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A brief history of political irony

Syed Badrul Ahsan The war of words between some leading lights of the Awami League and the Jatiyo Samajtantrik Dal (Inu), both of which are part of the government at this point in time, is a perfect reason why one needs to delve into the history, somewhat, of political irony in Bangladesh. These days, as […]

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has visited the house of Jatiya Party faction leader Kazi Zafar Ahmed to pay her last respects to the former prime minister of HM Ershad’s regime. She stood in silence for a while beside the hearse in front of the veteran politician’s house at Gulshan around 9pm on Thursday. The former […]

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While 14-party coalition members see the spat over Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal’s role in creating the grounds for Bangabandhu killing as a plot to split the alliance, some Awami League leaders maintain they were simply pointing out historical facts. “The incidents between October 31, 1972 and August 15, 1975 must come up if we discuss the […]

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The government’s decision to raise the price of gas and power has upset the industrialists and business leaders in Bangladesh. They fear this will drive up prices of local products and make them less competitive in the global markets. On Thursday, the government hiked retail power prices by 2.97 percent and gas prices by 26.29 […]

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Victims were from Bangladesh, Myanmar, says UNHCR report on human trafficking At least 70 people are estimated to have died of starvation, dehydration, disease and abuse by the crews at sea on ships abandoned in May this year, said the UN Refugee Agency yesterday. With the new figure, the UNHCR estimates that over 1,100 people […]

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Jatiya Party faction leader Kazi Zafar Ahmed, who had been a prime minister during HM Ershad’s regime, has died at 76. His personal assistant Golam Mostafa said that he had been taken to the capital’s United Hospital on Thursday morning following cardiac problems. “The doctors pronounced him dead around 7:30am,” he told bdnews24.com. Apart from cardiac and kidney-related problems, […]

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Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) chief Maj-Gen Aziz Ahmed says operations against the ‘Arakan Army’, a Myanmar separatist group, will continue. The BGB was joined by the army and the police in combing operations in Rangamati district. Troops were also massed on the border region of Bandarban, specially around Thanchi, where the gunbattle took place on […]

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Ruling Awami League presidium member and road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on Thursday said the ruling party requires no “hybrid leaders” to join the AL. Justifying his stance, the minister said, “They [hybrid leaders] would join the AL and left the party after committing crimes.” Addressing a view-exchange meeting with reporters at Rajshahi […]

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Starting September 1, home users will have to pay Tk200 more for using single and double gas burners and Tk0.18 more for using every unit of electricity. The Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) yesterday announced that the monthly bill for single gas burners will be Tk600 – instead of the current Tk400 – and that […]

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Bangladesh has been termed as the country with “least emotional” people on a global ranking published in a recent report by Gallup, a data-driven news service provider based on US and world polls, daily tracking and public opinion research. An article published by TIME Magazine on Thursday said although Eastern Europe predominantly has the “least […]

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A court in Karachi on Thursday issued warrants for the arrest of Pakistan’s former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Makhdoom Amin Fahim, Dawn reported. The order against the leaders was issued after the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) presented a charge sheet in the court with 12 cases–relating to a […]

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Ittefaq Report Ambassadors of Nepal and Bhutan on Thursday stressed joint efforts to explore potential in the tourism sector for mutual economic benefits with increased number of employment generation. They observed that tourism is a priority for all of them, and there is endless potential that needs to be explored together. “Regional tourism is very […]

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