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Slave Labor, Wal-Mart and Wahhabism: Bangladesh in turbulence

The Bangladeshi elite are facing tough decisions in the wake of the Rana Plaza factory to curb the rampant abuse of the work force. Support for the government has been weakening and there has been a disturbing rise in radical Islam. The streets of Dhaka have been awash with protests, violence, and killing in recent […]

Poverty alleviation in the nation depends on proper distribution If you ask an economist to explain the causes of poverty in Bangladesh, you are most likely to receive an overly jargonised lecture, beyond the ability of comprehension of common men. The poverty that we experience in our country is certainly complex and deceptive but it […]

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Alliance of 18 opposition parties urge nationwide shutdown to press ruling party to give up power before elections. Police say opposition activists have set off homemade bombs and damaged several vehicles in Bangladesh’s capital as they launched a general strike demanding resignation of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina before general elections, which are due early next year. Police official Monirul Islam […]

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Rights activists at a discussion here on Sunday came down hard on the US threat to withdraw the GSP facility to Bangladesh on the pretext of labour rights, saying ‘it would not help workers either’. Speaking at a session of the US-Bangladesh Partnership Dialogue on ‘Best Practices and Benefits from Improving Labour Rights’, they also […]

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At least four people were killed as a crane fell apart while pulling an overturned truck in the city’s Jurain area on Sunday night. Shafiqur Rahman, a sub-inspector at Shyampur Police Station, said the crane collapsed while lifting the goods-laden overturned truck in front of Setu Market in Jurain around 9pm, killing three people on […]

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Four-member delegation leaves Dhaka on Monday for May 28’s joint technical committee meeting The director of the Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET) on Sunday said the Malaysian government would recruit workers from Bangladesh in batches starting from the second week of June. The decision came after Bangladesh’s labour wing in Malaysia held a […]

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Two Jubo League men were killed in an attack allegedly by Swechchashebak League activists at Gondogram in Sadar upazila on Sunday. The deceased were identified as Majnu Mia, 42, member of district Jubo League and also president of Phultala Market Association, and his associate Nahid, 30, son of Dulu Mia. Majnu was a resident of […]

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Issuing a warrant for the arrest of BNP senior vice-chairman Tarique Rahman in a money-laundering case, a court here on Sunday asked the government to take necessary steps to bring him back with the help of Interpol. Acting judge of Special Court-3 Mohammad Mozammel Haque passed the order, asking the Foreign Ministry to take necessary […]

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Primary results of ongoing Economic Census-2013 would be finalized by December this year. The information was revealed on Sunday when Planning Minister A K Khandaker called on President Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban to apprise him of various features of the census. Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) is conducting the census across the country costing around […]

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Bomb blasts and vandalism marked the nationwide daylong hartal, enforced by the BNP-led 18-party alliance on Sunday demanding the restoration of caretaker government system, release of its arrested leaders and activists and withdrawal of ban on meetings and processions. No major incident of violence was reported from anywhere during the hartal hours. Pickets vandalised more […]

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From multibillion-dollar military aid to stealthy and secretive drone strikes, Pakistan, perhaps even more than Afghanistan, has been the central focus of America’s 12-year war on Islamist militancy. Now, as President Obama’s landmark policy speech on Thursday made clear, all of that is changing. Drone strikes are dwindling, the war in Afghanistan is drawing to […]

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THE Indian media is sometimes said to provide the reader with more than 100% of the facts. In neighbouring Bangladesh, readers are used to having to make do with less. The worry is that things have been getting worse of late. This week Bangladesh’s newspaper editors demanded in joint that the government free Mahmudur Rahman, […]

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