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Bangladesh’s government is taking over the pioneering microfinance bank, just as its founder feared.  By WILLIAM B. MILAM  For the past 18 months in Bangladesh, the specter of a government takeover has haunted Grameen Bank and its founder, Nobel Prize winner Muhammed Yunus. Many thought Mr. Yunus was imagining the threat, but this month the […]

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The race for India’s presidency begins today as UPA candidate Pranab Mukherjee, and opposition BJP-backed PA Sangma submit their nomination papers amid clear signs that the ruling alliance will win with a thumping majority. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee refused to support Pranab in the race. She instead tried her best to mobilise support […]

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The International Crisis Group released the following analysis on the political situation in Bangladesh. Their assessments won’t  surprise balanced observers on the ground in Bangladesh, but it’s always enlightening to read up on third party perspectives. — Bangladesh could face a protracted political crisis in the lead-up to the 2013 elections unless Prime Minister Sheikh […]

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DHAKA, JUNE 24: The Foreign Ministry on Sunday morning summoned Ralf M Reusch, the chargé d’affaires (CDA) of the German Embassy in Dhaka, to convey Bangladesh’s dismay, disappointment and concern over some of the remarks made by German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle at a joint briefing on Saturday. According to the ministry, the issues relating […]

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Journalists’ bodies to take action against attackers; ATN alleges attack on their newsmen The Daily Stay Staff Correspondent Some newsmen of ATN Bangla yesterday assaulted a journalist union leader in front of the Jatiya Press Club during a human chain organised to demand the arrest of the killers of journalist couple Sagar and Runi. Jahangir […]

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About 50 people were injured, four with bullets, in a clash between two rival groups of Awami League at Dwipchar in Sadar upazila on Friday. Abul Kalam Azad, Jubo League joint convenor of Sadar upazila unit, was among injured in the clash that took place around 11:30am. Locals said supporters of Azizur Rahman Tinku, Liberation […]

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BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Thursday warned that their party will resist any attempt if any non-political and undemocratic third force tries to emerge taking advantage of the present political standoff. “We don’t believe in undemocratic third force. We never, ever supported non-political and undemocratic third force, and won’t do it […]

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By: M Abul Kalam Azad Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the state minister for labour and employment to take action immediately to quell the ongoing labour unrest for a pay hike in Ashulia on the outskirts of the capital. There is no trade union in the garment sector so it is very difficult to […]

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 Speaker Abdul Hamid in a ruling on Monday said High Court Judge AHM Shamsuddin Choudhury Manik had violated the constitution by making derogatory remarks about the parliament and the Speaker. “I have doubt if any conscious people can utter such remarks a High Court judge [Justice Manik] made about the parliament and myself by violating […]

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Plainclothes police arrested Jamaat leader Mir Kashem Ali hours after the ICT-1 issued a warrant for his arrest on Sunday on charges of his alleged crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War. A team of the Detective Branch of police arrested the Jamaat leader from the office of the vernacular daily Nayadiganta at about […]

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By: Editor The Bangladesh News Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday alleged that the opposition leader wants to take Bangladesh backwards as she had promised to make the country a middle income one by 2030 against the Awami League-led Grand Alliance government’s timeframe of 2021. “In our previous term (1996-2001), we gained success in various […]

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Prime Minister (PM) Sheikh Hasina Thursday directed the members of the Special Security Force (SSF) to be more careful so that her interaction with the common people and party leaders and workers is not hampered in any way in the name of ensuring her security, reports UNB. The PM said this while addressing a function […]

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