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Nowhere to hide for Myanmar’s Muslims

Himaya Quasem  In a narrow, damp alley at the heart of this bustling tourist hotspot sits a row of tin-roofed shacks. Hidden from view, they house Rohingya Muslims who have fled sectarian bloodshed in neighbouring Myanmar.Described by the United Nations as one of the most persecuted minorities in the world, the Rohingya – including women […]

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Bangladesh is a parliamentary democracy. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina led the Awami League (AL) to victory in the 2008 parliamentary elections, which international and domestic observers considered free and fair, although with isolated irregularities and sporadic violence. In most instances security forces reported to civil authorities. The most significant human rights problems were […]

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Writing this blog was extremely difficult. Because this blog forced me to watch part of some gruesome videos of public lynching and listen to some poor soul’s last cries for life and see beastly traits of mankind. In most cases I turned off the video during the chopping beating scenes. I apologize to AoD readers […]

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নাগরিক ঐক্যের আহ্বায়ক মাহমুদুর রহমান মান্না বলেছেন, খালেদা জিয়া বলেছেন, সাপকে বিশ্বাস করা গেলেও আওয়ামী লীগকে করা যায় না। আবার শেখ হাসিনা বলেছেন, বিএনপি নেত্রীর মাথায় সাপের ঝাঁপি। এমন অবস্থায় এদের মধ্যে সংলাপ হবে না, হবে সাপের লড়াই। দুই দল চূড়ান্তভাবে বিভক্ত হয়ে গেছে। দুই নেত্রীকে উদ্দেশ করে মাহমুদুর রহমান বলেন, ‘আপনারা ভালো হয়ে যান, […]

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Soon after the 1975 coup in Bangladesh when President Sheikh Mujibur Rehman was assassinated , the United States believed that India would make a militarily intervention. Fresh evidence of the U.S.’ concern has surfaced in diplomatic cables obtained and made public by WikiLeaks recently. The communications provide fascinating details about Washington’s nervousness. On November 27, […]

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Energy experts caution govt at Star roundtable Energy experts have endorsed the government plan for nuclear power plants to meet the growing energy demand but at the same time warned of the safety issues. They emphasised the importance of trained and competent technical manpower to operate nuclear reactors and ensure their safety. The suggestions came […]

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Zimbabwe beat Bangladesh by 335 runs in the first test at Harare Sports Club on Saturday after skipper Brendan Taylor became just the third Zimbabwean to score a century in each innings of a match. Taylor’s 171 and 102 not out set up Zimbabwe’s victory in the first of two tests and delivered the country’s […]

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Bangladesh on Saturday signed its biggest-ever joint venture agreement with India involving investment of $1.6 billion for 1,320 MW coal-fired power plant which is expected to be operational in the next five years. “This will be the largest investment Bangladesh ever had … this will be cheapest source of energy to accelerate the country’s economic […]

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The Centre’s constitutional amendment Bill for redrawing the boundary with Bangladesh is set to face a stormy passage in the Rajya Sabha with the numbers not in favour of the ruling UPA. Union External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid is scheduled to introduce the 119th constitutional amendment in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday — over a […]

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By GARDINER HARRIS NEW DELHI – Hundreds of demonstrators besieged New Delhi’s police headquarters on Saturday to protest the kidnapping, rape and torture of a 5-year-old girl last week. The injured girl was moved Friday evening to New Delhi’s finest public hospital on a gurney covered with stuffed toys, and by Saturday she was alert […]

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The wait is over. The 8th Bangladesh Games is officially on. Eleven long years after the last edition was held, the country’s biggest sporting extravaganza kicked off yesterday evening, with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina opening the colourful ceremony by putting her signature on the electronic board. Some seven thousand athletes from 31 disciplines will fight […]

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The 18-Party alliance has threatened tougher agitation if the government does not meet its demands including a non-party government and release of the arrested leaders. BNP Standing Committee member Khadaker Mosharraf Hossain at a rally in Dhaka on Thursday urged the Awami League-led government to meet the demands. “Otherwise there will be tougher programmes in […]

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