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America and India at odds: India shows who’s boss

WITH, in the words of her lawyer, “her head held high”, the New York-based Indian diplomat at the centre of her country’s worst row with America in years, has left the country. Devyani Khobragde, charged with paying her maid too little and committing fraud to obtain a visa for her, was asked to leave after […]

IT IS becoming hard to know whether Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh’s prime minister, is a cynically good actress or cut off from political reality. Smiling before journalists in Dhaka, the capital, on January 6th, she chided opposition parties for their “mistake” in boycotting general elections the day before, then waved aside doubts over the legitimacy of […]

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has blamed BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia for countrywide attacks on religious minorities after the polls. At an Awami League rally at Dhaka’s Suhrawardy Udyan on Friday, five days after the national polls, party president Hasina said the government would be tough as much as it needed to be to stop the […]

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Sheikh Hasina (left) and Khaleda Zia (right). Last Sunday they held an election in Bangladesh, and nobody came. Well, practically nobody: turnout was down from 70 percent in the last election to only 20 percent. Some of the absentees stayed away on principle, but others were just frightened away by the violence: more than 100 […]

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After nine days of non-stop nationwide blockade of rail, road and waterways by the 18-party, huge rush of traffic yesterday caused 54km tailbacks on Dhaka-Chittagong highway and long queues at ferry terminals. Adding to the passengers’ misery was the dense fog that snapped ferry service at Mawa-Kewrakandi and Paturia-Daulatdia terminals for over 11 hours stranding […]

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The newly elected law makers took oaths on Thursday The cabinet division started inviting guests for attending the oath talking ceremony of new cabinet of 10th parliament at Bangabhaban on Sunday. Officials at the cabinet division at Bangladesh Secretariat said around 1,200 guests including the newly elected law makers would be invited. The newly elected […]

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Russia has endorsed Bangladesh’s parliamentary elections and thrown its weight behind the Awami League that is set to form government at a time when Sheikh Hasina is desperately looking for international support. The Russian foreign ministry in a statement regretted that key opposition parties boycotted the Jan 5 elections. The statement comes in stark contrast […]

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  The United States said Friday it was withdrawing a diplomat from India in hopes it would end a bitter dispute that started with the arrest and strip search of an Indian diplomat in New York.   Washington’s announcement that it was complying with a demand from New Delhi for the expulsion of the U.S. […]

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  Small poultry farm owners are gradually losing the ground for business to big investors in the sector, particularly the multinational investors, amid the absence of a protective mechanism by the government.   The stakes of the multinational companies over the poultry sector have made a leap from 4-5 percent to 31-32 percent since 2007, […]

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The group claims to be in support of the security of the Hindu minority Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, which allegedly attacked the Hindu community, made a counter-allegation against the government and claimed that they had launched the attacks on the minority group. The Islamist organisation demanded that a United Nations supervised an inquiry into the incident. It […]

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Tamim Choudhury The brief reasons that the government’s deviation from democracy will usher-in Islamist extremism As the US Senate has cleared the way for a congressional hearing on Bangladesh’s political reform. A prominent Washington DC-based think-tank has issued a backgrounder that supplies senators with the analytical dimension on America’s strategy for Bangladesh. This policy brief […]

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  The historic Homecoming Day of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was observed on Friday.   On this day in 1972, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman returned to independent and sovereign Bangladesh after over nine and half months’ captivity in a Pakistan jail.   Bangabandhu was subjected to inhuman torture in the Pakistan […]

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