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Shipbreaker’s Security Guards Fire Shots

By MarEx Seven people, including a 16-year-old boy, were injured after guards at a shipbreaking company in Bangladesh opened fire on people protesting against the death of a worker. Mohammad Sumon was killed instantly when a truck transporting scrap steel from the Kabir Steel yard in Chittagong ran him over on the morning on March […]

By UCAN Christians and Muslims in India have welcomed comments by the head of an eastern state favoring quotas for Dalit religious minorities in government jobs and educational institutions, a right enjoyed by their Hindu counterparts. “The time has come to give quotas to low-caste Muslims and Christians who have long been deprived of this […]

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By International Crisis Group As the Awami League (AL) government’s political rivalry with the Bangladesh National Party (BNP) reaches new heights, so has its repression. At the same time, a deeply politicised, dysfunctional criminal justice system is undermining rather than buttressing the rule of law. Heavy-handed measures are denting the government’s legitimacy and, by provoking […]

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By MarEx Chinese and Pakistani officials say that the expansion of the deepwater port at Gwadar, Pakistan is approaching completion, and that the port will see traffic totaling to one million tons in 2017. The tonnage would represent a small fraction of the business at most seaports, and only a few tenths of a percentage […]

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Senior BNP leader Gayeshwar Chandra Roy has questioned the party’s decision to take part in the remaining phases of union council elections, which according to him, have turned into a ‘festival of killing’. At least 30 persons died in polls-related violence in the first two legs of the six-phase Union Parishad election. The election to […]

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Learning from experience  Over the last decade in Bangladesh, we have spent almost a billion US dollars on several hundred projects and activities to tackle climate change. Most of these projects have been on adaptation but a few have also been on mitigation. As tackling climate change is a new issue for us, there is […]

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A magnitude 7.1 earthquake has struck southern Japan, triggering a tsunami advisory, though it has later been lifted and no irregularities have been reported at three nuclear power plants in the area, media report. There were no immediate reports of casualties in the quake that hit early on Saturday (local time). The epicentre of the […]

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A file photo shows the National Board of Revenue’s headquarters in Dhaka. The NBR has instructed its field offices to ensure uniformity in issuing assessment orders in similar cases of income tax to reduce harassment of taxpayers. The National Board of Revenue has instructed its field offices to ensure uniformity in issuing assessment orders in […]

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A file photo taken on March 23 shows Bangladesh batsman Mushfiqur Rahim (L) reacts after he was dismissed by Indian bowler Hardik Panday (R) during their ICC World Twenty20 match at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. It seems the ghost of ICC World Twenty20 defeat to India will continue to hunt the Bangladeshi cricketers for […]

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Report based on incorrect information: home minister Extrajudicial killings and forced disappearances, the killing of secular bloggers and others by groups espousing extremist views, some restrictions on online speech and the press, were most significant human rights problems for Bangladesh, said the latest report of the US Department of State. Early and forced marriage and […]

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by Esther Yu-Hsi Lee Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump’s extreme call for an immigration policy plan that prevents Muslim immigrants from remaining in the United States may already be underway. Anywhere between 70 and 100 immigrant detainees seeking asylum from political violence in the United States were deported back to India, Bangladesh, and Nepal on […]

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