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Hindu community under attack ahead of election

Faruque Ahmed Attacks on Hindu villages in the countryside have shot up in recent past at a time when election is knocking at the door and the ruling party Awami League is preparing to hold a stage managed unilateral election sidetracking major opposition BNP and its 18-party allies. Two attacks were launched on Hindu population […]

M. Serajul Islam The Times of India carried an article by Subhir Bhaumik in its issue of November 1 on the turbulent politics in Bangladesh. He has urged New Delhi to militarily intervene in Bangladesh to keep the Awami League in power so that the BNP and its fundamentalist allies do not assume power! The […]

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Mumtaz Iqbal Between two past Bangladesh Presidents Bangabandhu Seikh Mujibur Rahman (SMR) and Ziaur Rahman (ZR) at an undisclosed location. Wiretap, courtesy US National Security Agency (NSA) and Edward Snowden, NSA’s exclusive news distributor. SMR: Zia, your wife and my daughter don’t talk to each other much or often. But on the rare occasion they […]

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M. Shahidul Islam Born in the turbulent days of Cold War rivalries between Moscow and Washington, Bangladesh has failed to extricate itself from the regional and global geopolitical antagonism perpetrated by powerful nations. With China and the USA vying for global predominance, and, India playing second fiddle in between, the allegiance of future Bangladesh governments […]

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F R Chowdhury in London Politics in Bangladesh is different from other places. Here the leaders of the opposition parties do not congratulate the leader of the winning party. The loser thinks he or she should have won. Because s/he lost the election, the election must have been unfair. To go one step more, they […]

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The European Union has urged Opposition Leader Khaleda Zia to sit in a dialogue to resolve their conflict and not boycott the general elections due by Jan 24. Khaleda, however, said there was no point in joining the election if it was not acceptable. She has repeatedly hinted at staying away from the election if […]

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  President Abdul Hamid on Wednesday asked the agitating teachers of Jahangirnagar University (JU) to unconditionally withdraw their ongoing movement to restore academic atmosphere at the university.   The President, also Chancellor of the university, asked JU Vice Chancellor Prof Anwar Hossain and the agitating teachers to take necessary steps to immediately resume all academic […]

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  Opposition BNP is likely to enforce hartal again for two or three days next week to force the government to concede to their demand for arranging the next polls under a non-party administration.   The decision was taken at meeting of the BNP standing committee members on Tuesday night at the BNP chairperson’s Gulshan […]

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  Minister without portfolio and ruling party MP Suranjit Sengupta on Thursday in Parliament urged the lawmakers to take immediate steps for banning hartal.   Rising on a point of order, he said the Members of Parliament (MPs) will have to take a decision. “We’ve to stop the horrible hartals.”   Suranjit also said that […]

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Burnt by hartal pickets, little Monir gives up on his desperate battle for life over last 3 days Monir, the 14-year-old boy who was set on fire by pickets last Monday during the opposition-sponsored 60-hour hartal, breathed his last yesterday. The boy of class-V with over ninety-five percent burns died a slow and painful death […]

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Tanha Islam, the only female representative and marketing ambassador of Mozilla Firefox in Bangladesh. Photo: Kazi Tahsin Agaz Apurbo In a third world country such as ours, where access to technology is limited, it is a great achievement to be recognised as the ambassador of a web browser. To be the only female representative and […]

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Killer politics

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Minara Begum weeps and asks what kind of politics it is that killed her son. Monir Hossain, a lad in his early teens, died of burns after strikers enforcing a shutdown set alight his father’s van in which he was travelling on a Dhaka street Nov 4 morning. His father had parked the vehicle for […]

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