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The Daily Star  January 18, 2019 Centralised Decision-Making: Bank services slow down Jebun Nesa Alo Faruk Hussain was waiting for about an hour at the branch office of a private bank in the capital’s Karwan Bazar to encash his boss’ savings scheme. It was a simple task. His boss, a secretary at an important ministry, […]

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NHRC: Finding cause of Noakhali gang-rape not under watchdog’s jurisdiction  Tribune Desk Dhaka Tribune January 17th, 2019 File Photo of NHRC Chairman Kazi Reazul Hoque NHRC Chairman Kazi Reazul Hoque said determining whether there was any connection between the polls and the crime was under the purview of the Election Commission Verifying whether the Noakhali […]

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Oikya Front to hold citizens’ dialogue 6 Feb Prothom Alo English Desk | Jan 17, 2019        Jatiya Oikya Front will hold a citizens’ dialogue in the capital on 6 February next demanding fresh polls after cancelling the results of the 11th parliamentary election, reports UNB. “We’d earlier announced to hold the citizens’ dialogue. We’d booked […]

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Hasina asks officials why they commit corruption Prothom Alo English Desk |  Jan 17, 2019 Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday directed the public administration ministry to issue a strong warning against graft committed by field-level officials, report BSS and UNB. She put her emphasis on establishing good governance and graft-free administration to build a developed […]

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Bangladesh: 1,300 Rohingya Have Come from India Since Early December Rohingya Return Plans Risk Refugees Lives Bangladeshis hold photos of missing relatives during a press meeting in Dhaka on December 4, 2018.  Hundreds joined in the protest demanding justice for the victims.  © 2018 Munir UZ ZAMAN / AFP/ Getty Images Benar News  17 January […]

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January 17, 2019 Human Rights Watch Bangladesh: Violent Repression of Opposition Rohingya Return Plans Risk Refugees Lives Bangladeshis hold photos of missing relatives during a press meeting in Dhaka on December 4, 2018.  Hundreds joined in the protest demanding justice for the victims.  © 2018 Munir UZ ZAMAN / AFP/ Getty Images (New York) – Bangladesh violently […]

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A ‘pitha’ treat for poll-participating parties  Fazlur Rahman Raju Dhaka Tribune  January 13th, 2019 Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina speaks at a joint meeting of the Awami League Advisory Council and Central Working Committee at the party’s Bangabandhu Avenue central office on Saturday evening Focus Bangla Sheikh Hasina thanked all party members for […]

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What is this talk of a dialogue?  Nawaz Farhin Antara , Fazlur Rahman Raju Dhaka Tribune January 16th, 2019 File photo: Leaders of Jatiya Oikya Front sit for the first ever political dialogue with a Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina-led 14-party alliance delegation, at Ganabhaban on November 1 Focus Bangla Senior leaders of the ruling Awami League, which will […]

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Bangladesh’s Farcical Vote Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina probably didn’t need to cheat to win re-election. So why did she? By The Editorial Board  New York Times The editorial board represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher. It is separate from the newsroom and the Op-Ed section. Jan. 14, 2019 Prime Minister Sheikh […]

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All strain and no gain for Bangladeshi tea workers Despite industry uptick wages remain among worst in world ,while land rights are denied estate laborers A tea worker plucks leaves on an estate in the Sreemangal area of Moulvibazar district in north-eastern Bangladesh in this 2013 file photo. The tea industry has rebounded from a protracted rocky patch but […]

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Bangladesh PM to hold talks ‘to end political discord’ Hasina reportedly plans to meet with other political parties as some refuse to accept results of ‘farcical’ election Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina (right) flashes the victory symbol after casting her vote, as her daughter Saima Wazed Hossain (first left) and her sister Sheikh Rehana (second […]

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CEC KM Nurul Huda Chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda on Wednesday rejected a study conducted by Transparency International Bangladesh that found the 11th parliamentary elections to be partially participatory, non-competitive, questionable and faulty. Addressing the closing ceremony of a training programme for newly appointed employees at Electoral Training Institute in Dhaka, he said that […]

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