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QUOTA SYSTEM, HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEMOCRACY

F R Chowdhury   Preferential quota system creates discrimination. Discrimination creates division in the society. It does not allow equal treatment to all. It is against human rights. It cannot exist in a democratic society. Equality, justice, freedom of expression and human rights are the key words associated with modern democracy. Each one of these […]

The BNP will create a new form of government once it is elected to power, Chairperson Khaleda Zia has said. She made the remark at an iftar gathering on Thursday. The opposition chief also asked the party’s activists to prepare for tougher agitation to push for the return of the caretaker government system that she […]

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The government has threatened legal action against Yunus Center if it did not withdraw the statement over a ‘remark’ by Sheikh Hasina. The Prime Minister’s Office released a statement to this end signed by the Prime Minister’s Press Secretary Abul Kalam Azad on Thursday, a day after the Yunus Center made the statement. The PMO […]

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This July 11 photo shows an artwork before the Fine Arts Institute burning during the violent demonstration demanding cancellation of the quota system at the BCS exams. The 34th BCS candidates who took part in vandalism during movement for cancellation of quota provision will be excluded during the viva voce phase, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina […]

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Sheikh Rehana has reminisced about her struggles in exile in London’s Kilburn which her daughter hopes to represent in British Parliament in two years’ time. She made a rare media appearance in a news conference called by her daughter Tulip Siddiq at a London restaurant. Tulip, 30, won Labour Party’s nomination last Sunday to run […]

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Members of British and European parliaments at a seminar in London expressed grievances saying that ruling Awami League and main opposition BNP had failed to protect the minority communities of the country. UK House of Lords organised the seminar titled Bangladesh Democracy and Human Rights on Wednesday where two high-profile delegations from AL and BNP […]

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Amnesty International finds the death penalty given to Jamaat-e-Islami Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujaheed “extremely regrettable”. The second war crimes tribunal of Bangladesh on Wednesday delivered the death sentence for mass murders the 66-year-old planned and executed during the 1971 Liberation War. The global human rights watchdog is strongly opposed to all forms of […]

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The son of Prof Munir Chowdhury, who was martyred just before the country’s independence, has said Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin and Ashrafuzzaman Khan were among those who took away his father on Dec 14, 1971. Asif Munir Chowdhury Tonmoy made the statement on Thursday before the International Crimes Tribunal-2, headed by Justice Obaidul Hassan, in war crimes […]

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Businesses urge parties to refrain from hartal Masjid Market in the capital’s Baitul Mukarram sees a handful of buyers yesterday because of the dawn-to-dusk hartal enforced by the Jamaat-e-Islami. Other shops and malls in Dhaka had similar experiences. The business community yesterday urged the political parties and other organisations to refrain from calling hartals during […]

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“America no longer has a functioning democracy,” former President Jimmy Carter said Wednesday, condemning the United States’ intelligence programs and the collection of data from Americans and persons overseas. Carter, speaking at an Atlanta event sponsored by The Atlantic Bridge, a private, non-profit group working to further German-U.S. relationships, said the Obama administration has been […]

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has hinted at the BNP’s support to the movement of the “anti-women” Hifazat-e-Islam and said millions of female readymade garment workers would loss their jobs if the Awami League was not voted back to power. Hasina, who heads the party, was addressing its Central Working Committee meeting at her official residence, […]

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The children complained that the free lunch at their state school — rice, beans, potato curry and soy balls — tasted odd. The cook gave it a taste, too. Within half an hour they all began to suffer severe stomach pains followed by vomiting and diarrhea, and within hours at least 22 of the children […]

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