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New Delhi: Bangladesh’s choice hilsa fish from the Padma river will be on the platter during President Pranab Mukherjee’s Bangladesh visit, his first trip overseas after taking over the country’s top office last July. Besides hilsa, the Indian president will also be treated to other special culinary delights when he visits Bangladesh from March 3-5, said […]

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NEW DELHI: The protesters at Shahbagh, a busy intersection in Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, have probably their strongest support from neighbour India. On Friday, National Security Adviser ( NSA) Shivshankar Menon said the protests were a sign of the “open-mindedness” of the Bangladeshi youth, who were battling extremism and upholding fundamental values of democracy. Setting up […]

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A Singapore court has ruled the Bangladesh government will get all the money held by a company set up by Arafat Rahman Coco in that country, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said Tuesday. “The money is held in a company Fairhill Consulting Ltd. set up by Arafat Rahman through a Singapore citizen,” said Alam after a […]

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Among other things, the Shahbagh movement demands a ban on Jamaat and religious politics. Earlier this month, one of the accused collaborators in 1971, Abdul Quader Mollah, also known as the “Butcher of Mirpur,” was convicted of atrocities. Surprising most observers, however, Mollah escaped the death penalty. This set off the Shahbagh movement — the largest of […]

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LIZ PHILIPSON Bangladesh has experienced a rare switchback-ride from hope to fear in the first weeks of 2009. The largely peaceful general election of 29 December 2008 on a 70% voter turnout gave an astonishing landslide victory to the Awami League (AL) led by Sheikh Hasina over the Bangladesh National Party of her bitter rival […]

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Jamaat-e-Islami’s ally Hefazat-e-Islam has announced it would hold mass rallies in all upazila headquarters on March 1 if the government does not stop the Shahbagh movement and free its detained leaders and activists by this month. The announcement came from a rally at Parbati High School in Hathazari upazila of Chittagong Monday afternoon. The organisation […]

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NEW DELHI: President Pranab Mukherjee’s Bangladesh visit will be a homecoming in more ways than one. Apart from the symbolism of his first overseas trip and the special rapport he shares with the establishment in Bangladesh, Mukherjee will also get a chance to visit his in-laws for the first time since he took over as […]

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DHAKA, Feb 24: Frontline ruling party lawmaker Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim told the House on Sunday that the government was not going to ban religion-based political parties in the country. “Rather, the government will ban the Jamaat-e-Islami and its student organization for unleashing a reign of terror,” he stated. He requested the religion-based parties not […]

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Dhaka, Feb 24 (UNB) – Textiles and Jute Minister Abdul Latif Siddiqui in Parliament on Sunday came down heavily on his younger brother, freedom fighter Kader Siddiqui, for “pro-Jaamat” role. “Shame, shame, shame on you. I declare in parliament that your armed struggle in 1971 was for your own interest, not for the freedom of […]

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Khilafat Andolon, one of the 12 small parties, admitted to be against the Shahbagh movement but refuted any ties with the Jamaat-e-Islami, stating ‘not even Awami League hates them (Jamaat) as much as we do’. Khilafat Andolon’s Assistant Secretary General Mujibur Rahman Hamidi was speaking to bdnews24.com amidst their Sunday’s nationwide shutdown. “There is no […]

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State Minister for Law Qamrul Islam on Sunday alleged that the Islamic parties enforced today’s hartal in a bid to make Bangladesh a militant state. “A plot is on to turn Bangladesh into a militant state like Pakistan and Afghanistan. And that’s why, they (Islamic parties) enforced today’s hartal,” he said. The state minister made […]

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The Awami League-led government had no plans to ban all religion-based political parties, its Presidium Member Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim said on Sunday. He told Parliament, “We will take measures against Jamaat-e-Islami. Those who still defy existence of Bangladesh, who don’t believe in three million martyrs, a process to ban them is underway. They will […]

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