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Int’l rights groups press for Mahmudur’s release

The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) have voiced concern over the arrest of daily Amar Desh acting editor Mahmudur Rahman. In a joint statement, the two international rights groups also called the Bangladesh authorities for his immediate release, according to a message received here on Wednesday. Detective […]

He dedicates the highest US civilian award to people of Bangladesh UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon receives Nobel Laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus at the UN headquarters ahead of a ceremony to award Prof Yunus the US Congressional Gold Medal at the US Capitol Hill yesterday. On behalf of the UN, Ban congratulated Prof Yunus for […]

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With the unbearable stench all around, Charles Depman, Asia regional coordinator of Waterkeeper Alliance, has to wear a gasmask as he takes a tour of the Buriganga near Basila yesterday. The water of the river Buriganga has turned into a mass of sludge, prompting visitors to wear masks to avoid intoxication while examining it. The […]

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 Unremitting vigil against contraband drug substance paved another success in Tripura, India. The Indian border security force (BSF) seized another big consignment of Phensedyl cough syrup before it could be smuggled to Bangladesh. A squad of the intelligence wing of the BSF intercepted a lorry at Manu in Dhalai district and seized hundreds of Phensedyl […]

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BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has met with the ambassadors of 10 Islamic states including Saudi Arabia. The meeting began at her Gulshan office at 9pm with the ambassadors of the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Palestine, Morocco, Iraq, Libya, Egypt and Oman also present. Palestine’s envoy to Dhaka Shaher Mohammad led the representatives. Vice President Shamsher […]

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Police on Wednesday honoured Jharna Begum, the woman who had rushed to the aid of a Sub Inspector subjected to a brutal attack by the Islami Chhatra Shibir. Inspector General of Police Hassan Mahmud Khandaker handed over a crest and certificate to Jharna Begum at the police headquarters in Dhaka. Top police officers were present […]

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 A Dhaka Court will hear now on April 30 the charge framing against 148 leaders and activists of the BNP-led 18-party opposition alliance in a case filed with Paltan Police Station under the Speedy Trial Act. Judge Shahriar Mahmud Adnan of the Speedy Trial Court-6 of Dhaka passed the order on Wednesday as the accused […]

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The Bangladesh Bank has asked the commercial banks to not approve loan for land development, building construction and purchase of flats in unapproved housing projects. The central bank’s Banking Regulation and Policy Department issued the directives through a gazette notification on Wednesday. It said it had been observed of late that some banks were provising […]

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 Finance Minister AMA Muhith has said that the government is committed to hold a free, fair and neutral election in Bangladesdh like the other parliamentary democratic countries of the world. He made the observation on Tuesday during a meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the latter’s office in New York, said a handout. […]

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 Environment and Forests Minister Dr Hasan Madmud has sought US support to cope with the adverse impacts of climate change and environmental problems. “Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change. So, I hope, the US government will increase its support to Bangladesh to cope the adverse impacts of climate change,” he […]

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bangladesh islamist islam muslim jamaat student blogger secular blasphemy taliban (Bangladesh Jammat-e-Islami activists throw bricks as they clash with police in Dhaka February 12, 2013. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj ) One night in February, Rajib Haider was set upon near his Dhaka home by five knife-wielding youths. His face was so lacerated that a relative who found […]

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Whitechapel ‘human chain’ protest by women over attacks in Bangladesh   A ‘human chain’ protest has been held by women in London’s East End over attacks on their rights in Bangladesh.   Campaigners gathered at the Martyrs monument at Whitechapel’s Altab Ali Park to form a ‘Manob Bandhon’ line to protest at the attack on […]

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