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ISIS in Bangladesh: There’s still time to stop it, but only if action is taken

In November 2015, the Islamic State declared its intent to extend its operations to Bangladesh, threatening: “The soldiers of the Khilafah will continue to rise and expand in Bengal and their actions will continue.” Unfortunately, ISIS efforts seem to be working. While ISIS’s ideological appeal far outweighs its operational capacity in Bangladesh, eight “affiliated” attacks have […]

We don’t have a Forest B Dear UNESCO team (Dr Fanny Douvere, Mizuki Murai, Naomi Clare Doak), Hello from Dhaka. So, how was your trip to Bangladesh? Let us not get into the debate over whether a “super critical” “third-generation” coal plant pollutes or not. Let us also not discuss how planet Earth is headed […]

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Housing and Public Works Minister Mosharraf Hossain and ruling Awami League MP Afsarul Amin engaged in an altercation following difference in opinion over flyovers in Chittagong during a discussion. At one stage, the MP was about to ‘assault’ the minister during the discussion at Engineers’ Institute on Sunday evening. The quarrel between the two politicians […]

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The National Board of Revenue has decided to frame a fresh draft of income tax act as the tax authority found the proposed ‘direct tax code’ drafted by the International Finance Corporation too complex and inconsistent with the country’s socio-economic condition. The direct tax code containing all the laws related to direct tax, including income […]

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Jatiya Party faction chairman Anwar Hossain Manju, also the forest and environment minister, said on Saturday that the country now lacked true democracy. The country is passing a very critical time and democracy is treading on a dangerous path, he said at the opening session of the party’s tri-annual national conference at Institute of Engineers, […]

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A culture of fear persists in Bangladesh as the incumbent government is continuing to ensure their dominance in society, an academician and an editor said at a public dialogue on Saturday. They urged for the collective voice to be raised to overcome the fear. Azfar Hussain, vice president of US-based Global Center for Advanced Studies […]

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Anyone familiar with Panama’s economic history isn’t surprised by revelations of shell companies and hidden assets created by a law firm based in the small nation. “I’ve been screaming about it for decades,” said Jack Blum, an attorney and former US Senate staff who focused on international tax evasion. In fact, Panama has been a […]

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Demonstration against construction of a power plant in Chittagong’s Banshkhali scheduled for Sunday has been postponed for 15 days. A forum styled ‘Residents for Saving Homestead’ announced the deferment of their agitation programme on Saturday following discussion with a ruling Awami League leader, lawyers and a former Banshkhali Police Station OC. Local BNP leader and […]

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The BNP has named seven joint secretaries general and eight organising secretaries of its new central committee. Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi announced the names at a press conference in the capital on Saturday, three weeks after the party’s national council. The new secretaries general are Mahbub Uddin Khokan, Mujibur Rahman Sarwar, Syed […]

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Protesters across France are marching to voice their anger at labour reforms being championed by the country’s Socialist government. Officials hope the reforms will inject a bit more flexibility into the country’s stagnant labour market but many workers fear the changes will do little more than weaken the nation’s generous social protections. Local media counted […]

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