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Zafrullah Chowdhury criticises process of making Mirza Fakhrul BNP secretary general

Pro-BNP professional Zafrullah Chowdhury has congratulated Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on his becoming the party’s secretary general but criticised the way of his appointment. Gonoshasthaya Kendra founder Chowdhury also expressed doubt about the effectiveness of Mirza Fakhrul, who, he said, had got the post as a ‘favour’ from party Chairperson Khaleda Zia. “I greet Mirza […]

CreditChristina Hägerfors On Feb. 4, $101 million dollars of Bangladesh’s foreign exchange reserves were stolen from its account at the Federal Reserve in New York. Only about $20 million have been recovered so far, and it still isn’t known who took the money or where it ended up. The heist is being described as one […]

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International Crisis Group has called for depolicising Bangladesh’s justice system to address law and order and help stall what it terms a democratic collapse. In a report released on Monday, the Brussels-based group cautioned that the government’s heavy-handed measures are instigating violent counter-responses and creating opportunities for extremist outfits to regroup. “The government’s reaction to […]

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It had been a disappointing 100 years for the majestic cats. Around 100,000 tigers still lived in the wild in the 1900, but 97 percent were lost in a century of constant decline. But their numbers were finally on the rise, marking a turning point for the tigers’ plight against poaching and loss of habitat. […]

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The Philippines must make sure casinos are covered by anti-money laundering legislation, the World Bank said on Monday, joining calls for the government to better regulate its gambling industry after stolen millions from Bangladesh found their way to Manila. A Philippine panel is trying to fathom how $81 million hacked in February from the New […]

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The government on Monday reiterated its restrictions on this year’s Bangla New Year celebrations, saying that all outdoor events on Pahela Baishakh must finish by 5:00pm on 14 April. Dhaka Metropolitan Police commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia said this in a press conference at DMP media centre in Dhaka. No open air cultural programme or concert will […]

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Speaking at a TV talk-show on Feb 3, Mahfuz Anam admitted running unsubstantiated reports fed by the military’s spy agency, the Directorate General of Forces Intelligence (DGFI). The High Court has stayed 72 cases against ‘The Daily Star’ Editor Mahfuz Anam. The cases were filed in different courts across Bangladesh over the newspaper running DGFI-fed unverified […]

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Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has urged the government to take steps to bring back the money laundered from Bangladesh although no name of any Bangladeshis is found in Panama Papers. “Against the backdrop of some recent international reports that reveal money is being alarmingly smuggled to outside of the country, we urge the government to […]

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