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Inside a Bangladesh garment factory that plays by the rules

The rat-a-tat of a hundred green sewing machines. The hypnotic hum of spools spinning brightly colored threads. The hiss of a thousand clothing irons. Set aside for a moment what you think you know about the garment factories in Bangladesh: grimy, sweaty, children sitting in dimly lit, sweltering rooms sewing shirts you buy at your […]

Seven defendants found guilty of Buddhist monk’s murder, which sparked widespread sectarian violence in central region. A Myanmar court has sentenced seven Muslims to prison terms in connection with religious violence in March that left dozens of people dead, a justice official said. The defendants were sentenced on Tuesday and face imprisonment ranging from two […]

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The government is having a tough time preparing the next budget due to the three-pronged pressures: appeasing voters ahead of the election, dealing with political unrest and complying with IMF conditions. The International Monetary Fund has stipulated that the budget deficit be kept within 4.3 percent of the GDP. But it is unlikely to happen […]

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Hefajat-e-Islam secretary general Junaid Babunagri on Tuesday made a confessional statement before a magistrate here disclosing that activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir tried to use the party’s May 5 Shapla Chattar rally for ousting the government. Opposition parties, including Jamaat activists, joining the rally killed police, snatched arms and set ablaze buildings and […]

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Elections to the bifurcated Dhaka City Corporations are likely to be held after Eid-ul-Fitr and the Election Commission (EC) will take a decision in this regard soon, said election commissioner M Shah Nawaz. “The elections to Dhaka South and North City Corporations are likely to be held after Eid-ul-Fitr,” Shah Nawaz told UNB over phone […]

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Last week, thousands of mourners gathered at the remains of the Rana Plaza factory complex in Bangladesh to pray for the 1,127 people who died when it collapsed on April 24. The poignant remembrance of the victims of this dreadful tragedy came amid a succession of actions and reforms announced by the Bangladesh government, local […]

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BNP’s Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman has appealed to the supporters to remain active to force the government to agree to the opposition’s demand for a caretaker government. He was speaking at a meeting of BNP leaders in London on Tuesday. Tarique severely criticised the Awami League-led government, claiming that family members of Prime Minister Sheikh […]

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BNP has called a daylong hartal in Dhaka district for Wednesday demanding release of its joint secretaries general Amanullah Aman and Salauddin Ahmed. The capital city, however, would remain out of the hartal purview, said Shamsuzzaman Dudu, an adviser to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, on Tuesday evening. Aman was arrested along with over 150 opposition […]

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A prosecution witness has alleged war crimes accused Abdul Alim had assisted the Pakistani army and its local collaborators in killing and burying 11 people during the Liberation War in Joypurhat. Abdul Hamid Sakidar told the second war crimes tribunal of Bangladesh on Tuesday that BNP leader Alim headed the notorious ‘Peace Committee’ in the […]

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 War crimes suspect Syed Mohammad Qaiser, former state minister for Agriculture during the regime of military ruler General HM Ershad, was sent to jail following an order passed by the International Crimes Tribunal-2  on Tuesday. The tribunal’s order came at 4:10 pm when in compliance with its order police produced the turncoat politician before it. […]

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 BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain on Tuesday alleged that the government has violated the constitution by banning rallies and public meetings. “The government has imposed a restriction on holding public rallies and meetings as it is afraid of people. The constitution has ensured people’s right to hold rallies and meetings. The government has […]

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  The parliamentary panel on Commerce Ministry on Tuesday recommended banning political gatherings and rallies in all industrial areas across Bangladesh. It comes amid widespread criticism over the Home Minister’s remark on rally-permissions. The recommendation was made at the 46th meeting of the committee. “The Commerce Ministry has been asked to liaise with the Home […]

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