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Indo-Pak Cooperation Necessary for Increased Regional Trade in South Asia

By Diya Nag Despite some tentative new signs that point to improved relations and potential for trade between South Asia’s biggest economies – India and Pakistan – the region remains poorly integrated economically, with intraregional trade dreadfully low, hovering at less than 5 percent of total trade. This is attributable to several key factors including protectionist trade regimes, […]

The recent visit of US Under Secretary Ms. Wendy Sherman is unique on so many counts. Never before any US dignitary was as majestic as she were both in her posture as well as in her rhetorical outbursts. Her remark on why she cancelled call on with BNP Chairperson was nothing short of an Imperial […]

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Hifazat-e Islam chief Shah Ahmad Shafi has claimed his organisation is being wrongly blamed for the May 5 violence in Motijheel and demanded a fair investigation. In a media statement said on Wednesday, Shafisaid: “Some anti-Hifazat youths dressed in ‘pajama-panjabi’ felled hundreds of trees with electric saws in a short time to put blame on […]

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 Opposition BNP on Wednesday termed unconstitutional State Minister for Law Quamrul Islam’s remarks about bringing BNP vice-chairman Tarique Rahman back home for his trial in a money laundering case. “Quamrul Islam said Tarique Rahman will be brought back home by any means. His that comment is the violation of the articles 31 and 32 of […]

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Century old idols of a Krishna temple at Kuleshwari Bari in Hossainpur of Kishoreganj lay in ruins after criminals attacked the temple Tuesday night. Fanatics vandalised nine idols at 150-year-old Kuleswari temple at Hossainpur upazila of Kishoreganj early yesterday. Ranjit, a caretaker of the temple, said “I found the idols broken when I went to […]

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Wal-Mart Stores Inc on Tuesday said it would pay nearly $81.63 million to the federal government as it pleaded guilty to charges that it improperly discarded hazardous waste such as bleach and fertilizer years ago. The US Department of Justice said that in cases filed by federal prosecutors in California, Wal-Mart pleaded guilty to six […]

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The BNP has alleged Secretary General of Hifazat-e Islam Junaid Babu Nagari fell ill after being ‘tortured in police custody’. Nagari was freed on bail in three cases by a Dhaka court on Wednesday. ”I have seen newspaper reports saying he was tortured in police custody. It’s regrettable,” Shamsuzaman Dudu, an advisor to BNP Chairperson […]

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Government shuts down TV stations and detains journalists in apparent bid to restrict the media Bangladeshi journalists have said the government is threatening the freedom of the press in the country. The ruling Awami League has shut down TV stations and detained a prominent newspaper editor in the past few months in an apparent bid […]

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BNP leader Shamsuzzaman Dudu on Wednesday said the party’s Senior Vice Chairperson Tarique Rahman was longing to return to Bangladesh despite cases pending against him. “He (Tarique) wants to return soonest after consulting his doctor,” Dudu, Advisor to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, said. “Tarique Rahman is in London for medical treatment. He wants to return […]

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One more hartal, one more day of political violence and one more instance showing that politics is not taking us towards a solution. This scenario has been going on for the last year or so but has picked up pace and fire in the last six months as political focus has been drawn to the […]

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Orla Guerin reports from Islamabad, where she says the death, if confirmed, “will be a major victory for the US” The second-in-command of the Pakistani Taliban has been killed in a suspected US drone strike, a senior Taliban source told the BBC. The Pakistani Taliban leadership has not officially confirmed the death of Waliur Rehman […]

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 BNP standing committee member Barrister Rafiqul Islam Miah on Wednesday said the ruling party leaders, including ministers and MPs, are scared of BNP senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman because of his popularity. “They’ve got panicked of Tarique as he has won the hearts of the country’s people,” said the BNP leader addressing a rally, organised […]

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