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India’s Stagnant Courts Resist Reform

Puneet Mittal, trim and sharply dressed, walks into the lobby of his law office in affluent South Delhi, a smartphone pressed to his ear. He turns to a recently hired associate, Bhavesh Verma. “We’re leaving at 9:30. And I don’t want to waste time.” But through no fault of his own, that’s just what Mittal’s […]

                      The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Wednesday termed the BNP chairperson, Khaleda Zia, a killer and said that she would not sit for a dialogue with the ‘killer.’ ‘With whom I would hold discussion…with the killer who kills people in arson attacks,’ she told […]

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                    Krishok Sramik Janata League president Abdul Kader Siddique passed the 15th day of his indefinite sit-in in front of his party’s central office at Motijheel in the capital on Wednesday. Valiant freedom fighter Kader and his party leaders and activists started the sit-in demanding dialogue […]

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The performance of the Alternative Dispute Resolution system of the National Board of Revenue appeared dismal as very insignificant number of taxpayers adopted it to resolve disputes through this process, according to NBR sources. Taxpayers referred only 743 cases to the NBR for settling through ADR process in the last three years after introduction of […]

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The political crisis in Bangladesh, which has been triggered by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) – led 20-party opposition alliance, is creating severe disturbance in public life, and highly placed experts in Bangladesh have warned that unless checked, the country could become another Syria. Bangladeshi buses ply a street during an ongoing nationwide strike and […]

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Pakistan has set an example for Bangladesh and many other countries to follow in public health with an announcement that it will implement a new pictorial health warning on tobacco packs next month. Authorities in Bangladesh have been struggling for the past 22 months to introduce a similar warning. Pakistan’s health ministry on Wednesday said […]

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Bangladesh’s main opposition leader has demanded Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina step down in order to ease the ongoing political turmoil in the country. Khaleda Zia said in an interview on Wednesday that there could be no resolution of the worsening political turmoil in Bangladesh unless Hasina agrees to stand down, adding that resignation would pave […]

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Nationwide cyanide

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Rubaiyat Kabir Confine yourself to your homes, cut yourself off from the rest of the world Look, there’s something I need you to do. There’s very little time to explain! Just listen to me! Go home (if you aren’t there already), bolt your doors shut, chuck your phone(s) out the window, sever your Internet connection […]

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The British high commissioner in Dhaka has urged all political parties to think of consequences of their actions and refrain from damaging national interest. High commissioner Robert W Gibson conveyed his country’s concerns at the current situation when he called on BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia at her Gulshan office on Wednesday. “I have consistently called […]

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The European Union reiterated the call on Bangladeshi political actors for a dialogue to end the current crisis marked by violence. EU ambassador and head of delegation Pierre Mayaudon apprised prime minister Sheikh Hasina of the EU’s latest position during a courtesy call at her office on Wednesday morning. A press release issued by the […]

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10 infants among the dead, health experts term it ‘unusual’ Ten babies, including five newborns, died in a span of just 10 hours and 22 more patients of different ages died in 24 hours in Osmani Medical College and Hospital in Sylhet till Tuesday morning causing panic among the patients and their attendants. Relatives of […]

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Migrants who survived a shipwreck are escorted as they arrive at the Lampedusa harbour Feb 11, 2015. More than 300 people probably died this week after attempting to reach Italy from Libya on four separate boats in stormy weather, the UN refugee agency said on Wednesday after speaking to a handful of survivors. The sharp […]

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