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Is Bangladesh’s Crisis About to Get Much Worse?

Frederic Grare Bangladesh has plunged once again into one of those recurrent crises that have punctuated the country’s political life since independence. Khaleda Zia, leader of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), the main opposition party, decided to commemorate the first anniversary of the 2014 parliamentary elections as the day of “the murder of democracy” at […]

Lack of a disciplined military under a strong chain of command did not exist immediately after the independence of Bangladesh in 1971. In addition, political opposition from JSD, alleged to have been created by India as an alternative to Awami League was a menace for Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Add to that the corruption by the […]

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The United States will honour Bangladeshi journalist Nadia Sharmeen, who was attacked by Hifazat-e Islam supporters in Dhaka. The US Department of State will hand over on Thursday the ‘2015 International Women of Courage Award’ to 10 women from as many countries in Washington for their bravery. Sharmeen was attacked on May 5, 2013 while […]

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Mo Chaudhury Since the 1971 Liberation War, has there ever been a more grievous time for the nation of Bangladesh than now? No. Previously the nation did have many moments of harrowing tragedy like the gruesome murders of its leaders and war heroes (most notably Bangabandhu and President Zia), the deadly famine of 1974 and […]

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Cabinet committee on public purchase has approved proposals of the home and shipping ministries to procure 10 ships from China and Italy. The cabinet committee meeting, chaired by Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday, gave the approvals to meet the demand of the Shipping Corporation and Coast Guard. Of the ships, the procurement of six will […]

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The country’s trade deficit increased by 105.12 per cent to US$ 5.72 billion in the first seven months of the current financial year 2014-15 compared with that of US$ 2.79 billion during the same period of the FY14 due to a massive drop in export earnings against a higher import payment. Officials of Bangladesh Bank […]

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To have a glimpse of the country’s bleeding economy, look at Shohagh Paribahan. The long-distance bus operator now runs buses between 7:00am and 3:00pm daily, meaning no bus can leave the capital after 3:00pm. Its night coach service has been suspended on government directives. The company usually runs 15 luxury trips on the Dhaka-Chittagong route, […]

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Police have brought sedition charges against Nagorik Oikya chief Mahmudur Rahman Manna and BNP leader Sadeque Hossain Khoka. A leaked phone conversation between the two had revealed plans to destabilise the government by engineering clashes at the Dhaka University. Police’s Assistant Commissioner (Gulshan zone) Nurul Alam told bdnews24.com that they had received a written government […]

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The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Wednesday told parliament that the Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson, Khaleda Zia, being isolated from the people, now wanted to land in jail to save herself from the wrath of people. ‘She [Khaleda] now wants to stay at Nazimuddin Road [location of the Dhaka central jail] to save her from […]

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has said he was deeply concerned at measures that restrict freedom of expression and democratic space in numerous countries, including Bangladesh. “Civil society and freedom of speech is also under attack (in Bangladesh), not only by extremists but also due to ‘heavy-handed’ official responses,” he […]

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A team of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has met the officials of the Detective Branch of Police to inquire into the Bangladeshi-American secular writer and blogger Avijit Roy murder. The visiting FBI delegates met the DB officials on Thursday afternoon, said Detective Branch Joint Commissioner Monirul Islam. The DB official said the FBI […]

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Bangladesh has donated $1 million to the International Organization of Migration’s (IOM) emergency fund. Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali handed over the cheque to Director General William Lacy Swing while visiting the IOM headquarters on Wednesday at Geneva. He commended the role of IOM in “promoting” migration around the world, the foreign ministry said […]

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