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The ‘$300 million plot?’ – lies, damn lies and Bangladesh political parties

by David Bergman In Bangladesh politics, there is minimal – if any – respect for basic facts. This is particularly evident by the way in which politicians and the media have written and talked about the United States case involving the conviction and sentencing of three men involved in a bribery plot to obtain confidential […]

Shah Husain Imam Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu has made a thought-provoking announcement in the Jatiya Sangsad on Wednesday. He said, a “media monitoring centre” was being set up to keep an eye on materials emanating from different media. It’s a threadbare statement falling short of outlining the ToR, structure and modus operandi of the […]

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Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Thursday informed visiting US assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asian affairs Nisha Desai Biswal that there is no connection of IS militants with recent attacks in Bangladesh. ‘We told her that there’s no IS in Bangladesh. The homegrown criminals are behind the recent terrorist attacks. They’re committing […]

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International rights body Amnesty International on Thursday urged Bangladesh to halt the imminent execution of Jamaat-e-Islami ameer Matiur Rahman Nizami. The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Thursday rejected the Nizami’s review petition, clearing the way for his execution. The Amnesty International also iterated its call for imposing a moratorium on the death penalty. […]

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71 dead since declaration of schedule Guests attend a press conference on ongoing union parishad polls organised by Sushasoner Jonno Nagarik at Dhaka Reporter’s Unity on Thursday. Sushasoner Jonno Nagorik, a civil society platform, on Thursday claimed that a total of 71 people were killed and over 6,000 were injured in the poll-related violence after […]

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Media personalities, intellectuals and scholars from India, Nepal, Bangladesh, the UK, US, Australia and Sri Lanka have called for the immediate release of prominent Nepali journalist Kanak Mani Dixit, who was arrested over an allegation of corruption. The veteran journalist was arrested on Friday by Nepal’s anti-graft officials. In a statement, scores of mediapersons and […]

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In 1971, Nizami was the head of the Jamaat’s then students’ wing Islami Chhatra Sangha and commanded the al Badr militia that was notorious for its ruthlessness Bangladesh’s highest court of appeals has thrown out top war criminal Motiur Rahman Nizami’s last-ditch appeal to review his death penalty for atrocities during the 1971 War of […]

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  The United States has put emphasis on ‘better understanding’ with Bangladesh to counter terrorism and offered assistance to combat terrorism and violent extremism. ‘We are ready to help Bangladesh in fighting terrorism and violent extremism by providing experts and technical supports,’ US assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asian affairs Nisha Desai […]

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Bangladesh Nationalist Party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Thursday said that ‘funny’ allegation of crimes against humanity was raised against the party chairperson’s adviser Osman Farruk at the ‘order’ of the government to stop his voice at home and abroad. BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi at a […]

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Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami on Thursday called a nationwide general strike for Sunday denouncing the Supreme Court’s upholding the death sentence for its amir Motiur Rahman Nizami for his war crimes in 1971. The party’s acting amir Moqbul Ahmad in a statement announced a three-day programme including general strike immediate after the Supreme Court announced the verdict. […]

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Four sitting judges of the Appellate Division would write full verdicts of 168 cases which were earlier disposed by judges who went into retirement before writing the full verdicts, said the chief justice on Thursday. Chief justice SK Sinha told the attorney general and other lawyers that there would be no change in the verdicts […]

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