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Madam Prime Minister; are you ready?

শারমিন শামস আমি কোনদিন কোন লেখায় বিচার চাইনি। আমি মুখেও বিচার চাই না। বিচার চাইবো কেন? চাইতে হবেই বা কেন? রাষ্ট্র স্বাভাবিক নিয়মে বিচার করবে, অপরাধীকে শাস্তি দেবে। আমি সাধারণ মানুষ। প্রত্যেকবার একেকটা বিভৎস হত্যাকাণ্ডের পর কেন আমাদের তীব্র স্বরে বিচার চেয়ে চেয়ে লুটিয়ে পড়তে হবে? এবং এর পরেও যখন বিচার হবে না, দিনের পর দিন […]

খালেদা জিয়ার বারবারই এমন ভুল করা উচিত মুহাম্মদ ইয়াহ্ইয়া আখতার একটা গুমোট পরিস্থিতির মধ্যে আটকে আছে বাংলাদেশের রাজনীতি। মনে হচ্ছে রাজনীতিতে কোনো স্বচ্ছতা নেই, জবাবদিহিতা নেই, নেই নাগরিক সমাজকে স্বস্তি দেয়ার কোনো প্রবণতা। আর সরকারের পক্ষ থেকে রাজনীতিতে স্বাভাবিকতা ও সুস্থ ছন্দ ফিরিয়ে আনার কোনো তৎপরতাও দেখা যাচ্ছে না। এর ফলে সাধারণ মানুষের দৈনন্দিন জীবনে […]

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HC suggests in full verdict on Jan 5 elections With the political crisis over the mode of a polls-time cabinet still unresolved, the High Court has come up with two formulas for the interim government to assist the Election Commission in holding the next two parliamentary elections. The first formula allows the incumbent prime minister […]

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BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has discussed the plans for future programmes with the leaders of the 20-Party coalition that she leads. The meeting held at her Gulshan office on Wednesday night was her first with the allies in nine months. After the one-and-half-hour-long meeting, Kazi Zafar Ahmed, chairman of a Jatiya Party faction, told reporters […]

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The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Wednesday slammed those seeking constitutional amendment again, saying that these people were either advisers to military dictators or worked with them in other capacities and licked their feet and begged their mercy. ‘While discussing, some people do not see any democracy [in the country], some are pushing for forming […]

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Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed sees politics behind the US decision to deny Bangladesh products GSP, but US Ambassador in Dhaka Marcia Bernicat disagrees. After visiting a few readymade garment factories in Gazipur on Tuesday, Bernicat told reporters that ‘there was no politics behind the US decision’. “Bangladesh has tried hard to fulfil the 16 conditions […]

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‘Khaleda can’t shirk responsibility for GSP suspension’  Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed on Wednesday said the government would not take any further initiative to have the generalized system of preferences (GSP) of the USA reinstated. “We won’t take any further move to get back GSP. We’re an independent country and can’t bow down,” he told reporters […]

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A probe body has blamed state-owned telecom officials for irregularities and bureaucratic inefficiency in the bidding process of nationwide broadband internet expansion project which resulted in cancellation of around Tk 300 crore soft loans from Japan. The investigation body formed by ministry of Post, Telecommunications and Information Technology in the wake of the cancellation of […]

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A Bangladesh Chhatra League activist was stabbed to death on Wednesday in the sequel of infighting of the ruling Awami League-backed student organisation at Madan Mohan College in Sylhet. The victim, Abdul Ali, 19, a Class-XII student of the college, was a Chhatra League activist, the family and the police said. Kotwali police detained Chhatra […]

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Transparency International Bangladesh executive director Iftekharuzzaman on Wednesday said that reforms of the political parties could eliminate the culture of corruption from the society. At a discussion marking the International Youth Day at Abul Karim Sahitya Bisharad auditorium of Bangla Academy, he said that political criminalisation and dominance of businessmen in politics caused corruption and […]

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Armin Zaman Khan Building a power plant only 14km away from the Sundarbans’ border can only be bad news We need to protect our forests  “The 1320MW Rampal power project is making progress in accordance with your laws and regulations. We can do more together in the power sector, here and in India.” — Indian […]

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Ittefaq Report Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged the Bangladesh government to protect bloggers and prosecute those targeting free speech instead of proposing self-censorship. In a press release on Tuesday, it said that the killing of secular blogger Niladri Chakrabarti is a harrowing reminder of the need for the Bangladesh government to take immediate steps […]

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