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Hundreds of thousands of Bangladeshis have joined protests in Dhaka to demand the death penalty for a political leader convicted of war crimes. Protests have grown since Abdul Kader Mullah was given life on Tuesday for crimes including torture, murder and rape during the 1971 independence war. Supporters of Mullah’s party, the Islamist Jamaat-e-Islami, held […]

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DHAKA: Bangladeshi Ahmadis on Thursday shifted the site for their centenary celebrations after thousands of religious rivals torched the original venue. A mob, which witnesses said numbered around 20,000, attacked the venue at Kaliakoir, near Dhaka, late Wednesday where members of the Ahmadiyya Jamaat were due to mark 100 years since the movement began operating […]

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Demonstrations asking for death penalty for Jamaat leader Abdul Quader Molla continued on Wednesday at Dhaka’s busy Shahbagh intersection amidst a nationwide general strike by the Jamaat-e-Islami. The protestors have been demonstrating at the Shahbagh intersection since Tuesday evening, after the war crimes tribunal ordered life imprisonment for Molla for ‘crimes against humanity’ during the […]

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Police and protesters clashed for the second day on Wednesday, after the conviction of a powerful politician in connection with a series of killings during the country’s 1971 independence war. More than two dozen small, homemade bombs also exploded in the country’s north, but there were no reports of injuries. Local news reports said at […]

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By Mark Magnier NEW DELHI, India — Protesters clashed with police in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka on Tuesday after a tribunal sentenced an Islamic party leader to life in prison for his role in the 1971 war of independence against Pakistan. The International Crimes Tribunal handed down the verdict against Abdul Quader Mollah, 64, […]

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By Miriam Ross Massive protests against British mining company GCM Resources prevented the company’s CEO visiting the site of its proposed open-pit coal mine in Bangladesh last week. One of the company’s directors resigned the following day. CEO Gary Lye was due to visit Phulbari on 29 January, where GCM wants to open a mine […]

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Controller of Examination for Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Mohammad Wahiduzzaman informed journalists about the decision almost an hour after Jamaat announced that it will enforce the strike on Tuesday and turn it into a ‘nonstop strike’ from Wednesday if one of its leaders is sentenced to die for crimes against humanity during the […]

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The second war crimes tribunal of Bangladesh will deliver its verdict on Jamaat-e-Islami’s Assistant Secretary General Abdul Quader Molla facing charges of crimes against humanity on Tuesday, tribunal’s Registrar AKM Nasiruddin Mahmud said on Monday. The Registrar said that the tribunal had told him it would give the verdict on Tuesday. “Thus we may expect […]

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Colombo: Sri Lankan Navy on Sunday rescued about 138 Bangladeshi and Myanmar nationals from a distressed vessel off the island’s eastern coast. One passenger was found dead, while many other rescued from the boat were dehydrated, Naval spokesman Kosala Warnakulasuriya said. Among those rescued were three women and three children. The fishing craft was spotted […]

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After the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has also pulled out of the Padma bridge project, two days after the government retracted its request for funding to the World Bank. “As a co-financier, we are unable to continue our commitment under the current framework. Our policy requires the highest standard […]

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KOCHI: An organized sex racket, which has an extensive network in Bangladesh, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Kolkata, is operating in Ernakulam. Over a dozen girls have been brought from Bangladesh and illegally detained in various parts of the state. Police were able to collect these details when a Bangladeshi girl, who was rescued from such a […]

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Bangladesh has dropped plans to seek renewed World Bank assistance for construction of the country’s longest river bridge while it investigated allegations of corruption in the project, the bank said on Friday. The bank last year cancelled a $1.2 billion credit for construction of the 6.2-km (4-mile) bridge over the Padma river after it found “credible evidence” of high-level […]

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