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Stop distorting Jinnah’s words

It is a sad statement about Pakistan that 67 years after its founding, our education system and public culture continue to distort key ideas enunciated by Mohammad Ali Jinnah to govern the country. To make matters worse, even his words end up being mutilated. In his landmark speech to the first Constituent Assembly on August […]

Bangladesh – for historical reasons a byword in the west for famine, poverty and disaster – has achieved notable social and economic successes in the past two decades. Malnutrition, child mortality and fertility are down. Literacy and life expectancy are up. On all these counts, Bangladesh scores better than its wealthier neighbour India. A crowded […]

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Brigadier General Md Sarwar Hossain, hdmc, psc  The historical perspective Ever since independence, integration of the people of Chittagong Hill Tract (CHT) with mainstream national life as well as politics has remained a major challenge and constant source of peril for successive governments.   Because of the protracted and asymmetric nature of the problem, the […]

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Anti-liberation forces shouldn’t return to power, she says   Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday asked her party’s grassroots leaders to publicise the atrocities, killings and corruption committed by the BNP-Jamaat alliance during their tenure as the national election approaches fast.   “You’ll (grassroots leaders) have to depict the picture of current development before the […]

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At least 94 people died and 250 were missing after a boat packed with African migrants sank off the southern Italian island of Lampedusa on Thursday, the coastguard said. More than 100 people drowned and over 200 were unaccounted for after a boat packed with African migrants caught fire and sank off the southern Italian […]

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South Korea has moved to make Bangladesh’s products visible in their market, its Ambassador in Dhaka says. Lee Yun-young while hosting a reception on Thursday celebrating their National Day said, in July they had taken a Bangladeshi business delegation there for business meetings. He hoped such exchanges between business communities would help increase trade and […]

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  Plainclothes police on Thursday seized the computer on which the verdict delivered by the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT)-1 against BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury was drafted.   Detective Branch (DB) of police sources said they seized the computer in the afternoon to track down those involved in the ‘verdict leak plot’.   ICT-1 on […]

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  BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia leaves for Sylhet on Friday and will address a public rally there on Saturday, aiming to drum up public support in favour of the opposition’s demand for arranging the next polls under a non-party administration.   As part of its movement strategy, the BNP-led 18-party alliance is going to arrange […]

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  Ruling Awami League candidate Shawkat Hasanur Rahman Rimon was unofficially declared winner in the by-polls to Barguna-2 constituency held on Thursday.   Returning officer of the election Mostafa Faruk announced the results of the by-election at the deputy commissioner’s office at 10pm in presence of the participating candidates, their supporters and journalists.   As […]

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Prominent BNP leaders gave a miss to the party’s demonstration in Chittagong on Thursday. The demonstration was organised to protest against the sentencing of its Standing Committee Member Salauddin Quader Chowhdury. Salauddin’s brother Gias Uddin Quader Chowdhury, who is the President of the district’s north zone, the zone’s General Secretary Aslam Chowdhury, the party’s south […]

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Many people are happy that the alleged war criminals are being tried and awarded death sentences, and rightly so. The Government’s major electoral promise the last time around was a promise to try them and this is being significantly achieved. Although, the trial was held too late in the day to be carried out in […]

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With the parliamentary elections looming round the corner and the gridlock persisting between the ruling Awami League and the opposition BNP over an election-time government, the Institute of Commonwealth Studies (ICS) launched a report, “Political Islam & the Elections in Bangladesh”, at the University of London on Monday. Ahead of the tenth national election, the […]

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