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Arrest of Journalist in Bangladesh Conspiracy Case Triggers Concerns

Maaz Hussain Police in Bangladesh have arrested a veteran journalist on charges of plotting to kill the formerly U.S.-based son of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, and they are preparing to arrest another newspaper editor in the same case. Following Saturday’s arrest of Shafik Rehman, 82, editor of the monthly magazine Mouchake Dhil, police said he […]

ময়মনসিংহ শহরের কোল ঘেঁষে বয়ে চলেছে পুরনো ব্রহ্মপুত্র। শহরটিকে নদের উল্টো পাশের ভূখণ্ডের সাথে যুক্ত করেছে প্রায় আধা কিলোমিটার দীর্ঘ একটি সেতু। শম্ভুগঞ্জ ব্রিজ নামে পরিচিত সেতুটির দৈর্ঘ্য প্রায় আধা কিলোমিটার। কিন্তু তলা দিয়ে বয়ে যাচ্ছে জলের অতি ক্ষীণ একটি ধারা। আর বাদবাকি চর। ফাল্গুনের এক বিকেলে দেখা গেল, সেতুটিকে পাশ কাটিয়ে শত শত মানুষ […]

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Awami League Publicity Affairs Secretary Hasan Mahmud, 3rd from right, at a recent Olama League programme in the capital. He along with several AL leaders claims that the organisation has no links with their party. However, Olama League claims to be an affiliated body of the AL. The Olama League has all along been claiming […]

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Syed Badrul Ahsan Less than two years ago, the Bangladesh Foreign Ministry organized a grand celebration to commemorate the country’s entry into the United Nations in September 1974. Former foreign minister Kamal Hossain, the architect of that momentous event forty two years ago, was not on the list of people invited to the celebrations. Not […]

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Taleya Rehman, wife of senior journalist Shafik Rehman, on Wednesday termed baseless and concocted the charge against her husband over a plot to ‘abduct and kill’ prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s son Sajeeb Wazed Joy. Speaking at a solidarity programme, she also demanded her husband’s unconditional release. “He (Rehman) has been picked up over a fully […]

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The government-commissioned investigation committee has submitted its interim report on the cyber heist on Bangladesh Bank’s foreign reserves account in the US. The panel, headed by former central bank governor Mohammed Farashuddin, handed the findings to Finance Minister AMA Muhith around 6pm on Wednesday at his office. Farashuddin was accompanied by the other committee members: […]

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Noted watchdog Reporters Sans Frontières has placed Bangladesh 144th among 180 countries in its latest Press Freedom Index, placing the country in even lower ranking than war-torn South Sudan, Afghanistan and authoritarian Zimbabwe. The short brief about Bangladeshi press’ performance also notes that “the media is fairly outspoken on less sensitive issues.” Bangladesh has scored […]

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Reckless helper drives coach as driver sleeps; collision causes fatal accident in Rangpur; 49 injured The smashed front end of the coach that collided with a bus on Rangpur-Dinajpur highway yesterday. Survivors said reckless driving of the coach helper, who was standing in for a sleepy driver, caused the crash. The reckless driving of a […]

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A senior US official has said they assisted the Bangladesh government in its inquiry that exposed the conspiracy to abduct and assassinate Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s son in the US, according to PTI. India’s official news agency quoted the unnamed official on Wednesday as saying that the Department of Justice responded to Dhaka’s request “for […]

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Hundreds of people are feared to have drowned in the southern Mediterranean last week, in what would be the deadliest migrant shipwreck in months, The Guardian newspaper reports.A repurposed fishing boat overloaded by smugglers with up to 500 Africans hoping to reach Italy from eastern Libya may have sunk, the newspaper quoted survivors as telling […]

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