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From Shahbag to Hefajot: Bangladesh politics completes a full circle

Both the major political parties in Bangladesh would like you to believe that the country is divided between two ideological camps – pro and anti liberation war forces. One group is hell bent on stopping any trial of war criminals, while the other group is ready to lay down their lives to bring the dark […]

Army suspends constitution, appoints head of constitutional court as interim leader and calls for early elections. The Egyptian army has overthrown President Mohamed Morsi, announcing a roadmap for the country’s political future that will be implemented by a national reconciliation committee. The head of Egypt’s armed forces issued a declaration on Wednesday evening suspending the […]

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At least 17 killed in latest drone strikes that Foreign Ministry termed “violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty”. Pakistan has strongly condemned a US drone strike that killed at least 17 people and wounded many others in North Waziristan’s Miranshah bordering Afghanistan. In a press release on Wednesday, the Pakistan foreign ministry said the strikes were a  violation of […]

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Maj Gen Chowdhury Hasan Sorwardi, GOC 9th Division, on Wednesday refuted the news published in the British tabloid Sunday Mirror over the rescue of apparel worker Reshma by the army after 17 days of the Rana Plaza building collapse, terming it a blatant lie.   “The motive of those behind releasing the news over the […]

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Opposition Leader Khaleda Zia is becoming ‘dangerous’ for Bangladesh’s interest, the Information Minister has said. Hasanul Haq Inu wondered why the BNP chief was not suing The Washington Times, although she has claimed she had not written the column. “Khaleda Zia is becoming dangerous for the country,” he said told the press on Wednesday. The […]

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Opposition alliance-backed MA Mannan is vying for the mayoral post in the maiden Gazipur City Corporation poll. He was once a state minister but was defeated in three consecutive national polls from the Gazipur Sadar constituency. Mannan was elected an MP from Gazipur Sadar in 1991 and the BNP-led government made him the State Minister […]

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BNP urges media amid Khaleda’s article controversy The BNP yesterday called upon the media not to make an issue out of Khaleda Zia’s write-up in The Washington Times seeking western intervention to save the country’s democracy by putting pressure on the Hasina administration. The rather bizarre call came amid strong criticism of the article and […]

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Workers remit $14.46b from abroad in the year to June 30 The country received a record $14.46 billion of remittance in the just concluded fiscal year, the central bank said yesterday. Of the amount, two-thirds came from Middle Eastern countries alone. The figure — 12.59 percent higher than in fiscal 2011-12 — has been credited […]

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The production of popular fish hilsa in the district has increased by 22 percent in last three years, said speakers at a discussion marking the inauguration of National Fisheries Week-2013 in the city on Tuesday. However, different species of indigenous fishes are heading towards gradual extinction mainly due to massive water pollution and adverse climate […]

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PM flies to London today en route to Belarus The private visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to London turns into an official one, raising eyebrows both at home and abroad. The change of the trip status means taxpayers will have to bear the expense of the visit by the premier and her 43-member tour […]

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Ershad now claims to support none Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad has opted for not supporting any mayoral aspirants in the Gazipur City Corporation polls as a strategy to gain more political mileage out of the prevailing situation. Party insiders claimed Ershad’s strategy was working well as both the AL and BNP have been trying […]

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Singapore-based company returns 105 of its 144 acre controversially leased-out land The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh has repossessed its 105 acres of land worth more than Tk 3,000 crore from a Singapore-based company that had been controversially awarded the lease of the land next to the Shahjalal International Airport back in 2000. There is […]

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