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Three important South Asian elections

Ghulam Murshed During 2013-14, 3 important general elections were slated to be held in this subcontinent, Pakistan, Bangladesh and India. The one in Pakistan was already held in May 2013 and Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) won, becoming the Prime Minister for the record 3rd time defeating others including PPP, at a time […]

A.M.K. Chowdhury Corruption is the number one impediment to development and economic growth of the county. After the AL-led alliance government came to power the country witnessed stock market scam, Padma scam, Destiny group scam, Bismillah group scam, Unipay– 2 scam, railway recruitment business scandal , VOIP (Voice Over Internal Protocol) scandal, swindling of public […]

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In a gruesome incident, a young housewife has been gang-raped and tortured to death by her husband and his three friends in Kachua upazila.   Police recovered the decomposed body of Ruma Akhter, 18, second wife of Fakhrul Islam, 25, of Koroish village under Kachua municipality, from a paddy field at the village on Thursday […]

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Shutdown and dialogue cannot go together, Sajeeb Ahmed Wazed Joy has said as he urged the Opposition to call off its 72-hour shutdown. “The Opposition party is perpetrating terrorism while calling for a dialogue,” he told a rally, organised by Awami League in Sylhet City on Friday. “They are not only unleashing anarchy through their […]

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Hartal to be extended if leaders not released, warns Rizvi   Opposition BNP on Friday alleged that the government has arrested three party senior leaders as part of its plot to hold a unilateral election.   “This autocratic government has arrested top BNP leaders for holding a lopsided farcical election,” said BNP joint secretary general […]

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The government was left with no choice but to arrest the senior BNP leaders if it was to secure public life and property, the Information Minister said on Friday night. Speaking to bdnews24.com hours after the stalwarts were detained, Hasanul Haq Inu said, “Acts of sabotages are being carried out in the name of strike. […]

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Two general strikes in two weeks and hundreds dead so far this year. Just what is going on? STR / AFP / Getty Images Bangladeshi police officials stand in a line as striking garment workers throw stones during a protest in Narayanganj on Sep. 26, 2013 Two opposition-enforced 60-hour general strikes in the last two […]

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The Election Commission (EC) has sought opinions from registered political parties on making their audit reports public. In separate letters, the EC on October 29 asked the parties to give their opinions within 15 working days. “If your party’s response is not received within the stipulated time, it will be understood that you have no […]

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  BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s adviser Abdul Awal Mintoo and her special assistant Shimul Biswas were arrested on Friday night.   “The two were arrested in front of Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan residence at about 1am,” a BNP leader told UNB.   He said Abdul Awal Mintoo, also a former FBCCI president, and Shimul Biswas were […]

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Mutiny and revenge

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A mass conviction of mutineers comes at a politically delicate moment They survived their custody, at least AS AN early test for the government of Sheikh Hasina, the new prime minister, it was brutal. In February 2009, less than two months after she took office, a bloody mutiny broke out at the headquarters of (what […]

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A recent visit to New Delhi by US envoy to Bangladesh Dan Mozena for consultations with top officials of the Ministry of External Affairs is part of these “ramped up” consultations. WASHINGTON: Taking seriously the concerns raised by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during his recent White House meeting, US President Barack Obama has instructed his […]

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Workers in Bangladesh have been demanding higher wages and better working conditions Bangladesh’s wage board has proposed raising the minimum salary for garment industry workers by 77% to 5,300 takas ($68; £42) a month. A string of fatal incidents have raised concerns over working conditions and low salaries in the sector – a key contributor […]

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