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Fears scientist Quadeer Khan Abdul Quadeer Khan Pakistan is at present in a worse situation than it was in 1971, and it would begin to disintegrate again if the current social problems are not solved, Pakistani nuclear scientist Abdul Quadeer Khan said. “The present situation in the country is not very different from that of […]

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Ever since the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) began its work, opponents of the mechanism have emphasised that the first government of the state pardoned the alleged war criminals, that this was a project of political witch-hunt against Jamaat and BNP senior leaders and that there was no demand for justice from the majority of Bangladeshis […]

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December has become our cruellest month as we lurch towards an absurd collective destiny. What the managers of Bangladesh have created is both tragic and pathetic as the role of political parties seems to be as much about holding elections as it is about sheltering criminals. Every national event whether it’s the mourning of the […]

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During the last one week, I was in Kolkata looking up old friends who worked with me in 1971. They were part of an amazing team which ran OXFAM’s large refugee relief operation which assisted about 600,000 men, women and children in many refugee camps in Tripura, Assam, Meghalaya, Cooch Behar, Jalpaiguri, Siliguri, West Dinajpur, […]

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Our epic victory

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Syed Badrul Ahsan Freedom, a many-splendoured thing, illuminated our lives on this day, on a declining winter afternoon, forty one years ago. It came suddenly and yet it had been a phenomenon we waited for in the preceding nine months. In those nine months, three million of our citizens fell prey to the predatory instincts […]

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Syed Badrul Ahsan They were our compatriots with whom we shared our laughter, our moments of sadness. We watched dawn break in their company. And with them we saw the sun set at the end of day. And then came the day when the sun set on their lives. This morning, we remember the men […]

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Lovlu Ansar New York Correspondent New York, Nov 29 (bdnews24.com)—A report published by an international organisation said Bangladesh’s civil justice system is the worst in the world. The ‘Rule of Law Index 2012’ published on Wednesday by the World Justice Project (WJP) said the country fared poorly in the eight areas including civil justice system […]

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Mahbubur Rahman Thirty four years ago on June 23, the sacred ashes of the mortal remains of ever immortal Atish Dipankar Srigana were handed over by China to Bangladesh. Atish, the name given by Tibetans more than a thousand years ago, means great scholar, and man of supreme knowledge and wisdom. Atish Dipankar was indeed […]

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DHAKA: The leading Pakistani English daily ‘Dawn’ Sunday published its editorial regarding the long-standing issue – ‘Pakistan’s apology to Bangladesh for 1971 war crimes’. The editorial is as follows: It is a welcome sign that, despite the deep grudge many in Bangladesh still bear against the West Pakistani military action of 1971, Prime Minister Sheikh […]

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This graveyard on a hillock at Kullapathar village in Kasba upazila under Brahmanbaria district holds the mortal remains of 101 freedom-loving people who were martyred by the Pakistan occupation forces in early December of 1971. The martyrs include 51 freedom fighters who were killed in December 5 battle in the area that saw a crushing […]

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The deaths of about 400 workers in two recent fires at Asian garment factories that made clothes for American and European brands should outrage consumers and become a rallying cry for higher safety standards. Just as the 1911 fire at the Triangle shirtwaist factory in New York ushered in a sweeping overhaul of industrial regulations […]

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By Sarnata Reynolds, Special to CNN Editor’s note: Sarnata Reynolds is the Statelessness Program Manager at Refugees International. Her most recent report is entitled ‘Rohingya in Burma: Spotlight on Current Crisis Offers Opportunity for Progress.’ The views expressed are her own. Last week, CNN’s Dan Rivers reported that he “wasn’t prepared to see children starving […]

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