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Any light at the end of the tunnel for Bangladesh’s Political Unrest?

by Rehman Sobhan Sporadic and indiscriminate acts of violence costing innocent lives serve to neither intimidate the government nor bring the opposition closer to realising its political objectives The mounting death toll and horrific burn injuries suffered by the victims of incendiary attacks during the recent oborodhs and hartals called by the BNP-led alliance have […]

RAB has handed over Mahmudur Rahman Manna, who has been embroiled in controversy since his phone conversations leaked, to Gulshan Police Station 21 hours after arresting him. The Nagorik Oikya convener was sent to the headquarters of the Detective Branch immediately after he was taken to Gulshan Police Station around 12:20am on Wednesday. The security […]

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INDIA is looking for new economic frontiers in the East. In the face of continuing stalemate of WTO negotiations, countries are looking for alternative or parallel arrangements. The past decade has seen the flourishing of many such initiatives. As an emerging global economic powerhouse, India would obviously not like to be left behind. There is […]

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The Editors’ Council has expressed serious concern, saying it has become difficult for the press and the national media to work independently and in an unbiased manner. “We have been observing with grave concern that it has become difficult for the press and the national media to work independently and in an impartial manner,” the […]

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The Election Commission is weighing the option of holding elections to the three city corporations in Dhaka and Chittagong on the same day. The Election Commission Secretariat has said it is ready to organise polls to the Dhaka North City Corporation, Dhaka South City Corporation and Chittagong City Corporation simultaneously. Election Commissioner Mohammad Abdul Mobarak […]

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Nagarik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna did not make any anti-state comment, claims its spokesman in Dhaka on Tuesday, reports UNB. “The students of our country always play an important role in political movement. So student movement should be raised now in the universities. Mahmudur Rahman Manna talked about how such movement could be raised […]

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The World Bank will give Bangladesh $500 million as budget support for the next fiscal year, beginning July 1, the finance minister has said. After a meeting with World Bank’s Vice President for South Asia Annette Dixon at the Secretariat on Tuesday, Abul Maal Abdul Muhith said the support would be offered in addition to […]

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At least 7 people, including two children, were killed as a bus crashed into an auto-rickshaw in Chouddagram Upazila in Comilla district on Tuesday evening. The identities of the deceased could not be known immediately. Police and locals said an unspecified number of people were also injured in the crash. The injured were rescued and […]

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A group of plainclothes men, who introduced themselves as detectives, picked up Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna at his relative’s house at Banani in the capital, Dhaka, in the early hours of today. Detective Branch of police however denied detaining Manna, whose two audio clips created quite a stir across the country. “Around 3:00am, […]

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Bangladesh Burning

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K. ANIS AHMED Democracy remains the best hope to quell insurgent violence and the targeted killing of civilians. More than 100 Bangladeshis have been killed in political violence since last month, mostly through petrol-bombing of commuter buses and three-wheeler motorized rickshaws. These attacks come amid a nationwide industry and transportation shutdown called by the out-of-power […]

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As the Awami League led incumbent government has not responded to the BNP`s demands, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will announce a new course of action against the government soon. The BNP Chairperson also the leader of the 20-party alliance will meet the media soon to announce her new course of action, the party insiders confirmed […]

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Reiterating Bangladesh’s firm stand against terrorism, prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday said the country’s armed forces, being imbued with the same ideal, must move forward. “We’re committed to international peace and security. Our stand against all kinds of terrorism is very clear,” she said at a function in Mirpur Cantonment, BSS reported. It was […]

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