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Police raid BNP central office; pick up Rizvi, another

In a predawn swoop on BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, plainclothes police picked up its joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rzvi and executive committee member Belal Ahmed on Saturday.   Witnesses said the plainclothes police stormed into the BNP central office at about 3:20 am and picked up Ruhul Kabir Rzvi and Belal Ahmed and took […]

A fresh spell of nationwide 72-hour road-rail-waterway blockade, called by the BNP-led 18-party alliance demanding cancellation of the election schedule and arranging the polls under a non-partisan administration, got underway on Saturday morning.   The blockade started at 6am and it will continue until 6am Tuesday.   BNP joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi announced […]

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Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary General, has written to both Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition, offered his help and said he was still hopeful the two bickering leaders would move towards ‘all-party’ general elections in January. Ban in his letter confirmed that one of his top deputies, Assistant Secretary General Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, would […]

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Asif Showkat Kallol ‘They are satisfied with the progress of Bangladesh labour standard, but it does not mean that Bangladeshi exporters would regain the GSP facilities’ The review on regaining the US Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) for the local exporters might be deferred until March next from December due to delay of review by […]

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Above a Korean fried chicken restaurant in Jackson Heights, Queens, Showkat Khan worked the room of mostly Bangladeshi men, speaking Bengali with a few English phrases mixed in, his enthusiastic message of opportunity broadcast through a crackling amp. At one point, he held aloft a copy of New York City’s Civil Service newspaper, The Chief. […]

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Long-time fans marvel at comic books’ growing popularity in the South Asian country In Bangladesh, where four out of ten people are illiterate and the annual per capita income is only about $1,000, spending money on comic books has never been a high priority. But that has changed over the past three years, as a growing […]

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As protests and strikes take place across the country we ask if political violence has spiralled out of control. Bangladesh is reeling from its latest political crisis, and violent street protests that have paralysed the country. Opposition groups are rallying against government plans to hold a general election in January 5. The main opposition Bangladesh […]

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About 1,500 anti-government protesters forced their way into the compound of Thailand’s army headquarters on Friday, the latest escalation in a city-wide demonstration seeking to topple Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. “We want to know which side the army stands on,” shouted one protester, as others scrambled over the compound’s red iron gates in Bangkok’s historic […]

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British curry industry biggest success story British Prime Minister David Cameron has expressed his hope that the forthcoming election in Bangladesh will pass off ‘properly and fairly’.   He made the remark while addressing a function – the 9th British Curry Awards 2013 – at Battersea Evolution, London on November 25, according media release and […]

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AL candidates chosen

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The Awami League is out with the list of its candidates for the 10th parliamentary election scheduled on Jan 5. Party President Sheikh Hasina will contest from the Rangpur-6 and Gopalganj-3 constituencies. Most party MPs of the Ninth Parliament will run again in the upcoming elections. Among the new candidates are former footballer Arif Khan […]

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Bangladesh’s experience of building a sound government-NGO partnership in combating corruption is a good practice that can be replicated in many other countries, speakers observed at a function in Panama City.   The special event on Bangladesh organised on the sidelines of the 5th Conference of State Parties (COSP-5) of the UN Convention against Corruption […]

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It’ll start at 6am Saturday, end at 6am Tuesday Keeping up its movement demanding cancellation of the election schedule and arranging the polls under a non-partisan administration, the BNP-led 18-party alliance is going to enforce a fresh spell of nationwide 72-hour road-rail-waterway blockade at 6am on Saturday.   BNP joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi […]

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