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Police shootouts violating rule of law

Faruque Ahmed Violence is only flaring up and spreading with no end in sight.  When people are burning in streets from petrol bombs, police fire on people at will and their ‘arrest business’ is taking alarming shape. An EU parliamentary delegation is now in the capital to collect information on human rights situation in Bangladesh, […]

Streams of mourners began filing past the shaheed minars after placing flowers at the altars across the country as clock struck the zero hour past Friday with the nation paying homage to the martyrs of the Language Movement of 1952 in a beefed up security amid a protracted blockade enforced by the opposition alliance. In […]

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Slow revenue growth, ADP execution blamed The size of the revised budget for the current fiscal year (2014-15) might finally stand at Tk 2.4 trillion (Tk 240,000 crore), down by nearly Tk 100 billion (10,000 crore) from the original one, people familiar with the development told the FE. This is a big cut compared to […]

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Source: BSS President Abdul Hamid has expressed his hopes that all pending issues between Bangladesh and India will be resolved through the visit of West Bengal Chief Minister (CM) Mamata Banerjee. He said this when Mamata made a courtesy call on President Hamid at Bangabhaban on Friday. “The President has expressed the hope that all […]

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The UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon and the US secretary of state, John Kerry have urged the government to seek concrete ways to de-escalate the current political violence and to engage constructively the opposition for the long-term stability and development of the country. They made urge when the foreign minister, AH Mahmood Ali, held separate meetings […]

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Four Bangladeshis injured, three missing Firefighters try to put out the fire. Photo taken from Gulf News At least 10 people were killed and 30 injured in a fire at a two-storey residential building in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, early Friday. Officials at Bangladesh Embassy in Abu Dhabisaid it could […]

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Visiting Paschimbanga chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday urged Bangladesh to ‘keep confidence’ in her about the signing of much-sought Teesta Water sharing deal between the two countries. Mamata, now in Dhaka after 17 years, said she would discuss the issue with the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, during the meeting her. She was addressing a […]

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US secretary of state John Kerry has called on the Bangladesh government to end the current crisis peacefully, ensuring political expression of all parties. In a meeting with foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali in Washington on Thursday, Kerry also offered renewed US support to help achieve a political solution that returns Bangladesh to its democratic […]

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By Christian Caryl The Academy Award-nominated film “Timbuktu” explores the war within Islam It’s that time of year again: The Oscars are approaching. To be honest, I usually don’t pay much attention. Most entertainment awards these days seem to be dull and bloated exercises in self-congratulation. Yet there’s no denying that the prizes they hand […]

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The family of convicted war criminal Mohammad Kamaruzzaman awaiting hanging will visit him on Saturday, his son has said. “We wanted to see him today (Friday). But the lawyers asked us to do so after their visit on Saturday,” said Hasan Iqbal, son of the Jamaat-e-Islami assistant secretary general. He said the jail authorities did […]

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The BNP-led 20-party alliance has called a fresh 72-hour nationwide hartal from Sunday 6am, condemning the killing of opposition men in the name of crossfire, protesting mass arrests and calling for restoration of democracy and voting rights. BNP Joint Secretary General Salahuddin Ahmed made the announcement through a press release on Friday afternoon. Salahuddin said […]

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Tim Southee produced a brilliant spell of swing bowling for career-best figures of 7-33 before Brendon McCullum plundered an 18-ball half-century as New Zealand destroyed England by eight wickets in their World Cup Pool A match on Friday. Southee’s performance saw England dismissed for 123, with Joe Root top-scoring with 46, before New Zealand captain […]

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