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By DAVID BARSTOW One of India’s best-known human rights activists, Teesta Setalvad, was brewing her morning tea on July 14 when she got a telephone call from her security guard. “C.B.I. is at the gate, ma’am,” the guard said, referring to the Central Bureau of Investigation, the federal police. Before long, 16 agents were searching […]

by Joshua Kurlantzick In the late 2000s and early 2010s, Bangladesh, which for years had been an international symbol of poverty and catastrophe, seemed to have reached a kind of stability. The country’s economy, powered by its garment industry, was posting some of the highest growth rates in Asia and grabbing textile jobs from China […]

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Akbar Shahid Ahmed & Jessica Schulberg The Lebanese army has closer ties to Hezbollah than the U.S. wants to admit. More than $1 billion in U.S. military equipment quietly began flowing to the Lebanese military over the last year. Saudi Arabia is paying for much of it: powerful missiles, advanced aircraft. But Washington is also making […]

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Criticising the government for what it said resorting to crossfire getting unnerved over the serious slide in law and order, BNP on Thursday urged the government to ensure the rule of law stopping extrajudicial killings. Speaking at a press briefing at BNP’s Nayaplatan central office, party spokesman Asaduzzaman Ripon also feared that the government may […]

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The bullet-hit baby handed over to mother On release from Dhaka Medical College Hospital, Suraiya is being received by her mother at the hospital yesterday. The baby was shot while in her mother’s womb during a Jubo League factional clash in Magura last month. Even a few days ago, Nazma could hardly believe that her […]

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Prosecution of the August 21, 2004 grenade attack case is hopeful that the trials will be completed by December. “We are determined to complete the trial of August 21, 2004 grenade attack cases by this year,” public prosecutor Advocate Mosharraf Hossain Kazol dealing with the grenade attack case told reporters on Wednesday. He hoped that […]

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AUG 21 BLACK DAY

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2004 [BNP-led alliance in power] Aug 21 At 5:22pm, Islamic militant outfit Huji carries out the grenade attack on an Awami League rally in Dhaka, killing 24 people and injuring 300 more. Sheikh Hasina narrowly escapes assassination. Attackers leave the spot safely, reportedly with the help of the administration and the law enforcement agencies. Hasina […]

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The High Court’s observation that the government should ‘not force anyone’ to consume wheat bought from Brazil has been upheld by the Appellate Division. The four-member appeals bench led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha scrapped the state’s plea challenging the order on Thursday. Attorney General Mahbubey Alam represented the state accompanied by Deputy Attorney […]

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The government will deactivate unregistered mobile-phone SIM cards, State Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Tarana Halim has said. “We will silence unregistered SIMs since they are being used in crimes,” she told reporters during a BTRC drive against such SIMs in Dhaka on Thursday. Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) Chairman Sunil Kanti Bose said they […]

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Ruling Awami League general secretary and public administration minister Syed Ashraful Islam on Thursday called on his party workers to make Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman universal figure. He also asked the party workers not to keep Bangabandhu within a partisan boundary or within a certain coterie. Addressing a discussion meeting marking the National Mourning Day, […]

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Free speech in Bangladesh is under attack as never before, Human Rights Watch has claimed. Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia director of the US-based rights organisation, made the statement yesterday. “Free speech in Bangladesh is under attack as never before, held hostage between angry, machete-wielding radicals on one hand and a government, quick to take offence, […]

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In conversation with Hiroki Inagawa, CEO of global IT outsourcing firm Sekai Lab BESIDES BANGLADESH, Sekai Lab has development branches in China, Vietnam and Japan. What kind of work do you think you’re going to be doing here? The word ‘sekai’ means world in Japanese. So Sekai Lab literally means ‘World Lab’. We are a […]

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