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Assassination Shakes New Round of Voting in Pakistan

Voters in an upscale district of Karachi turned out in low numbers on Sunday for a repeat of the parliamentary election there, a day after a prominent official in a major political party was gunned down in the area, officials said. The district was a focus for accusations of election fraud during national voting on […]

They say political dialogue to help remove unrest, violence Expressing their deep concern over political violence in Bangladesh, four foreign envoys on Sunday urged the major political parties to reject violence publicly and explicitly. “We call all political parties to clearly and publicly reject political violence. “We particularly call on the major political parties to […]

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Two courts here on Sunday awarded capital punishment to five people in two murder cases. One court sentenced four people to death and life term imprisonment to five others for killing an old woman. The condemned convicts are: Mokarram, Shah Alam, Alam’s wife Zohra Khatun and Shadidul Islam. The five lifers — M Arif, Mintu […]

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Ban or no ban?

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Conflicting versions, statements of two ministers kick up confusion, uproar   Two top ministers’ conflicting statements over the government’s “banning” political rallies and meetings have triggered widespread confusion and criticism. Home Minister Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir had categorically said that no meeting or demonstration would be permitted for one month, Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS), the state-run […]

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German envoy says shutdowns, bad factory conditions may pull down the rate below 6pc Bangladesh’s economic growth rate will hit a record low due to a combined effect of political unrest and bad factory conditions that may crowd out investment and export orders, a top diplomat said. “These two factors together worry the bilateral chambers, […]

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Amid reports that no political party will be allowed to hold public meetings and processions in the next one month, the Ganajagaran Mancha has suspended its Monday’s rally in Mymensingh. “The move has been made as per the ban on gatherings and procession by the Home Ministry,” Bangladesh Chhatra Moitree President Bappaditya Basu, also one […]

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South Korea shows interest in invest in Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her South Korean counterpart Chung Hong-won had a meeting here on Sunday and discussed bilateral issues, including problems in Korean Export Processing Zone (KEPZ) in Bangladesh. During the meeting held at Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi Hotel in the afternoon, South Korean Prime […]

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Detectives have arrested three Hifazat-e Islam leaders in Dhaka’s Mirpur on charges of unleashing violence in its May 5 rally in Motijheel. They are Khatib of the Lalbagh Shahi Mosque and also the Principal of Jamia Arabia Khademul Islami Madrasa Emran Majari, Vice Principal of the madrasa Mizanur Rahman and Principal of Mirpur Jamiul Ulum […]

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Even though Rasel Parvez is out of prison, he isn’t out of danger. “They have pushed my life to a state in which I cannot walk free. I remain in self-confinement day after day, and my social relations are mostly snapped,” said Parvez, 36, in an interview with The Huffington Post. He is talking about […]

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LGRD Minister Syed Ashraful Islam addresses a press briefing at Awami League office in Dhanmondi in the capital on Sunday. The government has banned all kinds of demonstrations, including meetings and processions, across the country for the next one month. Home Minister MK Alamgir and LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Syed Ashraful Islam have provided varying […]

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The main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) will fight against the government ban on rally and procession, a senior leader of the party said on Sunday. Commenting that the ban “will affect the country more if compared to the impact of introduction of Baksal in 1975″, BNP Standing Committee Member MK Anwar said, “We will […]

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A Chittagong court has sentenced one to death for murdering his girlfriend. Judge Reja Tarek Mahmud of Chittagong Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal on Sunday also fined SM Toha alias Saurav Tk 10,000. The convict had knifed to death Midat Tarim Rahman, private East Delta University’s BBA student. Accused Saurav had secured bail from the High […]

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