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M. Serajul Islam   In the initial phase, the Shahabag youth movement or the Gonojagoron Mancha (GM) had caught the imagination of perhaps the largest number of the people in any movement since 1971. The first few days of the movement also established the fact that the crimes committed in 1971 by the local collaborators […]

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Barrister Nazir Ahmed Introduction Some extreme left oriented political parties and their affiliated professional and cultural organisations have long been demanding for banning the Bangladesh Jammat-e Islami (BJI).  This is not their new demand.  However, they have recently intensified their demand which most of the Bangladeshi media appears to be proactive in highlighting.  Jatiya Somajtantrik […]

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Ask for a piece on Pakistan and Bangladesh during December and you’re likely to get something about the 1971 wars — note the plural, because the eastern part of the subcontinent simultaneously experienced an inter-ethnic civil war and ethno-communal cleansing, genocide, inter-state conventional war and a war of national liberation, all climaxing in the crisp Bengali […]

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An election is approaching.  Government is set make the playing field as uneven as possible.  Opposition needs a major street victory to change the game.  Jamaat is flexing its muscle.  Secular-liberal-progressives are worried about what might happen if Awami League loses to the BNP-Jamaat alliance.  The establishment — local bureaucracy-army-civi society-corporates and the international murubbis — are worried […]

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There is actually a story to be written about technology and its use in our justice system. But bdnews24 has not written that story. Instead it has written a complete non-story about  a laptop making its debut at ICT-1. The meat of the story contradicts the headline (i.e. it was not the first time a […]

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মিনা ফারাহ। মানবাধিকার সংগঠক ও সুলেখিকা। জন্ম বাংলাদেশে হলেও এখন আমেরিকাপ্রবাসী। নুরেমবার্গ ট্রায়ালস, সিয়েরালিওন ও কম্বোডিয়ার যুদ্ধাপরাধ বিচার নিয়ে তিনি গবেষণা করেছেন। বাংলাদেশেও যুদ্ধাপরাধ বিচারের পক্ষে শুরু থেকে সোচ্চার ভূমিকা পালন করেছেন। বর্তমানে যুদ্ধাপরাধের অভিযোগে অভিযুক্ত জামায়াতে ইসলামীর অন্যতম সহকারী সেক্রেটারি জেনারেল মুহাম্মদ কামারুজ্জামানের বিরুদ্ধে তিনি রাষ্ট্রপক্ষের একজন সাক্ষী ছিলেন। তবে পরে তিনি নিজেকে প্রত্যাহার […]

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William Gomes Salem-News.com The Shahbag movement is moving towards its next victory, wherebJamaatbwill be banned from politics (YORK, UK) – With elections looming at the end of this year, escalating violence and political confrontation has left democracy in Bangladesh at a crossroads. In truth, democracy in modern Bangladesh has always been precarious: military takeover, political […]

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Nepal and Bangladesh are reducing poverty faster compared to India, according to a new study based on the multidimensional poverty index developed at the University of Oxford and used by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in its Human Development Reports. India also made significant progress in reducing poverty between 1999 and 2006, but at a […]

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M. Shawkat Ali (Headmaster Rtd) Friends ask me if I’m ok. I would be happy if I could say, ‘I’m fine.’ But in fact I’m not ‘fine’. The current situation perplexes me and makes me feel whether I’m in a dream or not. What’s happening in the name of ‘muktijuddher chetona’ (the spirit of liberation […]

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Wildlife experts at a workshop in the city on Monday stressed conserving the tigers of the Sundarbans from extinction, aiming to protect the unique biodiversity and ecosystem of the world’s largest mangrove forest. They said the tiger population is the protector of the Sundarbans and tigers will have to be conserved to protect the forest […]

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So this is one side of the story. Facebook was used to incite emotion among naive Muslims of Bangladesh. A photo of Kaaba Gilaaf exchange ceremony was broadcast as a rally to vouch for Sayedee as a scholar. The Daily Star’s Zulfikar Ali Manik published a front page story with full “gotcha” vigor. Here is […]

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Trina was turning the pages of the books and notebooks her little brother used to read and write on. She sobbed and shuddered as she touched the pages, as if touching her brother who perished in Saturday’s road crash. Her brother, Hasibul Hasan Nihad, a play group student, was among the eight schoolkids killed in […]

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