangladesh’s journey onwards. She said the nation ‘has two clear options’ at this stage. “One is to build up on the conclusions that we had reached as a nation at out birth in 1971 […]

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Dhaka: Two youths were arrested on Wednesday on charges of hurtling religious sentiments amid an escalating row between Islamists and secularists on a new anti-blasphemy law in Bangladesh. The detention of the youths brought the total number of arrests on charges of blasphemy in the Muslim majority nation of 153 million people to six this […]

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WALMART has donated $1.6 million (£1.04 million), to part-fund a Bangladesh training centre to help improve the country’s garment factory conditions. The Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Academy – established by the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) – will offer apparel manufacturers high-quality, comprehensive and affordable training on workplace safety. A factory that produced Walmart clothing […]

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On April 9, Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Andrew J. Shapiro and Additional Foreign Secretary Mustafa Kamal chaired the second U.S.-Bangladesh Dialogue on Security Issues. The Dialogue built on the success of last year’s meeting, held on April 19, 2012, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The exchanges during the Dialogue and the breadth of issues […]

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Bangladesh’s leadership faces a stark choice—it can try to appease religious groups. Or it can assert its authority   On Saturday my friends in Bangladesh called me or sent me email messages, saying I had to see the mass of men who had taken over the Motijheel area of Dhaka. Their tone was concerned and […]

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Bangladesh has opposed the construction of two hydro-based power projects along the Indo-Bangladesh border in Meghalaya until the two countries sign a water sharing agreement, Power Minister Clement Marak informed the state Assembly today. A Bangladesh Joint Rivers Commission (JRC) member in his letter to the Union Ministry of Water Resources had said the two […]

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