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The main opposition BNP has rescheduled its countrywide protest programmes, shifting it from Monday to Tuesday due to “unavoidable circumstances”, according to a statement issued by the party on Sunday. The statement, signed by the party’s Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, said their programme to lay seize on all the DC offices across the […]

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DHAKA: India and Bangladesh took a significant step towards finalizing a land boundary agreement (LBA), with visiting foreign minister Salman Khurshid and his counterpart Dipu Moni exchanging strip maps of the boundary areas. Talking to journalists later, Khurshid said the government had readied the constitution amendment bill and it would be placed in Parliament during […]

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Leaders across political spectrum and business groups hailed agreement between India and Bangladesh to commence Agartala – Akhaura rail link and establish border haats in Tripura. Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid and his Bangladesh counterpart Dr Dipu Moni signed MoUs at Dhaka on Saturday on variety of issues, some related to Tripura that shares 856km […]

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Dhaka: In a major step forward to resolve the land boundary issue, India and Bangladesh today exchanged maps of demarcated stretches, as New Delhi said it was ready to release USD 50 million out of a USD 200 million credit line to Dhaka. The strip maps were exchanged by External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid and […]

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Some recent political developments indicate the possibility of delay in the elections. Nawaz Sharif and other political leaders have expressed their concern and apprehension in this regard. It is generally feared that, in the name of purging the system of undesirable and corrupt elements, perhaps, the so-called Bangladesh Model is going to be tried in […]

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Elections in Tripura have hit the India-Bangladesh border trade as several trading points were shut by authorities for security reasons, officials said on Thursday. At the direction of the Election Commission, district officials have asked the Border Security Force and customs authorities to close the trade on Thursday and Friday, a customs official said. The […]

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The outgoing Turkish Ambassador to Bangladesh M Vakur Erkul made a farewell call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her office in the capital on Thursday. Briefing newsmen after the meeting, PM Press Secretary Abul Kalam Azad said that the prime minister appreciated the ambassador’s active contribution in improving the overall bilateral relations, particularly in […]

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It was like salt being rubbed into a wound that has being festering for a long time. The press in Bangladesh was justifiably outraged. One prominent English daily, the Daily Star, dubbed it “Human rights situation ‘worsens’”, while bdnews24 had a more melodramatic “HRW slams govt on human rights”. The topic of this sudden interest, […]

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By JIM YARDLEY NEW DELHI — Huge daily demonstrations in the heart of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, are upending the nation’s politics and illustrating how heavily the country’s bloody past still weighs on its present. Thousands of protesters, most of them college students and other young people, demonstrated again on Tuesday, fueled by broad public anger […]

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The Jamaat-Shibir activists resorted to hit-and-run clashes with law enforcers after being barred from holding unscheduled rallies in the capital and Chittagong on Wednesday. At least 20 people including the additional deputy commissioner of Motijheel Division of DMP sustained injuries during the clash that continued for nearly five hours from 6:30am. The marauding activists of […]

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Opposition BNP on Monday finally released its first official reaction to the Shahbagh movement and voiced deep concern that a particular quarter is trying to politicize the youths’. The BNP last night said it had always been giving positive statements about the emotion and enthusiasm of the youths demanding the war crimes trial as their […]

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DHAKA: The cabinet on Monday approved the proposal to amend Section 21 (2) of the International Crimes (Tribunals) Act, 1973, to ensure equal facilities for both the prosecution and the defence to appeal. In its weekly meeting chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the cabinet cleared the draft of the proposed bill of the Law […]

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