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Damocles’ sword over the head of Bangladesh

Sadeq Khan   The incumbent Hasina regime has over the last four and a half years successfully thrown Bangladesh into an abyss of shattered image, crippled economy, rancorous politics, impugned constitution, corrupted judiciary, fruitless diplomacy, tyrannical potentate, rubber-stamp parliament, pervasive criminality, frozen public administration, police-state terror, low-key insurgency, and on top, a sharply divided social […]

M. Shahidul Islam in Toronto The tears are yet to dry from the eyes of millions at home and abroad mourning the fateful Savar tragedy when another major tragedy has struck the nation. Unlike the over 1,000 feared deaths — 819 bodies recovered till Wednesday — from the rubble of the Rana Plaza complex in Savar […]

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Faruque Ahmed   The killing of Hefajat-e-Islam workers who largely come from the countryside showed how the nation is predominantly becoming divided between the urban elite and the rural poor. It also showed how religion is becoming the property of the rural poor. Police killed the poor villagers and Jamaat workers in hundreds in April […]

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Shahabuddin Ahmad ‘Every cloud has a silver lining’, a saying derived from the English poet, Milton’s ‘Comus’, seems one appropriate for the people of Bangladesh to reflect on in the wake of the devastating tragedy in Savar, which has, once again, focussed international attention on the country. But where is it possible to detect such […]

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BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Thursday called a meeting of her party’s standing committee, the highest policymaking body of the party, to decide next course of action after the two-day countrywide shutdown. Party’s Assistant Office Secretary Abdul Latif Jony told bdnews24.com the meeting would take place at Khaleda’s Gulshan office at 9pm on Thursday. He […]

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Trapped under the debris, Reshma Begum had cried for help for 16 days. But no one had come to her rescue. She was almost losing hope when the unbelieveable happened on the 17th day – her feeble shout was answered. The 19-year-old Dinajpur girl was rescued at around 4:30pm on Friday and rushed to the […]

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A ruling Awami League leader has blamed the advisors of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia for ‘misguiding’ her. Presidium member Mohammad Nasim urged the Leader of the Opposition to shun violence and work for peace. “Your (Khaleda) advisors are misguiding you and for them, the people [of the country] are losing faith on you,” he said […]

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said anyone still alive under the debris of collapsed Savar building will be rescued. She expressed the resolve on Friday  when she visited Reshma Begum, who was incredibly rescued on the 17th day of the operation, at Savar Combined Military Hospital. The Prime Minister thanked all involved in the rescue […]

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She also thanks rescuers  BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Friday expressed deep gratitude to the Almighty Allah over the rescue of garment worker Reshma alive from the debris of Savar Rana Plaza that collapsed on April 24. In a message, the BNP chief also warmly congratulated all the rescuers engaged in pulling out Reshma from […]

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38 more bodies pulled out The death toll from the disastrous Rana Plaza collapse climbed to 1055 with the recovery of 38 more bodies till Friday night. The 38 bodies were pulled out of the ruins from 8pm on Thursday till 9pm on Friday, said General Commanding Officer of the 9th Infantry Division Major General […]

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In a major development, Saudi Arabia has decided to allow Bangladeshi workers to transfer their residence or work permit. With nearly one-fourth of its expatriate workforce working in the oil-rich kingdom, Saudi Arabia is the largest manpower export destination for Bangladesh. But since 2009, officials say manpower export to Saudi Arabia almost stopped as it […]

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 The government on Friday said the ‘rumor of loss of thousands of lives’ in the city’s Motijhel area during a joint drive to clear Shapla Chattar is completely baseless, fabricated and ill-motivated. “At the age of mobile phone, email and internet, it’s simply unbelievable,” the government said in a press note issued after five days […]

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