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BANGLADESH: Impunity and corporate interests end lives and livelihoods

Bangladesh police have once again killed protestors. This time four out of a few hundred villagers who protested on 4 April 2016 have been killed. The farmers were protesting against acquisition of their agricultural lands without consent or adequate compensation, for the purpose of establishing a coal-fired power plant at Gondamara Village of Banshkhali Upazilla […]

Minar Rashid আওয়ামী লীগের যুগ্ম সাধারণ সম্পাদক মাহবুবউল আলম হানিফ গণমাধ্যমকে জানিয়েছেন, ওলামা লীগের সাথে তাদের কোনো ধরনের সম্পর্ক নেই। শুধু অস্বীকার করাই নয়, ওলামা লীগকে তিনি বাটপাড়দের সংগঠন বলেও অভিহিত করেছেন। কাজেই এটি শুধু গলা ধরে ধাক্কা নয়- অনেকটা কানে ধরে বের করে দেয়ার মতো অবস্থা। এর বিপরীত প্রতিক্রিয়ায় ওলামা লীগ জনাব হানিফকে ভুঁইফোড় […]

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Alleges their links to ‘plot to kidnap and kill her son’ Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said a conspiracy to abduct and kill her son Sajeeb Wazed Joy was unearthed in the United States, and the names of Shafik Rehman and Mahmudur Rahman came up in this connection in a US court. “It [the conspiracy] […]

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Shafik Rehman has confessed of holding several meetings with people suspected of plotting to abduct and kill Sajeeb Wazed joy, detectives claim. Police yesterday claimed Shafik Rehman admitted to having held “more than one meeting” with those convicted by a US court for bribing an FBI special agent to collect “confidential information”. “Shafik Rehman has […]

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Prime minister Sheikh Hasina attends a function marking the 44th founding anniversary of Bangladesh Krishak League at Krishibid Institution Bangladesh in Dhaka on Tuesday. Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday said her government will not allow anyone to set up industries indiscriminately destroying farmlands and forests. ‘Indiscriminate setting up of industries destroying our cultivable lands […]

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Macabre scenario: “By targeting young freethinkers, the Islamists pose as defenders of religion, placing their progressive opponents on the defensive.” A portrait in Dhaka of Bangladeshi-American blogger Avijit Roy, who was hacked to death in 2015. “Offending religious sentiments shows a perverted mindset,” the Bangladeshi Premier, Sheikh Hasina, recently said at a celebration of the […]

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Clockwise from top left, an aerial view of Korail Slum; men set illegal gas connection to a stove at Sattola Slum while illegal water supply lines lie on a narrow road at Bhashantek Slum in the capital. The photos were taken on Tuesday. Local political leaders with clouts in association with corrupt officials are minting […]

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A fresh scandal involving Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton surfaced on Monday following a disclosure that her State Department awarded at least US$13 million in grants and loans to Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus. The US based Daily Caller News Foundation made the disclosure after its investigation found that Yunus had benefitted from grants, […]

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The rating agency says weak global conditions imply risks to exports and migrant workers Fitch, a leading global credit rating agency, has maintained its ‘BB-‘ rating for Bangladesh, due to its foreign currency earnings and high and stable real economic growth. Strong and relatively stable foreign currency revenue from remittances and garment exports support the […]

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Police say ‘confidential documents from the FBI’ related to an abduction attempt on the prime minister’s son Sajeeb Ahmed Wazed Joy have been found in arrested journalist Shafik Rehman’s home. Rehman was arrested on Saturday for his suspected involvement in the case, related to another case in the US in which the son of a […]

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Detectives are investigating whether BNP’s exiled senior vice-chairman Tarique Rahman had any link with the alleged plot to abduct and kill prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s son Sajeeb Wazed Joy in the USA. “Detectives are looking into whether anyone from Bangladesh, London and the USA had any link with the plotters,” said chief of the Counter […]

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The Fizz leaps to field the ball during the IPL match between Mumbai and Hyderabad. Photo taken from BCB’s Facebook page Sunrisers Hyderabad captain and Aussie batter David Warner enthusiastically backed up Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman’s bowling at the back end of a match and compared the left-armer’s deeds with those of his teammate Mitchell […]

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