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Cracks in the state-institutions demand repair

Sadeq Khan Increasingly isolated from the public and unnerved by continued civil disorder accompanied by violent resistance to coercive police measures to silence socio-political dissent and labour unrest, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government in the last leg of its tenure has promulgated an undeclared emergency. All meetings and assemblies in Dhaka city (and other places […]

M. Shahidul Islam President Barack Obama has proven to be a master craftsman in carving out a niche to realizing USA’s national interest. For years, he has managed to keep China and India in good humour while not failing to encircle the both by luring away many of their loyal neighbours from Beijing’s entrenched geopolitical […]

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Abu Hena As chaos and massacres overwhelm various parts of the country diplomats and peacekeepers are struggling to get a grip. The situation is catastrophic; there is no other word. Reports of massacres on the night of May 6 in capital’s city centre at Shapla Chattar which followed the indiscriminate killing of hundreds of citizens […]

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Diplomats and foreign relations experts at a seminar in Dhaka stressed the need for strengthening political, economic and strategic relations between Bangladesh and the Myanmar to tap the potentials of the two neighbours for their bilateral progress. Mentioning the Rohingya and border management issues as the stumbling block to Bangladesh-Myanmar relations, they identified a number […]

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State-appointed panel says building whose collapse killed more than 1,000 people, was meant to house shopping mall. Those responsible for the Bangladesh building collapse that killed more than 1,000 garment workers should be given life in prison, a government-appointed committee has said. The investigating committee, appointed by Bangladesh’s interior minister, recommended life in prison for the […]

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People and rickshaws ploughing through knee-deep water on Nazimuddin road in Old Dhaka to go to their destinations after yesterday’s rainfall submerged the area. Just a few hours of torrential rain pushed much of the capital to ankle to waist-deep water, causing immense sufferings to the city dwellers yesterday. Two pedestrians died of electrocution when […]

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Two of the three members of the committee formed to probe Shamim Reza’s death from torture were involved in interrogating him, alleges his family. Shamim, 26, arrested on May 14 along with two others in Sonargaon murder case, died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital under police custody Wednesday morning. The same day, Shamim and other […]

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BNP has claimed Amnesty International’s report on human rights situation in Bangladesh is just a tip of the iceberg. BNP Standing Committee Member Moudud Ahmed while giving an official reaction to the rights body’s observation on Thursday said the ‘present reality’ was far more grave and intense. “The prevailing violations have broken all past records. […]

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The government will constitute a wage board next week to fix the new salary structure of the readymade garment workers. “A gazette notification will be issued next week on the formation of a board which will deal with the salary of the RMG workers,” Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan said on Wednesday. Bangladesh has emerged as […]

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In November 2002, a senior correspondent for The Atlantic, James Fallows, questioned readers if America was ready for a long-term relationship with Iraq. Writing four months before the US invasion, Fallows harrowingly predicted a task of nation-building at hand once Saddam Hussein was toppled. A series of misguided policies – the ‘shock and awe’ of […]

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A total of USD 302.39 million investment has been made during July to April of the current fiscal in the country’s eight export processing zones (EPZ). Of the total investment only $125.67 million was in foreign direct investment (FDI), while the rest of the $176.71 million was in local and joint venture investment. According to […]

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Some 30 alleged extrajudicial killings took place in Bangladesh in 2012 alongside at least 10 enforced disappearances, said the Amnesty International in its report on the state of human rights across the world. State security forces were implicated in torture and other ill-treatment and the government failed to protect ‘indigenous communities from attack by Bengali […]

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