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‘Is Bangladesh turning fundamentalist?’ – and other questions I no longer wish to answer

Bangladesh is not the story of a secular country that has turned to radicalism: it is the story of a country that has, against all odds, survived, even flourished I am a novelist. I look around at the world and I make up stories about people, families, lovers and friends. More often than not, the […]

The government may set the revenue earning target from National Board of Revenue at Tk2,03,152 crore for the next fiscal year, with the highest from value-added tax. The likely target is Tk26,782 crore more than the original target of the current fiscal year and Tk53,152 crore than the year’s revised target. As of now, the […]

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Three bombings killed at least 63 people and wounded more than 100 in Baghdad on Tuesday, police and medical sources said, extending the deadliest spate of attacks in the Iraqi capital so far this year. A suicide bombing claimed by Islamic State in a marketplace in the northern, mainly Shia Muslim district of al-Shaab killed […]

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Mahfuz Anam Sorry sir, you are in the wrong profession, at a wrong time and in a wrong place Most of our greatest politicians were parliamentarians like AK Fazlul Huq, Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy, Dhirendranath Datta, Ataur Rahman Khan, not to mention Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Tajuddin Ahmed, Nazrul Islam, Mansur Ali, and many others.  As […]

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The parents of Sohagi Jahan Tonu called for the immediate arrest of her rapists and killers yesterday, a day after the CID revealed that the girl was indeed raped before being murdered. The family, which was frustrated with the first autopsy report, now sees a ray of hope for justice following the latest findings in […]

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Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Tuesday claimed that the government was creating a drama over Aslam Chowdhury to hush up the issue of US$ 300m and the theft of Bangladesh Bank reserve money from the Federal Reserve Bank in New York. BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi made the allegation at a news briefing […]

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Oscar Fernandez Taranco, the UN secretary-general’s special emissary who is now working as head of peacebuilding support office, may come to Bangladesh if the situation in the country demands and allows. Fernandez Taranco A spokesperson for UN chief Ban Ki-moon said this when his attention was drawn to Bangladesh’s current situation marked by violent attacks […]

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Ziauddin Choudhury Turkey’s denunciation of Bangladesh’s war crimes trial is nothing unexpected Erdogan’s political support is rooted in Turkey’s resurgent Islamic elements Turkish President Erdogan’s reproach of our war crimes trial and hanging of Maulana Nizami for the crimes did not come unexpectedly. That such denunciation from Turkey should come in the heels of similar […]

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The DhakaTribune’s Abu Bakar Siddique reports from the banks of Teesta River on the effects of Indian river diversion on Bangladesh’s rivers and land Downstream on the Bangladesh side, sand bars and silt predominate as the gates, at right, of Gajoldoba Barrage on the Teesta River in India’s West Bengal guard their reserve of water. […]

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The headmaster of a school in Narayanganj who was beaten by a mob and humiliated publicly by Awami League lawmaker AKM Selim Osman on May 13, has now been suspended by the school committee. Shyamal Kanti Bhakta, headmaster of Piyar Sattar Latif High School in Bandar upazila of Narayanganj, was handed the suspension order on […]

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A Tangail court has ordered attachment of assets of 10 people, including Awami League MP from Tangail-3Amanur Rahman Khan Ranaand his three brothers, in the freedom fighter Faruk Ahmed murder case. Senior judicial magistrate Golam Kibria passed the order on Monday following a petition filed by officer-in-charge of Detective Branch (DB) of police Mahfizur Rahman, […]

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