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Company in Bangladesh Agrees to Union Peace

By STEVEN GREENHOUSE and HIROKO TABUCHI After wielding intense pressure against a Bangladeshi apparel maker over assaults on union leaders outside its factories, Western companies have agreed to resume business with that manufacturer, on the condition that it stay committed to halting further violence and make peace with its labor unions. VF, which makes North […]

By MANU JOSEPHFEB. 18, 2015 NEW DELHI — Prime Minister Narendra Modi is an admirer of persistence, but perhaps not in India’s human rights activists. What many of them are persistent about is pursuing him. On Tuesday, Mr. Modi gave a speech condemning religious violence of any kind. Yet many Indian activists and others see […]

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Thomas L. Friedman Vladimir Putin’s Russia and Erdogan’s Turkey are the poster children for this trend, along with Venezuela, Thailand, Botswana, Bangladesh and Kenya. Every month now we get treated to another anti-Semitic blast from Turkey’s leadership, which seems to be running some kind of slur-of-the-month club. Who knew that Jews all over the world […]

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Bangladesh, full of confidence after crushing Afghanistan in their Pool A opener, are apparently not afraid of facing Australia – the top-ranked ODI side they hope to beat on Saturday. The Tigers started their World Cup campaign with a massive 105-run victory against Afghanistan at the Manuka Oval in Canberra on Wednesday. “They (Australia) are […]

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BNP joint secretary general Salahuddin Ahmed has advised prime minister Sheikh Hasina to learn from history, particularly from her father’s “grim end”. He made the remark in a statement on Wednesday. “Learn from history. Analyze the reasons of (your) father’s grim end. Stop mass killing,” Salahuddin urged the prime minister. He also called for general […]

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A Muslim-majority country is in danger of falling into the hands of Jihadi Islamists. No, I am not referring to Libya, Yemen, Iraq or Syria as we have become accustomed to reading about almost every day. I am talking about Bangladesh, a tiny democracy of 150 million people, mostly Muslim, where the constitution itself bars […]

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 Diplomats from various countries stationed in Dhaka held a meeting in the city and discussed political issues to find ways on how they can help Bangladesh resolve the ongoing crisis peacefully. A diplomatic source said the meeting was held at the residence of Australian High Commissioner in Dhaka Greg Wilcock in the afternoon. The diplomats […]

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2 more killed in Jessore   Two people were killed in a “shootout” with police in Monirampur upazila of Jessore early yesterday. Deceased Bazlur Rahman Bazlu, 40, is from Monirampur while Saidur Rahman Sayeed, 34, from Dumuria upazila of Khulna. Monirampur police claimed the two were Jamaat activists, but Rabiul Islam, elder brother of Bazlu, […]

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Valiant freedom fighter Abdul Kader Siddiqui on Wednesday called on the United Nations to take quick initiative to resolve Bangladesh’s current political crisis. Addressing a press conference, the president of Krishak Shramik Janata League underlined the importance of the role of the army, within the purview of law and the constitution, in restoring peace and […]

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Accusing Khaleda Zia of having a link with international militant group Islamic State, the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Wednesday categorically said the Bangladesh Nationalist Party chief would have to face trial for killing people. ‘You are seeing that terrorist activities are going on globally… What the IS did! …They burned 45 Egyptians to death….she […]

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Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the UN, gestures during the session ‘Tackling Climate, Development and Growth’ in the Swiss mountain resort of Davos January 23, 2015. United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has recently sent letters to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, saying that UN Assistant Secretary General Oscar Fernandez-Taranco is acting […]

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Muhammad Kamaruzzaman The Supreme Court today released the full verdict upholding the death penalty for Jamaat-e-Islami leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman in a war crimes case. Earlier in the day, all the four SC judges, who had delivered the verdict on November 3 last year by a majority decision, signed the 577-page judgment. They judges are Chief […]

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