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Need for free and fair polls on even turf

A. Mannan DOOMS day has come, is in the offing, will soon come! We all know that cowards die many times before their death! Quoted below is an excerpt from a news item of the 21 June 2013 issue of The Daily Star: “Hasina says it again: If caretaker govt takes over, it would not […]

M. Shahidul Islam The International Criminal Court (ICC) has acknowledged receipt of a complaint against Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina ¬and a handful of others under her command to launch an investigation into the alleged commission of crimes against humanity within Bangladesh’s geographical boundaries. M.P. Dilon, head of the information and evidence unit of the […]

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Sadeq Khan In its last world report on War against Terror, the US State Department made a succinct comment in its Bangladesh chapter. The comment suggested that both in domestic as well as foreign policy-making, the government of Bangladesh was being overtly influenced by India. Indeed these days, Indian officials and also the Indian media […]

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With barely two days left for the Gazipur city polls, voters are debating on whom will Lady Luck shine — Azmat Ullah Khan or MA Mannan? Awami League-led 14-Party alliance-supported Azmat Ullah Khan is locked in what seems to be tough contest with BNP-led 18-Party alliance-backed MA Mannan to become Gazipur’s first Mayor. The Awami […]

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F R Chowdhury   The International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watch-keeping for Seafarers was originally adopted in 1978. This was a big and bold step forward by the global community to develop a unified standard for seafarers’ training and certification. I call it a big and bold step because until 1978, there […]

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The government commission formed to review the activities of the Grameen Bank will submit its full report on July 20, Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith has said. He told reporters about the developments on Thursday after a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Public Procurement. The commission headed by former Secretary Mohammad Mamunur Rashid […]

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Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Pankaj Saran met opposition leader Khaleda Zia on Thursday night and cleared India’s position on various bilateral issues.   The meeting between BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and the Indian envoy at her Gulshan office began at 8:35 pm.   BNP chairperson’s adviser Reaz Rahman was also present at the nearly […]

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M. Serajul Islam The Awami League is insisting that the election must be held under an interim administration with Sheikh Hasina as the Prime Minister. The BNP is adamant that the national election must be held under the non-party Caretaker Government system. The two parties are moving further and further away on the issue of […]

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Faruque Ahmed The suspension of the GSP facility by the US government has come as a big setback but not as a surprise to the nation. The US government was giving warning signals for years but seemingly the government and the industry owners were not taking it seriously to comply with their recommendations. Now that […]

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Anwarul Islam The news of suspending Genaralised System of Preferences ( GSP ) for Bangladesh by the United States Government has been received here with high degree of distress and pain. In the past we had misfortune of being focuses in the international media for natural disasters, then for some time past we were in […]

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CNG filling stations will go on an indefinite strike across the country on Friday protesting the harassment and extortion by a mobile court in a filling station in Sylhet.   Announcing the decision, Zakir Hossain Nayan, president of Bangladesh CNG Filling Station and Conversion Workshop Owners Association, said they won’t sell gas from 6am on […]

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived in London this (Thursday) afternoon on the first leg of her eight-day visit to the United Kingdom and Belarus.   A Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight (BG 015), carrying the Prime Minister and her entourage, landed at the Heathrow Airport around 2:30 pm (BST 7:30 pm).   Bangladesh High Commissioner to […]

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