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AL govt never used Armed Forces in its interest: PM

  Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said her government has never used the Armed Forces in its own interest as it is determined to do whatever necessary for building an efficient, strong and modern Armed Force to protect the country’s sovereignty and independence.   “We’ve never used the Armed Forces in our own interest […]

Reiterating the opposition’s stance to boycott any unilateral election, BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan said they will force the government to arrange next polls under a non-party administration through a movement.   “Our position is clear we won’t take part in any lopsided election without restoration of the caretaker government. We’re on a […]

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IT’S difficult to define a man who barks more than he bites, and that ineptitude last week drove Hussein Muhammad Ershad to his wit’s end when he made a Mephistophelean deal with his destiny and sold his soul for political pittance. He frantically went from pillar to post, holding clandestine meetings, seeking holy blessings and […]

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He urges opposition to join too   Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad on Thursday said he is going to take part in the next national election for what he said protecting democracy.   “I’m participating in the polls for protecting democracy. There would have been no election mood had I not been there,” he told […]

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Daylong sufferings

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Commuters take the brunt of countrywide transport strike Commuters at Amin Bazar Bridge walk to the capital yesterday as transport workers go for strike demanding the release of BNP chief Khaleda Zia’s special assistant Shimul Biswas who was arrested recently. Buses remain parked in Mohakhali Bus Terminal, inset. Photo: Star Thousands of commuters in and […]

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The tasks the caretaker governments accomplished with ease not once but thrice, the newly reconstituted Hasina-government would do with four times manpower. Though it was a public presumption that the polls-time administration would be much smaller in size compared to the regular council of ministers, it appears to be rather biggish. The question arises what […]

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Maoists claim fraud, reject result; US, EU satisfied with polls Nepal’s Maoist leader, who swapped arms for politics when his “people’s war” ended in 2006, threw the country’s elections into doubt yesterday by claiming the poll was rigged following big losses for his party. Pushpa Kamal Dahal, better known as Prachanda, demanded a halt to […]

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War crimes convict Salauddin Quader Chowdhury’s lawyer AKM Fakhrul Islam, who was arrested over an alleged leak of the war crimes tribunal’s verdict on the BNP leader, has been sent to jail. Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Keshab Roy Chowdhury on Thursday sent him to jail and fixed Nov 24 for hearing on a seven-day remand prayer […]

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The High Court has declared parliament membership of Mymensingh-9 lawmaker Abdus Salam illegal. The bench of Justices Mirza Hussain Haider and Muhammad Khurshid Alam Sarkar issued the ruling on Thursday after the final hearing on a writ petition. The court’s verdict cancelling the Awami League lawmaker’s membership comes just months before the next national elections. […]

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The Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) will start examining across Bangladesh the buildings of the clothing factories that have not signed the ‘Accord on Fire and Building Safety’ on Friday. The decision was taken at a national tri-partite committee meeting chaired by the labour secretary Mikhail Shipar. File Photo They will assess both […]

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The leading newspaper in Bangladesh, the Daily Star, found that the page used to incite the attack had no links to the boy. The Additional District Magistrate to the jurisdriction stated that no one had found any substance to the claim made against the schoolboy. The US Embassy expressed its “deep concern” about the recent […]

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Andrew Biraj/Reuters Garment workers demanding higher wages in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Nov. 8. There are 1,600 garment factories in the country. Tensions broke into the open on Monday involving two large groups of retailers — one overwhelmingly American, the other dominated by Europeans — that have formed to improve factory safety in Bangladesh. An official […]

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