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Journalists in Bangladesh get paid more than what civil servants do, and should therefore not have a wage board, Finance Minister AMA Muhith has said. He made the comment after a meeting with the Newspaper Owners’ Association of Bangladesh or NOAB on Tuesday, amid an ongoing movement by journalists demanding a new pay scale. “A […]

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Taslima Nasreen and the Imaginary Homeland of the Exiled By Monobina Gupta on 07/08/2017 What does it mean to spend days, months, years – an entire lifetime even – in forced exile? Taslima Nasreen’s Bengali book. Credit: Twitter/Taslima Nasreen Taslima Nasreen is used to being turned away from airports. She is used to being bundled […]

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The High Court on Tuesday there is no chance for further discussion or fresh interpretation of observations regarding Article 70 of the constitution which were upheld by the Appellate Division in its verdict on 16th amendment to the constitution. The bench of Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice JBM Hassan made the observation before adjourning […]

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Bangladesh’s law enforcers claim to have destroyed the operational capacity of militants leading to hopes that there will be no more militant attacks at the moment. “We have destroyed the operational capacity of militants,” said Monirul Islam, chief of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit, at a programme today. “The operational capacity of the militants […]

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A Tangail court today sentenced 12 persons to death for murdering a college student named Rajan over land dispute in Bhuapur back in 2014. Senior Special Judge Waheduzzaman Shikder of Special Judge Court in Tangail delivered the verdict this noon, our Tangail correspondent reports. The convicts are: Mozid, Abdul Mazid, Saidul, Maznu, Momin, Nizam, Abu […]

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More than 400 people have been detained in a counter-terrorism operation in Malaysia, authorities say. Those held in a series of raids in the capital Kuala Lumpur were mainly from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan, officials said. Machines to make fake passports and to forge Malaysian immigration documents were among the items seized. Security in the […]

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There have been repeated hiccups in the continuation of Bangladesh’s governance and national politics. It has taken hardly a day to switch from one system to the other, and that too without any acquiescence of the people. The people woke up to find one fine day they were in a completely different system of governance […]

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Rabeya Sultana Rubi, one of the accused in Salman Shah’s death, speaks in the video. Photo: Video grab  One of the accused in Salman Shah’s death case, Rabeya Sultana Rubi said that the popular actor did not kill himself; rather he was murdered in a planned way. Rubi recently posted a video on social media […]

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The cabinet has expressed anger and discontent over chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha’s observations in the 16th amendment verdict, terming these as ‘objectionable’ and ‘fishy’. Several ministers took part in an unscheduled discussion on the 16th amendment verdict in a cabinet meeting on Monday and expressed their anger, saying the CJ’s observations might be motivated. […]

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Hilsa has been recognized as the second geographical indication (GI) product of Bangladesh. Officials of the Department of Patents, Designs and Trademarks (DPDT) said they have completed the registration process of hilsa as GI product. The DPDT officials added that the registration certificate will be handed over to the department of fisheries (DOF) within a […]

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The government may amend the electoral rules of microcredit lender Grameen Bank so that it can pick nine directors from the borrowers by itself — like it has done since its inception. Now the finance ministry will take opinions of the attorney general on how to amend the Grameen Bank (Election of Directors) Rules 2014, […]

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Major (retd) Ali Haider Ziauddin, a valiant freedom fighter, passed away recently. In 1971, he was a Second Lieutenant in the Pakistan army. He was on leave in his hometown Pirojpur when the Liberation War began. The young artillery officer joined the Mukti Bahini and fought bravely against the Pakistani forces in Sector 9. He […]

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