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The family of Language Movement martyr Abul Barkat says they are not regularly getting a monthly grant promised by the government in 2006. Barkat’s nephew Alauddin Barkat said the government started giving them Tk 5,000 every month from 2006, but they never received the amount unless they pushed for it. Alauddin alleged the family has […]

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By Moni Basu, CNN (CNN) – In the next few weeks, Fatima Shaik, an African-American, Christian woman, will travel “home” from New York to Kolkata, India. It will be a journey steeped in a history that has remained unknown until the publication last month of a revelatory book by Vivek Bald. And it will be a journey of contemplation […]

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Hundreds of thousands of people in Bangladesh have been staging daily protests in the heart of the capital Dhaka. They are demonstrating against the decisions of a war crimes tribunal that was set up to investigate those accused of abuses during Bangladesh’s so called war of independence with Pakistan in 1971. Some say the trials […]

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1983. February 14. Shahbag moar, Dhaka. Students of Dhaka University gathered for a large scale protest. Their demands were1. Postpone anti people education policy, 2. Free of jailed students and 3. Restore of democracy. Police opened indiscriminate fire at the protesters. Five students – Zafar, Dipali Saha, Jainal, Mozammel and Ayub – were killed instantly in police firing. Another student […]

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By Sabir Mustafa, BBC Bengali editor The International Crimes Tribunal in Bangladesh has delivered its first verdict, sentencing a former Islamist leader to death for crimes against humanity. Abul Kalam Azad, a former leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was found guilty in absentia on eight charges. Tribunals set up nearly three years ago are trying […]

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How many of us were aware of the wave of Muslim  peddlers who washed up at Ellis Island, each summer, in the late nineteenth century, from tiny villages in Bengal, to sell exotic Oriental wares on the boardwalks of New Jersey? Or how these hawkers eventually journeyed to the Deep South and settled there? Or […]

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Late in the evening on January 8, 1972, Pakistan’s new President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto bade farewell to the newly freed founding father of Bangladesh, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, at Chaklala airport in Rawalpindi. Having spent nearly ten months in solitary confinement in what till recently had been West Pakistan and was now what remained of […]

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August 15: Know the Facts, Not Fiction

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Obaid Chowdhury, USA After 21 year in political wilderness, the Bangladesh Awami League returned to power in 1996, thanks to a conniving hand of former dictator General H M Ershad. The first thing Sheikh Hasina Wazed, the new Prime Minister, did was to arrest the coup leaders of August 15, 1975 and put them on […]

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Hopes and fears ring in 2013

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Customers visit a flower shop on New Year's Eve in Dhaka yesterday. Photo: STARSohel Parvez Bangladesh rings in the New Year on a cautious note shaped by a mix of hope and uncertainty. A positive outlook on the economic front may fizzle out in the face of sluggish exports and risks of a further fall […]

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*This article is an abridged translation of one of the chapters from Col Rafi ud Din’s Urdu book “Bhutto kay akhri 323 din” (The last 323 days of Mr. Bhutto). Col. Rafi ud Din was the Special Security Superintendent of the Rawalpindi Jail*  Official Notification of Mr. Bhutto’s Execution According to the orders of the […]

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Amdadul Huq/ Drik NewsMd. Asadullah Khan Forty-one years ago, the misty winter morning of December 16, 1971, the day the nation celebrates as Victory Day, brought the glorious independence of Bangladesh. It was the day the whole nation had waited to see during nine months of genocide that the savage Pakistani occupation army launched to […]

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By Hasan Hatrash Mecca: The Abraj al-Bait Towers, the world’s second tallest building and tallest clocktower, overlooks the Masjid al-Haram, the world’s largest mosque with the Kaaba, Islam’s most sacred shrine, at its heart. MECCA, Saudi Arabia—Hajj, or pilgrimage, is the fifth pillar of Islam—a once-in-a-lifetime compulsory duty for every Muslim who is financially and […]

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