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Sufi Muslim Leader Killed in Latest Hacking Attack in Bangladesh

By JULFIKAR ALI MANIK and NIDA NAJAR Sufi Muslim Leader Killed in Latest Hacking Attack in Bangladesh – The New York Times A local Sufi Muslim leader in northern Bangladesh was found hacked to death in a secluded mango grove, the police said on Saturday. A girl in the district of Rajshahi happened upon the […]

The names of more than 50 Bangladeshis, including ruling Awami League leader Kazi Zafarullah and his wife Nilufer Zafarullah, have appeared in the Panama Papers and Offshore Leaks investigations. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) published the searchable database on Monday, stripping away the secrecy of nearly 214,000 offshore entities created in 21 jurisdictions. […]

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Bangladesh government has kept an eye on signing a $220 million credit assistance agreement by June with the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) to implement 400 MW Ashuganj (East) power plant efficiency project. Economic Relations Division (ERD) official said “Hopefully, we’ll be able to sign the credit agreement for the 400MW Ashuganj (East) power plant efficiency […]

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Full verdict on Nizami’s review appeal, wrapped in red cloth, is being taken to the Dhaka Central Jail by an ICT official.  The Final Supreme Court verdict rejecting war criminal Motiur Rahman Nizami’s petition for a review of his death sentence has been read out to him in the Dhaka Central Jail. The Appellate Division […]

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Syed Mansur Hashim Everywhere it is the same old story. Roads built get washed away after the first rains. Recently built bridges and culverts show cracks. Contractors contracted by the various divisions of the government take it for a ride with shoddy workmanship and budgets magically inflate many times over the project period. What is […]

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Indian foreign secy due tomorrow In the wake of the recent spate of targeted attacks on secular activists, bloggers, writers, professors and minorities, the US and India have agreed to work together with Dhaka to counter extremism in Bangladesh, diplomatic sources said. Neither the US nor India wants to see instability in Bangladesh. The two […]

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Bangladesh has asked Pakistan to behave “responsibly” and desist from running a “malicious campaign” against the war crimes trials. The foreign ministry on Monday said it had summoned High Commissioner Shuja Alam and handed him over a “note verbale” that contains “strong protest” against Islamabad’s recent statement after the Supreme Court upheld the death sentence […]

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The Commonwealth ministerial group has shot down a Pakistan proposal to discuss Bangladesh’s situation in favour of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia. Pakistan raised the Bangladesh issue at the recent Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group’s (CMAG) meeting in London. The move was “rejected” by the other member states, a highly diplomatic source told bdnews24.com. Prime Minister Sheikh […]

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New York based human rights watchdog Human Rights on Monday urged Bangladesh authorities to suspend the death penalty for Jamaat-e-Islami ameer Matiur Rahman Nizami with immediate effect. “The death sentence against Matiur Rahman Nizami should be suspended with immediate effect,” said the Human Rights Watch. The Supreme Court’s May 5 rejection of his review petition […]

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The country will slide into lawlessness unless democratic freedoms are protected, cautions the US-based The New York Times newspaper. India’s The Hindu says premier Sheikh Hasina’s government “will be jeopardising Bangladesh’s future as a democratic nation if her government does not rally on the side of the rights activists against the Islamists”. In their editorials, […]

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