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Enforced Disappearances: Beyond any ‘probe’

Young homeopath Moklesur Rahaman Johnny went out of his chamber to buy medicine for his father on August 4 night last year, but he never returned. He did not just disappear, according to his wife Jesmin Nahar as she had seen him in the lockup of the Satkhira Sadar Police Station the next morning when […]

The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army said its 25 August attacks were staged in ‘self-defense’ and would continue until Rohingya rights are restored, according to a senior militant official. The official identified himself as Abdullah while giving an exclusive interview with Asia Times on the day after 25 August attacks. He said the surprise wave of […]

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Economic Relations Division secretary Kazi Shafiqul Azam and World Bank country director Qimiao Fan shake hands after signing a $515 million loan deal to improve the country’s health, nutrition and population services under the 4th health sector programme. Health minister Mohammad Nasim, state minister for health Zahid Maleque and state minister for finance and planning […]

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The issue of non-performing loans (NPLs) have now reached a phenomenal amount. As of June, defaulted loans amounted to Tk 63,365 crore, which is 10 percent of total outstanding loans (as per Bangladesh Bank data). The situation is particularly serious in State-owned Banks (SoBs) which unfortunately can no longer function without regular cash infusions from […]

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Passengers struggle to get on a train at Airport Railway Station in Dhaka on Monday as Eid-ul-Azha nears. — Ali Hossain Mintu Highways and roads remain potholed, with many stretches still under water and in some areas washed away, when people pour out of cities on their homebound Eid journey. According to a list, prepared […]

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Bangladesh on Monday formally proposed Myanmar for conducting joint operations by security forces along borders of the two countries for containing alleged militant activities in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. The foreign ministry on Monday called in Myanmar chargé d’affaires Aung Myint and handed over a diplomatic note specifically mentioning the government’s intent for holding joint operations […]

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An aspirant pilgrim breaks down in tears at Ashkona Hajj camp in Dhaka on Monday as she was refused permission after the agency she paid to manage her Hajj failed to comply with the regulations. — Ali Hossain Mintu At least 397 aspirant pilgrims could not fly finally to Saudi Arabia to perform hajj this […]

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Shakib Al Hasan has lit up his 50th Test with all-round brilliance to help Bangladesh claim a handy first-innings lead over a listless Australia in the Mirpur Test. A day after rescuing Bangladesh from a top-order collapse with the bat, the left-arm spinner claimed 5-68 to help dismiss Australia for 217 and justify his status […]

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Catholic authorities in Myanmar and the Vatican announced Monday that Pope Francis will visit Myanmar and Bangladesh starting at the end of November. The announcement by the Vatican’s press office said the pope will visit the cities of Yangon and Naypyitaw, the capital, during his Nov. 27-30 trip to Myanmar, and Dhaka during his Nov. […]

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Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia on Monday urged on duty administration and law enforcement agencies to give shelter to fleeing Rohingya people in Bangladesh. In a statement, Khaleda, who is now staying in London, also urged the authorities concerned to provide overall security to Myanmar Rohingya men, women and children who fled in fear […]

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The man killed in a blast reportedly while making bombs at a house in Bhaluka upazila of Mymensingh yesterday was a suspected member of banned outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), police said today. Deceased Alam Pramanik, 35, was son of Abul Kalam Pramanik of Telkupi in Natore Sadar upazila, Syed Nurul Islam, superintendent of police […]

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From the very moment the judgement on the 16th amendment was pronounced, there has been a whirlwind of discussion and debate, of kudos and castigation. And it does not look like this storm will subside anytime soon. Then again, if the sufferings of Eid travel over the next couple of days reaches a peak and […]

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