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Bangladesh’s Accommodation of Extremism Spells Danger for the Region

The Islamic State extremists have claimed responsibility for a series of attacks in Bangladesh on journalists, educators, atheists and religious minorities. Unfortunately, “the present regime, in denial about religious extremism, finds this trend to be politically expedient,” writes Sumit Ganguly, a professor at Indiana University and also a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research […]

Donald Trump’s “isolationist” foreign policy pronouncements are feeding insecurity in some Asian nations fearful of China’s growing power, and risk emboldening nationalists and authoritarians in the region. The real estate developer, who is very close to securing the Republican nomination for November’s presidential election, has with undiplomatic abandon challenged much of the status quo in […]

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Japan has struck another deal to give Bangladesh about $3.5 million or 393 million yen in another grant-in-aid for human resource development. Both countries signed an Exchange of Notes and Grant Agreement on Sunday at the National Economic Council in Dhaka. Economic Relations Division (ERD) Senior Secretary Mohammad Mejbahuddin signed them on behalf of Bangladesh […]

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Shab-e-Barat, believed to be the night of fortune and forgiveness, is being observed in the country tonight with due religious fervour. Muslim devotees started offering special prayers, reciting from the holy Quran, holding milad, zikr and other religious rituals seeking divine blessings for the wellbeing of mankind They are also visiting the graves of their […]

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We’re saddened, grieved and traumatized by the sudden demise of our peer journalist and columnist, Sadeq Khan, who had attained the stature of an immutable icon in journalism, and of the Weekly Holiday, since the paper’s inception in the 1960s. We pray for his departed soul to rest in peace while our mission to dig […]

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Heads of Mission of the European Union in Bangladesh today called on the government to break the cycle of violence by bringing the perpetrators behind the recent attacks in the country to justice and ensure the protection of all citizens at risk. “These attacks constitute an unprecedented threat to human rights and freedom of expression […]

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Food grain production is likely to fall short of the target of 3.64 crore tonnes this fiscal year, for a drop in acreage during the aus and boro crop seasons and a spread of wheat diseases in the southwest districts. The projection was made in a recently published report of the Food Planning and Monitoring […]

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Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman never wanted Bangladesh to be free from Pakistan, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has said. Instead, it was her husband, Ziaur Raman, who sought freedom, Khaleda said while exchanging greetings with representatives of the Buddhist community at her Gulshan office on Saturday, the day of Buddha Purnima. Khaleda […]

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Eight microentrepreneurs under five categories received the 11th Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards at a programme in the city on Saturday. Israt Jahan from Gangni, Meherpur, won the ‘Best Microentrepreneur of the Year’ with Tk 4.5 lakh in prize money for her project of Fish feed while Hasina Islam from Khilgaon, Dhaka became runner-up and received Tk […]

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Eminent singer-researcher Nashid Kamal launched a musical biography of the national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam on Saturday at Gulshan Ladies’ Club. The album titled ‘Gaaney Gaaney Nazrul-er Jeebani’ contains 12 songs, one recitation and a narration on Nazrul by Nashid Kamal. Veteran singer-researcher Mustafa Zaman Abbasi, eminent singer Ferdausi Rahman and Kazi Nazrul Islam’s granddaughter […]

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