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by    F R Chowdhury   The diplomats represent their states. They are the representatives of their head of states. They bring a letter of accreditation from their heads of state and hand-over the same to the head of the state they are accredited to. Their role and function is to develop friendly and cordial […]

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With 21 people dead, along with further human rights abuses and an absence of opposition, serious questions must now be asked of this government My cousin Amna (not her real name), a student at Anwer Khan Modern Medical College in Dhaka, is currently resitting her crucial exams and missed all her classes in the past […]

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By Md. Shamim In any democratic system of governance, elections are meant to be the means to express the popular will and to select representatives through a free, fair and competitive process. But the way in which 10th parliamentary polls was held on 5 January, we cannot except it as a real democracy. This election […]

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by Zia Hassan Faced with an impotent opposition, the Awami League carries on with impunity. “In death, Kadambini proved she had indeed been alive.” This popular line from the ending of a Tagore novel comes to mind as the aftermath of the January 5th elections proves how the opposition’s call for a caretaker government  to oversee […]

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Faisal Rahim The country witnessed a bloody, unprecedented election held by the ruling Awami League sidetracking the opposition parties. It was exclusively an AL election ended over selection of MPs making sure the ruling party’s return to power again. On Jan 5 the government held the election putting BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia under virtual […]

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WHERE IS THE END?

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by F R Chowdhury   Ever since she came to power, Sheikh Hasina has achieved lot of success. She arranged for hanging of most of those connected with the killing of her father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. She successfully evicted Begum Khaleda Zia, the leader of the opposition from a house given to her by a […]

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Abu Hena It was the morning of 5th January when BBC’s Dhaka correspondent was reporting on the Bangladesh election scenario to the news room in London. “There is fog all around, so none has turned up to vote so far,” he said standing right inside an empty polling center. The news caster who was not […]

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Mohammad Ali Sattar The 10th parliamentary election is over. The ruling party and its allies are very happy. They have successfully passed the polling day while the country was in the grip of violence and deaths. However, the elections have been dubbed as unacceptable locally and globally. Much before the polls were actually held we […]

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by Daniel Berman Getting reelected with a bad economy is hard – ask George H. W. Bush. Getting reelected with a bad economy, near anarchy in the countryside, multiple corruption probes, and accusations of human rights abuses is harder still. Hence Sheikh Hasina, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh hit upon gold when she found perhaps […]

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Photos: Getty Images/AFP; Illustration by Bloomberg View In Bangladesh’s parliamentary elections Sunday, everyone lost. The vote was marred by bloodshed, boycotted by the opposition, and notable mostly for a dearth of actual voters. The results reveal only that the country’s bitterly divided political parties need to try again. Running largely unopposed, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina […]

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