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Bangladesh: A long road ahead

by Nayma Qayum To end the deadlock, the two main parties should give all groups a voice in the political process. Bangladesh’s political crisis is not going away anytime soon. On January 5, the country went to the polls in an election that was largely one-sided. Since 1996, Bangladesh has held elections under a neutral […]

Fazal M. Kamal It sure looks like it! To use contemporary phraseology, wrong is the new right in Bangladesh. Everything that’s not right or truthful or genuine or whatever else, at this point in time, has to be considered acceptable, correct and factual. And that includes, of course—and why on earth not!—parliamentary election voter turnout, […]

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Business Report While the contrary sits on the growing risk of losing RMG market in the USA and EU market, Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) claims that garment exports to non-traditional markets has soared in the first half of the current financial by 37.27 per cent. It comes as a surprise when the garment exporters were […]

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Sadeq Khan After a year of violent political unrest and socio-economic disorder, the nation-state has stepped into the new year of the Gregorian calendar in a state of stupor after the unilateral polls for transition of power held by the ruling alliance on January 5. No one disputes it was a voter-less election, a successful […]

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Abu Hena ‘Common Sense’ is the name of a popular pamphlet on the subject of American independence. This 47 page pamphlet which was sold for two shillings portrayed the notion of the hereditary succession as an evident absurdity rather than as a product of natural order and underscored the economic benefits of independence. Thomas Paine, […]

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Mumtaz Iqbal Most domestic and international comments on our unique elections reeked of doom and gloom. However, this is only part of the story. Below are given some lesser-publicised comments by various institutions that have not received the publicity they deserve. The disenfranchised Bangladesh electorate may take heart that the world has not forsaken them. […]

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PM hosts tea party

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has passed a different afternoon with renowned persons from various fields joining her for tea. The reception was held at the south lawn of the Gonobhaban from 2:30pm till evening on Friday where she listened to music and spoke with the guests. Hasina, who took over as the Prime Minister for […]

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 Khaleda Zia should decisively distance herself from her Jamaat allies who were behind much of the violence A file photo of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia At her press conference on Wednesday, Khaleda Zia called for peaceful agitation programs and proclaimed that her party does not condone violence and confrontation. We certainly welcome her shift away […]

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Sunanda Pushkar found dead in Delhi hotel The wife of Union minister Shashi Tharoor, Sunanda Pushkar, has reportedly been found dead in a five-star hotel in Delhi, The Times of India reports. Pushkar’s body was found in room number 345 of Leela Hotel. The incident came to fore around local time 8pm after the hotel […]

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Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir demands immediate release of all arrested journalists and reopening of all media outlets closed by government   BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Friday condemned the seal off Bengali daily Inqilab’s press and the arrest of three of its journalists. He said: “Inqilab’s press was sealed and three […]

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Ganajagaran Mancha spokesperson Imran H Sarkar has said Hindus will stay in Bangladesh, while leaders and activists of the Jamaat-e-Islami and its student front Islami Chhatra Shibir have to quit the country for Pakistan. He was addressing a street rally at Ramna in Tangail on the way to Thakurgaon in an anti-communal-violence road march on […]

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Suranjit Sengupta says Khaleda Zia has to seek forgiveness to the people for the attack on minorities Awami League Advisory Council Member Suranjit Sengupta has said Khaleda Zia has to seek forgiveness to the people for the attack on minorities. The senior AL leader made the statement while addressing a discussion at Diploma Engineers Institution […]

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