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Before burning herself to death, Constable Halima Begum wrote a note revealing how her superiors had ignored an allegation of rape by a co-worker One would expect that members of the police force would be safe from all harm. But like all other women in Bangladesh, women working in the police force also face the […]

Fearing for press freedom, Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) today called upon the government to halt the implementation of Online Mass Media Policy. In some cases, the policy poses potential threat to press freedom, said Dr Iftekharuzzaman, executive director of the anti-graft watchdog, in a statement. The body hailed information ministry’s repeated initiatives to collect opinion […]

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Prime minister Sheikh Hasina addresses a function at her office marking the signing of the Annual Performance Agreement of the ministries and their subordinate bodies on Thursday. — BSS photo Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday asked the civil servants to go for implementing the budget and development projects without any delay to yield better […]

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BSF hoisted an orange flag to mark the spot where a Bangladeshi national was shot dead on early Thursday. Dhaka Tribune The incident took place inside the Indian border, according to BGB sources A Bangladeshi man has been killed and two others sustained bullet injuries after Indian Border Security Force (BSF) opened fire along the India-Bangladesh border […]

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Ninety percent of loan receivers from IBBL are related to Jamaat’s politics, the taskforce says The taskforce to strengthen action against militancy financing has asked officials of Bangladesh Bank, Islamic Foundation, and all intelligence agencies to look into the suspected links between pro-Jamaat borrowers of Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited (IBBL) and terrorism financing. The taskforce, […]

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New York-based rights group Human Rights Watch urged Bangladesh government to stop enforced disappearances and secret detentions immediately. The law enforcement authorities have illegally detained hundreds of people since 2013, including scores of opposition activists, and held them in secret detention, the Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Thursday. The government should […]

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The European Commission is providing € 1.5 million in humanitarian aid funding for emergency relief assistance to populations affected by tropical Cyclone Mora, which ripped through parts of Bangladesh and Myanmar in late May. The aid will be targeted at the most vulnerable in storm-struck localities of the two neighbouring countries, the European Commission said […]

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