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The chairman of the US House Foreign Affairs Committee criticised a “fraudulent statement”, which claimed a group of Congress members made remarks about the political situation in Bangladesh. “Certain press reports in Bangladeshi media outlets dated January 7 regarding the political situation in Bangladesh are based upon a fraudulent statement attributed to the U.S. House […]

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Sheikh Hasina’s Awami League got well trained in the last decade in the art of bullying, bashing, muzzling free voice, thuggery, creating and abolishing movements (like the Shahbag movement), creating an opposition party that is a part of her government and the head of the opposition sits in her cabinet and votes in favor of […]

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Anti-Muslim sentiment in Europe was already rising before Wednesday’s shooting. Now, many fear it could boil over. The deadly shooting Wednesday at French weekly Charlie Hebdo, the worst terrorist attack on French soil in five decades, is already sparking violent blowback against Muslims in France, highlighting the risk many diplomats see as part of a […]

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At Least Two People Were Killed and Hundreds Were Detained as Political Turmoil Deepened By SYED ZAIN AL-MAHMOOD DHAKA, Bangladesh—Political turmoil deepened in Bangladesh on Wednesday as police cracked down on protesters, shooting dead two people and detaining hundreds, while the authorities obtained a court order barring the media from reporting on an opposition leader’s […]

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By John J. Brandon Southeast Asia enters 2015 facing a number of critical challenges that will have a bearing on its future: Can economic integration be achieved among all 10 members of ASEAN? How might maritime security disputes unite or splinter ASEAN? Will democracy in Myanmar continue to develop apace? Will democratic development in Thailand […]

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By Mandakini Devasher Surie 2014 was a good year for regional cooperation in South Asia. In May, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s invitation to the heads of state of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries to attend his swearing-in ceremony in New Delhi marked a diplomatic first across the region. The image […]

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Bangladeshi cricketer Rubel Hossain has been detained after his ex-girlfriend alleged he fraudulently promised to marry her in order to have sex. The allegations made by 19-year-old actress Naznin Akter Happy amount to a rape claim under Bangladeshi law. The bowler denies any wrongdoing and his lawyers say he will appeal against the court’s decision […]

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Police in Bangladesh have arrested the deputy leader of the country’s main opposition party following two days of protests that left four dead and dozens more injured. Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, secretary-general of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), was arrested Tuesday after leaving the National Press Club in the capital, Dhaka, where he had taken shelter. […]

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In last few months, we have seen a lot of conversations in various forums about the acute situation in the maritime job market. A “Mariner’s Forum” was established to address various issues facing the future officer sailors specifically about the fake CDC and COCs including lack of job opportunities. Obviously there is a downturn in […]

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KOLKATA: The opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has sought New Delhi’s help to “restore democracy” in that country. Bangladesh is going through a major crisis now with violent clashes between BNP and ruling Awami League (AL) activists and supporters in the midst of a nation-wide shutdown called by the BNP. The BNP is demanding fresh […]

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Bangladesh’s former consul general in New York Monirul Islam and his wife will have to face trial in a US court for allegedly forcing an ex-servant to work under “slavery-like conditions.” The Manhattan Federal Court turned down a plea by Islam and his wife Fahima Tahsina Prova to let them off the case on Tuesday […]

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