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By Shahid Lone India, which I often describe as miracle in the name of democracy, has of late, since the BJP came into power turned into an extreme intolerant firepot with a 25% increase in incidents of communal violence as reflected by Home Affairs data and quoted by India Today magazine as, “a surge in […]

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Bangladesh is assessing its relations with Pakistan, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali has said. Mahmood said: ‘Our relations with Pakistan – we are certainly assessing it and we are thinking of what needs to be done. But, the whole issue is continuous process.” He was speaking at the 44th anniversary programme on Indian recognition to Bangladesh […]

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Bangladesh has refuted the claim of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights that the trials of war criminals at the International Crimes Tribunal were not fair. Saying that the statement is “highly disturbing,” the government has sent a reply to the OHCHR and protested such claim. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs […]

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Described by the government as a case of “brazen interference,” the Pakistan Foreign Office statement criticising the hanging of convicted war criminals has drawn sharp protests from the government and the public alike. The leader of Jamaat-e-Islam Pakistan joined in commenting on the executions, lamenting the loss of a “true friend of Pakistan.” State Minister […]

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The most recent flare-up in the Middle East reveals America’s shifting political fault lines. David Palumbo-Liu Salon The current violence in Israel-Palestine—immediately following the debate about the Iran arms deal, which revealed growing fissures in American support of Israel–has brought the conflict into the foreground of U.S. political discourse. The absence of any serious mention […]

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The cabinet on Monday endorsed a proposal for ratification of a protocol to the agreement between the governments of Bangladesh and India for demarcation of the international land boundary. The home ministry placed the proposal in the weekly cabinet meeting chaired by the prime minister Sheikh Hasina at the secretariat. The protocol was signed by […]

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Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Pankaj Saran has said in a report to the government that Sheikh Hasina’s government was confident of handling the law and order situation in Bangladesh and was not even considering imposition of Emergency. During his presence in New Delhi to attend the 6th annual conference of all Indian envoys, Saran […]

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The United States and the United Kingdom on Wednesday expressed shock and concern at attack on former Foreign Secretary Reaz Rahman and urged the government to track down and hold accountable those responsible for the attack. In a press statement, Deputy Department Spokesperson of the US Department of State, Marie Harf said, “The United States […]

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The Hague’s International Criminal Court has long avoided pointing the finger at U.S. misdeeds in Afghanistan. That truce is about to end. BY DAVID BOSCO The International Criminal Court in The Hague is tiptoeing closer to a confrontation with the United States. The key issue is U.S. detention practices, and the alleged use of torture, […]

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NEWYORK: A United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) resolution on working towards a nuclear-weapon-free-world on Wednesday called on Pakistan, India and Israel to voluntarily drop their nuclear weapons, said a report by Business Standard. The report further stated that the resolution was passed to achieve a nuclear weapon-free world and the three nations were called upon […]

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Bangladesh’s people will determine when its next national election will be held, the top US official for South and Central Asia has said. Nisha Desai Biswal also says Washington is “very focused” on taking forward its relations with Dhaka. “We have continued to advocate a strong and inclusive democracy and we will continue to work […]

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