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Wasi Ahmed The move initiated by the government to work on a draft agreement on the regulation of passenger and cargo vehicular traffic between Bangladesh and India in the absence of a transit agreement is surprising. Ideally, arrangement for such vehicular traffic should have featured as a protocol to a transit agreement signed between the […]

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Sadeq Khan The ruling party is pursuing a policy of state terror against the opposition 18-party alliance, focussed primarily on isolating Islamist Jamaat-Shibir activity and banning Jamaat as a registered political party. The purpose, if not the coercive policy, has the geo-political backing of our big neighbour, India, as is evident from commentaries by both […]

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M. Shahidul Islam An old adage says an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The stone-walled silence of the government – and a section of the media and the civil society – in criticizing and stopping the ongoing mayhem in the country is not only mysterious, it demonstrates a kind of antipathy […]

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অপদার্থ সাপের দাঁতের সামান্য বিষটুকু মানুষের মতো মতাধর প্রাণীর জীবন কেড়ে নেয়ার মতা রাখে। মতা এমনই জিনিস। তাই আজ লিখছি মতা নিয়ে। গাফ্ফার চৌধুরীর কথামতো ২০০৮ সালের ১২ আগস্ট ভার্জিনিয়ায় সজীব ওয়াজেদ জয়ের বাড়িতে গেলে সেটাই তার সাথে আমার প্রথম ও শেষ দেখা। কিছু মনস্তত্ত্বের বিষয় আছে। তাই অল্প সময়েই তার অবস্থান দেখে অনেক বুঝেছি। […]

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GSP facility is crucial for Bangladesh to benefit from the ongoing World Trade Organisation (WTO) negotiations for duty-free access of products from Least Developed Countries (LDC), says US ambassdor Dan Mozena. US Ambassador to Dhaka Dan Mozena speaks at the monthly luncheon meeting of the Foreign Investors’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) at The […]

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The hunger strike of Shaheed Rumi Squad opened a divide within the Shahbag movement, as pro-AL bloggers have gone on the attack against the hunger-strikers. But this is good. Let the opportunists depart, let AL move away from Shahbag. Perhaps these seven hunger strikers of Shaheed Rumi Squad are the heart and soul of Shahbag […]

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On 22 March, Alal O Dulal was officially 1 year old. Our first post was a quick blog post by deyalpotrika on Bangladesh’s entry into the Asia cup final. Since then, we published another 397 posts in one year. We started off with 6 part-time bloggers, some of whom used to blog at the now-retired Unheard […]

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  Al Jazeera has published a comprehensive timeline of 1971 war crimes issue. We thought it was worth reproducing, along with our crowd-sourced commentary on what is missing. What is missing in Al Jazeera’s timeline * 1971 gender violence is inadequately discussed. See one accounting here, there are many others. Women of 1971 * Historical […]

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Bangladeshi man runs across a makeshift bridge, as it starts to rain in Cooch Bihar district in the Indian State of West Bengal. © Manpreet Romana/NYT In November 2012, The New York Times ran two paired pieces written from both sides of the Bengal border. Jyoti Rahman analyzes both articles: “Naeem is a few years […]

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Uprising at Shahbag, Dhaka, Bangladesh demanding harsher sentencing for the convicted DHAKA, 27 March 2013 (IRIN) – Recent civil unrest on the streets of Bangladesh has left experts questioning how to move past the country’s violent birth – without incurring more deaths. “This is unprecedented violence of a shocking nature. The nation never experienced such […]

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Washington: Given the remarkable progress made by the country in several key areas of development, Bangladesh is on the track to graduate from the ranks of the least developed countries, the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, has said. “People of Bangladesh have many reasons to feel positive about their future,” Ban said in his remarks […]

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By Pankaj Mishra Mar 20, 2013 Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is fond of boasting that not one of India’s almost 180 million Muslims has been discovered to be a member of al-Qaeda. He could underscore an even more remarkable fact: None of the foreign jihadists caught fighting alongside the Taliban has turned out to […]

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