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By: Syed Badrul Ahsan Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman frantically telephoned Major General KM Shafiullah, chief of staff of Bangladesh army, when a group of soldiers, heavily armed and backed by tanks and armoured cars, attacked his residence in the pre-dawn hours on August 15, 1975. The Father of the Nation sought Shafiullah’s assistance in warding […]

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Rumi Ahmed The last time I was in Bangladesh during roja, it was 1995. It has been 17 years since; I’ve regularly visited Bangladesh, but never during roja. Over the last 12 years, in this ‘bidesh bibhui’, ‘roja’ has been replaced by ‘ramadan’. Typical conversations like “roja rakha”, “roja bhanga/khola”, “roja dhora” is now “Ramadan […]

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By Mizan Rahman/Dhaka Some of the Rohingya refugees wait to return home to Myanmar Bangladesh had widely welcomed the “brothers in trouble” as it witnessed first Rohingya refugee influx in 1978, but the realities stand reversed in 2012 when the Myanmar’s ethnic minority community is not welcome despite their exposure to sectarian violence in their […]

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Bangladesh’s forest law is strict. It dates back to 1927 when the British made the forest government land. The act was amended in 2000. While long and complex, the act states “Any person who converts trees into timber without lawful authority, shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to five years and […]

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by Haroon Habib The Bangladesh government is under pressure from the U.S. to mend relations with Grameen Bank founder Muhammad Yunus Bangladesh’s next general election will come at the end of 2013, and is already taking up much political energy. But a recent claim in an Indian media outlet that the United States is in […]

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Budding entrepreneurs should not worry about funds to set up a social business as good ideas can attract investors, analysts said yesterday. The funds set aside for the companies’ corporate social responsibility (CSR) can be an important source of funds for social business, said Saskia Bruysten, chief executive of Yunus Social Business in Germany. “Social […]

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Rapid urbanisation and the demise of wetlands around Dhaka, the mushrooming capital of Bangladesh, has made the city more vulnerable to flooding and other natural disasters. “Our wetlands are our only surface-water drainage system. As the wetlands are receding, Dhaka is becoming more vulnerable to water-logging and flooding,” Mohammed Ataur Rahman, director for the Centre […]

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An increasing trend in Bangladeshi markets show imported fish represents a significant source of fish supply within the fish trade business (see Figure 1). A good percentage of the fresh fish supply within Bangladesh is imported from neighbouring countries, for example, about 80,000 kg of fish products enter Bangladeshi markets everyday through the Teknaf border […]

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Pakistan says it wants an apology from the United States in order to jump-start a number of initiatives between the two countries that would help the hunt for al Qaeda in Pakistan and smooth the end of the war in Afghanistan.    Pakistan wants the US to apologise for a border incident in November 2011 in […]

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The following is the opinion of the author, and in no way reflects the views or position of The Bangladesh Chronicle.   Story of a Phoney Autobiography   By S. Ahmad   The joke started like this. A telephone call came to East Pakistan Governor Mr Monem Khan from the President of Pakistan. It was […]

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By: Barrister Nazir Ahmed Bangladesh became independent on 16 December 1971. After being released from the jail of Pakistan on 8 January 1972, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman returned via London to independent Bangladesh on 10 January 1972. The following day on 11 March 1972, in his capacity as the President of newly independent Peoples’ Republic of […]

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By:  B.Raman There has been some understandable curiosity and puzzlement over a statement attributed to the Afghan Taliban which was disseminated on June 17,2012, through the Internet. 2. The statement, provided it is authentic, appeared to be a reaction to the recent visit of Mr.Leon Panetta, the US Defence Secretary, to India and Afghanistan. During […]

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