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Zillur too merciful

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President Zillur Rahman has granted mercy to 21 convicts awarded death sentence in different cases in three years from 2009, Home Minister Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir told parliament yesterday. Four others sentenced to death in different cases got presidential clemency during the period 1972 to 2008, he said in reply to lawmakers’ queries. He, however, did […]

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Roundtable urges private companies to introduce job quota for challenged women Private companies should introduce a quota system for recruiting physically challenged women, opening a door to them to show their potential in the corporate sector, social activists said at a discussion yesterday. Given proper financial support and training, they can also thrive and be […]

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Hillary’s Next Move

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Somewhere Over South America “Maybe I’ll get a decorating show,” said Hillary Clinton. It was a few weeks before the election. Clinton was flying back from an overnight trip to Peru, talking — without any great enthusiasm — about the topic that would begin to obsess the American political world as soon as the presidential […]

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Reaz Ahmad, from Beijing China has opted for a middle path between an orthodox closed-door policy and abandoning socialism. General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Hu Jintao’s report, placed before the ongoing 18th National Congress, is anything to go by, China has unswervingly chosen to pursue socialism even as it further opens […]

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Urges him to withdraw wrong attribution made to him Nobel laureate Prof Amartya Sen has expressed surprise at Finance Minister AMA Muhith’s comments that he made on Thursday attributing to him about Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus. In a written reply to a query from The Daily Star, Sen hoped that Muhith would withdraw his […]

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The man behind the anti-Islam video blamed for sparking deadly protests in the Muslim world was jailed in the US for a year on Wednesday for breaching the terms of his probation for a previous offense. Mark Basseley Youssef, 55, will serve the sentence in a US federal prison after he admitted four allegations of […]

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SWAMINATHAN S ANKLESARIA AIYAR (A Hindu) ”All Muslims may not be terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims..” This comment, frequently heard after the Mumbai bomb blasts  implies that terrorism is a Muslim specialty, if not a monopoly. The facts are very different. [ALL CHRISTIAN or JEWISH  or MUSLIM PEOPLE ARE NOT BAD PEOPLE, BUT IT IS […]

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Unforgiving history

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Why Buddhists and Muslims in Rakhine state in Myanmar are at each others’ throats. IN THE morning sunlight, the panorama from the Shwethaung pagoda, on the highest hill in Mrauk-u, looked magical: lush rice paddy, sparkling lakes and wooded hills, many topped by other glinting gilt pagodas. But in one spot, black smoke was billowing. […]

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Out of the basket

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Lessons from the achievements—yes, really, achievements—of Bangladesh IN 1976, five years after independence, a book appeared called “Bangladesh: The Test Case of Development”. It was a test, the authors claimed, because the country was such a disaster that if development could be made to work there, it could surely work anywhere. At the time, many […]

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–          F R Chowdhury We all know Buddhism is based on “hatred to none and no revenge”. So much so that even killing an ant is also prohibited. We always considered Buddhists as very peace loving people until the Second World War when we were shocked by the atrocities of the Japanese troops, most of […]

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The World Bank, irked by Mashiur Rahman’s claim that he joined office on return from leave, has been told by government officials that the adviser to the prime minister is still on leave. Mashiur had to go on leave after a prolonged drama at the Bank’s insistence that all public officials, including the adviser, against […]

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It was a mistake

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Many top BNP leaders say party shifting from anti-India stance Rashidul Hasan BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and a majority of her party policymakers are apparently making a u-turn on their years-long “anti-India” stance, party insiders observe. At the same time, some political analysts say after reaping benefits over the years, the BNP has been shifting […]

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