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Ex-opposition leader’s death sentence in Bangladesh opens old wounds

By Syed Tashfin Chowdhury On Wednesday, security by the Bangladesh government was beefed up in the capital city of Dhaka and port city Chittagong. The measures were taken ahead of the final verdict on the appeal by senior opposition leader and parliamentarian Salauddin Quader Chowdhury against a death sentence awarded to him by a war […]

By John Elliott Of all the visits to 25 foreign countries that Narendra Modi has made since he became India’s prime minister 14 months ago, a recent trip to neighboring Bangladesh yielded perhaps the most concrete outcome. On a relatively brief weekend visit in June, Modi signed an agreement with Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh’s prime minister, […]

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একদলীয় শাসন’ চায় আ’লীগ : উইকলিসের চাঞ্চল্যকর তথ্য ফাঁস – জাহিদ এফ সরদার সাদী ” বাংলাদেশের ক্ষমতাসীন আওয়ামী লীগ ‘একদলীয় রাজনীতি’ (সিয়াসাহ আল হিযব আল-ওয়াহিদ) প্রতিষ্ঠার চেষ্টা চালিয়ে যাচ্ছে বলে মূল্যায়ন করেছিলেন ঢাকায় সৌদি আরবের রাষ্ট্রদূত। ২০১২ সালের ১০ মে রিয়াদে পাঠানো এক কূটনৈতিক বার্তায় তিনি এ কথা জানান। উইকিলিকস ওয়েবসাইটে সদ্য প্রকাশিত তারবার্তাগুলোর মধ্যে […]

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With less than 24 hours to go before Bangladesh and India close a 68-year chapter in their history by putting an end to the territorial anomalies known as chhitmahals, some exclave dwellers are saying they are being left behind Exclave residents who say they were left out of a population survey – and even forcibly […]

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Projects BB in monetary policy statement Bangladesh Bank has projected that the country’s trade deficit might widen to $13.41 billion in the financial year 2015-16 while current account balance might register a deficit amount of $3.55 billion. The BB projects that the trade deficit — gap between export earnings and import payments — will also […]

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By South Asia Monitor By Swadesh Roy* Hit by political upheavals, Bangladesh is now peaceful. The cautious people of the country and many foreign diplomats are now convinced, Bangladesh has entered a nonviolent political chapter. In this chapter, road agitations, deadly violent politics, will gradually become history. Some pessimistic intellectuals and foreign diplomats in Bangladesh […]

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M. Shahidul Islam in Toronto Battered by an orgy of persistent persecutions that had resulted 100s of deaths and maiming, and over 35,000 incarceration of workers and leaders in the last two years alone, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) is changing is track and building a strong overseas operation to keep the party perky in order […]

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A 40-day programme of Awami League commemorating the 40th anniversary of martyrdom of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, has kicked off. A milad mahfil was held after Awami League General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam placed wreaths at Bangabandhu’s mazar at Tungipara. In response to journalists’ query about the ongoing talks on midterm election, Ashraf rejected any […]

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The Afghan Taliban’s Supreme Council was not consulted over the election of a new leader following the death of founder Mullah Omar, reports BBC. Taliban sources said on Thursday that his deputy Mullah Akhtar Mansour had been chosen to head the militant group, BBC said it has learnt. But a spokesman told the British media […]

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Transport workers on Saturday blocked the First Bangladesh- China Friendship Bridge over Buriganga at Postagola in the city, protesting against the newly imposed toll hike by the roads and highways department. The bridge remained blocked since dawn snapping communications between Dhaka and a number of southern districts via Keraniganj, Munshiganj. The blockade created long traffic […]

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Shamsuddin Ahmed Myanmar, fighting civil war with armed ethnic groups, is set for general elections on November 8. Basically ruled by the army, a recent move by the ruling USDP and supported by opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) of Aung San Suu Kyi to lower from 75 per cent to 70 per cent support […]

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Faruque Ahmed Politics is no more a common property of the ordinary people. They don’t seem to understand what is happening around them or going to happen next. They only see a cloud of uncertainty and feel uneasy about their future. There exist a political calm but the environment is disquieting. The government remained unresponsive […]

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