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Satellite tender 2: BRTC manipulates tender evaluation The Bangladesh government has in the last few days launched the country’s first satellite, named Bangabandhu-1. Back in May 2012, I wrote a series of three articles for the Bangladesh daily newspaper, The New Age about how the whole process started with serious irregularities in the tender process […]

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He Came, He Spoke, the RSS Conquered Pranab Mukherjee called RSS founder Hedgewar a ‘great son of India’, the same man who said Muslims are ‘Yavana snakes’, who should be seen with suspicion. Former President Pranab Mukherjee with RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and other leaders at the closing ceremony of ‘Tritiya Varsha Sangh Shiksha Varg’, […]

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Daily Star;  June 08, 2018 Lofty goals, fragile base Muhith unwraps yet another fat budget, hopes for a magical turnaround amid poor implementation record Inam Ahmed and Shakhawat Liton It looks like another repeat story. We had a big budget that failed to achieve its targets. Now we are pushing for a bigger one with […]

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018 What Bangladesh media failed to publish about UK parliamentary report If you only read Bangladesh newspapers, and news websites, you might think that the recent UK parliamentary report, “Bangladesh, Burma and the Rohingya Crisis” published by the select committee on international development was full of applause for Bangladesh. This was because […]

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Thursday, June 7, 2018 Sajeeb Wazed Joy’s dictionary of new political terms Sajeeb Wazed Joy, the son of Bangladesh’s prime minister has recently published not one but two extraordinary articles which not only denies that the country’s law enforcement authorities are involved in enforced disappearances – the picking up, secretly detaining and often killing of […]

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Iraq amends election law to allow ballot recount DW  7/6/2018 The vote recount comes following widespread allegations of fraud in the May parliamentary elections. The recount could further delay the formation of a new government for the country.      Iraq’s parliament on Wednesday voted in favor of amending the country’s election law to allow a […]

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Bangladesh’s lax security sees rise in cybercrime Women said to account for 70 percent of victims with most under 25 Social media accounts are increasingly being hacked and people blackmailed in Bangladesh. (Photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP) Stephan Uttom and Rock Ronald Rozario, Dhaka Bangladesh June 7, 2018 Gracie Gomes (not her real name) is not […]

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A Rohingya’s perspective Bangladesh’s ICC cooperation is crucial for Rohingya justice Rohingya refugees stand in an alley of Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia on September 28, 2017. Photo: AFP Tun Khin Since August last year, the world has witnessed how hundreds of thousands of desperate Rohingyas have fled across the border into Bangladesh, bringing with […]

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A senior BNP leader says the crackdown on drugs has lost public acceptance after the government let Abdur Rahman Badi MP leave Bangladesh. The ruling Awami League MP from Cox’s Bazar travelled to Saudi Arabia last Friday ‘to perform Umrah’ following huge criticism of the government for not taking action against him for his alleged […]

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Pitch-perfect budget for an election year?  Ibrahim Hossain Ovi  Published at 01:17 am June 7th, 2018  Last updated at 03:50 am June 7th, 2018 Ten years. Ten budgets in a row. And this one – four times larger than the first Awami League post-1/11 budget – is the finance minister’s most ambitious, and may be […]

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The phensedyl affair Or how I spent my Eid in Jessore Fazlur Rahman Raju Someone once told me that phensedyl was being smuggled as commonly as cows from India. I was intrigued, because of the cow comparison. A little digging revealed that it wasn’t as common as cows. Cows WERE the ones smuggling the phensedyl […]

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Bangaldesh invading Myanmar will outbreak a severe conflict in South Asia by Avinash Kumar India has very good diplomatic relation with both of the nations. Since Bangladesh is landlocked from 3 sides by India and a very small part is connected to Myanmar. This will not be easy for Bangladesh to go in all-out war without […]

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