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Concept of Nagorik Samaj

A.B.M. Osman Gani (Ashoka Fellow, U.S.A; Social Worker, Researcher and Writer) Presently, the civil societies (Nagorik Samaj) are playing more or less significant role in most of the countries of the world. Civil societies (Nagorik Samaj) are putting a significant contribution in most of the places whether it is a democratic country or otherwise. Even […]

Begum Khaleda Zia, former prime minister of Bangladesh and chairperson of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), was threatened to kill by a ruling party armed-cadre showing a pistol at hand in broad daylight in front of the law enforcers on February 3, 2015. That guy came in front of the office of three times former […]

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Plainclothes police picked up Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) office secretary Abdus Sattar Patwari from the city’s Dhanmondi area on Tuesday. Deputy Commissioner (media) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Masudur Rahman said a team of Detective Branch of police held Sattar from Dhanmondi Prince Plaza Market around 2:40pm. He, however, declined to explain the reason behind […]

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Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed today termed the proposal of dialogue by the civil society members as “unrealistic and unacceptable” and said no dialogue can take place with those engaged in “killing innocent people by violence”. Tofail, also a presidium member of the ruling Awami League, said this while answering a question during a press conference […]

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Analysts say the gap between politicians and the civil society got wider during 2007-08 Since democratic process began in 1991 through the toppling of HM Ershad’s military regime, none of the civil society initiatives to resolve political crises has ever brought any results. On Monday, Nagorik Samaj, a platform of civil society members, sent letters […]

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Suspected anti-government demonstrators have fire-bombed a bus in Feni and a truck in Netrokona, leaving 11 people burnt. Both arson attacks took place on Tuesday night amid the ongoing nationwide transport blockade and shutdown called by the BNP and its allies. Nine people were burnt when a bus caught fire after assailants hurled petrol bombs […]

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Export orders at Dhaka International Trade Fair 2015 rose 18.16 percent to Tk 95.05 crore from the previous year, despite blockades and strikes across the country enforced by the BNP-led alliance since January 6, according to data from the Export Promotion Bureau. The growth in orders could have been much higher if political calm had […]

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Saudi deputy minister for labour Dr Ahmed Al-Fahaid and secretary of overseas employment ministry Khandaker Md Iftekhar Haider signed the agreement on recruiting Bangladeshi housemaids in Saudi Arab at the Secretariat. Photo: Focus Bangla The government on Tuesday struck a deal for exporting housemaids to Saudi Arabia, accepting a lower than an expected pay package […]

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Information technology sector will account for 1 percent of Bangladesh’s GDP in the next five years, prime minister’s ICT adviser Sajeeb Ahmed Wazed Joy expects. He expressed the hope while presenting a paper on Tuesday at the ministerial conference of a four-day IT exposition, Digital World 2015, at Bangabandhu Conference Centre in Dhaka. The exposition […]

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Indian Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal gestures as he speaks to supporters following his victory in the state assembly elections outside the party’s headquarters in New Delhi on February 10, 2015. Photo: AFP India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has admitted defeat in Delhi state elections after results showed anti-corruption campaigner Arvind Kejriwal’s party […]

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Fire bombs, trains derailments, street protests – Bangladesh is witnessing a surge in political violence which has killed 50 people. DW speaks to analyst Jasmin Lorch about how the government is reacting to the turmoil. On early Tuesday, February 3, fire bombs were thrown at a packed bus in Bangladesh, setting the vehicle alight, killing […]

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The minister for commerce, Tofail Ahmed, on Tuesday said a proposal floated by Nagarik Samaj, a planfo of citizens, for holding dialogue between Awami League and Bangladesh Nationalist Party was unacceptable. He also termed the proposal as ‘unrealistic’ while talking to reporters at the secretariat. Tofail said that the proposal gives legitimacy to the violence, […]

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