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F R Chowdhury   Ever since its creation the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has been working for safer ships and cleaner seas. The term safer ships originally meant improvement in design, construction, material, equipment and training so that accidents and casualties could be reduced. However, a new dimension has been added to the safety factor […]

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Recent mass protests have called for the death penalty for perpetrators of war crimes. Amnesty International South Asia Researcher Abbas Faiz voices concern over new laws making it easier to sentence criminals to death. DW: Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets in Dhaka to demand the death penalty for those convicted […]

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The UK Senior State Minister for Foreign Affairs has said that the long-standing Rohingya issue will not be settled until Myanmar recognises their citizenship with the same rights that its citizens currently enjoy. Baroness Warsi said she talked to the Rohingya community and they said they would go back home if they get their rights. […]

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Syed Badrul Ahsan A new phase in history was inaugurated through the tragedy of February 21, 1952. In one of those rare moments in time when a people rise, to demand that they be allowed to speak, read and write in the language of their ancestors, that no one tamper with that right, several young […]

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“I fundamentally believe that you don’t get rid of things by banning them. You defeat views by challenging them, by defeating them through ballot box because that’s the say of the people and that’s the most powerful form of democracy,” Senior Minister of State of Foreign Affairs Baroness Warsi said on Wednesday. The Pakistani-origin politician […]

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Nur Jahan, Chittagong Top Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Mollah was sentenced to life imprisonment instead of capital punishment for committing crime against humanity during the Liberation War. People have become outraged and demonstrating at Shahbag intersection for the last two weeks demanding capital punishment for him and other war criminals as well. A killer must […]

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Anushay Hossain When I was a little girl, I always wanted Bangladesh to be ‘famous’. I did not like that whenever I went abroad, and people asked me where I was from, I would have to explain: “Bangladesh, this tiny country on the East of India.” Why could people not just know where my Motherland […]

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The guns fell silent more than 40 years ago, but the scars of Bangladesh’s short, bloody struggle for independence still burn to this day Philip Hensher Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka is a noisy, exciting city, full of energy and argument. The massive chaos of its constantly stationary traffic is often riven by protests, strikes, marches. These […]

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by David Bergman on Friday, February 15, 2013 The writer, Tahmina Anam has written a piece on ‘Shahbag’ on the UK’s Guardian website. This is my response: “Hi Tahmina, You do realise, I hope – and I say this just on a point of accuracy – that Abul Quader Mollah was not actually convicted of […]

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Blogger Rajiv Haider’s death brought a new twist to the Shahbagh protesters. On Saturday, an even larger crowd thronged the square to attend funeral prayers for Haider, many vowing to avenge his death or breaking down in tears as his coffin passed. Haider’s family told reporters they believed he was stabbed to death for standing […]

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Rajib, better known by his online identity as Thaba Baba, was claimed as one of the main stream activist of Shahbagh protest was stabbed to death In Dhaka yesterday. Many blogger and general people termed it as the output of Shahbag protest as a consiquence total blame goes on Jamat Shibir through medias and protestors  […]

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Peter Custers The Bengali spring has arrived; the gloom of winter has finally been removed. On February the 5th, 2013, a new generation of activists supported by seasoned progressive political forces, started a movement from the Shahbagh intersection in Dhaka, criticising the weak verdict pronounced by the International Crimes Tribunal in the case against Abdul Quader […]

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