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Bangladesh LGBT activist is among two hacked to death in Dhaka

Machete-wielding assailants have hacked a gay-rights activist to death in Bangladesh, lengthening the list of casualties ranging from secular bloggers, online activists and publishers to teachers, dissenters and foreigners. Two days after the murder of Rajshahi University professor AFM Rezaul Karim Siddiquee in a similar fashion, the country’s first LGBT magazine editor Xulhaz Mannan, 35, was […]

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Meer Ahsan Habib Imagine a world where you earn a decent living, the state treats you with fairness, there is little carbon emission in the environment, and on top of everything else, the society values your opinion. Who wouldn’t want to live in such a utopian world? There is hardly any country in the world […]

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Policemen, during a half day strike called by Bangladesh Progressive Student Alliance and Anti-Imperialist Student Alliance, beat up a youth during a blockade programme in Barisal on Monday. Seventeen students were detained and over 100 injured during clashes with police as two left-leaning students’ alliances observed a countrywide half-day strike on Monday protesting the government’s […]

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Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday accused the BNP-Jamaat clique of carrying out killings like Kalabagan double murder saying they are doing this to destabilise the country. ‘Everybody knows who were behind such killing…the BNP-Jamaat nexus has been engaged in such secret and heinous murders to destabilise the country,’ she said. Sheikh Hasina also said […]

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Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan speaks to reporters at his Beximco office after his return from an ICC meeting in Dubai on Monday. Bangladesh’s one-day international rankings came under the scanner on Monday after the Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan and the International Cricket Council gave two different versions on the matter. Nazmul […]

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Much like the cricket fans of the country, even Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan found himself in disbelief when he first saw the updated International Cricket Council ODI team rankings where the Tigers jumped from seventh to fifth position. “I saw the rankings before I went to the [ICC] meeting [in Dubai]. I thought […]

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Sunrisers Hyderabad mentor and former Indian batting legend VVS Laxman shares a light moment with Bangladesh pace sensation Mustafizur Rahman following their five-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab yesterday. The left-arm paceman took the Indian Premier League by storm, recording miserly bowling figures of 4-1-9-2 against Punjab. The southpaw is also the first cricketer in […]

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US Ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat has denounced the murders of Xulhaz Mannan and his friend Tanay Majumder. “I am devastated by the brutal murder of Xulhaz Mannan and another young Bangladeshi this evening in Dhaka. Xulhaz was more than a colleague to those of us fortunate to work with him at the […]

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Two persons including a former official of US Embassy have been killed in an apartment in Dhaka’s Kalabagan area. The deceased have been identified as Xulhaz Mannan (35), a former protocol officer of US embassy, also a cousin of former Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni and his friend Tanay Majumder. Xulhaz was active about the […]

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Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has said that 146 Bangladeshis were killed along borders with India by the neighbouring country’s border guard BSF and civilians in the past four years. In reply to a question in Parliament, he said on Monday that in 2012, BSF killed 24 Bangladesh nationals, while Indian civilians killed another 10. […]

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