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Bangladesh clashes rage over blasphemy law

at least nine dead and dozens injured in battles in Dhaka streets between supporters of Hifazat-e-Islam and police. Clashes between security forces and demonstrators have raged in the centre of Dhaka, where at least three people have been killed since protests began on Sunday. More than 10,000 forcers drawn from police, the elite Rapid Action […]

Police have torn down the Ganajagaran Mancha at Shahbagh which has been demanding capital punishment for the war criminals. ”Police asked us to evacuate the Prajanma Chattar about 2am and started to dismantle the media cell and other tents here at around 5am Monday,” Maruf Rasool, one of the organisers of the Mancha, told bdnews24.com. […]

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In the wake of Sunday’s violence over Hefajat-e-Islam’s programme, the ruling Awami League and the main opposition BNP announced to hold rallies in the city on Monday, raising fresh tension. At a press briefing at AL president’s Dhanmondi office, party presidium member Mohammed Nasim on Sunday night announced that the Awami League-led 14-party alliance will […]

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In a pre-dawn drive, law-enforcers, including police, BGB and Rab personnel, on Monday removed Hefajat-e-Islam activists from the city’s Shapla Chattar area. Police and Rab sources said they started the drive at about 2.20 am and drove out the Hefajat men from Shapla Chattar area by 3 am, firing rubber bullets and sound grenades. They […]

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Local and foreign banks have spontaneously responded to the central bank’s efforts to make the country’s banking practices environment-friendly, a new report found. Banks disbursed Tk 27,092 crore as green finance in 2012, said the central bank annual report on green banking practices in the country. This is the first annual report on green banking […]

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If anyone wants to see the image of politics in Bangladesh one has to only look at the picture of Sohel Rana. His is the face that encapsulates the quintessential character of Bangladesh politics — politics that thrives on sheer muscle power, greed and cronyism that has made it an investment with the fastest, easiest […]

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RAB, police and other security forces are moving in from all directions towards Hifazat-e Islam’s rally venue at Motijheel amid a blackout The law keepers are apparently going to disperse the gathering, which police say is continuing beyond the time granted. Amid a blackout in the business district, the Hifazat supporters have torched lights at […]

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Offices, shops in downtown Dhaka burnt, looted; 3 dead; over 200 hurt Bangladesh has seldom experienced brute violence of this scale. Several parts in downtown Dhaka now resemble a burned-out and looted zone. Thousands of radical Hefajat-e Islam men, instigated and bolstered by Jamaat-Shibir activists, exploded into an awe-striking force and set fire to hundreds […]

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At least three people were killed and 200 others injured in clashes among Hefajat men, Awami League activists and police in the city’s Bangabandhu Avenue and other areas on Sunday. A DC traffic office, two police boxes and 68 vehicles were also torched by miscreants. Panic gripped the city dwellers as violence escalated amid the […]

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Amid the escalating violence, the massive rally of Hefajat-e-Islam at the city’s Shapla Chattar continued on Sunday with a threat to continue it until its 13-point demand is met. The rally formally began around 3pm with the recitation of verses from the Holy Quran with Dhaka city unit convener of Hefajat Nur Hossain Kashemi in […]

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A bus helper was gunned down and 150 others were injured in clashes among Hefajat men, Awami League activists and police in the city’s Bangabandhu Avenue area on Sunday. The deceased was identified as Siddiqur Rahman Siddique, 28, helper of a bus of Hanif Paribahan. Witnesses said a group of Hefajat men were staying on […]

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The death toll following the collapse of a multi-story building at Savar has crossed 600 with the recovery of 54 more bodies on Sunday. According to the army control room, so far 610 corpses have been retrieved and 490 of them handed over to the relatives. Rescuers say that many more bodies are rotting under […]

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