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Why Bangladesh’s politics are broken

by T.J. / BANYAN FOR the past month Bangladesh, a country of nearly 160m people, has (yet again) been paralysed. The opposition leader, Khaleda Zia, has been confined to a party office in the capital, Dhaka. Her Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has been staging a nationwide blockade of roads, railways and waterways. The trigger for […]

Violence all over leaves 12 dead, hartal extended till Thursday evening At least 12 people were killed in arson and bomb attacks on transports, including seven burnt to death in Comilla on Tuesday, the deadliest day of ongoing indefinite blockade enforced by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led alliance. The alliance has also extended the 72-hour hartal, […]

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The imports of capital machinery and rice increased by 28.54 per cent and 148.63 per cent respectively in the first half of the current financial year 2014-15 compared with the corresponding period of the FY14. Bangladesh Bank officials and experts said there was no logical cause of increase in the capital machinery import in the […]

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Anjali Khan Let’s work together to build a Bangladesh where freedom no longer needs to be sacrificed for security Are we locked in? Photo- Bigstock On February 1, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina poignantly said she wished she had the freedom to explore the Boi Mela the way she did as a child. Today, official responsibilities […]

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Assistant Consular Officer of Pakistan High Commission Mohammad Mazhar Khan left Dhaka on Saturday as the Foreign Ministry asked the mission to send him back home. “We came to know about the illegal activities committed by Mazhar with certain evidence. We instructed the Pakistan mission to send him back,” a senior ministry official told the […]

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Shoaib Sarwar’s family say mitigating factors were not taken into account A Pakistani man who was due to be hanged on Tuesday has been granted a last-minute stay of execution. Shoaib Sarwar would have been the first person to be executed in a non-terror related case since Pakistan lifted a moratorium on executions in December […]

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The Anti Corruption Commission has cleared the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, and others of the three cases in connection with Bangabandhu Novo Theatre (planetarium) scam. According to official documents obtained by United News of Bangladesh, ACC commissioner M Shahabuddin signed the proposals of final reports in all the three cases 11 days back. After conducting […]

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Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company on Tuesday came up with a proposal for raising natural gas price by 40 per cent on an average following a verbal order from the government to set an asset value of Tk 25 for one thousand cubic feet of gas. Titas managing director, Nowshad Islam, at a hearing […]

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Minar Rashid  শত ভাগ হালাল কান্না বনাম হারাম কান্না রান্নার মত কান্নাও একটি আর্ট। তারানা হালিমরা এদেশে কান্না শিল্পে নতুন মাত্রা যোগ করেছেন। অপরাপর শিল্পী সাহিত্যিক এবং বিনোদন জগতও বসে নেই। এক শত ভাগ হালাল সাবানের কথা অবশ্য আমরা অনেক আগেই জেনেছি। এবার দেশবাসী উপভোগ করেছে এক শত ভাগ হালাল কান্না । আমাদের নেত্রী কিংবা […]

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Any optimism felt by the country’s beleaguered minorities remains tempered. A new president, Maithripala Sirisena, has brought a new wave of hope to Sri Lanka, yet it is still a moment of somewhat tempered optimism for the minorities who constitute almost 30 percent of the population of this post-conflict country. Sirisena, with his election motto […]

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The education ministry has rescheduled Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and equivalent examinations once again due to the BNP-sponsored shutdown on top of a non-stop blockade. Tests slated for Wednesday (Feb 4) will be held from 10am to 1pm Saturday (Feb 7) as the BNP-led alliance extended its ongoing shutdown to 6pm Thursday. Education Minister Nurul […]

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A court here on Tuesday placed BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on a five-day fresh remand in a case filed under the Explosive Substances Act with Motijheel Police Station. Metropolitan Magistrate Imdadul Haq passed the order when Detective Branch of police sub-inspector Anwar Hossain, also the investigation officer of the case, produced […]

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