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Legitimacy and legality of 15th constitutional amendment?

Barrister Nazir Ahmed The Bangladesh Parliament passed the Constitution (Fifteenth Amendment) Bill 2011 on 30 June 2011 to amend its Constitution. The Bill which contained 15 proposals was passed, while opposition parties were boycotting Parliament, by the division vote with a majority of 291-1. It scrapped the provision of the caretaker government system for holding […]

Faruque Ahmed Like the January 5 election of seat sharing, the ruling Awami League has handpicked an obedient opposition as the new parliament started its journey on January 29 to play the dubious role of member of treasury bench as well as the opposition in the House. But like the farcical election, this unusual installation […]

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Sadeq Khan The political strategy of the mainstream opposition movement, 18-party alliance turned 19-party grouping under the leadership of BNP chief Begum Khaleda Zia with Kazi Zafar’s Jatiyo Party wing newly enrolled by her side, is in evident jeopardy. Abandoning “hard programmes” of hartal or siege, often violently pursued through the year 2013 to enforce […]

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 Whoever chooses to write a social history of Pakistan will find it difficult to pinpoint the exact moment our hearts stopped beating for our fellow citizens Pakistani people attending a flag-hoisting ceremony during Pakistan’s Independence Day celebrations There is hardly a family in Pakistan, middle-class or above, that does not have a relative in Canada, […]

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Former students of the Dhaka University’s English department went back in time to their campus days, meeting old friends and chatting away the hours in the warm evening glow. The Inspector General of Police Hassan Mahmood Khandker was seen fetching his own coffee before joining friends seated around a round table, talking probably of things […]

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 Fair to remain open from 8am to 9pm on February 21 The month-long Amar Ekushey Book Fair 2014 is set to begin Saturday at the premises of Bangla Academy and at Suhrawardy Udyan in a new form this year. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to inaugurate the fair at 3pm and Cultural Affairs Minister […]

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  Finance Minister AMA Muhith on Friday hoped that the new life insurance companies in the country would be very innovative in producing and devising newer products for the life insurance industry and addressing various needs of people.   “I hope and pray that the new insurance companies will be very innovative in producing and […]

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Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan has condemned the death sentence handed down against Jamaat chief in Bangladesh Motiur Rahman Nizami in the sensational 10-truck arms smuggling case. Syed Munawar Hasan, ameer of Jamaat e Islami Pakistan, denounced the verdict in a statement issued on Thursday, according to the official website of Pakistan Jamaat. He also termed the verdict […]

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The BNP has decided to defer its Saturday’s planned rally at the Suhrawardy Udyan in Dhaka to facilitate the inauguration of the Ekushey Book Fair. Party’s Deputy Office Secretary Abdul Latif Jony said their pre-planned agitation rallies would take place outside Dhaka. “A decision has been taken to hold our programme at 3pm on Sunday […]

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Cultural Correspondent The ancestral house of the late legendary actor Suchitra Sen in Pabna will be converted to a memorial museum after immediately reclaiming it from the illegal occupation. This was disclosed by the cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor in a condolence programme organised at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Friday. The minister further said that […]

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‘Improved habitats can attract more and more winged visitors’   Tanguar Haor, a unique destination for migratory birds, especially ducks, is seeing the flocks of an increased number of winged visitors this winter because of improvement in its overall environmental quality.   A new survey conducted by IUCN Bangladesh has recorded 52 species of migratory […]

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  Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami on Friday called a nationwide daylong hartal for Monday protesting the capital punishment against its ameer Moulana Matiur Rahman Nizami in the Chittagong 10-truck arms smuggling case.   In a statement, Jamaat acting secretary general Dr Shafiqur Rahman announced the shutdown programme.   “The government in a planned way is conspiring to […]

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