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As shocked as they are frustrated, eminent citizens see the verdict against former Jamaat kingpin Ghulam Azam as a travesty of justice. This judgment is simply not up to the people’s expectations, they told The Daily Star’s Tamanna Khan and Prabir Barua Chowdhury. Muntassir Mamoon                              Prof Muntassir Mamoon, a witness in the case, said […]

Forty-two years after liberation, a panel of judges yesterday sentenced Ghulam Azam to 90 years in prison for masterminding crimes against humanity, genocide and other wartime offences in 1971. The former Jamaat chief, now 91, was found guilty on all five charges the prosecution stacked against him, according to the verdict by International Crimes Tribunal-1. […]

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Indian Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is planning to improve Internet connectivity in the North-Eastern states through Bangladesh.   According to an internal note, DoT has asked Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to examine the financial and technical viability of Internet connectivity to the North-East via Cox’s Bazar region in Bangladesh, report Indian news agencies.   […]

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Arshiyan Alam, a class 7 student of Sunnydale School, Dhaka, emerged as yet another finalist of the Spelling Bee. “This is the first year that I participated,” says Arshiya, “I watched the Spelling Bee last year, and this year I was in Class 6 when the Spelling Bee started.” Arshiyan says that till the divisional […]

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Ghulam Azam stayed active in plotting Bangladesh’s demise even after 1971 While the nation is engaged in a life-and-death battle against Pakistan occupation forces, Ghulam Azam, left, is among a privileged few for a chat with East Pakistan governor Gen Tikka Khan, the infamous “Butcher of Baluchistan”, at Dhaka cantonment on April 4, 1971. Ghulam […]

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“I reject this verdict!” a freedom fighter says in an angry outburst on hearing about the judgment in the war crimes trial of Ghulam Azam at the gate of old High Court building yesterday. The ex- Jaamat chief received 90 years in jail for crimes against humanity in 1971. The verdict came as a shock […]

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‘No asylum bid’ from Snowden yet, says Russia Glenn Greenwald US whistleblower Edward Snowden has very sensitive “blueprints” detailing how the National Security Agency (NSA) operates that would allow someone who read them to evade or even duplicate NSA surveillance, Glenn Greenwald, a journalist with The Guardian said on Sunday. Greenwald told The Associated Press […]

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  The killing of five people, vandalism, arrests, explosions of crude bombs and ransacking and torching of vehicles marked the nationwide daylong hartal enforced by Jamaat-e-Islami. Jamaat enforced the hartal protesting what it said the government’s plot to annihilate the party and demanding the immediate release of its former ameer Ghulam Azam. The killings were […]

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Partners of the Awami League-led 14-party ruling alliance on Monday expressed dissatisfaction over the verdict against former Jamaat-e-Islami ameer Ghulam Azam saying it is not acceptable. Workers Party President Rashed Khan Menon, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) President Hasanul Haq Inu and Bangladesher Samyabadi Dal (ML) general secretary Dilip Barua expressed the displeasure as they had […]

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The parliament Monday passed an amended labour law that allows full freedom for trade unionism in the industries. Labour and Employment Minister Rajiuddin Ahmed Raju placed the Labour Law (amendment 2006)-2013, bill in the parliament, which was passed by voice votes by the treasury bench lawmakers amid absence of the opposition MPs. Twenty six more […]

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Lest we forget!

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I remember the day distinctively. It was a day that made me think I no longer belonged to Bangladesh, a day that I felt I was still living in the state of Pakistan. It was a couple of days after the historic event of Gano Adalat (Peoples’ Tribunal) — the 1992 mass gathering in Suhrawardy […]

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As social platforms pour anger over the verdict for Ghulam Azam, the chief collaborator of 1971, Justice Minister Shafique Ahmed believes the judgement has ‘fulfilled the people’s expectations’. He told reporters on Monday, “The tribunal delivered a verdict after a long hearing of international standard, which allowed the accused Ghulam Azam full rights to his […]

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