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Three grisly child killings spark outrage in Bangladesh

A 10-year-old boy bludgeoned in the head with a crowbar after a neighbor accused him of stealing fish. A 12-year-old allegedly tortured to death by a former boss for joining a competitor. A 13-year-old tied to a pole and swatted to death by men who accused him of stealing a van – and captured the beating […]

Sadeq Khan In his writings on micro-credit, self-reliance and enterprise of the poor in Bangladesh, while campaigning globally for social business, Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus once suggested that geography gives Bangladesh a good advantage: The social dynamics of Bangladesh people, placed between two giant neighbours with high levels of growth, facilitates the country’s capacity […]

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United Nations’ experts on freedom of expression today condemned the killing of Bangladesh blogger Niladri Chattopadhyay. “The violent killing of another critical voice in Bangladesh shows that serious threats to freedom of expression persist in the country,” The UN’s Special Rapporteurs on freedom of expression, David Kaye, and on extrajudicial executions, Christof Heyns, said in […]

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The ‘Bangladesh branch’ of al-Qaeda in Indian Sub-continent (AQIS) has claimed responsibility for the murder of blogger Niladri Chatterjee Niloy in Dhaka. An e-mail, sent to the media from ansar.al.islam.bd@gmail.com, claimed credit some four hours after the killing on Friday. In the past, a purported Twitter account of AQIS claimed responsibilities for the killings of […]

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Detectives yesterday arrested Hefajat-e Islam Nayeb-e-Ameer Mufti Izharul Islam Chowdhury, who was on the run, in Chittagong city in connection with a blast at his madrasa around two years ago. Izhar was held in an explosive case filed against him with Khulshi Police Station on October 8, 2013, said Kusum Dewan, deputy commissioner (DB) of […]

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Says Amnesty Int’l Amnesty International has demanded thorough and independent investigation into the killing of bloggers in Bangladesh. In a statement yesterday, David Griffiths, South Asia research director at Amnesty International, said the government must send the strong message that killings aimed at silencing dissenting voices were despicable and would not be tolerated. The statement […]

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The digitalisation process will be completed in next six months The government has decided to digitalise the case management system of the state-owned banks and financial institutions so they can speed up resolving of pending cases filed with courts. The digitalisation process will be completed in next six months, according to the decision taken by […]

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End the impunity to incite hatred and violence which emboldens individuals to target authors We offer our deepest condolences to the family of Niloy Chowdhury, the Gonojagoron Moncho activist and writer who was brutally stabbed to death in Dhaka on Friday afternoon. The murder of Niloy is similar in both manner and apparent motivation to […]

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An injury-time strike by Kingsley Chigozie guided Sheikh Russel KC to a come-from-behind 4-3 victory over Feni Soccer Club in the Manyvar Bangladesh Premier League at Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday. The Blues, with 38 points from 18 matches, are now almost assured of finishing as the runners-up side in the top-flight ahead of traditional Dhaka […]

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By Tariq A. Al-Maeena Ever since the current prime minister of India Narendra Modi came to power in May 2014, there has been a perceptible shift of Hindu nationalism that has blossomed into spoken threats against India’s largest minorities, Muslims and Christians. Following the elections, Modi said: “My government’s only religion is ‘India first’; my […]

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Unknown assailants have hacked to death a Ganajagaran Mancha activist and blogger inside his house in Dhaka, three months after another blogger in Sylhet was brutally murdered in broad daylight. Khilgaon Police Station OC Mustafizur Rahman told bdnews24.com Niloy Chatterjee Neel was killed in his flat on the top floor of a four-storey building at […]

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