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The silence of the muezzin

Rakhine state remains a seedbed of religious and ethnic hatred A SUNNI mosque looks as if it has seen better days. One of the minarets seems close to collapse. But the cool white floor-tiles are spotless, and the carpeted prayer-rooms well-kept. An elderly imam, whose features betray his Arabic ancestry, prepares for noon prayers. No […]

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As an election looms, Bangladesh’s feuding leaders live down to expectations WRITING about politics in Bangladesh, this newspaper has often found itself drawn to the analogy of a Punch-and-Judy show. We now know this is deeply unfair—to a wholesome if brutal form of puppetry. On October 26th the two women who for over two decades […]

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As workers continue to die in unsafe factories, the industry keeps booming AFTER the Rana Plaza clothing factory near Dhaka collapsed in April, killing at least 1,100 people, the big Western clothing companies that have their garments run up in Bangladesh came under pressure to intervene more forcefully to improve safety and working conditions in […]

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By Farouk Chowdhury In preparation for Bangladesh’s next national election, which will be in January 2014, the government, headed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, has suggested the formation of an all-party poll-time government to oversee the election. Her administration has already invited the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) to send names of its lawmakers […]

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The recent endorsement by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of a multibillion dollar construction corridor encompassing Bangladesh, China, India and Burma—if it materializes—could redraw the economic and geopolitical map of Asia.   Termed “an international gateway to South Asia,” the BMIC corridor, as it is known, was the highlight of […]

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President of Bangladesh Krishak Sramik Janata League (BKSJL) Abdul Kader Siddiqui on Wednesday said the Prime Minister’s resignation will bring smile to the faces of the country’s majority people and pave the way for resolving the ongoing political crisis.   “I think the current political crisis won’t be resolved without the restoration of the non-party […]

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A few months ago, the link to a YouTube video reached my end of the social media network. Intrigued by some of the accompanying comments, I decided to check out the video. What followed was at once one of the most ridiculous, enraging and worrisome experiences I have ever had. The point in time I […]

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  Opposition leader Khaleda Zia will deliver a ‘video address’ to BNP’s rally at Suhrawardy Udyan in the city on Thursday, marking its “National Revolution and Solidarity Day”.   “BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will deliver a video address to the party’s tomorrow’s (Thursday’s) rally at Suhrawardy Udyan,” her press secretary Maruf Kamal Khan Sohel told […]

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From now on, banks will be required to submit quarterly financial statements to the central bank in a move to to protect stock market investors. The Bangladesh Bank in a circular issued from its Department of Off-site Supervision came up with the directive on Wednesday. Previously, banks had to submit the statements twice a year. […]

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Promotions are coming in a big way at two important administrative levels at the fag end of the Awami League-led government. The Superior Selection Board has sat in a few meetings, with the Cabinet Secretary in the chair, to promote officers to the posts of Additional Secretary and Deputy Secretary. The latest meeting was held […]

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The ongoing 19th session of Parliament may be extended further, Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury has said. It was first given an extra lease on Oct 7 with the Business Advisory Committee extending the term up to Nov 7. Now, the session may be allowed to last longer. “Several bills are in the pipeline waiting to […]

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  President of Bangladesh Krishak Sramik Janata League (BKSJL) Abdul Kader Siddiqui on Wednesday said the Prime Minister’s resignation will bring smile to the faces of the country’s majority people and pave the way for resolving the ongoing political crisis.   “I think the current political crisis won’t be resolved without the restoration of the […]

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